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    Bachmann: Letter on Clinton aide was 'distorted'

    Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said a letter she and colleagues sent about an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is "being distorted."

    She issued the statement shortly after Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took to the Senate floor to criticize her for claiming Huma Abedin, Clinton's longtime aide and the wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), is an infiltrator for the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Bachmann did not acknowledge McCain's remarks in her defense of the letter she and four other House Republicans sent.

    "The letters my colleagues and I sent on June 13 to the Inspectors General of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and the Department of State ... are unfortunately being distorted," Bachmann said.

    Bachmann, alongside GOP Reps. Trent Franks (Ariz.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Tom Roomey (Fla.), and Lynn Westmoreland (Ga.), issued a letter suggesting Abedin and some of her relatives are tied to the Muslim Brotherhood.

    She did not mention McCain or Abedin in her statement.

    "The intention of the letters was to outline the serious national security concerns I had and ask for answers to questions regarding the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical group’s access to top Obama administration officials," Bachmann.

    Bachmann said the State Department and White House had been making "dangerous national security decisions" by letting known terrorists into the country.

    "I will not be silent as this administration appeases our enemies instead of telling the truth about the threats our country faces."

    In the letter, which the lawmakers sent on June 13, they write about information they claim "raises serious questions about Department of State policies and activities that appear to be a result of influence operations conducted by individuals and organizations associated with the Muslim Brotherhood."

    They go on to point out that Abedin "has three family members — her late father, her mother, and her brother — connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations," adding that Abedin's position "affords her routine access to the secretary and to policy-making."

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    Huma is not the subject of the letter, but merely an example of where the Inspector General can start in performing his job. The subject of the letter is the unusual quantity of support our government and State Department is lending to terrorists – which are factual. The letter requests that the I.G. investigate why (citing figures) we are giving aid to terrorists and allowing them into our country to conduct social jihad.

    And given that Huma's boss is simpatico with Palestinians in a great big way, muzzie allegiances is almost a resume enhancement with the kook fringe 'leaders' on the left now. Bachmann is right to question the Clinton-Abedin agenda.

    Note that McCain attacks Bachmann for broaching the subject, he doesnt specify how she is wrong in her facts about the connection to the Muslim Brotherhood. Has McCain even read the letter? Or is he just hoping to get good press by attacking his own party, specifically conservatives? Thanks for your military service John but please go away now. Or join the democrat party and end the confusion.
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    Her letters have not been misinterpreted by the media. She did attack Huma in them and accused her of being an infiltrater for the Muslim Brotherhood and offered no real proof of her accusation.

    If Bachman can prove what she is alleging, she should do so. Otherwise, she shouldn't make such serious allegations against Huma.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    ...accused her of being an infiltrater for the Muslim Brotherhood
    Can you cut and paste those accusations, from the letter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    Her letters have not been misinterpreted by the media. She did attack Huma in them and accused her of being an infiltrater for the Muslim Brotherhood and offered no real proof of her accusation.

    If Bachman can prove what she is alleging, she should do so. Otherwise, she shouldn't make such serious allegations against Huma.
    Sounds great. Do you think the Marxist in the WH would agree when calling Romney a felon?
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    Her letters have not been misinterpreted by the media. She did attack Huma in them and accused her of being an infiltrater for the Muslim Brotherhood and offered no real proof of her accusation.

    If Bachman can prove what she is alleging, she should do so. Otherwise, she shouldn't make such serious allegations against Huma.
    Abedin's ties to the Muslim Brotherhood have been well documented in open sources, and she has never denied them. Bachmann's request was that the agencies explain whether they conducted the same background check on her that they routinely do for anyone with a security clearance. Given the fact that MAJ Nidal Hasan had a Secret clearance prior to his shooting spree at FT Hood, it's not a frivolous question. Robert Spencer wrote at length on the subject:


    Huma Abedin and the Muslim Brotherhood: Bachmann vs. McCain
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    By Robert Spencer:

    Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is at the center of a firestorm over her request that the State, Homeland Security, Defense and Justice Departments, investigate potential “policies and activities that appear to be the result of influence operations conducted by individuals and organizations associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.” This is an entirely legitimate call, as Bachmann abundantly illustrated in a 16-page letter to Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), laying out the reasons for her concerns. Yet even Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who should know better, has upbraided Bachmann, criticizing her for including Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, among those she noted for having Brotherhood ties.

    McCain declared in a statement on the Senate floor that “recently, it has been alleged that Huma, a Muslim American, is part of a nefarious conspiracy to harm the United States by unduly influencing U.S. foreign policy at the Department of State in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist causes.”

    McCain, brimming with righteous indignation, thundered: “These sinister accusations rest solely on a few unspecified and unsubstantiated associations of members of Huma’s family, none of which have been shown to harm or threaten the United States in any way. These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis, and no merit. And they need to stop now.”

    He explained that the letter Bachmann and several other Representatives sent asking for an investigation into Muslim Brotherhood influence in the government “alleges that three members of Huma’s family are ‘connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations.’ Never mind that one of those individuals, Huma’s father, passed away two decades ago.”

    However, in her letter to Ellison, Bachmann explained that much more was behind her concern about Abedin than guilt-by-association based on family members: “The concerns about the foreign influence of immediate family members is such a concern to the U.S. Government that it includes these factors as potentially disqualifying conditions for obtaining a security clearance, which undoubtedly Ms. Abedin has had to obtain to function in her position. For us to raise issues about a highly-based U.S. Government official with known immediate family connections to foreign extremist organizations is not a question of singling out Ms. Abedin. In fact, these questions are raised by the U.S. Government of anyone seeking a security clearance.”

    And in Abedin’s case, there are ample reasons for raising these questions. Her father, Syed Z. Abedin, was a professor in Saudi Arabia who founded the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs, an organization supported by the Muslim World League, a Brotherhood organization. Her mother, Saleha Mahmoud Abedin, is a member of the Muslim Sisterhood, the Brotherhood’s adjunct organization for women. The Brotherhood itself is in its own words, according to a captured internal document, dedicated to “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house.”

    All that leaves McCain unmoved, for he goes on to assert that “the letter and the report offer not one instance of an action, a decision, or a public position that Huma has taken while at the State Department that would lend credence to the charge that she is promoting anti-American activities within our government. Nor does either document offer any evidence of a direct impact that Huma may have had on one of the U.S. policies with which the authors of the letter and the producers of the report find fault.”

    However, it is odd that McCain would expect Bachmann to produce the outcome of an investigation before any investigation has even taken place. As Bachmann noted, “these questions are raised by the U.S. Government of anyone seeking a security clearance.” So why should Huma Abedin be exempt? Would an official who had family connections with the Ku Klux Klan or the Aryan Nations be similarly exempt from scrutiny? If not, why should someone with familial connections to a group dedicated to “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within”?

    As Bachmann pointed out in her letter to Ellison, the Muslim Brotherhood ties of Abedin’s mother, father and brother have never been a secret, and have long been noted in the international press. Abedin herself has never publicly distanced herself from the Brotherhood, or explained how her worldview or her vision of Islam differ from that of her parents or brother. So by what moral calculus can it possibly be “sinister,” as McCain put it, to ask that Abedin be subjected to the same scrutiny that would be focused upon anyone seeking a security clearance that would allow access to sensitive material comparable to that which she enjoys?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    ..............McCain, brimming with righteous indignation, thundered:..............
    McCain can "thunder"? Who knew?

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    The Brotherhood itself is in its own words, according to a captured internal document, dedicated to “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house.”
    Forget that the Brotherhood said it. The US government said it and acknowledges it.

    Does the chick Huma have a clearance or not? With that kind of access to the Secretary of State I would hope she has something a little better than even Secret.

    And speaking of Hillary, I'm thinking it's time for some treason charges based on her actions in that letter.
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    Hey McLame? Shut up and go away already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck View Post
    McCain can "thunder"? Who knew?
    Anyone who's ever sat next to him in the Senate cafeteria on Burrito Fiesta Friday.

    Political appointees get the same background checks that we do, but the ultimate arbiter of who gets a clearance is the President, just as he's the ultimate authority on what remains classified. So, if Huma's background check came back with something questionable, his office had the option of overriding it and granting the clearance anyway. If a waiver was granted, then the committee would have a right to know, although we would not (it's Privacy Act information, and anyone releasing it would be subject to legal action).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    Anyone who's ever sat next to him in the Senate cafeteria on Burrito Fiesta Friday.

    Political appointees get the same background checks that we do, but the ultimate arbiter of who gets a clearance is the President, just as he's the ultimate authority on what remains classified. So, if Huma's background check came back with something questionable, his office had the option of overriding it and granting the clearance anyway. If a waiver was granted, then the committee would have a right to know, although we would not (it's Privacy Act information, and anyone releasing it would be subject to legal action).

    Burrito Fiesta Friday. LOL.


    Exactly, as far as the rest of the argument is concerned. Huma is an American citizen who is a muslim. Some of her relatives may have had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood in their lifetimes, but she personally has not-unless Bachman has some information to the contrary that came from a legitimate source, and she apparantly does not have that.

    I know McCain is not liked much these days among conservatives, but some of the things he is hated for are the very things that make him a decent person. One of those qualities is that he gets visibly uncomfortable when fanatics start saying crazy things, even if those fanatics are his own supporters.
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