John McCain blasted Michele Bachmann yesterday allowing the Left to have some fun as they mount yet another smear campaign against the Minnesota representative. Their spin, that Bachmann is on a witch hunt aimed at Huma Abedin, deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and wife of former New York congressman Anthony Weiner, isn’t very accurate. Naturally.
The actual issue at hand is a little more serious and certainly, if true, far more sinister. Namely, as presented by Bachmann and several other lawmakers, there is growing evidence that the Obama administration is allowing Muslim Brotherhood members and “front” organizations access to federal government departments and officials. As a result, they feel this is worthy of an investigation.
When Bachmann first brought her concerns to light she was immediately confronted by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota). Ellison is a Muslim, one of two serving in Congress (Andre Carson, D-Indiana is the other), and demanded justification for her posture. In a detailed and well referenced 16-page reply, Bachmann basically stated the following concerns:
Why did the State Department not only allow a member of an Egyptian terrorist group a visa to enter the country (against the law) but then allowed that individual to meet with national security officials at the White House?
Why does the State Department continue to interact regularly with known Muslim Brotherhood “front” groups?
Why has the Obama administration, according to the White House Director for Community Partnerships, had hundreds of meetings with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and actively worked to conceal these meetings? As background, in 2008 the Holy Land Foundation was found guilty of funding Islamic terrorist organizations. Named as “unindicted co-conspirators” in the trial were CAIR and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Both organizations are tied to the Muslim Brotherhood.
How exactly did Ms. Abedin avoid security clearance disqualification given that there is a documented connection between her father, mother and brother and the Muslim Brotherhood?
Contrary to the McCain rant and the Left’s spin, it is not Ms. Abedin as an individual that has Bachmann concerned but rather, the apparent bump and grind behavior between the Obama administration and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Infiltration is nothing new. Spies attempt to infiltrate governments and organizations routinely. DEA agents attempt to infiltrate drug cartels. Socialists and Communists have attempted to infiltrate our government since it was founded. One can present a case that Obama, Hillary Clinton and other hard-Leftists have successfully infiltrated the Democratic party. And if you believe in the saying, ‘where there is smoke, there is fire’, then we all have reason to be concerned. Because there is some smoke.
Early last year a Department of Justice representative leaked the idea that although the Holy Land Foundation case was a success it was miss-directed. Individuals, not the organizations, were the original focus of the investigation and it should have been these individuals that were prosecuted, not the organizations. The actual quote from the source read,
That’s why this decision came from the top down. These individuals who were going to be prosecuted are still the administration’s interfaith allies. Not only would these Muslim groups and their friends in the media be screaming “Islamophobia” at the top of their lungs and that this is a war against Islam, but the administration would look like absolute fools. It’s kind of hard to prosecute someone on material support for terrorism when you have pictures of them getting handed awards from DOJ and FBI leaders for their supposed counter-terror efforts. How would Holder explain that when we’re carting off these prominent Islamic leaders in handcuffs for their role in a terror finance conspiracy we’ve been investigating for years?
It was simple sleight of hand. Issue last minute directives to prosecute the organization rather than individuals. As a result, although the organization’s identity has been spoiled, the individuals are still free to roam government corridors and establish new “front” organizations to send cash to terrorists.
Look, it’s understood that many find Michele Bachmann grating. Others find her approach to government representation somewhat irritating. She is a supporter of the Tea Party movement and a founder of the House Tea Party Caucus. She has stood tall and railed against Obama-care, Dodd-Frank, global warming, the bailouts, tax hikes, Obama being anti-American, the debt ceiling and much more. She is no establishment Republican. As a result, she has many enemies on the Right and the Left.
Further, Obama and Holder are no angels, in fact, they have proven to be as dirty as they come — with them anything is possible.
As a member of the the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Bachmann is doing her job. The committee is charged with the oversight of the United States Intelligence Community. If they smell something foul, they damn well better investigate the rot, whether establishment Republican McCain and his cousins on the Left like it or not.