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Khan and Saffuri

To reiterate, Suhail Khan will be moderating the debate between Dinesh D'Souza and Robert Spencer that will be hosted by Grover Norquist's CPAC (an organization that works to reduce the size of government by reducing tax revenues, a cause which is supported by many mainstream conservatives) and to be broadcast on CSPAN March 1. Suhail Khan is a member of the Islamic Institute also founded by Norquist. Khan was shuttled from his job at the White House to the Transporation Department after revelations that his father, Mahboob Khan had hosted Ayman Zawahiri at his mosque in Orange County see below.

Here is the latest press release from the Islamic Institute:

(Washington, DC) - On Saturday, January 26th, the Islamic Institute and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) hosted a luncheon to honor five Muslim and Arab American police officers and firefighters who heroically participated in the rescue efforts in New York and at the Pentagon on 9/11. The officers honored were: Adil Almontaser, Rafet Awad, Faisal Khan, and Ahmed Nasser of the New York Police Department, and Ronald J. Kuley of the Fairfax, Virginia Fire Department. The event drew over 120 members and leaders of the Muslim and Arab American communities as well as representatives of the Bush Administration and of members of Congress.

Following lunch at the Hotel Washington, Ms. Nina Shokraii Rees, Deputy Assistant to the Vice President, read a message of greetings to the gathering and the officers from President Bush. (I'll spare you that)

Ralph Boyd, Jr., the Assistant Attorney General and Director of the Civil Rights division at the Department of Justice, also gave remarks congratulating the officers and commending them for their devotion to service and their faith. After a word from Suhail Khan, Legal Counsel at the Department of Transportation, remarks were made by Islamic Institute Chairman of the Board Khaled Saffuri and ADC President Ziad Asali thanking the officers for their commitment to the people of their communities. They then presented the officers with commemorative plaques honoring their service...

About Saffuri from the Frank Gaffney FP article:

The founding director of Grover Norquist’s Islamic Institute, Khaled Saffuri, is a Muslim Palestinian by birth. Prior to joining Alamoudi’s group (where he served for almost three years15), Saffuri was active in Muslim-support operations in Bosnia,16 a hot-bed for Islamic radicals from Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere anxious to establish a beachhead on the continent of Europe. In recent years, he has acknowledged personally supporting the families of suicide bombers – even though, in public settings, he strenuously denies having done so.17 He denounced President Bush for shutting down the Holy Land Foundation, a Saudi charity that the U.S. government determined was funneling American Muslims’ donations to terrorist organizations overseas.18