He’s just a snake oil salesman preaching b.s. to a bunch of fanatics, who will gladly throw money at him to hear his lies.
Easy get rich quick tip #72:
1. Create fake ex-terrorist persona
2. Introduce yourself to the Department of Homeland Security
3. Watch the easy mega dough roll in
Walid Shoebat appears on TV – Fox and CNN mainly, with surprising frequency. He can tell a very, very scary story about the supposed threat of Islam but he and two other associates may have conned major TV networks, print media, many politicians and also the US Air Force about their purported expertise as “terrorism experts”…
Evangelical Christians passing themselves off to the US Air Force as “former terrorists”, smearing Islam and managing to get their fraudulent opinions into a report on terrorism written up to present to the Pentagon and members of Congress… and getting paid over $4,000 each in the process ?
I was gripped by this story once I realized the extent of the possible fraud – “Walid Shoebat” has appeared numerous times over the past several years on Fox and CNN and, along with a woman named Brigette Gabriel, has been a regular fixture as a speaker at numerous conferences with the theme that Islam poses a trascendent threat to America. Shoebat claims to have been a PLO terrorist but in his numerous video appearances he’s offered contradictory details about his alleged terrorist past.
“Walid Shoebat” appears to have what appears to be an identical twin living in Newtown, PA and, strangely, that apparent twin of Shoebat’s, “Keith Davies”, seem to have dropped off the map in late 2005, as a physical entity, just as “Walid Shoebat” was ramping up his anti-Islam public speaking career.
Davies maintains a busy Internet life, though, involving website comments that closely track Shoebat’s opinions about Israel, the Middle East and terrorism.
Credit card donations to the “Walid Shoebat Foundation” show up on customer bills as having gone to “Top Executive Media”, an entity that is listed as the printer of a small flood of anti-Islamic propaganda books to have come out in the last several years, and the entity appears to be connected to Keith Davies [though that’s far from certain], whose corporate greeting card company name seems to have been “Top Executive Greetings”, and Walid Shoebat’s website, http://www.shoebat.com is registered to Mr. Davies as well.
But, biographical details on either man don’t seem to go back any farther than 2001 and traces of Walid Shoebat’s existence don’t seem to go back further than 2004.
The only visual evidence for Keith Davies’ existence is a video clip of a 4 minute appearance of Davies on CBS, sometime between 2002 and 2004, in an interview about Davies’ greeting card business. As he appears in the the CBS clip Davies bears an astonishing resemblance to Walid Shoebat.
Further, the relationship between Shoebat and Davies extends to the point that Davies hosted a video clip of Shoebat on Davies greeting card site.
Quite recently, critical scrutiny of their professed past histories has been building. As the NYT article notes, the notion that “former terrorists” who claim to in their former lives as “terrorists” to have have killed hundreds of people [mostly with daggers!] and carried out terrorist bombings might be able to fly around the United States freely and hobnob at highly public speaking events seems to strain the bounds of credibility slightly.
The political neutrality of the men in question simply on the basis of their associations – Walid Shoebat, Zachariah Anani and Kamal Saleem are Christian Zionists and could be found together at last year’s 2007 pro-apocalypse Christians United For Israel conference.
Walid Shoebat is listed as a speaker for Hasbarah and also was a featured speaker at the 2007 “Strategic Perspectives Conference”, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, along with Dr. Chuck Missler, Tim LaHaye, Joseph Farrah and the “Swift Boat Veterans” associated Jerome Corsi.
Shoebat also appeared at an April 29th, 2006 Arlington Virginia symposium organized by the “Swift Boat” associated Jeff Epsteinm entitled America’s Truth Forum”, along with such luminaries as David Horowitz and Daniel Pipes, to discuss such topics as:
al Qaeda’s plans for future attacks against Americans on US soil including an “American Hiroshima”
“Dhimmitude”and the uniquely Islamic institution of jihad
January 20th, 2007, the Windsor Star featured the reaction of Tom Quiggin to self–described “terrorism expert” Zachariah Anani, who had made some speaking appearances in Canada.
Tom Quiggin is “Canada’s only court-qualified expert on global jihadism and a former RCMP intelligence and national security expert” and Quiggin stated that in his studied, polite but unequivocal opinion self-proclaimed “former terrrorist” Zachariah Anani’s story, about his alleged terrorist background, just isn’t credible.
In short, Quiggin pegged his professional reputation on the likelihood that Zachariah Anani has been lying about his background. As Quiggin said in the Windsor Star article,
“It appears to be that Mr. Anani is nothing more than an extremist who is trying to create an imaginative history from a contemporary set of fears and stories,” said Quiggin. “Mr. Anani’s myths that he has built up around himself lack validity on a number of key points…
“His story of having made kills shortly after he joined and having made 223 kills overall is preposterous, given the lack of fighting during most of the time period he claims to have been a fighter,” Quiggin said. “He also states he left Lebanon to go to Al-Azhar University at the age of 18, which would mean he went to Egypt in 1976. In other words, according to himself, he left Lebanon within a year of when the fighting actually started.”
He also pointed to a story on WorldNetDaily in which Walid Shoebat, another ex-terrorist and friend of Anani, also claims to have killed 223 people, two-thirds of them with daggers.
“What a coincidence,” Quiggin said.
Quiggin said Anani’s description of himself as a Muslim terrorist also “defies logic” based on the time frame.
“Most the groups involved in the fighting in Lebanon were secular and tended to be extreme leftists or Marxists,” he said.
Quiggin said religious-based terrorism as part of the warring in Lebanon didn’t begin until after 1979, following the revolution in Iran, the Soviet attack on Afghanistan and the attack on the Grand Mosque in Mecca by Sunni Muslim extremists.
Anani’s claim to have survived a beheading attempt is also questionable, said Quiggin.
“This was not a common practice in Lebanon at any time and again it appears as though he is attempting to build up his past mythology by playing on current Iraqi-based fears,” Quiggin said.
The affair is quite serious given the apparent weight Air Force Officials involved with appearance of Zachariah Anani, Walid Shoebat and Saleem seemed to place on the supposed authority of the three men. According to the New York Times:
The three men were invited as part of a weeklong conference on terrorism organized by cadets at the academy’s Colorado Springs campus under the auspices of the political science department.
The three will be paid a total of $13,000 for their appearance, some of it from private donors, said Maj. Brett Ashworth, a spokesman for the academy.
The three were invited because “they offered a unique perspective from inside terrorism,” Major Ashworth said. The conference is to result in a report on methods to combat terrorism that will be sent to the Pentagon, members of Congress and other influential officials, he added.
The most recent revelation found–in a few hours of Googling on this–is that the group may not in fact be a nonprofit, and turns out to be a front-group of (of all things), a dominionist-run card company and publisher who also has a supposed “ex-Hitler Youth” promoting almost the same game–and there may be evidence of even deeper fakery going on.
Oh, what a complicated web we weave
In regards to an article in the March 30 Jerusalem Post which found that the “Walid Shoebat Foundation” was not a registered charity in its home state of Pennsylvania and seemed to be linked to a greeting-card company in PA…well, that inspired me to do some digging.
As it is, the group pings my frontgroup-dar to begin with; almost all the non-investigatory, non-self-promotion links regarding WSF come from dominionist sources, and there are a plethora of “Messianic Jew” groups and neopente dominionist orgs linked to Walid Shoebat Foundation.
Odds are, WSF is running as a frontgroup of another org–and as we’ll see soon, it’s likely running as a frontgroup of a very commercial company.
Now, I have my doubts the org is even existant; they are not searchable in any database of form 990s (which would be required for them to be considered tax-exempt under that d/b/a, unless they are using the infamous “church loophole” to get out of filing a form 990).
According to page 14 of an official Pennsylvania state government publication for charitable fundraisers, any group doing charitable fundraising must register that name, and all d/b/a’s, with the state Attorney-General (unless they pull in less than $25,000 a year and have nobody specifically fundraising for them–if they have folks hired for the purpose fundraising, they are legally required to register anyways, no matter how much they pull in yearly).
As has been noted, the group is apparently not registered with with the PA Department of State Charities Division, which is itself rather illegal.
Another red flag is that Walid Shoebat Foundation tries very hard to hide any links pointing to its physical location–all links for contact info are via email only.
However, they have not used an anonymising whois registry, and whois info for the domain shoebat.com indicates it is hosted and owned by a group called Top Executive Media.
Thedonation page also points to Top Executive Media, which also d/b/a Top Executive Greetings, which specialises in printing not only greeting cards and Shoebat’s “I WUZ A TEENAGE JIHADIST” drivel but books promoting neopente dominionism in general. (And no, Top Executive Media and Top Executive Greetings aren’t listed as nonprofits either–they’re very much for-profit companies.)The real poop on Top Executive Media
It would actually appear that Top Executive Media have a wee bit of a hobby industry regarding “I was a despicable (insert group here) and then I found neo pentecostal religion” writings; the only party promoted besides the Shoebats, Hilmar von Campe,makes quite the career of promoting much the same things as Shoebat only claiming he is a former Hitler Youth member and equating practically all non-dominionist political, social, and scientific movements with Nazism.
Looking at Top Executive Media’s website now, it appears the entire site has been blanked, but Wayback Archive comes to the rescue on the content that formerly existed at the site.
It would appear the main page’s content has been blanked since March 2006 or so, but before that, the site sold itself as a greetings card company.
The initial hosting for the Top Executive Greetings site would appear to be an explicitly dominionist web provider promoting itself as setting “God, Family, Work” as its priorities; the web site designers as of the final viewable revision of the page are also linked to MSB Marketing owned by Larry Erdos. (VERY interestingly, it would appear Erdos has connections to Swift Boaters; he now runs multilevel-marketing schemes with aspects of affinity fraudand assists in promotion of other forms of affinity fraud as well targeting the dominionist community.)
In addition to essentially being a dominionist-run company, they also apparently had a rep for publishing “Salesy” Christmas cards, among other things. The company pretty much specialised in “employee incentive” cards during its operation as a functioning company.
As for the present whois info for Top Executive Media’s website, here’s what I found:
Davies, Keith firstname.lastname@example.org
6 Spring Oak Dr.
Newtown, PA 18940
267.7570176 Fax: 267.7570470
Guide, Beth email@example.com
4180 Greenwood Drive
Bethlehem, Pa 18020
281-852-8253 Fax: 281-852-4779
Hmmm. (Yes, Mr. Davies becomes potentially important later.)
As for actwd.com, their site redirects to Web Hosting for Idiots, whose client list seems kind of skeevy (I recognise at least one or two Google keyword spammers in that list, among others). Of their non-skeevy (as in potentially fraudulent) clientele, most of it seems to be skewed definitely towards the right-wing end of things.
Oh, and as for the address shown as the location for Top Executive Media in the whois info and in the backups of their old websites?
Here’s the satellite view of the listed location for “Top Executive Media” in Google Maps. Yes, you’re seeing this right–“Top Executive Media” is pretty much run out of a McMansion, probably Davies’.
Potentially deeper fraud, or some very interesting stuff re a Mr. Keith Davies
It would also appear I’m not the only one to do this digging and find this discovery. Others monitoring extremist groups have not only stumbled on this, but noticed that Walid Shoebat:
and Keith Davies:
look similar enough to have been separated at birth.
Now, I’m no DNA expert. But even I have to admit the resemblance is kind of eerie. Could we well have stumbled upon something in dire need of further investigation? Only time will tell.
As for Keith Davies himself…now, digging up on that name turns up MANY an interesting thing.
Literally the very first hit from his ZoomInfo profile is to a Joel’s Army group (and a particularly nasty one at that–the site literally equates the Mahdi in Islamic theology to the Antichrist); he’s bogusly claimed to be an “Irish Jew living in Pennsylvania” (firstly, he’s a “messianic Jew” and probably of the “Assemblies of God member keeping kosher” variety at that; secondly, I have never heard of anyone referring to themselves as an “Irish Jew” other than people of Jewish descent living in Ireland or Belfast).
Interestingly, there’s a party of the same name (but different nationality–although the group promoting this is out of Bethlehem, PA) promoting “creation science” as well.
There’s also a very interesting article in New Voices, a Jewish newspaper published for college students by college students, regarding some of the links between Davies and Shoebat:
Keith Davies, an Irish Jew now living in Pennsylvania, is Shoebat’s agent and tour manager.
Davies has no qualms about sending Shoebat to speak to Jewish groups without mentioning his Christian Zionism: all that matters, Davies says, is Shoebat’s willingness to speak for Israel.
But Davies clearly feels that if attention is called to his evangelism, Shoebat’s credibility may suffer: immediately after being interviewed Shoebat was asked about his religious beliefs-particularly pressing him on details of his Christian Zionism- Davies phoned the interviewee instructing him not to mention those beliefs in his article.
If he did, Davies warned, it would “hurt Israel.” And Davies is protective of his own image as well; upon being emailed the quotes to be attributed to him in this article, Davies replied, “This is a disgusting article and I will [not] have anything further to do with you.”Because “Walid Shoebat” is an assumed name that he uses only for his headlines-Shoebat says he fears reprisals from his former Palestinian associates-it is difficult to corroborate the life story he tells.
Mmm-hmmm. Right. We have a guy who is supposedly a former mojaheddin for the PLO (no matter that he’d not be able to fly around the US, seeing as the PLO is still regarded as a terrorist org and we wouldn’t even let Arafat in the country when he was head of the Palestinian government as an elected leader), going under an admitted alias, promoting essentially “Messianic Islam”, with a guy who claims to be an “Irish Jew” (who is in practice a “Messianic Jew”), who looks almost identical, who also publishes books by another guy claiming all non-non-nepenthes are literally in league with the Nazi Party (and who claims to have been a member of the Hitlerjugend)?
So let’s review–there’s quite a bit of evidence to suggest the whole WSF thing is just a frontgroup for former “executive card publisher” and present-day neo pentecostal hate-publisher Top Executive Media (which apparently is a home business)–which is owned by a guy who looks as if he may as well be a twin to “Walid Shoebat”. Oh, and there’s the cute thing about them falsely claiming to be a non profit, which is almost certainly in violation of Pennsylvania business and charitable solicitation laws!
Never trust or believe sensationalist and often misleading pictures accompanying many of Shoebat’s or RescueChristians.org articles.
They are designed as a ”sympathy trap” to lure you to their sites in order to solicit donations or purchase their merchandise…..
An example of such is an article by Keith Davies on October 19, 2014 accompanied by the photograph below….
It was stated that these children were Christian orphans . These children are supposedly between the ages of 6 and 15 and they fled after ISIS murdered their parents……. http://rescuechristians.org/rescue-christians-new-european-headquarters-rescue-iraqi-syrian-christian-orphans/
They were in fact alleged victims of the Assad regime’s barrel bombing campaign in al-Tabaqa in Raqqa. Civilian victims of this military action were collected in a field hospital on July 23, 2013…..
This is just one example of the numerous fake or totally unassociated pictures that they use to accompany their articles….
source: talk2action.org /google / youtube / and various links within the article…