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Pamela Geller Announces New “Coalition”

Yet another annoucement from Pamela Geller:

Our groups American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI)TM, Freedom Defense Initiative (FDI)TM, European Freedom Defense Initiative, European Freedom Initiative, Israel Freedom Initiative, SIOE, SIOA, SIAD,  SIO Poland, SIO Romania, SIO Bulgaria, SIO France, SIO Sweden, SIO Norway et al, are organized and led by Anders Gravers in Europe and Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, James Lafferty, Pamela Hall, and Rich Davis in the States. We are creating “a coalition of the free” to defend “the coalition of the willing,” as the war in the information battle space moves into its next phase.The Global Freedom Initiative.TM

Information about who is behind these various groups is sparse (Stephen Gash “retired” from SOIE in September), although Norway’s group is run by a journalist named Arne Tumyr. Geller took control of SIOA earlier this year, as I noted here.

So, what will the “next phase” have to offer?

We will be holding a huge conference in DC early next year, and will follow up with our teams in Europe, Asia, Latin America, China, and the Middle East in the Spring. Please contact me if you  wish to represent your country in our coaltion.

So, the same old pundit circuit. An organisation called the “Global Freedom Initiative” was created by the Cato Institute in 2007; perhaps they can live with another group using the same name, although the addition of “TM” must surely be annoying.

It’s a busy week for Spencer and Geller: today they are both in Fort Worth, Texas, for a meeting billed as “Sara and Dorrie Present Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer”; “Sara” is Sara Legvold, an activist in the Texas GOP (quote: “I want to deport everybody who is illegal — children, dogs, pets, birds.”), while “Dorrie” is Dorrie O’Brien, who is with Brigitte Gabriel‘s ACT! for America and who has trouble with holding meetings in libraries. Next weekend, Geller and Spencer will be at David Horowitz’s “Restoration Weekend” in Florida alongside the likes of Newt Gingrich, and then it’s back to Texas for Spencer, who will join Walid Shoebat at a Fort Hood “commemoration” focusing on the evils of how “liberalism” and “diversity” caused last year’s massacre.

UPDATE: Geller has announced two new associates:

We are proud to announce that Amil Imani will be heading up the Iranian Freedom Initiative. Amil will join forces with us to fight Islamic supremacism in the West and the global jihad, and we will join Amil in his battle for regime change in Iran… D’vorah Joy Hoffmann… is heading up the Israeli division of our global counter jihad movement, the Israel Freedom Initiative.

Hoffman is a pet-care specialist; Imani is the part of the usual pundit circuit and the author of a self-published novel called Obama Meets Ahmadinejad. According to an endorsement from Ali Sina on Imani’s site:

In this parody, Amil Imani ridicules two dangerous zanies of our time, who also must be laughed at, who both, have deceitfully usurped their presidency, and together are bringing the world to the brink of Armageddon.

22 Responses

  1. who will join Walid Shoebat at a Fort Hood “commemoration” focusing on the evils of how “liberalism” and “diversity” caused last year’s massacre

    I’m sure the loved ones of those killed will really appreciate such a flipant, cavalier statement.

    Look! I can do that too!

    On 7/7 52 innocent Britons were killed…tee-hee!

    Nidal Hasan gave a detailed and precise outline of what he intended to do, and even provided the appropriate koranic verses as justification. his power-point presentation is probably still available on-line. The PC- emasculated military brass responded to that chilling presentation by assuming the fetal position and sucking their thumbs.

    Next time, perhaps they’ll meet with their respective “diversity” officers and ask for a consultation.

    NIdal Hasan was a monster and the prevailing attitudes that allowed him to thrive and to do what he did, attitudes you appear to endorse, will no doubt be subjected to a great deal of scrutiny and will, with any luck, be banished from the military.

    Even if that happens, though, you’ll still be a hack.

    • No, I’m sure that the relatives of those who’ve died because of Islamic terrorism are more than happy for the likes of Spencer and Shoebat to cash in on it all.

      • Spencer, cashing in? Pshaw! He’s written at least ten books, several of which were best sellers, given technical briefs to the State Department, Joint Terrorism Task Force in DC, Tidewater Joint Terrorism Task Force in VA, United States Army Command and General Staff College, even the United States Central Command. What have you done besides book reviews? I’m not really sure why you feel the need to insult folks who are actually doing something good for this country but it certainly turns me off.

        Oh wait, you’re a “liberal” right? Never mind.

      • Never mind the quality, feel the width.

    • Perhaps you would be willing to clarify how “liberalism” and “diversity” kill people.

  2. No, I’m sure that the relatives of those who’ve died because of Islamic terrorism are more than happy for the likes of Spencer and Shoebat to cash in on it all.

    Exposing the rationale and motivation for Hasan’s killing spree is hardly “cashing in”.

    If they don’t do it, who will?

    The Southern Poverty Law Centre?

    Or any other official “monitor” of hate-groups?

    Yeah! sure!

    Hasan’s murderous rampage is so reminiscent of that of “Marc Lepine”, isn’t it?

    • “Exposing the rationale and motivation for Hasan’s killing spree is hardly “cashing in””

      Are you pretending that Geller, Spencer and Shoebat don’t all make substantial livings from their propaganda machines?

  3. Are you pretending that Geller, Spencer and Shoebat don’t all make substantial livings from their propaganda machines?

    Exposing NIdal’s Hasan’s islamist motivation now amounts to propaganda?

    Most of what Geller and Spencer get for their efforts are shitloads of death threats and oddles of islamist financed lawsuits for “islamophobia” and “defamation”.

    Few journalists will tackle radical Muslims ( or even the more ‘moderate’ ones) for fear they’ll end up like that Seattle caracaturist who started the ” draw mohammed” campaign, and who now lives under an assumed name.

    Yeah! Sure! Geller and Spencer are just doing it for the money…

  4. Perhaps you would be willing to clarify how “liberalism” and “diversity” kill people

    Nidal Hasa was accetped into the military for no other reasons apart from the fact he was Arabo/Muslim.

    The constraints on speech and the general atmosphere of intimidation and fear that your shitty diversity and leftism have created prevented individuals from speaking out against Hasan.

    Take a gander at Hasan’s ( most explicit) powerpoint presentation and ask yourself how this deranged, loony psychopath could have been given a complete pass by his cowed bosses?

    The fear and intimidation wrought by the PC discourse has practically rendered people so defenseless that even in the military, and in the presence of such a clearly dangerous person, no one mustered the courage to fight back against that intimidation, against that fear of being labelled ‘racist’, to denounce Hasan and to expose his murderous plans.

    There is a chill on free speech, a chill on criticisng ANYTHING remotely connected to islam, mohammed, the koran or muslims, and as a result of that chill, that atmosphere of intimidation, 13 innocent people died.

    You should have figured that out on your own a long time ago, but you’ve so imbibed this atmosphere, you are now reduced to censoring your own thoughts.

    • June:

      You, or rather Geller, have concocted the pieces of a conspiracy that conform to your pre-existing beliefs that the military and government have been infiltrated by Islam, that Islam is evil, and that any rational questioning of these basic tenets must be deluded and influence by naivete at the least, and more likely by some insidious commitment to the dual evils of liberalism and diversity. There is no arguing with beliefs of this nature, because there is always a new arm of the conspiracy lurking in the shadows to explain away any counter thought. What you might consider, in a rational moment, is how the accusations of conspiracy spread until the encompass the entire planet.

      This is how Geller proceeded in her grandstanding of the Bary case–in quick order accusing the Governor of the State of Ohio, a county child-protection agency and the judge in a family court of all becoming pawns in this global conspiracy to… well, to what is never entirely clear, but it somehow begins with “Sharia Law” and ends with either armageddon or the enslaving of all of the world’s citizens–depending on one’s religious persuasion at the outset.

      In fact, the Nidal Hasan case has been covered in many places. I know, and not from reading it in Geller’s blog, that there were concerns about Hasan’ssanity and fitness to serve, that some may have been loath to take a stand, either because Hasan was Muslim and they were therefore uncomforable with a challenge, or because such things are far more clear in hindsight than they are as they go down. You might consider how long it was (and likely still is) the practice in public schools to “pass the trash” when a teacher has violated appropriate boundaries withe a student; or the massive efforts on the part of the Catholic church to cure sexual pathologies of their priesthood wth geographic cures.

      But you go further in suggesting that Nidal Hasan was accepted into military service ONLY because he was Arabic and Muslim. This is an utterly unsubstantiated charge–unless you have some proof up your sleeve? And perhaps you would suggest that anyone of Arabic heritage be barred from service? or that Muslims renounce their religion on induction?

      Perhaps Hasan’s powerpoint is proof positive that someone ought to have known he was close to a psychotic, or politico-psychotic break. But, I wonder if one can see that any more in Hasan’s presentation that one can see it on Geller’s blog? When one clearly indicates their fear and hatred of a religious group–is this the indication of a dangerous pathology that ought to concern those around them? Of course we are not providing Geller with arms and ready access to troops. But the question is a good one. How dangerous is Geller?

  5. You, or rather Geller, have concocted the pieces of a conspiracy that conform to your pre-existing beliefs that the military and government have been infiltrated by Islam, that Islam is evil, and that any rational questioning of these basic tenets must be deluded and influence by naivete at the least, and more likely by some insidious commitment to the dual evils of liberalism and diversity. There is no arguing with beliefs of this nature, because there is always a new arm of the conspiracy lurking in the shadows to explain away any counter thought. What you might consider, in a rational moment, is how the accusations of conspiracy spread until the encompass the entire planet.

    THIRTEEN dead soldiers isn’t a conspiracy; it’s a FACT.

    But, I wonder if one can see that any more in Hasan’s presentation that one can see it on Geller’s blog?

    I used to be a committed progressive, but about 25 years ago I began to see utterly stupid statements like the one above rear their heads.

    Hasan KILLED 13 people in cold blood after outlinging in great detail ( with appropriate Islamic precepts cited) as to just why he had to commit such an atrocity…and you take that to be the equivalent of a blog that doesn’t even threaten, let alone kill EVEN ONE person?

    You are unhinged.

    One can only wonder what fantasies you’ll spout after the next 911.

    And there WILL be another 911.

    You can bet your whole mortgage on THAT, darlin’.

  6. Sorry to disappoint, but my whole mortgage wouldn’t amount to much. Sounds like a no-win bet, anyway.

    That thirteen were killed is a tragedy, and even a tragedy that resulted from conspiracy.

    Placing “liberalism” and “diversity” at the center of the controversy, as if such concepts could act freely to begin with, and as if the believers in such concepts were typically known to be fomenters of hatred and violence on the other, is what requires a conspiracy theory and a pretty elaborate and poorly grounded one at that.

    Call me naive, but I cannot recall a time in history that hatred of peoples, of groups, of believers, have ever brought forth more peaceful times, generated safety and security or contributed to a more democratic society.

    So–you and Ms. Geller go on hopin’ for another 9/11 to prove you right. I will go on believing that the things that we do and how we respond to one another matter, and trust to the side of rationality.

  7. Call me naive, but I cannot recall a time in history that hatred of peoples, of groups, of believers, have ever brought forth more peaceful times, generated safety and security or contributed to a more democratic society.

    You’re naive.

    All mass movements/migrations of populations and peoples, such as we are now seeing, has always led to great tragedy and destruction and even the collapse of entire civilisations.

    And you go-on-hoping-strategy is utterly suicidal. We’re facing a threat that seeks nothing less than our enslavement and even annihilation.

    People opposing the radicla Islamist agenda aren’t hoping for anohter 911, they’re trying to mobilise and alert both society and gov’t in order to prevent a repeat.

  8. June, I frankly don’t know what you are working for. However, at the end of the day you are not going to be able to successfully oppose the radical Islamist agenda if you are not able to distinguish who is and who is not a part of any radical Islamist agenda (and BTW–I don’t know that amongst radical Islamists there is a single agenda). I would suggest that President Obama, Governor Strickland, and the overwhelming majority of the US military–not to mention the Southern Poverty Law Center and Reverend Jeremiah Wright–are not in cahoots, either willingly of by any subconscious alliance, with radical Islamists.

    To suggest that they are–and that only by overcoming each and every rational thinker who who believes otherwise–is symptomatic of loonietoons thought.

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  10. Interesting that Sara Legvold was born in Cuba yet she wants to deport every “illegal” living creature.

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