It’s not just Bill Ayers…
In October 2010 FBI agents raided the homes of far left activists in Chicago and Minneapolis who were linked to the Marxist FARC terrorists and Islamic radicals as part of a terrorism investigation.
Hatem Abudayyeh is the executive director of the Arab American Action Network (AAAN). Hatem Abudayyeh has been with the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) since 1999, and was appointed Executive Director in 2003. The Arab American Action Network was founded by former PLO operative and close Obama family friend Rashid Khalidi. Obama was a director of the Woods Fund from 1994 through 2001, when the board approved a $40,000 grant to the Arab American Action Network.
In 2003 Barack Obama was an honored guest at a dinner sponsored by the AAAN for former PLO-operative Rashid Khalidi. During the dinner a video was taken that shows Barack Obama celebrating with members of this Palestinian group who are openly hostile towards Israel. Barack Obama even gave a toast to a Rashid Khalidi at this going away party. The LA Times will not release the video from this Jew-bashing dinner.
Not only was Hatem Abudayyeh’s radical organization given $40,000 by Barack Obama and the Woods Fund but his organization also collected nearly half a million in taxpayer money.
The Obama Administration invited Abudayyeh to the White House last year.
Stanley Kurtz at The Corner reported this week that the FBI is still investigating this radical Obama associate:
Today’s Washington Post features a story by Peter Wallsten (the reporter who obtained the Obama-Khalidi video tape) noting that, under the direction of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, the FBI is investigating prominent peace activists and labor organizers for possible ties to terrorism. According to Wallsten, some of the investigation’s targets include “Chicagoans who crossed paths with Obama when he was a young state senator.” This includes, for example, according to Wallsten, Hatem Abudayyeh, executive director of the Arab American Action Network, founded by Rashid Khalidi. (I tell the story of Obama’s ties to AAAN here.) According to the search warrants, investigators are tracking possible “material support” for “Columbian and Palestinian groups designated by the U.S. government as terrorists.” Wallsten suggests that the probe might be awkward for Obama, given his need for support from some of the leftist and labor groups involved.
This is just an investigation, of course, and all so-called targets should be presumed innocent. Also, the activists themselves are crying foul, with the help of close Obama ally, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL). It’s important to protect the right of political dissent. At the same time, support for terrorism is a legitimate target of investigation.