Republican hopeful Faisal Gill was at Bob Fitzsimmond’s fundraiser last week, busily pressing the flesh with other conservatives active in Prince William County politics, and trying to line up support for a campaign he has been determined to wage ever since it became clear that Michele McQuigg was not going to run for re-election in the 51st District. I’ve heard he’s been pretty successful in lining up support amongst folks like Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, Senator Ken Cuccinelli and candidate BoB Fitzsimmonds — all of whom I really like and respect. They’re supporting a fellow conservative, which is natural. They’re also supporting someone with a very questionable past, which for these folks is absolutely not.
Unfortunately we often know less about our friends than our opponents, and that lack of knowledge in this case could be somewhat dangerous. So instead of waiting for the most politically opportune time to start posting research on Faisal Gill, it’s probably worth putting this information out there so that many of my friends have an opportunity to re-evaluate their support before enough is provided that they will be caught in the backsplash. They got support from, and intend to provide support from a fellow conservative they probably don’t know well enough. So it’s time to start telling the story.
Many of us have already heard about the “Faisal Gill Affair” in which Michele Malkin and other nationally known bloggers reported extensively about Faisal Gill’s association with convicted terrorist Abdurahman Alamoudi. In a nutshell, Faisal Gill neglected to mention in his application for a security clearance with the Department of Homeland Security as a Bush appointee that he had an association with this jihadist — a potential felony violation. He was put on leave, and then reinstated to the position without much in the way of explanation, but apparently after Grover Norquist applied a little pressure. It’s a huge story that was covered on howesteet.com, Frontpage Magazine, Salon.com, and of course Michelle Malkin. If you google “Faisal Gill”, you’ll see hundreds of references to this.
I’m sure Faisal Gill is dismissing this scandal as a simple misunderstanding. I’m pretty certain it’s not. You see Faisal Gill has been the director of government affairs for the Islamic Free Market Institute and the American Muslim Council (which supported Hamas and Hezbollah) under it’s principal Asim Ghafoor. Mr. Ghafoor apparently also worked with a number of organizations tied to the “Safa Group” including the Global Relief Foundation which had it’s assets frozen by the Treasury Department in 2001, the Committee to Free Rabih Haddad which supported a deported islamic radical, and Makhtab al-Khidamat (MAK) which was the precursor to the terrorist organization Al Quaida. He was also associated with Care International of Boston, which was linked to the first World Trade Center bombing, and the World Assembly of Muslim Youth which has ties to Osama Bin Laden. (see source: United States Senate Finance Committee)
We [Muslims] are here [in the U.S.] not just to be nice to people, not to say great things about people, but to bring truth and justice and Islamic ways to this country….you should rule by Islam otherwise you’re a Kafir (unbeliever, non-Muslim). — Asim Ghafoor
Mr. Ghafoor is now Faisal Gill’s partner in the law firm of Gill & Gallinger. His long-term close association with Asim Ghafoor certainly belies the notion that Faisal Gill was only briefly caught up in an association with a known terrorist. Indeed, it seems that Mr. Gill’s association with questionable islamic radicals has been consistent during his entire professional career. When Faisal Gill started showing up in political circles in Prince William County, political donations from the Safa Group started showing up in the hands of Republican candidates such as Steve Chapman, Bob Fitzsimmonds, Ken Cuccinelli and Dick Black. The Safa Group, a collection of Muslim run businesses centered in Herndon and raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2002 for funneling money to terrorists, is linked with the Muslim Brotherhood, which conducts terrorist attacks in Egypt and supports Hamas and Al-Quaida. Democrats Jim Moran and Hillary Clinton have also recieved donations from the Safa Group, but have returned them [correction: Moran hasn’t returned all of them — see update below].
After the federal authorities started tightening the screws on the finances of the Safa Group, the donations coming from entities such as Mar-Jac Investments, Mar-Jac Poultry, Mena Investments, Mena Estates, and a host of others started to abate, a new source of large campaign finance contributions seemed to pop up — Faisal Gill. Faisal had been giving a few donations a year in increments of a few hundred dollars until mid-2005 when Faisal suddenly weighed in with $12,000 in donations to Bill Bolling in one year. Now I like Bill Bolling as well, and if I had 12,000 extra dollars lying around that I didn’t know what to do with, I’d consider sending it off to him. But the timing and this uncharacteristic burst of political donations, which hasn’t been seen since, at least raises the question whether these were laundered Safa Group donations. There’s probably no way to absolutely determine the source of these funds, but someone has to raise this question, and I doubt other Republicans will.
And yet, there’s more, but that will have to wait for another day. In the meantime I hope those planning on providing support for Faisal Gill’s campaign for the House of Delegates take some time to think about what would happen in a General Election against a Democrat who could at least string together a few coherent sentences. Given a choice between someone who has associated with terrorists, and a Democrat with a heartbeat, the outcome of such a race would not at all favor the terrorist supporter. The downside of being associated with the Faisal Gill campaign could potentially be enormous — far more than the fallout of the Steven Chapman affair, which involved much more comedy than dark and disturbing overtones of islamic jihadists bent on imposing sharia (islamic law) on the United States. Chapman was funny. Gill is darkly serious. This is a campaign that conservatives would be well advised to keep their distance from.
UPDATE: The folks at GoodbyeJim clarify that Jim Moran has returned most, but not all of the campaign contributions of the Safa Group and provides a lot of details regarding this group’s activities. It’s definitely worth a visit.
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