November 29, 2007, - 1:08 pm
Dr. Jekyll & the Late Henry Hyde: GOP Rep. Took $$ From Terrorist Al-Arian, Harassed Me for Reporting it, Was Strong Anti-Israel/Pan-Terrorist Force in Congress
By Debbie Schlussel
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Former Republican Congressman and Clinton House Impeachment manager Henry Hyde died, early this morning. Sadly, some prominent conservatives are remembering this cretin as a great man. He was anything but. They are misinformed, and that includes the very Islam-addled National Review Online, which did ZERO research in rushing to gush over this man.
Here are the facts about Henry Hyde:
* Throughout his career and as House International Relations Committee Chairman, he was one of the most vicious enemies of Israel on Capitol Hill, constantly trying to impede Israel’s right to defend itself and constantly harassing Israel in every way possible. That would explain the many campaign contributions he got from Muslims and Islamists. Many people felt he was anti-Semitic. And, based on his behavior and statements throughout his career, I believe they were right.
* He was one of the most prominent defenders of Islamic terrorists and terrorist groups in Congress.
* I exposed to America (here and here) that Hyde took thousands in money from Islamic Jihad front man and convicted terrorist, Sami Al-Arian. The money was laundered through Al-Arian’s wife, Nahla, who did not have a job. Al-Arian’s thousands in campaign contributions to Hyde, David Bonior, Cynthia McKinney, and other malefactors in Congress far exceeded what his income as a University of South Florida professor would allow (and it is apparent the money really came from the Saudis and Islamic Jihad). That Hyde received this money–among these other infamous names–bears out the saying about “the company you keep.”
* Because I exposed Hyde’s contributions from Al-Arian, he sicced his Committee Communications Director, Sam Stratman, to harass me. Stratman called me repeatedly, screaming and yelling at me over the phone and calling me a “perfumed icepick.” My crime: disclosing that Henry Hyde took money from Sami Al-Arian and letting America know.
* In return for the money, as House Judiciary Chairman, Hyde held hearings for the purpose of getting rid of laws (signed by President Clinton) allowing the use of secret evidence against terrorists. He invited Al-Arian and his wife, Nahla, to testify and gushed over them. He encouraged them to tell us how “harassed” and “discriminated against” they were. Hyde opposed most domestic counterterrorism measures.
* Hyde also repaid Al-Arian by objecting to an Oct. 3, 2001 Congressional screening of “Jihad in America,” featuring Al-Arian’s “activities.”
* Eventually, after Al-Arian was finally indicted in 2003, Hyde sent out widely regurgitated (in AP, Reuters, etc.) press releases claiming he gave Al-Arian’s contributions to charity. But when I spoke with Hyde’s press secretary, she could not point to a single charity or amount that Hyde had given to eliminate the Al-Arian contribution (not that it mattered, it was too late). She admitted to me that the press release was a fraud, designed to relieve Hyde of the negative press he received over the contribution. “Well, Congressman Hyde gives to charity all the time, so we considered his past charity giving to be included when we wrote the press release,” she told me.
To remind you, Sami Al-Arian masterminded homicide bombings. One of his “productions” resulted in the murder of an American, New Jersey college student, Alisa Flatow. Yet, Henry Hyde went out of his way to help this Islamic mass murderer.
This is the real Henry Hyde, the man so many conservatives who claim to be against terrorism are praising. As President Bush said–but didn’t mean–you’re either on our side or the terrorists’ side.
Throughout his career, Henry Hyde was on the terrorists’ side. That President Bush gave him the Medal of Freedom is disgusting.
**** UPDATE: One of my undercover informants tells me:
At an August 2000 American Muslim Alliance event, Sami Al-Arian told me that he had Congressman Henry Hyde in his pocket. He said Hyde was helping him defeat the Secret Evidence Provision of the 1996 Anti Terrorist and Effective Death Penalty Act.
Forget Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Dr. Al-Arian and Mr. Hyde are a whole lot scarier. And real.
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