Sam Husseini

Sam Husseini

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* Communications Director of the Institute for Public Accuracy
* Former media director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
* Former employee of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

Sam Husseini is the communications director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. He previously worked as media director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Before that, he spent several years as a volunteer-and-activism coordinator for Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR).

During the run-up to the 2008 U.S. presidential election, Husseini established the Web page, where he encouraged “disenchanted” Democrats and Republicans alike to “team up to vote for their preferred [third-party] candidates, breaking out of their partisan boxes.”

Husseini also created, a website that features film footage of Husseini pointedly questioning political figures — Democrats and Republicans alike — as they leave the studios of Sunday-morning TV talk shows. In addition, he administers and writes for the weblog

Some of Husseini’s writings have appeared on Dissident, a self-described “[I]nternet newsletter dedicated to challenging the distortions and lies of the corporate press and the privileged classes it serves.” Other Husseini articles have been published in CounterPunch.

In an October 2000 interview with CNN, Husseini accused Israel of trying to “make permanent an occupation and the subjugation of a people.” He condemned “illegal Israeli settlers” and the Israeli Defense Forces’ “demolitions of Palestinian homes.” And he complained that “a Palestinian, to go from one town to another, has to go through humiliating Israeli checkpoints.” Husseini provided no context for his comments, making no mention of the long history of Palestinian terrorism.

In July 2005, Husseini penned an article titled “Impeach Bush Now: A Quick Way to End the [Iraqi] Insurgency.” He wrote:

“An impeachment of Bush … might be the surest, quickest way to ending the violent resistance in Iraq, ending further bloodshed and beginning a real democratic process which is designed by Iraqis in accord with the region and not [with] U.S. administration and corporate ambitions. All the people in Iraq — including the resistance which the administration tells us it is speaking to, at least on days they are not dismissing them as ‘terrorists’ — will take note. And, like Hezballah, which is converting itself to a political party, they will change. The people of the U.S. can demand an impeachment of Bush and signal to the people of Iraq, the Mideast and the world that they will take matters into their hands and show they want a modicum of peace and justice on this planet.”

Husseini also expressed his solidarity with the group After Downing Street, which, he explained, had properly “called for an inquiry into possible impeachable offenses committed by Bush” — specifically, “the deceitful manner” in which Bush had moved the U.S. “toward the invasion of Iraq.”

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