jihadist propaganda

‘The Jews did it’ 9/11 truther Imam will lead ‘Islam on Capitol Hill’ prayer on 9/25

Michelle Malkin asked “Who’s behind “Islam on Capitol Hill?” today. Part of the answer is Sheikh Ahmed Dewidar who, shortly after 9/11, implied Jews were complicit in the mass-murder of the 2,976.

On June 6, 2005, the Steven Stalinsky wrote about it in the New York Sun:

Within weeks of September 11, 2001, an Egyptian sheik serving as Al-Azhar University’s representative in America and an imam at the Islamic Cultural Center and Mosque of New York City, Muhammad al-Gamei’a, was interviewed at an unofficial Al-Azhar University Web site, www.lailatalqadr.com. Sheik al-Gamei’a returned to Egypt shortly after his interview was translated. Many of his friends in the interfaith community were shocked at what this “moderate” said.

In the interview, he claimed the Jews were behind the September 11 attacks and offered the following as evidence: “four thousand Jews did not come to work at the World Trade Center,” and “Jews control decision-making in the airports and in the … White House and the Pentagon.” Another outrageous statement: “Muslims do not feel safe even going to the hospitals, because some Jewish doctors in one of the hospitals poisoned sick Muslim children, who then died.” Sheik al-Gamei’a also predicted the collapse of America.

Almost four years after Sheik al-Gamei’a made headlines, another influential Egyptian-born New York imam gave a series of interviews to the press in his homeland. He also did not expect his words would be translated by MEMRI.

An imam at the Islamic Society of Mid-Manhattan and a lecturer on Islamic studies at Manhattanville College, Ahmad Dewidar, was recently called “the face of the next generation of Muslims in America.” He has met with President Bush, Mayor Giuliani, Governor Pataki and U.N. Secretary-General Annan.

Recently, Dr. Dewidar attended the annual Conference of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs in Egypt, where he gave a series of interviews. In one that aired on MBC TV on June 9, he discussed the spread of Islam in America. He referred to sermons he had heard in 1995 that stated, “We are going to the White House so that Islam will be victorious, Allah willing, and the White House will become Muslim House.” To view the broadcast, visit www.memritv.org.

On June 15, Dr. Dewidar was interviewed by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s Web site, www.ikhwanonline.com. When asked about how the attacks of September 11, 2001, impacted the spread of Islam in America, he said that he witnessed hundreds of Americans converting to Islam. Hinting at an American government conspiracy related to the attacks, he said, “Whether or not these events were planned, or pinned on the Muslims, or something else – [it] provided an opportunity for [the American government] to legislate dubious laws that restrict the growth and presence of Islam in the U.S.”

Regarding American skepticism toward Islam following September 11, 2001, he said, “The media – most of which is under Zionist control – has helped to spread this perception.” Later in the interview he said that “the Jews” control the press. When asked, “What is the extent of the Muslim community’s influence on American society?” He answered, “The Zionist community numbers only 3 million, but they control the government, the politics, the economy, and the media in the U.S.”

Also while speaking to the Web site of the Muslim Brotherhood, he denounced President Bush’s policy in the Middle East, claiming it was dictated by Natan Sharansky: “This Jew has despicable goals, and we see their effects today in America’s actions in the region, imposing its opinion and its outlook on democracy, education, and political involvement on our countries.”

Dr. Dewidar and Sheik al-Gamei’a’s interviews shared some themes, such as blaming Islam’s poor image in America on a Zionist-controlled press. They also both said the Zionists control political decision-making and economic institutions. Both were extremely positive on the future of Islam in America and discussed a trend of Americans converting to Islam following September 11, 2001.

Maybe Dr. Dewidar will have fellow 9/11 truther Van Jones MC the event.

9/11 family member comes face to face with evil: Khalid Shaikh Mohammed

Lorraine Arias-Beliveau’s youngest brother Adam Arias was killed in Tower 2 of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. In yesterday’s New York Daily News, she described her close encounter with Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and her reaction the next day, while still on Guantanamo Naval Base, when President Barack Obama announced Gitmo would close:

I could hardly believe my eyes when he came into focus: Khalid Shaik Mohammed, the man who boasted of having masterminded the attacks. He sat there in front of us, preening his beard. Did he seem humbled or chastened? Hardly. He looked like, deep inside, he was laughing in our faces.

What we then saw unfold was less of a trial than a farce. Mohammed dismissed his council — only to call them back. He sat there at the table, in front of his personal computer, complaining about something he had read in The Wall Street Journal — holding up the newspaper for the rest of us to see.

Before long, the scene was overwhelmed by a steady stream of what sounded to me like legal minutiae and trivialities. It was sickening. It was surreal.

I will never forget what interrupted that: Khalid Shaikh Mohammed’s defense declaring to the court that their client was requesting a cushion because his seat in the van had been too hard. A debate unfolded: the prosecution claimed the cushion had already been provided; the defense insisted he had not received one.

Was this really happening? I went outside for air. My on-base escort followed and asked me what was wrong. “Three thousand people are dead and they are arguing over a cushion,” I answered.

Then came a two hour break — one for lunch, the second for the defendants’ specially protected hour of prayer.

It wasn’t long before the circus resumed. Back at trial, Mohammed burst out with this (according to my notes): “I did it I said I did it! I am proud I did it for jihad!! We say we are guilty just sentence me!”

The words were chilling but something cut even deeper to my core: his gaze. Mohammed turned to make eye contact with us. We stared back.

Before long, court was dismissed, and we were informed that, due to the inauguration of the new President, there would be no hearings the following day.

The following morning we heard the news over CNN: by order of the President, all the proceedings were now on hold… READ THE REST.

That courtroom discussion about a cushion for a self-confessed mass-murderer’s derrière was no joke. It is but one product of a so far successful campaign conducted on behalf of Islamic terrorists by their profiteering lawyers. Their tales of torture, abuse, starvation, and deprivation has been knowingly furthered by human rights organizations, newspapers, and media outlets.

No pun intended, the end result of their propaganda may well be terrorists moved to America’s prisons in or near civilian populaces, attacks conducted to free them, al Qaeda trained jihadists released on bail onto America’s streets pending trial, the granting to some among them permanent resident status, and the public disclosure of America’s secrets during their trials in our federal courts.

Was it really a propaganda campaign? Yes.

American lawyer drops his drawers for al Qaeda; Updated — lawyer and firm part ways

Bumped to the top and updated, 9:45 AM, July 26:: David Remes, Who Dropped His Pants in Yemen, to Leave Covington [scan down]

First, the original post (July 16, 2008)

Covington & Burling lawyer David Remes

The caption for that Reuters photograph reads:

Sanaa, Yemen: US lawyer David Remes, who represents 16 Yemeni prisoners held at Guantánamo Bay, takes his trousers off during a press conference. He was demonstrating what the typical al Qaeda lawyer wears while on a date with his clients. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

I made up everything after the word ‘demonstrating’ and before the word ‘photograph.’

It is accurate to say that David Remes traveled to Yemen, stepped in front of an Al Jazzera microphone, and dropped his pants to demonstrate “the mistreatment suffered by his clients.”

He acted like a fool yet al Qaeda’s American lawyers have no shame; they routinely spread jihadist propaganda and lie to their own country. Go ahead; click here to see the unedited version, unedited except for an application of the most appropriate color. Now he is all set for the next ‘hate our troops’ rally.

Hat tip to the Jawa Report.

Updated, 9:45 AM, July 26:

According to the Law Blog at the Wall Street Journal: David Remes, Who Dropped His Pants in Yemen, to Leave Covington:

David Remes, who made Law Blog headlines last week for removing his pants at a news conference in Yemen, is leaving the firm, according to the Legal Times, which reported the news over the weekend. Remes will reportedly devote himself exclusively to human rights litigation.

Remes reportedly announced his resignation from Covington on Friday. “My departure is the inevitable outcome of my human rights work at the firm in the past four years, which became a consuming passion,” he said in a statement. Remes said in his statement that he had informed the firm in May of his intention to leave.

I believe the last sentence about as much as I believe the propaganda Mr. Remes espouses on behalf of his terrorist clients. Yet they say the good lies always contain an element of truth. Perhaps him publicly dropping his pants only sped up his departure.

Kuwait helps pay detainees’ legal bills: Washington Times

In this morning’s Washington Times:

Three U.S. law firms and a public relations company have received millions of dollars from a Middle Eastern organization partly financed by the Kuwaiti government to work for families of Kuwaiti men detained at the U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, public records show.

The legal work, funded by the Kuwait-based International Counsel Bureau (ICB), has figured prominently in court proceedings that have gone all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, including last month’s 5-4 ruling giving the detainees the right to have their cases heard in U.S. courts.

The ICB gets at least some of its funding to hire U.S. lawyers through the Kuwaiti government, records show.

“We understand that the government of Kuwait makes financial contributions for the legal fees and expenses of the International Counsel Bureau,” D.C. lawyer Thomas B. Wilner stated in a public filing with the Justice Department in 2005.

The Kuwaiti Embassy in Washington did not return telephone messages concerning the nature of the country’s relationship with the ICB.

Among the most prominent lawyers working on the Guantanamo litigation, Mr. Wilner is a partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP, which received more than $1 million from the Kuwait-based group. ICB has paid nearly $4 million overall to the U.S. firms, according to Justice Department and U.S. Senate lobbying records.

“This is not a case where the firm profited financially,” Mr. Wilner said. “We put more time and effort in this case than all the other firms combined.”

Shearman & Sterling spokesman Peter Horowitz said the firm donated about $1.5 million in proceeds it received from its work for Guantanamo detainees to the not-for-profit Regional Plan Association in New York, which seeks to shape transportation systems, protect open spaces and promote better community design for a 31-county area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Still, the fee arrangements between the Kuwaiti group and U.S. firms have prompted sharp criticism in recent years from Debra Burlingame, co-founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America, who has questioned the flow of foreign money for lawyers involved in U.S. judicial proceedings on national security issues.

Most U.S. law firms working on behalf of Guantanamo detainees are doing so at no charge. More than 50 firms were honored last year for doing pro bono work for detainees at a ceremony in Washington hosted by the National Legal Aid & Defender Association. Among the firms was Shearman & Sterling.

A spokesman for the legal aid group said the organization wasn’t aware that Shearman & Sterling had worked on a fee basis. Mr. Wilner said the firm has been working pro bono since 2005, though it continued receiving fees from the ICB until 2006. Mr. Wilner said those fees were for work performed during 2005 and earlier.

The idea that all of the lawyers here are working pro bono isn’t true. It just makes the cause look more noble,” Ms. Burlingame said.

According to its Web site, ICB was founded in 1994 by Abdul Rahman R. Al-Haroun, former manager for the corporate department of the Kuwaiti National Petroleum Co. The firm’s other partner, Ghazi Al Qahtani, joined in 1998 after 23 years with the Kuwait Oil Co., where he was general counsel and head of the company’s legal-affairs group, according to the bureau.

In written and public testimony for a congressional hearing last year, Ms. Burlingame accused Shearman & Sterling and other firms hired by ICB of “cashing in.” In comments that echoed previous statements by Ms. Burlingame on the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal, she also criticized the firms for accepting “millions of dollars in fees in furtherance of acquiring the release of committed [jihadis] from U.S. custody while men and women of the U.S. armed services are under fire in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

In response, a Shearman lawyer rebutted Ms. Burlingame’s comments in a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, a copy of which the firm provided to The Washington Times.

“We decided to undertake the representation because of the important constitutional principle at stake: the right of any individual detained within the jurisdiction and control of the U.S. government to have a fair hearing before a neutral judge to decide whether they should continue to be held indefinitely or should be charged, tried and, if convicted, punished,” Shearman lawyer Rohan S. Weerasinghe wrote.

Two other U.S. firms also have received funds from ICB: Arnold & Porter LLP and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Arnold & Porter declined to comment for this article. The firm reported about $75,000 in fees from ICB during the first half of 2006 in Justice Department filings. It also has reported an additional $250,000 in fees in recent years in U.S. Senate lobbying reports.

Arnold & Porter has lobbied Congress, the Justice Department, the State Department and the Defense Department on “issues related to efforts to obtain due process for the Kuwaiti detainees in U.S. custody in Guantanamo Bay,” according to lobbying reports.

A third firm hired by the ICB, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, provided legal counsel in the recent Supreme Court case, Al Odah v. United States, which gave detainees the right to have their cases tried in U.S. courts. Through the last five months of last year and all of January, the firm reported more than $250,000 in fees and expenses from ICB, according to foreign-agent filings at the Justice Department.

Among the firm’s charges were meal and travel costs for two Pillsbury lawyers to go to Cuba in August 2007 to “meet with clients at Guantanamo Bay to discuss legal strategy regarding actions taken against the clients by the U.S. government,” according to the filings.

The firm also reported contacts with numerous major media outlets concerning detainee issues, including The Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CBS News and Al Jazeera.

Pillsbury lawyer David J. Cynamon declined to respond to questions concerning ICB for this article, saying that “as an attorney, I cannot and will not comment on matters concerning client relationships.” In a Pillsbury news release after the Supreme Court decision, Mr. Cynamon called the ruling “a complete victory not only for our clients, but for all Americans and citizens the world over, and, most importantly, for the rule of law.”

Lawyers aren’t the only ones receiving fees from the ICB.

The Kuwait-based group also has financed a public relations campaign run by Levick Strategic Communications in Washington, making hundreds of e-mails and telephone calls to reporters at dozens of media outlets across the country, including The Washington Times.

According to Justice Department filings, the firm – which also has represented the Executive Office of Dubai – contacts media outlets to “generate support for adherence to the June 2003 and June 2006 decision by the Supreme Court with regard to due process for the detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.”

The firm also reported contacts with the American Civil Liberties Union earlier this year for “possible collaboration on the orange-ribbon movement to shut down Guantanamo,” according to Justice Department filings.

Levick Senior Vice President Gene Grabowski, a former reporter for The Washington Times, said the public-relations firm wasn’t working to free the detainees, but rather to focus public attention on why the men should be given a fair trial in U.S. courts.

“We were engaged to make the case … give them a real trial. It was never about freedom,” Mr. Grabowski said. “If they’re found guilty, they should be punished. We’re not arguing for their blanket freedom.”

Still, Richard Levick, who founded Levick, noted in a December 2005 article for an online trade publication, www.workinpr.com, “To date, six of the detainees have been set free, and the legal and public relations teams continue to coordinate efforts to help free the remaining six.”

Mr. Grabowski said that his boss’s comments were “not quite accurate,” adding that “our goal was never to set them free. Our goal was to get them a fair trial.”

In the article, titled “How a Media Campaign Helped Turn the Guantanamo Tide,” Mr. Levick wrote that while “legal and PR strategies don’t overlap,” the public relations campaign included a “news feed” of dozens of opinion pieces by Mr. Wilner, the Shearman lawyer, and Khalid Al-Odah, a father of one of the detainees, to raise awareness about Guantanamo detainees.

“In turn, such public awareness would ensure that judges knew that people were paying attention, that the prisoners weren’t forgotten, and that it was indeed a viable as well as correct position to affirm due process in this situation,” Mr. Levick wrote.

Mr. Grabowski said ICB serves as the Kuwaiti law firm for a group called the Kuwaiti Family Committee, which he said is made up of the families of current or former Kuwaiti Guantanamo Bay detainees. He said the funding from ICB initially came from the families, but “now there is some help from the Kuwaiti government.”

Ex-Guantanamo Osama bin Laden photog to produce for al Jazeera TV ‘human rights program’

Today, Pakistan’s Daily Times reported that Sami al-Haj will produce for a television station notorious for publishing al Qaeda propaganda, as well as for other Islamic terrorist organizations. It is believed that Sami al-Haj used his job as a cameraman for al Jazeera to make videos for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden prior to his capture in Pakistan and being turned him over to U.S. authorities.

A US Air Force jet arrives at Khartoum with Sami al-Haj aboard after his release from Guantanamo

When he was released from Guantanamo two months ago, a reasonably healthy looking al-Haj was flown to the Sudan by US Air Force jet yet faked weakness once he landed in Khartoum after spotting the media waiting on the tarmac.

Sami al-Haj being carried off a US military aircraft in Khartoum

Even before al Jazeera TV reported, “he was carried off US military aircraft clearly exhausted and in pain,” their report’s video showed Sami al-Haj a few minutes later, rushing to his young son, easily lifting him, and vigorously kissing and hugging him in a Khartoum hospital.

Sami al-Haj rushing to his son

Sami al-Haj easily lifting his son

Sami al-Haj hugging and kissing his son

According to DoD spokesman Navy Commander Jeffrey Gordon:

The aircrew who brought him to Khartoum on a military transport said he was relaxed, standing up, walking around during the entire flight. When they landed at Khartoum, he looked out the window, saw all the media, and immediately collapsed in a chair. “I can’t walk,” said the former cameraman for Al-Jazeera, demanding an ambulance. He can be seen being carried off the plane on a stretcher, wincing as if in pain. In another video shot the same day, he’s seen reuniting with his family, walking, standing, smiling, miraculously healed. Gordon reports that the man who said he engaged in a 16 mos hunger strike “left Guantanamo four pounds lighter than when he arrived.”

Also in the video is aj-Haj, with an I-V wrapped around his wrist yet not inserted, strongly shaking hands and hugging well-wishers:

Sami aj-Haj, with an IV wrapped around his wrist yet uninserted, strongly shaking hands and hugging well-wishers

Sami al-Haj’s lawyers were not shy about creating propaganda for him while he was detained at Guantanamo; they had this cartoon drawn up for al-Haj, based upon his description of being force-fed during his 16-month hunger strike while at Guantanamo.

Sami al-Haj's lawyers had this propaganda drawn up for him, based upon his description of being 'force fed' during his 16 month hunger strike while at Guntanamo

It is al Jazeera that first reported his lawyers created the cartoon, as this 30-second except from their video report proves:

Now, al Jazeera has appointed al-Haj to what it alleges is a human rights department:

Al Jazeera television said on Wednesday it had appointed a cameraman held for six years without charge at the United States prison in Guantanamo Bay as producer at its new freedoms and human rights programmes department. “I will do my utmost to reveal to the world the violations committed against humans,” Sudanese-born Sami al-Haj, who was handed to Sudanese authorities in May, said in a Jazeera statement announcing the appointment. “I hope Jazeera, through creating this department would be able to help those who suffer quietly due to such violations,” he said. Haj who suffered health problems after a long hunger strike returned to the Sudanese capital Khartoum on May 1 aboard a US military plane. A senior US defence official in Washington said at the time that Haj was transferred to the custody of the Sudanese government and not released. Haj, who had been accused of making videos of Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden, was handed to the US military in January 2002 but was never charged or brought to trial, the network says.

From the Unclassified Summary of Evidence of Sami al-Haj’s July 8, 2006, Administrative Review Board, it appears he was held and questioned at Guantanamo for good reasons:

The following primary factors favor continued detention:

a. Commitment

1. The detainee worked as an executive secretary for Abdul Al-Latif Al-Imran, general manager for the Union Beverage Company (UBC).
2. The Union Beverage Company has been associated with Bosnian/Chechen mujahid.
3. The detainee traveled to Azerbaijan at least eight times to courier money to the Al-Haramayn non-governmental organization (NGO) on behalf of his boss, Abd Al-Latif Omran.
4. Al-Haramayn has been designated under Executive Order 13224 as an organization that has provided support to terrorist organizations.
5. During the winter of 1997, the detainee delivered $7,000 USD to Al-Haramayn.
6. During the winter of 1998, the detainee delivered $13,000 USD to Al-Haramayn.
7. During the summer of 1999, the detainee visited Al-Haramayn’s summer camp, and delivered $13,000 USD to Al-Haramayn.
8. During November 1999, the detainee delivered $12,000 USD to Munir Al-Barguoni for a new factory in Azerbaijan; he also delivered $100,000 USD to Jamal, the Director of Al-Haramayn.
9. The detainee was detained in Azerbaijan for the transport of $220,000 USD. The money was destined for Chechen rebels and not for humanitarian support as the detainee was told.
10. After serving as the Al-Haramayn Director in Baku, Azerbaijan from 1997 to January 2000, Jiman Mohammed Alawi Al Muraai, aka Abu Wafa, took a job operating the Wafa offices in Karachi, Pakistan.
11. Al Wafa has been designated under Executive Order 13224 as an organization that has provided support to terrorist organizations.
12. While working at the Union Beverage Company, the detainee met Mamdouh Mahmoud Salem.
13. Mamdouh Mahmoud Salem Abu Hajir was arrested in Germany in September 1998 and extradited to the United States. He was a senior al Qaeda lieutenant and Bin Laden’s deputy in Sudan.
14. The detainee founded a company on 20 May 1999 in Azerbaijan named “SAMICO Services.”
15. SAMICO documents were found during a raid of locations occupied by suspected extremists affiliated with Muhammad Rabi’a Abdul Halim Sha’ib (an Egyptian extremist).
16. To register a company in Azerbaijan, authorities required that a registree have a registered business in another country.
17. Because the detainee did not have a registered company elsewhere, he used falsified documents to register his company. According to the detainee, the falsified documents showed him as a co-owner of Rumat International.
18. According to a Foreign Government Service, the detainee and Mamduh Muhammad Salim Ahmad, aka Abu Mu’izz, are both affiliated with Rumat International. Ahmed was subsequently arrested on suspicion of participating in the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
19. While in Azerbaijan, the detainee came into contact with Ashraf, who ran the juice distribution business for the Union Beverage Company in Azerbaijan.
20. Between 1994-1998, Ashraf Abdulrahim Ayub worked for the Kuwaiti Revival of Islamic Heritage Society (RIHS), a non-governmental organization.
21. The Revival of Islamic Heritage Society has been identified under Executive Order 13224 as a terrorist affiliated organization.
22. As of late March 2003, a foreign government was investigating Ashraf for possible ties to terrorism.
23. On 4 January 2000, the detainee attempted to reenter Azerbaijan, but was detained and then deported from the country. The deportation was due to his alleged activities supporting Chechen rebels.

b. Other Relevant Data

1. In March or April 2000, the detainee left the Union Beverage Company and went to work for Al Jazeera in Doha, Qatar.
2. The detainee was hired to go to Chechnya to do a story.
3. Around this time, the detainee met with the former President of Chechnya, who was exiled in Doha, Qatar, on at least 15 occasions to learn about Chechnya and to solicit help in gaining access to Chechnya.
4. Following the September 11th attack, the detainee was told by Al-Jazeera to forget Chechnya and go to Afghanistan.
5. The detainee interviewed several Taliban officials during his stay in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
6. The detainee interviewed a man who identified himself as Abu Hafa Al Moritani, a member of al Qaeda.
7. Abu Hafa was one of Usama bin Laden’s personal advisors and a religious recruiter. He was also the leader of the Mauritanian al Qaeda cell.
8. The detainee was stopped in early December 2001 at the border by Pakistani security. According to Pakistan security, the passport the detainee had in his possession did not agree with Pakistani records.
9. The detainee was detained at the Afghanistan/Pakistan border because his name appeared on a border authority watch list.

YouTube still has Al-Jazeera’s full report posted. Note that 39 seconds in, just minutes after arriving at a Khartoum hospital, Sami al-Haj rushes unassisted to his son:

I am sure al-Haj will be quite inventive back working for a leading authority on disinformation in the Middle East.


Editor – A hat tip to The Long War Journal

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Update, 11:35 PM EDT, July 5, 2008: Our thanks goes to See-Dubya at MichelleMalkin.com for the link over.