Andrew C. McCarthy, former US prosecutor on the 1993 WTC bombing trial has a stunning post on NRO Corner: “Somebody at Fort Hood Should Be Walking the Plank”. If McCarthy is outraged, so should all who are concerned about the truth of motivations that drove mass shooting suspect, Major Nidal Hasan.
McCarthy is outraged about Louay Safi, a director of the Islamic Society of North America, (ISNA) Leadership Development Center, being invited to go down and lecture about Islam and deliver a check-effectively ‘blood money’ to the families of those killed or seriously wounded. The ISNA was one of the unindicted co-conspirators in the federal Dallas Holy Land Foundation trial that resulted in convictions of the Muslim charity’s leaders who had funneled millions to Palestinian terror group Hamas.
Note what McCarthy wrote:
Prepare to be infuriated.
It's been brought to my attention by several reliable sources that the Defense Department has brought Louay Safi to Fort Hood as an instructor, and that he has been lecturing on Islam to our troops in Fort Hood who are about to deploy to Afghanistan. Safi is a top official of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and served as research director at the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT).
Worse, last evening, Safi was apparently permitted to present a check (evidently on behalf of ISNA) to the families of the victims of last month's Fort Hood massacre. A military source told the blogger Barbarossa at the Jawa Report: "This is nothing short of blood money. This is criminal and the Ft. Hood base commander should be fired right now."
My colleagues at Former Muslims United are also upset with Safi given his statements endorsing Sharia law penalties or apostasy from Islam. Note this comment of Safi from a Human Events article cited by McCarthy
In a 2003 publication, "Peace and the Limits of War," Safi wrote, "The war against the apostates [non-believers of Islam] is carried out not to force them to accept Islam, but to enforce the Islamic law and maintain order."
Then note this about Safi’s background, his views on Jihad, dialogues with Iran, ISNA’s anti-Semitism and defense of Islamic terrorists from prosecution:
Safi is a Syrian-born author who advocates Muslim American rights through his directorship of ISNA's Leadership Development Center. He advocates direct talks between Washington and Iran's leaders. He has spoken out against various law enforcement raids on Islamic centers.
He also wrote, "It is up to the Muslim leadership to assess the situation and weigh the circumstances as well as the capacity of the Muslim community before deciding the appropriate type of jihad. At one stage, Muslims may find that jihad, through persuasion or peaceful resistance is the best and most effective method to achieve just peace." [ACM: Implicitly, this concedes there is a time for violent jihad, too.]
At ISNA's annual convention in Washington in July, one speaker, Imam Warith Deen Umar, criticized Obama for having two Jewish people — Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod — in the White House. "Why do this small number of people have control of the world?" he said, according to an IPT transcript. He said the Holocaust was punishment for Jews "because they were serially disobedient to Allah."
[Steven] Emerson's group [the Investigative Project on Terrorism] collected literature at the convention approved for distribution by ISNA. It said the pamphlets and books featured "numerous attempts to portray U.S. prosecution of terrorists and terror supporters as anti-Muslim bigotry; dramatic revisionist history that denied attacks by Arab nations and Palestinian terrorists against Israel; anti-Semitic tracts and hyperbolic rants about a genocide and holocaust of Palestinians."
This is outrageous behavior by the Gates Defense Department bringing Louay Safi, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood front, the ISNA, to lecture to troops about Islam. Couple that with the evident stonewalling of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force 'non-cooperation' with Senator Lieberman's HSGAC investigation of the Fort Hood Massacre and it raises a serious question about the Obama Administration objectives in assisting the HSGAC investigation of the Fort Hood mass shooting by suspect Maj. Nidal Hasan.
Almost a month after the Fort Hood massacre, lawmakers investigating it still don't have information from federal agencies regarding what they knew in advance about shooter Nidal Malik Hasan.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (right), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said today that his investigators haven't been able to interview members of an FBI-led joint terrorism task force who knew about Hasan's contact with a radical imam before the Nov. 5 shootings.
Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, said his committee also requested documents that haven't been produced. "Put me down as restless right now, but still understanding that they have a lot they are doing."
Lieberman and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, have suggested the terrorism task force failed to share information about Hasan's radical ties with the U.S. Army.
Stephen Coughlin was the Pentagon expert on Islamic War doctrine. He was vanquished as a consultant from the Joint staff in 2008 by Heshem Islam the former Muslim outreach aide to Bush Deputy Defense Undersecretary Gordon England. Through the assistance of friends both active and retired military, Coughlin has continued to conduct periodic briefings to troop units, field and staff officers in advanced command and general staff programs. There is a remote possibility he might brief the Joint staff at the Pentagon in the wake of the Fort Hood massacre by lone Jihadi, Major Nidal Hasan. There is a rumor that Coughlin’s current working relationship may yet again be at an end, despite the precise accurate nature of the warning about the individual jihad threat to our military - recently realized. In this instance, Coughlin has briefed this issue at the Joint Staff, CENTCOM and related national security elements since 2005.
As Coughlin has amply demonstrated, the threat of Jihad derogated by official myopia resurged with the shots fired by Major Hasan at Fort Hood on November 5th.
Senator Lieberman’s Homeland Security Committee investigations should confirm Coughlin’s warnings about Jihad as the principal threat that faces our military both at home and in Iraq and Afghanistan. More in our command echelons need to recognize this threat. Pity, Coughlin exits at year end. Our national security is the poorer for his departure.
These disclosures about ISNA leader Louay Safi’s ‘gift’ and lectures on Islam at Fort Hood raises serious questions:
· Who in the Army command structure invited Safi to Fort Hood, given what is on record about his background, his support of Jihad doctrine and anti-Semitism?
· Why wasn’t Stephen Coughlin, an Army Reserve Major and former Pentagon expert on Islamic War Doctrine invited to lecture to the Fort Hood troops and command structure?
· Why are Army Chief of Staff, Gen. George Casey and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullins so pre-occupied with protecting political correctness in the face of Sharia War Doctrine?
· Why is the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force ‘stonewalling’ Senators Lieberman and Collins of HSGAC on their requests for information on the Fort Hood Massacre.
· Who is funding the civilian defense counsel in the Article 32 Courts Martial of Major Nidal Hasan?
We need answers to these questions for the Senate HSGAC public hearings to provide a record upon which to base counterterrorism policies that might prevent lone Jihad events like the one Major Hasan perpetrated on November 5th that killed 13 and injured 30 innocent soldiers and civilians.