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Tom Campbell: CA 2010 nightmare- know who he is folks

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From
Radical Islamist Ally to Superhawk: The Transformation of
Tom
Campbell

IPT News
March 26,
2010

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

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As a member of the House of Representatives from 1995 to 2001, Tom Campbell was known as a stalwart of
the
Republican Party's moderate-to-liberal wing and a political
ally of
Islamist organizations.

He is paying a price for some of those
alliances in the 2010 California U.S. Senate campaign.
Republican
primary opponents Carly Fiorina and Chuck DeVore
have criticized Campbell - considered the race's frontrunner
- and
tried to paint him as soft on terrorism.

In response, Campbell has acknowledged
failing to pick up on the radical ties of two past
supporters. He
casts those episodes as the product of ignorance and poor
research,
insisting they are isolated instances in an otherwise solid
record
on security issues. A look at his record, however, reveals a
larger
pattern of statements and actions involving radical
Islamists that
defined Campbell's public life between 1995 and 2002.

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.

Now, in his third bid for the Senate,
Campbell is running as a conservative and a
national-security
hawk.

According to his campaign website, Campbell favors the death penalty for
terrorists "who have taken innocent lives." He also
"disapproves of
bringing foreign terrorists for trial into the civilian
system, in
New York or elsewhere. They should be kept in Guantanamo,
and tried
under military tribunals."

Campbell has also said the United States
should support Israel if it takes military action against
Iran's
nuclear weapons programs. "Everyone prays for a peaceful
resolution,
but we must also be realistic. Another threatened round of
sanctions
is no more likely to deter Iran from its goal than all the
previous
sanctions," Campbell said on his
campaign website last month.

After the first primary debate was held
March 5, Campbell campaign manager Hana Callaghan issued an
e-mail
statement telling supporters that Campbell "was the only
candidate
to consistently take the fight directly to [incumbent]
Senator
Barbara Boxer."

"Tom's record is clear," she added. "He
was the only candidate to voice clear support for Israel's
pre-emptive right to self-defense against the Iranian
nuclear threat, and opposes the Obama Administration's plan to try
the 9/11 terrorists on American soil."

Such hawkish stands have been complicated
by his previous support for Al-Arian.

Campbell befriended the then-University
of South Florida professor during the 1990s. At the time,
Al-Arian
was lobbying to ban the use of classified intelligence in
deportation cases. It was part of a campaign to get his
brother-in-law, Mazen Al-Najjar, released from jail.
Al-Najjar was
being held without bond based on secret evidence tying him
to the
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) while he appealed a
deportation
order. During the same period, Al-Arian was under criminal
investigation for similar ties.

Campbell enthusiastically supported him,
paying a jailhouse visit to Al-Najjar in May 2000 after
co-sponsoring the legislation ending the use of secret
evidence.
Campbell, Al-Arian and Al-Najjar were all interviewed for a
1999
film called "Uncivil Liberties, Secret Trials in America,"
which
attacked the use of classified intelligence in immigration
cases. In
the film, Campbell compared the practice to racial
segregation.

Allowing it would provide "security, but
that's the security of a police state. And I won't have any
part of
it," Campbell said.

In 2006, Al-Arian pled guilty to providing goods and services to the
PIJ. When the University of South Florida first moved to
fire
Al-Arian in 2002, Campbell wrote a letter to the
school's president which urged
reconsideration and expressed "sincere alarm" that Al-Arian
was
being treated unfairly because of his views. By this time,
records
already made public showed Al-Arian solicited money for "the
jihad
movement in Palestine" and lauding a terrorist attack.

Campbell said he was unaware of that
letter or videotaped statements like this when he wrote
his letter.

(Read more about Campbell's efforts on
behalf of Al-Arian here and here.)
In a March 9 statement, Campbell's campaign
defended his letter
supporting Al-Arian. Campaign
spokesman James Fisfis accused critics of conducting a
"hysterical witch hunt" and seeking to "run the Constitution through the
shredder for political gain."

Three days later, Campbell expressed regret for his previous support for
Al-Arian.

Similarly, Campbell has acknowledged that
he made a mistake when he kept a $1,000 contribution from
Alamoudi in the closing days of the 2000 campaign. Like Al-Arian,
Alamoudi was on record endorsing terrorism before Campbell accepted
his contribution.

On May 24, 2000, Alamoudi participated in
an Islamonline web
chat, during which he was asked,
"What can Muslims do to decrease the influence of the
zionist (sic)
lobby on the Presidential candidates?" Alamoudi replied that
Muslims
should "work for the next six months in California" to
mobilize
Muslim voters.

If Muslims did this, "We will be able to
be king-makers not only in the presidential campaigns, but
also, we
will put a tested friend in the senate (sic), namely
representative
Tom Campbell," Alamoudi wrote.

On October 28, 2000, Alamoudi spoke at
Lafayette Park, directly across the street from the White
House, declaring, "We are
all supporters of Hamas" and "I
am a supporter of Hizballah."

The defiant speech came in the early days
of the second Palestinian Intifada, a period marked by
bloody
terrorist attacks throughout Israel, many by Hamas. Three
weeks
earlier, Hizballah had launched a cross-border raid into
northern
Israel, kidnapping three Israeli soldiers. (Their bodies
were
returned in a prisoner exchange several years later.)

In the wake of these comments, two Senate
candidates - Campbell and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic
Senate
nominee in New York - came under pressure to return campaign

contributions from Alamoudi.

Clinton returned the money, but Campbell
refused, saying he had spoken with Alamoudi and felt
comfortable
with his position. "He had never supported violence nor
encouraged
anybody to engage in it," Campbell said of Alamoudi in
November
2000.

Three years later, after his arrest at
Heathrow airport with a bag containing $340,000,
Alamoudi was indicted for
dealings with Libyan dictator's
Moammar Qadhafi's regime. In a 2004 plea agreement, he
admitted that his support
involved a conspiracy to assassinate the Saudi Crown Prince.

Government officials also claim Alamoudi had ties with al
Qaeda. The
Treasury Department called his arrest "a
severe blow to al Qaeda,"
saying he raised approximately $1 million for the Movement
for
Islamic Reform in Arabia (MIRA) Foundation – a group tied to
that
transnational terror organization.

Asked about his decision to keep
Alamoudi's donation in 2000, Campbell recently said: "I
was in error and I deeply regret
it."

Another problematic contributor dogging
both Clinton and Campbell during their 2000 Senate campaigns
was
Agha Saeed, chief of the American Muslim Alliance (AMA). As The

American Spectator
recently noted, Saeed was a
defender of "armed resistance"
by the Palestinians ("armed resistance" being code words for

terrorism).

As with Alamoudi, Clinton returned campaign contributions from a
questionable source while Campbell refused. Saying she was
offended
by remarks attributed AMA members on a number of topics,
Clinton
gave back $50,000 she received at an event sponsored by the
organization.

Campbell, in contrast, made the following
statement outside
the Islamic Center in Los
Angeles: "I will not insult a single donor to my campaign by

returning their contribution because the American Muslim
Council or
the American Muslim Alliance was associated with raising
it."

In October 2001, Campbell received a "lifetime achievement" award from Saeed
at an AMA conference. At the conference, "Speaker after
speaker
agreed that bombing Afghanistan, supporting a violent
Israeli state
and placing sanctions on Iraq is no way to end terrorism,"
the
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs reported.

In the spring of 2001, Campbell joined
former U.S. Rep. Paul Findley and Alison Weir on the
dais at a public event in San
Jose. Weir, a freelance reporter who had just returned from a
visit
to the West Bank and Gaza, was asked by CAIR to speak about
her
trip.

In a recent essay, Weir said her talk was a description of
"destroyed homes, devastated neighborhoods, razed
agricultural
lands, children who had been shot by invading Israeli forces
(all
before a single Palestinian rocket had been fired.)" At the
conclusion of her remarks, she wrote, everyone in the room
gave her
a standing ovation:

"One of the first on his feet was Tom
Campbell."

Commenting on her talk, Campbell wrote
that "Ms. Weir is intelligent, careful, and critical.
American
policy makers would benefit greatly from hearing her
first-hand
observations and attempting to answer the questions she
poses." Weir
later placed Campbell's comments on the website
of her organization "If Americans
Knew."

California voters are going to have to
figure out who the "real" Tom Campbell is: the man who spent
the late 1990s and months after 9/11 making common cause with
people like Alison Weir and Abdurahman Alamoudi or the Tom Campbell
of today.

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