- Farrakhan's Nation of Islam releases e-book slamming Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Israel, among others
- Accuses Beck and Limbaugh of creating "a dangerously xenophobic climate for Muslims in the U.S., and abroad"
- E-book supports the notion that Osama bin Laden deserved a trial
- Authors claim that 9/11 should be investigated to examine U.S. government's alleged role
- Offers defense of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's comments about 9/11
On Friday, The Blaze reported that Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam released an e-book detailing allegedly dangerous and slanderous attacks against President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle. In addition to this text, the religious body has released yet another volume. A second book, entitled, "Under Siege: NDAA, Islamophobia, and the Israel Lobby," is 65 pages in its entirety and it takes aim at Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Israel and a plethora of other individuals and subjects.
The book begins by slamming the "anti-Sharia" movement in America, claiming that it has led to "a dangerously Islamophobic climate...for Muslims in the U.S. and abroad." Additionally, it calls leaders of the Religious Right "Apostles of Hate." The purpose of "Under Siege," according to its text, is to provide an overview of "existing legal and political threats facing followers of Islam in the United States."
The first chapter covers the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and claims that it lays the groundwork for the U.S. to potentially detain political dissidents. In quotes presented in the book, during which Farrakhan was discussing the controversial bill, the Islamic minister seemed to allude to the fact that the law was implemented in an effort to silence his voice. During an interview with Cliff Kelley of WVON 1690AM in Chicago, the e-book quotes the faith leader as saying:
"That act signed into law by our president is an act that is destined to stop those of us who speak truth to power. It's aimed primarily at a man that they know they have not been able to control. So I warn the government—you can do what you want with me—but Farrakhan is going to be found being faithful to the truth that will free the minds of our people, and whatever the consequences, I warn you, when you come after me, God will come surely after you."
Despite openly proclaiming its dislike for the NDAA, the Nation of Islam also admits in the book that Obama has promised not to detain American citizens. Rather than create fear surrounding Obama's intentions concerning the law, "Under Siege" warns that future Republican presidents may, indeed, use it to detain Americans. "Obama critics cite this as a key concern because according to political analysts, Pres. Obama's reelection in 2012 is not guaranteed," the book continues.
In addition to making these claims, "Under Siege" seems to advance the notion that Muslims in America are under assault. The book even goes on to name some of the alleged offenders who have "created a dangerously xenophobic climate for Muslims in the U.S., and abroad." Among those accused of this offense are Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh (the National of Islam takes the opportunity to lambaste their so-called "bloviating rhetoric").
In chapter 3, "America Hijacked," the authors tackle "foreign policy" and "lobbyists," but it doesn't take long to realize that what the book is really targeting is the American government's support for Israel. The text goes on to rail against Jewish groups that have been accused of "hijacking the American political system." The first group they discuss is the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), writing:
Leading the Israel-first lobby, AIPAC with its 100,000 members uses political leverage to shape American foreign policy. According to its website, AIPAC believes: “These efforts are critical to Israel's security and to American interests in the Middle East and around the world.” [...]
To AIPAC, it doesn't matter whether the president is a Democrat or a Republican, or which political party dominates the U.S. Congress. At AIPAC's annual conference, both parties bow in deference to the powerful lobby and will kowtow to its demands. Republicans and Democrats have been engaged in political gridlock during President Barack Obama's entire tenure in office, but when it comes to Israel, there is total agreement. To use the president's words, the relationship between America and Israel is “sacrosanct.”
The Israel Lobby, the book maintains, uses "shadowy influence" and, thus, hinders any Middle Eastern conflict resolution. The document also goes on to claim that the lobby causes war. During this same chapter, the gay rights lobby is also lambasted, with the text claiming that the Israel and gay rights lobbies have seen their talking points become "central pillars of U.S. foreign policy."
But it doesn't end there. In chapter four, Osama bin Laden's assassination is covered in-depth, as the Nation of Islam concludes that "it appears as if the United States of America's foreign policy consists primarily of using military force to eliminate those in the way of strategic geopolitical interests." Of course, the chapter also finds a way to compare America's assassination of bin Laden to Israel's purported refusal to abide by international regulations, claiming:
Over the past few years, extrajudicial assassination as an operational strategy was primarily used by the Israeli government through its IDF and its intelligence wing, The Mossad. Increasingly, the United States government is choosing to move away from diplomatic discussions and—like Israel—ignoring the rule of international law opting to use its influence within the United Nations and NATO, to bring forth circumstances which will produce desired regime change.
In the end, the group's message centers upon the fact that bin Laden deserved -- at least in the eyes of Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam -- to have his day in court. As for 9/11, an event that was perpetuated and planned by bin Landed and one that created continued international furor, "Under Siege" wonders: Has the U.S. told the truth about the nation's worst terror attack?
In a seemingly bizarre display of defense and admiration, the book quotes President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's past controversial words about the attacks that forever changed America and the world. "Under Siege" echos Ahmadinejad's claims that the 9/11 attacks should be fully investigated to ensure that there was no U.S. government involvement.
"Mr. Ahmadinejad was mocked by most mainstream American news organizations, but not everyone accepts the 'crackpot idea' characterization," the book claims. "Many believe a full and complete investigation of 9/11 is still needed." Farrakhan's own words from past public statements and interviews, presented below and in the book, take these assertions even further:
"The American people, I believe, are being deceived by a government that was absolutely afraid of the growth of Islam in America. And they needed something to gather the American people, and under Zionist influence, stop the spread of Islam, stop funding for legitimate Islamic projects, and frighten the immigrant Muslims in America so that they would not speak up.
Muslims should raise questions about the commonly accepted version of the events that transpired resulting in the tragic events of 9/11 which led to this iron-fisted crackdown on Muslims in America and worldwide."
These, of course, are only some of the themes discussed in the mini-book. While many of the elements held within the text seem disjointed, each showcases a particular -- often peculiar -- opinion that is embraced by Farrakhan and his religious group. You can read the book for yourself here.