- The Washington Times - Monday, June 24, 2002

When President Bush nominated Robert Mueller to become FBI director last summer, the choice received glowing praise from Democrats and Republicans alike. But patience with Mr. Mueller must be wearing thin now that he has accepted an invitation to deliver a June 28 address to the American Muslim Council (AMC), a defender of terrorist organizations.
FBI spokesman Bill Carter says that Mr. Mueller accepted the invitation because the bureau regards the AMC as "the most mainstream Muslim group in the United States." Yet, despite its efforts to cultivate an image of moderation, a careful look at the public record shows that the AMC is anything but. Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes, for example, noted recently that longtime AMC director Abdurahman Alamoudi made the following declaration at a rally outside the White House two years ago: "We are all supporters of Hamas. Allahu Akhbar. I am also a supporter of Hezbollah." This sort of extremism persuaded Mr. Bush to return Mr. Alamoudi's $1,000 contribution to his 2000 presidential campaign.
In the wake of September 11, Mr. Bush ordered that an organization known as the Holy Land Foundation be shut down for collecting money "used to support the Hamas terror organization." In a Jerusalem Post op-ed last week, Mr. Pipes wrote that the Holy Land Foundation has been "one of the main conduits of money to Hamas; not surprisingly, the AMC has lavished praise on it, bestowing an award on it for a 'strong global vision.' " After Mr. Bush shut down that organization, the AMC responded by denouncing the president's decision as "disturbing … unjust and counterproductive." So, instead of giving legitimacy to such a group by choosing it as a lunchtime companion, Mr. Mueller would do well to follow the advice of Mr. Pipes and "put the organization under surveillance, ascertain its funding sources, look over its books, and check its staff's visa status."
Unfortunately, Mr. Mueller probably won't do any of this unless he is pressured to do so. Time and time again during the war on terror, Mr. Mueller chose the bureaucratically "safe" path of hewing to political correctness over decisive action to defend Americans' most important civil liberty: the right to be protected from the terrorist sociopaths who murdered close to 3,000 of their fellow citizens on the morning of September 11. He reacted dismissively when asked about the need to reform of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act so that the FBI could have investigated suspected terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui prior to September 11. Appearing earlier this month before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr. Mueller grovelled when liberal ideologues like Sen. Russell Feingold demanded that he condemn the commonsense use of "profiling" (in other words, tighten the security screws on Middle Eastern men at airports).
At a minimum, Mr. Bush should sit Mr. Mueller down and read him the riot act about lunching with Hamas and Hezbollah supporters like the American Muslim Council.

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