After complaints, the White House finally released names of the "Muslim leaders" Obama met with behind closed doors Wednesday. Now we know why it was secret. The list includes members of known jihadist groups.
After stonewalling for days about the names of participants at the almost two-hour meeting with the president and his national security advisers — a meeting that was granted at the request of Muslim Advocates, an Islamist group that's demanded a stop to NYPD surveillance of radical mosques, anti-terrorist drone strikes and Gitmo detentions — the White House quietly attached the list of attendees to the back of its daily press briefing transcript Thursday evening, according to the Washington Times.
Among the 14 lucky Muslim luminaries were:
• Imam Mohamed Magid, who preaches at a fundamentalist Northern Virginia mosque that has listed a number of trustees and major donors whose offices and homes were raided after 9/11 by federal agents on suspicion of funding terrorists.
• Azhar Azeez, president of the Islamic Society of North America, a known radical Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas front group that remains on the Justice Department's list of unindicted terrorist co-conspirators.
• Sherman Jackson, who as the King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought at USC, once gave a lecture at a conference in Toronto that has been described by "Campus Watch" as a "call to battle" between Muslims and the West.
• Hoda Hawa, national policy adviser of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, which was founded by known members of the Muslim Brotherhood, a worldwide jihadist movement.
The group's former president, Salam al-Marayati, was once kicked off the National Commission on Terrorism after his defense of terrorist acts and the groups who carry them out was revealed.
It's noteworthy that no representatives of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, a terror-tied group the FBI has banned from outreach events, were invited to the White House. The FBI says CAIR is a "front" for the Hamas terrorist group.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the White House ordered the Muslim attendees not to talk after the meeting about what Obama said during the discussion. However, some have broken the ground rules and leaked what was discussed.
Topping the agenda was "anti-Muslim bigotry" and banning Muslim terrorist profiling by federal law enforcement. Participants said they got a sympathetic ear from Obama. The president reportedly entertained the idea of naming Muslim judges to federal courts.
Meanwhile, the most pressing Muslim-related issue of our time — violent jihadism — was not discussed.
This is outrageous.
At the same time the president was pandering to Islamist leaders of jihad-supporting groups, his FBI director was warning state law enforcement officers that his agency has open cases on homegrown jihadist suspects possibly tied to ISIS jihadists "in every state except Alaska."
The next day, Obama gave a speech in which he made it seem as if Christians were the real threat.
We fear this is a preview of what to expect from the president's "Summit On Countering Violent Extremism" later this month. Apparently the focus will be on "Christian extremists," and the real extremists — including jihad-supporting Muslim Brotherhood operatives — will run the debate.
If it seems Obama is more interested in protecting the Muslim community than America, that's because he is more interested. As he vowed after 9/11, revealed in his 2006 memoir: "I will stand with (Muslims)" — even if Muslims are tied to another 9/11.
That is, it is their "sense of security" that concerns him, and it is their needs he will tend to — over the needs and security of the majority of Americans.
This is the man who's supposed to be protecting America from violent Muslim fanatics. This is our commander in chief for the next two years, a period that may prove the most dangerous terrorist stretch in our history.