Google Employees Discussed Tweaking Search Results to Counter Trump Travel Ban

Breitbart, by Allum Bokhari, September 20, 2018:

Google employees brainstormed ways to tweak the tech giant’s search functions to encourage users to push back against Trump policies following the President’s proposed travel ban on certain countries in 2017, according to a report on Tucker Carlson Tonight that was also confirmed by the Wall Street Journal. 

Via the WSJ (paywalled):

Days after the Trump administration instituted a controversial travel ban in January 2017, Google employees discussed how they could tweak the company’s search-related functions to show users how to contribute to pro-immigration organizations and contact lawmakers and government agencies, according to internal company emails.
The email traffic, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, shows that employees proposed ways to “leverage” search functions and take steps to counter what they considered to be “islamophobic, algorithmically biased results from search terms ‘Islam’, ‘Muslim’, ’Iran’, etc.” and “prejudiced, algorithmically biased search results from search terms `Mexico’, `Hispanic’, `Latino’, etc.”

According to the WSJ, the email chain was “sprinkled with cautionary notes about engaging in political activity,” but nonetheless discussed ways to use the company’s power over search as a response to Trump’s proposed travel ban on certain Muslim-dominated countries.

The report follows Breitbart News’ release of a leaked recording of Google’s post-election meeting in 2016. The video shows company executives, including co-founder Sergey Brin and CEO Sundar Pichai, lamenting the election of Trump, and brainstorming ways to ensure that the president’s election and the populist movement were just a “blip” and “hiccup” in history.

Google did not deny the existence of the emails, but insisted that none of the ideas discussed were ever acted upon.

“These emails were just a brainstorm of ideas, none of which were ever implemented,” a company spokeswoman said in a statement. “Google has never manipulated its search results or modified any of its products to promote a particular political ideology—not in the current campaign season, not during the 2016 election, and not in the aftermath of President Trump’s executive order on immigration. Our processes and policies would not have allowed for any manipulation of search results to promote political ideologies.”

Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News. You can follow him on TwitterGab.ai and add him on Facebook. Email tips and suggestions to allumbokhari@protonmail.com.

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Extremism Advances in the Largest Muslim Country

Religious police enforce a Shariah dress code in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, Sept. 10. PHOTO: CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

WSJ, by Benedict Rogers, 

Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim nation, has long stood as a role model for religious pluralism. That’s changing. Political Islam and violent extremism have been taking root in society and may soon do so in the government. President Joko Widodo’s choice of Ma’ruf Amin, a 75-year-old cleric, as his running mate in next year’s election marks an ugly turn for Indonesian politics.

Religious minorities had regarded Mr. Widodo as their defender. His rival, retired general Prabowo Subianto, was expected to play the religion card, questioning the incumbent’s Islamic credentials and building a coalition supported by radical Islamists. By choosing Mr. Amin, the president’s defenders argue, he not only has neutralized the religion factor, but might have prevented it from spilling over into violence against minorities. In office, they believe, Mr. Amin will be contained.

Yet Mr. Subianto is unlikely to be deterred from playing identity politics, and rumors that Mr. Amin is reaching out to radical Islamists for support are troubling. Mr. Amin has a history of intolerance. He signed a fatwa that put a Widodo ally, Jakarta’s former Gov. Basuki Tjahaja “Ahok” Purnama, in jail on blasphemy charges. Ahok, who is Christian and ethnically Chinese, was a symbol of Indonesia’s diversity, and as a popular governor was expected to be re-elected. Instead he lost after rivals told Muslims not to vote for a non-Muslim.

Mr. Amin also signed the anti-Ahmadiyya fatwa in 2005, which led to severe restrictions and violence against the Ahmadiyya, an Islamic sect some Muslims regard as heretical. I met recently with Ahmadis in Depok, a Jakarta suburb, where their mosque is closed. The previous week they were visited by 15 local officials ordering them to stop all activities.

Mr. Amin has been behind other repressive measures, including restrictions on the construction of places of worship, proposals to criminalize homosexuality, support for female genital mutilation and local Shariah laws.

Indonesia’s pluralism has come under increasing threat. Local authorities, under pressure from Islamic extremists, forced hundreds of churches to close. While there have been few closures since Mr. Widodo took office, the Rev. Gomar Gultom, general secretary of Indonesia’s Communion of Churches, says “there has been no justice for old cases.” Authorities continue to misuse blasphemy laws. A Buddhist woman in North Sumatra was jailed for 18 months for asking a mosque to turn down the volume on its loudspeakers.

Last month a foreign scholar who has lived in Indonesia for more than half a century told me of a Muslim man who asked his 12-year-old son what he had learned at school one day. “We learned about kafir”—infidels—his son replied. When the father asked what they had learned, the boy replied: “We learned that they must be killed.”

Last year, in Yogyakarta, a Christian man told me his 15-year-old daughter’s best friend, a Muslim, had told her that they could no longer be friends: “After Ahok’s case, my God does not allow me to be friends with people like you.”

These anecdotes are reinforced by news footage that shows marching children at a kindergarten in east Java, dressed in black robes and face veils, wielding realistic-looking toy rifles, with the theme “Fight with the Messenger of Allah to Increase Faith and Piety.” As Mr. Gultom told me, “The seed of radicalization has spread throughout Indonesia.”

Religious intolerance and terrorism aren’t the same, but as the Wahid Foundation’s Alamsyah M. Djafar told me, “if intolerance increases, the threat of radicalism increases, and that will change the face of Indonesia.” And on May 13 a family of suicide bombers attacked three churches in Surabaya within minutes of each other. The parents strapped explosives onto their daughters, 6 and 8, and their teenage sons. At least 13 people were killed.

Three months later, I visited all three churches. I heard two key messages, which offer some hope for Indonesia. The first was from the victims, and can be summed up in one word: forgiveness. Father Aloysius Widyawan, a priest at Santa Maria Tak Bercela Catholic Church, told me that the consistent message from his parishioners was: “We must love others, we forgive the attackers, we do not want revenge.” One woman who lost two sons, 8 and 12, in the attacks, said: “I have already forgiven the bombers. I don’t want to cry anymore. I know that our Mother Mary also lost her son, Jesus. I forgive.”

The second message was from Muslims who reject extremism. Within hours of the bombings, they came to clear up the wreckage. At Jakarta’s cathedral that evening, two Muslim women arrived at Mass, offering red and white roses, the colors of Indonesia’s flag.

President Trump’s administration has made the promotion of international religious freedom a priority. If it is serious, the U.S. should work to strengthen the voices of moderate Indonesian Muslims. At the same time, Indonesian politicians whose heart is with the defenders of pluralism must stop playing identity politics and stand up to the preachers of hate. If they don’t, Indonesia’s pluralism is in increasing peril, which will have grave consequences beyond Southeast Asia.

Mr. Rogers is East Asia Team Leader at the international human-rights organization CSW and author of “Indonesia: Pluralism in Peril—the Rise of Religious Intolerance Across the Archipelago” (2014).

O’Keefe Video: DOJ Resources Used by Socialist DOJ Employee to Target GOP

PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams, September 19, 2018:

The latest video from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas captures a Department of Justice employee admitting that she does research on the home addresses and license plates of private individuals who are then targeted for loud protests at their homes by socialist demonstrators. Other socialist protesters familiar with the process for discovering home addresses of targets strongly infer that Justice Department LexisNexis accounts are used by a socialist Justice Department employee to identify home address of targets.

The Justice Department employee, Allison Hrabar, organized a loud heckling protest of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen while she ate a private dinner at a D.C. restaurant. Hrabar was able to locate Nielsen on a Tuesday evening last June.

Hrabar and others in O’Keefe’s video boast that they cannot be fired under federal civil service rules.

“There is a lot of talk at work about how we can resist from the inside”

“What’s lucky is that at DOJ we really can’t get fired.”

The video also captures an ex-federal employee boasting that current federal employees mailed her paper copies of confidential Trump administration proposals before they were released so that they could be publicly sabotaged.

Hrabar is shown in the video leading protests by the D.C. Democratic Socialists. One target is a lobbyist for “Core Civic.”  Hrabar admits on the video that a variety of records searches are conducted to locate the targets of her protests. Among the records Hrabar says are relied on are “running license plates,” property records, and looking for bumper stickers “where their kids go to school” outside of potential residences.

Other comrades of Hrabar’s described the process of how Hrabar obtained the information about protest targets. Cliff Green, another Democratic Socialist says on camera:

So Allison is a paralegal, so she, her living is researching people, so she is very good at researching people.  So, they just find the companies, and then the people that run those companies, and then they find their home addresses.  She uses LexisNexis and a couple other software things.

When asked directly by one of O’Keefe’s undercover journalists whether she uses her DOJ LexisNexis account, another comrade of Hrabar’s, Natarajan Subramanian, who appears familiar with her activities and works for the Government Accountability Office, says: “I mean she has used it, she uses it probably on her work computer … we are all walking a line in a lot of ways.”

All DOJ lawyers and paralegals are assigned a LexisNexis account. The Justice Department has a contract with LexisNexis to provide access to various government databases that are not normally available to the general public. Hrabar unquestionably has her own LexisNexis password and account. The Department would, therefore, have a record of her activity on LexisNexis and could readily determine if any of the targets of her protests appeared in any of her searches paid for by the Justice Department.

Makan Delrahim was President Trump’s appointee to head the Antitrust Division where Hrabar works. He has headed the Division since September 2017.

Hrabar is an employee in the Division’s Technology and Financial Services Section. Aaron D. Hoag is the chief of the Section. The Section would (or would decline to) bring enforcement actions against computer companies who make hardware and software, professional associations, banks, and financial service companies. It is unclear whether Twitter, Facebook, and Google would fall within the jurisdiction of the Section where Hrabar works.

Aaron D. Hoag, Hrabar’s supervisor

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“Burn This Book” Exposes Keith Ellison’s Anti-American, Marxist And Islamist Associations and Agenda

Center for Security Policy, September 18, 2018:

BURN THIS BOOK EXPOSES KEITH ELLISON’S ANTI-AMERICAN,

MARXIST AND ISLAMIST ASSOCIATIONS AND AGENDA

Purchase as KindlePaperback or download as a Free PDF.

(Washington, D.C.):  On July 17, 2018, Representative Keith Ellison issued an astonishing – and revealing – public demand that Amazon CEO Jeffrey Bezos submit his company’s printed and digital products to censorship by the discredited Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).  In addition, Ellison called for Amazon to no longer publish works by authors that the SPLC deems to be “haters.” Ellison actually insisted that any such material in their  inventory be destroyed.

The Center for Security Policy is proud to announce the publication of the new book that may have prompted Rep. Ellison to out himself as a book-burner.

In Burn This Book: What Keith Ellison Doesn’t Want You to Know About His Radical Marxist and Islamist Associations and Agenda, author, filmmaker, and national security expert Trevor Loudon has written a carefully documented account of the congressman and would-be Minnesota attorney general’s long history of embracing both of America’s greatest internal threats: Shariah-supremacism and neo-Marxism.

As Mr. Loudon demonstrates, even as Rep. Ellison portrays himself as a patriotic champion of “social justice,” he continues myriad personal and political associations with individuals and groups openly hostile to the U.S. Constitution and Western civilization.

Burn This Book meticulously details Rep. Ellison’s decades-long – and continuing – record of personal involvement with openly anti-American organizations, parties and people. It begins with the congressman’s attraction during his college years to communism and leftist movements.  Then, although Ellison was born and raised a Roman Catholic, as a 19-year-old student at Detroit’s Wayne State University, he converted to Islam and became involved with the viciously anti-Semitic and racist Nation of Islam (NoI).

In due course, Keith Ellison putatively broke with Louis Farrakhan and his NoI organization in favor of extensive and ongoing relationships with many fronts of the jihadist U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. Indeed, Rep. Ellison continues to be a frequent keynote speaker at the fundraisers and conventions of Brotherhood groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Muslim American Society (MAS). The fact that many of these Brotherhood front groups were named in 2008 by the Department of Justice as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation/Hamas terrorism-financing trial appears to be of no concern for Ellison. Shortly after five Holy Land defendants were convicted, the congressman’s hajj to Mecca in December 2008 was paid for by MAS, which describes itself as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States.

Particularly worrisome is the fact that, as the Democratic National Committee’s Vice Chairman, Keith Ellison has also forged close ties with the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s political umbrella group. The USCMO is increasingly intimately affiliated with Turkey’s Brotherhood-tied regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP).  USCMO figures, including Ellison, meet regularly at the Lanham, Maryland Diyanet Center of America, the U.S. hub for Turkish operations in this country. The increasingly aggressive hostility of Erdogan’s Turkey towards this country also appears not to trouble Rep. Ellison.

It is noteworthy that Keith Ellison’s political fortunes have relied heavily on support from the generally Sharia-supremacist Somali immigrant and refugee community in Minneapolis. Ellison’s past and present political campaigns rely on votes from places like “Little Mogadishu” in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, whose residents openly declare their preference for Sharia, Islam’s totalitarian political-military-legal doctrine, over the U.S. Constitution.

A video backgrounder on Rep. Ellison’s radical connections by Trevor Loudon

Trevor Loudon performs a public service by thoroughly documenting the funding and support that Keith Ellison has received from the likes of the Minnesota Communist Party, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the communist Democratic Socialists of America. With a deep understanding of how both the radical leftist and Islamist arms of the “Red-Green axis” have infiltrated U.S. society, Mr. Loudon leads the reader through a thicket of seeming contradictions in Ellison’s life and politics.

Frank J. Gaffney, the Center for Security Policy’s President addressed one such contradiction upon the publication of Burn This Book:

Keith Ellison famously raised his right hand to take the oath of office as a U.S. Representative with his left hand on the Quran. The episode epitomized his troubling record and proclivities. After all, the oath to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” is a solemn pledge to uphold freedoms guaranteed by that document – including, Americans’ freedom of speech and the press. Pursuant to its Article VI, those who so swear must abjure and disavow any other law or set of laws except the Constitution as the supreme law of the land. So, which was the falsehood for Ellison: his words of allegiance to the Constitution, or his left hand on the book that is the primary source for Sharia, Islam’s alien, supremacist and anti-constitutional legal system?

Trevor Loudon’s new monograph could not possibly be more timely or more crucial for Americans whose choices at the ballot box depend on accurate information about the candidates – including what they would rather not advertise. While much of our national security leadership’s attention is, of necessity, focused on challenges from abroad, this book offers insights into arguably equally urgent domestic threats that the Center for Security Policy hopes may be addressed with greater understanding for our leaders and the public alike having the opportunity to read these uncensored pages.

Free PDF of the book: Ellilson_Burn_This_Book

Deep State Unmasked

State Department on Hidden Cam, “Resist Everything,” “I Have Nothing to Lose”

Project Veritas, by James O’Keefe, September 18, 2018:

  • Federal Employee for State Department: “Resist everything… Every level. F**k sh*t up.”
  • Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Embedded in Federal Government Positions, Actively Resisting
  • Stuart Karaffa Does Work for DSA While on Taxpayer’s Dime: “I’m careful about it. I don’t leave a paper trail.”
  • “I have nothing to lose. It’s impossible to fire federal employees.”
  • Ethics Officer Fails to Recognize Breach on Ethics Form: “somebody just rubber stamps it and it goes forward…”

 

UPDATE: 3:48 PM | Project Veritas attorney Benjamin Barr filed a complaint with the Department of State regarding the findings of our video. See the complaint here.

UPDATE: 2:22 PM A Department of State spokesperson issued the following response to an inquiry from The Epoch Times:

“I can confirm Stuart Karaffa is a Management and Program Analyst with the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations.
We take seriously any allegation of a violation of the Hatch Act and financial disclosure rules and are closely reviewing this matter.
This is a personnel matter that we cannot comment on further at this time.”

 

(Washington DC)  Today, Project Veritas released the first installment in an undercover videoinvestigation series unmasking the deep state. This video features a State Department employee, Stuart Karaffa, engaged in radical socialist political activity on the taxpayer’s dime, while advocating for resistance to official government policies. In addition to being a State Department employee Stuart Karaffa is also a ranking member of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America (Metro DC DSA.)

Metro DC DSA is a socialist group that works to advance progressive causes in the metropolitan DC area.

Socialist Activism at the State Department 

Mr. Karaffa’s loyalties seem to be with DSA, not with his employer.

Karaffa told an undercover Project Veritas journalist that he performs DSA activism while at work for the State Department. He explained that he drafts DSA communications while on the job at State Department:

“… I’m careful about it. I don’t leave a paper trail, like I leave emails, and like any press s**t that comes up I leave that until after 5:30. But as soon as 5:31 hits, got my like draft messages ready to send out.”

Karaffa also admits that on behalf of DSA he monitors Virginia political news online while at work:

“You could put two and two together probably. With like web traffic…. So with web traffic, I mean I could make the case before a court of law that- I’m going to the Virginia sort of, campaign finance website- that I’m just interested in what people are doing politically. But if they also go and look at like DSA minutes and like Officer positions they’ll be like, ‘that’s weird, you were the co-chair of the electoral caucus, and you spent three hours on a Virginia campaign finance website.’”

Insufficient Oversight

Karaffa does not believe that he will be caught and punished by the appropriate authorities, saying, “Maybe someday I’ll go to board of elections jail, probably not.”

Karaffa does not seem to be concerned about disciplinary action from the State Department: “I have nothing to lose. It’s impossible to fire federal employees.” When asked if his supervisor at the State Department knows about his activism, Karaffa reveals that “nobody knows” about it.

Some government employees are required to regularly submit disclosure forms to help management identify any potential conflicts of interest that may interfere with job responsibilities. Despite disclosing his political activities and officer positions on his financial disclosure form, Karaffa alleges that:

“… somebody just rubber stamps [the form] and it goes forward… I don’t know if [the ethics officer is] all there. He’s so checked out…”

Resistance

In one exchange, Karaffa’s attitude towards the current administration’s official policies appears to conflict with his duty to be impartial as a State Department employee. Karaffa says:

“Resist everything… Every level. F**k sh*t up.”

Stuart Karaffa is just the first federal government employee that Project Veritas has recorded in an undercover series unmasking the deep state.

“We’ve heard a lot about the Deep State; holdovers from the previous administration resisting change or nameless and faceless bureaucrats slowing things down or leaking secrets in an effort to undermine this administration,” said Project Veritas President James O’Keefe. “What is truly striking is their boldness, they are not afraid.  They are even boastful about a warped reality, where they won’t get caught and can’t get fired even if they did.”

More deep state investigation reports will be released soon.

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A New Color of Censorship from the SPLC

A hate group sets out to coopt major corporations.

Front Page Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield, September 18, 2018:

Reprinted from Amgreatness.com.

Color of Change, a radical leftist group campaigning to censor conservatives and right-leaning groups, exploited the 2015 Charleston church shooting to go after the David Horowitz Freedom Center. The Freedom Center’s investigations had exposed Color of Change, but the leftist group’s campaign to silence the Center briefly succeeded last month.

Bloodmoney,” Color of Change’s smear campaign, seeks to shut down the fundraising abilities of conservative organizations by pressuring credit card companies and payment processors to deny access to conservative groups blacklisted by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Color of Change falsely accuses all of these groups of promoting violence and white supremacy.

Two weeks ago, the group’s pressure campaign successfully misled Mastercard into refusing to process donations for the Freedom Center, until an outcry forced the company to change course. Though the battle may have been won, Color of Change’s censorship campaign continues.

Color of Change’s “Bloodmoney” campaign is a blood libel. The effort falsely links conservative organizations targeted by the SPLC—including some run by African-Americans and Jews—to the Charleston church shooting and the violence in Charlottesville. The leftist group founded by CNN’s Van Jones and funded by George Soros is out to censor conservative organizations by choking off their fundraising.Color of Change’s blood libel accuses credit card companies and payment processors of taking “blood money” and financing “violence” and of complicity in “white supremacist murders” if they process donations for conservative organizations, including the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

“Financial service companies doing business with white supremacists are profiting from hate,” the campaign alleges.

The truth behind the blood libel is that Color of Change is a racialist partisan group trying to cut off financial services to mainstream conservative groups using shameless lies.

The Freedom Center previously had exposed Color of Change’s malicious dishonesty. Its list of “white nationalist groups” appears to be based on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s thoroughly discredited list of hate groups, while excluding black racist groups, such as Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam, from the list. Even so, the list of “white supremacists” that Color of Change had tried to force credit card companies to stop doing business with included a black church, organizations run by Jews, Arabs, and former Muslims, not to mention the American College of Pediatricians.

James Rucker, the executive director and co-founder of Color of Change, is a board member of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Color of Change’s list is just the SPLC wearing political blackface.

Some companies were smart enough not to fall for Color of Change’s censorship scam.

Bloodmoney lists Amazon, Stripe and Discover as not “engaged,” which means those companies aren’t taking orders from an organization founded by Van Jones, who called the 2016 election a “whitelash,” and tarred 62 million Trump voters as racists.

But American Express and Visa are “engaged.” That means Color of Change has an open door to them. And Mastercard, PayPal, Apple Pay are listed as “proactive.” And that proactive censorship is why MasterCard made the mistake of blocking payments to the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

Fueled by Shoddy, Antisemitic Research
Yet the only research that Color of Change presents in its attack on the Freedom Center is one quote that the SPLC, in its haste to score points against political foes, even fails to attribute. And the source of the SPLC’s smear appears to be a recycled Center for American Progress attack on the Center.

That attack, which claimed that a Jewish conspiracy was spreading Islamophobia, was put together by a team that included Matt Duss and Eli Clifton, whose Center for American Progress work was described as “infected with Jew-hatred” by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and led to a rebuke from the Obama White House. CAP also includes Faiz Shakir, who had co-chaired Harvard events that included a Hamas charity front fundraiser, and Wajahat Ali, whose blog had included a defense of Sami Al-Arian, a senior member of Islamic Jihad.

This is the rotten foundation of bigots, extremists, and antisemites upon which Color of Change’s blood libel against the Freedom Center rests. This was why Mastercard cut off the Freedom Center.

Mastercard has since reversed its decision, but the damage has already been done.

The message has been sent that a recycled seven-year-old smear put together by bigots and terrorist sympathizers on behalf of a partisan organization is enough to incite immediate action by a major corporation. Mastercard used “Bloodmoney’s” list to put the Freedom Center on a list of organizations “advocating for violence”.

The partnership of corporations and lefty groups trying to force conservatives off the internet claim that their work is based on research. The only research here consisted of an unsourced claim (because it’s derived from discredited sources) treated as fact with no further diligence.

That’s not only a profound failure. It’s a profound threat.

The Danger at Hand
Conservatives are being censored, deplatformed, banned, demonetized and kicked off services based on the mere word of a leftist group. No actual evidence necessary. The SPLC in June paid $3.375 million in a settlement after falsely accusing a Muslim of being an anti-Muslim activist. It inspired an actual domestic terrorist attack. Yet companies keep taking its word.

Color of Change didn’t even pretend to provide evidence. Mastercard took its word anyway.

Why are Mastercard, PayPal, Apple Pay, Visa and American Express “engaging” with a group whose sole purpose is to censor its political opposition without even providing evidence for its easily disproved lies?

Color of Change also fields Color of Change PAC, which endorses candidates for public office. They share office space and staff. Color of Change PAC-endorsed candidates include Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), a former member of the Nation of Islam racist hate group, whose bigotry has been criticized by the Freedom Center.

Money has poured into the Color of Change PAC from George Soros, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz’s dark money machine, the Accountable Justice Action Fund, MoveOn, Hillary Clinton’s Onward Together, and Color of Change itself.

Many of these were exposed and criticized by the Freedom Center. Silencing the Freedom Center and organizations like it would help Color of Change elect its own slate of candidates. And those of its wealthy partisan backers. That’s why Color of Change wants to take down the Freedom Center.

“White Supremacy” as All-Purpose Cudgel

When Mastercard did the bidding of Color of Change, it provided a partisan advantage to the far Left.

James Rucker, the executive director of Color of Change, started out as the director of grassroots mobilization for MoveOn. He’s also a co-founder of Soros’s Secretary of State Project.

David Horowitz and the Freedom Center long have been critics of Soros and his organizations. Last year, MasterCard announced that it was teaming up with Soros on a “philanthropic” project.

Did this influence Mastercard’s willingness to collaborate with Color of Change, also funded by Soros?

Color of Change is just another one of many interchangeable and intertwined front groups. James Rucker, its executive director, is married to Heidi Hess, a white co-director at CREDO Action. Hess helped found COC and served as its board secretary. Rucker also sits on the board of MoveOn. The organizational structure and finances of Color of Change look strange, but the tiny group wields outsized influence.

Hess led one of the infamous harassment protests outside Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s home. The white and uncivil leftist insisted, “the civility and respectability politics are also just maintaining the institutionalized white supremacy that it is at the core of Trump’s agenda.”

To Hess, civility is white supremacy. To her husband, the Freedom Center, a black church and counterterrorist groups run by Middle Eastern immigrants are also examples of “white supremacy.”

Rucker, Hess, and the rest of the Left recklessly use “white supremacy” as a smear directed at their political opponents and at anything that gets in their way. It’s the responsibility of companies like Mastercard to look beyond the smears of partisan leftists and radical scam artists to get the facts.

Blood libels succeed because companies allow leftist politics to overcome their standards. The Freedom Center won the freedom to fundraise again because it fought for the facts. And when it did, Color of Change’s blood libel quickly fell apart. But the real fight is just beginning. As long as the Southern Poverty Law Center, Color of Change and other partisan groups continue to have an open door into major corporations, the censorship, and the blood libels will go on.

And the Freedom Center will go on fighting them.

“What those of us who care about free speech must do now is form a coalition across party lines and ideologies in defense of free speech. Freedom of speech is the most basic freedom we have because all our other freedoms are dependent on it,” the Freedom Center’s David Horowitz said. “If we cannot preserve freedom of conscience and freedom of speech, we cannot defend any of our freedoms, and we will have lost everything.”

Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib Joins Radical Cast at Muslim Conference

Rashida Tlaib / Rashida Tlaib for Congress

Tlaib was featured guest alongside terrorist defenders and anti-gay extremists

Washington Free Beacon, by Brent Scher September 6, 2018:

Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib was featured at the Islamic Society of North America’s annual conference alongside numerous radical figures, including individuals who have defended terrorist groups, openly called for violence against Israel, and pushed for extreme punishments for homosexuals.

Tlaib will almost certainly be heading to Congress in November as the Democratic candidate in a race without a Republican opponent. She has also expressed radical views on Israel since her primary win, saying she would “absolutely” vote against aid to Israel once in Congress. Tlaib supports the BDS movement to wage economic warfare against Israel and opposesa two-state solution—stances that lost her the endorsement of even liberal J Street, a group highly critical of Israel.

Tlaib was scheduled to appear in multiple sessions of the Islamic Society of North America’s annual conference this past weekend, according to a “tentative” agenda posted by the group, which has been revealed to be part of a network of groups launched by the Muslim Brotherhood to advance its mission in the United States.

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) has worked to separate itself from the Muslim Brotherhood, stating on its website that it is not currently controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood and further that it “rejects all acts of terrorism, including those perpetrated by Hamas, Hizbullah and any other group that claims Islam as their inspiration.”

Tlaib was one of the speakers for a Saturday luncheon where she was scheduled to be joined by Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King and activist journalist Mehdi Hassan, who just this Wednesday defended calling the creating of Israel “racist” and went on to accuse Israel of “ethnic cleansing.”

The Democratic candidate also appears to have been part of a Saturday evening session titled, “Unapologetically Muslim,” with a panel that also included anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour, who warned Muslims during the panel against “humanizing” Israelis, according to audio published Tuesday by the Algemeiner.

Neither Tlaib’s campaign nor ISNA responded to requests for more information on the extent of her participation in the conference and for audio of her speeches during the event.

ISNA came under fire ahead of the conference for disinviting one speaker, Wajahat Ali, an anti-Islamophobia activist whose invitation was rescinded because he “talked to Zionists,” he explained in the Atlantic.

The group has also in recent years rescinded invites to Muslims for Progressive Values and the Human Rights Campaign, which both advocate for LGBT rights and were told by ISNA organizers they “don’t fit in.”

The decisions are not surprising given the extremist speakers on the agenda for this year’s conference, which include Omar Suleiman, an imam who has warned against accepting homosexuality, calling it a “disease” that will “destroy our children.”

Those types of views on homosexuality are common throughout the ISNA guest list. Muzammil Siddiqi, a former ISNA president who was at this year’s conference, has told the San Francisco Chronicle he “supported laws in countries where homosexuality is punishable by death.”

Imam Shamsi Ali, described on ISNA’s site as a “moderate,” recently described homosexuality as an “unbearable plague.”

Tlaib on her campaign website says she’s “an unwavering ally of the LGBTQ community.”

The extreme views at the conference stretch beyond the issue of homosexuality.

Hatem Bazian, who heads radical anti-Israel group American Muslims for Palestine, gave a presentation on “Palestine” with Sarsour. She is perhaps best known for her 2004 call, which can be viewed below, for a violent “intifada” in the United States.

Zahra Billoo, an executive at Council on American-Islamic Relations, who frequently defends terrorist group Hamas and refers to Israel as an “apartheid state,” appears throughout the agenda.

Khalid Griggs, who spoke on the “impact of public Islamophobia” with Billoo, in 2014 called al Qaeda the “presumed perpetrators” of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, complaining that the United States used the attacks to wage war on “legitimate resistance fighters” in the Middle East.

Griggs also launched a petition calling on the Obama administration to pardon Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, better known as former Black Panther H. Rap Brown, who is serving a life-sentence as a convicted cop-killer.

Also associated with the convicted cop killer and on the conference agenda is Suhaib Webb, a Boston imam who held a fundraiser for Brown’s criminal defense fund with infamous 9/11 terrorist leader Anwar al-Awlaki, leading to him being disinvited from an event by former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick (D.).

Yasir Qadhi, who appears frequently throughout the agenda, argued in 2001 that “Hitler never intended to mass-destroy the Jews” and advised his followers to read a “very good book” called Hoax of the Holocaust. He maintained the comments were false in 2008, blaming them on a website he didn’t know was run by a “leading Holocaust-denial organization.”

Tlaib’s campaign did not respond to inquiries into whether it raised any objections to the candidate speaking with other invited guests. Tlaib did not hide her participation in the conference, sharing a post from an attendee saying she received a “well-deserved standing ovation” at the event.

Kyle Shideler, an expert on radical Islam currently working with the Middle East Forum, said the slate of speakers at this year’s ISNA conference is indicative of its ongoing radical shift.

“The speakers attending this year’s ISNA Convention once again remind us that despite their claims to the contrary, ISNA has not strayed far from it’s roots as a Muslim Brotherhood group,” Shideler said, adding that he views it as a mistake for Tlaib to attend. “The notion that any politician would treat ISNA’s annual convention, populated by such speakers, as an acceptable place to meet and greet remains deeply troubling.”

Wajahat Ali wrote in his Atlantic piece that ISNA was “making a long-term mistake for a short-term fix” by giving in to activists who wanted a more radical slate of speakers.