A Democratic Party caucus chairman who has speculated about Jewish involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks has launched a new political action committee dedicated to supporting "anti-Zionist" Muslim candidates who believe "the ‘war on terror’ is a hoax and that the official story of 9/11 is not true," according to the group’s website.
MD Rabbi Alam is an Obama campaign ally and Missouri-based Democratic activist who came under fire in July after he told the Free Beacon that "not a single Jew" was killed during the 9/11 attacks. (Alam is not a rabbi.)
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A veteran Democrat, Alam lost a bid last week to become his party’s nominee for Missouri’s next secretary of state. However, his conspiratorial views about 9/11 and the Jewish people continue to garner the most attention.
Though Alam apologized for his provocative comments, the mission statement of his newly created political action committee suggests the Democratic candidate has not fully renounced his most inflammatory opinions—even as Alam argues that he has done so.
Called the American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC), the group aims to get "Muslims elected to office" and become more active in the American political system. Alam is listed at the website’s owner.
The ideal AMPAC candidate would be "pro-peace, anti-Zionist, and opposed to usury," the website explains in a question-and-answer section that Alam also blasted to his supporters via email.
An FAQ posted on the organization’s website asserts AMPAC will champion "the views and values of Muslims."
These values include: The "widespread agreement in the community … that the ‘war on terror’ is a hoax and that the official story of 9/11 is not true."
American Muslims, the mission statement maintains, "have suffered extreme discrimination due to the phony ‘war on terror,’" which is why "this issue deserves to be at the top of Muslims’ list of political priorities."
Are such views too "radical" for the public discourse, the FAQ wonders?
The answer is no: "The history of the Jewish-Zionist lobby AIPAC [the nonpartisan American Israel Public Affairs Committee] shows that it is more effective to be ‘radical’ and express one’s views strongly and honestly, than to be fearful and timid."
AMPAC will be bipartisan, the website states, despite the fact that "Alam is a well-known Democrat."
"In the Republican Party, Mitt Romney is a strong supporter of Zionism and the ‘war on terror’ while [Texas Republican] Ron Paul is not, so we would be inclined to support Paul over Romney," the site explains. "We believe Muslims should support Ron Paul and other like-minded Republicans."
Asked about AMPAC’s controversial standpoints, Alam told the Free Beacon that he does not support any of the opinions described above.
"I don’t even know what you’re talking about," Alam stated when a reporter repeated his organization’s more polemical talking points.
"I was given those things in an email and copy and pasted it in an email and sent it out," Alam maintained, describing the email that bears his name. "I did not even read it."
"It there’s a question, we’ll clean it up," he added, calling the FAQ "miswritten or a misunderstanding."
Asked if he considers himself "anti-Zionist," Alam responded, "No, I do not."
However, he could not fully explain why AMPAC would support candidates who explicitly hold such views.
Alam went on to cite a recent essay he penned on minority relations as proof of his open-minded politics.
To help spread AMPAC’s message, Alam will host a weekly conference call for the next 60 months with Kevin Barrett, a Bay Area talk show host at conspiracy-minded No Lies Radio, which subscribes to Alam’s beliefs that 9/11 may have been an inside job.
The Anti-Defamation League has designated Barrett one of the most prominent promoters of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories relating to 9/11.
Among other topics, Barrett has investigated whether "US government big lies [reached] a critical mass in the 1960s with JFK, RFK, MLK, and a fake moon landing? Is the New World Order getting ready to kill us off?"
During their Friday conference calls—which began August 10—Barrett and Alam examine ways to increase Muslim political engagement, according to an email sent by Alam to his supporters and posted on the website of "Muslims for 9/11 Truth."
Alam has long liaised with Democratic Party and President Obama, and has vowed to run as a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2016.
He served as chairman of the National Democratic Party Asian American Caucus (NDPAAC)—a Democratic National Committee-sponsored organization that liaises with Asian minorities. He also worked as a "satellite campaign manager" in 2008 for then-candidate Barack Obama. Alam has since been invited to the White House.
Alam was "soundly" defeated last week in his bid to become Missouri’s secretary of state, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
The failed politician’s efforts to reveal the "truth" about 9/11 are well documented.
He has speculated about Jewish involvement in the September 11th terrorist attacks, and on one Internet posting wondered why "9/11 was a official holidy [sic] for all jewish [sic] people [who] worked in the" World Trade Center.
"I have 100 percent doubts. It doesn’t add up," Alam told the Free Beacon in July. "My bottom line is the plane is not solely responsible for destroying the whole building."
Democrats in D.C. have denounced Alam’s views and his association with the DNC.
"That the DNC would in any way affiliate itself with a 9/11 Truther who spews such anti-Semitic lunacy, and defends and repeats such bile when confronted, is beyond deeply troubling, it’s simply wrong," Josh Block, a Democratic strategist and former spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, said in July.
For his part, Alam says that he just wants to educate the Muslim community.