Thursday, March 12, 2009

CISPES orchestrated fringe lawmakers to sign 'neutrality' letter

The list of signers of a letter urging President Barack Obama to be "neutral" toward the Salvadoran elections contains a rogues' gallery of the most fringe elements of Congress's loony left.

One of the signers, Rep. Jim McDermott (pictured), took a junket to Iraq in 2002 on an anti-American propaganda trip paid for by Saddam Hussein's intelligence service.

CISPES, a front of the FMLN, coordinated the campaign to enlist lawmakers to sign, according to the group's website.

The only senator who signed the letter, Bernard Sanders of Vermont, is also the Senate's only openly avowed socialist.

Members of Congress include:

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, who led the effort in support of the FMLN, and who says the US should be neutral in El Salvador because "the left has the opportunity to take control."
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL).
Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN), an old endorser of CISPES and other FMLN front groups from the 1980s.
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), a former aide to Rep. Ronald V. Dellums who helped the Cuban-backed regime in Grenada run counterintelligence against a suspected pro-US individual in the Grenadian government, and who worked with Dellums in Cuba to generate support for the regime and to discredit President Reagan's concerns that the island was becoming a Soviet ally.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), considered even by Democrats to be one of the looniest people in Congress.
Rep. Jim McDermott, pictured (D-WA), disgraced when he took a Iraq propaganda tour that was secretly financed by Saddam Hussein's intelligence service.
Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA), who copped a plea last year to avoid a conviction for assaulting a woman at Dulles International Airport.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the only Muslim in Congress, he has shown an aversion to federal anti-terrorist legislation.

Click here for the full listing of congressional signers of the letter.

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