Mason Conservative has a fascinating post today where Faisal Gill, candidate for the 51st House District attempts to explain his side of some of the controversies which have embroiled his campaign. It really is a must-read.
Gill denies having much of a relationship at all with convicted terrorist Abduraman Alamoudi, despite having worked for him in an organization that appears to have had only about ten employees, and during the same period of time that Alamoudi announced that he was a supporter of Hamas during a rally in front of the White House. Later on in the article Gill describes his work as an outreach effort by the American Muslim Council towards the federal government. How we’re supposed to square that Gill is in charge of outreach, but unaware of the political activities of the head of the organization he is supporting isn’t clear.
Faisal Gill then goes on to claim that he didn’t know who (now convicted terrorist) Sami Al-Arian was. That’s intriguing since Faisal Gill staged a walkout from a White House meeting after Al-Arian’s son was asked to leave by the Secret Service, and told reporters at the time that the reason Abdullah Al-Arian was probably asked to leave was because of the “political activity” of his father. Sami Al-Arian was another one of Grover Norquist’s muslim insiders, along with Abduraman Al-Amoudi and Faisal Gill himself. But he only knew Sami Al-Arian from “community news and events”. This is ridiculous.
Next Faisal Gill tries to tapdance around the “Faisal Gill Affair“, saying that he was never employed by the American Muslim Council, but by “a consulting company”. If that’s the case, it’s interesting that Faisal Gill listed the American Muslim Council and the Islamic Institute as his employer on an earlier executive branch financial disclosure form. On his SF86 security clearance form, which he completed later, he listed his employer as being the “AG Consulting Group”. If Faisal Gill “was never employed by the AMC”, as he says, why did he list them as his employer on a form in which knowingly providing false information is a felony offense?
Faisal then denies that he is under investigation for improper use of his Naval Uniform, and says the following:
Q: [BVBL] claims you have violated the USMJ code: ‘Under DODD 1344.10 (Aug 2004) a reserve or retired person may be a candidate for political office but is not allowed to be the sole or primary figure in uniform in a photograph, video tape, web sites, or any type of ad or commercial.” How do you respond?
A: That is an interesting reading. Here is the Instruction, you judge for yourself. Also, I am under no Navy investigation at and have never been under any investigation. Nobody from the Navy even contacted me about any of this.
The “interesting reading” is a direct quote from Lieutenant Commander Lorraine Luciano, who was recently the Branch Head of the Standards of Conduct and Government Ethics Branch Administrative Law Division of the Office of the Judge Advocate General. She is now on maternity leave, but I’ve got a call in to her deputy to get an update on the investigation LCDR Luciano said has been undertaken. Since Faisal Gill has publicly commented on this matter, I would assume he’s waived his right to confidentiality, so I do expect to get a meaningful response.
It’s great that Faisal Gill is interested in excavating himself deeper into the hole he’s dug for himself, and I hope there are lots of other opportunities for him to continue doing so. There’s still an enormous amount of material that Faisal Gill hasn’t commented on yet. Someone who is so consistently, let’s say “creative”, with the truth makes for plenty to talk about.
UPDATE: Jonathan mark has a very good in-depth analysis of the interview here.
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