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Common Defense Richard Falknor on 04 Oct 2011 04:39 pm

Representative Frank Wolf Bells the Grover Norquist Cat

“I also believe Mr. Norquist has used the ATR ‘pledge’ as leverage to advance other issues many Americans would find inappropriate, and when taken as a whole, should give people pause.” – – Frank Wolf

We have our sharp differences with senior House of Representatives appropriator Frank Wolf over the size and role of government.

But Mr. Wolf first of all is a patriot, and strong supporter of the Judaeo-Christian tradition. That is what is so important here.

Today the seasoned Virginia U.S. Representative joined other critics of Grover Norquist in spotlighting Mr. Norquist’s connections with what we call Political Islam. Drawn from Virginia member Wolf’s press release, here are some excerpts from his statement in today’s Congressional Record.

“TERRORIST CONNECTIONS”

“Not only was Mr. Norquist entangled with the criminal dealings of Jack Abramoff, but documentation shows that he has deep ties to supporters of Hamas and other terrorist organizations that are sworn enemies of the United States and our ally Israel.

According to Senate lobbying disclosure records of his now defunct lobbying firm, Janus-Merritt Strategies, around the years 2000 and 2001 Mr. Norquist’s firm represented Abdurahman Alamoudi, who was convicted two years later for his role in a terrorist plot and who is presently serving a 23-year sentence in federal prison.”

“OPPOSING THE PATRIOT ACT”

“Mr. Norquist also has been an outspoken supporter of Al-Arian’s effort to end the use of classified evidence in terror trials.  In fact, Norquist was scheduled to lead a delegation to the White House on September 11, 2001, that included a convicted felon and some who would later be identified by federal law enforcement as suspected terrorist financiers.

According to a Arab American Institute 2002 report, ‘Healing the Nation,’ ‘[o]n the day of the terrorist attacks, Arab American and Muslim American leaders were already in Washington, D.C. for a previously scheduled meeting with President Bush to discuss the use of  ‘secret evidence’ in certain immigration proceedings and racial profiling of Arab Americans at the nation’s airports and security checkpoints.”

I have seen the list of attendees for the scheduled meeting.  Among those listed:

  • Madhi Bray, a convicted felon who was found guilty of drug and fraud charges in the 1980s.  Bray appeared cheering on stage with Alamoudi at the October 2000 rally in Lafayette Park as Alamoudi declared his support for Hamas and Hezbollah.
  • Omar Ahmed, co-founder of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). According to an April 18, 2011, Politico article by Josh Gerstein, “Federal prosecutors… have introduced evidence in court of Ahmad’s attendance at a 1993 meeting in Philadelphia that the FBI contends was a gathering of Hamas supporters seeking to undermine the Middle East peace process.  Prosecutors [in the Holy Land Foundation case] have also presented documents that appear to show CAIR as part of a network of Muslim Brotherhood organizations in the U.S.”

The list provided to the White House by Norquist’s Islamic Institute included representatives from each of Norquist’s organizations, including a Janus-Merrit lobbyist. At the top of the list: Grover Norquist, representing Americans for Tax Reform. “

“GUANTANAMO BAY DETAINEES”

“More recently, Mr. Norquist has become an outspoken advocate for moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States.  According to a November 16, 2009, Huffington Post article by Sam Stein, Norquist led a public campaign to undermine Republican-led efforts to block the Obama Administration’s transfer of 9/11 mastermind Khaled Sheik Mohammed to New York City and other terrorist detainees to Thompson Prison in Illinois, the first time terrorists would be held indefinitely inside the United States.

The article reported that Mr. Norquist wrote that, ‘moving suspected terrorists to the Thomson, Illinois prison facility, ‘makes good sense.’ Taxpayers, [Norquist wrote], have already invested $145 million in the facility, which has been ‘little used.’ ‘The scaremongering about these issues should stop,’ [Norquist wrote], noting that there is ‘absolutely no reason to fear that prisoners will escape or be released into their communities.’”

“GROUND ZERO MOSQUE”

“Mr. Norquist also interjected himself into the debate about the proposed ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ last summer, calling legitimate concerns about the location a ‘Monica Lewinsky ploy’ by Republicans, according to an August 18, 2010, report by Michael Scherer on Time magazine’s Web site.  Mr. Norquist further trivialized the concerns saying that Republicans were, ‘distracted by shiny things.’

Mr. Norquist even used Americans for Tax Reform to circulate a petition in support of the ‘Ground Zero Mosque.’  Patrick Gleason, director of state affairs for Americans for Tax Reform, wrote an August 17, 2010, letter to state affiliates urging them to share the petition with their coalition.

Why would Americans for Tax Reform circulate a petition in support of the ‘Ground Zero Mosque?’  For the families of those who lost loved ones on 9/11 or during operations in the War on Terror, concerns about the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ were neither a ploy nor a distraction, as Norquist described it.”

Faithful readers may revisit this ATR petition here.

Read the entire Wolf statement and give those parts relating to Mr. Norquist’s questionable affiliations careful consideration.

The No-New-Taxes Pledge and All That

This is not the place to discuss the merits of the pledge or related fiscal matters.  In an era of well-established bi-partisan support for big government, one can love the pledge as a device to hold politicians accountable (as we do) yet have no brief for Grover Norquist nor his questionable friends.

Many times in the last decade during informal Maryland taxpayer activist discussions, we hoped the former president would make Mr. Norquist the ambassador to Patagonia so Americans for Tax Reform could then be led by a strong fiscal advocate and a gifted organizer —  but one without Mr. Norquist’s always increasingly toxic baggage.

We expected, correctly, that the exposure — once it registered in the legacy media — of his affiliation with Political Islam, to say nothing of his earlier association with Mr. Abramoff, could taint the whole taxpayer-protection movement.

At another time, we will return to contend with Mr. Wolf’s positions on the size and role of government. Right now, however, we all owe him a great debt for his courageous statement this morning.  Few, if any other Republican politicians in Virginia have taken on Political Islam either with reference to Mr. Norquist today or earlier with reference to the Islamic Saudi Academy (scroll down in the foregoing link).

And too many in national conservative leadership circles have shown a consistent and extended lack of  fortitude in addressing the Norquist Islamist scandal.

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