David A. Keene

David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which has been troubled in recent weeks by a wave of conservative organizations abandoning its CPAC conference, allegations of hundreds of thousands of dollars gone missing and a charge of Muslim Brotherhood infiltration, reportedly will be stepping down from that post sometime this year.

Confirmation came today from ACU board member Morton Blackwell, who told WND in an e-mail that Keene announced that he will step down this year as ACU chairman.

However, Keene has not made any public announcement of his plans to step down. In fact, in an interview with Politics Daily posted only days ago, Keene made no mention of any such plans, instead talking about plans for this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference and also plans for next year.

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The ACU did not return WND’s message requesting a comment, and according to its website, Keene was leading a delegation of conservatives to Taiwan this week to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

However, at least two other ACU board members confirmed unofficially that Keene would be stepping down, and board member Floyd Brown said he couldn’t make any announcement about what is happening, but, “I feel most definitely there should be changes in the governance of CPAC. I’m going to work with my fellow board members to make sure we don’t face these problems again in the future.”

The Conservative Political Action Conference already was under fire for allowing participation by a homosexual activist group called GOProud and for a financial scandal in which some $400,000 was misappropriated under the watch of current leadership when Frank Gaffney, a leader of the conservative movement for the last 30 years, recently charged that CPAC has come under the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is working to bring America under Saudi-style Shariah law.

Suhail Khan

Gaffney, deputy assistant secretary of defense under Ronald Reagan, is founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and co-author of the new book “Shariah: The Threat to America.” He told WND that Islamism has infiltrated the American Conservative Union, the host of CPAC, in the person of Washington attorney and political activist Suhail Khan and a group called Muslims for America.

Khan is a member of the ACU board and, according to Muslims for America, will assist the group’s presence at CPAC during the 2011 meeting Feb. 10-12.

Gaffney also accuses another ACU board member, leading conservative political organizer Grover Norquist, of helping the Muslim Brotherhood spread its influence in the nation’s capital.

After serving as a Republican congressional aide in the late 1990s, Khan joined the White House staff of the George W. Bush administration as a liaison to conservative and veterans groups. He was transferred to the Department of Transportation after the Sept. 11 al-Qaida terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, when it was reported that Khan’s father, Mahboob Khan, leader of a large mosque in Santa Clara, Calif., had allowed Osama bin Laden’s No. 2 man, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, to raise money there.

Gaffney told WND that Norquist got Khan into the Bush White House.

Paul Sperry, author of “Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington” and “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America,” says Khan is running “an influence operation on Capitol Hill that’s quite sophisticated and slick.”

“Suhail is the firstborn son of the late Mahboob Khan, a founding father of the Muslim Brotherhood movement in America,” said Sperry, a Hoover Institution media fellow. “Suhail has been a consultant to CAIR [The Council on American-Islamic Relations] and served on committees at ISNA [the Islamic Society of North America], both of which the government says are fronts for Hamas and its parent the Muslim Brotherhood.”

The Muslim Brotherhood is a radical Islamist revivalist organization founded in Egypt in 1928 to establish Muslim theocracies around the world, by means both violent and non-violent. The group is banned in Egypt, where its members have a long history of political violence capped by the 1981 assassination of Anwar Sadat, the Egyptian president who signed a peace agreement with Israel.

Norquist declined to respond to WND requests for comment.

Said Gaffney, “What’s going on in conservative circles should give everyone real cause for concern. What it bespeaks is an effort to penetrate and influence conservatives, who are the most likely and perhaps only community in America who will stand up to and ultimately help ensure the defeat of this seditious totalitarian political program.”

WND earlier broke stories about a long list of conservative organizations dropping out over GOProud’s participation and the scandal over misappropriation of funds.

In that situation, ACU reported to the Internal Revenue Service a “material diversion of the organization’s assets” totaling over $400,000. The group has an annual operating budget of about $1.5 million.

While directors have been tight-lipped about the details, sources saID Keene’s ex-wife, Diana, was fired earlier this year as bookkeeper when the misappropriations were discovered.

On its 2009 tax return, signed Nov. 8, 2010, by Executive Vice President Dennis E. Whitfield, the American Conservative Union disclosed the apparent embezzlement.

The issue over the participation by GOProud, a homosexual activist organization, dates to before the 2010 conference, and this year a number of organizations, including some of the larger influences in conservative circles, have dropped out of the CPAC events over the conflict.


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