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Thu Feb 14, 2013, 12:44 PM

Report: Pro-Hagel ‘Friends of Hamas’ Group Doesn’t Seem To Actually Exist

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IGOR BOBIC 12:08 PM EST, THURSDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2013

A report published last week by the right-wing site Breitbart News claimed that defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel's confirmation was in question because of his purported connection to a certain terror group named "Friends of Hamas." Since then, Republican lawmakers and conservatives have been pushing the report as evidence of Hagel's anti-Israel views. The only problem, as Slate's Dave Weigel thoroughly explains, is that the group doesn't seem to exist:

Here's the problem: There's no proof that "Friends of Hamas" actually exists. At best, it's an organization so secret that nobody in government has thought to mention its existence. At worst, it's as fake as Manti Te'o's girlfriend. The Treasury Department, which designates sponsors of terror, has done so to many charities tied to Hamas. "Friends of Hamas" is not among them. The State Department doesn't designate it, either. And a bit less holistically, a Lexis search for the group reveals absolutely nothing. I've been unable to find any Senate staffer who knows where the "Friends" rumor came from, and Dave Reaboi, communications director for the (generally conservative) Center for Security Policy, shared my confusion about the alleged group. "Looking back to the 1990s, there were several groups (some affiliated with Holy Land Foundation, some not) that functioned as fund-raisers," he said in an e-mail. "I wouldn't put it past these people to refer to it this way in private, but I doubt highly that they'd actually call a legit group 'Friends of Hamas.'"

Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/report-pro-hagel-friends-of-hamas-group-doesnt



Link to Breitbart "report":
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/02/07/Hagel-Friends-of-Hamas-WH

Link to Weigel's report:
http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2013/02/14/_friends_of_hamas_the_scary_sounding_pro_hagel_group_that_doesn_t_actually.html

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Reply Report: Pro-Hagel ‘Friends of Hamas’ Group Doesn’t Seem To Actually Exist (Original post)
DonViejo Feb 2013 OP
yellowcanine Feb 2013 #1
Jack Rabbit Feb 2013 #12
yellowcanine Feb 2013 #16
TwilightGardener Feb 2013 #2
progressoid Feb 2013 #3
MynameisBlarney Feb 2013 #4
Cracklin Charlie Feb 2013 #9
MynameisBlarney Feb 2013 #13
another_liberal Feb 2013 #5
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Feb 2013 #6
xxqqqzme Feb 2013 #17
dsharp88 Feb 2013 #7
riverbendviewgal Feb 2013 #8
marble falls Feb 2013 #11
Comrade Grumpy Feb 2013 #10
Tommy_Carcetti Feb 2013 #14
EastKYLiberal Feb 2013 #15
timdog44 Feb 2013 #18
Berlum Feb 2013 #19
calimary Feb 2013 #20

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 12:50 PM

1. Breitbart News made it up? Well slap me with a wet noodle.

More codswallop from the rabid right.

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Response to yellowcanine (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 02:00 PM

12. Yes that does deserve an award, doesn't it?


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Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #12)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 02:32 PM

16. That's a classic line from a classic movie.....

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 12:52 PM

2. Just one of many made-up smears against him. His "sin" in the Senate was in not

knee-jerk demonizing whomever the GOP, neocons or AIPAC wanted demonized--Dick Lugar was the same way, and is now gone. They take the best parts of these men, their thoughtfulness and fairness in foreign policy and national security, and turn it against them now, inventing support for terror groups as if Hagel was a traitor. A traitor who happens to sit on the President's Intelligence Advisory Board and Defense Policy Board, no less.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 12:54 PM

3. Republicans crowing over a non-existent story.

I'm shocked.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 01:00 PM

4. LOL

That's too damn funny!

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Response to MynameisBlarney (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 01:38 PM

9. It even sounds like a made-up organization.

Imagine that.

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Response to Cracklin Charlie (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 02:04 PM

13. Subtlety...

is not in their repertoire.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 01:02 PM

5. Can you say . . .

Can you say, "Swift Boat?" These people will do whatever it takes to destroy anyone who doesn't genuflect to Bibi Netanyahu every chance they get.

Is this really what America has allowed itself to become? I sincerely hope not.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 01:08 PM

6. Breitbart news?

I thought that fucker was dead.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 03:14 PM

17. His dubious accomplishments, in life,

were all lies. Doesn't surprise me the practice continues under his name.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 01:17 PM

7. Yet another right-wing hoax to frighten the weak and gullible. nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 01:22 PM

8. It's Joe McCarthy at it again

Nothing to back the accusations on...and this is a Congress that allows it?

May America survive this.

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Response to riverbendviewgal (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 01:47 PM

11. Survive Breitbart? Pffft! On our heads with our eyes closed.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 01:44 PM

10. It's Hagel vs. the Republican/Zionist tag team.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 02:27 PM

14. The bloated, rotting corpse of Andrew Breitbart strikes again.

Sheesh, even from beyond the grave he's still Sherodding people.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 02:30 PM

15. The people responsible for this fabrication should be imprisoned...

 

Interfering with the confirmation of the Secretary of Defense is a danger to national security.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 03:14 PM

18. In the dictionary.

Under the word liars. #1-Republicans #2-Republicans #3-Republicans #4-People who don't tell the truth

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 03:15 PM

19. Scuzzbucket lying Republicans against America's Armed Services

The freaking Republican chickenhawks make up lies so America will be freaking defenseless. What massive evil a-holery.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 03:21 PM

20. Oh. The breitbart angle raises its ugly head again. Instant disregard.

The first word after "breitbart" is "IGNORE!"

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