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White House Iftar Dinner

Originally published at Rubin Reports.

Up to now the Obama Administration has faced three big scandals—the IRS, the bugging of AP and Fox, and Benghazi. And now here is scandal Number 4:


For the last four years the Obama Administration has conducted a major “outreach” program to Islamic groups in the United States and in the Middle East. Patrick Poole has been investigating this project and in a comprehensive article now presents the full scoop and scope of what’s been going on. His article, “Blind to Terror: The U.S. Government’s Disastrous Muslim Outreach Efforts and the Impact on U.S. Policy” in the new, Summer, issue of MERIA Journal is a gamechanger

You may think that you know about this subject but it goes far beyond what you have heard about. The majority of groups and individuals promoted by the Obama Administration have been radical Islamists, particularly Muslim Brotherhood cadre, and more than occasionally people involved in terrorist activity.

Moderate Muslims have been neglected and isolated by this project which has helped the radicals, Islamists, and pro-terrorists gain hegemony in the Muslim community in America.

Again, you may think that you know this story but it is far more extensive than has ever before been revealed. Often, the White House and FBI have granted access and worked with those who were simultaneously being investigated on serious charges of terrorism.

The whole “outreach” program has been a farce and it would be charitable to describe it as incompetent on the part of the Obama Administration.  Patrick Poole pulls all of the material together for the first time and shows serious flaws that have endangered Americans in scores of cases.

Radicals have been given credentials as moderates, been provided with information that should have remained secret, been allowed to advise and influence U.S. policy. The kind of government mishandling of terrorist threats that characterize the Fort Hood case and the Boston bombing has been business as usual.

Here is a portion of Patrick Poole’s article:

“When President Obama hosted his annual Iftar dinner in August 2010 to commemorate the Muslim celebration of Ramadan, the list of invitees published by the White House was curiously missing the names of several attendees – all of whom were top leaders of organizations known to be purveyors of jihadist ideology and implicated by federal prosecutors in financing terrorism.[

“But it wasn’t like they had crashed the party. In fact, one of the individuals missing on the official White House list, Mohamed Majid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), was pictured in a news service photograph sitting at the front table just a few feet from the president as he spoke When Majid was hailed by Time Magazine in November 2005 as a “moderate Muslim cleric” that was helping the FBI fight terrorists, he quickly published an open letter to his congregation on the mosque’s website assuring his congregants that he was doing no such thing stating that his relationship with the FBI was a one-way street only to communicate Muslim community concerns – not to report on individuals suspected of terrorist activity.

“It was just a few years ago the Attorney General of the United States was canceling Muslim outreach events for the sole reason that Majid would be present at the meeting, because the Department of Justice had just named ISNA as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in American history.

“But Majid’s connection to terrorism goes back even farther than that, since the offices of the mosque he leads, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center, were raided by U.S. Customs authorities in March 2002 in a wide-sweeping terror finance investigation. In an affidavit requesting a search warrant for the raids, Customs Agent David Kane testified that Majid’s mosque was being used to launder hundreds of thousands of dollars for the targeted terror finance network that shared offices with ADAMS. An appendix to the Customs Service affidavit also names eleven ADAMS Center officials as targets of their terror finance investigation.And yet Majid and the ADAMS Center are still considered legitimate outreach partners by the FBI.

“This was just the most recent episode in the disastrous attempts at outreach to the Muslim community since the 9/11 attacks. And with the release in 2011 of President Obama’s strategic plan to combat “violent extremism” to expand outreach to these same terror-tied groups, the present administration seems intent on compounding the disaster wrought by previous administrations.”



  1. I received notice that I have been banned from the Huffington Post. I checked my postings; they do not include inappropriate language as others do. If any thing I may have commented too often. Your reporter did a story on me when I was president of Rabbis for Romney. I enjoy the discussions and postings on your site and would appreciate an explanation. The only thing I can think of is that I posted against the Holocaust Claims Conference as well as Rabbi Schreier and Muslims touring Auschwitz. If the Muslims complained, there was no foul language and as a child of Holocaust survivors I can speak out against extremist Muslims who are against Israel and America. I do not want those extremists praying for my dead siblings and other relatives at Auschwitz. It was the Mufti of Jerusalem who was in charge of an SS division for the Nazis. Is there anything here that would warrant my being banned. Please have the courtesy to email me.

    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

  2. I believe it’s time to pack up and Aliyah to Yisrael. Especially when America can turn a blindeye to this Administration. Obama has taken the saying “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” to a whole new level.

  3. Excellent article Barry. This is sad news for us Jews and good news for Islam and its supporters including the Jewish Press. We’ve all seen this news coming and it’s good that you put in print. Kol HaKavod. To those who are wise, Aliyah to Israel should the most important and immediate item on their minds.

  4. It seems important to read the linked 36 page article including more than 200 footnotes combined on several pages at the end. This issue has existed since 1990, before President Obama's time in office. All Obama has done is taken advantage of an existing policy to push forward his agenda, whether in naiveté, which is barely conceivable, or and unstated agenda. Most Americans would not have gone along with this idea if stated directly by Obama in a "fireside chat," but there is such a thing as inertia. When you create an aura of powerlessness from your position of power, the public will follow that inertia, by and large, until they run smack into another world set on a collision course with them. That process is further down the road in Europe than here, but in three years there is no telling what might happen if Americans do not quit their slumbers, and raise their voices. We can only hope that the next president from which ever party will take charge of an immediate reversal of this inertia. The pull of oil money is just too strong for most of these individuals. Current corporate managerial philosophy in general supports the notion that if one person complains directly, there are several hundred or up to a thousand who just grumble and don't do anything. So multiply you and I by 700 and see how dominant we could be if we give the grumblers a vocabulary, and the vocabulary to put two words next to each other in combinatorics. Let's get busy! There are yet 7,000 who have not bowed their knees to baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.

  5. At least Rubin mentioned that he's plugging his own publication with this, uh, "sensational" story. Not exactly "fair and balanced," is it, Barry? Then again, it's no less "fair and balanced" than FoxNews.

  6. Dan Silagi · Writing books and selling them is not a scandalous thing. Mr. Rubin writes diligently, every day, and asks for nothing in return, other than we not misspell his name and occasionally, when he has written a book, to mention it. You want he should go after people in the street with a cup?

  7. It is time Obama realizes that his so-called moderate muslim friends have been scamming him by hiding under moderate Muslim clothing. I hope he does that before we are hit with an even more disastrous Jihadist attack in the US.

  8. I'm retired…nothing to do but exercise my brain cells. I read to know I'm alive. Someone, somewhere, at some time, told me I was a hoarder of knowledge, but I try to analyze and synthesize everything I read, and apply the very best ideas to my own life, then disseminate the germ of those ideas abroad. Whether it be "nonfiction," or fiction, there is something for me to learn, so yes I did read it through, and downloaded it also so I can check out end references. I am a fast reader, and though I am educating my grandson, I still have time to read one or two books per day. Thirty-six pages isn't that much.

  9. I am always right when it comes to things like this. You s keep proving my point! Whoever wrote this IS a disgusting, inhumane, sick, demented racist bigot !

    No, he's not a communist.

    He's no more of a fraud than any other politician.
    He's no more of a pathological liar than any other politician.
    Barack Obama is NOT a Muslim,He is Christian, oh and By the way, Plenty of Christians think abortion should be legal, even some who consider it immoral.
    he does not hate America , If Obama hates America, why he became a President ?

    And YES! Obama IS black, you losers ONLY mention his "White half" to deny your obvious racism!
    The Racist Right has done more damage to our country than UBL could have ever dreamed.

    Obama's SSN is well documented since he applied for it in 1977. Other SSNs have been alleged, but there is ZERO evidence Obama ever used them, or even had them.

    – Hawaii has his real birth certificate. They said so, legally and officially, and they also say officially he was born there.

    – There is actually NO evidence Obama was ever a practicing muslim. His attendance at a public school in Indonesia as well as a Catholic School there is documented.

    – Obama, like all Presidents, chooses not to release his college records. Bush's were leaked, he didn't want to release them. Perhaps you are now accusing all other 43 Presidents of hiding something too?

    Get this threw your thick head: Neither election was stolen. He won by too big a margin in both cases for that to be feasible!

    I don’t have a problem with you opposing his policies, I don’t agree with all of them, the problems are the name calling, the false accusations about heritage and debunked information that continue to be posted or written about. Horrible racist images that is disseminated around the web or in emails.

    Too often I hear from even the most blatant racists “I don’t hate the President because he’s black, I hate his policies.” Yet, I’ve never had one actually explain a policy of his with which they differ or offer an articulate explanation of why they differ. To the contrary, very few of these folks are aware that, due to obstructionism, the President has not been able to implement an agenda of his own on any occasion in which the Democrats could not use reconciliation. For these racists to have credibility in their assertions of policy differences, they have to know more than they actually do know. And we know enough to know exactly why they do hate him, even when they won’t cop to it.

    But you hateful monsters depict the President as a gorilla, pray for his death, insult his wife and children and concoct lies about him you’re a racist. Many White people actually, I know it’s hard to believe, are racists. There’s no other logical reason for this heightened criticism. But guess what Black people are just as American as you, we were here from the very beginning.

    President Obama is a white supremacist’s worst nightmare because despite Republicans’ best efforts, he has been extraordinarily successful at every juncture in saving this nation’s economy and reputation around the world. What this President’s success has done, unfortunately, is bringing to light the fact that conservative America is still plagued with racial bigotry that many Americans are certain is non-existent because there is an African American President. However, when conservatives charge that the President devastated the economy, eviscerated the Constitution, and destroyed America without a modicum of proof to back up their claims, they are racists.

  10. To World Jewry:

    I hope you will consider my plea as one of the few Rabbis in Americas who speaks out for Israel, fights anti-Semitism throughout the world and one who speaks out vehemently against extremist Muslims. In addition I fight on behalf of Holocaust survivors and have been vocal regarding the Holocaust Claims Conference missing funds. I was also president of Rabbis for Romney. You are welcome to look me up on the internet.

    We are living in pre Holocaust times. European Jewry is facing major anti-Semitism and parts of Europe are Judenrein. Israel is facing a possible Holocaust from Iran and surrounding enemies. I was just banned from the Huffington Post for expressing my displeasure with Muslims praying at Auschwitz over my family ashes. Extremist Muslims want Israel and all Jews annihilated. My plea to all Jews: Speak out. Tell your Rabbis not to remain silent. We are running out of time.

    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

  11. not me, alls you have to do is understand the sir name which in the middle east indicates that he is muslim I was not fooled I just wonder why congress has not charged him with treason.

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