Former California Congressman Tom Campbell who has accepted campaign contributions from prominent Muslim activist Sami al-Arian who is alleged to have formed with others a terrorist support network across the United States and who pled guilty to conspiring to help associates of the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad
More trouble for former Congressman and now California U.S. Senate candidate Tom Campbell, as if supporting terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad was not enough.
California GOP Senate candidate Tom Campbell’s support has begun to wane, as the onetime-frontrunner for the Republican nomination spends time explaining his record, including ties to Sami Al-Arian, convicted of providing support to the terrorist organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and a series of votes to cut aid to Israel when he was a member of the House of Representatives.
But there is another issue that is likely to roil voters in California. Campbell has not only extended a helping hand to men linked to jihadists, he has personally donated money to the lawyers leading the legal crusade to free the terrorists at Guantanamo. Campbell donated $1,000 to the Center for Constitutional Rights.
Readers of THE WEEKLY STANDARD may recall that Marc Thiessen wrote an expose of that same group in a recent issue of this magazine:
Read it all.
The link to the Politico is bad in the above Weekly Standard piece but here is another and more about the Center for Constitutional Rights.
Campbellâ€™s questionable moves as a congressman were not limited to his efforts on behalf of Al-Arian and Al-Najjar. Indeed, in April 2000 his Senate campaign gave $1,000 to the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), in support of that organizationâ€™s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of President Bill Clintonâ€™s military action in Yugoslavia. CCR is a pro-Castro outfit that only represents defendants whose political views it supports. Among its more notable clients have been such luminaries as Tom Hayden, co-founder of the radical Students for a Democratic Society; Leonard Peltier, an American Indian rights activist who murdered two FBI agents in 1975; and attorney Lynne Stewart, who illegally facilitated and concealed communications between her client, the incarcerated â€œblind sheikâ€ Omar Abdel Rahman, and members of his Egyptian terrorist organization. CCR has also taken up the cause of such groups as the Black Liberation Movement, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Communist Party USA, the Black Panther Party, the Chicago Seven, and the Hamas-linked Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development.
More trouble could be lurking in the wings for Campbell, however. In April 2000, his Senate campaign gave $1,000 to the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights. The gift to the left-leaning civil liberties group came weeks after a federal appeals court rejected a lawsuit CCR brought on behalf of about 30 members of Congress who challenged President Bill Clintonâ€™s military action in Yugoslavia.
â€œA lot of people thought that was unconstitutional. Thatâ€™s what he joined with them on â€” on that lawsuit,â€ Fisfis said.
CCR is officially devoted to the â€œuse of law as a positive force for social change,â€ supported the impeachment of Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney and has taken the lead in organizing legal representation for war-on-terror prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
Carly Fiorina’s television ads are going to rip Tom Campbell’s campaign to shreds – as they should.