Friday, 30 January 2009
�Beware of CAIR� Say Members of Congress to Their Colleagues
Why the warning message from these concerned Members of Congress about the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR)? Because CAIR is about to storm Capitol Hill on February 6th in an intense lobbying blitz to combat its designation as an unindicted co-conspirator in the successful Dallas federal court retrial and conviction of The Holy Land Foundation which was caught funneling millions in charitable contributions to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. These House Members of the anti-Terror caucus want to get the message out to their colleagues and constituents that meeting with CAIR, given recent actions by the FBI distancing the agency staff, both national and regional from the Muslim Brotherhood Front, would be tantamount to sanctioning CAIR’s terrorist commitments to Hamas.
As revealed in two IPT news articles, “FBI Cuts Off CAIR Over Hamas Questions” and “CAIR’s True Colors; there is ample justification for the House Anti-Terror Caucus concerns. Investigative journalist Mary Jacoby noted this about the sudden change of heart by the FBI about outreach to CAIR:
The decision to end contacts with CAIR was made quietly last summer as federal prosecutors prepared for a second trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), an Islamic charity accused of providing money and political support to the terrorist group Hamas, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
CAIR and its chairman emeritus, Omar Ahmad, were named un-indicted co-conspirators in the HLF case. Both Ahmad and CAIR's current national executive director, Nihad Awad, were revealed on government wiretaps as having been active participants in early Hamas-related organizational meetings in the United States. During testimony, FBI agent Lara Burns described CAIR as a front organization.
Hamas is a US-designated foreign terrorist organization, and it's been illegal since 1995 to provide support to it within the United States.
The decision to end contacts with CAIR is a significant policy change for the FBI. For years, the FBI worked with the national organization and its state chapters to address Muslim community concerns about the potential for hate crimes and other civil liberty violations in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
But critics said the FBI improperly conferred legitimacy on CAIR by meeting with its officials, even as its own investigative files contained evidence of CAIR leaders' ties to Hamas.
Last autumn, FBI field offices began notifying state CAIR chapters that bureau officials could no longer meet with them until CAIR's national leadership in Washington had addressed issues raised by the HLF trial, according to people with knowledge of the notifications.
CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper declined to comment Wednesday when the IPT called for comment. Before hanging up, Hooper said "We're more than happy to cooperate with legitimate media. But we don't cooperate with those who promote anti-Muslim bigotry."
And what is the basis for these concerns? Note this supporting evidence from a report cited in the follow up IPT article on “CAIR’s True Colors:”
In Their Own Words: The Council on American Islamic Relations
- CAIR incorporator and current executive director Nihad Awad has publicly expressed his support for Hamas. At a symposium at Barry University in Florida on March 22, 1994 , he said:
"After I researched the situation inside and outside of Palestine , I am in support of the Hamas movement." [emphasis added]
- At the 2007 ISNA 44th Annual Conference in Rosemont , Illinois , then CAIR -National Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed defended Hamas and Hezbollah by criticizing those who refuse to separate their roles as terrorist organizations and their roles as parts of democratic governments:
"Hamas and Hezbollah are both on the U.S. State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations. But Hamas and Hezbollah are also part of their democratic governments. They’re elected representatives of their own people. So this presents a problem. And the challenges that often the detractors, who have a vested interest in perpetuating a situation of conflict in the Middle East try to use simple language and simple broad brush to lump them into the same category . And I call this ' Islamic exceptionalism. ' In other words that while the discourse among people of influence, people of knowledge, are able to distinguish between the subtleties of different things for other groups, that subtlety of differences are not applied towards Muslims." [emphasis added]
- Asked in a May 27, 2003 deposition, "Do you support Hamas," CAIR co-founder and Chairman Emeritus Omar Ahmad responded, "It depends. Qualify ' support. ' " Similarly, he was asked whether he had "ever taken a position with respect to... [Hamas ' ] ‘martyrdom attacks. ' " Ahmad responded, "No."
- At the Islamic Society of North America ' s 44th Annual Conference in Rosemont , Illinois in 2007, then- CAIR National Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed justified "suicide terrorism" as a response to occupation:
"Another problem when talking about this question of suicide terrorism, suicide bombings, especially in the Middle East, especially in the occupied territories, you know people use a circular logic. It was not the suicide terrorism led to occupation; it was occupation led to suicide terrorism."
- CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad has echoed Hamas ' absolute rejection of Israel’s legitimacy. In an April 1994 letter to the editor of The Message, an American-Muslim publication, he criticized the magazine for using the term “Israel."
"I hope," he wrote, "that the use of ' Israel ' in your news briefs was the result of an oversight and not intentional...Furthermore I hope you will return to the terminology "Occupied Palestine " to refer to that Holy Land ." [emphasis added]
- At a Right of Return rally in front of the White House on September 16, 2000 , Awad rejected coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians, stating,
"they [the Jews] have been saying "next year to Jerusalem, ' we say ' next year to all Palestine.’ "
- During CAIR ' s 13th Annual Banquet in San Jose , California in 2007, Awad argued that the U.S. is wrong in supporting Israel :
"..our government is blindly, unlimitly and unconsciously supporting the state of Israel, oppressing the Palestinian people. This is wrong, and we have to stand up and we have to tell our government, "Enough is enough.’ "
- In March of 2008 Hussam Ayloush, Secretary of CAIR-California, characterized Israel with the aim of delegitimizing it and condemned the United States for act[ing] like a terrorist state:
It's a struggle for an America that respects and humanizes religion. It's an America that if free to act on its values and not on the interests of any foreign lobby. It's an America that rejects all forms of collective punishment on the Palestinians of Gaza and West Bank, an America that genuinely supports justice, peace and democracy in Palestine, in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Pakistan, in Lebanon, in Somalia and all over the world, rather than supporting occupation, instability, the interests of defense and war companies and the corrupt allies and puppet regimes that we keep supporting an America that can defeat terrorists without having to act like one.'" [emphasis added]
A December 2008 Associated Press article quoted CAIR Michigan Executive Director Dawud Walid downplaying the danger of the more than 5000 Hamas rockets fired at Israel in attempting to delegitimize Israel ' s defensive attacks:
"Today’s attack - which amounts to a massacre - was definitely a disproportionate response to a few cheap, homemade, makeshift rockets being fired across the border."
CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad echoed this same sentiment as quoted in a CNN article:
"We demand that our government, the U.S. government, take immediate steps to end the immoral and illegal Israeli bombardment of Gaza and its population."
Send this article to your Members of Congress to further the warning made today in the “Dear Colleague” by the several House Anti-Terror caucus members. Perhaps a rising crescendo of outrage may stop CAIR in its efforts to further its agenda, infiltration of American institutions and establishment of a beachhead for strict Islamic Sharia law and support of Palestinian terror group, Hamas.
Posted on 01/30/2009 4:31 PM by Jerry Gordon
30 Jan 2009
John G. Wiggins
Sirs, Do you actually believe that with the president who is in office now really cares what we think or even what the members of the congress of the united states think? I f you do I think you are highly mistaken. He was and is clearly playing his own game and is not at all quiet about who won the election and who is running the show. With the decisions he has already made by executive order he has already shown which side of the spectrum he is on. He is on the side of the poor opressed and misunderstood muslims. We are doomed to failure and have been ever since he was elected as president. I am not being overly pessimistic. The liberal left has found a way to thwart the constitution. Just sign a executive order and believe me, this president will. He even has plans to make the soldiers of our country to swear allegience to the presidency instead of the constitution of the United States. He has already stated in his campaign that the constitution is outdated and needs to be revised. He's more of a hitler than a whole bunch of brainless people in this country can begin to understand. He is in the process of destroying our country and he is going to make quick work of it. I am not afraid of what he will do, I just know what he will do. Freedom is gone. The only one we can look to is the Lord God, but we have asked(told) Him to leave us alone, we dont need him and like the gentleman He is, He will! Have mercy on us O Lord, but we certainly dont deserve it, do we?