As secretary of state, John Kerry lobbied the United Arab Emirates to remove two controversial Washington, D.C.-based Muslim groups from the Arab Gulf state’s list of terrorist organizations.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations – an unindicted co-conspirator in a plot to fund the terrorist group Hamas – and the Muslim American Society are two of 83 groups on the UAE’s list because of their connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Investigative Project on Terrorism reported Kerry authorized State Department officials to meet regularly with UAE officials to lobby on behalf of CAIR and MAS, which were designated terrorist organizations on Nov. 16, 2014, along with groups such as ISIS and al-Qaida.
At a State Department press briefing two days after UAE released its list, a spokesman said State does not “consider CAIR or MAS to be terrorist groups” but was seeking more information from UAE about its decision.
The spokesman said, “As part of our routine engagement with a broad spectrum of faith-based organizations, a range of U.S. government officials have met with officials of CAIR and MAS.”
“We at the State Department regularly meet with a wide range of faith-based groups to hear their views even if some of their views expressed at times are controversial,” the spokesman said.
IPT commented that in making the admission, the State Department official “had effectively affirmed the Obama administration policy of embracing radical Islamist groups under the euphemism of calling them ‘faith-based groups.’”
While CAIR regards itself as a civil-rights organization, according to evidence entered in the terror-financing case, it was founded by figures associated with Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, the worldwide movement that has stated its intent to transform the U.S. into an Islamic state. More than a dozen CAIR leaders have been charged or convicted of terrorism-related crimes.
The Muslim American Society was formed as the Muslim Brotherhood’s overt arm in the United States. Co-founder Abdurrahman Alamoudi is served a 23-year prison sentence for engaging in illegal transactions with Libya and facilitating a Libyan plot to assassinate then-Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah.
Massive evidence ignored
Despite the massive evidence linking CAIR to Hamas and other terror groups, the Obama administration repeatedly invited CAIR officials and other supremacist Islamic groups to the White House, IPT noted.
In December 2014, CAIR met with top officials of the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department, asking them to pressure the UAE to remove them from the list, according to IPT sources.
CAIR issued a press release Dec. 22, 2014, asserting that “the two American Muslim organizations and the U.S. government pledged to work together to achieve a positive solution to the UAE designations.”
IPT commented that this “sordid episode of going to bat for a Hamas-support organization is emblematic of the larger problem of the Obama’s administration’s inability to pinpoint the heart of the impasse between the Palestinians and the Israelis as unceasing Palestinian terrorism, continued Palestinian subsidies paid to terrorist families, incendiary glorification of terrorists who kill Jews, and massive anti-Semitic incitement in Palestinian schools and media.”
Kerry’s lobbying for CAIR began with his response to a letter he received from CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad on May 5, 2015.
Kerry replied: “Let me reiterate, first, that the U.S. government clearly does not consider CAIR to be a terrorist organization. As your letter noted, the Department of State rejected this allegation immediately after the UAE designations were announced in November, and we will continue to do so.”
Kerry said U.S. officials “have raised the issue of CAIR’s inclusion on the UAE’s terror list with UAE officials on multiple occasions.”
IPT noted that portion of the letter now appears on CAIR’s website, but, according to sources, at the time it was sent to CAIR, there was an agreement between CAIR and the State Department to keep it secret to protect Kerry from public embarrassment.
IPT observed that in light of CAIR’s “numerous ties to Hamas and other unsavory aspects of its record, Kerry had good reason to believe that the letter could cause a public relations disaster for him.”
Despite Kerry’s efforts, there has been no indication CAIR and MAS were removed from the Gulf state’s terrorist list.
When the UAE list was published, CAIR, attempting to avoid a public relations disaster, published a FAQ attacking the UAE as a “politically ‘authoritarian’ regime.”
At one time, however, CAIR apparently had a good relationship with the UAE. In 2006, Awad and CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper led a delegation on a fundraising trip to the Gulf state, seeking millions of dollars from UAE donors.
A cable obtained by the IPT through the Freedom of Information Act show that CAIR officials met with top UAE leaders and attended an evening reception “in honor of the CAIR group” hosted by a top presidential adviser.
The cable also noted that “UAE press has reported that Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al-Makhtoum Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry, ‘has endorsed a proposal to build a property in the U.S. to serve as an endowment for CAIR.’”
The cable added that CAIR had already received substantial contributions from several wealthy UAE donors, including one who had already given CAIR $1 million.
CAIR’s parent organization, according to FBI wiretap evidence from the terror-funding Holy Land Foundation case in Texas, was founded at an October 1993 meeting of Hamas leaders and activists in Philadelphia that included CAIR Executive Director Awad. The organization, according to the evidence, was born out of a need to give a “media twinkle” to the Muslim leaders’ agenda of supporting violent jihad abroad while slowly institutionalizing Islamic law in the U.S.
While CAIR has complained of the unindicted co-conspirator designation, as WND reported in 2010, a federal judge later determined that the Justice Department provided “ample evidence” to designate CAIR as an unindicted terrorist co-conspirator, affirming the Muslim group has been involved in “a conspiracy to support Hamas.”
In 2008, the FBI cut off official contact with CAIR, citing evidence from the Holy Land Foundation terror funding trial which documented the connections between CAIR and its founders to Hamas.
In a lawsuit CAIR filed in 2009 against an undercover investigative team that published evidence of CAIR’s ties to Islamic jihad, the group alleged its reputation was harmed, and it sought damages in court.
But a federal court in Washington determined CAIR failed to present a single fact showing it had been harmed, and the organization gave up that specific claim against former federal investigator Dave Gaubatz and his son, Chris Gaubatz, whose findings were published in the WND Books expose, “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America.”
In a May 27, 2014, ruling, the U.S. District Court in Washington observed that CAIR had been “frustratingly unclear as to the injuries at issue for each of the claims.” The court found CAIR speaks “in broad generalizations, asserting injuries and damages and proximate cause across multiple counts and multiple Plaintiffs.”
CAIR leaders have made statements affirming the aim of establishing Islamic rule in the United States.
The Islamic organization long had accused WND and others of “smearing” the Muslim group by citing a newspaper account of CAIR founder Omar Ahmad telling Muslims in Northern California in 1998 that they were in America not to assimilate but to help assert Islam’s rule over the country.
But WND caught CAIR falsely claiming that it had contacted the paper and had “sought a retraction,” insisting Ahmad never made the statement.
In a telephone conversation with WND in 2003, CAIR’s communications director, Ibrahim Hooper, insisted someone from CAIR’s California affiliate made the contact with the paper.
When confronted with the fact that the newspaper’s editors had told WND that CAIR had not contacted them and that the reporter stood by the story, Hooper abruptly ended the call, saying: “If you are going to use distortions, I can’t stop you; it’s a free country. Have a nice day.”
Minutes later, however, Hooper called back and said he wanted to change his statement to say, “We will seek a retraction, and we have spoken to the reporter about it in the past.”
But three years later, the issue arose again, and WND found CAIR still had not contacted the paper.
Hooper, himself, also has expressed a desire to overturn the U.S. system of government in favor of an Islamic state.
“I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future,” Hooper said in a 1993 interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “But I’m not going to do anything violent to promote that. I’m going to do it through education.”
ISIS Unveils Weaponized Drone Program in New Video
ISIS supporters on social media were boasting that the terror group now had an air force after the Islamic State released today their first video showing weaponized drones being used against Iraqi forces.
ISIS has used drone photography in videos before to capture aerial shots of battles, and they have also been using drone IEDs, with their technology evolving over time.
The 38-minute video, posted on YouTube and other content-sharing sites, had been teased for a day with a trailer released by ISIS. It largely features suicide bombers in vehicles, including one young teenager who can barely see over the wheel of the armored car. ISIS uses drone photography to follow the suicide bombers and film the attacks from the air.
The video uses photography from another drone to show a weaponized drone flying toward its target, and cameras on the weaponized drone itself show the impact from dropping an IED on a group of people in a street. When vehicles start to respond to the scene, a suicide bomber in a car drives in and detonates in a follow-up attack.
ISIS continues to show a variety of other explosive drops from a drone’s vantage point, mostly targeting individual parked vehicles or small groups of people.
The blasts produced by the explosives are akin to grenades, appearing to inflict some injuries when aimed directly at people but seeming to have little effect when dropped on tanks.
A reporter and a cameraman for U.S.-funded Al-Hurra were injured last week in an ISIS drone attack on eastern Mosul.
Iraq’s defense ministry announced that their forces are in control of eastern Mosul — a city divided by the Tigris River — and have begun planning operations to retake smaller but more densely populated western Mosul.
In mid-October, just after the Mosul operation began, Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, commander of Combined Joint Forces’ Land Component Command for Operation Inherent Resolve and commander of the 101st Airborne, told reporters that ISIS drones were in use.
The general described them as “really, a lot of commercial, off-the-shelf kind of things we’ve seen” — though they’re “clearly not the capacity or capability” that the coalition has.
John Kerry – The Insidious Traitor of Vietnam
I was not in Vietnam!
It would be ten years before I was to learn what happened to the 101st Airborne Division soldiers that I served with for three years from 1962 to 1965. I found out the gruesome details, in a chance meeting with a fellow trooper, who was on a recruiting assignment in Beckley,West Virginia. I was traveling on business for my company at the time.
In February of 1965, I was the Staff Legal Non-Commissioned Officer for the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, a unit of the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army. I had previously been a training NCO for the Battalion and because of these two assignments, I was well known in the outfit, and I knew most of my fellow troopers at the time.
Lyndon B. Johnson had decided to upscale the Vietnam War, and at this moment in time, practically every NCO in the 101st Airborne were given orders to be part of a new outfit. This outfit was to be ready to go to Vietnam on or about August 1965. The new outfit would be made up of half of the 101st Airborne and of the 1st Division in Fort Leavenworth,Kansas.
At the time, we thought the name of the outfit was to be The 1st Air Cavalry, which had a ringy-dingy sound to it. Also the new outfit was going to recover the 2nd Division Colors and insignia from the Korean War – the only American Division to ever surrender, I think I read somewhere, at the time.
As it were though, I was going to be part of either the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division or the 1st or 2nd Battalion of the 7th Cavalry Regiment. That is if my orders were to be fulfilled. In a moment in time when either luck or destiny was on my side, it was discovered that I was too short in time left in the Army, to be sent to an overseas assignment. As it were, I was scheduled to separate from the 101st Airborne Division, on July 8th, 1965. I was fifteen days “too short” to deploy to Vietnam.
My orders were changes and I was given an assignment TO LIVE!
Fast forward to a summer day in July 1975, I am in Beckley,West Virginia, at the Holiday Inn having lunch with our local branch manager for General Electric. I casually glance across the room and see a man in an Army uniform, a Sergeant E-7; I know him instantly. We were Training NCO’s together in the 101st Airborne Division. He had a baby face like me then and hadn’t changed a bit.
After some small talk, he told me some sad news, some news that shook me to the core, and that made a grown thirty-three year old man (me) cry on the spot. He said, “hardly anyone you knew lived.” It seems his outfit, command by future Lt. General Hal Moore, was cut to pieces in the la Drag Valleyin November of 1965. It was an ambush and a four day battle that took many lives, many of which I had known, in the 101st Airborne.
It could have been me.
I just missed being killed by a bus in Chicago once while stepping off a street corner (I felt the cold steel of the bus as it went by me) and I missed la Drang Valley. I feel very fortunate – destiny was on my side thanks to fifteen days.
The battle of la Drang Valley was made famous many years later in the Mel Gibson movie “We were Soldiers”, based on the book, “We were Soldiers Once – and Young” by General Hal Moore. I own two copies of the movie and I cry every time I watch it even today.
John Kerry, for personal and political gain, besmirched the honor, integrity and the patriotism of all who served in Vietnam. No one I knew in the “Enlisted Men” ranks wanted to go to the John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy contrived war in Vietnam, or at least, except for a few rare individuals. They went because it was their duty.
Only officers wanted to go off to this worthless war. They needed the war to make rank, to put a check-mark on their records, to write a bunch of medal citations for themselves and their buddies. The truth about those medals and check-marks are spelled out completely in the book “About Face” written by the most decorated officer in Vietnam, Colonel David Hackworth.
John Kerry was one of those officers. Now don’t get me wrong, there were some very fine officers, with the highest of integrity and honor, who went off to war in 1965. I served with some of the best, with my own commanding officer at Fort Campbell, Colonel Olan E. Smith making General over there. Our Executive Officer 1st Lt. Albert A. Griffith, a graduate of Penn State and ROTC, was the finest officer I knew in my time in service. I still remember, and laugh, at his humorous relationship with his Nittany Lion Dictionary. He carried it everywhere with him, and instantly drawled it out as if a 45 Caliber Pistol, whenever the meaning or spelling of a word was in doubt.
John Kerry was, and is, a “dirtbag”!
He came home, threw his phony medals over the fence at the White House, and called the common soldier in Vietnam all sorts of scurrilous names and base accusations, all of which were untrue, and proven so later. He testified before Congress in 1971, testimony that was filled with lies, so much so that he should have been charged with treason on the spot. The attached video will sum up John Kerry the traitor of Vietnam:
At no time did this specious traitor mention that his fellow Democrats started the phony war in Vietnam for personal and political reasons, and they perpetuated it, after the death of John F. Kennedy. He just blames the American Soldier, who had nothing to do with this devastatingly disastrous, and purely political action, that killed over 58,000 Americans.
John Kerry should not even be a United States Senator! He aided and abetted the enemy after his return to the United States. He should have been charge with treason, and either shot, or imprisoned for life.
To make this incredibly Un-American, self-serving liar, the Secretary of State is to drive a stake right into the heart of all the friends I served with, of over 58,000 dead American GI’s, over 300,000 who were wounded in Vietnam, and all who served faithfully in the military past and present. He is no better that the mythical “Man without a Country” of fictional literary fame.
This must not happen!
Formally Sergeant James M. Walker – Regular Army 19 669 379
Soldiers who were with John Kerry in Vietnam: he’s a traitor