December 24, 2010
Unethical: Bloomberg/Rauf CollusionBy Pamela Geller
They're emailing each other?
The New York Daily News reported Thursday that "Mayor Bloomberg's top deputies went to great lengths to help those trying to build a mosque at Ground Zero - even drafting a letter to the community board for them, newly released documents show. City Hall on Thursday released a flurry of emails between its brass and Feisal Abdul Rauf, the imam pushing to build a mosque near the sensitive site, and his supporters."
It's worse than we imagined.
The release of these documents, emails and various exchanges between Mayor Bloomberg's office and the radical Imam Rauf and his motley crew of Islamic supremacists shows evidence of collusion, inappropriate political support for the Ground Zero mega mosque, and favoritism given to the project.
The newly released documents show that Mayor Bloomberg's office went to extraordinary lengths for the radicals trying to build a mega mosque at Ground Zero -- even writing a letter to the Community Board for them. Is it any wonder that Rauf and his wife Daisy Khan were so confident at the hearings about whether the nineteenth-century building they're going to tear down to build the mega-mosque should be designated a landmark?
At one of those hearings last May, those in opposition to the Ground Zero mosque were in the vast majority in the audience, and were having none of the nonsense being served up by the Community Board itself. From the very beginning the board was only presenting pro-mosque speakers, from elected officials to board members - although I was allowed to speak early after writing on my card that I wanted to speak about "outreach." After I spoke, they closed the public remarks down for about an hour. After the lopsided vote in favor of the mosque, printed remarks were distributed from the Manhattan Borough President congratulating the Board for its vote.
How did he know how the Board would vote? Was the fix in from the start? The newly released emails certainly give that impression.
Rauf is an open proponent of Islamic law, Sharia, with its oppression of women, stonings, and amputations. He is a prominent member of the Perdana organization, a leading funder of the jihad flotilla launched against Israel earlier this year by the genocidal Islamic terror group, IHH.
And he's a slumlord. Despite numerous citations for fire, building, and health code violations and reports of vermin and rat and roach infestations, the Imam left his tenants to live in abject squalor and filth. He claimed he didn't have money to hire an exterminator, but he has the jiyza to build a $150 million Ground Zero triumphal mosque on hallowed ground? Worse still, Rauf snagged more than $2 million in public financing to renovate low-income apartments. He took the money, never did the renovations, and forced good people to live with vermin and dilapidation.
So why did the Mayor apparently break ethical rules for a slumlord with radical ties, whose buildings were placed in receivership in November?
Judicial Watch filed Freedom of Information Act requests for the correspondence between Bloomberg's office and Rauf concerning the mosque months ago. The Mayor failed to release these documents back in August. It took an additional six months to get Bloomberg to comply with this request. Now we know why, and what he was hiding.
The emails between the Mayor's office and Rauf concerning the Ground Zero mosque show that Bloomberg more than once colluded with Rauf and his gang to make sure the mosque project would sail through to get all the approval from various city offices that it needed.
Why did Bloomberg help the Cordoba Initiative write its letter to the New York City Landmarks Commission, altering and making suggestions and revisions to Rauf's original letter?
Why did the city intervene on behalf of Rauf, to help him secure the permits from the building department for permission to assemble in a building that had been destroyed in the 9/11 attacks?
The dotty, irrational Mayor has shown no such favoritism towards the rebuilding of the 96-year-old St. Nicholas church at Ground Zero. Completely destroyed in the 9/11 attacks, it remains vanquished by Muslim terrorists, despite a ten-year battle by Church officials who have been frustrated again and again in their attempts to rebuild by city officials.
The revelation of Bloomberg's ethics violations and collusion with the Islamic supremacists of the Ground Zero mosque project ought to put an end to the Ground Zero mosque once and for all -- as well as to Bloomberg's political career.