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Friday, August 10, 2012

Mata Huma; Muslim Brotherhood Spy?

Timothy Birdnow Andrew Bostom, writing in American Thinker, defends Andrew McCarthy's work at National Review against the tar bruch of Dana Milbank at the Washington Post. McCarthy argued that Huma Abedin, longtime aid to Hillary Clinton and wife of disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weinar, has strong ties (via her family) to the radical Muslim Brotherhood. Milbank, in typical liberal fashion, dismissed the mountain of evidence compiled by McCarthy with a wave of his hand; Abedin is entirely too embedded in the Democratic political machine to be excused and so the accusations must be dealt with in the only way possible when the facts are against the defender. I argued this very case a while back hee at this website. According to Bostom: "Over the past 33 years, Huma Abedin's family has been responsible for the editorial production of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA)'s academic journal, known as Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs. Journal, from 1979-1995, and Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs [JMMA], from 1996. till now, starting with family patriarch Syed Z. Abedin's, and Huma's mother, Saleha Abedin's, founding involvement since 1979, and subsequently joined by Huma's brother Hassan Abedin (1996 to present), Huma herself (1996 to 2008), and Huma's sister, Heba (married name Khalid, or Khaled; 2002 to present). Syed Abedin, in the inaugural edition of the IMMA journal, gives an effusive tribute to one of his IMMA co-founders, Dr. Abdullah Omar Nasseef, Chairman of the IMMA. During his concurrent tenure as Secretary-General of the Muslim World League -- a combined Saudi Wahhabi, Muslim Brotherhood-dominated organization -- in July, 1988, Naseef also created the Rabita Trust, and became its chairman. On October 12, 2001, then President George W. Bush's Executive Order named Rabita Trust as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist Entity, and the US Treasury Department froze its assets, while Naseef was still serving as the Trust's chairman. Nasseef remained on the IMMA journal Editorial Board through 2003, overlapping Huma Abedin's tenure for 7-years (i.e., 1996-2003). The current (April/May 2012) issue of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs journal (JMMA) features two essays, introduced with lavish praise by Editor Saleha Abedin, which champion, unabashedly: * The global hegemonic aspirations of major 20th century Muslim Brotherhood jihadist ideologues, such as the eminent Muslim Brotherhood theoretician, Sayyid Qutb (d. 1966), and Abul Hasan Nadwi (d. 1999) * The more expansive application of Sharia within Muslim minority communities residing in the West, with the goal of replacing these non-Muslim governing systems, as advocated by contemporary Muslim Brotherhood jihadist ideologues, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, and Taha Jabir al-Alwani End excerpt. It is strange that a very attractive woman with strong family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood would worm her way into marriage with a rising Congressional star, a Jewish New York Congressman, and be a top aid to the U.S. Secretary of State; was she reviewed for a security clearance? When I was in college I studied Russian, the culture, language, and history, with the intenttion of getting a government job. My classmates (and we were a close group as the same people took the same classes every semester together) all had trouble getting jobs after graduation as did I; the fall of the Soviet Union greatly reduced hiring. But a few of the more talented ones had other problems. One girl - a very talented young lady who had been an army brat and grown up in West Germany - was denied employment because she had a fourth cousin who was a citizen of East Germany, and the nebulous connection was enough to ruin any chance she had for a security clearance. Needless to say she was angry, but that was how national security was conducted; you didn't take chances. A couple of my other classmates were denied on similar basis. (As for me, my foreign language aptitude was never good, and my mastery of the Russian language never quite enough to get me a job; I needed to go for a PH.D. to get the career I wanted, but the money ran out and I was pretty tired of school at that point, so I never pursued it.) The point is, Abedin would not have passed muster in the Reagan or Bush 31 Administrations. But we are not dealing with adults in government, and haven't been for a long time (and I include many in the W. Bush administration as well, as so many were holdovers from the Clinton era or the go-along-to-get-along RINO types who fail to understand the gravity of what this nation is facing. Because Hillary wants a Muslim outreach, and is interested in an attractive young lady for whatever reason (be it friendship or some other reason) does not matter; if this woman is a security risk she should not be so close to the levers of power. It certainly should have been a reason to deny Hillary the post of Sec. State. We are at war, a point that so many seem to have forgotten. The enemy has not forgotten, I assure you, and they will use every means at their disposal to vanquish us. Fortunately for them we are busily vanquishing ourselves, and the work of a spy would be to keep the current regime in office. The ancient Persians thought little of their failure to crush the Greeks, feeling it was but a minor matter involving some simple unimportant people who won a minor victory over them. They likely believed that until Alexander drove through their best troops and established himself as their new king. One must not take such an enemy lightly. And yet we continue to do so. We let people like Huma Abedin near the seat of power and think nothing of it. Such cavalier disregard for our national security is going to come back to haunt us.

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