Alan West

The Two Faces of (Former) Rep. Alan West

Is he a Traitor to American Values?

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Alan West

Presented by: The Religious Freedom Coalition of the SouthEast

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Question:  "Separation between Church and State."  Who coined the Phrase?  Give up?  Answer:   Thomas Jefferson - one of the founding fathers of this great Nation and a creator of the U.S. Constitution and the First Amendment to that same Constitution.  Thomas Jefferson, in 1802, wrote a Letter to the Danbury Baptist Association, referring to the First Amendment to the US Constitution.  In it he said:

To messers. Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins, & Stephen S. Nelson, a committee of the Danbury Baptist association in the state of Connecticut.

Gentlemen

The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. my duties dictate a faithful and zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, & in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing.

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.

I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection & blessing of the common father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves & your religious association, assurances of my high respect & esteem.

Th Jefferson

Jan 1, 1802


Original Letter is in the Library of Congress

 

Alan West has always supported a extreme Conservative Christian position especially when it comes to Church and State issues.  It is apparent from the data collected, that the first amendment is in danger from his past and future actions.

Upon calling his office we find that Islam, Judaism, Shintoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, or Wicca "..aren't "Real" religions."  What is a real religion, Mr. West?  What you have been practicing?  Read the following and remember: "By their Works may they be known."  We believe that Alan will one day reside in Dante's ninth level of Hell!

(Remember it is best to investigate on your own when looking at allegations about anyone.    Don't believe us, think for yourself and investigate for yourself!  And remember, the Freedom of Religion Coalition does not represent any political party nor do we recommend any political candidate, nor are we involving ourselves in the political process. 

"Alan West is one of the great pulsars of our times: a collapsed gravity well of unblinking stare.  People innocently walking down the street, are drawn into his orbit, helplessly drawn in by how utterly dense he is.  They cannot escape the completely impenetrable mass of darkness surrounding his mind and become totally crushed & moronized by him.By a Friend of Religious Freedom

I've been scratching my head about two things lately. One, how can someone who isn't a multimillionaire vote Republican? Every platform they support is contrary to the average working class citizen's needs. Two, how can a man profess to be a Christian when he obviously is a hypocrite and Liar? But when I listen to people like Alan West, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Sam Brownback, Rush Limbaugh, Jim DeMint, Glenn Beck, Michele Bachmann, Sharon Angle and Christine O'Donnell speak, it becomes clear how these things exist and why they are glorified.   Intelligence is awareness of ignorance.   Stupidity is ignorance of ignorance.   Now it all makes sense.   "It is better to be silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt. "Variously attributed to Lincoln, Elbert Hubbard, Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin and Socrates.  Marine Corps Sgt. Ron Geste - Iraq

 


EXTREMIST TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS ARE THE ENEMY AND TRAITORS TO AMERICA by R. Blackbird

Extremist Tea Party Republicans are selfish, power hungry, hateful of the poor, disloyal to the nation and its people, dishonest, avaricious, scornful of the nation's history, the dignity of its institutions, its standards of political morality, and its vision of advancement for all the people. The Republicans love war as long as they and theirs do not have to put on helmets and carry guns into the fighting. They use lies to start wars that kill hundreds of thousands of innocents and thousands of our own military service people. They love massive war-time profits, unavailable to their rich masters if war is absent.

Those Extremist Republicans hate the rest of us, which they must, in order to pass away from themselves and onto us, the financial burdens and losses their crimes, schemes and thefts cause. They are prolific, incessant, and destructive liars. They are blasphemers for they insist that their hateful and destructive deeds are the work of God. They are apostates for they gleefully attack the poor, the immigrants, the old and the sick, of whom God has commanded all of us to be mindful.

There is no reasoning with them, for all their logic is built on false premises. There is no appealing to them for honor's sake for they have lost all sense of shame and have no honor, there is no appealing to them for the nation's sake for that it what they hate the most.

Extremist Tea Party Republicans are the enemy.


UPDATE 11/06/2012  Allen west was defeated as a Congressional Representative from Florida...Thank the Gods!!!!

UPDATE 04/08/2012   It is being rumored that Allen West is being accused of being a closet Nazi who receives money raised by a Columbia Drug cartel laundered by his membership in the Outlaws Motorcycle Gang.  It is reported that he is good friends with a certain person whose last name is Bush and who was related to the infamous Bush who was a traitor to this country by carrying on a financial arrangement with the Nazis until he was stopped by the trading with the enemies act. (look it up!) Silly Allen, how long do you think you could hide the connection...now I wish there was Jail time in your future.

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Congressman Allen West, whose documented stack of lies keeps getting bigger and bigger, just added another stupid one to the pile. First, a thought about lies. Why? Why would a U.S. Congressman who gets tons of media attention, feel such a strong need to lie — and to lie so much? I’ll leave that to your imagination — or Allen West’s mental health professional, whom I truly hope exists.



It’s not a big lie, but it was so unnecessary, and like most of West’s lies, so easily refuted.

 

“I have 70,000 people who follow me directly on Twitter.”

Well, Congressman, unless half of them just unfollowed you, no, you don’t. See image above.

“We are the number one Congressional Office for Twitter and Facebook in Washington, D.C.”

What does that even mean? Trust me, Twitter and Facebook don’t go around rating Congressional offices. They don’t give out awards. So what does that mean? Number one in number of followers? Number one in number of tweets? Number one what?

Well, I’ll again leave it to the Florida Congressman to explain himself. I will also assume he’s just lying and bragging unless he can prove otherwise.

Here are a few images that prove him wrong.

Dealing with Allen West’s lies is like playing Whack-A-Mole. Get rid of one and another one pops up.

            

 


Post image for Allen West: “China Is In Control Of The Panama Canal,” One Of Many Falsehoods
“China is in control of the Panama Canal,” according to Rep. Allen West (R-FL), who delivered the shocking news last week in a Florida town hall. The freshman congressman, claiming, “You know, there is some serious threats to our country,” also warned of a “threat” coming from south of our border.

“I had the opportunity to go down to the United States southern command which is headquartered in Miami, Florida,” the Sarah Palin and Tea Party-supported Congressman said. “There is a huge threat coming up out of South America through Central America, through Mexico, and into the United States. Iran is in South America. Hezbollah is in South America. I already talked about how China is in control of the Panama Canal. And even about 50 miles away from here in the Bahamas, building a port there.”

The good folks at Think Progress, who reported on this and whom we can thank for the video, write, ”The notion that China controls the Panama Canal is patently false. The United States handed control of the canal over to Panama on December 31, 1999 and it has remained in Panamanian hands ever since. This false claim was even debunked by the conservative news outlet Newsmax back in 2006. In fact, rather than owning the Panama Canal, China is currently proposing a rival railroad in Colombia that would allow goods to bypass the canal.

“West is certainly no stranger to outlandish statements. He made a name for himself over the past year with comments like endorsing the censorship of news agencies that “enabled” Wikileaks, arguing that nobody is getting laid off in Washington D.C., saying that liberal women are “neutering American men,” and calling President Obama a “low level Socialist agitator,” writes Scott Keyes at Think Progress.

I gotta tell you something: if you support Medicare the way it is now, you can kiss the United States of America goodbye,” said West on April 27 at the same Florida town hall.

Last month, West, who recently accused President Obama of acting with ‘”third world dictator-like arrogance,” made a statement that earned him the ire of a great many groups. He began to talk about America through the lens of Ancient Sparta, the much-heralded Greek city-state that inspired the bloody movie, “300.”

“We need you to come in and lock shields, and strengthen up the men who are going to fight for you. To let these other women know on the other side — these planned Parenthood women, the Code Pink women, and all of these women that have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness — to let them know that we are not going to have our men become subservient.”

That statement prompted a local Florida paper to write, “Congressman Allen West Not Getting Any Less Crazy,” asking, “Be more like Sparta, eh, Mr. West?”

“Do you know who else praised Sparta and told his people to be more like them?
“Yes, of course it was Adolf Hitler, who likened his Nazi soldiers to Spartans and the Russians as the Helots. But then, what warmonger wouldn’t look to the Spartans as a shining example of what a society should look like?
“Hitler also admired the Spartans’ ‘racial superiority’ and another practice of strong Spartan women — the systematic murder of its weak and deformed children.”

West, 50, has some other disturbing events in his past. In 2004 he retired from the military after violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including the article on assault, and was fined $5,000.

“And if ballots don’t work, bullets will,” is the statement made in 2010 by Joyce Kaufman, a controversial Florida radio host who had advocated for the hanging of illegal immigrants who have committed crimes. West hired Kaufman to be his chief of staff, but she was essentially forced to resign after public outrage became too great. West reportedly blamed the Left of racism and misogyny as reasons for Kaufman’s resignation.

West, 50, despite being on the House Committee on Armed Services, last year said of gay men and lesbians in the military, “unfortunately, they are serving.” He delivered the keynote speech at this year’s CPAC.

West, who had said, “[t]he truth is not subjective,” as a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, said in a candidate forum, ”I had a Top Secret/Security Compartmented Information classification, that is the highest you can have in the United States Army. You don’t get a security classification like that if you have financial issues like that. I still retain a Secret security clearance. And I tell you, if you look at the application for a security clearance, I have a clearance that even the president of the United States cannot obtain because of my background.”

This statement earned his the “Pants on Fire” award from the non-partisan PolitiFact, which writes,

“West is saying that he had a higher security clearance than someone occupying the office of president of the United States. Even if you assume that he was referring to the period in which West held a TS/SCI, our experts say he’s wrong.

“The president is the one who established the security clearance system by executive order,” said Steven Aftergood, a national security and intelligence specialist with the Federation of American Scientists. “Therefore it is nonsensical to speak of clearances higher than what the president has. As head of the executive branch and commander in chief of the armed forces, there is no information in government that could be denied to the president for security reasons if he determined he needed access to that information.”

“John Pike, the director of globalsecurity.org, agreed. “This is a silly statement,” Pike said. “The only clearance the president needs is the mandate of the people.”

“The statement is even more questionable if West was actually referring to what he says is his current clearance — Secret.

“A Secret security clearance is the most commonly held security clearance,” Aftergood said. “Almost anyone without a criminal record or serious financial difficulties can get such a clearance if their employment requires it.”

The question becomes, why is West, clearly someone with a questionable grasp on matters of the utmost importance to the security of the United States, a United States Congressman?

You may not have long to worry. Some, including Glenn Beck, are floating West as the next Republican presidential nominee. With Michele Bachmann as his vice president.

(P.S. Blogger Pam Spaulding has an Allen West v. Rick Santorum “The Stupid It Burns” poll. Vote!)


Does Allen West Hate Women?

The congressman often directs his out-of-control anger at “liberal women,” including blasting fellow Florida rep Debbie Wasserman Schultz as “vile and despicable.” By Michelle Goldberg.

 

It’s been clear for a while that Allen West is a very angry man.

 

In 2003, while serving as a battalion commander in Iraq, West oversaw the beating of an Iraqi policeman, Yehiya Kadoori Hamoodi, who he thought had information about potential attacks on his troops. When Hamoodi failed to give him the intelligence he sought—intelligence that, it turned out, Hamoodi didn’t have—West decided to simulate an execution, firing a gun next to Hamoodi’s head. The Army contemplated a court martial, though in the end West was simply relieved of his command and fined $5,000. He has since portrayed the incident as a brave decision to flout the rules for the sake of his men, but there’s evidence that he simply lost it: In a statement shortly after the incident, he wrote, “In my anger, I couldn't remember how many shots were fired.”

Since then, West’s intemperance has made him a hero to the Tea Party, which thrills to his vituperative attacks on political enemies. No other congressman sounds so much like a right-wing talk show host. Islam, he’s said, is a “very vile and very vicious enemy.” Liberal women, he claimed, helped cause the debt by “neutering American men,” which apparently undermined their fiscal rectitude. Earlier this week, he concluded a column by writing, “I must confess, when I see anyone with an Obama 2012 bumper sticker, I recognize them as a threat to the gene pool.”

West’s admirers see his barbed words the same way they see his attack on Hamoodi, as evidence of a heroic willingness to put himself on the line for his ideals. But his recent email attack on fellow Florida representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, coupled with his alternately defensive and defiant reaction to the ensuing controversy, suggest that he might really simply be a volatile person with a victim complex and an out-of-control temper.

 

Allen West

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The strange thing about the Wasserman Schultz incident isn’t just the crazy email West sent, but the relatively anodyne speech that inspired his rage. It all began on Tuesday, when West made a floor speech in favor of the conservative Cut, Cap and Balance act. In response, Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, stood up and reiterated Democratic objections to the plan, which would slash federal spending to pre-Medicare levels. “Incredulously, the gentleman from Florida who represents thousands of Medicare beneficiaries, as do I, is supportive of this plan that would increase costs to Medicare beneficiaries,” she said. “Unbelievable from a member from South Florida.”
This was hardly an ad hominem assault, though West interpreted it that way. That afternoon, he sent her an email, cc’ed to the House leadership, with the subject heading, “Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman-Schultz.” Calling her “the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable” member of Congress, he ordered her to “shut the heck up,” before concluding, “You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!”
No other congressman sounds so much like a right-wing talk show host.
Since then, West has continued to behave erratically. First he told reporters, falsely, that he had apologized to Wasserman Schultz. Then he went on Mark Levin’s radio show and claimed he was being smeared because he’s black, a particularly rich charge given how often he accuses Democrats of playing the race card. “The thing that really most aggravates me is that there’s this double standard,” he said. “And the people on the hard left can continue to attack conservatives, and especially minority conservatives and female conservatives. And yet when all of a sudden you stand up and you say that you will not tolerate this anymore, then they claim to be a victim.” Speaking to Fox Business Network, he accused Wasserman Schultz of leaking a “private email”—an absurd charge, given the fact that he was the one who cc’ed it to several others.

Wasserman Schultz has actually been driving West nuts for a while now. Their feud goes back to last year, when she called him out for his association with the misogynist biker magazine Wheels on the Road, where he wrote a monthly column. An October 2010 issue that he contributed to also ran a piece that said, “Can someone PLEAZZZZZZZZE get rid of Debbie Wasserman Shitz?...That yenta annoys the crap out of me with just her whining voice. Guys, can you imagine banging her (UGGGGGGGGG) and she’s screaming at the top of her lungs!!!” In response, Wasserman Schultz led a protest outside West’s campaign headquarters, which he saw as an intolerable act of disrespect. “[U]nderstand that I shall defend myself forthright against your heinous characterless behavior……which dates back to the disgusting protest you ordered at my campaign hqs,” he wrote in his recent email.

He’s going to have to get used to such protests. Lois Frankel, the former West Palm Beach mayor who is challenging West next year, has put up a website, WestHatesWomen.com, demanding that he both apologize and donate $1,000 to the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “It may seem a little harsh, but it’s backed up by this man’s rhetoric and by his votes,” she says. “Sometimes your true character comes out in your anger. So when you’re angry and your response is sexist and demeaning, that tells you something.”

 


By now you've probably heard about Allen West's sexist remarks to DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who he said is "not a lady" because she... disagreed with him. Hilariously and sadly, West's staffers responded to the ensuing controversy with the following statement: "Congressman West does not hate women." Good One.

Well at least it was good for Jon Stewart, who was prompted to launch a new segment, "Statements of Clarification That Probably Won't Do You Any Good." Also called out were Michele Bachmann ("I abhor slavery") and a Fox News contributor ("I assure you I'm not a pedophile, at all"). Watch the segment below.

 

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By Lauren Kelley | Sourced from AlterNet
 

Posted at July 22, 2011, 6:14 am


Allen West says Debbie Wasserman Schultz is 'Vile', 'Not A Lady'

Rep West has a problem controlling his temper and it has been reported that his wife has been a victim of spousal abuse.  Go to Military Officer Fined For Illegal Interrogation of Iraqi Prisoner below. In his own words:  "In my anger, I couldn't remember how many shots were fired."

WASHINGTON — Again we have his explosive anger revealed.  West turned to email on Tuesday to call a Democratic colleague from the state "vile, despicable and cowardly" after she called into question his stance on Medicare during the debate over a spending cap and balanced budget bill before the House.

West, a first-term Republican from south Florida, wasn't shy about his online outburst. He sent his peppery email to numerous lawmakers as well as his target, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

The subject line of the email: "Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman Schultz."

The e-mail said: "Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up."

In her remarks on the House floor, Wasserman Schultz said: "The gentleman from Florida, who represents thousands of Medicare beneficiaries, as do I, is supportive of this plan that would increase costs for Medicare beneficiaries. Unbelievable from a member from south Florida."

She was alluding to a GOP-backed bill to reduce the debt and amend the Constitution to require a balanced federal budget. The House later approved the bill 234-190, but it is unlikely to pass the Democratic Senate.

In his email, West said Wasserman Schultz has proven "that you are not a Lady" and "shall not be afforded due respect from me!" He said he was alerting House leaders to her "heinous characterless behavior."

A spokesman for Wasserman Schultz, Jonathan Beeton, said in an email of his own: "I don't think that Congressman West is upset at the congresswoman, but rather with the fact that she highlighted that he and other Republicans are once again trying to balance the budget on the backs of seniors, children and the middle class. ... The truth hurts."

West's office did not back off the criticism after the email was widely distributed. A spokeswoman said Wasserman Schultz had taken "another cowardly cheap shot at Congressman West."

It seems West can be vile because he is a Republican and a good many of the Tea Baggers tend to say Vile things (see below when he describes a Moslem member of congress: Allen West called Keith Ellison 'The Antithesis Of Principles' Upon Which Country Was Founded and also called Islam a Vile religion).

BUT when a mere Democratic Woman questions West's voting record she is: "Not a Lady", and Evidences a heinous characterless behavior".  Sounds like Rep. West needs to take an anger management class as well as learn common courtesy and decorum in the House of Representatives.  West is not a Lt. Colonel in the Military any more and cannot expect those he considers his subordinates to not call him on his mistakes. Ms. Wasserman Schultz i++s his EQUAL and in fact evidences VERY lady like behavior in not castigating him for his choice of language in the e-mail he sent her.  THEN to NOT apologize when he told a reporter he already had?  that's called Lying.


Allen West: Debbie Wasserman Schultz Apology 'Not Happening' 

During an appearance on Fox Business Network on Thursday, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) signaled he has no intention of apologizing to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D-Fla.), who chairs the Democratic National Committee, for using strong language to criticize her in an email.

"That is not happening," said West on whether he plans to issue an apology to the Democratic congresswoman. "This is a pattern I referred to in that email that goes back to 2010. Finally I think I have the right to stand up and defend my honor and make sure that this type of activity does cease. I sent her a private email, she decided to make it public by releasing it to the news media."

On Wednesday, however, West suggested to HuffPost's Jen Bendery that he had said he was sorry to Wasserman Shultz for the message in question. (Click here to listen to audio of what the Republican lawmaker had to say.)

Shortly after, a spokesman for Wasserman Schultz indicated that the congresswoman never received an apology from West. A spokesman for the congressman clarified that it's "absolutely false" that West said he was sorry.

The AP relays background on the email West sent to numerous lawmakers as well as Wasserman Schultz herself:

A Republican congressman from Florida turned to email on Tuesday to call a Democratic colleague from the state "vile, despicable and cowardly" after she called into question his stance on Medicare during the debate over a spending cap and balanced budget bill before the House.
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The subject line of the email: "Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman Schultz."

The e-mail said: "Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up."
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In his email, West said Wasserman Schultz has proven "that you are not a Lady" and "shall not be afforded due respect from me!" He said he was alerting House leaders to her "heinous characterless behavior."

Wasserman Schultz addressed the message sent by West during an appearance on MSNBC on Wednesday.


Allen West Email Prompts Congresswomen To Call For Apology From GOP Lawmaker

WASHINGTON — Five Democratic congresswomen on Wednesday called for GOP Rep. Allen West to apologize for his email tirade against a fellow Florida lawmaker.

Reps. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, Carolyn Maloney of New York, Donna Edwards of Maryland, Jackie Speier of California and Lois Capps of California denounced West for calling Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz "vile, despicable and cowardly" after she criticized his stance on Medicare.

"His words were nothing more than personal attacks," said Maloney, who appeared with her four female colleagues at a news conference. "It's incredibly disrespectful."

The congresswomen, who said they were friends as well as colleagues of Wasserman Schultz, also called on the GOP leadership to rebuke West for his outburst.

The controversy began Tuesday when Wasserman Schultz called into question West's stance on Medicare during the debate over a spending cap and balanced budget bill before the House.

West, a first-term Republican from south Florida, responded by sending an email to numerous lawmakers as well as Wasserman Schultz, who also is the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

The subject line of the email: "Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman Schultz."

The email said: "Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up."

In her remarks on the House floor, Wasserman Schultz said: "The gentleman from Florida, who represents thousands of Medicare beneficiaries, as do I, is supportive of this plan that would increase costs for Medicare beneficiaries. Unbelievable from a member from south Florida."

She was alluding to a GOP-backed bill to reduce the debt and amend the Constitution to require a balanced federal budget.

In his email, West said Wasserman Schultz has proven "that you are not a Lady" and "shall not be afforded due respect from me!" He said he was alerting House leaders to her "heinous characterless behavior."

Moore said that such attacks are often made against women who seem strong and knowledgeable.

"There's always someone who will rebuke them (the women) for not being a lady," Moore said.

There is some history between the two Florida lawmakers. Wasserman Schultz and other women protested outside West's campaign office about columns that West wrote appearing in a biker magazine. The protesters said the magazine denigrated women.


Allen West: Keith Ellison 'The Antithesis Of Principles' Upon Which Country Was Founded

Excerpt from an article posted on The Huffington Post   01/24/11 

Freshman Tea Party-backed Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) recently got personal in an attack on one of the House's two Muslim representatives, declaring that Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) represents "the antithesis of the principles upon which this country was established."

During an interview with "The Shalom Show," West also said that he plans to "defeat" Ellison, an outspoken Democrat who "supports Islam," according to host Richard Peritz, "intellectually in debate and discourse."

As ThinkProgress notes, West has repeatedly sought to connect Islamic religious beliefs to supposedly anti-American views.

At a town hall meeting during his campaign, West claimed that people who display the popular "Coexist" bumper stickers, which use various religious symbols as font, are those who would "give away our country" and "our rights and freedoms and liberties because they are afraid to stand up and confront that which is the antithesis, anathema of who we are."

If the connection between the bumper sticker and Islam wasn't made clear by that statement, West went on to drive home his claim that Islam is a "very vile and very vicious enemy that we have allowed to come in this country because we ride around with bumper stickers that say 'coexist.'"

For more on West's controversial views of Islam, check out ThinkProgress's report here.


Allen West Intern Fired Over Retweet

Excerpt from an article on Roll Call by Neda Semnani on June 13, 2011.

It’s not Monday without a Member of Congress making a very public faux pas the week before ... and on the social networking site Twitter, no less. (Members, never stop tweeting. Politics and Twitter paint the rest of our lives with a bit of Technicolor.)

On Friday afternoon, someone tweeted from Rep. Allen West’s Twitter account: “Very sorry about the unauthorized RT. We were not hacked, an intern made an error. Apologies to all.”

Ha. Hacked! Like Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) first said. Good one.

And just what was the unauthorized retweet from the Florida Republican’s account? Glad you asked. It was a tweet from the Scissor Sisters, the very out-of-the-closet three-person band specializing in dance tracks and camp.

The group tweeted: “Dear Tracy Morgan’s son: if you are gay, you can TOTALLY come live with me. We’ll read James Baldwin & watch Paris is Burning. xxANA”

West’s staff is in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for a retreat, and the interns are manning the office.

One intern got on the official feed for the Congressman, who is known for saying, “Gay marriage is an oxymoron,” and retweeted the tweet. He has since been fired.

 

Politics Allen West Reiterates Obama ‘Dictator’ Remarks: ‘Low-Level Socialist Agitator’

Excerpt from an article Posted on The Blaze April 22, 2011 by Jonathon M. Seidl

Recently, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) decried Obama’s “third world dictator-like arrogance.” That raised some eyebrows. So last night, Fox’s Greta Van Susteren, who was a little uncomfortable with the remarks, gave West a chance to walk them back.

No way, said West:

I am sick and tired of this class warfare, this Marxist, demagogic rhetoric that is coming from the President of the United States of America. It is not helpful for this country and it’s not going to move the ball forward as far as rectifying the economic situation in our country. And I’m not going to back away from telling what the truth is.

[...]
There’s a great depth to my conviction, and part of my conviction is telling the truth. I don‘t think it’s very presidential when Barack Hussein Obama refers to my colleague, Paul Ryan, as a simple little accountant, either. So I think that when you look at what a community organizer is turning out to be, it does seem to be like a low-level socialist agitator.


Allen West Reportedly Has Criminal Motorcycle Gang Link

Excerpt from an article on The Huffington Post by Nick Wing Posted: 10-18-10

Allen West, a Tea Party-backed Republican fought a tough battle to put a damper on reports that he has connections to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, a group that both the Department of Justice and the FBI have deemed "criminal."

According to a recent NBC News report, West recently defended the organization, asking a supporter to limit references to the group as "criminal." He then reportedly wrote, "I was never more amazed at how members of the Outlaws guarded me during an interview." West also appeared at an August Constitutional rights rally that featured motorcycle clubs that were supposedly affiliated with the Outlaws.

WATCH:

West has denied NBC News's reports of his involvement with the gang, and recently told Hotline On Call that the story can't be true because the Outlaws do not "not accept blacks, Jews or gays" into their ranks.

The West campaign has responded to the reports, denying their veracity and accusing NBC of a biased reporting:

In what can only be described as a political hatchet job by the liberal mainstream media, NBC News - through reporter Lisa Myers - made an outrageous claim that LTC(R) Allen West condones criminal activity. Myers clearly has an agenda to try and stop good people like Allen who oppose the far left policies that are wreaking havoc upon our country.

The DCCC shot back, however, noting West's plans to participate in an event put on by a motorcycle magazine that the Tea Party candidate has written for:

One day following news that Allen West (FL-22) is tied to the infamous motorcycle gang the Outlaws - which has been described as "organized crime" - West is scheduled to appear at a Wheels on the Road biker rally at 7 p.m. [Saturday] in Pompano Beach, FL.

Allen West is a monthly contributor to "Wheels on the Road," a south Florida motorcycle magazine that frequently promotes the Outlaws and denigrates women. The Justice Department has said that the Outlaws produce and distribute methamphetamine, and engage in other criminal activities including arson, homicide, and prostitution.

According to Hotline, however, West has denied any direct connection between the motorcycle group and the magazine, and says that his piece (.PDF link, mildly-NSFW) was distributed to other blogs and magazines. West also did not appear at the rally for the publication over the weekend.


Alan West, Then a U.S. Military Officer, Was Fined for Harsh Interrogation Tactics

Saturday, December 13, 2003 Posted on CNN

TIKRIT, Iraq (CNN) -- In 2003, West was fined after a military investigator found that his treatment of an Iraqi prisoner violated the military's codes of conduct. West had fired his pistol near the head of an uncooperative detainee in an effort to obtain information about a supposed ambush on his troops.

The commanding general of the 4th Infantry Division on Friday accepted a U.S. military investigator's recommendation and ordered administrative action against Lt. Col. Allen West, who was accused of using improper methods to force information out of an Iraqi detainee.

Following a military hearing, West was fined $5,000 over two months, according to West's civillian attorney, Neal Puckett.

The punishment did not affect West's eligibility for retirement and pension, Puckett said in a statement.

West, 42, was assigned to the rear detachment of the 4th Infantry Division awaiting the processing of his retirement request, the statement said.

Maj. Gen. Raymond Odierno, the 4th Infantry's top general in Tikrit, could have rejected the recommendation and ordered a court martial. If he were to be found guilty at a court martial of the two articles against him, West could have faced 11 years in prison, a military prosecutor told CNN.

The case stems from an incident August 20 at a military base in Taji, just north of Baghdad, when West was interrogating an Iraqi policeman, who was believed to have information about a plot to assassinate West with an ambush on a U.S. convoy.

In testimony at an Article 32 hearing -- the military's version of a grand jury or preliminary hearing -- West said the policeman, Yahya Jhrodi Hamoody, was not cooperating with interrogators, so he watched four of his soldiers from the 220th Field Artillery Battalion beat the detainee on the head and body.

West said he also threatened to kill Hamoody. Military prosecutors say West followed up on that threat by taking the suspect outside, put him on the ground near a weapons clearing barrel and fired his 9 mm pistol into the barrel.

Apparently not knowing where West's gun was aimed, Hamoody cracked and gave information about the planned ambush on West's convoy, thwarting the attack.

West said there were no further ambushes on U.S. forces in Taji until he was relieved of his leadership post on October 4.

"I know the method I used was not right, but I wanted to take care of my soldiers," West testified to a military courtroom of observers and some teary-eyed troops formerly under his command.

Asked if he would have act differently if under similar circumstances again, West testified, "If it's about the lives of my soldiers at stake, I'd go through hell with a gasoline can."

Puckett argued that because West is always accompanied by U.S. troops that he acted to save American lives.

But while West's supporters call him a hero, military prosecutors said his actions amounted to torture and violated articles 128 and 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Prosecutor Capt. Magdalena Pezytulska said West should be tried for assault and for communicating a threat. "This is a case about a man who lost his temper," she argued. "There are consequences for [West's] actions."

When West testified that he had "no malice toward Hamoody" and that he "just wanted information," Pezytulska presented a document of West's typed statement following the August incident. She asked him to read his own written words to the court: "In my anger, I couldn't remember how many shots were fired."

After nearly 20 years of military service, West moved his family from Texas to Florida, where he said he hopes to start a new life.

West, also an NRCC "Young Gun" who had the backing of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

 


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