Gaffney: Clinton Aide May Have Emailed Terrorists

Watching the brouhaha over Hillary Clinton’s emails has been interesting. It’s nowhere near as serious as the right has pretended but more serious than the left has pretended (they must, after all, defend their tribe at all costs, rationality be damned). But you knew the far right conspiracy theories were coming, like this one from Frank Gaffney.

One other State Department official evidently violated [the department’s email] policy:Mrs. Clinton‘s deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin.

Her emails are of particular interest insofar as Ms. Abedin has extensive ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. That’s the Islamist organization whose self-declared mission is

The indispensable investigative group Judicial Watch has filed suit in federal court for access to these emails. It remains to be seen if they are provided and, if so, what they reveal about these ladies’ contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood – and their damage-control concerning revelations about Ms. Abedin’s connection to it.

The far right Islamophobes have long claimed that Abedin, a longtime Clinton aide, was a Muslim Brotherhood plant. But as Right Wing Watch points out, she’s hardly alone:

Gaffney believes that Abedin is a secret agent for the Muslim Brotherhood, claiming in 2013 that “Ms. Abedin was brilliantly placed to run Islamist influence operations for sixteen years under the recently departed Sec. of State, Hillary Clinton.” His bizarre conspiracy theory helped inspire an ugly campaign against Abedin and other Muslims working in public service led by then-Rep. Michele Bachmann.

He has made similarly bizarre allegations against New Jersey Gov. Chris ChristieCIA Director John Brennanformer Defense Secretary Chuck Hagelprominent conservative activist Grover Norquist, and of course, President Obama.

They’re modern-day McCarthy wannabes who see Muslims under every bed. Just more paranoid delusion from the far right, something that goes back many decades. If you haven’t read Richard Hofstadter’s The Paranoid Style in American Politics, now 51 years old, you really should. Very little has changed.

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  • colnago80

    It may well be that, sleazy as Ms. Clinton is, she may not actually have violated State Department guidelines as it appears that the they were promulgated over a year after she left office. This may be as overblown as all the previous Clinton scandals.

  • matty1

    Another one I had to look up. I’m not sure I would call using a personal email account for work email sleazy, unprofessional really but whether it’s sleazy would depend on whether there’s evidence she used the fact it was personal to hide some emails and whether there is a serious problem would depend on what those emails said.

  • Kevin Kehres

    You mean they’re expecting to find this?

    To: Barack

    Fr: Hil

    Re: Benghazi

    Barack — the attack is all set. I lowered the security presence at your direction. It’ll look like an angry mob. Their instructions are to kill the ambassador.

    Allahu akbar.

  • Raging Bee

    …more serious than the left has pretended (they must, after all, defend their tribe at all costs, rationality be damned).

    Got any actual examples of anyone on the left being irrationally tribalistic? You keep on making vague allegations like this, and never backing them up.

  • brucegee1962

    I seriously don’t see how the right thinks they’re going to get much mileage out of this. The average person looks at this and says “Meh, sure, I’ve got a work and a personal email too — doesn’t everybody?” The amount of bloviating and explanation that their talking heads will need to put in to explain why it was a Bad Thing in her particular case will greatly exceed the ability of most Americans to pay attention. This will convince virtually no one who doesn’t have it in for her already.

    The only explanation I can come up with is that even the right wing are getting sick and tired of Bengazi.

  • Raging Bee

    Bruce: they’ll get mileage out of this for as long as the Democrats don’t push back, or retake the initiative on this or any other issue. The only way the PoG will shut up about this is if the Democrats, and the media, manage to force them to talk about something else.

  • xuuths

    Sleazy? Unprofessional? Ummm, no.

    Since Secretary of State John Kerry is the first one to actually have a dedicated email account at the State Department, every other SoS had to use something… Colin Powell admitted he used personal email. Clinton said she simply followed the precedent of past holders of her office.

    Clinton broke no laws — and when new rules/guidelines come out, it takes months or even years before they flow out to every nook and cranny — that happens even in the private sector. Are all the people who don’t make the change immediately sleazy or unprofessional?

    Oh, I get it. You’re saying all the past occupants were also sleazy and unprofessional for the exact same thing. Right?

    This is another “scandal”. I wonder why Clinton thinks the right wingers are out to get her?

  • scienceavenger

    @5 Exactly. It’s also why so many of us literally stop listening when right-wingers start on Hillary. That’s not to say we think she is a saint – I certainly don’t. But one only has so much time in the day, and the “Hillary is Satan” crowd have wasted enough of mine crying wolf.

  • marcus

    brucegee1962 @ 5 “The only explanation I can come up with is that even the right wing are getting sick and tired of Bengazi.”

    Not fucking likely. They’re just giving a rest ’til next year, then they’re going to hammer her with it.

  • lorn

    There is an existing right-wing meme that claims that this administration is financing and shipping arms to ISIS.

  • llewelly

    The real scandal is that email went mainstream in the 1990s but our government totally failed for over 15 years to execute the nearly trivial task of providing top policy people with official email addresses.

    In a world were many people literally don’t eat without technology, we should be horrified that both parties consistently fail to get such simple things right for 15 years and more.

  • Nick Gotts

    the “Hillary is Satan” crowd – scienceavenger@8

    A ridiculous comparison with regards to administrative experience alone: Hillary – a few years as Secretary of State; as against Satan, with millennia of running an entire infernal realm, following a demanding post as number 2 in the hierarchy of Heaven, from which, admittedly, he was fired for insubordination – but even that shows ambition!

  • Raging Bee

    And after getting fired for insubordination, he went into business for himself, and rather quickly got ahead of God by just about every metric there ever was. Now all God can do is play the outsider/underdog card, and blame Satan for everything that goes wrong anywhere. I don’t think Hillary will be forcing her competitors into that corner anytime soon…

  • StevoR

    @ ^ Raging bee : Every metric? Howabouts sporting successes or taking credit for

    ’em anyhow?

  • dingojack

    Stevo — everyone knows that Americans are dedicated Imperialists. it was satan who invented the metric system…

    😉 Dingo

  • dingojack

    It’s just that the cry of “Benghazi” has degenerated into a mere punch line, so now it’s “Hillary might have emailed —

    HER TAILOR!!! [dun-dun-DUNNNNN!!]”.



  • caseloweraz

    These charges are all over the right-wing blogs. One such is FreedomOutpost, which states: They got this information on the multiple email addresses from a professional hacker that used a tool to comb through public information found in major search engines.

    Such impressive skill! No one but a “professional hacker” could possibly “comb through public information found in major search engines.”

    The suspicion of Huma Abedin seems to originate with Tarek Fatah, a Muslim columnist in Canada. He has a 2012 article in the Huffington Post: Why Michelle Bachman Is Right to Question Muslim Brotherhood In it, referring to Huma Abedin, he writes: To put this in context, imagine a political aide to Henry Kissinger being the daughter of two members of the Soviet communist party politburo. There would have been hell to pay.

    Fatah asserts that Huma Abedin’s mother’s publications in the Journal of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs promote the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood. I haven’t seen any examples provided by him.

  • Nick Gotts

    it was satan who invented the metric system…

    😉 – dingojack@15 –

    You say that as a joke, but I’d be surprised if jonathangray doesn’t actually believe it!