July 25, 2007, - 4:20 pm

Jihad Spence: Fred Thompson’s Pan-Islamist Campaign Manager

By Debbie Schlussel
He hasn’t entered the Presidential race yet, but Fred Thompson, yesterday, showed us why he’s the scariest Republican Presidential candidate. And maybe the scariest of both parties.
Don’t believe Thompson’s claim that he understands the Islamist jihadist threat to America. His announcement, yesterday, of his choice of Spencer Abraham as campaign manager, told us everything we need to know. Although Abraham, of Lebanese descent, is a Christian, he is a career water carrier for Islamists of the most extremist stripe and made that the cornerstone of his failed, one-term Senate career and equally lousy tenure as Energy Secretary.

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Spencer Abraham:

Former Bush Energy Secretary, Current Pan-Islamist & Fred Thompson Campaign Manager

As a conservative–but more important, as an American concerned about the future of this country in the face of a terrorist threat–Thompson’s choice of Spencer Abraham was the final nail in the coffin for me in opposing Fred Thompson’s quest for the White House.
I know Spencer Abraham. He wrote one of my recommendations for law school. And the Spencer Abraham that I and all of America have since experienced is bad news for everyone except CAIR, ADC, MPAC, ISNA, and all Islamists who want to endanger America.
In 2003, I wrote the definitive column on Spencer Abraham a/k/a Spence a/k/a Edward Spencer Abraham (which was quoted in The Washington Post), and I re-publish it below, with several additions I’ve made, updating it. At the time Spence was still Energy Secretary, but he left to become a lobbyist for Islamist countries.
As a Senator, he took marching orders from James Zogby of the pan-Islamist Arab American Institute, opposing profiling of Arabs, the use of secret evidence against Muslims (at the behest of Muslim groups), attempting to repeal the Clinton counterterrorism package, refusing to fund computer tracking of student and other foreign aliens, giving millions in our tax money right to Hezbollah, and putting CAIR on the map on Capitol Hill (taking the group’s officials around to meet other Senators and Members of Congress). He took campaign contributions from the relatives of Hezbollah-backed top Lebanese officials after he got the group millions in our tax money.
Spence was one of only two Senators in the entire U.S. Senate who refused to sign a letter calling on President Clinton to condemn Palestinian terrorism and Yasser Arafat. This was at the height of a series of homicide bombings in Israel in 1999 and 2000.
As Energy Secretary, he gave top secret tours of nuclear facilities, as well as detailed information on how we secure them to Muslim nations who are our enemies. And he gave out undue post-9/11 awards to Al-Qaeda money-launderers . . . at the White House. The money launderers were raided by U.S. Customs Service agents.
After he left the Bush cabinet, Spence became a lobbyist for Mid-Eastern Muslim countries that practice the Arab boycott of Israel and don’t really like us too much either. He took their money and until the Thompson race, did their bidding.
Do you really support a guy, Fred Thompson, who picked this man to head up his team? Either Thompson is clueless about Abraham, which should immediately disqualify him for the White House and frighten all of us about how he makes decisions. Or he knows about Abraham, and went with him anyway. Just as bad.
If you want to say no to jihad, you WILL say NO to Fred Thompson. He chose, and now we must choose against him:
JIHAD SPENCE: Bush’s Dangerous Energy Secretary is Now Fred Thompson’s Campaign Manager
By Debbie Schlussel
Since the Blackout of 2003, he’s gotten lots of TV face time. But should U.S. energy policy be entrusted to Spencer Abraham?
In 2000, President Bush said his Cabinet would “look like America,” nominating Abraham, the defeated Lebanese-American Senator from Michigan, to Energy Secretary–part of the Bush strategy targeting the Arab vote.
But was this political strategy in the best interest of the country? Abraham’s record suggests otherwise.
In the two years since 9/11, Abraham did absolutely nothing to improve our precarious electric power situation.
That would be bad enough.
But, since 9/11, Abraham continued a controversial UN-sponsored program allowing foreign visitors from countries on the State Department terrorist list to tour U.S. nuclear reactors. A course sponsored by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency, taught by U.S. nuclear weapons lab security personnel, gives tours of Nuclear Regulatory Commission facilities and teaches participants from 57 countries–including Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia–security techniques employed at American nuclear sites. “They were teaching them to black out systems, which they could use against us at labs,” an official told a popular newssite. This was reported on extensively by investigative reporter Paul Sperry, author of “Infiltration.”
The Clinton Administration taught the course to foreign representatives, too. But that was pre-9/11. In the post-9/11 era, Abraham irresponsibly continued it, despite protests.
Then there’s Jamal Barzinji. Abraham enlisted him to find parties who helped and reached out to Muslims after 9/11, with Abraham hosting an awards ceremony for them. Problem is, Barzinji is an officer and/or director in SAFA Trust, Mar-Jac Poultry, and International Institute for Islamic Thought, all raided by Customs in March 2002 for laundering over $1.7 billion to Al-Qaeda and Islamic Jihad (through University of South Florida terrorist professor and Islamic Jihad founder and frontman, Sami Al-Arian).
More troubling is Abraham’s Senate record, ignored by his former Senate colleagues in an easy confirmation hearing.
Should a Senator who deliberately endangered national security for Arab/Muslim votes and campaign money be entrusted to oversee U.S. energy policy and access?
Abraham’s frightening national security record included:
Liberal immigration policy, including lax foreign visitor tracking, at the behest of Arab/Muslim groups; Tried to End Profiling, Secret Evidence Use Against Terrorists
Abraham was Senate Immigration Subcommittee Chairman through the end of 2000. Abraham routinely caved to the demands of Arab/Muslim leaders, such as the Arab American Institute’s James Zogby, on national security matters, especially immigration.
“Ever since (I first met) him, Abraham has been coming to us and giving advice, support and the benefits of his leadership,” Zogby told The Detroit News.
And taking Zogby’s advice, too.
Abraham actively worked to delay computer systems to track foreign visitors, which Arab/Muslim groups, including Zogby’s, strongly opposed. 1996 immigration law required computerized entry and exit tracking of all temporary visas, but was gutted by Abraham and other legislators. They refused to allocate money for the program and delayed its full implementation until 2005. In 2000, Abraham, as Chairman of the Immigration Subcommittee, delayed implementation of other requirements of the 1996 immigration measure, including university-assisted enforcement student visa laws and collection of fees from foreign students to pay for computer tracking.
These programs might have prevented the Sept. 11 attacks. But Abraham desperately craved the Arab/Muslim vote in Michigan.
Abraham also sponsored and pushed for the repeal of the use of secret evidence against terrorists, a vital portion of the Clinton counterterrorism package. He also sought to outlaw profiling of Arabs and Muslims by federal law enforcement.
Foreign aid funding for Hezbollah, rewarded by pseudo-foreign campaign contributions
In July 2000, Abraham sought over $268 million in tax-funded USAID grants for Hezbollah terrorist-controlled Southern Lebanon, at Arab American Institute’s Zogby’s request. Iranian- and Syrian-backed Hezbollah, has targeted and murdered many Americans. Millions in similar USAID grants (which have scant strings and accountability attached) to Afghanistan were misspent on Taliban terrorist activities. Abraham enlisted Michigan Republican Congressman Joe Knollenberg, on the House International Relations Committee, to push the questionable aid package in the House. They ended up obtaining $86 million, which went straight to Hezbollah and which was never tracked thereafter. They knew this, and that’s why they and Zogby sought the money for their Hezbollah friends.
Abraham and Knollenberg were repaid for their efforts, receiving thousands in campaign contributions from Nijad Fares, the Houston-based greencard-holding son of Syrian-backed Lebanese Deputy Prime Minister Issam Fares.
Soft on terrorism
Abraham was one of only two U.S. Senators who refused to sign an October 2000 letter to President Clinton condemning terrorist acts by Yasser Arafat and the P.L.O.
Abraham led the nearly successful June 2001 attempt to reverse the use of classified evidence against terrorists, sponsoring the legislation at the behest of Islamist groups, including the American Muslim Association (AMA) and the American Muslim Political Coordination Council (AMPCC), both headed by Agha Saeed.
In July 1999, Abraham wrote to Saeed, AMA, and AMPCC asking their support: “Your efforts are truly needed in the political arena. . . . You can truly make a difference in the political and policy arenas, and I remain committed to helping you achieve that goal.”
But Saeed openly praised Palestinian terrorism as “armed resistance” and appeared at lectures and events sponsored by Hamas front groups, including one panel, in which he was joined by the indicted Al-Arian, entitled: “Zionism: A Racist and Colonialist Ideology.” AMA-sponsored events featured these exhortations: “The trees and the stones will say, oh Muslim, there is a Jew hiding behind me. Come and kill him!” “Victory comes from Allah and Hezbollah is our model.” “Hear that, Bill Clinton? We are all supporters of Hamas.”
Given Spencer Abraham’s record of kowtowing to Arab, Muslim, and foreign interests on virtually every national security issue, his hegemony at Energy is disturbing. He should control no form of power–political or electric.

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I hope this decision will find a way of fading into a re-appraisal, on both scores, it’s a horrible pick!
Great post…

Dumb Ox on July 27, 2007 at 4:41 pm

hello itw me

val on July 27, 2007 at 9:06 pm

Following the Thompson/Ghandi rabbit trail-To Surak: It does make sense for a Hindu to believe that the Jewish WW!!plight was their fault and so it also stands to reason that the Hindus deserve a violent death at the hands of the muslims thereby working thru their Karma and “escaping” the cycle of reincarnation. If Islam is correct tho- which is contradictory to Hinduism-there is no reincarnation, only one more nation fallen to an oppressive world view. Obviously, all roads don’t lead to heaven.

val on July 27, 2007 at 9:17 pm

Man, oh Man! While he didn’t have everything going for him, it was pretty clear that Fred Thompson was headed for either the nomination outright, or into a big (and good for the party) fight with Rudy at the convention for who was to get that nomination. Now, with this idiotic pick of a campaign manager, Fred just alienated virtually every conservative out there, and handed the nomination to Rudy.
Would that Duncan Hunter, Tancredo or even Rick Santorum could conceivably get it, but it’s not in the cards, folks (at least, not just yet). I’ll go with Rudy then, since the alternative is you-know-who, in the general election. So long, Fred; we hardly knew ye.

theendisnear on July 27, 2007 at 11:13 pm

I don’t think I can can I get any more depressed.
I have been anxiously waiting for a sign from Fred Thompson to show us where he stands on the global jihad issue. I was delighted to read his glowing review of “Infidel” by Hirsi Ali at AEI. And now he hires a pro-Islamist. I am so disgusted with the GOP.
Except for Tancredo, all other candidates have shown no indication they are aware of the real threat of global jihad and support continuance of the war in Iraq, and seem to believe the Bush manifesto. The one about Islam being a Religion of Peace.
At least Tancredo sees that stepping back and letting the practicioners of the ROP have a go at each other can actually weaken the global jihadist movement.
I had posts deleted at a few from Fred Thompson websites before IMWITHFRED appeared where I was trying to generate conversation about Thompson’s position on jihad and suggesting what it should be. I refused to join IMWITHFRED and pay the membership before knowing where he stood on the jihad issue. I’m glad I held back.
Well, now I know. Thanks Debbie. I had never followed “Spence” before and knew nothing of his pro-Islamist stance.
While the selection does speak to Thompson’s leadership qualities in making wise appointments (he’d have thousands to make if elected), I am still willing to forgive and forget if he ditches Spence, but it would have to be soon.
I agree witht he poster above that Newt would kick Billary’s butt in a debate. I do enjoy listening to Newt speak. He understand the value of history in analyzing current events and making decisions on the future. But Newt’s forte’ is American History. His constant analogies to events in American history do not apply the Islamification of the west. He supports the war in Iraq. He has not shown any indication of a real understanding of the threat of global jihad. He is of the Bush mentality “we need to fight them there or they’ll follow us home”. They’re here. In our universities and contaiminating the media and sucessfully practicing Da’wa, as the recent islamic kumbaya festival at Newsweek Online On Faith illustrates. http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/projects/muslimsspeakout/index.html
It will be interesting to see if this appointment effects Thompson’s poll numbers. I hope it does BIG time. And if pollsters conclude that a downturn is attributed to the selection of a pro-Islamist, perhaps another candidiate will find reason to take a stronger anti-jihad stance to pick up that slack.

Leave Iraq Now on July 28, 2007 at 11:32 am

According to “Leave Iraq Now” —
{ He is of the Bush mentality “we need to fight them there or they’ll follow us home”. They’re here. }
Both are true. We have to walk and chew gum at the same time.

Dave Fafarman on July 28, 2007 at 12:49 pm

Correction: 4 Senators refrained from signing the letter, 3 Respublicans and Senator Byrd
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/US-Israel/96sens.html

JSobieski on July 28, 2007 at 6:53 pm

In the beginning, I gave money to Fred Thompson, the Reagan-esque character who turned the heads of conservatives, rapped the knuckles of neo-Cons, and kicked the butts of the Far Left. It wasn’t easy giving money to him, because his website didn’t work, and no one on his staff responded to emails that said, “Hey! I wanna give you money!” Then I heard he asked Spencer Abraham to join his staff. I wrote to him asking why. And again, even as an intrepeid contributor, I got the profound white silence. So now, I’m here to say clearly — I’m *through* with Fred. He needs to head back to television, where he can play whatever character he’d like to be. The last thing we need in the United States is a president who is unresponsive, unaware and unable to tell friend from foe.

alisa-s on July 28, 2007 at 7:02 pm

“WE ALREADY HAVE A PREZ LIKE THAT. YOU WANT ANOTHER ONE?
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL”
GAG ME WITH A PITCHFORK!!!

feralcat9 on July 28, 2007 at 8:48 pm

Bush’s Ten Plagues
First Plague: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq.
Second Plague: Propagating the Islam is a great religion of peace and
American troops must die for them doctrine.
Third Plague: Putting Chertoff and Myers and other incompetents in
charge of our security.
Fourth Plague: The Bush/McCain/Graham/Kyl/Kennedy axis of weasels.
Fifth Plague: Stabbing the working men and women of America in the
back.
Sixth Plague: Selling the Unites States of America out to
agri-business, the Chamber of Commerce and other plantation owners.
Seventh Plague: Burdening Americans with massive amounts of imported
crime, drugs and welfare dependents from a foreign country.
Eighth Plague: Trying to legalize and institutionalize serfdom (aka, slavery light) in the
nation of Abraham Lincoln.
Ninth Plague: Aiding, abetting and facilitating the ruling class in
Mexico to ethnically cleanse much of their lower class.
Tenth Plague: Trying to destroy the party and coalition that Ronald
Reagan build and get Hillary elected in 2008.

feralcat9 on July 28, 2007 at 8:57 pm

Ever night when Jeri goes to bed she feels old age creeping up on her!

feralcat9 on July 28, 2007 at 9:01 pm

Dave Fafarman – “He is of the Bush mentality “we need to fight them there or they’ll follow us home”. They’re here.”
Dave that canard of Bush’s has got to go down in history as one of the most mindless vapid canards of all time. Especially as he has left our borders essentially wide open and his administration has issued visas to the middle east, including a whole lot to Saudi Arabians, like there has been a fire sale going on.
Bring all the troops back from Iraq and just issue strict orders that all troops are to check all their gear and equipment to make sure that no Islamos have stowed away!

feralcat9 on July 28, 2007 at 9:11 pm

Almost screwed again, still ain’t been kissed. I thought Fred was a fresh start, maybe I’m just a sucker for a country drawl. No more!

Bob on July 28, 2007 at 11:40 pm

I have been waiting for Fred due to lack of excitement with the other candidates. This decision, however is terrible and cannot be tolerated! Newt must run! Thanks to Debbie for the update!

ussjimmycarter on July 29, 2007 at 3:56 am

Michelle Malkin, in discussing Fred’s hiring of Spence Abraham on the Laura Ingraham show this morning, managed to plug her own book but failed to cite, or give any due credit to Debbie in her conversation. I think that Michelle should have done so but perhaps I’m wrong. Here’s the link.
http://en.sevenload.com/videos/M2Fpe2a/mm-li
Not to discredit Michelle, she did in fact link to Debbie Schlussel dot com in a blogpost last week.
http://michellemalkin.com/2007/07/26/fred-thompson-and-spencer-abraham-bad-combo/
She should have done the same on the radio IMO.

Mr.C on July 30, 2007 at 1:49 pm

Fred Thompson and Spencer Abraham served together in the Senate: 1995-2001. While Abraham has been labeled as an open borders icon that recieved an award from LaRaza, Thompson’s Americans for Better Immigration (ABI) Reduction Report Card Grades are identical to Abraham’s on every subject and include:
Americans for Better Immigration – Reduction Report Card for Thompson and Abraham.
Overall Career Grade = C
Subject & Grade
Reduce Chain Migration = C
Reduce Visa Lottery = C-
Reduce Unnecessary Visas = F
Reduce Fraud: Refugee & Asylum = C-
Reduce Enticement – Illegal Immigration: Amnesties= D
Reduce Illegal Immigration – Anchor Baby Citizenship = No Vote
Reduce Illegal Immigration ñ Other Awards = A+
Reduce Illegal Immigration ñ Border Enforcement = A+
Reduce Illegal Immigration ñ Interior Enforcement =C+
See Fred Thompson’s Report Card here:
http://grades.betterimmigration.com/testgrades.php3?District=TN&VIPI D=743&retired=1
See Spencer Abraham’s Report Card here:
http://grades.betterimmigration.com/testgrades.php3?District=MI&VIPI D=401&retired=1
Also, a review of their immigration profiles indicate that Thompson and Abraham amendment worked together on immigration issues. See immigration voting profiles for a complete record of votes. A few examples include:
Voted to strip legal reforms from 1996 bill
Sen. Thompson helped defeat legal immigration reform when he voted for Senator Spencer Abraham’s amendment to remove the legal immigration reforms from S.1664, the Immigration Control and Financial Responsibility Act of 1996. This vote effectively killed any chance of Congress considering the Jordan Commission recommendations on easing legal immigration levels.
Voted for a foreign worker bill with no anti-fraud measures in 2000.
Sen. Thompson voted for S.2045, the Abraham foreign worker bill to nearly triple the number of foreign high-tech workers. On the heels of the release of a GAO report finding no proof of a high-tech worker shortage and evidence of abuse in the H-1B program, Sen. Thompson voted for this foreign worker bill that contained no worker protections or anti-fraud measures. The bill passed the Senate 96-1.
As Committee member, produced H-1B doubling bill in 1998
Sen. Thompson was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that created the Abraham H-1B doubling bill in 1998, S.1723. He voted with the 12-6 majority to send the bill to the floor of the Senate without safeguards for American workers.
Tried to kill voluntary pilot programs for workplace verification in 1996
Sen. Thompson voted IN FAVOR of the Abraham Amendment to S.1664. He was part of a coalition of pro-business conservatives and liberal civil libertarians who tried to use the amendment to kill the establishment of voluntary pilot programs in high-immigration states. The programs were intended to assist employers in verifying whether people they had just hired had the legal right to work in this country. Such verification is considered by many experts to be an essential tool for withdrawing the job magnet from illegal aliens. The verification system established by S.1664 did not involve an ID card. Rather it provided that when new workers wrote down their Social Security number on an application, employers could phone into a national verification system to help assure that the number was a real number and belonged to the person giving it. In earlier smaller pilot programs, businesses had hailed the verification system for making it easier for them to avoid hiring illegal aliens. Sen. Thompson was unsuccessful in stopping the voluntary verification system. The Senate tabled the by a 54-46 vote.
View Fred Thompsonís Immigration Voting Profile: http://profiles.numbersusa.com/improfile.php3?DistSend=TN&VIPID=743
View Abrahamís Immigration Voting Profile: http://profiles.numbersusa.com/improfile.php3?DistSend=MI&VIPID=401

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JOURNEY TO PARAISE MINISTRIES on August 30, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Interesting fact: Ann Coulter’s first employer in Washington, just before her star rose, was Sen. Abraham. She’s always struck me as too accomodating of the jihadists.

Seek on May 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Excellent article!

DC Parlove on April 25, 2014 at 9:16 pm

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