This morning, Rep. Keith Ellison (Democratic-Farmer-Labor party, Minn.) appropriated a hearing on Islamic radicalism by weeping his way through a speech about whata-buncha-nasty-bigots Americans are. He chose as his case in point Mohammed Salman Hamdani, a Pakistani-born Muslim American who rushed to lower Manhattan on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, to assist in rescue efforts, and died in the collapse of the World Trade Center. Here’s how Representative Ellison tells the story of the aftermath of his death:
“After the tragedy some people tried to smear his character solely because of his Islamic faith. Some people spread false rumors and speculated that he was in league with the attackers only because he was Muslim. It was only when his remains were identified that these lies were fully exposed. Mohammed Salman Hamdani was a fellow American who gave his life for other Americans. His life should not be defined as a member of an ethnic group or a member of a religion, but as an American who gave everything for his fellow citizens.”
Does Ellison’s account check out with reality?
No. It is actually pretty close to the opposite of the truth. In fact, six weeks after the September 11 attacks — before Hamdani’s remains were identified, which Ellison implies to be the turning point of public perception — Congress signed the PATRIOT Act into law with this line included: “Many Arab Americans and Muslim Americans have acted heroically during the attacks on the United States, including Mohammed Salman Hamdani, a 23-year-old New Yorker of Pakistani descent, who is believed to have gone to the World Trade Center to offer rescue assistance and is now missing.” That is, Hamdani was actually singled out for particular high honors among the thousands of victims of the September 11 attacks.
There’s little evidence of the “rumors” of which Ellison speaks, either. Poke around yourself. Go to Google and search for Mohammed Salman Hamdani’s name, using various time frames from before today’s hearings (say, in the week after the September 11 attack). You’ll discover two discordant sets of returns: none for sites and news reports accusing Hamdani of being a terrorist, and many thousands of pages honoring him as a hero while claiming that he was “widely accused” of being a terrorist.
Web pages that do source the claim that Hamndani was “widely accused” of being a terrorist typically trace back to a single report from the New York Post, dated Oct. 12, 2001, and titled “Missing — or Hiding? Mystery of NYPD Cadet from Pakistan.” The piece has been taken offline, but its content is preserved elsewhere.
……The belief that Mohammed Salman Hamdani was a victim of anti-Muslim bigotry was never based in reality. It was manufactured by the Left as a rhetorical prop, exploited as a bludgeon against people who want to talk seriously about terrorism. If Hamdani was singled out for his faith, it would appear he was singled out for especially high honors. Most 9/11 victims were not half so celebrated as he was.
Ellison’s little drama was acted out during Rep. Peter King’s (R-NY) hearings on radical Islam in America. So far, Rep. King, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is the only politician with the guts to sponsor and initiate a forum about this in Congress. Witnesses who testified at the hearing pointed out that America is failing to confront the threat posed by homegrown muslim extremism, a discussion that sends the muzzie fanatics into a seizure.
There’s endless vitriol from Leftwing-Islam alliance who just hate, hate, hate anyone who criticizes Islamofascism or the notion of constructing a mosque (Read: muslim extremist recruiting center) two blocks from where Ellison’s religious soulmates brought down two buildings, killing 2,752 people.
Ellison’s hypocritical accusation that Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is a “bigot” on a “witch hunt” for daring to point out that there are muslim extremist groups in this country who want us dead and spend a lot of time and effort toward that goal, is beyond shameless. It’s vile and complicit. He also accused Juan Williams , a dyed-in-the-wool liberal, of “bigotry”. An Islamic supremacist calling a black American journalist a “bigot” for expressing a valid, common sense view on the muslim terrorist threat. Hi-larious.
Ellison has quite the Islamist reputation. He gave a speech at the National Conference for Media Reform that would make Ayman al Zawahiri burst with fascist pride. The gist of his “message” is that the United States is an “imperial power” and that we should get rid of “hate radio” and Fox news. His trip to the Haj was financed by the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist-supporting organization. He has also attended pro-Hamas, anti-semitic hatefests.
The next hearing should be about Ellison and his muslim extremist pals.