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Why does this news, albeit not new-according to their website when they created it, not surprise me. It actually explains alot, doesn't it?  We knew Jihad-Joe Lieberman was on his mission and "cause", and I had some other ideas about why Schumer was willing to stick his neck so far out for Jihad Joe, but I thought it was more about the DLC.

"The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) is the only nonpartisan policy institute dedicated exclusively to promoting pluralism, defending democratic values, and fighting the ideologies that drive terrorism.

FDD was founded shortly after 9/11 by a group of visionary philanthropists and policymakers to engage in the worldwide war of ideas and to support the defense of democratic societies under assault by terrorism and Militant Islamism.

FDD uniquely combines policy research, democracy training, strategic communications, and investigative journalism. We focus our efforts where opinions are formed and, ultimately, where the war of ideas will be won or lost: in the media, on college campuses, and in the policy community, at home and abroad."

After Downing Street broke the news for us.

To quote a few lines

"We are reading only about 24 arrests today. If we were already in the heralded antiwar world of Ned Lamont and the war-against-the-war crowd, it could be much different. We could just as easily be reading about ten jumbo jets exploded out of the sky. Or 3,000 murdered innocents -- mostly American and British citizens.

Reality has once again inconveniently burst the antiwar, anti-security, anti-American balloon, just as the November victory ballrooms were being booked.

Just as central casting was whipping the articles of impeachment into shape. The high crimes and misdemeanors of George W. Bush include: hunting down terrorists, detaining them, interrogating them, penetrating their communications, and following their money.

These damn jihadists just won't cooperate. Can't they read the polls?

As British authorities continue trying to round up around 50 -- fifty! -- mostly homegrown Muslim militants who were attempting to execute over the Atlantic the very plan master terrorists Ramzi Yousef and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed nearly pulled off over the Pacific a dozen years ago, it's worth reminding the triumphalist antiwar Left of an important point."

There is nothing like exaggeration is there, 24 men have been arrested, and they are looking for a couple of men in Pakistan, how does that become 50? Wishful thinking, and I would like to point out, that the British did this with police and Intelligence services, not with 130,000 troops in the field.

So we appear to have a replacement group for PNAC and the names are not that shocking but a few are. Senator Schumer why is your name here" Are you anti-Lamont and part of the we don't want the Anti-war democrats to win this fall group? Exactly what is your position, are you taking Liebermans place as Bush's favorite Democrat?

Here is the list of members and associates, you can decide for your self, what this is about, me I have a good idea, along with a "new middle east" we are getting a new "PNAC" and here is the opening salvo.


Board of Directors

Steve Forbes
Board Member
CEO Forbes Magazine
Dr. Jeane J. Kirkpatrick
Board Member
Fmr. Ambassador to the UN

Jack Kemp
Chairman Emeritus
Fmr. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Distinguished Advisors

Judge Louis J. Freeh
Fmr. Director of the FBI
**Sen. Joseph Lieberman*
U.S. Senate

Newt Gingrich
Fmr. Speaker of the House
R. James Woolsey
Fmr. Director of the CIA

Board of Advisors

Gary Bauer
American Values
Charles Jacobs
American Anti-Slavery Group

Donna Brazile
Campaign Manager
Gore 2000
Charles Krauthammer
Syndicated Columnist

Rep. Eric Cantor
Chairman (R-VA)
Task Force on Terrorism
Bill Kristol
Weekly Standard

Rep. Eliot Engel
U.S. House of Representatives
Hon. Richard D. Lamm
Fmr. Governor

Rep. Mark Foley
U.S. House of Representatives
Rep. Jim Marshall
U.S. House of Representatives

Frank Gaffney
Center for Security Policy
Sen. Zell Miller
U.S. Senate

Amb. Marc Ginsberg
Fmr. Ambassador
Richard Perle
Former Chair of the Defense Policy Board and FDD Advisor

Rep. J.D. Hayworth
U.S. House of Representatives
*Sen. Charles E. Schumer**
U.S. Senate

Senior Fellows

Khairi Abaza
Middle East and Democracy Expert
Barbara Newman
Investigative Reporter and Author

Avi Jorisch
Terrorism Expert
Dr. Walid Phares
Terrorism Expert

Samer Libdeh
Middle East and Democracy Expert
Victoria Toensing
Fmr. Chief Counsel to Sen. Intelligence Committee

Andrew C. McCarthy
Legal Commentator, Terrorism Expert

Adjunct Fellows

Dr. Jonathan Adelman
University of Denver
Michael I. Krauss
Professor of Law
George Mason University School of Law

Dr. Mohammed Akacem
Metropolitan State College of Denver
Agota Kuperman
U.S. Foreign Service (ret.)

Richard Z. Chesnoff
Dr. J. Peter Pham
Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs
James Madison University

Paul Crespo
Former Marine Corps Officer and Military Attaché
Jess Sadick
Terrorism Specialist
U.S. government

Tanya Gilly
Member of the Iraqi National Assembly
Dr. Frederic Smoler
Sarah Lawrence College

Orde Kittrie
Law Professor
Arizona State University
Jan Ting
Law Professor
Temple University

Originally posted to LindainCinci on Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 08:54 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Usual Suspects (6+ / 0-)

    This reads like a right-wing "usual suspects" list.  What is Schumer doing on there?

    Laffey for Rhode Island Senate

    by bink on Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 08:45:41 AM PDT

  •  Law Enforcement Officers (1+ / 0-)
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    Who are truly public servants rather than self-serving political windbags, get the credit. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the sturm and drang of those who would fight "Islamo-Fascism" with their own brand of lawless power.

    9/11 + 4 Years = Katrina... Conservatism Kills.

    by NewDirection on Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 09:08:42 AM PDT

  •  Louis Freeh (1+ / 0-)
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    Seems to be popping up all over Delaware lately.

    drink dogfish head "english, however, is a slow and fickle tongue" - bill bryson

    by teachenglish on Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 09:10:13 AM PDT

  •  You know (3+ / 0-)
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    ybruti, mattes, blueoasis

      Talking about "Militant Islamism" is just as offensive as talking about "Militant Judaism".  You cannot make your enemy an entire religion.

      The problem is not and has never been Islam as a religion.  The problem is fundamentalist politicians who highjack whatever religion is locally popular in order to gain popularity and prestige, and use it as a means of controlling their followers through supernatural fears.

     But these fundamentalist politicians are everywhere in every religion.  And they are not defined by being Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist; they are defined by being fundamentalists.  And the essence of fundamentalism is the abuse of religion to support authoritarian politics.  But the American right wing wants to obscure this basic point because it indicts them as well as the Usamahs, the Omars, and the Nasrallahs of the world.

    •  slouching towards Bethlehem... (1+ / 0-)
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      equals lurching to the right.  The guise is unimportant.  The results are always mind-numbing and violent.  Yeats knew it all and won a Nobel prize for saying it.  Now he'd be disparaged.  Hope we wake up before it's too late, otherwise we'll be whispering formal iambic pentameters into the exploding sky.

      Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night.

      by Glorfindel on Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 09:31:04 AM PDT

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  •  Zionist front organization. (1+ / 0-)
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    Slap it. Shoot it. Kaboot it.

    by adios on Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 09:24:51 AM PDT

    •  Engel (0+ / 0-)

      If Elliot Engel is on there, you can be sure of it.

      The Republicans. The party of fear and smear.

      by Paleo on Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 09:35:32 AM PDT

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    •  From link: (1+ / 0-)
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      In early 2001, a tightly knit group of billionaire philanthropists conceived of a plan to win American sympathy for Israel’s response to the Palestinian intifada. They believed that the Palestinian cause was finding too much support within crucial segments of the American public, particularly within the media and on college campuses, so they set up an organization, Emet: An Educational Initiative, Inc., to offer Israel the kind of PR that the Israeli government seemed unable to provide itself.

      At first, Emet floundered, without an executive director or a well-defined mission. But that changed after Sept. 11, and Emet changed too, into what is now the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. The name is different, but the goal of influencing America’s opinion-forming classes remains.

      Emet became the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies thanks in large part to Clifford May, FDD’s president and an old hand at the spin game. From 1997 to 2001 he was the Republican National Committee’s director of communications. Before that he was a journalist—associate editor of the Rocky Mountain Daily News and earlier a reporter and Africa bureau chief for the New York Times. May’s vice president, Nir Boms, similarly has a background well suited to the group’s operations. Boms was an academic liaison for the Israeli Embassy in Washington and has served in the Israeli Defense Forces. He came to the group even before May, as Emet’s first hire.

      The foundation’s activities under May and Boms have been more ambitious than those of the typical think tank. FDD has targeted its advertising campaigns very carefully, with the television ads that ran in Washington and a print campaign directed specifically at the Hamptons. Hollywood has been considered as another potential target, and the foundation has even discussed using country music as a means to win over the American heartland to FDD’s point of view.

      In light of this month's happenings, it seems Irsael wants to be the "only" democracy in the middle east.

      And if peace did manage to break out in the ME, Israel might have to give up that 2.25 billion military aids package.

      Very interesting group these people are. We continue to peel bad the rotten onion.

      If Iraq and Lebanon are defensive wars, I'd hate to see an offensive one. If USA attacks Iran, Israel is toast.

      by mattes on Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 09:38:37 AM PDT

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      •  These people are truely (2+ / 0-)
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        pernicious. There should be a thorough investigation, sort of like mafia investigation.

        •  Donors: (0+ / 0-)

          What makes all of this possible is the support the foundation receives from its billionaire backers. Its nearly $3 million annual budget comes from 27 major donors, most of whom are members of “the Study Group”—also sometimes called the “Mega Group” because of their sizeable contributions—a semi-formal organization of major Jewish philanthropists who meet twice a year to discuss joint projects.

          The group’s membership includes, among others, U.S. Healthcare founder Leonard Abramson, New York financier Michael Steinhardt, Seagrams patriarch and Jewish World Congress president Edgar S. Bronfman Sr. and his brother Charles, and Lynn Schusterman, widow of Oklahoma oilman Charles Schusterman. Some of the group’s projects have been establishing and funding Birthright Israel, which provides Jewish youths with free travel to the Holy Land; a synagogue restoration program called STAR (Synagogue Transformation and Renewal); and the renovation and re-invigoration of Hillel, the Jewish campus chaplaincy. More than a few of these projects have generated controversy among some American Jews, who see this small group of mega-donors exercising considerable influence over Jewish-American affairs. But for all the debate that has attended some of these projects, none before has been as overtly political as Emet or FDD.

          Emet was to have close ties to the Israeli government as well—so close, in fact, that there was some dispute between the mega-donors and the Israeli Foreign Ministry over just whose project this was. On March 9, 2001, three days before Emet’s articles of incorporation were filed in New York, the Forward reported that “A[n Israeli] Foreign Ministry source leaked news of the initiative—called ‘Emet,’ or ‘truth,’ in Hebrew —to Israel Radio, portraying the effort as a Foreign Ministry project that the Americans were trying to co-opt.” According to the Forward, the mega-donors were quick to assert their control in a letter to the Foreign Ministry, saying in part, “Either the Ministry will be part of the project or the Ministry will be left out.”

          snip...the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies—was already looking to recruit Jack Kemp and Jeane Kirkpatrick, two future FDD board members, to “speak out on Israel’s behalf.”

          Money was still coming in from the mega-donors. Edgar Bronfman and Michael Steinhardt, together with Home Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus, each gave the organization $250,000 in 2002. (Bronfman and Marcus gave their money directly; Steinhardt’s contribution came through the Judy and Michael Steinhardt Foundation.) Leonard Abramson, Charles Bronfman, and Lynn Schusterman each gave $100,000 or more individually or through personal foundations, as did several other major donors associated with the Study Group. Dalck Feith, father of Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith, also gave $100,000. The foundation’s revenue in 2002 came to $2.9 million.
          For all that, one will not find anyone speaking in behalf of Palestinian complaints against Israel at FDD.

          Not a big budget, but alot of influence.

          If Iraq and Lebanon are defensive wars, I'd hate to see an offensive one. If USA attacks Iran, Israel is toast.

          by mattes on Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 10:01:07 AM PDT

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  •  anti the wrong war (0+ / 0-)

    "We are reading only about 24 arrests today. If we were already in the heralded antiwar world of Ned Lamont and the war-against-the-war crowd, it could be much different. We could just as easily be reading about ten jumbo jets exploded out of the sky. Or 3,000 murdered innocents -- mostly American and British citizens.

    Reality has once again inconveniently burst the antiwar, anti-security, anti-American balloon, just as the November victory ballrooms were being booked.

    Now you see, this kind of crap is pissing me off. We're not "anti-war", we're "anti the wrong war". I don't know what it's going to take to get through that Iraq has nothing to do with the war on terror, and Bush-Cheney-Lierberman are lying every time they claim that it does.

    I'd like to think that the last thing that went through the warden's mind, besides that bullet, was how did Andy get the best of him. The Shawshank Redemption

    by William Domingo on Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 09:30:04 AM PDT

  •  What a putrid collection (1+ / 0-)
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    The Republicans. The party of fear and smear.

    by Paleo on Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 09:34:53 AM PDT

  •  Needs to be recommended. (0+ / 0-)

    If Iraq and Lebanon are defensive wars, I'd hate to see an offensive one. If USA attacks Iran, Israel is toast.

    by mattes on Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 10:03:12 AM PDT

  •  Here's what they're up to... (1+ / 0-)
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    "....the reality is that right-wing wealthy neoconservatives whose pet project is Israel are the ones who are forcing the Democrats to the right.  After 9/11, a special breed of incredibly wealthy coastal elites that I call 'Bloomberg Democrats' after their desire to have Michael Bloomberg run on a third party 'Presidential unity' ticket went sharply to the right in their foreign policy thinking.  Lieberman is part of this group, always supportive of Israeli hawkishness, but whose fearful instincts were unleashed by 9/11.  Torture, lies, dead soldiers, a collapse of American moral authority - all of these pale in comparison to Islamofascism, but it's cool, because they are pro-choice and made a lot of money.  That's the type.

    "While originally distinct from the main branch of neoconservatives whose focus was Iraq, the Bloomberg Democrats have gradually conflated their sympathies towards Israel with a bloody desire to get rid of the American 'honest broker' status in the Middle East, and have become fully integrated into the neoconservative mainstream.  While once they were just pro-Israel as I am, like many progressive Jews I moved left, while Bloomberg Democrats have graduated to become full-fledged neoconservative sociopaths.  Even as the Israeli public itself is no longer particularly enthusiastic about its Lebanese incursion, AIPAC's hold on Congress prevents any real discussion of American Israeli interests in any context but that of Israel getting 100% blind support for anything it wants to do, even if what it wants to do is spy on America.  It's the 'with us or against us' mindset.

    This neocon PAC money is incredibly pervasive among both parties, and that it's now being used to push Bolton significantly changes the battle lines of his renomination.  Israel wasn't a factor in Bolton's first nomination; now Bolton and Israel are seen as the same thing, and the AIPAC neocons have moved in their artillery behind his nomination.  Schumer's amazingly successful DSCC fundraising has come at least in some part from this neoconservative money, and Senator Clinton is making  the rounds.  Her latest fundraiser was with Norpac, a neoconservative Israel-focused PAC that has lent support to Bush/Cheney '04, Rick Santorum, Jon Kyl, Mike Ferguson, Ben Nelson, Joe Lieberman, Steny Hoyer, Conrad Burns, Bob Menendez, and Nancy Pelosi.  Even though you might think that the Lieberman defeat would embolden the Democrats, the Bolton fight and the Lieberman loss have been linked together explicitly by neo-conservative PACs, and prominent orthodox right-wing Jewish leaders are calling on Jews to abandon the Democratic Party for being insufficiently supportive of Israel's failed war in Lebanon. "

    "The sad hijacking of Jewish political activism by right-wing neoconservative crazies is complete.  If you're not with Lieberman, if you're not with Bolton, if you're not with the far right of the Israeli political spectrum, you're not pro-Israel."

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