September 30, 2009, - 1:14 pm
Now that her failed doggie bedding business is officially down the toilet, Leslie Touma is trying a new tack: hijacking Department of Homeland Security Grants to Michigan. Michigan gets the fourth most DHS grants of any State in the Union, totaling nearly $32 million dollars.
Michigan Security Network Chief Leslie Touma w/ Medicaid Defrauding Crony, Maha Freij
Problem is, Ms. Touma is a pan-Arabist who was active in a number of Arab organizations that openly promote Hezbollah and HAMAS and have Hezbollah agents in their midst. And she was vocally anti-Israel when she ran for Congress in 2000.
As the self-appointed chief and founder of the Michigan Security Network, Touma is getting a lot of unduly positive press (including in USA Today) and a lot of help in her mission to steer millions of Homeland Security money to her friends. Unfortunately, her friends are not necessarily America’s friends or those who have the best interests of America’s security at heart. In fact, they are people who openly support groups like HAMAS and Hezbollah. And that’s aside from the fact that her most recent experience in any aspect of homeland security or counterterrorism is keeping America’s dogs in comfy bedding.
When Leslie Touma ran as a moderate, pro-choice Republican in 2000 against Jewish liberal U.S. Congressman Sander Levin, she milked her anti-Israel views, and garnered the support of the Saudi-funded, anti-Semitic Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. The magazine ran Holocaust-denier ads.
In 1998, James Zogby, the vocally anti-Israel and pro-Hezbollah chief of the Arab American Institute (AAI), wrote of his support for Ms. Touma:
Touma has been active in a number of Arab-American community organizations and is already generating strong support from Michigan’s large Arab-American and Muslim communities.
In 2000, Touma spoke at Zogby’s AAI event (where anti-Israel sentiment and support for Islamic terrorist groups and where Jesse Jackson was the honored banquet speaker):
It’s important that Arab Americans recognize the power they have.
Touma was a board member of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, founded by open Hezbollah supporter Nasser Beydoun. There’s a reason American is only an adjective in the title of this organization. Beydoun heads a foundation that has been under investigation for funneling money to Hezbollah, and one fellow officer in the foundation was a business partner of fugitive Hezbollah financier and restaurateur Talal Chahine.
In a speech in Cairo, Egypt, Beydoun told fellow Muslims that he founded the Chamber of Commerce to get America to change its foreign policy toward Israel, by bringing money and Arab Muslim business to America. The organization sends a number of politicians on fancy trips to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and other Mid-East Arab locations, lobbying them to do deals with Arab countries. And one of its most prominent members is Faris Alami, a Palestinian alien who committed immigration fraud, marriage fraud, social security fraud, and visa fraud (and is still here). More on him here.
How many Homeland Security dollars will Touma funnel the way of Beydoun and his Gulf State and Hezbollah cronies or her immigration law violating associates in the American Arab Chamber of Commerce?
When she ran for Congress, Touma openly sought and obtained the endorsements of several groups, including the Dearbornistan-based, Muslim-run Arab American PAC (AAPAC). AAPAC is openly pro-Hezbollah and pro-HAMAS, has endorsed anti-Semitic candidates, and is the political mouthpiece for anti-Semitic Muslim extremists, including:
* Osama Siblani (the Shi’ite Muslim publisher of the anti-Semitic Arab American News, who called Hezbollah, “the martyrs–the freedom fighters”;
* Abed Hammoud, a Wayne County (Detroit) prosecutor, also a Shi’ite and also a man who openly praises Hezbollah and compares Israel to the Nazis;
* Convicted Felon Nael AbuNab, who sold people cars with fraudulently rolled back odometers; and
* “Former” Islamic terrorist Imad Hamad, a marriage fraud perpetrator and FBI award revokee.
AAPAC has endorsed open anti-Semites in the past, including former Congressional candidate Mario Nesr Fundarski, who flew a Swastika flag in front of his home. And its then-Secretary, Lola Elzein sent me and my family rape, torture, and death threats.
Yup, these are the people with whom Leslie Touma associated in the recent past. Is this really the kind of woman who should be involved in doling out Homeland Security dollars . . . or having anything to do with Homeland Security?
Touma’s website states the the Michigan Security Network
will serve as an advisor for entrepreneurs and established businesses to encourage commercialization of technology in cybersecurity, biodefense, and border security and provide a platform to support homeland security decision makers.
Wanna trust our cybersecurity, biodefense, and border security to this woman who associates with Hezbollah and HAMAS agents? Only if you’re an idiot.
And sadly, there are a lot of idiots and individuals who don’t have America’s best interests at heart. Touma has garnered several prominent member/partners to her organization, including defense contractor General Dynamics, several universities, DTE Energy, PVS Chemicals (whose CEO/owner Jim Nicholson brought Hezbollah agent Ali Jawad on board the McCain campaign), Oakland County Sheriff and Republican Michigan gubernatorial candidate Mike Bouchard–a man of Lebanese descent whose chauvinism includes hanging out with extremist Hezbollah imams and paying tribute to a Muslim-dominated Arab Agency (ACCESS–the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services) which committed Medicaid fraud and furnished fake social security numbers to thousands of pregnant Muslim aliens, enabling them to rip off U.S. taxpayers for healthcare costs.
Touma is a donor to ACCESS and is pictured above with her crony Maha Freij, the #2 officer of ACCESS and its chief financial officer. She was in on the Medicaid fraud, big-time. Touma also donated to ACCESS’ anti-Israel Arab American National Museum.
Another of Michigan Security Network’s partners is Detroit’s Ambassador Bridge–a huge national security risk because it is THE major connection between Detroit and Canada and is privately owned by Lebanese businessman Manuel “Matty” Moroun, who opposes a publicly-owned second span. Moroun has paid off his fair share of Republican allies to head off the public span, including State Senator and Michigan Attorney General candidate Mike Bishop and sleazy State Senator Jason Allen. (Moroun dumped his sister from the multi-billion dollar family business and kept her from her share of it, reportedly because she married a Jew.)
Ironically, in Hebrew “touma” means “impurity.” And in this case, the Hebrew meaning applies in English in spades.
Leslie Touma overseeing Homeland Security grants in Michigan is like the fox guarding the henhouse. And the foxes in her pack support murderers of Americans around the world.
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