The only thing more popular than bashing President Obama on the last day of the Conservative Political Action Conference was national security, especially the hot-button topic of Sharia law, the authoritarian doctrine that inspires Islamists and their jihadism.Several accomplished military, terrorism and national security experts have long asserted that terrorists are covertly using Islamic Sharia law as a non-violent way to destroy the United States. A panel of highly regarded experts reiterated the assessment in a Saturday afternoon CPAC seminar called “The Sharia Challenge in the West.”Former Central Intelligence Agency Director Jim Woolsey, a foreign policy specialist who has worked for both Democratic and Republican administrations, led the intriguing seminar. The United States is, not only at war with terrorists such as Al Qaeda and Hezbollah but also with those who, over the long run, want to impose Sharia law, Woolsey assured.He defined Sharia as a “theocratic dictatorship extremely opposed to democracy” and a movement to “eliminate and destroy western civilization.” The biggest challenge in fighting it is America’s long tradition of tolerance towards all religions, he warned, pointing out that the radical Islamic group Muslim Brotherhood is largely behind the effort to bring Sharia to the U.S.Ironically, Muslim Brotherhood affiliates sponsored a CPAC panel a day earlier to defend Islamic rights, building a mosque at Ground Zero and the overall mission of the group which is known as the parent organization of Hamas and Al Qaeda. Suhail Khan, a controversial figure with connections to Middle Eastern radicals, led the event which at times got heated. A few years ago Khan received an award from an Al Qaeda operative (Abdurahman Alamoudi) and the event was actually recorded in a video.Also on Saturday former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton delivered a scorching afternoon speech on national security, blasting the Obama Administration for not caring about foreign affairs. He spoke mostly of radicalism in the Middle East but also mentioned risks posed by Venezuela’s huge uranium stockpile and close ties to Iran. Minutes after Bolton’s fiery delivery, another panel addressed the threat of nuclear war presented by China and North Korea.Two Judicial Watch seminars tackled the never-ending task to achieve government transparency as a way to root out corruption.An aide to a U.S. Senator offered examples of government waste that were only discovered by scrutinizing public records and a veteran investigative journalist implored attendees to visit the government’s website (usaspending.gov) on spending. “You’ll be amazed at what you find,” he said, suggesting everyone check out “parties” and “alcohol” financed by U.S. taxpayers.CPAC concluded with a keynote address by Florida’s newly elected congressman, Allen West, who was scheduled at the last minute when former Alaska Governor Sara Palin declined the invite. Like many of the conference’s other high-profile speakers—including Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Tim Pawlenty—he energized the crowd by blasting the Obama Administration.
A panel sponsored by sympathizers of a radical Islamic group that advocates terrorism against the west was among the more interesting events at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday in Washington D.C.It stood out because the annual gathering is a sort of powwow for conservative issues and figures, including many high-profile Republicans seeking the presidency. Among this year’s participants are 2012 hopefuls Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Haley Barbour and Tim Pawlenty.More on that later. In an afternoon seminar, Muslim Brotherhood supporters and sympathizers promoted Islamic tolerance in a two-hour event called “The Importance of Faith and Religious Liberty.” The Muslim Brotherhood is an influential group that advocates terrorism against Israel and the west and is known as the parent organization of Hamas and Al Qaeda. Just last fall a bipartisan group of military, terrorism and national security experts determined theMuslim Brotherhood presents a threat to the nation’s security. Yet there it was at the nation’s largest gathering of conservatives. The session wassponsored by Muslims for America, which advocated building the Ground Zero mosque in New York. The religious liberty panel’s moderator, Suhail Khan, is a controversial figure with connections to Middle Eastern radicals. In fact, Khan received an award from an Al-Qaeda operative (Abdurahman Alamoudi) and the event was recorded in a video.Khan snapped back every time a conference attendee challenged him on the connection between Islam and terrorism, assuring that “Islam is a religion of peace.” He chastised one man for referring to Muslims as “them” and Americans as “us” and refused to enter into details about his ties to terrorists.In nearby ballrooms, top Republicans delivered passionate speeches that pumped up the estimated 11,000 attending the three-day event. Romney, who created a disastrous state health insurance system as Massachusetts governor, took the podium in the morning, delivering a witty speech littered with jokes mostly aimed at President Obama. Hours later Pawlenty, Minnesota’s former governor, took the stage with a few good lines of his own, also directed at the commander-in-chief.The conference concludes Saturday with a closing speech by Florida’s newly elected congressman, Allen West. Judicial Watch will host two panels in the morning focusing on government transparency.
Much of the Conservative Political Action Conference’s mainstream media coverage focuses on this year’s Washington D.C. convention as a stage for Republican presidential candidates to launch their 2012 campaign but the reality is that the annual event offers lots more than partisan politics.The gathering of the nation’s most prominent and influential conservatives also addresses crucial issues, including illegal immigration, gun rights, terrorism and government transparency. In fact, Judicial Watch will hold a panel focusing on the federal public records law known as the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) on Saturday. A separate Judicial Watch presentation, also on Saturday, will focus on the “government gone wild” under the Obama Administration.Other presentations during the three-day conference will cover the leftwing campaign to reshape the federal judiciary, energy efficiency, abortion, healthcare, media and pop culture, education, labor and the threat of Sharia law—the authoritarian doctrine that inspires Islamists and their jihadism. High-profile speakers include presidential contenders Mitt Romney (former Massachusetts governor), Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.Millionaire business magnet Donald Trump stole the show Thursday afternoon with a surprise appearance before an overflow crowd at the convention’s main ballroom. The unannounced speech drew heavy applause and, at times, loud boos. Trump said he’s considering running for president, but won’t decide until June. He blasted the Obama Administration, saying that the U.S. has become the “whipping boy for the world” and is quickly transforming into the “laughingstock of the world.”Earlier in the day Gingrich, who served as House Speaker during the Clinton Administration, called for the abolishment of the Environmental Protection Agency, referring to the bloated federal agency as “top down” and “bureaucratic.” Iowa Congressman Steve King called for repealing Obamacare, which he called a “malignant tumor” that must not be allowed to metastasize.Bachmann, a Tea Party star, opened the conference with a fiery morning speech announcing that President Obama has “ushered in socialism.” Amid boisterous cheers, she pointed out that “socialism kills job creation. The only jobs that are being created are in government.”Friday’s itinerary will feature Romney, Georgia Congressman Tom Price and Hollywood actor Stephen Baldwin addressing conservative pop culture. Border security, abortion and the media will be among the topics covered in presentations throughout the day.
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- Saturday 10:00 AM Panel:
Government Gone Wild: The Transparency Cure — Marshall Ballroom
Joelle Cannon, Office of Senator Tom Coburn
Chris Edwards, Cato Institute
Mark Tapscott, Washington Examiner
Moderator: Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch
- Saturday 11:00 AM Seminar:
Compelling Transparency through the Freedom of Information Act — Jackson Room
Instructor: Chris Farrell, Dir. Investigations & Research
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- Corruption Chronicles blogger Irene Garcia will be working live from CPAC 1 PM Thursday thru Saturday 12 PM
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