James Lafferty, SIOA board member and VAST [Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force] chairman, just advised me
that Ed Meese bought into stealth jihadist David Ramadan's ruse. That's
just what this country needs, more Muslim Brotherhood plants in the
"Stealth Jihadist"? "Muslim Brotherhood plants"? This kind of
character defamation and disgusting insinuations about Americans running for elected office in this country demands the strongest of
responses. There should be no place in our political discourse for
these kind of bigoted assaults.
My colleague at The Atlantic Jeffrey Goldberg has been doing his part to darken Geller's luster -- but it's remarkable how fear
of the "fear network" has silenced so many from defending
Muslim-Americans and frankly, Muslims around the world who don't deserve
To get the real feel of the defamatory tone attempting to insinuate that
a Muslim, in this case a loyal GOP Muslim-American, read this press
release calling for people to come learn about David Ramadan. One of the primary protagonists of the Center for American Progress Fear, Inc.
report, Frank Gaffney -- someone I have known and had respectful
disagreements with for a very long time -- appears as a lead in this
McCarthyesque press conference:
Who is Imad Afif 'David' Ramadan?
1 Harrison Street S.E., Leesburg Virginia
August 10, 2011
The background, relationships and beliefs of Imad Afif "David" Ramadan, a
candidate seeking the Republican nomination for the Virginia House of
Delegates seat in the new 87th district in Loudon County, have lately
become a matter of increasing controversy. To explore what is known -
and as yet unknown - about Mr. Ramadan's character and caliber, a group
of local and national figures will hold a press conference at the
Government Center in Leesburg, Virginia at 5:30 on Wednesday, August 10.
Among those participating in the press conference will be:
§ Frank Gaffney is the President of the Center for
Security Policy, a Washington Times columnist and host of the nationally
syndicated talk-radio program, Secure Freedom Radio (heard locally on
the Salem Radio Network's WRC 1260 AM at 9:00 p.m.) Mr. Gaffney was the
publisher and co-author of the Amazon best-seller, Shariah: The Threat
Immediately following the press conference, "Friends of David Ramadan"
are hosting a fundraiser headlined by former U.S. Attorney General Edwin
Meese at Tuscarora Mill, a restaurant adjacent to the Government Center
complex. Curiously, a spokesman for Mr. Meese has said he is not
endorsing Mr. Ramadan. Unless and until questions are fully and
accurately addressed about who Imad Afif Ramadan is, no one else should
§ Kent Clizbe was a covert Central Intelligence Agency officer
specializing in counter-terrorism operations in Southeast Asia, Africa,
Europe and the Middle East in the 1990s. Following the attacks on 9/11,
Mr. Clizbe returned to work for the Agency as counter-terrorism
operations officer, for which service he was awarded the Intelligence
Community Seal Medallion, its highest decoration for contractors. He is a
Muslim convert who formerly served on the Loudoun County Republican
Committee. He is also the author of Willing Accomplices: How KGB Covert
Influence Agents Created Political Correctness, and a recent article at
BigPeace.com about his interview with, and research on, David Ramadan.
§ Kerry Patton is a former intelligence officer who has specialized on
network-centric warfare and served in South America, Africa, Middle
East, Asia and Europe. He is an internationally recognized expert on
security, terrorism and intelligence-related issues and is a national
security commentator for Fox News. Mr. Patton has advised domestic
government agencies and international organizations on these issues. He
is author of Sociocultural Intelligence: The New Discipline of
§ Nagi N. Najjar is a Lebanese Orthodox Christian born in Beirut. He
was an officer in the Lebanese Armed Forces specializing in
intelligence. He has advised the U.S. government on issues regarding
Islamic terrorism in Lebanon and the Middle East. And, since 2000, Mr.
Najjar has been the Executive Director of the Government of Free Lebanon
in Exile. He is also the publisher of From Israel to Damascus and
§ James Lafferty is the founder and chairman of the Virginia
Anti-Shariah Task Force and a member of the board of Stop the
Islamization of America. He operates a political and public relations
consulting firm with offices in Washington, DC and New York.
David Ramadan is a distinguished guy -- and it's great that he is
getting into the political ring. The fact is that the Muslim stuff
aside, Ramadan and Frank Gaffney probably share very similar world views
as devout conservatives both.