Dueling investigations are underway on the Ground Zero Mosque. Mustering on the Offense, in opposition to the Ground Zero Mosque: hundreds of citizen researchers, reporters, lawyers, authors, elected officials, and scholars who are researching Imam Rauf and his Muslim Brotherhood colleagues and their funding. An Army of Davids.
And playing Defense as best they can, supporting the Imam and his rapidly collapsing Cordoba House of Cards: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Daily Kos, Glenn Greenwald at Salon, ThinkProgress, Vet Voice, and now Politico, all “investigating” the groups and individuals who oppose the Ground Zero Mosque.
Best-selling author Robert Spencer-Sharif El-Gamal vs. Daisy Khan and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf on the location of the Ground Zero mega-mosque captured the Politico style perfectly at Jihadwatch on August 19:
Cost of New York bus ads: $10,000
Cost of press release: $1,500
Cost of watching the lapdog media track the sources of these sums while ignoring the questionable funding of a $100 million dollar mosque: Priceless.
I just got a call from Kenneth P. Vogel of Politico, asking me a series of questions about donations to our efforts against the Ground Zero mega-mosque, and growing increasingly hostile and belligerent when I declined to answer. Vogel even said to me at one point, “Look, you can make this hard, or you can make this easy” — apparently he has been watching too many Law and order reruns.
We received similar overtures from Mr. Vogel on August 24, although as a matter of policy we respond to these kinds of queries only by email. In his initial email to us, he implied a moral equivalency between “both sides” – which would be in our view, on the one hand, the $100 million funding for the Ground Zero Mosque (possibly from Saudi Arabia and even Iran), and on the other hand, any donations U.S. groups or individuals have given to the 9-11 families and firemen opposing the Ground Zero Mosque. He wrote:
“I am writing a story about the funding of the groups in the mosque debate (both sides, don’t worry)…”
Pelosi’s Project to Investigate America also has two sides of the same coin:
— On one side, this administration’s State Department is financing Imam Rauf to travel overseas, enabling him to seek the required $100 million funding for the Mosque;
— While on the other side, this administration’s House Speaker is leading the media charge to stop any investigations into the sources of that required $100 million funding.
Heads, Shariah wins; tails, the Constitution loses.
Here’s the history of the dueling investigations:
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On August 17, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for an investigation of who is funding the opposition to the mosque.
The next day, August 18, Pelosi provided a re-statement modeled, according to Politico where her re-statement first appeared, on that of the Interfaith Alliance, an organization deeply committed to the Ground Mosque project:
I support the statement made by the Interfaith Alliance, that “We agree with the ADL that there is a need for transparency about who is funding the effort to build this Islamic center,” according to Pelosi’s statement, quoting the Alliance’s position. “At the same time, we should also ask who is funding the attacks against the construction of the center.”
The Interfaith Alliance, transparently not much of an advocate for foreign-funding transparency, has long been a no-compromise major supporter for the Ground Zero Mosque. Imam Rauf and Interfaith Alliance President C. Welton Gaddy have worked together; both sit on the Religious Advisory Committee for the Council on Foreign Relations, which just held a conference call support session for Daisy Khan on August 25; and both are part of the West Islamic World Dialogue group of the World Economic Forum. Far from genuinely seeking transparency to expose the Mosque funders, Interfaith Alliance President Gaddy brooked no opposition, indeed calling opposition to the Mosque based on its “sponsors” (that is, its financial backers) a “violation.” He made that statement on August 17, the same day that Pelosi issued her first call for investigations. Here’s what he said:
To oppose this project because Islam is involved and Muslims are sponsors of it is a violation of the religious freedom guaranteed and protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution – period.
Both Gaddy and Pelosi (and Politico) are following the pattern set by Mayor Bloomberg on July 12, when the Mayor stated that it would be un-American to investigate the Ground Zero Mosque. A month later, under heightened scrutiny from the Mosque opponents Pelosi wishes to investigate, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf left for his State Department-funded trip to Malaysia and the Middle East. The trip was reported in Arab news to be for fundraising for the Mosque. On August 18, the Mosque developer Sharif El-Gamal refused to rule out accepting money from Saudi Arabia and Iran. On August 23, investigative reporters revealed that Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal had already given over $300,000 to Imam Rauf’s project. On August 24, Sharif El-Gamal and Rauf’s wife and co-director Daisy Khan attended an elite Iftar dinner for Ramadan at Mayor Bloomberg’s mansion.
In late August, as reported Now, Daisy Khan’s $12,000 Taxpayer-Funded Trip to the UAE by Claudia Rossett State Dept. about to Send GZM Imam’s Wife to Join Him on Goodwill Mideast Tour by Frank Gaffney. Daisy Khan will fly to the UAE to help her husband, Imam Rauf in the Middle East. For more on the investigative money trail, see Alyssa Lappen or this compilation by stopthe911mosque
~Tomorrow look for Part II AMERICA INVESTIGATES IMAM RAUF AND HIS SPONSORS