Pam Geller: CPAC board member is "worse" than Anwar al-Awlaki

The anti-Muslim blogger takes on one of her own at a panel of "uninvited" activists at CPAC

Published March 16, 2013 7:15PM (EDT)

Pamela Geller at CPAC 2011.
Pamela Geller at CPAC 2011.

Anti-Muslim activist and blogger Pam Geller said Saturday at a CPAC panel of rogue conservative activists that a board member of the group that puts on the annual conservative conference is worse than a terrorist killed by an American drone strike in Yemen.

Geller said the reason she and the other panelists -- including fellow anti-Muslim activists Frank Gaffney and Robert Spencer -- were barred from CPAC because of the nefarious influence of board members Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan.

The three anti-Muslim activists have for years accused Norquist and Khan of being members of the Muslim Brotherhood and secret Islamist agents, but Geller took her rhetoric against Khan, a Republican consultant and former Bush White House official, to new heights today.

“Am I saying that Suhail Khan is as bad as Awlaki? He’s worse!” she said, referring to Anwar al-Awlaki, the American citizen jihadi who was killed by a U.S. drone strike in 2011.

She added that it was a "crime" that she and the others panelists were not invited to CPAC, warning that the snub is a threat to the freedom of speech. “Free men will have to resort to violence in the absence of the freedom of speech," she added darkly.

Spencer had his own anti-Khan tirade, encouraging activist in the room to "go find him and take your picture with him."

Gaffney called Khan a “prince of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Gaffney was disinvited from CPAC several years ago and the entire board of the American Conservative Union, which organizes CPAC, passed a unanimous resolution condemning Gaffney's baseless attacks on Khan and Norquist. Geller said she was disinvited this year.

UPDATE: Virginia Thomas, the conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, was in attendance and sitting in the first few rows of the Breitbart "Uninvited" panel, according to a source who spotted her and sent along this photo. Thomas has been an ally of Gaffney's in the past, interviewing him for her Daily Caller series and working with his Center for Security Policy. She was slated to speak at a rally organized by Pam Geller in 2010, but later said she wouldn't attend.

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By Alex Seitz-Wald

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