As the National Rifle Association decides the fate of board member Grover Norquist, who is under a recall petition, a video has emerged of Norquist at a Muslim event that confirms fears the paid lobbyist is using his influence to open doors for radical Muslims on Capitol Hill.
This week, the NRA is tabulating the results of a special ballot cast in the gun-rights group’s first-ever recall of a sitting board member for ethics charges. Long-time members voted on a petition to remove Norquist from the NRA board over accusations he is an agent for the radical Muslim Brotherhood and has for decades aided and abetted its leaders, including one now imprisoned on terrorism charges.
In the video shot at a Detroit event with leaders of terrorist-supporting Muslim Brotherhood front groups, a teary-eyed Norquist is seen telling a story about how he convinced a sitting U.S. senator to reach out to “Muslims leaders.”
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“I wasn’t quite sure I could tell this story without ID’ing the guy it was about, um, but I went to talk to a U.S. senator, leader, um, and I said, uh, I have seven projects I’m working on and one of them was: Would you like to meet with Muslim leaders to talk about issues of concern to the community?” he recounted for the largely Muslim audience.
“And he said, ‘Oh, I don’t know, I don’t think anybody in my town, state, uh, is comfortable with Nation of Islam stuff,’” Norquist continued.
A year later, Norquist revisited the senator and pressed him harder on the issue, this time with success. The unidentified senator agreed to meet with the Muslims whom Norquist represents.
“All of a sudden he discovered that there were (Muslims) in his state,” Norquist said, fighting back tears.
Norquist made the remarks Oct. 2, 2011, at the National Leadership Conference sponsored by the Arab American Institute in Detroit, where he was featured along with senior Council on American-Islamic Relations official Dawud Walid.
CAIR has been identified by the Justice Department as a U.S. front for both the radical Muslim Brotherhood and its Palestinian branch Hamas, which has been designated as an international terrorist group by the U.S. government since 1995.
Norquist has strenuously denied charges that he’s spearheading an Islamist influence operation against the U.S. government. But the video clearly captures him admitting he has aggressively promoted Muslim interests on Capitol Hill.
WND submitted a request to Norquist’s organization for comment, both by phone and email, but did not receive a response.
The leaders he represents have become increasingly bold.
Last month, for example, several prominent Muslim Brotherhood leaders – including some who have been investigated, even arrested, for terrorist activities – stormed the Hill to lobby lawmakers to fight measures to crack down on terrorism, curtail immigration and aid Israel.
Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney, who has sounded alarm bells over Norquist, called their campaign “Muslim Brotherhood Day on Capitol Hill.” The staff of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, reportedly turned the group away as soon as they arrived.
High-profile NRA member Glenn Beck charged that Norquist is acting as a deep-cover spy for the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been designated a terrorist organization in several countries.
“Grover Norquist is the modern-day version of that KGB handler,” Beck said. “The infiltration has happened and he’s the doorway to it.”
Beck has threatened to leave the NRA if Norquist is re-elected to the board.
Norquist’s bio on the NRA’s website describes him as one of the most powerful lobbyists in Washington because of “his ability to control Republican Party politics.” It does not mention his lobbying for Islamists and Arab nations, however, nor his founding of an Islamic institute, which solicited donations from a major Muslim Brotherhood figure who landed in federal prison on terrorism charges.
As first reported in the book “Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washingon,” Norquist’s old lobbying firm, Janus-Merritt, was a registered agent for terrorist Abdurahman Alamoudi and received some $40,000 from the al-Qaida financier.
At the same time he was giving money to Norquist, Alamoudi was funneling money to al-Qaida, according to the government. After his conviction last decade, the U.S. Treasury Department revealed Alamoudi was one of al-Qaida’s top fundraisers in America.
Norquist and his Muslim partner at his lobbying firm also represented the Pakistani government concerning military aid. Islamabad has been accused of protecting al-Qaida leaders, including Osama bin Laden.
In addition, canceled checks show Alamoudi gave Norquist at least $20,000 in seed money to start up his Islamic Free Market Institute, which was run by Alamoudi’s deputy and later appeared on a Joint Terrorism Task Force threat matrix, according to “Infiltration.” One of the stated goals of the institute is to promote Muslims to positions of power.
During his silent partnership with Norquist, Alamoudi made public statements in support of terrorists, including at a pre-9/11 rally for Hamas and Hezbollah across from the White House.
The top of Alamoudi’s agenda was convincing the president to eliminate the Justice Department’s use of undisclosed evidence in deportation cases against Arabs suspected of terrorism. On the eve of 9/11, Norquist personally went to the Hill and lobbied to, in his words, “get rid of the secret evidence laws which have been used to discriminate against Muslims and Arabs in this country.”
Norquist also helped several Islamists secure a meeting with President Bush on the issue before it was canceled by the 9/11 attacks, according to “Infiltration.”
After 9/11, Norquist and his Islamic Institute lobbied against the USA Patriot Act.
Norquist married into a Palestinian Muslim family in 2004. He and his wife signed a letter to Republicans in support of the controversial Ground Zero mosque planned for construction near the fallen Twin Towers, which angered the survivors and relatives of victims of 9/11.
“We’ve got a guy here that has been associated overtly with known terrorists, like Abdurahman Alamoudi, Sami Al-Arian and also with people that have at least been identified in court as being supporters of the Iranian government, like Khaled Saffuri. And then (CAIR executive director) Nihad Awad as well,” Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, executive vice president of the Family Research Council, said going into the NRA vote.
“This guy, Grover Norquist, is overtly connected to these people, and probably has been since at least 1998,” Boykin added. “Yet he is on the board of the National Rifle Association.
“This is not what we need at the National Rifle Association.”
However, former NRA president David Keene steadfastly supports Norquist.
“I’ve worked with Grover for 20 years. He has dedicated his life to constitutional principles,” said Keene, now editorial editor of The Washington Times. “NRA members should vote ‘no’ on the recall ballot.”