The government, as Michelle Malkin demonstrates in this short piece, has lost it's mind in the forest of political correctness. As a result, all American citizens are less safe today than ever before in our history.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The Other Stupid Things John Brennan Said
It’s bad enough th
atJohn Brennan, President Obama's n ational security deputy, thinks Gitmo jihadi recidivism is "not th atbad." But in his talk last week with Islamic law students at New York University, Brennan made even more reckless comments about our counterterrorism programs while pandering to one of the worst Muslim grievance-mongers and sharia peddlers in . America
During the question-and-answer session, Brennan welcomed a question from Omar Shahin. He identified himself as the head of the "North American Imams Feder
ation." Wh athe didn't mention was his role as the chief ringleader of the infamous flying imams. You remember them: They were the six Muslim clerics whose suspicious behavior -- provoc atively shouting "Allahu Akbar!" before boarding the plane, fanning out in the cabin before take-off, refusing to sit in their assigned se ats, requesting se at-belt extenders, which they placed on the floor -- led to their removal by a U.S. Airways crew in 2006.
ation with the Council on American-Islamic Rel ations, Shahin and his radical deleg ation attempted to shake down the airline with a discrimin ation lawsuit and bully the citizen "John Does" who flagged the imams' security-undermining behavior. CAIR mouthpiece Ibrahim Hooper blasted "anti-Muslim hysteria" by those who saw something and said something about the imams' in-flight shenanigans. Shahin ranted in a teleconference str ategy session in 2007 th at, indeed, he and his cohorts were spoiling for the incident and planning to engineer "many, many cases" to sabotage airline security efforts.
As head of the Islamic Center of Tucson in
(home to past jihadi dry-run plotters), Shahin preached th Arizona athis followers must put Islamic sharia law above Western laws. He told the th Arizona Republic athe doubted Muslims were behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, concluding: "All of these, they make it up." Brennan didn't appear to know who Shahin was. Somebody around him should have briefed him. Shahin's involvement in Hamas-linked charities and radical Wahhabi "youth groups" has earned the Jordanian-born n aturalized citizen increased FBI scrutiny over the years.
Instead, Brennan tre
ated him as just another innocent Muslim with "reasonable" concerns about the government. "We came to this country to enjoy freedom," Shahin began with faux, flag-waving emotion. "We feel th atsince September 11, we aren't enjoying these values anymore. … Also, we feel th atthere's a big lack of trust between Muslims' community and our government. … My question: Is there anything being done by our government to rebuild this trust?"
Instead of countering the narr
ative, exposing Shahin's true intentions and vigorously defending 's homeland security appar America atus, Brennan dutifully genuflected to the gods of political correctness. Obama, he told the militant 9/11 inside-job theorist and jihad white-washer, is "determined to put on a strong course." America
No, not a "strong course" th
atincludes n ational security profiling of Islamic radicals pretending they care about our country's best interests. By "strong course," Brennan assured Shahin, he meant a course toward assuaging the civil rights groups who have objected to every security program atairports, borders, train st ations and visa offices for the past nine years.
Brennan told Shahin th
atthe post-9/11 response of the Bush administr ation was a "reaction some people might say was over the top in some areas" (insert indignant grievance-monger nodding and mmm-hmming here), and th at"in an overabundance of caution, (we) implemented a number of security measures and activities th atupon reflection now we look back, after the he atof the b attle has died down a bit, we say they were excessive, OK."
It gets worse: Brennan then went on to decry the "ignorant feelings" of Americans outraged
atthe jihadi attacks on American soil. And then he told Shahin and the audience of Muslim students th athe "was very concerned after the attack in Fort Hood as well as the December 25 attack th atall of sudden there were people who went back into this fearful position th atlashed out not thinking through wh atwas reasonable and appropri ate."
jihadist slaughtered 14 innocent soldiers and an unborn baby after an Army career of openly thre Fort Hood atening the lives of our soldiers, and Brennan is wringing his hands about the rest of us "lashing out" over government incompetence. He believes our true sin is not in the systemic underreacting by the military, homeland security, intel and White House officials in charge, but in the "overreacting" of the American public.
With clueless capitul
ationists like Brennan in charge of our safety, who needs enemies.
About The Author
Michelle Malkin makes news and waves with a unique combin
ation of investig ative journalism and incisive commentary. She is the author of Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild .