Just as Obama’s appointee for Special Envoy has been rightly called out for his support of Islamic terrorists, so too must Tom Campbell be called out for his support of the same terrorist, Sami al-Arian. Like Hussain, Campbell has been less than honest about his al-Arian dealings. From Tom Campbell Outed Again As Phony Conservative:
March 9, 2010 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Tom Campbell, the Democrat’s idea of a wet dream phony conservative candidate for CA Senator, has been outed by Steven Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism [IPT] as having continued to actively support fundraiser Sami Al-Arian even after the now confessed terrorist – having admitted providing “services” for Palestinian Islamic Jihad – was under investigation.
Sending a very strong signal at the time that Al-Arian might have been a tainted personality, his close associate [and brother-in-law] Mazen al-Najjar had been revealed in court proceedings as being a “”threat to national security.”
“…He [al-Najjar] was a founding member – along with Sami Al-Arian, Khalil Shikaki, and Ramadan Abdullah Shallah – of the World Islam Study Enterprise (WISE), which was shut down in 1995 for its suspected ties to terrorism… On June 6, 1997, Immigration Judge R. Kevin McHugh denied al Najjar’s bail request after reviewing classified evidence furnished by the government. In a one-sentence summary, McHugh stated that al Najjar was “associated with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and a threat to national security.” Source: Discover the Networks
During this period of time numerous media sources had done exposes on Al-Arian’s radicalism, including NBC’s Dateline which featured a clip of Al-Arian calling Jews “monkeys” and “pigs” and advocating the “death of Israel.”
Yet with all of this as backdrop and after a $1,300 contribution by Al-Arian to Campbell’s 2000 campaign, he authored legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to bar exactly the kind of evidence that linked al-Najjar and later Al-Arian to Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
In a letter first obtained by the IPT, Campbell is seen hectoring University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft [See Full IPT report here] – [View IPT Campbell letter here] to reinstate Al-Arian despite the considerable evidence already in the public record casting doubts on Al-Arian’s self-righteous and false claims of innocence.
Now locked in a tough California Senate primary [after fleeing the gubernatorial race] Campbell at first denied that Al-Arian had contributed to his campaign, until forced to admit it was true. Then he claimed he no longer had a copy of the letter he wrote supporting Al-Arian to USF, finally being chagrined once again when IPT published it in full.
With former University of South Florida professor Al-Arian currently under house arrest, awaiting contempt of court charges after having voluntarily accepted deportation, perhaps observant California voters have finally been given a sufficient glimpse of Campbell’s lack of character, duplicity and phony conservatism, all of which disqualify him to represent the GOP in any capacity.
More from the LA Times:
Website posts text contradicting Tom Campbell’s claim of writing on behalf of donor Sami Al-Arian before 9/11.
A spokesman for one of Campbell’s rivals, Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine), said the letter is the latest in a troubling pattern.
“Whether it’s absent-mindedness or deception — the only person who knows that for sure is Tom Campbell — there’s a pattern of inaccuracy whenever Tom Campbell ventures into these subjects,” Joshua Trevino said.
“We have to double-check everything he says about his past associations with these radicals because we can’t trust him to give us the whole truth.”
IPT double-checked, and followed up on the LA Times piece with, Fact Checking Tom Campbell:
Actually, significant documents had. During deportation proceedings on Al-Arian’s brother-in-law in August 2000, the issue which first attracted Campbell’s attention, immigration officials released this 1991 video and this 1995 letter. The video is from a Cleveland fundraiser which clearly was intended to serve Al-Arian’s charity, the Islamic Committee for Palestine (ICP), and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Watch the video closely and at 1:40 into it you’ll see Al-Arian taking his seat as Imam Fawaz Damra describes the charity as “the active arm of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine,” adding that “We preferred to call it the ‘Islamic Committee for Palestine’ for security reasons. The video shows Al-Arian had no reaction to Damra’s description.
Later in that same program, Damra raises money for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad saying checks can be written to Al-Arian’s ICP.
In the 1995 letter, Al-Arian writes that the Islamic movement in Palestine is represented by “Hamas and the Jihad” and notes “serious attempts” at merging the two terrorist groups. He invokes a recent double suicide bombing in Israel and urges his acquaintance “to try to extend true support of the jihad effort in Palestine so that operations such as these can continue.”
Again, all of this information was publicly released and reported in 2000. Yet, a Campbell spokesman told Tucker Carlson’s new web paper that the candidate wouldn’t have supported Al-Arian “if he knew then what he knows now.”
If he didn’t know it then, it wasn’t because the information wasn’t available. Campbell either never sought it out or simply ignored it.
Other Campbell donors, besides Al-Arian, included Muthanna Al-Hanooti, an official of an Islamic charity that is a major donor to what the FBI identified as HAMAS’ Jordanian operation [DS: Since I wrote this, Al-Hanooti was indicted as a spy for Saddam Hussein]; and Tariq Hamdi, an Al-Arian associate, who was indicted last month on immigration and mortgage fraud charges and has fled the country. According to testimony in the trials of perpetrators of the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings, Hamdi provided the satellite phone battery to Osama Bin Laden that was instrumental in those bombings.
Another donor, Abdurahman Alamoudi, was captured on video in front of the White House announcing his support for HAMAS and Hezbollah. . . . His indictment connected him with assorted Islamic terrorist groups and activities.
Those are Campbell’s donors. Then, there are Campbell’s former employees.
Suhail Khan held several key positions for Campbell, including Press Secretary and Policy Director.
But Khan is an Islamist who invited terror supporters and anti-Semites to the Bush White House (where he once worked) and whose father brought Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri into the United States to raise money for Al-Qaeda. His father, Mahboob Khan, late founder and head of the Santa Clara Mosque, brought Zawahiri into the U.S. twice on a fake passport in the mid-’90s to raise money for Al-Qaeda. . . .
With a policy director like Suhail Khan, it’s no surprise that Campbell consistently voted against Israel while in Congress.
Even in California this is not acceptable.