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Another Man Down
frontpagemag ^ | Today | By Kathy Shaidle

Posted on 03/11/2009 8:58:42 AM PDT by jessduntno

Another Man Down By Kathy Shaidle | Wednesday, March 11, 2009

On Monday, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair announced that Charles Freeman had withdrawn his name from consideration for the post of Chairman of the National Intelligence Council (NIC), ending weeks of acrimonious debate that had been triggered by Freeman’s nomination. But while Freeman has receded from the spotlight, his selection to a critical intelligence post – despite a deeply troubling political background – lingers as a dark cloud over the Obama administration.

In the sensitive role of Chairman of the NIC, Freeman would have been privy to state secrets and would have advised President Obama on matters of national security. Yet Freeman’s ties to foreign powers raised obvious questions regarding conflicts of interest. Moreover, Freeman has made controversial public statements that fly in the face of official U.S. policy, on subjects like the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia, and even the 1989 massacre in Communist China’s Tiananmen Square.

In a 2006 interview, Freeman explained that MEPC had received a $1 million endowment, thanks to “the generosity of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia.” The following year, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud gave another $1 million to MEPC. (Alwaleed’s offer of money to New York City after 9/11 was famously turned down by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.)

Furthermore, researcher Ashley Rindsberg recently revealed Freeman’s pre- and post-9/11 “business connections” with the bin Laden family, which have donated “tens of thousands of dollars a year” to the MEPC. Rindsberg also discovered donations to Obama’s presidential campaign by Freeman’s Projects International, “a company that develops international business deals.”

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhonic; chasfreeman
The insults to the American people just don't end...
1 posted on 03/11/2009 8:58:42 AM PDT by jessduntno
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To: jessduntno

Congressman Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) and others opposed to Freeman’s appointment had also cited a speech delivered by Freeman in 2002, in which Freeman seemed to make apologies for Islamic terrorism while condemning the United States.

Said Freeman:

“Saudis and other Gulf Arabs were shocked by the level of ignorance and antipathy displayed by Americans toward them and toward Islam after September 11. The connection between Islam and suicide bombing is a false connection. Kamikaze pilots were not Muslims…And what of America’s lack of introspection about September 11? Instead of asking what might have caused the attack, or questioning the propriety of the national response to it, there is an ugly mood of chauvinism. Before Americans call on others to examine themselves, we should examine ourselves.”

No wonder the ObamaNation team loved him....

2 posted on 03/11/2009 9:02:05 AM PDT by jessduntno (OBAMA: You know, I have more than enough to do without having to worry about the financial system.)
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Simply ... the fact he has withdrawn is excellent news.

Remember he is a man that has Obamas ear and his influence is still a fact with Obamas way of thinking and acting.

Do not make the mistake of believing that it is all changed.

It is now hidden instead of obvious.

Covert instead of overt.

Dashle withdrew ... still his health care plan is the one that was passed in the legislation.

3 posted on 03/11/2009 9:06:55 AM PDT by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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To: jessduntno

Does the article say WHY he withdrew his name? Garden variety “pressure” or did was he averse to being thrown under the bus?

4 posted on 03/11/2009 9:25:10 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: subterfuge

She has a blog;

Kathy Shaidle blogs at Her new book exposing abuses by Canada’s Human Rights Commissions, The Tyranny of Nice, includes an introduction by Mark Steyn.

5 posted on 03/11/2009 9:31:48 AM PDT by jessduntno (OBAMA: You know, I have more than enough to do without having to worry about the financial system.)
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To: jessduntno

I Zero really a genius? I mean, is this appointments freak show designed to get his actual picks through with just a sigh of relief rather than stiff opposition? Or is he just so far through the looking glass that these really seem like reasonable choices to him?

6 posted on 03/11/2009 9:49:45 AM PDT by Trod Upon (Mao was a community organizer, too.)
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