Pelosi Calls for Crackdown on Dissent

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently warned darkly about the planned mega-mosque at Ground Zero: “There is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some.” She added her voice to “those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded.”

After being barraged with questions by those incredulous that she was calling for an investigation not of the shady funding of the mega-mosque itself, but of its opponents—thereby continuing on a path toward criminalizing political dissent that Obama and the people around him have a disturbing tendency to favor—Pelosi dug in her high heels. She did grant that “there is a need for transparency about who is funding the effort to build this Islamic center,” although she called for no investigation. Instead, she reiterated her call to investigate those who dissented from her political line: “At the same time, we should also ask who is funding the attacks against the construction of the center.”

Will Pelosi investigate Howard Dean and Harry Reid, now that they have come out against the mosque at Ground Zero?

Pelosi doesn’t seem to care where the $100 million to build the Islamic supremacist mega-mosque at Ground Zero is coming from, despite the fact that the Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has reversed himself without explanation about whether or not he will be receiving foreign funding, saying in the U.S. that the funds to build the mosque would come from Muslims in America, and saying in the Arabic-language media that Muslim countries worldwide would be contributing to building the mosque. But that is all just fine with Pelosi. What she wants to know is where Pamela Geller and I got $9,000 to run an ad against the mosque on New York City buses.

Welcome to Obama’s America, in which political opposition to the pet projects of the elites can get you investigated and who knows what else. Well, come and get me, Nancy. Do your worst.

And ready to do Pelosi’s worst was Kenneth P. Vogel of Politico, who called me Thursday evening to ask me a series of questions about donations to our efforts against the Ground Zero mega-mosque. Vogel grew increasingly hostile and belligerent when I declined to answer, and seemed desperate to position himself as a two-bit TV cop. He even snarled at me at one point, “Look, you can make this hard, or you can make this easy.” Apparently he has been watching too many reruns of “Hill Street Blues.” Without question, Ken, let’s do this the hard way.

Well, Politico—and its patroness in the House of Representatives—can be very proud of themselves. Instead of looking into the funding sources of the pro-sharia, anti-freedom of speech, refuses-to-denounce-Hamas Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and mosque developer Sharif El-Gamal—a thuggish sort who recently tweeted that “when you beat someone up physically you get exercise & stress relief”—they’re spending time investigating the relatively paltry sums coming in to mosque opponents. And this despite the fact that the mosque leaders haven’t ruled out funding from Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Bravo, Politico. Do your worst. I’ll reveal the secret: All our funding comes from the Vast Zionist Conspiracy. And when this all comes down, whether the Islamic supremacist mega-mosque at Ground Zero is ultimately built or not, in ignoring Islamic supremacism and persecuting its opponents you’ve put yourself in the running for a Walter Duranty Award. Don’t know who he was, Vogel? Look him up. Or maybe Nancy Pelosi can get someone to look him up for both of you—she can put the cost on her expense account, along with a couple of stiff drinks for the two of your after it’s all over.

Here’s a preliminary cost assessment for Kenneth P. Vogel:

Cost of New York bus ads: $10,000
Cost of press release: $1,500
Cost of watching the lapdog media track the sources of these sums while ignoring the questionable funding of a $100 million dollar mosque: Priceless.


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