It was standing room only, and regrets to those who couldn't get in (Sammy over at Yid with Lid and Melissa Clouthier, sincere regrets). This despite the fact that we were off to the side and were going against Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Congressman Stephen King, Congressman Mike Pence, stealth jihadist Grover Norquist and several other panels.
Pamela Hall was at our inaugural and has a compelling post at the Vigilant Squirrel Brigade. And the intrepid blogger has videoed the entire event:
Here's part I: Pamela Geller and Wafa Sultan.
She is loading the rest, so watch this space.
NEW VIDEO Part V: Simon Deng Former Slave Sudan, Human Rights Activist, Leader of Freedom March
NEW VIDEO Part VI: Incredible, historic remarks by Lt Colonel Allen West (introduction Pamela Geller) Consider donating to his campaign:
Reader and attendee John wrote in the comments:
Readers, I was at the event. These photos do not do justice to the size of the audience; it was standing room only to the back door in a huge hall. In the audience shots above, the distance from the back of the heads to the stage was very large and that was perhaps a third of the width of the event. Very impressive.
Many expressed to me afterward that it was the most informative two hours they have ever spent, more confessed to having wept during some of the personal narratives.
Pamela Hall wrote:
Just returned from CPAC 2010. The high point was the inaugural event presented by Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch and Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs.
Once again, they've done a great public service for America. The TRUTH about "Jihad: The Political Third Rail" from unfiltered witnesses". In 2009, Geller and Spencer brought the honorable and very brave Geert Wilders to CPAC. This year, there were even more heroes in this War against Jihad; leading voices of truth and it was a riveting two hours. (We could have stayed there for another two hours.)
Geller said when announcing the event".... we have created an organization to stand up against this silence that threatens to our existence and render us defenseless as our freedoms and way of life are eroded away. We are launching the Freedom Defense Initiative, a new activist group, at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2010, with a conference entitled "Jihad: The Political Third Rail -- What They Are Not Telling You."
Our nation is at war, and yet our politicians pretend that that war isn't happening. Barack Obama is intent upon trying enemy combatants in that war in civilian courts and making concession after concession to our enemies as if those concessions will make them love us. The mainstream media, both liberal and conservative, and the entire government and law enforcement apparatus appear determined to obfuscate and deny the truth about the enemy's ideology and belief system. This has the effect of minimizing in the minds of Americans the threat just as it is greater than ever and of rendering us blind to very real threats from people and groups that officials seem intent upon assuming to be innocuous.
And on CPAC she also said "....I find it most distressing that the largest gathering of conservatives in America does nothing to address the single greatest threat to our national security, our Constitution, our very way of life...... Our event, on the other hand, will feature the first public appearance of the Steve Coughlin: Former Pentagon Islam specialist, fired after pressure from Islamic infiltrators (1st public appearance). Also speaking will be Wafa Sultan: Author, A God who Hates, viral video star of Al-Jazeera debate with Islamic cleric, Simon Deng: Ex-slave, leading human rights activist against jihad in Sudan Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff: facing "hate speech" charges in Austria for telling the truth about Islam, Lt Colonel Allen West: War hero, Congressional candidate (FL 22nd district), future national leader, Robert Spencer and myself (Pamela Geller)"
There is a deliberate cover-up by incompetent media and government officials who have imposed the Islamic (sharia) law of slander across all systems of communication. According to Islamic law the definition of slander is anything that does not praise Islam.
The video (above was playing while people patiently waited on line to get into our first event under our new organization, The Freedom Defense Initiative.
Slander. Intuitively, for such an Islamic concept of war to succeed, one would
expect to see a largescale effort to keep the harbi unaware that such doctrinal-based
strategies exists. For authority on the limits of deception, “extremists” can look first to
the Qur’an and hadith:
Let not the Believers take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than Believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah: except by way of precaution, that ye may guard yourselves from them. For Allah cautions you to remember Himself; for the final goal is to Allah. (Qur’an 3:28)
Anyone who, after accepting Faith in Allah, utters Unbelief – except under compulsion, his heart remaining firm in Faith – but such as open their breast to unbelief – on them is Wrath from Allah, and theirs will be a dreadful Penalty. (Qur’an 16:106)
Muhammad said, "War is deceit." (Bukhari 4:267 and 269)
He who makes peace between the people by inventing good information or saying good
things, is not a liar. (Bukhari vol.3:857 p.533)
In tandem with the right to deceive harbi is the requirement to enforce nondisclosure
of those rules of Islam as an enforceable offense. Substantially different than
the American, the Islamic concept of slander fills this requirement:
r2.2 Slander (ghiba) means to mention anything concerning a person that he would
r2.3 As for talebearing (namima), it consists of quoting someone’s words to another in a way that worsens relations between them.417 (Emphasis added
r2.6 The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:
(1) “The talebearer will not enter paradise.”
(2) “Do you know what slander is?” They answered, “Allah and His Messenger know best.” He said, “It is to mention of your brother that which he would dislike.” Someone asked, “What if he is as I say?” And he replied, “If he is as you say, you have slandered him, and if not, you have calumniated him.”
(3) “The Muslim is the brother of the Muslim. He does not betray him, lie to him, or
hang back from coming to his aid.418 (Emphasis added)
r3.1 … In fact, talebearing is not limited to that, but rather consists of revealing anything whose disclosure is resented, whether presented by the person who originally said it, the person to whom it is disclosed, or by a third person. … The reality of talebearing lies in divulging a secret, in revealing something confidential whose disclosure is resented. A person should not speak of anything he notices about people besides that which benefits a Muslim to relate or prevents disobedience.419 (Emphasis added)
From such definitions, it is easy to see how a legally sanctioned code of silence
could be imposed and enforced. This rule helps explains why “moderate” Muslims can
insist that acts of terrorism undertaken by “extremists” (who self-identify as jihadis
claiming Islam as their motivation to crowds of applauding Muslims broadcast as such on
Arab stations) had nothing to do with Islam. But should such explanations control our
understanding of those same events? When looking to the definition of talebearing in
Section r2.6, it is worth observing that the statement of law comes from breaking a hadith
into the elements of the law. The legal standard forbids the disclosure of any sensitive
information to non-Muslims, where sensitive means any information that disadvantages
Islam or a Muslim. Hence the rule of law seems to be that any information that a Muslim
discloses to a non-believer that would cause a non-believer to question either Islam or a
Muslim is forbidden; the penalty being eternal damnation. This means that reliance on
individuals who are held to such a standard involves acceptance of the wholesale
subordination of our collection requirements to the disclosure rules dictated by Islamic
418 al-Misri, Book R “Holding One’s Tongue,” r2.0 “Slander,” r2.6.
419 al-Misri, Book R “Holding One’s Tongue,” r3.0 “Talebearing (Namima),” r3.1.
law. This is submission. It also turns all professional notions of competent analysis on
UPDATE: Atlas reader Mike G sent these pics:
Clearly citizen journalists and other bloggers came away from the first Freedom Defense Initiative event with a more informed and intelligent take then the incompetent media. There has been thoughtful, informed analysis here and here. Alternative media has, in fact, become the only reliable, competent media.
When things calm down, I will post my observations. Pamela Hall will have video up of the whole event this weekend, and a DVD with outtake interviews will be available next week.
Here's an excerpt of Mark J. Koenig's trenchant analysis of the day's seminal event over at David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog -- do read it all:
While the agenda for day 2 of the CPAC conference featured a long list of additional conservative speakers and panel discussions, I will be focusing here on what I believe to be the single most important event of this three-day conference. Jihad: The Political Third Rail, was a panel discussion presented by Freedom Defense Initiative, a new activist organization started by Pamela Geller of atlasshrugs.com, and the Freedom Center’s own Robert Spencer, who runs jihadwatch.org.
This panel featured several American and international resistance fighters working to stop the spread of Islamic supremacism and most importantly, America’s infiltration by Muslim sympathizers. The central focus of the event was the Islamic jihad against the West and how Islamic organizations are working to silence free speech both in Europe and America. Security was very tight for this event, and it drew a standing-room only crowd, as you can see in the photo below.
Pamela Geller started the discussion while video was shown of Muslim radicals rioting in multiple cities across Europe and North America over the past couple of years. She pointed out that this is not being reported in the major media, and that fully TWO THIRDS of the jihad attacks since 9-11 happened in 2009. As Pamela stated, there is a cover-up in progress and ”Truth has become the new hate speech.”
First to speak was Wafa Sultan, author of A God Who Hates, and one of three witnesses approved to testify for Geert Wilders in his hate speech trial. Ms. Sultan is a former Muslim and outspoken critic of Islam. She stated that she has had countless fatwas issued against her. After listing several recent jihadist attacks, including the Fort Hood massacre and the media’s unwillingness to connect the dots, she asked: ”Jihad – is this a word we dare not speak?” Sultan pointed out that Islam is not merely a religion – it is a dangerous totalitarian political ideology.
After pointing out that President Obama has appointed a special envoy to the OIC, Sultan explained that this envoy is closely associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. She asked: “Is this man’s loyalty to Islam or to the U.S.?” She explained as well that this envoy has been working for some time now to stifle speech critical of Islam.
Body scanners were her next topic. Sultan stated that she believes this machine could be employed against Muslim radicals as a powerful psychological weapon because of its potential for humiliation. It should be noted that Sultan is trained as a psychiatrist. Unfortunately, she stated, after a fatwa was issued claiming these scanners violate Muslim teachings regarding modesty, our TSA agreed to capitulate and substitute pat-downs by members of the same sex for Muslims.
Finally, Sultan explained that Saudi Arabia is a mastermind of Islamic terror, and that Saudi King Abdullah has the power to enforce changes in Muslim behavior if he is brought under enough pressure from the U.S. government. ”September 11th was tragic, but infiltration of Islam is a subject of equal concern” she said. ”We must fight it.”
Robert Spencer introduced the next speaker – Stephen Coughlin – a former Pentagon Islamic law specialist who was fired from his job for his analysis of Islamic infiltration. Coughlin provided a clear and cogent analysis of the Islamic threat. He explained that the question of whether or not these terrorists are following ‘true’ Islam is irrelevant from a fact-driven perspective. They have repeatedly told us these are the reasons they fight jihad.
A vital part of Coughlin’s discussion dealt with the doctrine of abrogation within Islam. This doctrine states that Mohammed was given progressive revelation of Allah’s will, and that the later Koranic verses supersede and nullify earlier contradictory more peaceful verses. This is something that is recognized by all schools of Islamic jurisprudence. Coughlin also demonstrated that since the 9-11 commission report, political correctness has expunged words such as Muslim, enemy, Al-Qaeda and Islam from official government documents including the Ft. Hood massacre report. Coughlin: “The 9-11 commission has been completely undermined. You cannot defeat an enemy you are not allowed to define. By definition, this administration has no strategy to defeat this enemy since they refuse to define it.”
Go. Read it all.
Evan Sayet .... uh, guarding the door
Huge thanks to Rich Davis for snapping the pics.
UPDATE: Nice report from nice Deb :)
After seeing it I’m convinced my original thought was correct. This is the single most important issue facing this nation and if it is ignored we will suffer for it and deservedly so. I can’t say enough about the courage and dedication of Ms. Geller. She is an international treasure!
UPDATE: McCain approves this message.So does Barbara