From out of right field, perhaps below the bleachers, comes the “revelation” in the fake (sic) Federal Register that President Obama has signed an executive order for $20.3 million in assistance to Palestinian “immigrants,” including those with ties to Hamas, a designated terrorist organization.
The facts are something else, not surprisingly. The order by President Obama enables the State Department to deliver humanitarian aid to residents of the Gaza. Who but the most callous would deny humanitarian aide? Certainly not George W. Bush who, in 2003, signed a very similarly worded determination for $26 million. Does the Hanibecknbaugh cult think George is a traitor, too? More so if you’re just counting dollars.
This email train is little more than Goebbels reborn. Goebbels, for those who ignored their history, was Hitler’s propagandist. Goebbels committed suicide as Russian troops closed in on Hitler’s bunker as World War II came to an end in Europe.
The email plays on the nefarious and bigoted pre-election claims that President Obama was somehow secretly a Muslim.
The fake Federal Register site even appears to be fully formed and, to be fair, does not include the Hamas terrorist allegations in the chain email. The site is registered to an individual in Baldwin, NY. The commercail Federal Register web site appears to be the real Federal Register, without any disclaimer clearly stating otherwise. Content is aggregated from the real Federal Register. On its own, the fake site appears constructed to attract traffic intended for the Federal Register and then to cash in on those visits with at least eight affiliate clickthrough advertising programs.
Here’s the text from the real Federal documents repository of the determination signed by President Obama:
Presidential Determination No. 2009-15 of January 27, 2009
Unexpected Urgent Refugee and Migration Needs Related To Gaza Memorandum for the Secretary of State By the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 2(c)(1) of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962 (the “Act”), as amended (22 U.S.C. 2601), I hereby determine, pursuant to section 2(c)(1) of the Act, that it is important to the national interest to furnish assistance under the Act in an amount not to exceed $20.3 million from the United States Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund for the purpose of meeting unexpected and urgent refugee and migration needs, including by contributions to international, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations and payment of administrative expenses of Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration of the Department of State, related to humanitarian needs of Palestinian refugees and conflict victims in Gaza. You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register. (Presidential Sig.) THE WHITE HOUSE, Washington, January 27, 2009
Here’s the text signed by President Bush:
Presidential Determination No. 2003-29
MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE
SUBJECT: Presidential Determination Pursuant to Section 2(c)(1) of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962, as Amended
Consistent with section 2(c)(1) of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962, as amended, 22 U.S.C. 2601(c)(1), I hereby determine that it is important to the national interest that up to $26 million be made available from the U.S. Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund for a contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to meet unexpected, urgent refugee needs in the West Bank and Gaza.
You are authorized and directed to inform the appropriate committees of the Congress of this determination and the obligation of funds under this authority, and to arrange for the publication of this memorandum in the Federal Register.
GEORGE W. BUSH
(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)