Skip to comments.Media Matters Lies to Protect 'Fallujah Four' Democrats
Posted on 10/28/2010 8:18:26 AM PDT by kristinn
Democratic party front group Media Matters for America has lied twice in recent weeks while coming to the defense of Democrats up for reelection who have come to be known as the Fallujah Four for allegedly aiding terrorists in Iraq.
Democrats Sen. Barbara Boxer (CA), Rep. Henry Waxman (CA), Rep. Dennis Kucinich (OH) and Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ) were reported by an Islamic website, Islam Online, to have given diplomatic courtesy letters to Code Pink/Global Exchange to facilitate the delivery of $100,000 cash and $500,000 in humanitarian aid to what Code Pink called the other side in Fallujah in late 2004 as the U.S. was clearing the Iraqi city of al Qaeda and other Sunni terrorists.
The letter by Rep. Waxman, obtained by Blue Star mother Beverly Perlson, was addressed to the U.S. Embassy in Jordan and requested Any assistance you could offer Global Exchange would be appreciated. Mrs. Perlson is still being stonewalled by Sen. Boxer in her efforts to obtain Boxers letter.
The aid was primarily collected by the California-based groups Global Exchange and its side project Code Pink. The groups used enemy propaganda accusing U.S. Marines of mass murdering civilians and other war crimes in their appeals soliciting aid for Fallujah. No mention was made by the groups that Fallujah had become the home base for al Qaeda in Mesopotamia.
In separate articles defending Fallujah Four members Sen. Boxer and Rep. Grijalva, Media Matters makes its case that the aid was meant solely for refugees by ignoring copious evidence to the contrary. Instead, Media Matters defends the Democrats and Code Pink/Global Exchange by citing Code Pink propaganda reported by the AP and Islam Online as well as a quote from a 2005 interview with a left wing activist Gold Star mother who participated in the aid delivery.
Media Matters says it is completely baseless, a total fabrication and there is not a shred of evidence to support the charge that the letters from the Fallujah Four aided terrorists. To reach that conclusion, Media Matters ignores the statement by Code Pink/Global Exchange founder Medea Benjamin reported by Agence France Press at the time the aid was delivered that it was intended for the other side.
I dont know of any other case in history in which the parents of fallen soldiers collected medicine for the families of the other side, said Medea Benjamin, the founding director of Global Exchange, a human rights group.
Benjamin also stated the groups intention was to undermine the U.S. efforts in Fallujah and Iraq.
It is a reflection of a growing movement in the United States opposed to the unjust nature of this war, she said.
This is the positive face of the American people which we would like to show so that we are not looked at with animosity but with love. Our hearts go out to the people of Fallujah and to all the Iraqi people, she said.
Media Matters also ignores that four months earlier, Code Pink participated in and endorsed the Beirut Communique, which supported the right of the people of Iraq and Palestine to resist the occupations and called for the unconditional withdrawal of US and coalition forces from Iraq.
Media Matters also ignores Code Pinks explicit endorsement of the use of force of arms against American troops in Iraq issued six months after the delivery of aid to the other side.
There is widespread opposition to the occupation. Political, social, and civil resistance through peaceful means is subjected to repression by the occupying forces. It is the occupation and its brutality that has provoked a strong armed resistance and certain acts of desperation. By the principles embodied in the UN Charter and in international law, the popular national resistance to the occupation is legitimate and justified. World Tribunal on Iraq, Finding #11
Media Matters also ignores the 2007 movie Meeting Resistance, filmed in Iraq in 2004 that documented family members of Iraqi terrorists acting as arms smugglers for the insurgents.
IRAQI WOMAN: [translated] When I leave the house to go and bring the weapons, I feel very happy. Very, very happy. But when I am actually carrying it, Im very worried about the weapons and about myself. So I have these two feelings at the same time. I am facilitating a mission. I have done this job many, many times. Yes, now there is a kind of fear, because of the many house searches.
Even before I had the children, my husband was a good citizen, a patriot, a fighter. And for twenty-nine years, I have been his wife. So even if I didnt have this patriotic instinct through our life together, this patriotic sentiment would have been created inside me. The whole family is patriotic. And how could I be so deviant when I am the one who married a Fedayeen?
Media Matters also ignores Code Pinks promotion of Meeting Resistance in 2007.
In honor of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, CODEPINK co-hosted an event at Busboys and Poets to provide an insightful look into the present state in Iraq with Haifa Zangana and the filmmakers of Meeting Resistance.
Molly Bingham and Steve Connors partnered in directing Meeting Resistance, a documentary of the resistance in Iraq through a collection of personal statements by members of the opposition.
Through their work on Meeting Resistance, Bingham and Connors were able to learn the underlying ideological foundation of the resistance and how members funded, recruited, armed, organized, and now run this US counter-insurgency operation.
Bingham, and Connors explained the counter-insurgency operation as being comprised of anyone who assists by even simply providing shelter, leaving a gate open, or refusing to give information.
Media Matters also ignores Code Pinks well-documented history of supporting the terrorists in Iraq, Hamas and Middle Eastern state sponsors of terrorism.
Media Matters also ignores the statement by President Obama and Sen. Boxer funder Jodie Evans, a Code Pink co-founder who helped deliver the aid to the other side, that she was working to undermine the war effort and Evans statement endorsing the terrorists in Iraq.
We must begin by really standing with the Iraqi people and defending their right to resist. I can remain myself against all forms of violence, and yet I cannot judge what someone has to do when pushed to the wall to protect all they love. The Iraqi people are fighting for their country, to protect their families and to preserve all they love. They are fighting for their lives, and we are fighting for lies.
Media Matters also ignores the curious ease with which Code Pinks man in Fallujah, Dahr Jamail, moved about enemy strongholds in Iraq at a time when Americans caught by the terrorists were beheaded or otherwise mutilated. Jamail acted as a Tokyo Rose propagandist, sending e-mails to Code Pink/Global Exchange and appearing on the Democracy Now! radio show to accuse U.S. troops of routinely committing horrific war crimes in Falluajah.
Media Matters also ignores a similar delivery of humanitarian aid by Code Pink earlier this year in Gaza. Medea Benajmin said the safety of Code Pink in Gaza was guaranteed by the terrorist group Hamas.
Media Matters also ignores a recent Supreme Court finding that giving humanitarian aid to terrorists is the same as giving weapons to terrorists when it upheld a federal ban on such practises.
Material support is a valuable resource by definition. Such support frees up other resources within the organization that may be put to violent ends. It also importantly helps lend legitimacy to foreign terrorist groupslegitimacy that makes it easier for those groups to persist, to recruit members, and to raise fundsall of which facilitate more terrorist attacks. Terrorist organizations do not maintain organizationalfirewalls that would prevent or deter . . . sharing and commingling of support and benefits. McKune Affidavit, App. 135, ¶11. [I]nvestigators have revealed how terrorist groups systematically conceal their activities behind charitable, social, and political fronts. M. Levitt, Hamas: Politics, Charity, and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad 23 (2006). Indeed, some designated foreign terrorist organizations use social and political components to recruit personnel to carry out terrorist operations, and to provide support to criminal terrorists and their families in aid of such operations. McKune Affidavit, App. 135, ¶11; Levitt, supra, at 2 (Muddying the waters between itspolitical activism, good works, and terrorist attacks. Hamas is able to use its overt political and charitable organizations as a financial and logistical support network for its terrorist operations).
Money is fungible, and [w]hen foreign terrorist organizations that have a dual structure raise funds, they highlight the civilian and humanitarian ends to which such moneys could be put. McKune Affidavit, App. 134, ¶9.But there is reason to believe that foreign terrorist organizations do not maintain legitimate financial firewalls between those funds raised for civil, nonviolent activities, and those ultimately used to support violent, terrorist operations. Id., at 135, ¶12. Thus, [f]unds raised ostensibly for charitable purposes have in the past been redirected by some terrorist groups to fund the purchase of arms and explosives. Id., at 134, ¶10. Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project 08-1498, pages 25-26
And finally, Media Matters ignores Code Pinks after action report on the delivery of the aid that reads like an al Qaeda press release.
During our week-long exchange with Iraqis, we heard allegations of US atrocities that made Abu Graib seem like childish pranks: a woman raped in full view of other prisoners, who is now seeking permission from religious leaders to kill herself; a seven-year-old girl, left momentarily in the car while her father stopped at the market, screaming and clawing at the window while a US tank crushed the vehicle; a mother watching in horror as the troops raided her home in the middle of the night, shot her son in the chest and then stomped on him as he bled to death. In Fallujah alone, thousands of civilians were killed in one brutal week. We wept together as we saw gruesome pictures of bodies burned beyond recognition, possibly from the use of napalm, and limbs eaten by dogs because anyone trying to retrieve the dead would be shot. A young Iraqi woman who risked her life taking our humanitarian aid to those too old and infirm to flee was still traumatized by the devastation she witnessed.
Media Matters betrays our men and women in uniform with its defense of the Fallujah Four and Code Pink/Global Exchange. One has come to expect a lack of respect for truth and honesty from Media Matters. However David Brock and company have sunk to a new low with their backstabbing propaganda on behalf of those who are getting our troops killed.
YouTube video by Marine vet Chuck Wilkerson, GOP candidate, criticizing Henry Waxman for 'Fallujah For letter.
Great article with plenty of background information. A very nice job indeed. Thanks for all the hard work sourcing the info...BTTT
One word: TRAITORS!
Two other words: Firing Squad
This is a really good job of countering Media Matters’ pro-Code Pink propaganda.
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Thanks for the ping!
Media Matters is a wholly owned arm of the Tides Foundation funded by George Soros and friends.
Great job of unspinning their lies!
Is there anything we can do to help Blue Star mother Beverly Perlson force Barbara Boxer to release the letter that she sent to the Embassy?!
Thanks for the ping
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No surprise here, I knew day one when the A.N.S.W.E.R. crowd attempted to reenact Vietnam before Saddam was served his eviction papers these lunatics were going to morph themselves into all manner of colors... Sadly there are enough insane liberals that will continue to reelect liars and trouble makers.
Great job of unspinning their lies! I like Michael Savage's description of Media Matters, he calls them a "gay facsist website" I think that is the most accurate description of that horrid organization.
Oh this can’t be true. Just yesterday Michelle Obama was campaigning for Babs in CA and told us what a passionate supporter of the military and their families she was!
Thanks for the FYI ping kristinn. Media Matters as I recall is a Soros funded organization. I consider all those organizations funded by Soros, and there are many of them now as enemies of our values, our Constitution, our Republic.
Soros funds anything, and anyone that uses our freedoms creatively as tools to beat us over the head with. Media Matters is just such an organization using our first amendment freedom of speech against us.
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