New Film May Place Napolitano Back in the Hot Seat
Whipping across the internet last week was a Youtube clip of an angry House Judiciary Committee exchange between Janet Napolitano and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R, TX). The Secretary of Homeland Security was being grilled by a boiling mad Gohmert about a certain Mohamed Elibiary on her staff when she dealt the Congressman what in PC Land functions as a knockout blow: “What bothers me, quite frankly, are the allegations made against anyone who happens to be Muslim.” Checkmate!
But this particular tussle is far from finished. Gohmert already had legitimate concerns about the Napolitano-appointed Elibiary, a man who has a history of Islamist radicalism and who took advantage of his DHS security clearance to download classified files. A newly-released documentary will make Napolitano’s appointment even more troubling: Elibiary, it seems, is tied to one of the most radical imams in America (full disclosure: our organization, Americans for Peace and Tolerance, produced the film).
Napolitano appointed Elibiary in October of 2010 to the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council. On paper, Elibiary seems a PC poster boy for moderate Islam. He founded and headed a Texas-based Muslim civic engagement group called the Freedom and Justice Foundation. According to the DHS, he had advised Texas law enforcement agencies on terrorism and Muslim sensitivities for years. He’s even donated to Republican campaigns!
But last year, Elbiary got caught using his Napolitano-supplied DHS security clearance to download “For Official Use Only” documents from the Texas Department of Public Safety databases he was authorized to access. According to Patrick Poole over at PJ Tatler, Elibiary tried to shop those documents around to journalists in hopes of ginning up “rampant Islamophobia” stories about the Texas state government. In other words, he was trying to embarrass Governor Rick Perry and undermine his presidential campaign.