Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) scheduled briefing with al-Qaeda-linked group

“This shouldn’t surprise anyone. The Democrats have for years now been focused on ‘Islamophobia’ and building relationships with supposedly ‘moderate’ Muslims, without having any way to discern whether the Muslims they were dealing with were ‘extremist’ or ‘moderate,’ since they deny the reality of how jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify and assume that it’s a Religion of Peace. The Republicans, of course, are no better,” Robert Spencer from Jihad Watch reports.

“Rep. Alan Grayson Slammed for Scheduled Briefing With al Qaeda Linked Group,” from the Washington Free Beacon, January 6, 2014:

A GOP challenger to Rep. Alan Grayson (D., Fla.) is blasting the Democratic congressman for hosting a Capitol Hill briefing with a human rights group run by a designated al Qaeda terrorist.A representative from Geneva-based NGO Al Karama was scheduled to participate in the Nov. 19 briefing on U.S. drone policy with Reps. Grayson, Barbara Lee (D., Calif.), and Jan Schakowsky (D., Ill.), the Washington Free Beacon first reported Monday. The representative was unable to attend because of reported visa issues.

Al Karama’s president and founder Abdul Rahman Naimi was designated as a global terrorist and al Qaeda financier by the U.S. Treasury Department in December.

Jorge Bonilla, a Republican running for Grayson’s seat in Florida’s 9th district, called the briefing a “slap in the face to the brave men and women who have served in the Global War On Terror,” according to a statement published by the National Review

Grayson was reelected to congress in 2012, after losing a prior seat in 2010. He drew fire during his 2010 campaign when he released an ad calling his GOP opponent Daniel Webster “Taliban Dan.” The ad was widely criticized by fact-checkers as misleading.