Huma Abedin

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Huma Abedin pictured with Hillary Clinton in 2011

Huma Abedin (b.1976) is the deputy chief of staff to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Obama Administration. She is a longtime confidante to Clinton starting as an intern in the White House dating back to 1996. Abedin worked for Clinton's campaign for president in 2008. She is married to former Congressman Anthony Weiner. He is Jewish and Abedin was not ostracized by her family or by Muslim groups which raises questions as Muslim women are forbidden to marry non-Muslims. [1]

On June 13, 2012, five members of Congress (Michele Bachmann, Louie Gohmert, Trent Franks, Tom Rooney, Lynn Westmoreland) sent letters to the Inspectors General[2] of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and the Department of State seeking investigations into the Obama administration's involvement with the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group with a long history of jihadist violence.

One of the letters in particular to Ambassador Harold W. Geisel, the Deputy Inspector General of the United States Department of State, used the Department's Deputy Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin, as an example of the undue influence. The letter said that Abedin "has three family members–her late father, her mother and her brother–connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations," referring to a study by the Center for Security Policy.[3][4][5]

The five members of Congress wanted simple details on how Abedin attained a high-level security clearance. Abedin's connections to the Muslim Brotherhood could be disqualifying in any legitimate background check. Democrat representative Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, stepped into the fray, playing the "Islamaphobia" card, avoiding the facts of the issue. Republican John McCain publicly lashed out at Bachmann from the floor of the Senate, while at the same time admitting he had not read any of the documentation requesting the investigation. [6] A few of the so-called mainstream media outlets piled on with liberal narrative in furtherance of a longstanding vendetta against Bachmann.

Speaker of the House John Boehner was asked about the requests for investigations by the Inspectors' General. He stated, "I don't know Huma. But from everything that I do know of her, she has a sterling character, and I think accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous."[7] Boehner admitted he hadn't read the letters requesting the investigations when he made his "dangerous" statement which some noted was itself dangerous.

A bi-partisan group of national security and law enforcement experts have since written to Boehner backing the requested investigations by the Inspectors General into Muslim Brotherhood influence inside U.S. government agencies, including the State Department and Huma Abedin. The letters' signatories include former CIA Director James Woolsey, Former Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lieutenant General Harry E. Soyster and Former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese.[8]

Huma Abedin is a part of a pattern of the Obama Administration working with organizations and people having direct ties to Islamist terrorism. Andrew C. McCarthy, former Assistant U.S. Attorney and prosecutor in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, has written extensively on Abedin's direct ties to terrorism: "It turns out, however, that Abedin herself is directly connected to Abdullah Omar Naseef, a major Muslim Brotherhood figure involved in the financing of al-Qaeda. Abedin worked for a number of years at the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs as assistant editor of its journal. The IMMA was founded by Naseef, who remained active in it for decades, overlapping for several years with Abedin. Naseef was also secretary general of the Muslim World League in Saudi Arabia, perhaps the most significant Muslim Brotherhood organization in the world. In that connection, he founded the Rabita Trust, which is formally designated as a foreign terrorist organization under American law due to its support of al-Qaeda."[9]

Abedin is not the only concern made know in the letter. Clinton's work on behalf of the Obama Administration to provide assistance to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is one factor. Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas, one of four co-signers to Bachmann's letter, grilled Janet Napolitano for answers on the Muslim Brotherhood infiltration and Huma Abedin's clearance. Napolitano denied all, obfuscated and played the racist Islamaphobia card when questioned in the annual Department of Homeland Security annual oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill.

Hillary Clinton has mostly kept silent since the allegations surfaced. She briefly commented to claim "the protection of diversity" and "nothing but vicious and disgusting lies,” adding that “anyone who traffics in them should be ashamed of themselves.” [10]

References

  1. How is Huma Abedin connected to Egypt’s new President?, Walid Shoebat, June 24, 2012
  2. House Members Seek National Security Answers. Congress of the United States (15 June 2012). Retrieved on 23 August 2012.
  3. Letter to the Deputy Inspector General (PDF). Congress of the United States (13 June 2012). Retrieved on 19 July 2012.
  4. Cordes, Nancy. "Michele Bachmann refuses to back down on claims about Huma Abedin", 19 July 2012. Retrieved on 19 July 2012. “Bachmann, from Minnesota, and the four other representatives sent letters to top intelligence and security officials last week warning that the Muslim Brotherhood, a global religious Islamic movement whose members have been linked to terrorist groups in the past, may have infiltrated the top levels of U.S. government.” 
  5. Gaffney, Frank. Key Findings. The Muslim Brotherhood in America. Center for Security Policy. Retrieved on 11 August 2012. “Notably, six Islamist-sympathizers have achieved positions within or advisory roles serving Team Obama: Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Rashad Hussein; Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Huma Abedein; Presidential advisor Dalia Mogahed; FBI Citizens Academy graduate Kifah Mustafa; Homeland Security Advisory Committee Member Mohamed Elibiary and Homeland Security Countering Violent Extremism Working Group Member Mohamed Magid.”
  6. Questions about Huma Abedin, National Review, July 21, 2012
  7. O'Keefe, Ed. "John Boehner: Accusations against Huma Abedin ‘pretty dangerous’", 19 July 2012. 
  8. "Letters of Support for the 'National Security Five'", 7 August 2012. 
  9. "Huma Abedin's Brotherhood Ties Are Not Just a Family Affair", July 27, 2012. 
  10. Pant Suits Outraged Republicans Have Noted The Ties Between Huma Abedin And The Muslim Brotherhood, Weasel Zippers, July 30, 2012

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