The Free Beacon has a story headlined "Secretary of Truth: 9/11 Truther, prominent Democrat running for statewide office in Missouri." It begins calmly enough. MD Rabbi Alam is a Democratic activists -- he served as a "satellite campaign manager" for Obama in 2008 and chairs the National Democratic Party Asian American Caucus, for instance -- who hopes to become Missouri's next secretary of state.
He's also a proud trafficker in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories:
Alam has speculated about Jewish involvement in the September 11th terrorist attacks and participated in an event with a Muslim cleric who has accused Israel of terrorism and alleged that the U.S. invented the HIV disease.
“Why [was] 9/11 was a official holidy [sic] for all jewish [sic] people worked in the the [sic] WTC?” Alam asked in an Internet discussion titled, “Was 9/11 a conspiracy??”
Alam went on to tout the 9/11 Truther film Loose Change 9/11, and challenged readers to “tell me how many of the Jewish people died on the 9/11 tragedy?”
Asked in an interview Monday about his provocative views, Alam stood by his controversial writings, admitting that he has been “waiting to discuss it with somebody.”
“My question was, ‘What’s the reason not a single Jew was killed on that day,’” Alam said, maintaining that his inquiries are based on facts, rather than a bias against Jewish people. “Was there a single Jew killed on that day?”
Among all the other people killed by radical Islamist terrorists on 9/11 were hundreds of Jews, including some citizens of Israel. Alam doubts that, however. He also doubts that commercial airlines could destroy the Twin Towers. The rhetoric troubles some:
“That the DNC would in any way affiliate itself with a 9/11 Truther who spews such anti-Semitic lunacy, and defends and repeats such bile when confronted, is beyond deeply troubling, it’s simply wrong,” said Josh Block, a Democratic strategist and former spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
Alam has decried the arrest of a Muslim activist who plead guilty to raising money for Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a designated terrorist group. In a video for the Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City, he advocated getting involved in mainstream politics.
Missouri's Democratic voters can decide August 7 whether this is the candidate they want to run for Secretary of State.
It would be one thing, I suppose, if this were just some random dude running for office. But he's been invited to the White House and chairs these committees. I'm not keen on many political types as it is. But this type of conspiracy theorizing shouldn't be given a place of honor in any party.