“Alternative Facts” Arise in the Khizr Khan Scandal


Yesterday I wrote about what appeared to be an unforgivable violation of the constitutional rights of a US Citizen, Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father whose impassioned speech at the Democratic National Convention in July called on Americans to reject a ban on Muslims entering the United States.  Mr. Khan claimed that his “travel privileges are being reviewed” by U.S. authorities, forcing him to cancel a scheduled speech in Toronto.

The announcement on Monday coincided with President Trump’s rewritten order to temporarily ban entry of citizens from six Muslim-majority nations to the United States. Khan has been a U.S. citizen for more than 30 years and was born in Pakistan, which is not one of the six nations.

Ramsay Talks, the organizer of the event Khan was to speak at, seemed to take Khan at his word on Monday and included a statement from him in a cancellation post on Facebook. “This turn of events is not just of deep concern to me but to all my fellow Americans who cherish our freedom to travel abroad,” said Khan, according to the post. “I have not been given any reason as to why. I am grateful for your support and look forward to visiting Toronto in the near future.”

Of course I can’t know the truth, but my goal in writing this blog is to present only factual information.  It seems that there may now be some legitimate concern that the original story may be untruthful and/or misleading.  In an effort to make full disclosure to everyone reading, please note that there is a legitimate question about the accuracy of the story about Mr. Khan’s travel privileges being under review.

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  1. I just read the WaPo article too. The comments section is full of rabid trolls and eggs. However some make very valid points in defense of Kahn’s allegations.

    This could be Trumpster’s news mafia at work because Kahn will not disclose his source. The idea is to discredit him and distract from the Muslim ban and the healthcare chaos. It would serve no purpose for Kahn to disclose the source because the agency would have to deny it anyway. Whomever advised him needs anonymity.

    The direction that we are headed means Kahn needs all of the inside support he may have in the future. He is on Trump’s list. Kahn is too smart to try to pull a publicity stunt and knows he is more effective on the lecture circuit. (He closed his private law practice to do public anti-Trump speaking gigs.) He has three law degrees, so he is well above Trump’s educational and accomplishment level.

    ICE gets direct updates and enforces at will so they very well could have stopped Kahn from coming back into the U.S. ICE couldn’t even figure out who Muhammad Ali’s son was. They are asking people at the Canadian border what they think of president trump. ICE hires not-too-bright people who enjoy a little bit of police power. It is a known fact that white supremacists have penetrated every level of law enforcement. And government. The Muslim ban has created a dangerous climate for ‘other’ people.

    Funny that Trump does not disclose his source for Obama wiretapping accusations. Or the fifteen million illegals that voted for Hillary. Or most blacks living in urban poverty while Mexican rapists take their jobs. Or freakin’ raining at the inauguration.

    I guess I will go about my day picturing Obama and his minions visiting Radio Shack to buy miniature microphones and doorbell wire. They must have chalked up their faces really good to get into Trump Tower!

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    1. laurensd1,
      I totally agree, and think Khan wouldn’t have said this if it weren’t true. However I feel it is important to update readers to any conflicting stories about something I have written about and let everyone make up their minds.

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      1. I am so glad that you feel that way, Malia.

        That is fair and balanced. We learn so much from your writings.

        Not only that an update of allegations may… and I say may, illustrate what tactics the new authoritarian regime may be employing.

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  2. The best answer for this is that someone is trying to find the “leak” who let Khan know he is under investigation. If Khan was warned in confidence, he cannot reveal his source. Khan does not want the informant to be fired.

    Theory 2 is that some wing nut in Trump’s alternate facts branch of INS called Khan to scare him. This is a common tactic used by the KGB to silence critics. Before the USSR, Trump’s idols, the SS in Germany, used this tactic to silence critics and encourage citizens to tell where the Jews were hiding.

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  3. Malia – It’s okay – news changes by the hour sometimes so it’s hard to keep up! You don’t suppose someone scared the crap out of Mr. Kahn, do you? Maybe he decided not to leave the country because he was threatened, or maybe a little birdy told him he was being watched and he decided to just say that his travel privileges were being reviewed so that he could stay home, fearing if he left for a trip to Canada he might not be admitted back into the US – even though he is a US citizen! I can’t imagine what it’s like to walk a mile in his shoes, but it has to be tough for him and his family every day!

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