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Where in the world is Michael Chertoff?

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By Michelle Malkin  •  July 9, 2007 05:15 PM

When he’s not maligning immigration enforcement proponents or fretting about lettuce-pickers, DHS chief Michael Chertoff spends his time…rubbing elbows with shady imams:

The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, is planning to visit a Shi’ite mosque in Dearborn on Tuesday. Chertoff is to be at the Karbalaa Islamic Education Center, department spokeswoman Veronica Valdes said. The mosque has a largely Iraqi-American congregation.

He will meet with the center’s imam, Husham Al-Husainy, and other religious leaders during a private meeting.

Husham Al-Husainy. Does the name ring a bell? If so, you’ve been paying attention to Debbie Schlussel’s reporting. Too bad Michael Chertoff hasn’t been doing the same. Schlussel writes today:

As you’ll recall, I’ve written a lot about Al-Husainy over the years. I mentioned him two years ago in the Wall Street Journal. More recently, I wrote about Al-Husainy, last year, when I went undercover to a closed Hezbollah rally, and I wrote extensively about him at the beginning of the year after Saddam Hussain’s hanging, and later, when Al-Husainy delivered the invocation at the Democratic National Committee’s winter meeting, including in the New York Post (Sean Hannity blatantly ripped off my work on Al-Husainy).

Since Al-Husainy has been an open supporter of Hezbollah and anti-Semitic hate, it’s an outrage that Chertoff would go to Dearbornistan to kiss his ass.

But it’s especially an outrage since agents in Chertoff’s own department are well-versed on Al-Husainy, who has made several recent trips to Iran (his son went, but traveled separately), and who is believed to be sending millions of dollars overseas–perhaps to terrorists–in violation of the Patriot Act. It is well-known that Al-Husainy–who is a supporter of the Jaish Al-Mahdi (the Mahdi Army terrorist group) and its leader Moqtada Al-Sadr–is an agent of the Ahmadinejad government in Iran. (He also advised Iranian-backed candidates for Iraqi Prime Minister and Parliament.) And he has publicly engaged in all kinds of conspiracy theories against America, Israel, and Jews, er . . . “Zionists.”

One other thing on Al-Husainy: Last summer, he coordinated the trips of Nturei Kartah Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss and other rabbis to come repeatedly to Detroit for Hezbollah rallies, at one of which, Al-Husainy remarked, “We make a great time, don’t we?” of the Rabbis. They later appeared at an Iranian Holocaust Denial Conference hosted by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Since no-one believes that these trips have been self-financed by the fringe, self-hating rabbis, it is believed that Al-Husainy is the conduit for Iranian funding for the rabbis.

Al-Husainy was last seen giving an invocation for the DNC winter meeting. Video flashback here.

Maybe Chertoff’s “awesome” pal Teddy Kennedy gave the imam a referral.

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