Obama Would Fail Security Clearance

With Colin Powell now repeating the lie that Barack Obama has “always been a Christian,” despite new information further confirming Obama’s Muslim childhood (such as the Indonesian school registration listing him as Muslim), one watches with dismay as the Democratic candidate manages to hide the truth on this issue.

Instead, then, let us review a related subject – Obama’s connections and even indebtedness, throughout his career, to extremist Islam. Specifically, he has longstanding, if indirect ties to two institutions, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), listed by the U.S. government in 2007 as an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas-funding trial; and the Nation of Islam (NoI), condemned by the Anti-Defamation League for its “consistent record of racism and anti-Semitism.”

First, Obama’s ties to Islamists:

Kenny Gamble, or Luqman Abdul-Haqq, “amir” of the United Muslim Movement.
  • The Kenny Gamble (also known as Luqman Abdul-Haqq) connection: Gamble, a once-prominent pop music producer, cut the ribbon to the Obama campaign headquarters housed in a south Philadelphia building he owns. Gamble is an Islamist who buys large swaths of real estate in Philadelphia to create a Muslim-only residential area. Also, as the self-styled “amir” of the United Muslim Movement, he has many links to Islamist organizations, including CAIR and the Muslim Alliance in North America. (MANA’s “amir” is Siraj Wahhaj, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.)
  • The Mazen Asbahi connection: The Obama campaign’s first Muslim outreach coordinator resigned after it came to light that he had served on the board of a subsidiary of the Saudi-sponsored North American Islamic Trust, with Jamal Said, another unindicted co-conspirator in the 2007 Hamas funding trial. Asbahi has ties to CAIR’s Chicago and Detroit offices, to the Islamic Society of North America, yet another unindicted co-conspirator in the Hamas funding trial, and to other Islamist organizations.
  • The Minha Husaini connection: The campaign’s second Muslim outreach coordinator has an Islamist background, having served as an intern in the Muslim Public Service Network. Immediately upon her appointment by Obama, she met with a group of about thirty Muslims including such notorious figures as CAIR’s Nihad Awad; the Muslim American Society’s Mahdi Bray, who has publicly supported the Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist groups; and Johari Abdul Malik of the Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Va., who has advised American Muslims: “You can blow up bridges, but you cannot kill people who are innocent on their way to work.”

Second, Obama’s ties to the Nation of Islam:

Louis Farrakhan, who calls Obama “the Messiah.”

Obama’s long-time donor and ally Antoin “Tony” Rezko partnered for nearly three decades with Jabir Herbert Muhammad, a son of NoI leader Elijah Muhammad, and says he gave Jabir and his family “millions of dollars over the years.” Rezko also served as executive director of the Muhammad Ali Foundation, a rogue organization that, without Ali’s permission, exploited the name of this CAIR awardee.

Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s esteemed pastor for twenty years, came out of a Nation background, recently he accepted protection from an NoI security detail, and has praised Louis Farrakhan, the NoI’s leader, as one of the “giants of the African American religious experience.” Wright’s church celebrated Farrakhan for his having “truly epitomized greatness.”

Farrakhan himself endorsed Obama, calling him “the hope of the entire world,” “one who can lift America from her fall,” and even “the Messiah.”

That Obama’s biography touches so frequently on such unsavory organizations as CAIR and the Nation of Islam should give pause. How many of politicians have a single tie to either group, much less seven of them? John McCain charitably calls Obama “a person you do not have to be scared [of] as president of the United States,” but Obama’s multiple links to anti-Americans and subversives mean he would fail the standard security clearance process for Federal employees.

Islamic aggression represents America’s strategic enemy; Obama’s many insalubrious connections raise grave doubts about his fitness to serve as America’s commander-in-chief.

Daniel Pipes


Daniel Pipes is director of the Middle East Forum and the author of several books, including Militant Islam Reaches America and In the Path of God: Islam and Political Power (Transaction Publishers), from which this column derives.

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  • Mary Kochan

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    Answer: 49th Missile Defense Battalion of Alaska National Guard.

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    This is a woman used to keeping secrets. She can be entrusted with our national security, because she already is.

  • slbute

    Has anyone ever asked the question, has Barak Obama ever been baptized? That is the real deciding factor as to whether you are a Christian. Most faith tradtions keep pretty extensive baptismal records even if they don’t have the proper theological understanding of John 3:5 and Titus 3:5.

  • noelfitz

    This is a disgraceful article. Shame on Catholic Exchange.

    To discuss Obama’s stand on abortion is legitimate, as it is a major moral issue.

    Can one be a Muslim and a loyal American? Can one be a Jew, an atheist or a Catholic and be a loyal American?

    Must one be a Wasp to be a loyal American? Would it be OK to be an apostate Catholic, like Ms Sarah Palin, who knows that parts of America are patriotic and has already threatened war on Russia?

  • Mary Kochan

    We are at war with radical islam also known as “jihadism” and “Islamofascism.” And BTW, they declared the war on us, not vice versa. Yes, one can be a Muslim and be a loyal American, but that Muslim who is a loyal American would have to be against radical Islam. If that Muslim hung out with radicals and expressed sentiments of accord with radical Islam, we would have reason to suspect that he was not loyal.

    Tell me, Noel, do you own a shovel? Because you really need to dig your head out of the sand.

  • noelfitz


    many thanks for your reply to me.

    I hope I was not too outspoken in my comments.

    As you know I have great respect for your opinions and those of others here, in general.

    I would not be contributing unless I shared the views of CE with regards to our Church’s teaching.

    You ask do I own a shovel, because I need to dig my head out of the sand.

    I take your point. Perhaps you are right. It is not unknown for me to be wrong. However I do belong to the Church, that holy body of unholy people. We are all sinners and stand in need of God’s mercy.

    I would like to ask for prayers for myself and famnily and I will pray for all the good Catholics who debate here that we may all be one in Christ.

  • Mary Kochan

    Oh, please, don’t pretend that I am adverse to outspokenness. Debate would require that you dealt with the facts. If you think there is something factually wrong with this article and you have evidence to back it up and you present that evidence — that is dabating. Saying “shame on” CE for running the article without making a single logical point as to why the article is wrong is not debating.

    You do not share CE’s views regarding Church teaching, anyway, because you have vehemently argued that it is ok for US Catholics to vote into office a rabid pro-abort whose stated intention is to undo every pro-life legal advance made in this country over the past 20 years. You think nothing of consigning all this pro-life effort, sweat, money and time of faithful Catholics and other Christians to the garbage heap. The Bush administration is the best ally the Vatican has right now to stop the advance of the death agenda through the United Nations. Guess what happends to that if Obama is elected? You think nothing of the millions of lives, here and abroad, that will be lost because of this charlatan.

    And stop trying to cover yourself in the “we are all sinners” blanket as an excuse to keep engaging in the same conduct over and over. If you recognize that your anti-Catholic communication is sinful, then repent.

  • raggazzo


    It’s people like you who give Catholics a bad name; that is, that we are hateful, intolerant and ignorant. A fellow human and a fellow Catholic responds to something that you said with humility and kindness, requesting and offering prayer: You respond with rudeness, judgement, and ultimately a message of hate. You don’t seem to understand any of the teachings of Christ outside of the single issue of abortion.

    I’m not saying that your sentiment is incorrect or inaccurate, but your tone is unquestionably un-Christian. “Judge not, lest ye be judged.”

  • Mary Kochan

    Raggazzo, you would be correct if that was the only conversation with Noel that I had had. However, it is not. He has been here for years and he has also been discussing this election for months with me and numerous others on these boxes. Yes, he is very nice. I have had personal conversation with him a number of times and I like him.

    The problem is that he has been incorrigible; he will not allow himself to be corrected for all the “respect” he supposedly has for what we say. One can reason with him and show him Church teaching until the cows come home and there is never the slightest movement in his mentality. He will come back a few minutes later in response to another article and make exactly the same argument, but whenever he is cornered and his reasoning shown to be in blatant contradiction to Church teaching — as he has been by a number of us — he will not respond to the substance of what is presented. Instead he goes off into his “you know I respect you; we are all sinners; pray for me” routine. He has spent months on here defending voting for Obama. That is what I was referring to.