Wednesday, February 17, 2010

White House Covering It's Tracks?

I'm posting this entire article for effect, fortunately it's not very long. Any emphasis is mine.

Obviously the idea that a member of the Obama administration is defending a terrorist is disturbing but I have chosen to skip that for now because this is becoming frighteningly routine for this White House. The concern is that they are now trying to cover his tracks.

Obama's Islamic Envoy Quoted Defending Man Charged With Aiding Terrorists

President Obama's new envoy to the Organization of Islamic Conference, Rashad Hussain, is at the center of a controversy over remarks attributed to him defending a man who later pleaded guilty to conspiring to aid a terrorist group.

The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs quoted Hussain in 2004 as calling Sami al-Arian the victim of "politically motivated persecutions" after al-Arian, a university professor, was charged in 2003 with heading U.S. operations of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

The United States has designated the Palestinian Islamic Jihad as a foreign terrorist group as far back as 1997. At the time of al-Arian's arrest, then Attorney General John Ashcroft called it "one of the most violent terrorist organizations in the world."

Al-Arian pleaded guilty in 2006 to conspiracy to aid Palestinian Islamic Jihad and was sentenced to more than four years in prison.

The White House says the controversial remarks defending al-Arian two years earlier were made by his daughter -- not by Hussain. Both were part of a panel discussion at a Muslim Students Association conference, but the reporter covering the event told Fox News she stands by the quotes she attributed to Hussain, who was a Yale Law student and an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

The Web version of the 2004 article in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs was later edited to delete all of Hussain's comments. Editor Delinda Hanley told Fox News she believes the change was made in February 2009, though she does not recall who requested the edit.

Hanley remembered telling the group's webmaster: "Let's just take out the quotes since they have been attributed to the wrong speaker."

Hanley suggested to another media outlet that the comments attributed to Hussain were actually made by Sami al-Arian's daughter, Laila, who also attended the event. But the author of the piece, Shereen Kandil, told Fox News that she would never confuse the two people.

"If I quoted someone, it's because they said it," she said, adding that she no longer works for the magazine and was surprised to learn of the changes.

The White House also attributes the quotes to Laila al-Arian.

A White House official who talked with Hussain on Tuesday said he acknowledged attending the event to discuss civil rights in a post-9/11 world but has "no recollection" when it comes to the comments attributed to him.

So let's recap, the Washington Report attributed the comments to Mr Hussain, the author of the article insists she attributed the quotes properly, the article is edited when Mr Hussain was considered for a job in the Obama administration, the administration (none of whose members appear to have been present at the discussion) insist the quotes are attributed to the wrong person, the Washington Report deletes the quotes.

Further, they are accusing this author of confusing an older man with a younger woman.

Finally, notice they did not change the attribution of the quotes, they deleted the quotes altogether. Doesn't that seem a little odd if their concern was setting the record straight?

Anyone else have a problem with this?

This is no longer Joe Biden making ignorant comments giving Obama credit for stabilizing Iraq, this is out and out changing public record to hide the past history of one of the members of the administration.

This is not okay and it is unlikely the first or the last time. What other records are they "correcting"?


Brooke said...

This is worrisome and deplorable. Obama will be obliged to do whatever it takes to cover up this latest terrorist tie/blunder to avoid looking even more incompetent or to hide a more sinister agenda.

History is written by the winners, I suppose, but this isn't good.

rosey said...

There is ample evidence of this Administrations desire to mainstream Islam above all other religions. In their warped view they see Islamic radicals as fellow travellers and have acted accordingly to cover tracks for them. In the end, it will all come out just how much this President's ties with that ideology are. It starts with the people reclaiming Washington and the political establishment through elections and then the hearings and investigations will start without bias.

Miss T.C. Shore said...

Looks like Dick Cheney is re-writing history, again.

cube said...

I'd bet BO and his administration are covering up many things that they can't afford to reveal to the country.

Al Arian was a professor at USF, my alma mater, so I am quite familiar with his attempts to pretend he is on the up-and-up, all the while keeping his terror proclivities secret. Sound familiar?

Moslems have learned to play our legal system like virtuosos.

Chuck said...

Brooke, it becomes a house of cards. The more lies they tell, the harder it will be to keep it from falling in on him

Rosey, agreed. We need to retake Congress and then start looking at what they are really doing

TC, I think it's Bush's fault

Cube, see above comment to Rosey. We need to expose him