Senate Committee Explores Saudi Ties to Terror

The Senate Judiciary Committee finally held a hearing to discuss Saudi Arabia’s perpetual funding of hate material against Americans, Christians, and Jews that are proliferated through American mosques.

One of the witnesses was the Director of the Freedom House Center for Religious Freedom, which earlier this year published a devastating report on Saudi hate materials in America. That report concluded that Saudi government propaganda refelcted a “totalitarian ideology of hatred that can incite to violence,” and the fact that it is “being mainstreamed within our borders through the efforts of a foreign government, namely Saudi Arabia, demands our urgent attention.”

One of the Senate hearing’s highlights:

Committee members also showed video clips of Muslim clerics urging, over Saudi government-controlled television, that "throats must be slit" and "skulls must be shattered" in the fight against infidels.

The Saudis refused an invitation to participate in the hearings, and terrorism expert Steven Emerson testified that the Saudis were vociferously lobbying their contacts within the American government to have the hearing cancelled.

The State Department, which is often accused of kowtowing to the Saudis, withdrew from the hearing at the last minute–in order not to offend Saudi Arabia.


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