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Growing backlash against Gadhafi camp-out in New Jersey

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By Michelle Malkin  •  August 26, 2009 11:32 PM

On Monday, I told you about blood-stained jihadi enabler Moammar Gadhafi’s plans to pitch a tent in Englewood, NJ after his jaunt at the U.N. General Assembly in NY next month.

The backlash is building — and now you’ve got Democrats in both the Empire and Garden states talking like Chuck Norris and Clint Eastwood.

Better late than never:

Gov. Jon Corzine and New Jersey federal legislators joined an angry chorus of opposition Wednesday to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s expected stay in the state, where 38 victims of the bombing of Pan American Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, lived before their deaths in 1988.

Corzine and Democrats U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and U.S. Rep. John Adler protested anticipated plans by Gadhafi to stay in the northern New Jersey community of Englewood when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly next month. Menendez said he should be “barred” from New Jersey.

The Libyan government is renovating a sprawling estate in the upscale community, and Gadhafi’s expected to pitch a ceremonial Bedouin-style tent on the grounds, after a request to erect it in Manhattan’s Central Park was rejected, according to elected officials. Fifty-nine of the Pan Am victims were New York state residents.

Opposition to the ruler of the oil-rich North African nation has surged since he welcomed Abdel Baset al-Megrahi home last week. Al-Megrahi is the only man convicted in the bombing, which is widely thought to be the work of Libyan intelligence. In all, 259 people aboard the plane and 11 on the ground were killed.

“I want him barred from New Jersey,” Adler said Wednesday at a gathering at the Victims of Terrorism Memorial in the southern New Jersey community of Pennsauken. “Let him land at the U.N. by helicopter, do his business and get out of the country.”

Hey, fellas: Take your grievances to the State Department and whomever in the Obama administration granted Gadhafi a visa to land here in the first place. There would be no controversy if someone at Foggy Bottom had stood up for the Lockerbie victims and refused him the privilege to set foot here at all:

Menendez urged the State Department to limit Gadhafi’s stay to the immediate area around the U.N., echoing a previous request from Democratic U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey.

The Englewood estate is one of several possible sites being considered for Gadhafi and his entourage, according to the U.S. State Department and the Libyan Embassy in Washington, D.C. The Obama administration has said it will keep in mind the “raw sensitivities” of the families of Lockerbie bombing victims as it tries to find a place for him.

What other possible sites are being considered?! Oh, and if they were really worried about the families’ “raw sensitivities,” they wouldn’t have granted him a visa to enter in the first place.

Entry into this country is a privilege, not a right.

Contact the State Department:

Main address:
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520
Main Switchboard:
202-647-4000

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Too bad more of these Democrats didn’t speak louder during Mahmoudapalooza in NYC in 2007.

FYI: P.L. 80-357, the United Nations Headquarters Agreement, covers the granting of visas to foreign leaders attending UN General Assembly meetings. But there is precedent for denying visas to jihadi thugs.

Reagan denied Palestine Liberation Organization leader, Yasser Arafat, a visa to participate at the UN General Assembly in 1988 for his connections with terrorist acivities.

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