Breitbart Invents Terror Group

Ben Shapiro, formerly a columnist for the Worldnutdaily and now an editor for Breitbart “News,” published a blog post alleging, with no evidence at all, that Chuck Hagel has received money from a group called “Friends of Hamas.” The problem, as Dave Weigel points out, is that there is no such organization.

There’s no proof that “Friends of Hamas” actually exists. At best, it’s an organization so secret that nobody in government has thought to mention its existence. At worst, it’s as fake as Manti Te’o’s girlfriend. The Treasury Department, which designates sponsors of terror, has done so to many charities tied to Hamas. “Friends of Hamas” is not among them. The State Department doesn’t designate it, either. And a bit less holistically, a Lexis search for the group reveals absolutely nothing.

I’ve been unable to find any Senate staffer who knows where the “Friends” rumor came from, and Dave Reaboi, communications director for the (generally conservative) Center for Security Policy, shared my confusion about the alleged group. “Looking back to the 1990s, there were several groups (some affiliated with Holy Land Foundation, some not) that functioned as fund-raisers,” he said in an email. “I wouldn’t put it past these people to refer to it this way in private, but I doubt highly that they’d actually call a legit group ‘Friends of Hamas.’”

That’s probably why nobody has formed a group by that name, and why, after the Atlantic Council released a list of funders, “Friends of Hamas” was nowhere on it.

This is a surprise only to those who would ever take or Ben Shapiro seriously in the first place.

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  • slc1

    This is just another element of the smear campaign against Hagel perpetrated by the neocons and the religious right as payback for his opposition to the Iraq war. It’s McCarthyism at its worst.

  • Modusoperandi

    It would be nice if the rightwing would be mad about the actual bad things that their “Other” does*, rather than the boogeymen they have to conjure up, because, I can only conclude, they’re for the the bad things.


    * And, yes, it would be nice if the some of the bad things under Dubya didn’t become bipartisan bad things in the Obama era.

  • dean

    This is all due to a misprint. Shapiro actually meant to type “Friends of Hummus”, and argue that it’s members are dangerous due to the increased risk of gas attack they present.

  • shouldbeworking

    Just because some evil genius managed to make weapon-grade garlic.

  • raven

    He also has a list of 500 “Friends of Hamas in the State Department and White House.

  • oranje

    Maybe Hagel was just keeping up with what they were writing on their wall, not friends in real life.

  • democommie

    Manti Te’o’s girlfriend IS “Friends of Hamas”!

  • Scott Hanley

    Since Shapiro is the creator of a terrorist organization, can we send him to Gitmo?

  • democommie

    It would be way cool if John Stewart opened his show with some little infolet like, “X days until Ted Nugent is dead or imprisoned” or, “Good evening, Andrew Breitbart is still dead.”. What, too soon?

  • vmanis1

    FoH is of course a front group for ACORN.

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  • anubisprime

    It is a right-wing christofashist tactic 101…’when there is no bogey man…invent one!’

    Worked out well for the jeebus sunbeams in the past!

  • leni

    It wasn’t hummus, it was llamas.

    And alpacas, but as usual no one gives a shit about them :/

  • slc1

    Re vmanis1 @ #10

    And it’s funded by George Soros.

  • iangould

    When Hagel was still a Republican senator did he object to similar smear tactics employed against others?

    If not, it’s difficult not to see an element of poetic justice in this.

  • dingojack

    Forget ‘Friends of Humus’* :

    I have in my hand a list of 23 ‘Friends of Narnia’ working, right now**, in the State Department.

    And Carthage must be destroyed!!!.

    That is all.



    * lousy skinkin’ dirt lovers!!

    ** well OK, not at this very second perhaps….