To reassure Muslims ahead of this week’s congressional hearings on radicalization, President Obama sent his Deputy National Security Adviser to schmooze an extremist group (Islamic Society of North America or ISNA) that raises money for Hamas.
A few years ago a special Judicial Watch report on Muslim charities exposed ISNA’s terrorist connections and aggressive campaigns to place radical leaders in mosques throughout the U.S. ISNA pushes the Saudi-Wahhabi form of Islam, which teaches that all non-Muslims are enemies and heathens. In 2008 the Justice Department named ISNA an unindicted co-conspirator in a Texas case involving a similar group (Holy Land Foundation) convicted of funneling millions to Hamas.
This week the president’s Deputy National Security Advisor, Denis McDonough, assured members and supporters of the group that Muslims have an ally in the U.S. government, and specifically, the Obama Administration. The heartwarming speech was delivered at an ISNA affiliate in the Washington D.C. area, best known by its rather ingenious acronym; the Adams Center, which stands for All Dulles Area Muslim Society.
Not surprisingly, the barrage of mainstream media reports on the Obama Administration’s latest Muslim outreach effort omitted the ties between the Adams Center and a renowned group of Islamic extremists that support terrorism. Only a conservative publication made the connection and published a story on its web site shortly after McDonough’s heavily-promoted meeting.