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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

DNC Chair Ignored reformers, engaged Islamists

People who know Rep. Keith Ellison may have been relieved when he lost the election for DNC chairman to Tom Perez, but don't be fooled. Perez's record is just as sketchy and he chose Ellison as his deputy chairman.

As assistant attorney general of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, he sat with the Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups along with their allies in talks about counter-terrorism training and investigations as well as laws punishing "hate speech," against Islam, the religion of peace.

That's like giving the keys to the pharmacy to a Colorado liberal.

Perez did not use Muslim and non-Muslim critics for outreach on these issues, he only groups associated with a terrorist-funding organization and classified as a terrorist group by Russia in 2003, Syria in 2013, Egypt in 2013, Saudi Arabia in 2014, Bahrain in 2014 and the UAE in 2014.

Andrew McCarthy, the federal prosecutor who put the "Blind Sheikh" behind bars for life. The "Blind Sheikh" was behind the 1993 World Trade Center truck bombing and died a few weeks ago in prison. 

McCarthy pointed out at the time that excluding the Islamist groups' rivals out of the discussions, like Perez is doing, "are making these Islamist groups into the representatives of Muslims in the United States."

In 2012, Perez refused to answer a simple question posed by Rep. Trent Frank (R-AZ) while testifying before the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution:

"Will you tell us here today that this Administration's Department of Justice will never entertain or advance a proposal that criminalizes speech against any religion?"

He hemmed and hawed, stammered and spoke incomprehensibly. 

Once he became Secretary of Labor, Perez gave groups such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) a voice while excluding those on the other side. 

In 2015, CAIR-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo Amr Ruiz was invited to a roundtable with Perez about immigration and wage issues. This meeting with CAIR is officially prohibited by FBI policy. CAIR is not permitted to be involved in outreach programs, but Perez obviously didn't care.

But Ruiz is more dangerous than you may imagine. Last year he spoke on Newsmax TV and made the taqiyya-style claim that there are no terrorist networks in the US since 2001. The word 'taqiyya' means lying for the furthering of Islam in the world.

Prominent Democrat Alan Dershowitz said that if Ellison won the DNC chair position that he would leave the party. Well Perez won the chair, but Ellison is the deputy chair, and Ellison is not only an apologist for Louis Farrakhan, a blatant anti-Semitic, but he is in a position to have CAIR more responsible for providing some of the DNC's talking points.