2010-04-09

Tom Campbell's Past Islamist Ties

The Investigative Project on Terrorism (HT: Cinnamon Stillwell) has an eye-opening report on Tom Campbell.
Campbell, who represented California's 15th Congressional District (an affluent area including Silicon Valley), clearly had close ties to Sami Al-Arian and Abdurahman Alamoudi, both of whom were later convicted on charges related to terrorism support. He joined Reps. David Bonior (D-MI) and John Conyers (D-MI) in fighting to bar the use of classified evidence in deportation cases. Campbell sought to reduce U.S. aid to Egypt and Israel and was a critic of U.S. sanctions in Iraq.

And Campbell also forged strong political relationships with Muslim Brotherhood-linked organizations like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Islamist ideologues including Salam al-Marayati of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and Omar Ahmad of CAIR attended and spoke at fundraisers for Campbell during his Senate campaign a decade ago.

Read more at: http://www.investigativeproject.org/1874/from-radical-islamist-ally-to-superhawk

Go to the link for details on Campbell's past ties with Sami al-Arian and Mazen Al-Najjar. Abdulrahman Alamoudi, later convicted on charges of terrorism support, called Campbell a "tested friend" in 2000.

To be clear, Campbell has since distanced himself from Alamoudi and has expressed regret for his decision to keep Alamoudi's campaign donation. Similarly, Campbell now states that he favors the death penalty for terrorists and supports Israel's right to defend itself. But it's a cause for concern that he has "gotten religion" so recently on Middle East affairs.

UPDATE: Dan at GayPatriot weighs in on Tom Campbell.
While I highly doubt Campbell himself is anti-Semitic, he has a very troublesome record on Israel and associates with many Jew-hating individuals. Campbell can show that he is not a member of this crowd by putting forward a platform on Israel more consistent with a conservative national security policy in the wake of 9/11 and popular support for the Jewish State.

I still need review all the items on the list I have received [citing Campbell's "Troublesome Record on Israel"], but those points I have confirmed trouble me to no end.

In a subsequent post, Dan emphasizes that he does not regard Campbell as anti-Semitic, but is concerned about the man's associations.