By Ben Barrack
On the day of the 9/11 attacks, Senator John Warner (R-VA) was at the Pentagon. He stood next to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to assure the American people.
So, why did Warner then pose for a photo with an Islamic terrorist kingpin barely more than one year later? In the photo below, Warner can be seen standing next to Bassam Estwani. At the time of 9/11, Estwani was the Chairman of Dar al-Hijrah, the most radical and powerful Islamic mosque in the U.S.
If you zoom out from the photo on the right, you will see Rep. Thomas Davis (R-VA). Davis was voted out of office in 2008 but has expressed interest in running for Senate.
It was Davis who likely introduced Warner to Estwani. less than one year prior to 9/11, Davis successfully got Estwani a gig at the House Chamber, delivering a Muslim prayer on February 7, 2001:
Truth About Estwani and Dar al-Hijrah
The truth about Estwani is incredibly dark. He is perhaps the highest ranking, stealth Muslim Brotherhood jihadist to ever operate on American soil. As chairman of Dar al-Hijrah, Estwani presided over a brood of Muslim vipers.
At the time of 9/11, Anwar al-Awlaki was the Imam at Dar al-Hijrah; Estwani hired him. Prior to 9/11, al-Awlaki welcomed three of the 9/11 hijackers to the mosque. Fort Hood jihadist Nidal Malik Hasan worshipped at Dar al-Hijrah; he also worshipped al-Awlaki.
So, Estwani hired the man who gave counsel to three 9/11 hijackers and inspired the Fort Hood jihadist that murdered 14 and injured 32.
That is most certainly not all.
No fewer than two unindicted co-conspirators in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings are Imams who preach at Dar al-Hijrah. Mohammed al-Hanooti and Siraj al-Wahhaj are both Muslim Brotherhood leaders in the U.S. Both men were found complicit in the 1993 attack and both men were mentored by Estwani.
While the U.S. was going after the Taliban and Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, Estwani was plotting on American soil to help destroy this country from within. It was the responsibility of Warner then – and members of Congress now – to understand these things.
It was simply unacceptable for Warner to rub elbows with Estwani.
Unfortunately, very few members of Congress appear to have learned from Warner’s poor judgment.