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  1. 17 Feb '10 02:23 / 1 edit
    Obama’s New OIC Envoy Defended Activist Who Aided Terrorist Group
    Monday, February 15, 2010
    By Patrick Goodenough, International Editor



    (CNSNews.com) – President Obama’s newly appointed envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference was quoted in 2004 as saying an American who aided a Palestinian terrorist group was the victim of “politically motivated persecutions” who was being used “to squash dissent.”

    Rashad Hussain was quoted as telling a Muslim students’ event in Chicago that if U.S. Muslims did not speak out against the injustices taking place in America, then everyone’s rights would be in jeopardy.

    The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA) cited Hussain as making the remarks in connection with Sami al-Arian, a university professor and activist sentenced in 2006 to more than four years in prison (including time already spent in custody) after he had pleaded guilty to conspiring to aid the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/61324

    I know President was not aware of this...so,what the hell are they thinking?
  2. 17 Feb '10 02:27
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    I know President was not aware of this...so,what the hell are they thinking?[/b]
    What makes you so sure?
  3. 17 Feb '10 02:33
    Originally posted by whodey
    What makes you so sure?
    That was a bit of sarcasm whodey. Just like Van Jones.
  4. 17 Feb '10 02:52
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    That was a bit of sarcasm whodey. Just like Van Jones.
    What drives Obama to be such a radical on the fringe?
  5. 17 Feb '10 03:10 / 1 edit
    He does this all the time. There is some question though if this guy was misquoted or not. Either way,the controversy surrounding him should of been apparent. But,thats probably why he did it.
    "smoke screen"
  6. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    17 Feb '10 04:11
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    There is some question though if this guy was misquoted or not.
    Tell us more.
  7. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    17 Feb '10 05:25 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    Rashad Hussain was quoted as telling a Muslim students’ event in Chicago that if U.S. Muslims did not speak out against the injustices taking place in America, then everyone’s rights would be in jeopardy.
    There is some question though if this guy was misquoted or not. Either way,the controversy surrounding him should of been apparent.

    Whether Rashad Hussain has been misquoted or quoted correctly is absolutely central to the validity of your OP, not just an incidental detail. If he stood up/spoke up for the fundamental rights of fellow Americans, then he is surely an exemplary citizen, especially if he had the personal and professional courage to do so in the face of flak from those who'd condemn him for being involved in 'controversy' even if was in the right.

    If, on the other hand, Rashad Hussain has endorsed terrorism or criminal activity by Americans, then perhaps there is a serious charge to answer. Are you making that charge?

    He reportedly said "...if U.S. Muslims did not speak out against the injustices taking place in America, then everyone’s rights would be in jeopardy". No controversy there, then. You, I and everyone else can undoubtedly endorse that statement. And if he practises that bit of preaching competently, then there can be no controversy about him being appointed envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference. All sides would be able to agree on that too.

    But with Rashad Hussain's comments about Sami al-Arian you say "There is some question though if this guy was misquoted or not". Surely you must see, as a conservative minded person presumably unyielding in your opposition to any restriction of freedom of thought and speech, that the question of what he DID actually say and whether "this guy was misquoted or not" is vital?
  8. 17 Feb '10 13:48
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    Obama’s New OIC Envoy Defended Activist Who Aided Terrorist Group
    Monday, February 15, 2010
    By Patrick Goodenough, International Editor



    (CNSNews.com) – President Obama’s newly appointed envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference was quoted in 2004 as saying an American who aided a Palestinian terrorist group was the victim of “polit ...[text shortened]... e/61324

    [b]I know President was not aware of this...so,what the hell are they thinking?
    [/b]
    So if you were president, who would you propose as the new OIC Envoy?

    Remember - all of your critics will be ready to go on a fishing expedition through the lands of Google and Beyond to find something "subversive" that your guy said or did.
  9. 17 Feb '10 15:06
    Originally posted by Melanerpes
    So if you were president, who would you propose as the new OIC Envoy?

    Remember - all of your critics will be ready to go on a fishing expedition through the lands of Google and Beyond to find something "subversive" that your guy said or did.
    Conan O'Brien
  10. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    17 Feb '10 15:41
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    ...Sami al-Arian, a university professor and activist sentenced in 2006 to more than four years in prison (including time already spent in custody) after he had pleaded guilty to conspiring to aid the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).
    utherpendragon, can you tell us exactly what specific accusations are you levelling at Rashad Hussain vis a vis Sami al-Arian and Palestinian Islamic Jihad? You've gone very quiet - in terms of substance - since starting this OP. So I have simplified the question for you. What exactly are you accusing Rashad Hussain of?
  11. 17 Feb '10 16:22
    Originally posted by FMF
    [b]There is some question though if this guy was misquoted or not. Either way,the controversy surrounding him should of been apparent.

    Whether Rashad Hussain has been misquoted or quoted correctly is absolutely central to the validity of your OP, not just an incidental detail. If he stood up/spoke up for the fundamental rights of fellow Americans, then he ...[text shortened]... tion of what he DID actually say and whether "this guy was misquoted or not" is vital?[/b]
    "Hussain's remarks defending Al-Arian appeared in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs in 2004. But now the Washington Report's website carries a version of this article from the passage referring to Rashad Hussain has been removed. Nothing else in the article has been changed."

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/02/spencer-washington-rashad-hussain-coverup.html

    The reporter who originally wrote it stands by their claim that Rashad Hussain actually defended Al-Arian and did not misquote Rashad Hussain.
    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/61324

    This is the controversy I mentioned
  12. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    17 Feb '10 16:25
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    This is the controversy I mentioned
    All based on a reporter's claim?
  13. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    17 Feb '10 16:27
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    The reporter who originally wrote it stands by their claim that Rashad Hussain actually defended Al-Arian and did not misquote Rashad Hussain.
    So what exactly have you decided to accuse Rashad Hussain of?
  14. 17 Feb '10 16:29
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    Conan O'Brien
    Hiring a comedian -- might not be a bad idea. After all, Al Franken is a senator.

    now if only we could get Jay Leno to run for president, we'd finally have the leadership America needs.
  15. 17 Feb '10 16:31
    Originally posted by FMF
    So what exactly have you decided to accuse Rashad Hussain of?
    I havent accused him of anything other than being controversial.