This story at Newsweek made my day today. (How often do we say that at NewsReal Blog?) But as soon as you begin reading the post at the publication’s Declassified blog you’ll understand why:
Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein and other prominent Senate Democrats have accused spies at the Homeland Security Department of basing official intelligence reports on dubious open-source material. Inquiries by Declassified indicate that at least some of the data that Feinstein and her colleagues deemed “questionable” came from a website set up by outspoken conservative activist David Horowitz to catalogue negative information about the political left.
You can read the letter — much of it redacted — here in PDF format.
Gee, I wonder which site it was? “Catalogue negative information about the political left”? Whatever could that be?
In the age of Google it doesn’t matter if the name of the site was redacted:
The letter goes on to note that the Homeland report used “certain questionable” source material to glean “derogatory” information about the Muslim leader, including information from an unidentified source “with obvious political motivation whose stated purpose is to ‘identif[y] the individuals and organizations that make up the left’.” The senators added that the source also included information on “numerous members of Congress and two former Presidents of the United States.” While details identifying the alleged dubious source have been censored out of the Senators’ letter, a Google search by Declassified for data sources purporting to identify “individuals and organizations that make up the left” led to a single website, Discoverthenetworks.org. The website is one of a number of anti-left and anti-Islamic websites operated by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Los Angeles-based assortment of conservative political organizations founded and headed by David Horowitz, a 1960s-vintage far-left organizer who migrated sharply to the political right.
Our Editor-In-Chief had this to say:
Horowitz tells Declassified he has no knowledge of the Homeland Security paper the senators complained about. But he says he hopes intelligence officials are consulting his website. American left-wingers, including some members of Congress, have a “long history of … actively working with and collaborating with America’s enemies,” he warns. And he insists that the material on his Web site is “factual,” “not inflammatory” and that his group is “very careful about what it posts… All we do is connect the dots.” He adds that his Web site is regularly consulted by “a lot of TV talk-show producers.”
According to Democratic Senators Russ Feingold (Read his Discover The Networks Profile HERE, btw) and Jay Rockefeller the unknown material from DTN was “clearly inappropriate” and “derogatory.” But it does not matter to Feingold and Rockefeller that the report declared the Islamic leader in question was not an “extremist.” Senate Democrats just want to try and intimidate Homeland Security analysts to stay away from Horowitz and not ask uncomfortable questions about the Stealth Jihad perpetuated by many so-called “moderate Muslims.”
According to the letter, the Homeland report specifically went on to conclude that the Islamic leader in question was a “mainstream voice” and that information on him “points to politically controversial statements but not to extremism” — conclusions that Rockefeller and Feingold declared to be “political assessments that are outside of the bounds of the authorities granted U.S. law enforcement and intelligence entities.”
This is how effective the Freedom Center’s publications have become. We’re being cited by Homeland Security, and leftist Democrats in the Senate cannot stand it.
If you appreciate the work we’re doing then please consider supporting us. And you can learn more about this bizarre practice of leftists running interference for Islamists in DTN’s companion book, Horowitz’s Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left.