Radical Islamists routinely visit White House
The organization reported this week that “scores of known radical Islamists made hundreds of visits to the Obama White House, meeting with top administration officials.”
The information was obtained from visitor logs at the White House as well as court documents and “other records” that have identified many of the visitors as belonging to groups serving as fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and other Islamic militant groups.
“President Obama opening the White House to radical Islamists compromises American security in at least two ways. First, it legitimizes groups and individuals whose track records beg skepticism and scrutiny.
Second, White House visitor logs show that top U.S. policy-makers are soliciting and receiving advice from people who, at best, view the war on terrorism as an unchecked war on Muslims,” said the report. “These persons’ perspectives and preferred policies handcuff law enforcement and weaken our resolve when it comes to confronting terrorism.”
The report was complied by Steve Emerson and John Rossomando.
It said among the visitors have been representatives of groups designated by the Department of Justice as unindicted co-conspirators in terror trials as well as those who “obstructed terrorist investigations by instructing their followers not to cooperate with law enforcement.”
Also visiting the White House were those who “promoted the incendiary conspiratorial allegation that the United States is engaged in a ‘war against Islam,’” and those who claim Islamic terrorists convicted since 9/11 were “framed by the U.S. government.”
IPT reported officials from the Council on America-Islamic Relations, which was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror money laundering case in the nation, the Holy Land Foundation trial, were among those visiting Obama’s advisers.
In that case, U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Solis said, “The government has produced ample evidence to establish the association” of CAIR to Hamas. He refused to reverse the listing.
Specifically, the logs shows Hussam Ayloush, executive director of CAIR’s Los Angeles branch, met with Paul Monteiro, associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, and Amanda Brown, assistant to the White House director of political affairs, the report said.
“IPT has learned that the White House logs curiously have omitted Ayloush’s three meetings with two other senior White House officials,” the report said.
In another situation, Esam Omeish, who formerly headed the Muslim Brotherhood-created Muslim American Society, visited the White House three times, IPT said.
“In 2000, Omeish personally hired the late terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki to be the imam of Falls Church, Va., Dar al-Hijrah mosque. According to IPT analysis, more terrorists have been linked to Dar al-Hijrah since 9/11 than to any other mosque in America,” the report said.
“Interestingly, the Obama administration’s enthusiastic support for gay rights did not prevent it from inviting Islamists who support laws overseas giving gays the death penalty,” the report said. “In a June 21, 2001, article in The San Francisco Chronicle, Muzammil Siddiqi, the former head of Islamic Society of North America, said he ‘supported laws in countries where homosexuality is punishable by death.’ Siddiqi met with Monteiro on June 8, 2010.”
IPT said it actually is the Muslim Public Affairs Council that has “secured the closest working relationship with the Obama White House” with 15 officials from the group welcomed to the White House.
“Executive Director Salam al-Marayati enjoyed at least six White House visits between September 2009 and July 2011, mostly involving meetings with Monteiro. Alejandro Beutel, who was MPAC’s government liaison until July 2012, had 10 White House visits between July 2010 and May 2012,” the report said.
“MPAC’s Washington director Haris Tarin made 24 trips to the White House between December 2009 and March 2012. Those meetings often were intimate in nature, involving a handful of people at most,” it said.
Also visiting from MPAC was Edina Lekovic, a spokeswoman for the group. As a student, she served as an editor of a Muslim magazine called Al-Talib, which in 1999 published an editorial praising Osama bin Laden, explaining, “We should defend our brother and refer to him as a freedom fighter, someone who has forsaken wealth and power to fight in Allah’s cause…”
“White House logs show Islamists visiting the White House who may have lower profiles, but who also defended terrorists and terrorist groups, and repeatedly castigated law enforcement, especially in counter-terror sting operations,” the report said.
It listed Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates and the National Association of Muslim Lawyers. “She casts FBI counter-terror stings as ‘entrapment,’” the report said. “Khera also has compromised FBI operations and coached mosque personnel on how to evade FBI surveillance.”
Also listed was Hisham al-Talib, a founder and current vice president of finance for Herndon, Va.-based, International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), an organization the FBI believes has housed key Muslim Brotherhood leaders in the United States since the late 1980s.
Also, Imam Talib El-Hajj Abdur Rashid, a religious and spiritual leader of Harlem’s Mosque of the Islamic Brotherhood. “Rashid rationalized Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s stance on destroying Israel, saying it merely is a ‘sentiment born of the legitimate anger, frustration, and bitterness that is felt in many [parts of the Muslim world’ because of Israel’s ‘ongoing injustice toward the Palestinian people.’”