"While this committee report appropriately observed the value of outreach and engagement with Arab Americans and American Muslims as vital to securing the freedom and safety of our nation, the overall findings of the report make the dangerous and unsubstantiated claim that the threat posed by violent extremists now comes ‘increasingly from within’ the United States and falsely characterizes Arabs and Muslims in America as ‘susceptible to radicalization,’ " said the letter from the Arab American Institute President James Zogby.
The Arab American Institute's Hezbollah Shish Kebabs; By Robert Spencer FrontPageMagazine.com Wednesday, November 07, 2007; When the Arab American Institute held its national conference in late October/2007, presidential candidates hurried to Dearborn to go a-courting. Bill Richardson, Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel and Ron Paul were there. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. The assembled politicians probably didn’t even notice that among the sponsors of the AAI conference was the La Shish restaurant chain.
They should have: as Debbie Schlussel has noted, in May 2006 the owner of the fifteen-restaurant chain, Talal Chahine, was indicted for tax evasion and accused of funneling $20 million to Hezbollah. Chahine fled to Lebanon to escape prosecution, and maintains his innocence. Schlussel asks: So, you ask, why would a restaurant owned by a fugitive who owes millions to the federal government continue to be open? Wouldn’t the government seize or freeze its assets . . . like they do with every other income tax cheat?
Well, those are great questions. I’ve asked them, too. But the Justice Department and U.S. Attorney Murphy won’t answer them. They’ve allowed fugitive tax cheat/Hezbollah financier Chahine to continue to operate and collect income and revenue from La Shish for 1.5 years and counting after they indicted him. NO WONDER THE AAI WANTS SEN JOE OUT !
New York Times..Joe Lieberman, "Would-Be Censor" Published: May 25, 2008; The Internet is simply a means of communication, like the telephone, but that has not prevented attempts to demonize it — the latest being the ludicrous claim that the Internet promotes terrorism. (News Flash the internet is the breeding ground for terrorism). Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut is trying to pressure YouTube to pull down videos he does not like, and a recent Senate report and a bill pending in Congress also raise the specter of censorship. It is important for online speech to be protected against these assaults. Mr. Lieberman recently demanded that YouTube take down hundreds of videos produced by Islamist terrorist organizations or their supporters.
YouTube reviewed the videos to determine whether they violated its guidelines, which prohibit hate speech and graphic or gratuitous violence. It took down 80 videos, but left others up. Mr. Lieberman said that was “not enough,” and demanded that more come down. Earlier this month, the Senate homeland security committee, which is led by Mr. Lieberman, issued a report titled “Violent Islamist Extremism, the Internet, and the Homegrown Terrorist Threat.” The report identified the Internet as “one of the primary drivers” of the terrorist threat to the United States. The letter also cites the reported involvement of Lieberman (I-Conn.) in a sequel to the controversial documentary "Obsession," a film that critics say unfairly tarnishes broad sectors of Muslim society as extremist.
Lieberman, the Democrats’ 2000 vice presidential nominee and the first Jew on a national ticket, broke with the party in 2006 over his support for the Iraq War, and he backed Republican candidate John McCain for president. Still, Lieberman continued to caucus with Democrats and vote the party line on most domestic issues. In a 51-49 split, his was the critical vote giving Democrats the majority.
Lieberman Keeps Senate Chairmanship Tuesday, November 18, 2008 2:42PM, WASHINGTON -- Sen. Joe Lieberman will keep his chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security Committee despite hard feelings over his support for GOP nominee John McCain during the presidential campaign, allowing him to keep the Homeland Security Committee gavel. Lieberman's grasp on his chairmanship has gotten stronger since President-elect Barack Obama signaled to Democratic leaders that he's not interested in punishing Lieberman for boosting McCain and criticizing Obama during the long campaign.