Newsletter #33 – Who’s in denial?Posted: August 4, 2012
The following timeline of events related to the TN American Muslim Advisory Council and the ECD appointment was sent out just a few days ago. Since then, another documented FACT has emerged and has been inserted below. The FACTS just keep piling up.
2011 Legislative session – anti-terrorism bill introduced based on the Carlos Bledsoe case (Memphis man who shot and killed Pvt. Andrew Long at the Little Rock Army recruiting center.)
June, 2011 – picture emerges confirming that the Muslim Rapid Response Team (which morphed into the TN American Muslim Advisory Council) had been working behind the scenes during the legislative session with TN DHS James Cotter. This was the group that had formed to lobby against the anti-terrorism bill.
November 7, 2011 – Commissioner Bill Gibbons (TN Department of Safety and Homeland Security), sends congratulatory letter to the AMAC members for organizing along with the Governor- approved partnership with TN DHS.
December 2011: When asked whether Governor Haslam had appointed a Muslim advisory board, Tennessee GOP Chairman Chris DeVaney responded that he had “checked into this and apparently there is no truth to it. It must be some kind of rumor.”
December 2011 – AMAC partners with the TN DHS to do first law enforcement training.
2012 legislative session – Commissioner Gibbons, testifies in support of an administration bill permitting the TN DHS to enter into partnership agreements with private non-profit organizations like the AMAC.
February 2012 – AMAC partners again with TN DHS for law enforcement training; TN DHS refuses to disclose any information about the AMAC.
May 2012 – Governor vetoes bill that would have protected Christian student organizations at Vanderbilt and state universities.
May 2012 – Governor approves appointment of Shariah Compliant Finance specialist Samar Ali as ECD International Director.
May 2012 – AMAC trains TN Dept of Children’s Services.