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Friday, October 17, 2008

The Clarion Fund's Sudden "Change of Heart"

As all who read the news know by now, the Clarion Fund, who distributed 28 million copies of their dvd, "Obsession" in swing state newspapers, is being slowly exposed for who they are.

Not to be deterred in their efforts, on October 5th they released for sale their new dvd, "The Third Jihad" just in time for the elections. This new dvd is being marketed "Tupperware style" by offering free copies to any members of Brigitte Gabriel's ACT for America, the "lobbying arm" of her 501(3)(c) ACT for anyone who can schedule a showing prior to October 31, just in time for the elections. A shorter 30 minute version is also being spread via the internet on various websites.

Below is the account of one website which the Clarion Fund has suddenly had a change of heart about featuring their film.

On Monday, October 13th, Snag Films released a press statement which in part reads: (sorry, for some reason blockquoting isn't working for this section, but from here to the break is the press release from Snag Films)

WASHINGTON, Oct 13, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- With three weeks to go before perhaps the most consequential election in recent history, SnagFilms today announced it would offer viewers free streaming of more than 60 election-themed films so that voters might become better informed on issues before November 4th.......

"So much of the discourse in American elections is reduced to 30-second ads and sound bites," said SnagFilms CEO Rick Allen. "We offer long-form, substantive, issues-based documentaries which viewers can view immediately, on-demand, and for free. In addition to our deep library of issues-focused films, for these last three weeks of the election, we've secured an amazing line-up of documentaries that will appeal to voters across the political spectrum.".......

THIRD JIHAD (2008) -- Available Now
A pointed assessment of the threat of Radical Islam to Western civilization, Third Jihad uses experts, first-hand accounts and images rarely seen in the West to reveal an 'insider's view' of radicals' plans to extend the global jihad to American shores. (Source)

Jasser (a member of the Committee on the Clear and Present Danger-which coincidentally is also in it's third incarnation) wants to implore to the viewers: Despite the fact that we have experienced no terror attacks since 9/11, there is a much more DANGEROUS "jihad" going on, and of all things it is PEACEFUL so we aren't aware of it. It seems the first jihad was hundreds of years ago when Islam was spread by the sword out of Arabia, was pushed back by Christendom out of the Iberian Peninsula, the second jihad, the Ottoman Empire, and now that Muslims can't fight wars anymore (except for terror tactics), they are here amongst us, everywhere, waiting to take over our country and grab away our Constitutional rights and replace them with Shariah! There is even a map of prior Islamic conquests complete with the current Islamic conquest map which digitally shows Islam taking over North America complete with appropriate dire music. Yes, Zuhdi Jasser knows this to be absolutely true, because he tells us so.

The Muslims are everywhere, they are building mosques, they are GASP, asking for their full Constitutional rights to be granted and more than that, within only a few more years America will have a 20% Muslim population because their birthrate is higher. After showing footage of riots in Denmark after the cartoon debacle he states, "They say that Muslims in America are assimilated, I'm here to tell you that what is happening in Europe will happen here in America, it's only a matter of time". Shortly after, you see Zuhdi Jasser playing soccer in the park with his children, then segway into the next segment, the suitcase bomb and mushroom cloud.

As "The Third Jihad" wishes to "get out as quickly as possible" according to those at the premier last week in Santa Ana so that people know, if we elect Obama, GOD KNOWS WHAT WILL BECOME OF OUR COUNTRY. (These were members of Brigitte Gabriel's ACT for America voicing this opinion). So how to do it cheaply and efficiently? The internet of course. Which is where Snag Films comes in.

Who is behind Snag Films/Snag the Vote? Steve Case, co-founder of AOL, Jean Case, his wife, and Ted Leonsis.

Their press release picked out only a few films to feature, "The Third Jihad" being one of them. So why is it that suddenly as of yesterday afternoon when you link to "The Third Jihad" on Snag you get the following:

At the request of the filmmaker, this film has been removed from exhibition until further notice.

What? Clarion suddenly had a change of heart and regretted having their film featured on the website operated by Steve Case, co-founder of AOL?
Well, it seems they did, but perhaps it has something to do with feedback sent in to them by people and comments made about the featuring of this latest piece of propaganda out of the Clarion Fund.

My own comments cannot be seen any more, but shortly after I made them, the film was removed. Rick, the CEO of Snag Films had invited another commenter Richard Silverstein to engage him on why the film shouldn't be featured there. I jumped in, which was after I had sent a feed back email addressed to Jean Case, who in June 2006 was appointed by President Bush to chair the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation and later was appointed by Condaleeza Rice to co-chair the U.S.-Palestinian Partnership (Source)

Comment #1: Posted 10/15/08 by Robin on The Third Jihad
I am more than willing to engage you as the CEO of SnagFilms who has chosen to feature this film. If you have checked the emails for submission of films, then you would see that I addressed an email to Jean Case who with her husband, Steve Case, are founders and supporters of this website and the Case Foundation

Have you watched the film Rick? Because if you haven’t I suggest both you and Jean Case do so, in full length since you have chosen to host an abridged version here to be disseminated to blogs, Facebook, other websites by "snagging it"

It starts out with the hostage/murder in the Russian school, note be taken, these were Muslims. It then gives the number of more than 30 "terrorist plots" uncovered before they could take place. It cherry picks the "Sears Tower plot". Link to

The film erroneously claims government victory when there has been NO government victory, only two mistrials and evidence to the contrary, that this was a government sting to CREATE a so called terrorist plot. Does this film say that? Not hardly, with dramatic music playing in the background it gives "proof" that Muslim bogey men are at large using this faux example.

Last week Rick I attended a "premier" of the full length version of "The Third Jihad". The "premier’ which I attended had been scheduled by members of Brigitte Gabriel’s ACT for America. The same Brigitte Gabriel who stated, ""The difference, my friends, between Israel and the Arabic world is the difference between civilization and barbarism. It’s the difference between goodness and evil [applause]....and this is what we’re witnessing in the Arabic world, they have no soul! They are dead set on killing and destruction." - Bridgette Gabriel, CUFI 2007.

The audience as they let out made it abundantly clear that we are in a war with ISLAM which attempting to take over America. We must be hyper-vigilant against ALL Muslims.

On Monday I came face to face with Gregory Ross, spokesman for the Clarion Fund, producers and disseminators of this film. After informing him of my experience I asked him if the Clarion Fund was willing to put on their website a public disclaimer that their film was not to be used in any fashion shape or form to spread hatred or distrust of Muslim Americans at large. He refused to do this Rick, instead stating to me that they cannot control how their film is used.
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Comment #2: What You’re Talking About
Posted 10/15/08 by Robin on The Third Jihad

In addition Rick, I find this film which has been chosen to be hosted here at complete cross purposes to Mrs. Case’s work with U.S.-Palestinian Partnership where CERTAINLY she works with Muslim Palestinians both in Palestine and here in the US. Just yesterday she attended a summit meeting for this organization with Condaleeza Rice who appointed her.

In the full length version of this film Jasser gives a chart and claims that by the year (I believe 2100), Muslims will constitute 20% of the US population due to 1)Islam is the fastest growing faith in the US 2) their birthrate is higher.

He has provided proof positive of what occurs when the Muslim population reaches 20% by showing Muslim riots in Europe where the population in some countries has reached that critical mass. He then states, "People say that Muslims in America are assimilated, I’m showing you proof that a large majority of them are not, it is only a matter of time before what has occurred in Europe occurs here" WITHOUT stating the fact that millions of Muslims live in Europe peacefully.

Rick, is this the sort of scare tactic Mrs. Case would want to further? Especially in light of her work with Condaleeza Rice who is working til the last days of this administration to try to establish peace in Israel/Palestine (and Palestine is obviously majority Muslim)

Mrs. Case was also a Bush appointee to President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. President Bush himself has stated quite clearly that Muslim Americans are not to be scapegoated and has called PUBLICLY for full restraint in attacking or condemning them. Is not the purpose of this film, and those who are using it as their tool at complete cross purposes to his call?

These are some questions I think need to be answered Rick, because anti-Muslim sentiments are at an all-time high in this election, and this website is offering the means by which to spread them.
Thank you.
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I never received a reply from either my comments to Rick or my email to feedback. But now the Clarion Fund has all of a sudden requested their film be removed til further notice.

HELLO Gregory Ross, where are you, come out come out wherever you are. Is your newest "documentary" a bit of an embarrassment to Mrs. Jean Case who was appointed by Condaleeza Rice to work with MUSLIM (as well as Christian) Palestinians? Have you found it in your heart to not put her in such a bad position?

Mr. Ross you stated (in referring to the mass distribution of "Obsession") "In the DVD, we say that 10 to 15 per cent of Islamists are actively supporting physical damage against the West. But most Muslims are in favour of Sharia law [Islamic religious law], whether they live in the Middle East, Europe or the US." (Source)

The US Palestinian Partnership was announced last December and announced by Condaleeza Rice in February at the Department of State in February in cooperation with the Aspen Institute. Your latest flack, Zuhdi Jasser warns the Muslims are coming to get us. Are they coming to take over the Aspen Institute too? Are they taking over our State Department?

What say you Zuhdi Jasser and Gregory Ross?

Updated information: Whoever accepted this film at Snag the Vote SURELY knows that one of the scare tactics used against Obama is that he is a secret Muslim. The mass distribution of "Obsession" in swing states was not only a scare tactic it was ALSO a political tactic, distributed by mail widely also to rabbis in February by the Republican Jewish Coalition and CUFI This new film, "The Third Jihad" is also being mass marketed, only this time on the cheap. Not only is it notable that the Clarion Fund has asked to have their film removed until further notice, I wonder if this had anything to do with it.

Case, Jean N
20036 Case Foundation/President $2,000 01/31/2008 P OBAMA FOR AMERICA - Democrat

Enough already Clarion Fund, on Monday Gregory Ross was asked by a Los Angeles rabbi why all the secrecy if they are legitimate. He claimed they aren't "secretive" This question was asked to him on the sidewalk outside the Islamic Center where Sheriff Lee Baca and Los Angeles interfaith leaders met to stand shoulder to shoulder against hatred whipped up by the mass distribution of "Obsession"

We live in America Gregory Ross was told by the very rabbi who bar-mitzvahed him and was there in solidarity with Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, and other rabbis, "You will NOT get away with spewing this hate."

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