On Thursday, Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota, a state suspiciously located in the Middle East) gave an impassioned speech at the House Un-American Activities Perpetrated by Musselmen Committee, a body formed by Peter King (R-The Rare Patriotic Part of New York) devoted to investigating the holy everliving snot out of anyone who has ever had any connection whatsoever with terrorism sponsored by a rogue Islamic nation, a category that only excludes himself because… well, just because (cough cough because he’s a bigot cough).
Ellison focused on the example of Salman Hamdani, a 23-year-old Muslim Paramedic from Bayside, Queens, who died while attempting to help victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center. Ellison said:
Mr. Hamdani bravely sacrificed his life to try and help others on 9/11. After the tragedy some people tried to smear his character solely because of his Islamic faith. Some people spread false rumors and speculated that he was in league with the attackers only because he was Muslim. It was only when his remains were identified that these lies were fully exposed.
Mohammed Salman Hamdani was a fellow American who gave his life for other Americans. His life should not be defined as a member of an ethnic group or a member of a religion, but as an American who gave everything for his fellow citizens.
And the right-wing reaction to Ellison’s comments? He’s a filthy liar! Why? Well, because when Congress passed the Patriot Act, it mentioned Hamdani as a Muslim who went to render aid and died. But even more telling, according to NRO:
There’s little evidence of the “rumors” of which Ellison speaks, either. Poke around yourself. Go to Google and search for Mohammed Salman Hamdani’s name, using various time frames from before today’s hearings (say, in the week after the September 11 attack). You’ll discover two discordant sets of returns: none for sites and news reports accusing Hamdani of being a terrorist, and many thousands of pages honoring him as a hero while claiming that he was “widely accused” of being a terrorist.
A Google search! Why case closed! Or, you know, not; maybe Media Matters can afford more than just the Google machine, because they managed to find a whole heck of a lot more contemporary news reports that show that Ellison was telling the truth.
But the real fun of the NRO hit piece is that it does manage to turn up an article from the ever-reasonable New York Post that they claim proves Ellison wrong:
His family distributed missing-person fliers in the fear that the 23-year- old, who is trained as an emergency medical technician, went instead to the World Trade Center to help and was killed.
But investigators for the FBI and NYPD have since questioned the family about which Internet chat rooms he visited and if he was political.
Hamdani, a graduate of Queens College with a biochemistry degree, had been in the NYPD cadet program for three years. He became “inactive” because he needed to work full time, his mother said.
Police sources said he hadn’t been to work at the NYPD since April, but he still carried official identification.
One source told the Post: “That tells me they’re not looking for this guy at the bottom of the rubble. The thing that bothers me is, if he is up to some tricks, he can walk past anybody [using the ID card].”
Hamdani’s mother, who has been in the United States for two decades, denied her son was political or a religious fundamentalist. Cops at the Midtown Tunnel reported spotting someone who looked like Hamdani yesterday morning.
NRO is kind enough to note of such behavior that “No doubt, that was hard on the grieving mother,” but sniffs that this “is the kind of thing that inevitably happens after a major terrorist attack.”
Yeah. To Muslims.
But then as Pam Gellar observes, “This is war — and there is no morality, there is no depth the enemy within won’t sink to.”
King’s committee sure is proving something along those lines, anyhow.