Terror Apologist Named to Federal Anti-Terror Post
By Matthew Vadum
President Obama is appointing an openly terrorist-sympathizing Muslim to head a government office dedicated to countering Islamic State propaganda.
In April, Rashad Hussain will take over as director of the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, a small office within the U.S. Department of State that Obama plans to make bigger. A new component called the Information Coordination Cell will be added to the expanded center and will reportedly be staffed by intelligence analysts. It will have a staff of around 80 people and will coordinate with other government agencies.
“We’re getting beaten on volume, so the only way to compete is by aggregating, curating and amplifying existing content,” Richard A. Stengel, the under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, told the New York Times.
The head-chopping barbarians of the Islamic State will no doubt cower in fear because the U.S. government has, as the newspaper notes, “more than 350 State Department Twitter accounts, combining embassies, consulates, media hubs, bureaus and individuals, as well as similar accounts operated by the Pentagon, the Homeland Security Department and foreign allies.”
Hussain is reportedly a devout Muslim who maintains close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood’s network in the U.S.
He has been spewing radical Islamic propaganda for years.
As a law student at Yale University in 2004, Hussain whined that the prosecution of University of South Florida professor Sami al-Arian was a “politically motivated persecution” calculated “to squash dissent.” The academic was recently deported and he entered guilty pleas regarding his activities as a leader of the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
And al-Arian was forcibly removed from the United States for good reason. He supports suicide-bombing and chanted “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.” After two jihadist suicide bombers murdered 18 people in Israel in 1995, al-Arian referred to the decedents as “two mujahidin martyred for the sake of God.”
Robert Spencer reports that the pro-jihadist Washington Report on Middle East Affairs published Hussain’s remarks in November 2004. Since then the publication scrubbed Hussain’s quotation from the article that contained it.
WRMEA news editor and executive director Delinda Hanley “denied there was a ‘cover-up,’ and implied that anti-Muslim discrimination was behind the fact this was now being raised,” CNS News reports.
Hussain’s pro-terrorist activities have continued since he left college.
In a 2008 paper for the Brookings Institution Hussain argued that language that links Muslim terrorism to Islam itself should be avoided.
“Policymakers should reject the use of language that provides a religious legitimization of terrorism such as ‘Islamic terrorism’ and ‘Islamic extremist,’” he wrote. “They should replace such terminology with more specific and descriptive terms such as ‘Al-Qaeda terrorism.’”
This is, of course, exactly what the Obama administration did upon coming into power the next year. Even today Obama argues strenuously that the U.S. is in conflict only with specific terrorist groups and not with the Muslim world as a whole.
In the same paper Hussain urged the U.S. to “welcome and encourage the further development of mainstream Muslim organizations and moderate institutions.” He specifically referenced the work of the Fiqh Council of North America, which is linked to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.
Hussain has also written that, “The primary cause of broad-based anger and anti-Americanism is not a clash of civilizations but the perceived effect of U.S. foreign policy in the Muslim world.”
This is, of course, the standard left-wing rationalization for Islamic aggression against the United States. It ignores the pattern of violent expansionism that has characterized Islam since the days of its founding prophet. It also ignores the fact that Islam, which is the Arabic word for submission, does not believe in the marketplace of ideas. Islam does not recognize separation of church and state. Its purpose from its creation has always been to conquer and eliminate all other religions. It must dominate.
President Obama, who nowadays makes no secret of his sympathy for Islamic terrorists, picked the right man to carry out his policies. Hussain has already been working for the Obama administration for five years.
In February 2010 Obama appointed Hussain as his ambassador to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (previously known as the Organization of the Islamic Conference).
Spencer describes the OIC as “the thuggish international organization that is engaged in a full-scale campaign to intimidate Western governments into adopting hate speech codes that will effectively quash criticism of Islam – including jihad violence perpetrated in its name.” OIC has long been pushing the myth that there is such a thing as “Islamophobia.”
Obama gushed over Hussain when he first appointed him to an administration post.
“I’m proud to announce today that I am appointing my Special Envoy to the OIC—Rashad Hussain. As an accomplished lawyer and a close and trusted member of my White House staff, Rashad has played a key role in developing the partnerships I called for in Cairo [in 2009],” Obama said at the time.
“And as a hafiz of the Qur’an, he is a respected member of the American Muslim community, and I thank him for carrying forward this important work.” (Hafiz is Arabic for “guardian” and refers to a man who has memorized all of the Koran.)
Of course, Hussain was a natural fit for the OIC, which itself is tied to the Muslim Brotherhood. It consists of 56 member states plus the Palestinian Authority and aspires to impose shariah law on the entire world. It seeks to reestablish the Islamic Caliphate.
Now that Obama is safely reelected and the final off-year congressional election of his presidency is completed, he doesn’t care about appearances anymore.
Obama doesn’t feel the need for the careful, studied, Alinskyite deception that marked his first six years in the highest office in the land. Now he is free at long last to be Obama and to let his Chicagoland, red-diaper baby, freak flag fly. His despotic power is essentially unchallenged.
Since he left Fox News, Glenn Beck no longer has the power to make the White House damage-control team jump. Inconvenient old-time journalists like Sharyl Attkisson who insist on holding power accountable have been easily ousted from their positions. Most of the rest of the media remains in awe of Obama and continues its slavish advocacy of his catastrophic agenda. There is no real opposition to his policies in Congress even though both chambers are, at least in theory, controlled by his political adversaries. Between extravagant vacations and golf trips, Obama keeps taking in money from big donors on Wall Street and elsewhere even though it’s not exactly clear what he’s going to spend it on.
In short, now more than ever Obama doesn’t care what you or anyone else thinks.
This helps to explain why he nominated Loretta Lynch, a female carbon copy of Attorney General Eric Holder, as his replacement. This helps to explain the lawless executive amnesty he unveiled weeks after his Democratic Party received a historic whooping in congressional elections. And this helps to explain why this week he characterized mass-murdering Islamic terrorists as victims who have “legitimate grievances.”
He just doesn’t care.
And if it bothers you that he is appointing terror apologist Rashad Hussain to a key post in the war against Islamic totalitarians, well, tough beans for you.