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    Hillary Clinton’s History: Muslim Connections Stem Back To 1990s

    Hillary Clinton’s History: Muslim Connections Stem Back To 1990s

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    22 Jan 2016

    As Hillary Clinton struggles to maintain frontrunner status in the Democratic primaries, she’s facing even more important issues. Islamic terrorism is sweeping the globe, yet mainstream media outlets seem reluctant to vet her foreign policy credentials.

    In particular, the former Secretary of State isn’t being asked the tough questions about her closest colleague, Huma Abedin, who has links to people and groups the U.S. government says were involved in the funding of terrorism.

    This is not a right-wing conspiracy theory.

    In speeches during the Clinton administration, Hillary Clinton admitted that she and her husband President Bill Clinton learned nearly everything they knew at the time about Islam from their 14-year-old daughter. This seldom publicized admission came when First Lady Hillary Clinton hosted the first dinner at the White House celebrating the Muslim holiday of Ramadan on February, 20th, 1996.

    According to the official transcript of her remarks from that that event as posted by the Clinton Presidential Library , she would tell the audience:

    Like many Americans, I have only recently gained a full appreciation of Islam. When I was growing up, there were no courses in Islamic history or religion in my schools and the Koran was not on too many bookshelves in American households. Fortunately, that has changed, as I know from my own family experience.

    I have to admit that a good deal of what my husband and I have learned has come from my daughter, who some of you who are our friends know took a course last year in Islamic history. When she and I traveled to South Asia, she provided me with a running commentary on everything we saw and visited.
    Mrs. Clinton’s “full appreciation of Islam” would come after a number of impossible-to-miss historic events involving Islamists that had shaped the United States. Most Americans in the modern era first became aware of the Islamist threat during the Iranian hostage crisis that began in the Carter administration.

    More significantly, two major events involving Islam happened during the early years of the Clinton administration itself, both with long-term consequences: the Bosnian war and the first attack on the World Trade Center. Understanding the threat of Islamist ideology should have been a prerequisite for leadership in the face of those events, but three years into the Clinton administration Hillary Clinton had no problem admitting that both she and the leader of the free world had learned “a good deal” of what they knew about Islam from Chelsea Clinton.

    Chelsea Clinton was 14-years-old when she was tutoring the President and First Lady on Islam, having gained her expertise on Islamic ideology in her high school sophomore history class at the elite Sidwell Friends school.

    Meanwhile, between 1992 and 1995 the Bosnian war raged on. Muslims in what was formally Yugoslavia managed to build a bridge to Europe that is being used by terrorist groups like ISIS to this very day. Just this week, International Business Times reportedthat ISIS is buying land in Bosnia to use as a staging area for terrorist incursions in the West:

    The groups bought land in the northern region of Bosnia, a few miles from the border with Croatia. While Croatia is not part of the Schengen area – a 26 country zone of the European Union in which people can travel without visa or border checks – it is an easy crossing point into other Schengen countries, such as Hungary and Slovakia. The Salafi community in this region has denied it has connections to Islamic terror groups in Syria.

    Bosnia has become an important point of recruitment for terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State group, which is based out of Iraq and Syria. Nearly 40 percent of the nation is Muslim, and Bosnian national Husein Bosnic has become a top recruiter for the group in Europe, helping send more than 300 foreign fighters to Syria, according to a report in France 24.

    The Origins & Connections of the First White House Ramadan Dinner

    That first dinner at the White House celebrating the end of the Ramadan fast known as Eid was put together by the American Muslim Council, or AMC, founded and headed byAbdulrahman Alamoudi.
    In 2004, Alamoudi would be described by the Washington Post as “one of America’s best-known Muslim activists” who met “with senior Clinton and Bush administration officials in his efforts to bolster Muslim political prominence.” It wrote that Alamoudi “also helped found the Pentagon’s Muslim chaplain program and was involved in a variety of other Islamic political and charitable organizations.”

    That 1996 event was put together by Alamoudi’s assistant director, Khaled Saffouri. In 1998, Saffouri would explain to the Los Angeles Times how the that first White House Eid dinner developed:

    The White House celebration of the Eid comes after years of efforts to educate the public about Islam and a specific effort to encourage recognition of Ramadan, said Khaled Saffouri of the American Muslim Council, a Washington-based educational organization.

    “The Bush administration was not receptive,” Saffouri said. “They would not return phone calls or answer letters.”
    After Saffouri organized an observance in the U.S. Senate in 1996 and personally invited the first lady, her aides asked him to organize a similar event at the White House.

    Although hastily planned, that first observance left a deep impression on the Muslim community in the United States and abroad, Saffouri said. The event was widely discussed within Muslim communities nationwide and covered in the foreign press.

    “This was the first time the Muslim community was acknowledged by any administration,” Saffouri said. “Muslims felt someone invited them, included them and appreciated them for the first time. It was a historic event for Muslims worldwide.

    Although Saffouri and Alamoudi would have an impact in the Clinton White House, they also wanted to have influence with Republicans.

    One immediate impact was that Ramadan dinners became a White House tradition that extended through George W. Bush’s administration and have been carried on by Barack Obama.

    In 1997, Saffouri— The man who put together the first White House Ramadan dinner event for the Clintons—would cofound the Islamic Free Market Institute with GOP political operative Grover Norquist and Morquist’s brother-in-law, Palestinian activist Majed Tomeh. Norquist was an important influncer on the Republican Party through this anti-tax group lobbying group Americans for Tax Reform and remains so today. Norquist is also the board of the National Rifle Association.

    Norquist’s Islamic Free Market Institute, also known as the Islamic Institute, would be funded in part by a $20,000 check from Alamoudi. Another $20,000 came from a man named Jamal Barzinji.

    The funding of the Islamic Institute by Barzinji and Alamoudi is well documented was admitted by Norquist in an interview with Glenn Beck in March 2015, where Norquist claimed that Alamoudi’s radicalism was not known at the time:

    “He worked with the Pentagon for crying out loud,” Norquist said. “He traveled evidently for USAID or the State Department. … He is somebody who was, at that point, people thought or said he was an OK guy.”

    However, anyone paying attention to Alamoudi in 1996 would hear clearly that he had a vision for an America dominated by Islam.

    In March 1996, Alamoudi said he was “honored to be a member of the committee that is defending” Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) founder Musa Abu Marzook. As theIsraeli business website Globes reported on Marzook in 2014:

    “One of those fundraisers was Dr. Musa Abu Marzook, the number 2 man in Hamas,” Elad says. “At the beginning of the 1990s, he began a fundraising campaign in the US among wealthy Muslims, while at the same time founding several banking enterprises. He himself became a conglomerate of 10 financial enterprises giving loans and making financial investments. He’s an amazing financier.”

    The US administration ordered Marzook’s arrest in 1995 on charges of supporting terrorism. After he spent two years in a US prison, it was decided to expel him without trial. He kept the money. “When he was expelled from the US in 1997, he was already worth several million dollars,” Elad says, adding, “Somehow he evaded the clutches of the US Internal Revenue Service and was not charged with financing terrorism. People in the know say he probably became connected to the administration and cooperated with it. There is no proof, but it’s hard to think of any other reason why he escaped punishment for such serious offenses. In 2001, in the investigation of the September 11 events, it turned out that he had extensive financial connections with Al Qaeda, including the transfer of funds to the 21 Al Qaeda operatives accused of the attacks.”

    Today, Marzook is considered one of Hamas’s wealthiest billionaires. “Arab sources estimate his wealth at $2-3 billion,” Elad says.

    In late 1996—the same year that Hillary Clinton hosted his group for the Ramadan at the White House—AMC founder Alamoudi spoke to a conference for the Islamic Association for Palestine held in Chicago.

    At that event, Alamoudi said eventually America “will become a Muslim country.”

    Alamoudi was emphatic that he was working to create political change in America while leaving open the possibility of violence elsewhere. He told his audience “you can be violent anywhere else but in America.” His speech was recorded and he said:

    It will happen, it will happen (unclear word) Allah, I have no doubt in my mind, Muslims sooner or later will be the moral leadership of America. It depends on me and you, either we do it now or we do it after a hundred years, but this country will become a Muslim country. And I (think) if we are outside this country we can say ‘oh, Allah destroy America’, but once we are here, our mission in this country is to change it. And the prophet told us that there are three ways of changing things, either by your hand or your mouth or within yourself, and we can change it by our hand and by our mouth, but positively. There is nowhere for Muslims to be violent in America, no where at all. We have other means to do it. You can be violent anywhere else but in America.

    In 2000, Amamoudi would openly declared himself as a supporter of terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah at an anti-Israel rally.

    In September, 2003, the man whose organization had put together the first White House Ramadan dinner was arrested. As the Washington Post reported in 2004:

    A federal judge yesterday sentenced Muslim activist Abdurahman Alamoudi to the maximum 23-year prison term for illegal dealings with Libya that included his involvement in a complex plot to kill the Saudi ruler.

    This is a clear victory in the war against terrorism,” said Paul J. McNulty, the U.S. attorney in Alexandria.
    Michael Garcia, the Department of Homeland Security’s assistant secretary for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the sentence “reflects the seriousness of Alamoudi’s crimes.” He said that during the investigation, agents “tracked suitcases stuffed with cash, unearthed Swiss bank accounts and documented meetings with shadowy figures around the globe.”

    Alamoudi has undergone extensive debriefings, and Attorney General John D. Ashcroft said yesterday that Alamoudi’s cooperation will aid “critical” terrorism investigations. Government sources have said, for example, that Alamoudi will be asked about the sprawling probe into whether a cluster of Islamic charities, companies and think tanks in Herndon and elsewhere in Northern Virginia financed terrorist organizations

    Alamoudi’s connection to that “cluster of Islamic charities, companies and think tanks” in Virginia is also significant because of another figure who would enter the White House in 1996: a young college student fresh from Saudi Arabia named Huma Abedin.

    In Part 2 of this story, we’ll look at the influence of Huma Abedin on the Clintons and her connections to Alamoudi and others.

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    Hillary Clinton’s History: How Huma Abedin Went from Intern to Top Adviser

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    16 Feb 2016

    In Part One of this series, we looked at the people and events behind the history-making first White House Ramadan dinner, held in 1996 and hosted by Hillary Clinton — an event that revealed the shocking ignorance both Bill and Hillary Clinton had about Islam, especially in the light of events such as 1993’s attack on the World Trade Center.

    As we detailed in Part One, that “Eid Dinner” event was put together by an organization called the American Muslim Council that was founded and headed by a man named Abdurahman Alamoudi.

    Alamoudi, who is now serving a federal prison term for funding terrorism, was a political mover and shaker with ties to not just the Clinton White House, but later to the George W. Bush White House via Republican lobbyist Grover Norquist.

    In 1996, Alamoudi was a key Muslim influencer with the Clinton administration. Aside from the Eid dinner, an organization Alamoudi ran was vetting Islamic Army chaplains for the U.S. military.

    Another historically significant thing happened in 1996: A 20-year-old George Washington University student named Huma Abedin landed an almost impossible-to-get White House internship.

    At that first Eid dinner, Hillary Clinton admitted to knowing almost nothing about Islam, telling the audience that she and President Bill Clinton learned most of what they knewabout Islam from their daughter Chelsea, who had taken a sophomore high school class on the Middle East.

    In the years to come, Hillary Clinton would go on to acknowledge another source of her understanding of Islam: Huma Abedin.

    Huma is now Hillary Clinton’s closest aide and the vice-chairwoman of her presidential campaign, but as Breitbart News has shown, efforts to vet or ask basic questions about Abedin have been shut down by the mainstream media.

    With Hillary Clinton still the odds-on favorite to win the Democrat nomination for president and with Huma Abedin at the center of Hillary Clinton’s private email server scandal, Breitbart News is doing what the MSM refuses to do — provide as much detail on the secretive Huma Abedin, who is the closest aide to one of the most powerful women in the world.

    Huma Abedin and the Muslim Students Association

    There are no details available about the process that led to Huma Abedin becoming a White House intern assigned to Hillary Clinton in 1996, nor are there any details about how Abedin was vetted for the job.

    What we do know is that, in 1996, Huma Abedin was the assistant editor of a publicationcalled the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs and that Huma was on the executive board of a group called the Muslim Students Association at George Washington University.

    Breitbart News has extensively documented the history of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, its relationship to groups that funded terrorism, and the media’s coverup of Huma Abedin’s connection to it, but a short recap is in order.

    As Vanity Fair reported this year in one of the first mainstream media accounts of the facts about Huma Abedin:

    When (Huma) Abedin was two years old, the family moved to Jidda, Saudi Arabia, where, with the backing of Abdullah Omar Nasseef, then the president of King Abdulaziz University, her father founded the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, a think tank, and became the first editor of its Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, which stated its mission as “shedding light” on minority Muslim communities around the world in the hope of “securing the legitimate rights of these communities.”

    continues about Abdullah Omar Naseef:

    In his early years as the patron of the Abedins’ journal, Nasseef was the secretary-general of the Muslim World League, which Andrew McCarthy (…) claims “has long been the Muslim Brotherhood’s principal vehicle for the international propagation of Islamic supremacist ideology.”

    This connection is important because the Muslim World League was also the benefactor of a group currently active on over 600 college campuses: the Muslim Students Association.

    The Muslim Students Association was formed in 1963 by members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

    As the New York Times described the group’s origins, it was heavily influenced by Saudi Arabia.

    Organized in the 1960s by foreign students who wanted collective prayers where there were no mosques, the associations were basically little slices of Saudi Arabia. Women were banned. Only Muslim men who prayed, fasted and avoided alcohol and dating were welcomed. Meetings, even idle conversations, were in Arabic.
    Donations from Saudi Arabia largely financed the group, and its leaders pushed the kingdom’s puritan, Wahhabi strain of Islam. Prof. Hamid Algar of the University of California, Berkeley, said that in the 1960s and 1970s, chapters advocated theological and political positions derived from radical Islamist organizations and would brook no criticism of Saudi Arabia.

    In was during this period in the early 1970s that Huma Abedin’s father Syed was connected to the MSA at Western Michigan University.

    A search of the WMU website shows papers published by Abedin in 1972 and credited to“Abedin, Syed Z | Kalamazoo, Mich. : Muslim Students Association, Western Michigan University 1972.”

    Given Syed Abedin’s involvement during the “slices of Saudi Arabia” early years of the Muslim Students Association, it’s not shocking that, in 1979, Syed Abedin was picked to run the Institute of Muslim Minority in Saudi Arabia. According the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs inaugural issue in 1979, Naseef was the Institute’s Chairman.

    Huma Abedin would spend the next 16 years growing up in Saudi Arabia. When Huma Abedin was sent to the United States for college, she became part of the MSA. A page from the group’s 1996 website at lists her on the Executive Board as the Head of Social Committee.

    It’s not surprising that Huma Abedin was part of the Muslim Students Association, but it should raise eyebrows, and it’s a valid subject for questions since the MSA has been breeding ground for known terrorists. As the Canary Mission website summarizes:

    Anwar al-Awlaki was president of the MSA at Colorado State University during the mid-1990s. An al-Qaeda cleric linked to numerous terror plots including 9/11 and the Fort Hood shootings, al-Awlaki was the first United States citizen to be targeted and killed in a United States drone strike. After his death, he was linked to the terrorists responsible for the Charlie Hebdo massacre, to whom al-Awlaki had repeatedly preached, calling for the killing of newspapers editor, Stéphane Charbonnier. Omar Shafik Hammami was president of MSA’s chapter at the University of South Alabama during the early 2000’s. In 2006, Hammami abandoned his young wife and child and left for Somalia where he became a militant leader in the terrorist organization al-Shabaab. Ramy Zamzam was a past president of the MSA’s Washington, D.C. council, before his conviction in in 2010 for attempting to lead a group dubbed the “D.C. 5” to join the Taliban in Pakistan.

    There’s another important connection to the Muslim Students Association — remember that, in 1996, Abdurahman Alamoudi was wielding his influence at the Clinton White House.

    Alamoudi was also the president of the Muslim Students Association’s National group in the 1980s.

    It’s worth noting that the year after Huma Abedin came into the Clinton White House as an intern, Republican Norquist co-founded a group called the Islamic Institute, funded by two $20,000 checks — one from former Muslim Students Association National President Abdurahman Alamoudi and another from one of the 1963 founders of the Muslim Students Association, Jamal Barzinji.

    By the end of 1990s, there would be two powerful, unelected influencers on Islamic issues working behind the scenes at the presidential level — Huma Abedin working with the Democrats and Grover Norquist working with the Republicans.
    It is also worth noting that, when questions about Huma Abedin were raised in 2012, one of the people who sprang to her defense was Grover Norquist.

    As Politico reported at the time in an article titled, “Norquist: Bachmann claim ‘indefensible’“:

    “It’s completely indefensible, there’s nothing else to say,” Norquist said in an interview with POLITICO.
    Norquist joked that the one thing he and Anthony Weiner had in common was that they “both married beautiful women.”

    Norquist is married to a Palestinian woman whom he met through the Islamic Institute. Norquist’s sister Loraine is also married to a Palestinian activist, Majed Tomeh, who co-founded the Islamic Institute with Norquist.

    Huma’s Early Influence

    However she ended up in the White House, it’s clear from a search of records from the Clinton White House that Abedin quickly became a go-to resource on Islam for the future Secretary of State.

    At the 1999 Ramadan dinner, Hillary said:

    There are many people who have made today happen, but special thanks are due to Maureen Shea, Mona Mohib and Huma Abedin for putting together this event.

    Maureen Shea was associate director of the office of Public Liaison at the White House.

    Hillary Clinton goes on to to cite one example of Huma Abedin’s influence:

    I must say that I have seen very personally the impact of Ramadan because of having Huma on my staff, and have had many occasions to talk with her about the particular meaning of Ramadan.
    Later in that 1999 speech, Hillary Clinton would go on to say how she believed that the “values that are embodied in Islam” including the yearning “to live in peace,” “strengthen the United States”:

    Today, we celebrate Eid with special foods and exchanging of gifts, and by honoring the remarkable contributions of Islam that have enabled millions and millions of Muslims around the world to endure and thrive through the ages and enrich us all…

    We also honor the universal values that are embodied in Islam — love of family and community; mutual respect; the power of education; and the deepest yearning of all: to live in peace. Values that can bring people of every faith and culture together, strengthen us as people, and, I would argue, strengthen the United States as a nation.

    Other documents from the Clinton era show how quickly Huma Abedin went from being a White House intern to becoming an important consultant on all things Islamic, including presidential speeches.

    According to an email sent by Maureen Shea in 1999, Huma Abedin was one of White House’s “resident Muslims” and gave notes on a speech by President Bill Clinton.

    Among the notes are pronunciation suggestions on the word “Muslim” as well as a note to take out a reference to Iraq as “too political.”

    The Shea Memo read in part:

    Subject: Comments on Video
    01/11/99 09:33:24 AM
    Hope this is helpful – I have consulted with Huma and Mona, our two resident Muslims!
    First of all, can you get the President to pronounce Muslims not as Moslims but as Musslims!
    Paragraph one:

    • As not all Arabs are Muslims, take out Arab and simply say; “On behalf of all Americans, Hillary and I would like to send our best wishes to Muslims both here and around the world as
    • If he could say “Eid Mubarak !EED-moo-bar-akl at the end which means “blessed Eid,” that

    would be great.

    Paragraph two :
    • end with “and by the fasting which is one of its five pillars.”
    Paragraph three: too political: Keep first line and take out the rest – the part on Iraq is especially out of place in a religious message.

    The line that the “resident Muslims” wanted removed was: “I especially hope we will see the lives of the Iraqi people improve. They have suffered from a harsh dictatorship for too long.”

    That was considered too political.

    By 1999, internal White House memos would show that the “generic” Clinton take on Islam would be that “we have no issue with Islam, issue is those who distort religion, or nationalism, or ethnic feelings to suit their political interests.”

    This, of course, would be the standard line from the Clinton administration to the George W. Bush administration to the Obama administration; despite the rise of al-Qaeda and then ISIS, despite attacks on the World Trade Center, London, and Paris, and despite the sharp spike in worldwide terrorism since the Arab Spring, the messaging from Washington is always “we have no issue with Islam.”

    A few days after terrorists toppled the World Trade Center in 2001, George W. Bush would stand in a Mosque in an event arranged by Grover Norquist and Khaled Saffouri, the man who had organized the first Eid dinner at the Clinton White House. Bush would tell the world, “Islam is peace.”

    Eleven years later, Hillary Clinton would be Secretary of State, with Huma Abedin at her side. After terrorists from Ansar al-Sharia killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, President Obama would tell the United Nations that “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

    The influence operation appears to have worked.

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