#epicfail: Congress Fails to Act Against Gore’s Al Jazeera’s Terror TV Deal

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Despite this looming threat and questions about the legality of the
[Al Jazzera] purchase, conservative members of Congress are silent. In the House,
supposedly under Republican control, an aide to Rep. Michael McCaul,
newly appointed chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, says
he does not want the “agenda” of the committee driven by the hundreds of
Americans calling his office at 202-226-8417 and requesting an
investigation of Al Jazeera’s terrorist ties.

Wall Street Journal: AFDI: Pamela Geller to Address "Investigate Al Jazeera Now" Press Conference. Al Jazeera should be designated a terror organization. This is not a free speech issue, it's a national security issue.

We are bereft of leadership and representation on the right. You have to make this happen. You have to hold the feet of the weak and the cowed to the fire. For starters, call Rep. Michael McCaul.

Congress Fails to Act Against Gore’s Terror TV Deal Cliff Kincaid, Accuracy in Media, January 31, 2013

It is fun to watch Big Oil critic Al Gore squirm as he is questioned
about selling out to the oil-rich dictatorship in Qatar. But his sale of
Current TV to Al Jazeera is not a laughing matter. This transaction is a
homeland security threat that violates numerous U.S. laws.

To his credit, funnyman David Letterman got close to the truth when
he asked the former Democratic vice-president, “Now why do we think of
Al Jazeera as something not right going on there in terms of, in terms
of the good for Americans? Why do we think that they may be propaganda
for Muslim violence and terrorism?”

“Well, it’s certainly not,” Gore replied. “And many years ago it put
some videos on in the Arabic version that I think were misinterpreted,
but the Al Jazeera English and now Al Jazeera America [are] really high
quality stuff. They’re very widely respected, and people see for
themselves. And, by the way, their climate coverage is higher quality
and more extensive than any network on TV now in the U.S.”

Gore’s answer to Letterman shows that he is not being honest with
those concerned about the deal. If Gore will lie to protect his $100
million payoff from the Arab dictatorship in Qatar, a major oil and gas
producer, what else will he lie about? Global warming?

First, the “misinterpreted” videos were from Osama bin Laden—and al
Qaeda, which is still trying to kill us. There is nothing to
misinterpret. Paul L. Williams, author of the new book, Crescent Moon Rising
points out that, during Operation Enduring Freedom, the official name
for the war in Afghanistan, “All the tapes from al Qaeda were aired on
Al Jazeera to inflame the Arab world. They added all that fuel so that
our troops would be killed.” Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Afghanistan,
who interviewed bin Laden, was sent to prison for being an agent of al

In Iraq, after the American invasion, the same thing occurred. Al
Jazeera’s first managing director was exposed as an agent of the Saddam
Hussein regime and the channel promoted the anti-American insurgency.
The coverage inspired foreign Jihadists to come to Iraq to kill American
soldiers, as captured terrorists acknowledged in interviews.

The new film, “Zero Dark Thirty,” mentions that the courier who
eventually led the CIA to bin Laden was located in Pakistan near an Al
Jazeera office in order to get the terrorist leader’s videotapes to the
channel for worldwide distribution. This was no accident. The
collaboration between Al Jazeera and al Qaeda continues to the present
day. The channel has interviewed almost every major al Qaeda leader,
including Anwar Al-Awlaki, who inspired the Ft. Hood massacre through
his contacts with Muslim Army soldier Nidal Hasan. Al-Awlaki was also
linked to the attempted bombing in the U.S. on Christmas Day by radical
Muslim Umar Farouk.

Second, despite what Al Gore implies, the Arabic and English versions
of Al Jazeera are paid for by the same dictatorship. Even Hillary
Clinton’s State Department admits that, adding that Qatar controls the
news policies and personnel of the channel.

Gore was on Letterman promoting his new book, The Future,
which was obviously written before his deal with Al Jazeera was
finalized. This is why his mentions of Al Jazeera in the book are so
important. He refers to Al Jazeera in the book as the “relatively
independent” network that played a role in the so-called “Arab spring.”

It is interesting that this “relatively independent” network has now become “very highly-respected,” as he claimed on Letterman.

It’s apparent that Gore is talking about the channel in glowing terms
in order to justify his receipt of $100 million from the $500 million
deal. Gore doesn’t want to admit the truth because then he would be
exposed for selling Current TV to Al Jazeera not only for “dirty” oil
money, but also for blood money. The American blood on the hands of Al
Jazeera is real.

Every time that you see a wounded member of the American military, or
attend a service for those who died defending America, there is the
distinct possibility that the death and destruction was carried out by
Jihadists egged on by Al Jazeera.

In terms of Al Jazeera’s news coverage, praised by Al Gore on
Letterman and the NBC Today Show, my associate and friend Jerry Kenney,
an independent television producer, tells me, “He talked about how many
awards Al Jazeera has been given. That is no surprise to me. The
arsonist is always the first to see the fire. Al Jazeera lights it and
then reports it.”

This is a very serious matter. If Al Jazeera reaches English-speaking
Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. with its incendiary messages, we could
see suicide bombings on the streets of America and the development of
more al Qaeda cells plotting 9/11-type terrorist attacks. The purpose of
“Al Jazeera America” is to reach English-speaking Muslims who don’t
speak Arabic with inflammatory words and images making America out to be
the enemy and villain in the Middle East.

Nidal Hasan is an example of what could happen. He did not speak
Arabic well but communicated with Anwar Al-Awlaki, the English-speaking
al-Qaeda leader who was born in the U.S. but operated out of Yemen,
ordering and directing mass murder in America. He used the Internet but
also praised Al Jazeera journalists by name in a “Message to the Media.”

Recognizing the danger, President Barack Obama was urged by U.S.
intelligence agencies to order the murder of Al-Awlaki through a drone
strike. Al-Awlaki was killed, but Al Jazeera, his favorite television
channel, is very much alive and now, thanks to Al Gore, establishing a
permanent base on U.S. soil, possibly reaching 40-50 million homes.

Despite this looming threat and questions about the legality of the
purchase, conservative members of Congress are silent. In the House,
supposedly under Republican control, an aide to Rep. Michael McCaul,
newly appointed chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, says
he does not want the “agenda” of the committee driven by the hundreds of
Americans calling his office at 202-226-8417 and requesting an
investigation of Al Jazeera’s terrorist ties.

Instead, McCaul recently posed for pictures with various Democrats at the Port of Houston after a bipartisan briefing on security measures at the facility. He issued a statement
saying, “It wasn’t too long ago in Abbottabad they found documents from
bin Laden indicating he wanted to target oil tankers, and that puts
this port at risk.”

This is true and port security is a legitimate area of inquiry. But we also know that those bin Laden documents,
according to CNN’s Peter Bergen, included a plan to “craft the perfect
media message” on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks by
urging  contacts between al Qaeda and Al Jazeera.

The terrorist leader said al Qaeda should contact the correspondents
of Al Jazeera Arabic and English “and tell them that we are willing to
cooperate with them in the area of covering the tenth anniversary by
answering any questions that you think the public is interested in.”

So it was apparent, from the leader of this terrorist group, that
both Al Jazeera Arabic and Al Jazeera English were considered outlets
for al-Qaeda propaganda messages.

There is no reason to believe the new Al Jazeera America will be any
different. And the inevitable result will be more cases of terrorist
violence and murder on American soil.

A hearing into this deal would make things difficult for McCaul and
other Republicans who want to pursue a bipartisan agenda and do not want
to irritate Obama and the Democrats. The co-owners of Current TV, Al
Gore and Joel Hyatt, are prominent Democrats, and another investor in
the company, Richard Blum, is the husband of Democratic Senator Dianne
Feinstein. Selling their Current TV to Al Jazeera is somewhat comparable
to turning over American broadcast facilities during World War II to
Tokyo Rose and Axis Sally, the propagandists for the German and Japanese
enemies. They were prosecuted and convicted for treason for
broadcasting their propaganda against America from overseas.

Plus, hearings will surely annoy Republican Senator John McCain, who joined Hillary Clinton in praising Al Jazeera in 2011.

But investigating Al Jazeera is the right thing to do and a necessary
component of homeland security. After all, members of Congress do swear
an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States
against all enemies, foreign and domestic…”

Why don’t they do their jobs?

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