October 10, 2008, - 10:06 am

Yes, I’m Now Part of the “Dirty Dozen”; The Truth on Steven Emerson

By Debbie Schlussel

By now, you’ve probably seen the fraudulently-named Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting’s (FAIR) “Smearcasters/Dirty Dozen Islamophobes“, and know that I have made the list. Just so you know, FAIR is a far-left organization founded and run by the irrelevant Jeff Cohen–yup, a self-hating Jew who would run over his own mother to kiss up to an Islamic terrorist.

And being the faithful Jew (in name only; methinks American in name only, too) that he is, Cohen posted his list right before Yom Kippur, so I chose to wait until after the holiday to respond.


While it’s an honor to be named, there are quite a few on that list who actually don’t get it on Islam. Three of them–Sean Vannity, Bill O’Reilly, and Glenn Beck–actually buy into and repeat the fallacy that most Muslims are peaceful and that there are some radicals who are the minority. Daniel Pipes and Steven Emerson also parrot that line.

But I know differently, because the fact is that the majority of Muslims support terrorism. The vast majority. Not just a few hijackers and a few suicide bombers. But the MAJORITY. This isn’t me saying it. It’s Muslims saying it. And not just in poll after poll of Muslims around the world including in America. Go to the streets of “moderate Muslim” Dearbornistan and see how many Muslims dare condemn Hezbollah and HAMAS. It’s like playing “Where’s Waldo?”

The FAIR description of me is mostly accurate, except the first line. That’s a quote about me not from me but from the person who founded and runs a fan club, which I link to on my site as a courtesy. So much for FAIR fact-checking.

Here are FAIR’s “objectionable” quotes from me:

They are here on our shores, pretending to be loyal Americans, and they are plotting to take over our country. With the help of plenty of complicit Muslim-Americans, working for the government and government contractors.


As long as we continue to hire Muslims to be translators and analysts, as long as we continue to give money to Arabic and Muslim schools to teach their kids Arabic instead of non-Muslim, non-Arab Americans, as long as the FBI (and ICE) continues to turn down Sephardic Jews and Maronite Lebanese Christians who speak Arabic and who’ve applied for jobs in favor of extremist Muslims…the result we will get is…spies, spies and more spies.

Hmmm . . . couldn’t have said it better myself. And these quotes are bad because . . .?

The thing is, a “smear” is only a smear if it isn’t true. Facts are stubborn things, “FAIR”.

Also, a phobia is an unreasonable fear or hatred of something. Yes, those 3,000 lives, those many attempts further to kill Americans since, and those many attempts before are all a figment of my imagination. Phobia, indeed.


As for Emerson, they could have done better, like mentioning that even CAIR is more transparent than his deceptively-named “Investigative Project” (IP). Until a couple of years ago, Emerson kept IP as a for-profit corporation, so he wouldn’t have to report to the public–specifically to his donors to whom he constantly pleads poverty–about how many millions (reportedly $6-7 million) he has on hand. Those who wanted a tax deduction were given the option of donating to the operation of another person on the “Dirty Dozen” list who then took his cut and donated the balance to Emerson. Usually, we call that “money-laundering”.

If you’ll note, according to the site Guidestar.org, even though Emerson filed for non-profit status in 2006, to date–unlike even CAIR–he has not filed any federal tax forms yet disclosing his annual budget or even the vaguest financial figures, as required for all non-profits. The only tax form Emerson’s Investigative Project has on file is for a foundation and is basically blank and completely evasive.

As everyone in the counterterrorism biz knows, the real terrorist investigator in Emerson’s operation, Rita Katz (an Iraqi Jew who speaks Arabic, Hebrew, and English), left him around 2002, as did all of the actual terrorism investigating. Rita’s organization is SITE Intel Group–the Search for International Terrorist Entities Intel Group.

Why am I noting this? Because, after years of singing his praises, I know better.

I represented, pro bono, one of his only Muslim terrorism informants and saw how he treated the man like garbage, refused to pay him for his work, then lied about it to me in insane, harassing voice-mail messages and e-mails, which arrived at all hours of the night. And because my friendship with Rita, coupled with Steve’s incredibly insane jealousy and belief that terrorism is his exclusive property, has made me–since 2002–an object of his defamatory, behind-my-back whispering campaigns, the recipient of his insane, threatening Middle-of-the-Night e-mails (from him and his ineffective lawyer), and the repeated object of his plagiarism, since he hasn’t done any new terrorism investigation since Rita Katz left him. When Rita left, the federal counterterrorist agents I sent to Investigative Project left with her, consulting her at SITE. And there’s so much more–too much to go into here.

Yes, he’s dirty, but for other reasons . . . entirely unrelated to my legitimate views on Islam, which he publicly claims not to share.

Like I said, wish I could say it’s an honor to be with all the company named in the Dirty Dozen, but I can’t.

16 Responses

Ironic — when I first read this, I mentally substituted CAIR for FAIR. I picked up on it the second time I read it. Not really much difference though. You should be commended for truthful and courageous reporting on Muslims. Doubly ironic that most polls show that most Muslims in most counties are much more loyal to their religion than to the country in which they live.
i understand that some on this list have not really criticized Islam in the way that it should be. Certainly the inclusion of these individuals is meant to get them to back off even whatever mild comments they make.
Consistent with FAIR’s agenda of eliminating conservatism, or even potential or pseudo-conservatism from the communications media. They are afraid even of second-rate comments critical of liberal causes.

c f on October 10, 2008 at 10:56 am

Debbie, I think this line is appropriate to you.
To your critics……
“I never give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it’s hell.Ôø? Harry S Truman
Just keep up the good work.

californiascreaming on October 10, 2008 at 10:57 am

There’s a problem with your thesis, Debbie.
“But I know differently, because the fact is that the majority of Muslims support terrorism. The majority. Not just a few hijackers and a few suicide bombers. But the MAJORITY. This isn’t me saying it. It’s Muslims saying it. Go to the streets of “moderate Muslim” Dearbornistan and see how many Muslims dare condemn Hezbollah and HAMAS.”
As you know, HAMAS and Hezbollah largely target Israel and/or Jewish targets when they attack overseas. Therein lies the problem with your thesis.
It is an unfortunate fact we have to deal with. Terrorism against Jews is all-too-often, not considered terrorism. We know this pretty much for a fact. The attack on El Al at LAX was not considered terrorism at the time it was committed. The attack on the Seattle Jewish Community office was not considered terrorism. In fact, I can still find people who support President Bush (like Sean Hannity, for example but certainly not limited to him) who insist there hasn’t been a terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11/01.
This describes the terrible danger our world is in today so please don’t think I’m arguing your point. Too many people think that Muslim terrorists “only” target Jews and are therefore not a danger to them. What they fail to realize is that every great totalitarian imperialist movement of the 20th century used anti-Semitism as a key ingredient of its propaganda campaign.
The message the bad-guys use is: “You have nothing to fear from us. We’re ONLY at war with the Jews.” This is a dis-arming tactic. By the time the general public wakes up, the imperialists are in control and it’s too late.
That is why you are waging an uphill battle when you claim that “…the fact is that the majority of Muslims support terrorism.”
Until you explain how anti-Semitism is used as a disarming tactic by Muslim imperialists to dominate all peoples, you cannot successfully sell the notion that most Muslims support terrorism. That is largely because the general public believes that the focus of Muslim hostility is Jews and Israel.
Fortunately here in America, our public has a sixth sense about the wider threat that you’re talking about (Thank Gd!). Yet even here in America, few really know how to articulate it.
I hope you and the REST of the “Dirty Dozen” explain this regardless of whether or not you like them. You and they have carte blanche to use my stuff any time to combat Islamo-Fascist terrorism. I’m not interested in getting credit. I’m interested in results.
TINSC (aka There is No Santa Claus)
P.S. OK… a little kind word of acknowledgement is always appreciated. You’re the last one I have to worry about when it comes to that.

There is NO Santa Claus on October 10, 2008 at 11:45 am

Debbie, you and Robert Spencer get my votes as the top 2 on this list–kudos. Some of the others, I don’t even know of their role in fighting islamic extremists/terrorism.
I agree with your pointing out the phoniness of Sean Vannity and O’Reilly–culture warrior. Bill O really models the values he pedals. Both are phony losers.

BB on October 10, 2008 at 11:46 am

Most Muslims who claim that they condemn terrorism do not consider attacks on infidels to be “terrorism” so they are being disingenuous. Western and Israeli self defense is considered to be “terrorism” by the Muslims. As for Jeff Cohen – that asshat ought to know that his Muslim friends would kill him in a heart beat if they could.

Ripper on October 10, 2008 at 1:10 pm

President: Tom Tancredo.
Vice President: Robert Spencer.
Secretary of State: Debbie Schlussel.
Under these patriots, USA will be safe and secure, and Americans will have nothing to worry about. Not even CAIR.

Alert on October 10, 2008 at 2:09 pm

I am very disappointed to hear these things about Steven Emerson. I own a copy of “Jihad in America” and show it to my Chemistry students when I run out of good science movies (I can get away with it because I teach in a private high school.).
I also have a book Emerson published in the 1980’s called “The American House of Saud: The Secret Petrodollar Connection.” This book is a very valuable resource because it is way ahead of its time in pointing out how Saudi Arabia was using its oil wealth to influence U.S. policy.
I am sorry to hear that these resources are tainted by Emerson’s bad character, but I will keep using them until there are better options.

Pavlov's dog on October 10, 2008 at 3:37 pm

Dear Islamophobe; er…I mean; Dear Debbie;
You should be very proud of your self.
And you are so right when you say that there are a great number of Muslims who are sympathetic towards the terrorist. Even if they are not actually doing any of the terrorizing, they are in the stands, routing for the home team. They are waving towels, and big rubber “we’re no.1” fingers. They’re doing the wave for crying out loud.
And listen. There are supposed to be about 1.4 billion Muslims in the world, right? Even if only 1% of those are radicals, that is still fourteen million people who hate our guts, and want us to be dead. Us meaning, anyone who isn’t a Muslim.

EJO on October 10, 2008 at 5:55 pm

Congratulations on making that list. As I noted on JihadWatch, you are the only true ‘Islamophobe’ in the list, and Spencer comes close. As you noted, Hannity, O’Reilly and Beck don’t belong there.
As for the others in the list, Horowitz and Savage all use the misleading qualifier ‘Islamo-Fascist’ – thereby leaving the impression that mainstream Islam itself is benign – which is the problem I have with the label in the first place. Steyn and Horowitz are almost there, except that Horowitz also uses the ‘I-F’ label, even if he cites the Qur’an and Sunnah to support his points. Point to note – when one quotes these sources, one is describing problems with ISLAM, not ‘Islamo-Fascism’, not ‘Radical Islam’, not ‘Extremist Islam’, not ‘Wahabi’, not ‘Salafist’, not ‘________’.
On Alert’s suggestion above, since Tancredo is retiring, I’d suggest the following ticket combination:
President: Debbie Sclussel
VP: Hugh Fitzgerald (of JihadWatch)
Secretary of State: Michael Savage/Ladeen
Homeland Security: Sue Myrrick
And if the GOP can’t be conquered, run on the Loyalist Party ticket

Infidel Pride on October 11, 2008 at 3:43 am

To ISNSC—you need to get a clue. What is your point? That Hezbollah only uses anti-Semitism as a tool for a hidden agenda? Even if that was true, what does it change? WHAT BECOMES ANY DIFFERENT?
Debbie corrects you in your post–but I have no idea she treats you with any respect. You are as clueless as clueless Condi herself!

BB on October 11, 2008 at 11:16 am

President: Tom Tancredo.
Vice President: Duncan Hunter.
Secretary of State: Debbie Schlussel.
Secretary of Defense: Gen. Petraeus.
Secretary of Treasury: Ron Paul (to liquidate the Fed, but keep him from everything else!)
National Archivist: ME!
Dissolve education, agriculture, CDC, and everything else not in the Constitution!
Congrats Debbie on making Islam’s America-phobia list. Now we know who frightens them the most(Hannity?).
Too bad Rush and Atlas didn’t make it.

bhparkman on October 11, 2008 at 5:46 pm

Yes; I’m an archivist. I would’ve had Sandy Berger in a choke hold and handcuffs before he left.

bhparkman on October 11, 2008 at 5:52 pm

Debbie, I really wish you would stop using the term “anti-semite” when you really mean “anti-jewish”. A lot of us jews are not “semetic” in origin. Please don’t stereotype all jews as semites.

jokermtb on October 11, 2008 at 10:22 pm

adam6275 –
Your rambling was incoherent but I will attempt to deal with it anyway.
You wrote:
“Anytime a Muslim does something wrong the whole religion is bad. You can do this with any religion including Judaism.”
There is a lot wrong with this, but I will limit myself to two reasons.
1) The problem with Muslims is not that the acts of one tar the whole religion. It is that most of the religion supports the acts.
2) You cannot do this with other religions. Did the majority of Christians support the bombing of the Federl building in Oklahoma? Of course not. However, the majority of Moslems support Hibullah.
You also wrote:
“Even on Yom Kipper 50% of Jews don’t attend service.”
And your point is …
I will not go into the rest of what you wrote. I bet you don’t even understand it.

I_am_me on October 12, 2008 at 1:55 am

Just a word of encouragement and thanks for your work. I visit your blog everyweek to read your comments. They are always good.
You have it right that there are no moderate Muslims, only those that make excuses and pretend that hate and violence have nothing to do with Islam. I have plenty of experience and that is a fact. If you press any Muslim about the ‘hate’ verses in the Quran, or the evil deeds of their prophet described in the ahadith, or even the 1300 years of jihad against non-Muslims, you will see that even the so-called ‘moderates’ will not renounce the evil acts and violent words of their ideology. They will make excuses and more excuses (You wouldn’t believe the excuses Muslims come up with!)
Therefore, it is fair to say that Muslims, all Muslims, are not honest (well, except for the radicals). Personally, in view of the accounts of violence, raids, murder, plunder, torture, enslavement, rape and even wife-beating found in Islam’s own traditions, I see no reason to trust anybody that says “Praise be unto him” after Muhammad’s name.
Jay Kactuz

kactuz on October 13, 2008 at 9:50 pm

Hmm…only two women, too. I didn’t know that so called Islamophobia was sexist.
Where are all the feminists to complain about the difficulties women have in most Islamic societies?
This is similar to how the feminist voices in Israel were absent regarding the abusive treatment women have received at the hands of men in Israeli women’s prisons, because the victims had the “wrong” political and religious views.
I am continually surprised by the silence of feminists regarding Islam. Does something half to be extreme as genital mutilation in order to gain publicity?

Ben-Yehudah on October 16, 2008 at 7:11 am

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