Stops FBI Award to Terrorist Supporter - The Column That Started
Sweeney might be turning over in her grave.
9th, the courageous flight attendant murdered aboard Flight
11, which hit the World Trade Centers North Tower on
9/11, will be honored posthumously by FBI Director Robert
she is being honored along with a man who supports terrorism
and was himself a suspected terrorist.
husband, Michael, accepts her award for Exceptional Public
Service at a ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, Imad
Hamad will be bestowed with the same honor the only
other non-FBI civilian to be so honored in America, this year.
Hamads record, it is outrageous the FBI would honor
him for anything. And it is an abomination of Sweeneys
heroism in the face of sudden death by terrorists. (Information
she gave on a phone call to the ground helped the FBI piece
together evidence and reconstruct the hijackings.)
a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, Hamad was a suspected
member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
(PFLP), the Communist faction of Palestinian terrorism responsible
for countless homicide bombings and the October 2001 assassination
of Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi.
was so opposed to Hamads presence in the United States
that it fought to deport him for over two decades. But, under
political pressure from Michigan politicians, like Senator
Carl Levin and Rep. David Bonior, the immigration judge chose
to disregard classified evidence, and he is now a U.S. citizen.
(Hamads lawyer, Noel Saleh, proudly proclaimed that
he - Saleh - financially supported Hezbollah.)
then, as Midwest Regional Director of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination
Committee (ADC), Hamad has been busy promoting the terrorist
causedoing interviews throughout the Detroit media supporting
Hezbollah, Hamas, and Islamic hate.
In a 2002
broadcast on Detroits FOX affiliate, Imad Hamad supported
a Palestinian Authority TV "Sesame Street"-style
program that urges Palestinian children to kill Jews and Christians
and urges them to become homicide bombers. In it, a boy sings,
"When I wander into Jerusalem, I will become a suicide
bomber." Another song: "How pleasant is the smell
of martyrs . . . the land enriched by the blood, the blood
pouring out of a fresh body." Hamad called the program
In a March
1999 Detroit News interview, Hamad defended the same program
and Palestinian textbooks that portray Westerners, Christians,
and Jews as the enemies of Islam and the Arab World.
has opposed virtually every arrest, indictment and conviction
of Islamic terrorists.
were arrested (and later convicted) for smuggling arms to
Hezbollah over Detroits Ambassador Bridge, Hamad wished
for "better U.S. relations with Hezbollah," the
terrorist group which murdered over 300 American Marines and
civilians. "People here are morally supportive"
of Hezbollah, he said. When Customs raided several Islamic
businesses and arrested owners for laundering over $50 million
per year to Yemen in violation of the Patriot Act, Hamad protested.
When four Detroit Al-Quaida sleeper cell suspects were charged
(three were convicted) of plotting to blow up landmarks and
tourist attractions, Hamad protested that, too.
the 2002 National Palestinian Student Conference on the Palestine
Solidarity Movement, whose ostensible purpose was to promote
divestment from Israel. "Annihilate the Jews" was
chanted in Arabic at the University of Michigan conference,
which featured indicted alleged Islamic Jihad frontman Sami
Al-Arian as its keynote speaker, along with other anti-Western,
anti-Semitic speakers, some with terrorist ties. Hamads
Michigan ADC sponsored and endorsed the conference, which
was organized by ADC-University of Michigan chief Fadi Kiblawi.
Under Hamads "leadership," Kiblawi authored
an article stating he wished to "strap a bomb to ones
chest and kill" Jews.
ADCs April 25th awards banquet, Hamad gave its "Attorney
of the Year" award to Nabih Ayad, an attorney for several
accused terrorists and over 130 illegal Middle Eastern immigrants
who paid off an INS employee to become instant greencard holders.
Hamad and Ayad sued to keep them from being deported. Ayads
clients, include Omar Abdel Fatah Al-Shishaniaccused
of attempting to launder $12 million in phony bank checks
to fund Al-Quaidawho recently pled guilty to a lesser
charge and is awaiting sentencing. Hamad defended him, too.
has been busy globetrotting to promote the Islamist cause.
In January, he led a delegation to terrorist sponsor state
Syria, where Syrian officials discussed American disinformation
campaigns targeting Arabs and Muslims and hailed Hamad for
"enlightening the US public opinion about the reality
of the situation in the Middle East." In May, he visited
Lebanese Parliament President and former Shiite Amal
Militia chief Nabih Berry, leading a delegation which included
several men who head Detroit Islamic charities that are suspected
Hamas and Al-Quaida fronts.
latest effort is opposing Michigan Senate Resolution 77, which
denounces Palestinian terrorism and supports Israel in fighting
was nominated for the award by Detroit FBI Special Agent in
Charge Willie Hulon because he organized BRIDGES, a group
of Arabs who meet with Hulon and other Detroit federal agents
once a month to protest arrests of suspected terrorists, and
because he enlisted Hulon to partner with ADC for its unique
brand of sensitivity training for Detroit area high schoolers.
Since Hamad has opposed the FBI and other government efforts
to thwart terrorism every step of the way and given his views,
the FBI award is like an award to Fritz Kuhn and his Nazi-sympathizing
German American Bund during World War II.
be bad enough.
Mueller is equating Hamad with a heroic murdered flight attendant
who acted bravely in the face of terrorists.
think the FBI would have more respect for the dead.
the FBI from giving this absurd award to terror supporter,
Imad Hamad. Call FBI HQ @ (202) 324-3000, ask for Director
Robert Mueller's office and lodge your complaint.
Debbie's column in the New