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Heritage Hosts Birthers, Islamophobes For Benghazi “Accountability” Panel

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Heritage Hosts Birthers, Islamophobes For Benghazi “Accountability” Panel

(Media Matters)

A coalition of Islamophobes, birthers, and conspiracy theorists led by a prominent supporter of impeaching President Obama will assemble at the Heritage Foundation this afternoon to discuss the September 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

The event, titled “Benghazi: The Difference It Makes Is Accountability!” will be co-hosted by the Benghazi Accountability Coalition. In a post at National Review Online, Andrew McCarthy, a conservative commentator and former federal prosecutor, identifies himself as the chairman of that new “volunteer organization.”

McCarthy is the author of a new book that seeks to build “the political case” for President Obama’s impeachment. The book includes a draft Articles of Impeachment detailing “The Benghazi Fraud.” According to McCarthy, the talking points used by former Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice to discuss the terrorist attacks on Sunday morning political talk shows constituted a deliberate effort “to defraud the American people in connection with matters of great public importance, in violation of [President Obama’s] duty to execute the laws faithfully and his fiduciary duty to be truthful in his statements to the American people.”

At National Review Online, McCarthy promises that today’s forum will “feature some speakers with tremendous insights into the relevant issues about the Benghazi Massacre.” James Jay Carafano, Heritage’s vice present of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, will participate, lending the organization’s imprimatur to the proceedings. Here are some of those notables who will appear alongside him:

  • Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy, who is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “the anti-Muslim movement’s most paranoid propagandist.” Gaffney was banned from participating at the Conservative Political Action Conference after accusing prominent conservative activist Grover Norquist and former Bush aide Suhail Khan of being Muslim Brotherhood operatives. In October 2008 he claimed that Obama’s eligibility to be president was “unresolved,” citing “evidence Mr. Obama was born in Kenya rather than, as he claims, Hawaii.”
  • Lt. General Thomas G. McInerney, USAF (Ret.), a Fox News military analyst who submitted court documents challenging Obama’s eligibility to be president based on the conspiracy theory that he was not born in the United States.
  • Lt. General W.G. “Jerry” Boykin, USA (Ret.), who was criticized by President Bush and the Defense Department for portraying the fight against Islamic extremists as a religious war between a “Christian nation” and the “idol” of Islam. He has also termed Islam “evil” and a “totalitarian way of life.”
  • Clare Lopez, who is a prominent member of Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy and the similarly anti-Muslim Clarion Project. Lopez has claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood has “infiltrated and suborned the U.S. government to actively assist… the mission of its grand jihad.” Earlier this month, Fox News contributor Allen West reported that Lopez had emailed him a “very poignant analysis” of Bob Bergdahl’s use of Arabic during a White House event with President Obama to announce the return of his son, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl: according to Lopez, “by uttering these words on the grounds of the WH, Bergdahl (the father) sanctified the WH and claimed it for Islam.”
  • Brigitte Gabriel, the founder and CEO of the anti-Islam group ACT! for America, was described by The New York Times as “one of the most visible personalities on a circuit of self-appointed terrorism detectors who warn that Muslims pose an enormous danger within United States borders” who “presents a portrait of Islam so thoroughly bent on destruction and domination that it is unrecognizable to those who study or practice the religion.”
  • Chris Plante, who is a right-wing talk radio host on Washington, DC’s WMAL. Last year he generated the false accusation that President Obama omitted the words “under God” from his recitation of the Gettysburg Address and suggested that the president would not have cut the words “under Allah” if they had appeared in the speech.
  • Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing, married Republican activist law partners who have spent decades pushing smears of Democrats in the press. They played a key role in pushing debunked claims that the Obama administration was threatening Benghazi “whistleblowers.”




6 Comments »

  1. I guess the symbol for the Heritage Foundation ought to be a swastika

  2. Heritage foundation is full of shit…the heritage they want is where rich white ‘Christian’ men can shit all over anyone they dislike

  3. Sorry but this piece is produced by Media Matters, a well known left wing smear org., akin to right wing smear orgs. who report with the same level of malignant bias. Rubbish is rubbish, left or right. I think the Benghazi investigation should proceed and all evidence and testimony be presented with a view to preventing such tragedies from ever happening in the future. Apparently the administration has already learned from mistakes made in Benghazi and the U.S. has ordered the evacuation of the embassy in Baghdad under the military protection of the USMC. Let’s hope for a safe and speedy return of all involved in this evacuation.

  4. Do we all want this to stop? Yes. Simple solution. Stop Wahhabism, the Saudis, and their Al-Qaeda death cults throughout the world. Simple

  5. Ann Peirce, far from a “left wing smear org,” Media Matters is an excellent source for online news and evaluation of the news. Are you perhaps a Fox stooge? Doesn’t look like you’re fooling anybody here.

    Heritage is the same bunch of creeps that yesterday harassed a woman wearing a hijab for asking a perfectly reasonable question.

  6. @ Melody Ivins- Beg to differ with you, Melody. Media Matters is only considered an “excellent source…” by those who like their news with a left to far left bias and a greasy side of smear. I like my news to be fact, and not political opinion based, and the sources cited to be independently checked and verified for accuracy. You’re welcome to keep the political bias because I don’t need the extra fat. If any of that makes me a stooge, in your opinion, then I can live with that. Swallow your version of “excellent”… evaluation, but, fortunately, I still believe the majority prefer journalism without bias and smear from either the left or right. People who refuse to be fed news mixed with left or right wing pablum are nobody’s fool, Melody. Try it straight sometime. You just might like it.

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