DHS Appointee Allegedly Played Politics With Database
by IPT News • Oct 26, 2011 at 10:30 pm
A member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) allegedly tapped into a state database in hopes of luring journalists to write a story damaging to Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican presidential candidate, Pajamas Media reports.
Mohamed Elibiary "has accessed DPS documents and downloaded them," said Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw. Those include documents with intelligence information marked for official use only. They were part of a Homeland Security database used by law enforcement agencies to share intelligence.
McCraw wants the Department of Homeland Security to determine if "Elibiary improperly handled any sensitive intelligence products," the report says.
Elibiary then shopped a story to an unnamed media outlet saying the department promoted "Islamophobia," writes blogger Patrick Poole. Perry, Elibiary allegedly claimed, was responsible. But the material contained "nothing remotely resembling Islamophobia," an unnamed representative of the media outlet said.
Elibiary's past actions have led to questions about his ideology. For example, he spoke at a December 2004 conference in Dallas paying tribute to the Ayatollah Khomeini and has defended Sayyid Qutb, the Islamist ideologue credited with inspiring the Muslim Brotherhood and terrorist groups including al-Qaida.