NO, HASAN DID NOT ADVISE THE TRANSITION…. I guess this was bound to happen, but it doesn’t make it any less annoying.

WorldNetDaily falsely claimed that alleged Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan “advised Obama transition” in the headline of an article by Jerome Corsi highlighting his listing as a “participant” in a report for the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University’s Presidential Transition Task Force.

However, Corsi himself acknowledges that there is no evidence that “the group played any formal role in the official Obama transition” – indeed, the Task Force was initiated in April 2008; moreover, while Hasan was listed as one of approximately 300 “Task Force Event Participants” in the report’s appendix, HSPI has reportedly said he was not a “member” of the Task Force, and was listed because he RSVP’d for several of the group’s events.”

Spencer Ackerman, calling the claim “thoroughly, thoroughly wrong,” added, “That GWU document no more ‘advised’ the Obama transition as did the flurry of think-tank documents and advisory strategies put out by endless interest groups. It had, and therefore Hasan had, absolutely no connection to the Obama administration…. Hasan attended a meeting of a private organization that gave the transition some unsolicited advice. To a group of conspiracy theorists, this is the ‘connection.’ How long before Fox News picks up the story?”

I can only assume by this evening, Hasan will be considered the secret author of “Dreams From My Father.”

Steve Benen

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