imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Arnold Schwarzenegger does fundraiser for Congressman with former ties to al-Qaeda

by Trixx Friday, Jan. 30, 2004 at 7:17 PM

Governor Groper will be in Huntington Beach tommorrow night to do a fundraiser for a Congressman with former ties al-Qaeda. So much for patriotism.

Arnold Schwarzenegge...
lgsm21news4.jpg, image/jpeg, 400x315

Jan. 30 - Feb. 5, 2004

Terrorist Blackout

Dailies give Rohrabacher a pass on al-Qaeda ties

by R. Scott Moxley

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher tells voters he's adamantly pro-life, but he accepted contributions from one of the nation's most prolific abortion doctors. He describes himself as a fearless political warrior, but he avoided military service in Vietnam. He calls opponents weak on national defense, but he quietly lobbied the Clinton administration to ease export controls that allowed the People's Republic of China to receive sensitive U.S. missile technology. He backed a six-year term limit for congressmen early in his career, but he now seeks his 17th and 18th years in Washington, D.C. He tells younger audiences he's a hip, surfing libertarian with a wild history, including illegal drug use. To conservatives, he plays a Christian crusader hell-bent on protecting Boy Scout values.

But those inconsistencies aren't as troubling as Rohrabacher's mysterious relationship with three men arrested or under federal investigation for suspected ties to Osama bin Laden's worldwide terrorist network.

The congressman, who represents Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Seal Beach and portions of Long Beach, is fascinated with Arab culture, has little but contempt for Israeli power and engages in combat politics. He often berates critics in rambling telephone messages or lengthy, hostile missives on congressional letterhead. He has even attempted to quell rumors of a nontraditional past by pointing to his current marriage (with campaign manager Rhonda Carmony) and angrily proclaiming he's "not gay." Just ask the congressman if he's a ladies' man, and he might tell you stories about picking up women in bars when he was single.

But Rohrabacher is speechless when it comes to explaining his friendships with Abdulwahab Alkebsi, Khaled Saffuri and Abduraham Alamoudi. On Jan. 16, an elated Rohrabacher entered a Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce mixer looking for easy votes. Bob Dornan -- his March primary challenger -- wasn't invited. But Rohrabacher's joy turned to dread. Attendees held copies of a Dec. 25 OC Weekly exposé that used federal ethics-disclosure reports, contribution files, criminal indictments and search warrants as well as conservative media sources to detail Rohrabacher's longtime ties to the suspected terrorists. According to Yvonne Wachter, a district resident who attended the meeting, "Everybody was either holding or reading the article" and the congressman looked "frantic."

Rohrabacher may be able to explain why the terrorism suspects are his contributors, travel companions and dinner partners. But he's not telling. I've recently spent more than two hours on the telephone pleading unsuccessfully with his advisers to unravel, for example, the Alamoudi-Rohrabacher relationship.

Over the years, Alamoudi and his associates have handed the congressman more than ,500 in campaign contributions and paid for several trips to the Middle East. He's also given Rohrabacher awards for political service to Arab causes before Sept. 11. In September, U.S. agents arrested Alamoudi after he allegedly accepted from Libyan and al-Qaeda terrorists a briefcase stuffed with 0,000. A Jan. 14 Boston Herald investigation further disclosed Alamoudi's ties to Taibah International Aid Association, which is now the subject of two federal cases involving the international financing of terrorism. The paper also linked Alamoudi to Osama bid Laden's nephew, Abdullah bin Laden, as well as to two of the Sept. 11 terrorists who hijacked United Flight 77 and crashed it into the Pentagon.

All of that may have been on Rohrabacher's mind during the chamber mixer. Before he spoke, a female congressional staffer attempted to confiscate the Weekly article from startled onlookers. "Don't read that!" she said as she grabbed more than a dozen copies. After telling a few jokes that drew negligible reaction, the congressman wiped away any doubts about his re-election strategy: stall.

Rather than explain his relationship with the suspects, Rohrabacher -- who has refused interview requests on the subject -- employed a tired spin. He asserted that the Weekly had invented its facts. "He was very angry that people saw the story," said Wachter. "And he said we shouldn't believe a paper that is funded solely by pornographers." At the end of his remarks, the congressman quickly departed without taking a single question.

Rohrabacher's strategy could work. Although it's clear he most fears mainstream coverage of his terrorist connections, Orange County Register reporters are pretending the big controversy in the race is medical marijuana. So far, both the Register, where the congressman once worked as an editorial writer, and the Orange County bureau of the Los Angeles Times, which often uses Rohrabacher pal Jean Pasco to cover politics, have ignored the terrorist scandal.

The most recent evidence of this purposeful blindness was committed by Register political reporter Dena Bunis. On Jan. 19, Bunis delighted Rohrabacher by portraying him as a victim in the race and claimed he won't debate Dornan because of the drug issue. (The congressman is also floating the self-serving and vague idea that Dornan plans to attack his wife.)

But the drug issue no longer haunts Rohrabacher the way it once might have; he's acknowledged on several occasions that, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, he not only smoked pot, but also inhaled and enjoyed it.

No, what his handlers fear -- and what the local dailies have failed to report -- is what Dornan has announced is the No. 1 campaign issue: Rohrabacher's ties to Alkebsi, Saffuri or Alamoudi.

"This is a one-issue campaign," said Dornan's son Mark, a veteran of numerous political races. "And Dana's been getting a free ride from the Times and Register. Why can't they just tell the truth? If the Republican faithful knew about the car wreck that is Rohrabacher and his terrorist buddies, heads would roll."

The dailies may not be able to hide the story much longer. Rohrabacher has scheduled a Jan. 30 ,000-per-plate fund-raiser featuring Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The event could raise 0,000 to bury Dornan's likely campaign attacks on Rohrabacher's terrorist ties. But a group calling itself Friends of Israel is organizing a protest rally against Rohrabacher from 5 to 7 p.m. in front of the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach.

Report this post as:

Local News

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

What does the Quran Say About Islamic Dress?? A21 4:15PM

Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée A20 11:22AM

The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion A20 7:14AM

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges A09 4:18AM

Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes A08 10:33PM

Amy Goodman interview on cell phone safety A08 10:29PM

Mesa, Arizona police officer kills unarmed white man A08 9:50PM

Israeli leaders should be prosecuted for war crimes A08 9:48PM

Paraphysique de l'autorité A08 12:11AM

Two Podcasts on fbi corruption A06 10:13PM

Fbi assassins assault & try to kill DAVID ATKINS A06 7:29PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy