October 14, 2008, - 10:40 am
EXCLUSIVE: Who is Majida Mourad? Muslim-Americans/Arab-Americans for McCain Chief Committed Federal Crimes, Lied on Top Secret Clearance Forms; Right-Hand (Wo)Man to Hezbollah Bud Abraham; Plus, Who is Randa Fahmy Hudome?
By Debbie Schlussel
You’ve heard of Mazen Asbahi, who resigned as head of Obama’s Muslim campaign after news of his ties to the Muslim Brotherhood came to light (and who is reportedly still working with Obama, anyway). You’ve also heard of Minha Husaini, the current head of Obama’s Muslim outreach, who attended a meeting with open anti-Semites and terrorism co-conspirators.
Now, meet Majida Mourad, the beauty school grad who falsified federal employment and top secret security clearance forms and gave details of security for our nuclear weapons to Muslim nations on the State Department terrorist list.
Majida Mourad heads both Muslim-Americans for McCain and Arab-Americans for McCain, and is a lobbyist for Arab and Muslim nations.
Majida Mourad (w/BoyToy Jim Kimsey):
Heads Up Muslim-Americans for McCain, Has One Up on “Grease”‘s Frenchy
Mourad has many former top co-workers from the Department of Energy seeing red because it is well known that she lied on federal employment and top secret security clearance forms–a federal crime–and got away with it, with the help of her friend, then-Secretary of Energy, and now partner, fellow Lebanese Arab-American Spencer Abraham. Both Abraham and Mourad are partners in The Abraham Group, which represents Arab and Muslim nations lobbying America.
When Abraham became Secretary of Energy, he enlisted the White House to appoint Mourad as one of his top Energy advisors. But upon applying for the job, Mourad lied on both her SF-171 form for federal employment and her application for Top Secret security clearance–a federal crime–claiming she had a college degree from Indiana University. In fact, after several semesters at IU, Mourad barely completed enough credits equivalent to a year at college at the time.
The only degree Mourad did in fact have at the time was a diploma from a cosmetology school. So, as a beauty school graduate, she does have one up on Frenchy, the “Beauty School Drop-out” from “Grease.” Oh, and the divorced Mourad (who also went by the married name Majida Dandy), was an uncredited extra in a pool party scene on the ’90s TV series “Beverly Hills 90210″.
Given this information, the use of Mourad in the McCain campaign–after John McCain had to dump federal insurance fraud convict and Hezbollah agent Ali Jawad in May–raises serious questions about the McCain campaign’s vetting process when it comes to Middle Easterners and about which Arabs and Muslims would get hired in a McCain administration.
Mourad who worked for pro-Hezbollah/Arafat former U.S. Senator and Energy Secretary Abraham throughout his political career, is now Abraham’s partner in lobbying on behalf of various Muslim and Arab nations seeking energy contracts with America. So much for John McCain’s claim that he doesn’t want lobbyists on his campaign.
Sources close to Abraham also say that Majida Mourad does not do anything without the tacit approval and involvement of Abraham–who sent $86 million of your tax money to Hezbollah in South Lebanon at the request of the Arab American Institute’s Jim Zogby, who blocked federal tracking of alien visa holders entering America (also at Zogby’s request), and who was one of two U.S. Senators who refused to sign a letter to Bill Clinton asking him to condemn Yasser Arafat at the height of homicide bombings in Israel in 1999 and 2000. Read the complete dossier on Spencer Abraham’s pan-jihadist activities.
Last week, the Detroit Free Press disclosed that Abraham has been serving as a surrogate speaker to Michigan Arab voters on behalf of John McCain. Sources close to Abraham say that Abraham is heavily tied to and closely involved with the McCain campaign and that Mourad’s involvement is proof of that. So much for John McCain’s claim that we must fight the terrorists over there (Iraq) so we don’t have to fight them over here. Now we know that the terrorists’ Senator and Energy Secretary is squarely inside the McCain campaign.
Those familiar with Mourad are outraged and alarmed that John McCain has enlisted her for more than half a year to head up his outreach efforts to Muslims and Arabs. About a dozen individuals who worked with her confirmed that Ms. Mourad claimed repeatedly on applications for both federal employment and Top Secret security clearance that she was a graduate of Indiana University.
But, in fact, while Mourad went to the school part-time, at the time she had barely completed a full year of credits at the school. I checked with Indiana University’s Registrar’s Office, and the school confirmed that Majida Mourad attended University of Indian’s Kokomo campus and finally graduated with a 2-year Associate’s Degree (the equivalent of a Community College degree) in June 2004, after four semesters of correspondence courses and just a few months before she and Spencer Abraham were dumped from the Department of Energy by an angry Bush Administration and well after Ms. Mourad lied on her federal forms.
IU says Ms. Mourad attended the school for 12 semesters over 11 years from Fall 1993 through Summer 2004. The school also confirms that Mourad “attended” online/correspondence courses from 2002 to 2004, while she was supposed to be working full-time at the Department of Energy. Yes, you the American taxpayer paid her high salary at Energy not only after she had the chutzpah to lie on and falsify forms, but also while she was “attending school” full-time.
Her former colleagues are alarmed that not only did Ms. Mourad and Spencer Abraham cover up her federal crime of lying to get Top Secret security clearance and federal employment, but this beauty school grad also frequently toured high-security federal nuclear laboratories with high security nuclear energy, technology, and weaponry. Several published schedules of then-Energy Secretary Abraham’s trips to nuclear facilities confirm that “90210” extra and senior Energy advisor Mourad was with him.
In December 2001, Paul Sperry–now an editorial writer at Investor’s Business Daily–reported on then-Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham’s pledge of $1.2 million in additional tax dollars to a United Nations program, in which Abraham gave tours of and a course about U.S. security measures for nuclear reactors to representatives from countries including then-Saddam-controlled Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Cuba, and Sudan, most of which were then on the State Department Terrorist list (and most of which remain on that list). Energy Department sources say that it was beauty school grad, federal employment/top secret security clearance form falsifier, and Abraham senior advisor Majida Mourad who allowed and oversaw this outrageous compromise of our national security.
So, how did Majida Mourad get away with lying on federal forms and not doing jailtime?
Here’s how it went down, according to several Bush Administration sources. Abraham wanted the Bush Administration to appoint beauty school grad Mourad to the position of one of his top senior advisors at Energy, as a political appointee. After she filled out the forms and lied about having a degree from Indiana University, the White House did its due diligence and discovered that she, in fact, had no degree from Indiana University at the time. The White House told Abraham that Mourad was not to be hired and that she would get no political appointment. Abraham was told that Mourad had to go.
But the White House chose not to prosecute Mourad. Behind the White House’s back, Abraham hired Mourad anyway. He got away with it by hiring Mourad as a contract employee and she continued to work as his senior advisor, accompanying him on all trips around the world.
When several Department of Energy employees objected to the continued employment of Mourad on the grounds that she committed a federal crime and falsified at least two federal applications, Abraham and then-Energy counsel Lee Otis (incredibly now a Justice Department attorney) fired several of them. They also required other Department of Energy employees to sign confidentiality agreements, promising not to disclose Mourad’s crime, in order to retain their employment. And finally, Abraham and Otis threatened Energy employees with retaliation in the form of lawsuits and prosecution, were they to disclose Mourad’s crime.
Yes, these are the people on “reformer” John McCain’s campaign.
When the White House learned that Mourad remained atop Abraham’s staff despite her falsification of federal forms, it was a source of anger, as was the knowledge that Abraham also covered up another crime committed by his senior staffers–an anthrax threat prank involving an envelope containing baby powder, which required the entire Department of Energy to be evacuated. Abraham also refused to fire or allow prosecution senior Energy employees involved in that crime.
Sources say that all of these things–his continued employment of application falsifier Majida Mourad and the anthrax prankers, coupled with Abraham’s enormous incompetence during the 2003 Blackout (during which he refused to return to the U.S. from a tax-funded family jaunt to London) and failure to get an energy bill–were the reasons the Bush White House fired Abraham after the 2004 election.
I spoke with Congressman Tom Davis–who has held hearings on federal employees with falsified applications and fake degrees–in connection with this story. While he was not told the identity of the individual in question, he was told that it was a member of the McCain campaign team. “Anyone who lies on a federal application or form should not be hired for the job and should definitely be fired,” he said.
So, why did Spencer Abraham risk his career and persecute whistleblower employees to protect fellow Lebanese Arab Majida Mourad and cover-up the federal crimes she committed?
Although there have been allegations of a personal relationship between the attractive Mourad and Spencer Abraham, sources say that is unlikely and that the more likely reason is that Abraham likes Mourad’s access to celebrities and the wealthy. The 38-year-old Mourad has been squired around Washington by 69-year-old gazillionaire AOL founder Jim Kimsey. And she was rumored to have “dated” her former employer, Congressman Sonny Bono, which sources say was a likely reason she was not employed long by his successor, Congresswoman Mary Bono. Mourad bragged to third parties that Mrs. Bono gave Mourad a David Yurman bracelet with eyes on it as a parting gift, saying “No matter where you go, I will always have my eye on you.” And Mourad told a Washington magazine that an ideal date of hers was when a boyfriend flew her to London to have dinner. (Very low maintenance woman.)
Mourad is also tight with pro-Hezbollah, pro-Syria, anti-Israel Republican Congressman Darrell Issa a/k/a Jihad Darrell, with whom she recently co-sponsored the showing of a Muslim movie at an Arab film festival in Washington.
Sources say that if John McCain is elected, Majida Mourad is in line for a top appointment in the McCain Administration. Question: What kind of job do you give to a beauty school grad and “90210” extra, who committed a federal crime falsifying applications, gave details of our nuclear weapon security to Muslim nations on the State Department Terrorist list, and likes to “date” rich men?
Well, maybe she could be the official consort of Guantanamo detention facility.
Not surprisingly, both Spencer Abraham and Majida Mourad refused to respond to repeated requests for interviews about Mourad’s falsification of federal employment and security clearance forms and Abraham’s orchestration of the ensuing cover-up.
Who Is Randa Fahmy Hudome?
Another one of Spencer Abraham’s former top employees at the Department of Energy–with strong McCain campaign ties–is Randa Fahmy Hudome, a Muslim lawyer and anti-Israel lobbyist whom he hired to his Senate staff and then appointed to Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy. Ms. Fahmy, also now a lobbyist for Muslim and Arab nations, was tight with Yasser Arafat and famously posed with her daughter for a photo kissing Arafat on the cover of The Washington Times. Currently, a lobbyist for Libya, Fahmy brags on her bio that she was responsible for removing the country from the State Department Terrorist List.
Ms. Fahmy was also on the board of ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid), a “charity” under investigation for allegedly financing HAMAS and other similar Palestinian groups. And she’s been on the board of the pan-Islamist, anti-Israel Arab-American National Museum and the Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. And she’s a frequent Mid-East policy analyst on Al-Jazeera, the Terrorist News Network.
Fahmy’s husband, Mike Hudome (who is also the father of the kid who kissingly posed with Arafat), makes the McCain campaign commercials you see on television.
Randa Fahmy Hudome: Muslim Anti-Israel Activist w/McCain Ties
From Ms. Fahmy’s own bio, there’s a very clear picture of what she stands for:
Prior to her executive branch experience, Randa was Foreign Policy Counselor during Senator Spencer Abraham’s (R-MI) tenure in the United States Senate. During the six years she spent in the legislative branch, she was credited with shaping many pieces of legislation that affected U.S. interests abroad.
From 1992-1994, she was the congressional liaison for the National Association of Arab Americans (NAAA), the premier lobbying organization of the Arab American community which is devoted to promoting peace and stability in the Middle East through a balanced U.S. foreign policy in the region.
Translation: Whenever anyone uses the term “balanced” U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, they don’t mean balanced, at all. They mean anti-Israel.
What kind of influence will Randa Fahmy and her husband Mike have on John McCain’s Mid-East policy?
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