Friday, January 11, 2013
Obama's CIA Nominee Brennan: "Islam Helped To Shape My Worldview"
That's the problem nowadays.When you speak, nothing goes away or is forgotten.
The man Barack Obama wants to head the CIA is an admitted Islamophile, as evidenced by a Feb. 13, 2010 address to a meeting at the Islamic Center at New York University, sponsored by the Muslim Brotherhood front the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA):
Travels around the world over more than three decades had taught him about “the goodness and beauty of Islam,” said Brennan, whose 25-year career at the CIA until 2005 included a stint as station chief in Riyadh. “Like the president during his childhood years in Jakarta, I came to see Islam not how it is often misrepresented, but for what it is – how it is practiced every day, by well over a billion Muslims worldwide, a faith of peace and tolerance and great diversity.”
In the speech, during which he drew applause after speaking in Arabic for more than a minute, Brennan used terms evidently designed to appeal to his audience, such as “Al-Quds” for Jerusalem, “Palestine” and “as the Qur’an reveals” – in keeping with the Muslim belief that the Qur’an was “revealed” directly by Allah to Mohammed through the angel Jibril (Gabriel).
He condemned what he said were negative stereotypes in the U.S. about Muslims and hostility towards Islam, adding that government actions and policies had contributed to the problem but saying this would change under Obama. “Ignorance is a threat to our national security, prejudice is a threat to our national security, discrimination is a threat to our national security. And those who purport to be religious are frequently the most egregious purveyors of ignorance, prejudice and discrimination – and it must stop,” he said.
“We must also acknowledge that over the years the actions of our own government have at times perpetuated those attitudes,” Brennan continued. “Violations of the Patriot Act; surveillance that has been excessive; policies perceived as profiling; over-inclusive no-fly lists subjecting law-abiding individuals to unnecessary searches and inconvenience; creating an unhealthy atmosphere around many Muslim charities that made Muslims hesitant to fulfill their sacred obligation of zakat [an Islamic tithe or tax] – these are challenges we face, we face together as Americans, and President Obama and his administration are pursuing a comprehensive approach to address them,” he said.
Let's put some additional context into these remarks. Mr. Brennan's speech took place in an Islamic center noted for its hardline wahabi views and jihadist literature, sponsored by a Muslim Brotherhood front group indicted in the Holy Land Foundation trial whose leaders only escaped prosecution because the Obama Justice Department filed Declination of Prosecution motions in what amounted to an open and shut case.
Brennan's tenure as CIA Head of Station in Riyadh during th eBush Administrastionwas also marked by a complete lack of pressure on the Saudis to investigate Saudi nationals known to be financing jihadi terrorism or to stop jihadis from transiting Saudi Arabia to fight in Iraq against our troops.
This is the man whom President Obama wants to head our CIA.As an additional benefit for this president's agenda, Brennan is 'Mr. Drone', on record as favoring the use of unmanned drones for domestic surveillance.
The Obama Administration has been marked by its empowerment and support of the Muslim Brotherhood overseas and here in America, and there are a number of people with this worldview as well as people with significant ties to the Brotherhood within the Administration.
The rot goes deep indeed, and it will cost us in the future.