It's almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that. . . .After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader [Hitler] of that country in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted.Rep. Keith Ellison, speaking on subject of 9/11 to a conference of atheists, (quoted in Daily Telegraph, 16 July 2007) ([brackets] in original).
Representative Keith Ellison (D-Minn), among other things the first Muslim in the US House of Representatives, has compared the Al Qaeda 9/11 attacks on the United States to the Reichstag fire. (Video here). The Reichstag fire, in which the German parliament building was (probably) burned by the Nazis, allowed the Hitler government to justify the suspension of civil liberties under the Weimar Republic constitution, and the assumption by Adolf Hitler of emergency powers in Germany.
Mr. Ellison, the UK Daily Telegraph story reported: "said he would not accuse the Bush administration of planning 9/11 because 'you know, that's how they put you in the nut-ball box -- dismiss you.'" So rather than just coming out and saying that Bush planned 9/11, he'll just get where he wants to by implication, by dropping references to the Reichstag fire. Mr. Ellison's little homily hints (but is careful not to say) the Bush administration is the equivalent of the Nazi Party, and that President Bush is none other than Bushhitler.
For a United States Congressman to compare, even by implication, the responses of the freely and constitutionally elected President of the United States to an attack on this country by foreign terrorists to the Reichstag Fire is an disgraceful abomination and an outrage. Shame on the demagogic Mr. Ellison; shame on the people who put him in Congress; and shame on the Democratic Party if they do not expel him from the House of Representatives forthwith.