You see it all the time in papers or on the web: “Islamic charities in US linked to terrorist funding,” “Kerry campaign accepted funds from activist linked to terrorist group,” “Barack Obama linked to terrorist Yasser Arafat,” etc. Now Michael Bloomberg joins their illustrious company. His office invited Siraj Wahhaj, “linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing,” to meet at City Hall to discuss ways to keep the lid on anti-Muslim violence after Fort Hood. Thus, Bloomberg is Linked to Terrorist, or at least to someone Linked to Terrorism, which as history shows is close enough for journalism…
In addition to being the imam of the Masjid al Taqwa mosque in Bed-Stuy, in which capacity he was invited to City Hall yesterday, Wahhaj was an “unindicted co-conspirator”in the ’93 job, which means they never pinned it on him but wanted their suspicions to get around. He also pals around with terrorists like the blind sheik, etc., and is a member of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which is simultaneously a well-regarded Muslim outreach group and a bete noir of the right wing.
Oddly, there is no mention of terrorism in the New York Post‘s headline, perhaps because Bloomberg is not a Democrat, or even in the article except in Wahhaj’s mouth. The Post also reveals Wahhaj “said he hopes all Americans eventually become Muslim,” which puts him in the same class of dangerous extremist as Christian missionaries.
Grilled by the Post reporter, Bloomberg first denied Wahhaj’s presence, then said “We have to talk to everybody.” The Daily News says “The mayor’s office admits it goofed,” though the closest they get to such an admission is an unnamed aide’s statement that “If we were aware of his full background, it would have been done differently.”