Where is Huma Abedin’s Security Clearance Form?

The head of the Soros-funded Center for American Progress (CAP) is defending  controversial State Department official Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of  State Hillary Clinton who is suspected of playing a role in Obama Administration  “engagement” with the anti-American Muslim Brotherhood.

Neera Tanden, president and CEO of CAP and Counselor for CAP’s Action Fund,  has sent out an email defending Abedin and asking that Rep. Michele Bachmann be  thrown off the House Intelligence Committee for asking questions about the  vetting process that Abedin was supposed to go through.

“Michele Bachmann has gone from outrageous to dangerous,” Tanden said in her  email to CAP supporters.

Tanden is a former Obama  Administration official whose previous claim to fame was working for the  Obama White House to pass Obamacare. Her work at CAP apparently includes  supporting the Obama Administration’s policy to “engage” with the Muslim  Brotherhood. It is believed Abedin is right in the middle of that, by virtue of  her position as State Department deputy chief of staff.

CAP is the organization that hired Van Jones before he took his job as White  House “Green Jobs Czar” and then re-hired him after his communist background  came to light and he lost his job in the administration.

Tanden said in her email to CAP supporters that the problem was not Abedin’s  access to classified information but Bachmann’s. She urged House Speaker John  Boehner to remove Bachmann from the Intelligence Committee. “Rep. Bachmann’s  antics have proven that she can’t be trusted to act in our best interests,” said  Tanden.

Boehner, as well as Senator John McCain, had criticized Bachmann for merely  asking questions about Abedin’s fitness for her position. But they didn’t  indicate familiarity with or knowledge of Abedin’s security clearance form,  known as Standard Form 86, or the “Questionnaire for National Security  Positions.”

Despite the claims of “witch hunt” and “McCarthyism” that are echoed in the  liberal media, especially by Anderson  Cooper of CNN, Bachmann and other members of Congress simply want to know  whether Abedin’s Muslim Brotherhood connections were disclosed and/or examined  when she gained access to national security information.

Their letter  to the Inspector General of the State Department points out that Abedin “has  three family members-her late father, her mother and her brother-connected to  Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations,” and that “Her position  affords her routine access to the Secretary and to policy-making.”

The matter can be resolved, if the media are truly interested in getting to  the bottom of the controversy, by demanding access to  Abedin’s Standard Form 86, which she was supposed to fill out before getting her  State Department job. House Speaker Boehner could also demand a copy.

Did she disclose her family connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as  to Saudi Arabia, where she once lived and was raised?

“It is required that job candidates complete the questionnaire and other  required forms thoroughly, honestly, and with candor,” the State Department  says.

For its part, the White House says  it is committed to transparency and open government. Releasing Abedin’s form is  a test case and a way to start resolving the controversy.

The questionnaire for national security positions is a 127-page  document which asks for such information as relatives and associates,  foreign activities, foreign countries visited, the use of illegal drugs, and  involvement in groups dedicated to terrorism or the overthrow of the U.S.  government.

The State Department says,  “Eligibility for access to classified information, commonly known as a security  clearance, is granted only to those for whom an appropriate personnel security  background investigation has been completed. It must be determined that the  individual’s personal and professional history indicates loyalty to the United  States, strength of character, trustworthiness, honesty, reliability,  discretion, and sound judgment, as well as freedom from conflicting allegiances  and potential for coercion, and a willingness and ability to abide by  regulations governing the use, handling, and protection of classified  information.”

It is not surprising that CAP would spring to the defense of Abedin. Matt  Duss, a policy analyst at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, wrote an article,  “Talking to the Muslim Brotherhood (finally),” in which he defended the  administration “reaching out to parties and Islamic movements” but at the same  time raised concern about “the group’s most prominent affiliated cleric, Yusuf  al-Qaradawi, [who] regularly issues the grossest anti-American and anti-Semitic  slanders on his Al- Jazeera show.”

AIM has called  on Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, to  investigate Al-Jazeera, on the grounds that it functions as a mouthpiece for  terrorist groups. He has not undertaken such an investigation.

CAP, however, works openly with Al-Jazeera. When CAP released a report that  purported to examine a conservative network of people and groups described as  “Fear Inc.” and said to be guilty of “Islamophobia” toward Muslims, one of the  authors, Wajahat Ali, went  on Al-Jazeera to promote the claims.

Wajahat Ali and Matt Duss collaborated on another article  that attempted to explain why Sharia, or Islamic religious law, “is not the  threat conservatives claim it is.” The authors expressed particular concern that  the Center for Security Policy had authored a  major report advocating that supporters of Islamic law be barred from  holding positions of trust in federal, state, or local governments or the armed  forces of the United States.

Last August, CAP sponsored an  event designed to counteract the movement to prohibit the adoption of Sharia  in the U.S. The group also opposed Rep. Peter King’s hearings on how Muslims in  the U.S. are being radicalized to carry out terrorism.

Conservative writer Daniel Greenfield says,  “A more accurate name for CAP would be the Center for Islamist Progress.”

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