The Astute Bloggers and Hassan Qazwini versus LGF and Captain Yee

From a Conservative blog called The Astute Bloggers, Tuesday, May 20, 2008, Six degrees of Barack Obama — Updated

On May 14 Barack Obama held a private and unpublicized meeting with Imam Hassan Qazwini at Macomb Community College in Michigan.

Qazwini heads the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn. Debbie Schlussel describes Qazwini as the Hezbollah terror group’s foremost agent in America.

Qazwini is very open about his support for Palestinian homicide bombings, HAMAS, and Hezbollah. And he’s a good friend of Hezbollah spiritual leader, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah–the man who issued the fatwa to Hezbollah terrorists to murder over 300 U.S. Marines and U.S. Embassy civilians in cold blood. Qazwini’s mosque has held rallies and celebrations in support of Hezbollah, and many of Hezbollah’s biggest money-launderers and agents in America are his congregants.

Not so Astute Bloggers

An “unpublicized” meeting? That would be the kind that runs in the Detroit Free Press with a photo that the Astute Bloggers used,

Born in Iraq into a long line of Shi’ite clerics, Qazwini and his family left for Iran to escape persecution under the regime of Saddam Hussein. He later moved to the U.S. and become head of the Dearborn mosque, one of the largest Shi’ite Muslim centers in the U.S.

Qazwini has also met several times with President Bush and other elected officials.

The AB link/quote from Conservative blogger Debbie Schlussel without doing the slighest bit of research. There is zero evidence that Qazwini supports Hamas or Hebollah. If this is yet another in the thousands of attempts by the fringe Right to make its case using guilt by association then they might want to explain this,

That’s  Hassan Qazwini in the background.

Bush hugging Hassan Qazwini

Imam Hassan Qazwini was selected to lead a prayer before Congress and has meet with Bush several times including a faith based event at the Whitehouse.

Hurt Porter, Co-Founder, Kidcare
Imam Hassan Qazwini, Islam Center of America
Dr. Willie Richardson, Pastor, Christian Stronghold Baptist Church
Reverend Eugene Rivers
Sister Mary Rose, Covenant House
Denny Rydberg, President and CEO, Young Life
Reverend Mark Scott, Ella J. Barker House
Dr. Jim Skillen, President, Center for Public Justice
Joe Tierney, President, Public/Private Ventures
Stanley Carlson-Thies, Center for Public Justice
Rabbi Abraham Twerski, Gateway Rehab Center

It must be smear Barack Obama day. Ap reports, Ex-Army chaplain cleared in Gitmo spy case is Obama delegate

After spending 76 days in solitary confinement, he was exonerated, resigned from the Army and received an honorable discharge.

A former Army chaplain at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who was cleared of spy accusations will be a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

Former Capt. James J. Yee, a Muslim, was among the delegates pledged to Sen. Barack Obama who were elected by precinct representatives Saturday. He’s representing the state’s 9th Congressional District at the party’s convention in Denver in August.

The West Point graduate was accused in 2003 of being part of a spy ring at the U.S. prison for suspected terrorists in Guantanamo Bay.

The Conservative Little Green Snotballs Footballs responds with Obama Delegate from Washington: Former Gitmo Muslim Chaplain Yee, Tue, May 20, 2008 at 2:37:08 pm PST

The Associated Press is up to their usual tricks with this one. According to our post back on March 20, 2004, Yee was certainly not exonerated or cleared; the charges were dropped, according to Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller, commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, because there were “national security concerns that would arise from the release of the evidence” if the case proceeded.

The reason charges were dropped is because after several tries the Pentagon could find no evidence to support the charges. An obvious and easily checkable fact that LGF decided not to do. Then they cite Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller as their unimpeachable source, General Asserts Right On Self-Incrimination In Iraq Abuse Cases

Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller, a central figure in the U.S. detainee-abuse scandal, this week invoked his right not to incriminate himself in court-martial proceedings against two soldiers accused of using dogs to intimidate captives at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, according to lawyers involved in the case.

The move by Miller — who once supervised the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and helped set up operations at Abu Ghraib — is the first time the general has given an indication that he might have information that could implicate him in wrongdoing, according to military lawyers

Miller was soon given a nice little ribbon by Bush and shown the door to a sudden retirement. Capt. James Yee’s has written about the abuse he witnessed at Gitmo in his book, In New Book Ex-Chaplain at Guantánamo Tells of Abuses

Mr. Yee, 37, is a former Army captain and a West Point graduate who was arrested and imprisoned in 2003 on suspicion of espionage. It was a case that, in the end, proved groundless, to the embarrassment of the Pentagon.

[  ]… Mr. Yee describes how, to extract prisoners from their cells, soldiers used a procedure known as “irfing”: a team in heavy body armor, called an Immediate Reaction Force, would physically subdue the prisoners and remove them from their cells.

He writes that the irfing operations were sometimes needed to control unruly prisoners, but “they were doing it so frequently, so regularly at Guantánamo that I came to believe it was solely to rile the prisoners.”

He says some prisoners were irfed because of such violations as having extra plastic foam cups in their cells; the procedure would later be described as necessary to “retrieve contraband.”

The military has said repeatedly that incidents of abuse have occurred, but that they are isolated and that all accusations are thoroughly investigated.

Maybe it wasn’t smear Barack day, it was a contest between Republican bloggers to see who could twist and falsify the facts to the best bizarrely partisan effect.