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Pay no attention to the extensive Muslim Brotherhood connections of Hillary Clinton's confidante.

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Robert Spencer

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August 12, 2013 - 9:00 am

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For standing by her putative man, the exposed Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin has for the first time received some negative press attention amid the avalanche of coverage calling her “smart,” “accomplished” and “elegant.” But still off-limits has been any discussion in the mainstream media of her numerous ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

It’s not that the evidence is lacking. It’s that the politically correct elites have forbidden examination or discussion of it. Even to question whether Abedin has any connections with the Brotherhood, and whether those connections had any influence over Hillary Clinton’s decisions as secretary of State, is to demonstrate that one is a bigot, a racist, an Islamophobe, and a hatemonger, as well as a hysterical paranoiac.

Indeed, one infallible way to determine a stranger’s political positions on just about anything is to ask if he or she thinks Huma Abedin has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. If the stranger responds with righteous outrage, you’re dealing with a doctrinaire, mainstream liberal. If, on the other hand, the response is, “Yes, that is something that should be investigated,” you’re face-to-face with a Tea Partier.

That’s why Huma Abedin is the new Alger Hiss. For decades, ever since the former State Department official and advisor to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was outed as a Soviet spy in the most celebrated espionage case of the nation’s history, the leftist establishment stoutly insisted that Hiss was innocent. Even today, some refuse to acknowledge the “present-day consensus among historians…that Alger Hiss was in fact a Soviet spy.”

But the controversy over whether or not Hiss was a Communist and a spy for the Soviets was (and is) not just a dispute over the evidence. It was, for the Left, a measure of whether or not you were a decent human being. Anna Roosevelt Halsted, the daughter of Eleanor and Franklin, said in 1956 that Hiss’s accuser, Whittaker Chambers, was “contemptible” and clearly “out to get” Hiss. Her mother said at a 1961 dinner party that Chambers was “utterly contemptible and probably a psychopathic liar.” Adlai Stevenson, present at the same gathering of liberal glitterati, agreed that the prosecution of Hiss was “one of the darker chapters in U.S. history.”

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Such views were universal on the Left in those days and thereafter, despite the fact that it was abundantly clear from the beginning that Hiss was what Chambers said he was. But the denials began immediately, and with Hiss himself: when Chambers produced classified State Department documents that Hiss had given him when they were both Communist spies and the documents were proven to have been typed on Hiss’s typewriter, Hiss accused Chambers of “forgery by typewriter.”

Even today, some claim that military intelligence agents fabricated a typewriter identical to Hiss’s in order to frame him, although they lack a motive. Chambers is supposed to have falsely accused Hiss out of rage at Hiss’s rejection of his homosexual advances, but how this Communist spy and rejected homosexual convinced military intelligence operatives to forge documents to frame the object of spurned affections has never been explained.

Nonetheless, right up to the moment when material from the Soviet archives revealed that Hiss was indeed a Soviet spy, and even after that, if you didn’t love Hiss, you weren’t just wrong: you were a bad person. It was reminiscent of Senator John McCain’s 2012 defense of Huma Abedin on the Senate floor, when he thundered that “these allegations about Huma, and the report from which they are drawn, are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman, a dedicated American, and a loyal public servant.”

McCain called the accusations “sinister” and accused the members of the House of Representatives who had asked for an investigation of Abedin’s Brotherhood ties of launching “specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for.”

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McCain’s indignation over these charges against Abedin was ironic, since he likely doesn’t have much of a problem with the Muslim Brotherhood, given the fact that he has cheerfully and unapologetically posed for photos with Syrian jihad terrorists. In the same way, the people who were angriest at the charges against Hiss were hard leftists who wouldn’t have been all that upset with the idea of working for the Soviets in the first place. And “homosexual” was a pejorative term for leftists only when used of Whittaker Chambers.

It is increasingly common for the Left (and its reliable water boys in the loyal opposition like McCain) to demonize its opponents. In Hiss’s day, it wasn’t so common, but his case was the first big instance of it. It is now generally accepted among leftists that those who dare to stand against any aspect of the politically correct agenda are not only wrong. They are evil, morally bankrupt, and stupid to boot – except for the diabolical ingenuity they employed to frame their pure-as-the-driven-snow victims.

This is a pernicious tendency that conservatives should identify and reject whenever and wherever it appears, for the simple fact that even if all her accusers are terrible people who kick their Shih Tzus and don’t recycle, that would not in itself tell us anything about Huma Abedin’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. She could still be a Muslim Brotherhood operative even if her accusers were Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy. And to hear the Left tell it, that’s exactly who they are: Alger Hiss and Huma Abedin are innocent, and if you don’t believe that, or even think the questions worthy of investigation, be ready to be bound hand and foot and cast into the outer darkness by an increasingly authoritarian and thuggish Left.

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We’re In.

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Power, "by any means necessary." The left and islam get it.

If hosting a pig roast at a kennel benefit will further their goals, count on such as Ms. Huma and her 'man' to not only be there, but scarfing down the grub.
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Isn't Huma marrying a Jew the ultimate in taqiyya? It offers complete cover since it is such an 'in your face' contradiction of jihadist behavior.
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I wonder what percentage of the support for both Huma and Hiss is not ideology, but fashion. Both Huma and Hiss are (or were) sleek, glossy and stylish. Whittaker Chambers, alas, looked like an unmade bed. For a certain type of liberal, that is all it takes. If Huma Abedin looked more like Helen Thomas, I don't think we would hear another word about her.
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Why make it complicated? Huma doesn't pass the sniff test, the appearance of impropriety is enough to boot her out. Who cares about her feelings?

As for Hiss -- and of interest only to those with idle time on their hands -- the consensus may be correct, but let's not forget Whittaker Chambers was a senior editor at Time magazine for many years. Who among us will say he told nothing but the truth?
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And how many hands does Huma Abedin have, anyway? I can see three in that photograph.
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I've wondered if Huma is HRC's spousal partner, which would make Weiner just a strap-on to avoid the obvious conclusion that the elegant companion of HRC is such. That would make HRC our first major-party lesbian candidate and explain why Huma really could care less what the Weiner does, except when it embarrasses the campaign.
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That picture of that cannibal Dahmer and the mere mention of his name in this context is disgusting and far, far over-the-top.

C'mon, Spencer, you just destroyed your article.
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Let us count the issues with Huma:

She was an editor for the biggest Muslim Brotherhood publication in the USA for years. Just read a few of the articles that passed by her desk.

Her mother is a founding member of "The Muslim Sisterhood." The womens terrorist version of the brotherhood.

Her father has been actively involved with anti American terrorist organizations his entire life. For several decades now he is primarily working to destroy the USA within the Muslim Brotherhood.

And then there is the association with HRC. Let's just say she is fully involved in the what I call the Hillbilly Mafia from Arkansas. Quite the body count there.

From the sisterhood, to the brotherhood, to HRC, they are all enimies of the USA. A threat to our freedom.
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Huma is where the dem party is these days.
49 weeks ago
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Isn't Huma marrying a Jew the ultimate in taqiyya? It offers complete cover since it is such an 'in your face' contradiction of jihadist behavior.
49 weeks ago
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Power, "by any means necessary." The left and islam get it.

If hosting a pig roast at a kennel benefit will further their goals, count on such as Ms. Huma and her 'man' to not only be there, but scarfing down the grub.
49 weeks ago
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If McCain and the milquetost establishment Republicans wanted to respond to the the Left's righteous indignation they could simply repeat the phrase that's been used against us so often: "It's the seriousness of the charge that matters.".

But no. I'd love to start a business renting spines to Republican politicians but I doubt that I'd have any takers.
49 weeks ago
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" her putative man" That's a great double entendre!
49 weeks ago
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Huma will be right by Hilary's side when she starts her 2016 White House run. Hopefully the Republicans will have the guts to go after Huma and her family ties this time and not be afraid of angering the PC crowd.
Hopefully McCain will keep his friggin mouth shut too.
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Hell, at this point Huma may be Hillary's insurance against anybody going after EITHER of them.
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