Among Widlanski's criticisms is that the West "came to rely on 'experts' without field experience in, or scant knowledge of, the Middle East: people who do not speak the languages, did not study the cultures and do not know the history. Even worse, some 'experts' have been forgiving and even sympathetic to the terrorists and their aims."
National Public Radio reported last month that "The FBI has conducted more than 100 investigations into suspected Islamic extremists within the military."
What else would infiltration look like? It's more than an academic question, or a subject for spy novelists. Those who attack Michele Bachmann should answer it.
It might look like CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, which sent a nasty letter to Bachmann concerning her comments about Ms. Abedin. CAIR's executive director, Nihad Awad, wrote: "We remain eternally grateful that, like Sen. Joseph McCarthy before you, your power is limited, enumerated and constrained by our nation's constitution."
According to the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report (GMBDR), "an intelligence digest covering developments in the worldwide Muslim Brotherhood network," documents released in the 2007 Holy Land trial in Dallas, in which federal prosecutors brought charges against the Holy Land Foundation for funding Hamas and other "Islamic terrorist organizations," revealed the founders and current leadership of CAIR were part of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood. A recent post on the GMBDR website discussed an interview with the deputy leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in which he confirms a relationship between his organization and CAIR.
Investigative research posted by the GMBDR "has determined that CAIR had its origins in the U.S. Hamas infrastructure and CAIR and its leaders have a long history of defending almost all individuals accused of terrorism by the U.S. government, frequently calling such prosecutions a 'war on Islam.'"
In 2009, according to GMBDR, a U.S. federal judge ruled, 'The government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA (Islam in North America) and NAIT (North American Islamic Trust) with (Holy Land Foundation), the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas."
This is what infiltration looks like.
Government and media elites may not like to hear it from Rep. Bachmann, but suppose her concerns are valid? If people are uncomfortable with her, they can listen to Tony Blair. All ties between Americans and Islamic extremist groups need further and serious investigation.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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