Monday, November 30, 2009

The Audacity of the down low. White House crashers have shady past

It now appears that the couple who "crashed" the White House festivities may well have had their names on the guest list, after all.
(Update: Skip to that last link down there. It appears that this oportunistic duo probably never had a proper invite)
According to a number of sources, Tareq Salahi -- the polo-playing intruder, is a Palestinian nationalist with ties to the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP).
That has placed him in close proximity to Rashid Khalidi, the professor from Columbia University who Obama befriended and partied with at an Israeli-bashing party in 2003? Salahi was also a member of the board of directors of the ATFP( American Task Force on Palestine - an openly pro-Palestine, Anti-Israeli group).

We also need to mention that ATFP President Ziad Asali is an America-basher who blamed 9/11 on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. It is also noteworty that ATFP has removed Tareq Salahi from its website's board of directors page upon the news of his budding new fame.

White House officials have consistently maintained that even though the pair got into the state dinner without an invitation, they did have to go through all the metal detectors that everyone passes through when entering the White House. One can ask what has changed since 30 or 40 years ago. The sad answer is that ANTHRAX, SERIN, ECT. doesn't leave a signature on metal detectors. One really doesn't need to strap on hardware to do even more harm to the President and staff than a full banana clip would have done. A single manila envelope in a breast pocket would have done the job.

So, who initiated this breach of security? Oh, I have no doubt that the WH will hang a lowly Secret Service Agent out to dry...but I believe that in reality, the President was put between a rock and a hard place. He did not want to alienate such great supporters (think money here - I doubt he really gives a crap about either of these turds personally)...or he could either overtly invite the couple, and face the criticism of those who would no doubt trace the Salahi's history with known terrorists, or he could do it covertly (and with plausible deniability)with a ready scapegoat to be the fall guy if it went bad.(which it did.)

More reading
More reading

Update: The picture of the Salahis with Obama has been touted as being taken in 2008,as it was posted on the Polo Contacts Website–
but a reader named Bennett e-mailed the Gateway Pundit the following:
"I searched for proof the picture was from 2005 without any luck–until I realized the proof is from the Polo site itself.
Right click on the image and save it: the current name of that file is: ROCKTHEVOTEJune82005014.jpg"

Update: In what appears to be support for the train of thought that this was the administration's problem once they'd figured out that the press had figured out who these people were...they began to backpeddle and had to lay the blame at the feet of the Secret Service....(good luck with getting adequate protection should you need it from this day forward)
The WaPo reports: "Several people familiar with the Jones-Salahi correspondence, including some who requested anonymity because it's part of an ongoing investigation, said the e-mails support the Salahis' case that they were cleared to attend Tuesday night's gala." Jones is, of course, the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense and the Pentagon-based liaison to the White House. And, quite naturally, she just went into CYA mode, too.

Update: The WhiteHouse refuses to have this cleared up. They will not send the social secretary to testify. Must not have a lot of faith in her when the grilling starts.

Update: Loudoun Times Mirror does a back story on these two...
And HERE is the motherload of proof that this isn't recent behavior by these two.


commoncents said...

Excellent Post! I really like your blog - keep up the excellent work!

Common Cents

The Bulletproof Monk said...

Love yours, too!!!
Great stuff there. And SOMEBODY has to report this stuff, right?
I mean the liberal media ain't gonna touch it!!
Thanks for stopping by. I'm thinking I'll add you on the reading list.