Obama's National Security 'Not Top 10' of 2011
5) Prominent Muslim-American lobbyist Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai arrested as Pakistani intelligence agent (July 20)
The political establishment was shaken by the arrest in July of Syed Shulam Nabi Fai, the longtime leader of the Kashmiri-American Council, who was indicted on charges he had operated as an agent of the Pakistani intelligence service since 1985. One reason that this news concerned political leaders was Fai being a regular fixture of the Washington, D.C. political scene, handing out political donations to Democrats and Republicans alike. One of the largest recipients of Fai's campaign cash was Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN), the third-highest ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. After Fai's arrest, Burton posted a response on his official congressional website.
Not only was Fai involved in the political scene, he was active with many of the prominent Islamic organizations that the U.S. government routinely engages in "outreach," including the terror-tied Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Muslim Student Association (MSA). Fai served as MSA national president for four years (1985-1989) while he was serving his Pakistani ISI masters (I've written previously about the MSA's terror problems here at PJ Media). A number of Islamic organization jumped to Fai's defense and his Kashmiri-American Council continued to defend their leader. In an interview with Al-Jazeera, former head of CIA counterterrorism and former Pakistani CIA station chief Robert Grenier claimed the charges against Fai were politically motivated.
But earlier this month, Fai pleaded guilty to the charges against him, admitting he in fact had been a Pakistani intelligence spy and had concealed his ties to the ISI.
A 26-page Statement of Facts was signed by Fai admitting his crimes and his lies to FBI agents denying his work on behalf of Pakistan. In all, Fai admitted to taking more than $3.5 million to influence American policy. No word explaining how they could be duped has been forthcoming from his political pals and defenders.
6) Obama backs overthrow of Gaddafi, installs al-Qaeda-friendly, Shariah-compliant regime in Libya (March-present)
When U.S. missiles began striking targets in Tripoli in March in support of NATO operations aimed at ousting Libyan strong-man Muammar Gaddafi, the lobbying effort targeting the Libyan dictator was being led by Obama's war hawks in the State Department: namely Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, and Samantha Power. The targeting of Gaddafi began in February, when Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi issued a fatwa on Al-Jazeera permitting Gaddafi's assassination.
It soon became clear the U.S. was supporting bad actors.
One of the first indications was the presence of known Libyan al-Qaeda leaders appearing at the head of the anti-Gaddafi militias, including Abdelhakim Belhaj, one of the founders of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). This was designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. government in 2004 after their reported involvement in the Madrid terror attacks and the 2003 suicide bombing in Casablanca. (As of Sept. 15, 2011, LIFG was still listed as a terrorist organization on the State Department's website).
Belhaj is currently suing the UK government for their alleged role, in cooperation with U.S. authorities, in renditioning him to Libya in 2004.
So one of the top Libyan rebel commander allies had been renditioned by the U.S. for his terrorist involvement just a few years before. Other Libyan militia leaders had led terror cells in Iraq, who were responsible for killing U.S. troops in support of al-Qaeda.
After the dictator's fall, signs immediately appeared that the new transitional government supported by the Obama administration could end up being worse than Gaddafi. Hundreds of militants tied to al-Qaeda were released from Libyan jails. Looted arms from Gaddafi's stockpiles began showing up across the Middle East, including in Hamas-controlled Gaza. Statements on al-Qaeda affiliated websites said that captured arms were in the hands of the militants. And as soon as NATO operations were concluded, al-Qaeda flags began to appear above Libyan government buildings -- including the Benghazi courthouse -- prompting some in Congress to question the administration's actions.
Even before elections could be held, the head of the National Transition Council Mustafa Abdel Jalil pledged to implement Islamic law in Libya, which apparently surprised some Western leaders and media figures. Jalil overturned Gaddafi's ban on polygamy and vowed to allow Sharia-compliant loans in the oil-rich country.
7) Hillary Clinton backs plan by Islamic countries to criminalize "defamation of Islam" (July-present)
Fulfilling the decade-long wishes of the 57 countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Obama administration has backed an international OIC effort to criminalize "defamation of religion," namely Islam, in the name of religious tolerance over the expressed objections of human rights, religious freedom, and free speech advocates.
The first step was taken with the passage of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18 back in April. Among the members of the UNHRC are some of the worst human rights abusers in the world, including Libya, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, China, and Cuba.
The next stop was a meeting with the OIC and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton back in July as part of the "Istanbul Process," where Clinton vowed "to use some old-fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming so that people don’t feel that they have the support to do what we abhor." Clinton failed to explain where the State Department, or any arm of the U.S. government, derives its power to "name and shame" any U.S. citizen. Clinton and OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu issued a joint statement promising U.S. cooperation in implementing Resolution 16/18.
Earlier this month, OIC officials and Hillary Clinton met in a closed-door three-day meeting in Washington, D.C. Rather than gathering to discuss the stated topics of intolerance and violence, the official OIC media center characterized the meeting as an effort to enact its "defamation of religion" agenda spelled out in the OIC's annual Islamophobia Observatory. Just this week, Ihsanoglu told Turkish reporters that these efforts are intended to "refrain from exploiting freedoms" and that similar meetings between the OIC and EU bureaucrats, similar to those conducted with Hillary Clinton, are planned in the near future.
Eager to capitalize on the Obama administration's joint efforts with the OIC, leaders of several prominent U.S. Islamic organizations met with Justice Department officials in October to push to redefine discrimination laws to include criticism of Islam. During the meeting one of the most vocal advocates for the change in definitions was Muslim lawyer and Huffington Post columnist Sahar Aziz. Mohamed Magid, one of the Obama administration's closest Muslim allies and president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), said that "teaching people that all Muslims are a threat to the country … is against the law and the Constitution." Not coincidentally, I'm sure, when Obama hosted the annual White House Iftar dinner, the official guest list omitted Magid's name as one of the attendees. The relationship is so close, though, that Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough was dispatched to give a speech at Magid's mosque back in March.