SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – From the travel ban to the border wall on Monday night Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA 52) listened to real concerns from San Diegans during a town hall meeting at the San Diego Islamic Center.
Congressman Peters’ constituents urged him to keep the pressure on the Trump Administration, but he said it’s no easy task.
One of Peters’ constituents asked him about his work thus far. “What have you done or plan to do to reach out to the thousands of conservatives, Republican, Trump voters in your district?,” asked the U.S. Army veteran.
“It’s hard when he gives things like the wall or this Muslim ban. These extreme ideas of blowing up national debt and it’s hard to work with him,” Peters told the more than 150 attendees.
While many who attended were passionate, one attendee caused some fireworks while holding a 9/11 sign.
“I think many of your constituents would be shocked by the symbolism of holding our town hall in this place, this Mosque has connections to the 9/11 terrorists,” said Roger Ogden.
It was a statement that was received by many boos.
Congressman Peters believes work can be done, but some Republicans are not ready to resist Trump and voters need to rise up.
Indivisible San Diego said they reached to the two Republican Congress representatives in the county. A town hall on health care is scheduled for Tuesday in Vista, but a spokesperson for Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA 49) said the Congressman is scheduled to tour a homeless shelter at the same and will not be able to attend the town hall.
Citizen Ogden is correct. What CBS slyly refers to as the San Diego Islamic Center is actually the Islamic Center of San Diego (ICSD). The city of San Diego is mentioned extensively in the Missing 28 Pages of the 9/11 investigations – as is the Islamic Center of San Diego. Here’s a snippet that begins to detail how a member of ICSD helped two of the 9/11 hijackers:
After al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar moved into their own apartment, al-Bayoumi threw a party to welcome them to the San Diego community. He also tasked Modhar Abdullah, another individual from the Islamic Center of San Diego (ICSD), to help them get acclimated to the United States. Abdullah served as their translator, helped them get drivers’ licenses, and assisted them in locating flight schools.
And funding and laundering money for al Qaeda:
In approximately 1998, the FBI became aware of millions of dollars in wire transfers from the Somali community in San Diego to Al Barakaat Trading Company and other businesses affiliated with Usama Bin Ladin. At the time, the funding appeared to be originating from the local Somali community in the form of donations to various Somali non-profits. However, the FBI now believes that the some of the funding actually originated from Saudi Arabia and that both the Ibn Tamiyah Mosque in Los Angeles and the Islamic Center of San Diego were involved in laundering the money.
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