The Imam and the Truther
Hattip to Andy McCarthy at National Review Online. A very close associate of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the guiding force behind the Ground Zero Mosque and who I have designated the Flim Flam Imam, is a 911 Truther according to Steve Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism:
Faiz Khan, a physician who claims to have been a first responder after the September 11 attacks, is a founding member of the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9/11 Truth and is on the advisory board of the Muslims for 9/11 Truth. In an essay on the Alliance’s website, he argued that “the prime factor for the success of the criminal mission known as 9/11 did not come from the quarter known as ‘militant Islam’ although the phenomenon known as ‘militant Islamic networks’ may have played a partial role, or even a less than partial role – perhaps the role of patsy and scapegoat.”…
Khan also helped form the American Sufi Muslim Association in 1997 with Rauf, a group now known as the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA). ASMA and Rauf’s Cordoba Initiative are leading the mosque effort in lower Manhattan. Khan has led Friday prayers at the Al Farah Mosque, where Rauf is the imam, for years. That practice continued at least through December – after the mosque proposal was unveiled — when Khan was cited and photographed in an article in the German magazine Der Spiegel on the project.
Khan and Rauf also are members of the Sufi Circle, created in 2004 to promote “a Divine Love, unity and tolerance for a happy and meaningful life.” In an announcement for a pending appearance, Khan’s photograph on the Sufi site comes from this 2005 speech he gave explaining his beliefs about the 9/11 attacks. Cropped out is a sign behind Khan that reads “Expose the 9/11 Cover-Up.” In that speech, Khan claimed people he meets in the Middle East and North Africa take government responsibility for 9/11 as a given and ask what Americans don’t understand. In the Third World, he explained “the sleaze of governance is a lot more transparent” and accepted by the public. He also urged people not to get hung up on the concept of nation states:
“There’s no such thing as a Saudi nation, there is a royal sleazy family there. And there is no such thing as the American nation when it comes to 9/11 because there’s a sleazy mob, if you will, in the White House that co-opts Washington, D.C. and actualizes the agendas of Wall Street. That is the way things have worked all throughout history.”
… On June 3, 2006, Khan spoke at a 9/11 truth summit called “Revealing the Truth/Reclaiming our Future” in Chicago. In his remarks, he acknowledged that there is a militant Islamist movement, but “the most logical explanation” for 9/11 is that the hijackers were “working for working for us” in furtherance of a corporate-controlled schemes involving gigantic stock trades, billions of dollars in heroin sales and interest in Caspian Sea resources.
The speech was videotaped and remains available on the Internet. In it, he traced his doubts about the attack to the days and weeks immediately afterward, explaining how he stopped serving as a clergyman at memorial services for 9/11 victims because “I would ruffle a lot of feathers at a memorial service if he got up there and said it wasn’t just angry Muslims gone bad. There’s a lot more to this.” He provided a similar account at another meeting captured on video.
Go here to read the entire article. We have no way of knowing yet whether the Flim Flam Imam shares the views of his conspiracy minded friend. I assume that we will find out in the days to come as new information comes to light. What interests me right now is that the Ground Zero Mosque has been an issue for months and this interesting factoid has to be brought to light by an internet journal. Imagine if you will the reaction in this country if a bishop seeking to build a prayer center at Auschwitz were close friends with a holocaust denier. It would be considered newsworthy to say the least.
Amazingly, but not surprisingly, what is laughingly referred to as the mainstream media failed to report on this. Did elements in the mainstream media know about this, and did they decide it was an inconvenient fact for their point of view and spike the story? Alternatively, are the members of the mainstream media so bad at their job that they didn’t do at least internet checks on the activities of close associates of the Flim Flam Imam? There is plenty of info readily available on the net from Faiz Khan detailing his trutherism. Go here to read one of his screeds.
It is left to the alternative media of the internet to do the job that the “mainstream media” is too incompetent or biased to do.