This is a link to the PDF file put out by the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute that identifies Nidal as one of the contributors to the report that was delivered to the Obama presidential transition team.
This story is burning up the right wing blogs so I adopted a similarly salacious title in the hopes that people who are concerned and think that the President is taking advice from active terrorists will come here and read the actual truth of the matter.
Nidal is one of approximately 300 individuals whose name is connected directly with this report. The others include many officials with the Department of Homeland Security, staffers from both houses of Congress and the Department of Justice.
George Washington University selected those that would participate in the compilation of this report and GWU selected them independent of the then-presidential candidates Senators John McCain and Barack Obama. In fact when selection for this particular report began, Obama had not even secured the Democratic nomination to run for the Presidency. This means that had John McCain won the White House that he would be tied to Nidal right now just as Obama is.
Well, let's put it to the test now. Is one man out of approximately 300 who had a hand in composing a 40-page report (11 pages of which are dedicated to identifying the 300-some participants) able to be honestly said to have been an adviser to the President on terrorism?
Edit @ 7:01 AM EST on 11-7-09: The director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, Frank Cilluffo, has shed new light on how Nidal's name ended up on a document associated with the Obama Transition Team. Nidal's name was included in the official list of participants because he attended HSPI public meetings and provided the HSPI with an RSVP including his information. In the pursuit of transparency, the HSPI lists all people as participants who provide their information to it via an RSVP. It turns out that the person that put Nidal's name on that document was Nidal himself, hardly a ringing endorsement of the man as an adviser and making it questionable that anyone save those that interacted with Nidal at the HSPI meetings knew who he was prior to the tragic events at Fort Hood, Texas.