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Faisal Gill Under Investigation

By Greg L | 21 March 2007 | 51st HOD District | 27 Comments

Faisal Gill has really struck a raw nerve with veterans.

I’ve been hearing from several folks who have contacted Navy JAG offices regarding Faisal Gill’s wearing of his uniform while conducting campaign activities because they take a dim view of someone prostituting their uniform as a means of advancing (or trying to salvage) their political campaign. Those who have earned the right to wear the uniform, and who have scrupulously followed the rules during their service, don’t take kindly to someone who decides to flaunt them. As a result, various JAG offices have been getting calls and emails. And boy, do they seem interested in this story.

One veteran forwarded this response they received from a JAG officer, in response to a generic question about whether it’s permissible or not for anyone to use their uniform in campaign materials:

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.

The JAG was fascinated about why someone would be asking questions like this, and I’ve heard that a BVBL reader helpfully provided them with all of the information they need in order to start an investigation. They’re looking into this immediately.

Needless to say, Faisal Gill is going to get another opportunity to demonstrate his skills at weaseling out of the consequences for his behavior. He’s managed to evade consequences for inconsistently disclosing his association with known terrorists on official government disclosure forms, dodged professional misconduct complaints filed with the Virginia State Bar, and seems to be ducking any consequences for what is clearly a gross failure to meet Navy standards for Height, Weight and Physical Fitness. Now it looks like he’s going to have a chance to take on the Standards of Conduct and Government Ethics Branch of the Office of the Adjutant General. It should be interesting to watch this unfold, and get a demonstration of just how vigilant the Navy can be about protecting it’s honor.

Will he plead ignorance of the regulation despite being a JAG officer? Will he try to make the claim that his behavior was not a violation by making some claim about what the definition of “is” actually is? Will he be subjected to a Court-Martial under Article 133 of the UCMJ for conduct unbecoming an officer? Will he leave a giant smoking crater in the center of Prince William County as his campaign stumbles, trips, falls, and does a thoroughly spectacular crash-and-burn?

Stay tuned. This is going to be very interesting.

UPDATE: “Virginia Bar Association” was corrected to “Virgnia State Bar” above. Thanks to “Fact Checker” for alerting me that I had the wrong organization referenced in relation to the ethics complaint filed in regard to Jad Sarsour’s infamous Cease & Desist letter.

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  1. Fact Checker said on 21 Mar 2007 at 2:53 pm:
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    Greg, it’s the Virginia State Bar that’s the professional regulatory arm for the legal profession in Virginia. The Virginia Bar Association is a separate voluntary organization not relevant here. Did the Virginia State Bar open an investigation into Faisal Gill? For what? Readers would like to know.

  2. Greg L said on 21 Mar 2007 at 3:13 pm:
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    Last year a junior attorney by the name of Jad Sarsour, who works at Faisal Gill’s law firm of Gill & Gallinger, sent a cease and desist letter which had several glaring problems, such as listing cities where the firm didn’t have a practice, failing to mention where attorneys on the letterhead were licensed to practice, and some other issues. Corey Chandler who then blogging at Jaded JD wrote a scathing analysis of the letter, and someone filed a complaint with the bar association which seemed to mirror Chandler’s opinion of the problems the letter presented. The complaint was later dismissed for reasons I don’t understand, and James Young wrote an article on it. If you head over to his site and dig around I’m sure you’ll find it.

    You may be correct about which organization conducted the investigation. I don’t know the in’s and outs of the world of attorneys and could be referencing the wrong organization. Digging through the history, it appears it was the VSB, so I’ll correct the post.

  3. Not Jad said on 21 Mar 2007 at 4:01 pm:
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    That’s right Greg! The effurts of Jaded JD failed, because Gill is a weasel’s weasel. The sieze and desists letter was good work product from me. I am a lawyer. I went to lawscrewel and everything. I have letterhead. I have a diploma. I am representing Stev chpman. I have AATDD (Adult Attention to Detail Disorder). Gill also suffers from this, and my client does to. You should be ashamed for making fun of the disabled and the fat.

  4. Jonathan Mark said on 21 Mar 2007 at 5:40 pm:
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    Gill flaunts his uniform and flouts the regulations against wearing it in campaing literature.

  5. Dirk said on 22 Mar 2007 at 1:08 am:
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    Seems he is consistent with the code then since he isn’t the sole person in the pic.

  6. Jonathan Mark said on 22 Mar 2007 at 6:41 am:
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    “”"is not allowed to be the sole or primary figure in uniform”"”

    Gill is in violation of the code. Gill is the “sole or primary figure in uniform.” His kids are not in uniform.

  7. Doug in Mount Vernon said on 22 Mar 2007 at 11:41 am:
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    Funny, I don’t recall anyone freaking out over Dick Black wearing his JAG uniform in campaign literature back in the good ol’ right-wing days.

  8. Greg L said on 22 Mar 2007 at 11:59 am:
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    I wasn’t blogging back then, nor did I ever see any of his campaign literature since I don’t live in Loudoun County. Are you claiming that I am unfairly demanding that the rules be enforced in regards to Faisal Gill because I didn’t blog about something I was unaware of at a time before there was a BVBL?

    That would be a pretty difficult argument to convincingly make, I would imagine.

  9. Batson D. Belfrey said on 22 Mar 2007 at 2:15 pm:
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    “Tat would be a pretty difficult argument to convincingly make, I would imagine.”

    What, you don’t have a time machine, and a crystal ball?

  10. Doug in Mount Vernon said on 22 Mar 2007 at 3:15 pm:
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    I don’t give a s**t what you say or do, I was just making an observation. Nobody freaked out back then, that’s all.

    [Ed. Note: comment edited. Thanks for the foul language.]

  11. John Light said on 22 Mar 2007 at 3:57 pm:
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    Hey Doug, first off, step back and take a DEEP breath. In, out, in, out - that’s it - kind of like Faisal at the all you can eat buffet. You talk about “the good old right wing days” - well, in case you did not notice, this site tends to lean just a tad to the right and Faisal is running as, cough, cough, a Republican. What Greg, myself, and a host of other patriots are doing is showing we have DO NOT discriminate because we are, in essence, “going after” one of our own.

    If you don’t give a “you-know-what” about what is said or done here, then why make the comment in the first place? I think you need to go sit in time-out and think about what you did. No playing with the trains until you are TRULY sorry.

  12. Dirk said on 22 Mar 2007 at 4:13 pm:
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    Thanks Jonathan. I misunderstood the code.

  13. Jonathan Mark said on 22 Mar 2007 at 4:40 pm:
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    I just got an email which contained Gill’s 3/31/07 kickoff flyer.

    The flyer claims that Bolling, Lingamfelter, Cooch and Stewart will all be there.

    This is an outrage and a betrayal. I am thinking that I need to get a list of people who voted in the last HOD-51 convention and go door to door with a flyer. Does anyone know where such a list might be available?

    If Bolling shows up then some of us will need to make certain that the negative political consequences of his mistake in judgement affect his gubernatorial run.

  14. charles said on 22 Mar 2007 at 9:39 pm:
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    Greg, how do you feel about JM using your web site to start agitating toward defeating multiple republican officeholders?

  15. CONVA said on 22 Mar 2007 at 9:42 pm:
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    The republican committee had such a list. However, after the last convention when “Team Kopko” took over they probably destroyed all the data in the “Shack during the “Attack” that only cost in excess of $16,000+ for a rental. If you know someone with a key, you may be able to find the list. For all others, remember who endorsed Gill when they start asking for donations. This is one wallet that is closed to them.

  16. anon said on 22 Mar 2007 at 11:43 pm:
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    Oh Charles,

    Greg would really be such an enlightened soul if we could just convince him to put party before principle. I don’t understand where or when his moral compass went astray. Please, please, continue your noble efforts to return him to the fold, where he belongs. Somehow, Greg has forgotten the one great truth — when “we” want you to have a mind of your own, we will give it to you.

  17. Jonathan Mark said on 22 Mar 2007 at 11:47 pm:
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    “”"Greg, how do you feel about JM using your web site to start agitating toward defeating multiple republican officeholders?”"”

    Gill is trying to defeat a Republican officeholder, Julie Lucas.

    If it is wrong to try to defeat Bolling in a primary then it is also wrong to try to defeat Lucas in a primary. You cannot have it both ways. You cannot seek the defeat of the Republican Lucas but be outraged that someone would seek the defeat of the Republican Bolling.

  18. Greg L said on 23 Mar 2007 at 12:05 am:
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    Jonathan, my experience has taught me that sometimes folks make mistakes based on personal loyalties before they know the whole story, and I can only evaluate those decisions based on the facts they had at the time the made them. Once an endorsement has been made, it’s really difficult, especially when the endorsement has a personal basis, to back out without looking like an opportunist without a moral compass. Some folks are just stuck now, and I really am not interested in beating them up on this without better reason.

    Bill Bolling, for example, is a guy I highly respect and admire. I don’t agree with his decision about endorsing Gill, but I understand why he made that decision. If he shows up to a campaign event he’s pretty much already on the hook for, I’m not going to complain that loudly. That might change if he does more than the minimum, but so far it’s looking like he’s just doing the minimum he committed to earlier. Let’s see what he does after he has more of a choice here.

    I’m pretty much giving a pass on endorsers through the kickoff. I think this is the right thing to do, as I can’t hold people accountable for following through on the decisions they made before they got additional information. Meeting a commitment despite difficulty is an honorable thing, and I don’t want to discourage it.

    Let’s just see what happens going forward, when actions reflect future commitments that are more fully informed.

  19. Jonathan Mark said on 23 Mar 2007 at 6:16 am:
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    OK, but if anyone gets any photos of State Sen. Cuccinelli at the event please send them to jonathansamuel@yahoo.com.

  20. freedom said on 23 Mar 2007 at 6:51 am:
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    In this case, I find your generosity very difficult to accept, Greg.

    Friendship and loyalty are one thing, but there are just too many negative issues surrounding Faisal Gill. I am willing to give him the benefit of doubt, but AT BEST he has a “questionable past” involving his associates and associations; he has demonstrated AT BEST poor organizational skills; and AT BEST, he has violated the intent, if not the letter of DoD and Navy Directives. Any one of those issues is enough for me to “disqualify”; all combined should be enough for anyone.

    I don’t dislike Faisal Gill; I don’t know him. However, we need the best available, not questionable character and incompetence. For elected officials to endorse a candidate with such a cart-load of baggage, based upon “friendship and loyalty,” is a disservice to and does not bode well with me.

  21. anon said on 23 Mar 2007 at 9:47 am:
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    Seems to be pattern for Faisal. In 2003 he started a campaign for House of Delegates to challenge then-Del. Rollison and Jeff Frederick in the primary.

    His campaign was completely derailed when he was challenged for violating the Hatch Act very early in the campaign. At that time he was federal employee (either with OPM or the Office of Homeland Security [pre-DHS]). The investigation was open (he was supposedly cleared), but quietly dropped out of the race.

    Seems like Deja vu to me.

  22. Jonathan Mark said on 23 Mar 2007 at 3:33 pm:
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    Sounds as if Faisal has been planning to break into politics for a long time.

    My experience among VA Dems in the 8th Congressional District (Jim Moran) is that once a pol becomes an incumbent that party’s other pols will neither run against him or criticize him. And the pol can use that fact to advance despite questionable ethics, political alliances and behavior.

    My point is that if Faisal ever makes it to HOD-51 it will be too late to derail him. Faisal will say that the voters knew about Alamoudi (a lie) and judged it to be inconsequential.

    I very much disagree with Greg L. that Cooch, Bolling, Lingamfelter and Stewart deserve a pass for attending Gill’s campaign kickoff.

    The fact that Cooch, Bolling, Lingamfelter and Stewart are attending Gill’s kickoff says to me that they are not who they pretend to be. I for one can never respect them or the local political organization that they are leading.

    I don’t know where we all will be in 2009. I hope that some of us can raise this matter in two years regarding Bolling’s 2009 gubernatorial aspirations. I have a sense that we will be able to. Some of us are in this for the long haul.

    The terrorist Sami Al-Arian will be out of jail by then. If Al-Arian is high-profile abroad as a leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad then that can help us also. Imagine a flyer with three pictures of Al-Arian, Alamoudi and Bolling distributed to those who are sympathetic to the flyer’s message.

    Faisal Gill, the former chief lobbyist for the imprisoned Alamoudi’s American Muslim Council, is the link between Bolling on the one hand and Alamoudi and Al-Arian on the other.

    We don’t know much now about Gill’s lobbying activities for Alamoudi’s AMC. We do know that Gill walked out of a White House meeting when Alamoudi’s son was denied admission. As a lobbyist for Grover Norquist’s Islamic Institute Gill was involved with the Islamic Institute’s approving a letter which accused President Bush of seeking to determine who America’s Muslim leaders are.

    I think that Bolling, Cooch, Lingamfelter and Stewart believe that endorsing Gill’s candidacy helps them. Someone who was later banned from BVBL was talking about attracting a more diverse Republican constituency, and claimed that opposing Gill was part of an attempt to sabotage that effort.

    Perhaps Norquist has convinced Bolling that allying with Gill is a good strategic move. It might be…in 2050. The numbers of Islamists and Islamist enablers in Virginia in this decade makes it a bad move on Bolling’s part. Bolling will be too old to benefit from a putative Islamist voting bloc in Virginia in 2050.

    The key will be to convince Bolling, Cooch, Lingamfelter and Stewart otherwise, and that could be difficult. Much of the damage to Bolling will only be apparent in hindsight in two or three years.

  23. Jonathan Mark said on 23 Mar 2007 at 3:35 pm:
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    I meant that Gill walked out of a White House meeting when Al-Arian’s college-age son Abdullah was denied admission.

  24. CONVA said on 23 Mar 2007 at 5:20 pm:
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    The best way to put Lingamfelter, Stewart, & Bolling on notice is to ignore them and close your wallets in their behalf.

  25. John Light said on 23 Mar 2007 at 11:51 pm:
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    Google Faisal Gill- just repeat this to EVERYONE you see. If you are a Gill supporter, this should not bother you, right???

  26. Citizen Tom Faisal Gill Kickoff « said on 26 Mar 2007 at 5:05 am:
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    […] would ever have considered.  For example, BVBL’s invention of the uniform controversy (here) kept alive the interest in Faisal Gill.  Yet, at the same time, the charge itself is impossible […]

  27. Jonathan Mark said on 26 Mar 2007 at 7:26 am:
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    I notice that Gill’s own website has no mention of his campaign kickoff. Here is a link to the notice that announces the event:


    Either Gill has trouble maintaining a simple static website or he doesn’t want to publicize his campaign kickoff too much.

    Citizen Tom will now post and claim that it is because Gill is afraid of overflow crowds.

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