November 24, 2004
Let's Say It, "CAIR is a Terrorist Front Organization," With A Dangerous Agenda For AmericaTopics: National News
The liberal press and collectively the MSM have given CAIR a politically correct cakewalk in the interest of both being secular and believing the press releases of so called "peaceful Muslim organizations."
Back on Nov 3 in a Frontpagemagazine.com article entitled "Jihad at the St. Petersburg Times," came this interesting report of a Florida pastor who dared question CAIR:
"Over the past month, Mike Frazier has received, by his count, six death threats and 47 menacing phone calls. He's been accosted by complete strangers in public and vilified as an "extremist" by the largest newspaper in his state. Frazier--a pastor at Landmark Baptist Church in Brooksville, Florida--has even seen several churchgoers leave his congregation during this period, because, according to him, "they were afraid."
Such is the price Frazier has paid for criticizing the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the most influential radical Islamist group in the United States.
Nevertheless, the St. Petersburg Times gleefully hammered Frazier. The same day as Liberto's screed appeared, the paper's editorial page editor, Jeff Webb, penned a column titled, "Pastor's Talk of Terrorists is What's Truly Scary."
Furthermore, according to Webb, Frazier's criticism of CAIR was nothing more than "irresponsible, alarmist, conspiratorial claptrap."
In the piece, Webb labeled Frazier an "extremist" and a "fundamentalist zealot," and accused him of "propagating fear, terror and disunity." He also blamed Frazier for spreading "misinformation and exaggeration to stir the pot of intolerance."
First, some facts: CAIR was founded in part with seed money from the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, a Specially Designated Global Terrorist organization that has been indicted for providing material support to Hamas. CAIR has also accepted substantial donations from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal as well as the World Assembly of Muslim Youth and the International Islamic Relief Organization, two Saudi-funded, Wahhabist groups.
Two of CAIR's founding members, Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmad, both previously worked for the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), a group which has "acted in support of" Hamas, according to a federal judge's August 2002 ruling. Tellingly, during a 1994 speech at Florida's Barry University, Awad, who is now CAIR's Executive Director, stated, "I am in support of the Hamas movement."
In addition, former CAIR employee Randall "Ismail" Royer was sentenced to 20 years in prison last April for "participation in a network of militant jihadists centered in Northern Virginia," according to the Department of Justice. And Ghasan Elashi, the founding board member of CAIR's Texas chapter, was convicted of violating the Libyan Sanctions Regulations in July 2004 and has also been indicted for providing material support to Hamas.
Much of this information--which, incidentally, only begins to scratch the surface of CAIR's radical activities--is readily available online. Yet the St. Petersburg Times, in its headlong rush to demonize Frazier, conveniently dismissed CAIR's nefarious history.
"I've had to completely alter my life," says Frazier. "I'm constantly looking over my shoulder. I'm considered a bigot by the biggest newspaper in the state. I never know when I open the paper if this is the day they are going to attack me again. They're taking me apart piece by piece, article by article."
Indeed, on October 1, just when Frazier thought the controversy may begin to die down, Jeff Webb wrote yet another column accusing him of "the worst sort of religious stereotyping," and "using anger over domestic terrorism issues to cloak...religious prejudice."
For the St. Petersburg Times, which has also shown a troubling deference toward Sami Al-Arian, the former University of South Florida professor who currently stands accused of being the North American leader of the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad, its support for CAIR is par for the course.
Next From Dimmi Watch today we find more on CAIR.
In an article today at Dimmi Watch, Robert Spencer writes of David Frum's recount a chilling tale of CAIR's characteristic activities in the National Post (via AEI, with thanks to DC Watson):
Two weeks ago, the National Post and I were served with a notice of libel by the Canadian branch of the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR. The Post and I are not alone. Over the past year, CAIR's Canadian and U.S. branches have served similar libel notices on half a dozen other individuals and organizations in the United States and Canada. Each case has its own particular facts, yet they are linked by a common theme: That we defendants have accused CAIR (in the words of the notice served on me) of being "an unscrupulous, Islamist, extremist sympathetic group in Canada supporting terrorism."
Lawyers for individuals and newspapers served with libel notices will normally urge their clients to avoid any comment on the matter--to avoid even any acknowledgement that they have been served. This is usually good advice. A notice of libel is not a lawsuit, but a warning of a lawsuit to come. If the potential defendant keeps quiet, the potential plaintiff will often drop the suit altogether.
CAIR is understandably protective of its reputation. Until recently, it has had considerable success winning acceptance in the United States and Canada as something close to an official spokesman for local Muslim communities. CAIR has been influential in advocating for a sharia court to arbitrate divorces and other family-law matters in the province of Ontario. CAIR's strong criticisms of Canada's anti-terror legislation have won respectful hearing in Ottawa. Any reporting or commentary that cast doubt on CAIR's carefully cultivated image would deeply threaten the group's mission.
What is that mission? The public record offers some clues:
CAIR was founded in 1994 by alumni of an older group, the Islamic Association for Palestine. The IAP, founded by senior Hamas figure Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook, calls for the destruction of Israel and the creation of an Islamic state under Islamic law in Israel's place. (In 1996, CAIR would condemn the U.S. government's decision to deport Marzook as an "anti-Islamic" act.)
CAIR's first executive director, Nihad Awad, publicly declared himself a supporter of Hamas at a 1994 forum at Barry University in Florida.
One of CAIR's original advisory board members, Siraj Wahhaj, served as a character witness for Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman. Rahman is the blind Egyptian cleric convicted in 1995 of conspiracy to bomb New York landmarks. CAIR described Rahman's conviction as a hate crime.
CAIR's founding chairman, Omar Ahmed, also an IAP alumnus, is said to have declared at a public event in California in July, 1998: "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran . . . should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth." Ahmed has since disputed the accuracy of the quote--five years after it was reported by a California newspaper.
After the 9/11 attacks on the United States, CAIR's Web site featured a link titled, "Donate to the NY/DC Disaster Relief Fund." The link connected to the Web site of the Holy Land Foundation, a charity closed down by the United States three months later as a Hamas front. Read all of the Frum article...
Looking no further back than September 10 in another Frontpagemagazine.com article entitled "Bad Day For CAIR," Evan McCormick wrote:
September 10th, 2003 will forever be remembered as a grim day for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). On that day, the eve of the second anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, CAIR faced up to its own terrorist connections. It ran away from testifying before an influential Senate panel that heard a barrage of incriminating evidence about the group and its connections. It saw one of its former officials plead guilty to terrorist-related crimes in Federal Court. And, it was stood up by two Department of Justice officials at an immigration symposium in Florida. CAIR should find it hard to recover from this string of defeats.
Last Wednesday, The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security held the second in a series of hearings aimed at examining Saudi Arabia's role in exporting Islamic extremism abroad. The hearing, titled "Two Years After 9/11": Connecting the Dots, was focused on the prevalence of the radical Wahhabi Islamic sect among Muslim political groups in the U.S. CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad and Chairman Omar Ahmed were invited to testify at the hearing, but both declined to attend. In their absence and in front of their empty witness chair - the committee heard compelling evidence that Saudi Arabia financially and ideologically supports a network of American organizations that act as the defenders, financiers, and front groups of international terrorists. CAIR has been a major player in this network since its creation in 1994, with a particularly soft spot for the suicide-bombing death squads of Hamas.
Senators turned out in force to connect the dots between CAIR and the deviant Islamic extremism that led to the vicious attacks of 9/11. In his opening statement, Chairman Jon Kyl said, "a small group of organizations based in the U.S. with Saudi backing and support, is well advanced in its four- decade effort to control Islam in America -from mosques, universities and community centers to our prisons and even within our military. Moderate Muslims who love America and want to be part of our great country are being forced out of those institutions."
Senator Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat who has been steadfast in his efforts to uncover the nexus of Hamas front groups in the U.S., was ruthless in his portrayal of CAIR as part of an international terror network. In his opening remarks, Senator Schumer stated that prominent members of CAIR referring specifically to Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmedhave intimate links with Hamas. Later, he remarked that we know [CAIR] has ties to terrorism."
Even Senator Richard Durbin, who has made common cause with some of America's Wahhabi-backed groups, came down hard on CAIR. In his final comments he conceded that CAIR is unusual in its extreme rhetoric and its associations with groups that are suspect, and requested that the committee seek the testimony of mainstream Muslim groups in its place in the future.
CAIR's affinity for terrorist causes is well documented in the press. At a 1994 meeting at Barry University, Nihad Awad stated succinctly, I am a supporter of the Hamas movement. Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper has defended Saudi Arabias financial aid to families of Palestinian suicide bombers. In recent months, three CAIR officials were indicted on terrorism-related charges. Source...
Taking a step just a little further back to April 25, 2003 in an article entitled "The Real CAIR" by WorldNetDaily in support of Daniel Pipes, to the board of the U.S. Institute for Peace we find more troubling information about CAIR and it's terrorist support.
"CAIR is not what it seems - not what it pretends to be.
It is not a group fighting for equal rights for Muslim-Americans. It is not a group trying to protect the interests of Muslims in America. It is not a group promoting human rights for anyone.
It is a group whose real mission is changing the very character of America - remaking it in the image of the Islamo-fascists who fund them from Saudi Arabia and elsewhere.
You will never hear a nice word about America from the Council on American-Islamic Relations. It's a hate group. It spends all or most of its time and resources denigrating America, condemning it as a pariah state that exploits and oppresses Muslims.
According to CAIR, America is a terrible place for Muslims. At the same time, CAIR boasts Islam is the fastest-growing religion in America. It makes you wonder: If conditions for Muslims are so bad in America, why is Islam so popular? Why are Muslims flocking from all parts of the world to the United States - this hideous concentration camp for Muslims?
I'll tell you why. Many Muslims have come here and continue to come here to escape the Islamo-fascism of places like Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia - places about which CAIR never has a bad word to say.
CAIR was late to the party in condemning Osama bin Laden for the Sept. 11 terror attacks. It finally got around to it three months after the fact. Don't expect to hear any CAIR officials condemn suicide bombings by the terrorists in Hamas. The founder of this organization is on record in support of the goals and tactics of Hamas.
CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper indicated in a 1993 interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he wants the United States to become a Muslim country.
"I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future," Hooper told the Star Tribune. "But I'm not going to do anything violent to promote that. I'm going to do it through education."
Founded in 1994, CAIR is a spin-off of the Islamic Association of Palestine, identified as a "front group" for the terrorist group Hamas, according to Steve Pomerantz, former chief of the FBI's counterterrorism section.
Another ex-FBI counterterrorism chief, Oliver "Buck" Revell, has called the Islamic Association For Palestine - Hooper's former employer - "a front organization for Hamas that engages in propaganda for Islamic militants."
CAIR advisory board member Siraj Wahhaj was named by U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White on Feb. 2, 1995, as one of the "unindicted persons who may be alleged as co-conspirators in the attempt to blow up New York City monuments," including the World Trade Center in 1993.
How seriously can we take the charges of a group that called the conviction of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers "a travesty of justice"? How seriously can we take a group that called the conviction of Omar Abdel Rahman, who conspired to blow up New York City landmarks, a "hate crime"? How seriously should we take a group about which Steven Pomerantz, former FBI chief of counter-terrorism, says: "CAIR, its leaders and its activities effectively give aid to international terrorist groups"?
Very seriously." Read More.....
CAIR is the principle front organization of a coalition of Islamist (or fundamentalist Muslim) groups that have taken root in America over the past two decades. Most are spin-offs of the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP), such as the American Muslims for Jerusalem, the Holy Land Foundation, and the Islamic Institute. These are extreme groups, and some have even come under federal investigation for alleged support of Middle Eastern terrorism. But CAIR's mission has differed from the others: its special assignment is the insinuation of the Islamist agenda into mainstream American politics. Like the many front organizations established by the Soviet Union in its heyday, CAIR works to give a "white bread" image to advocates of illiberal and even radical ideas.
CAIR is run by a duo. The executive director, Nihad Awad, is a Palestinian; his associate, Ibrahim ("Dougie")
Hooper, is an American convert. Awad actively propagates the cause in Arabic, while Hooper handles
most of the English-language work. To create the perception that CAIR speaks for Islam in America, the
two indefatigably issue position statements on anything remotely touching on Muslim or Arab affairs,
reacting on everything from U.S. foreign policy to letters in college newspapers.
So let's say it again, perhaps even more comfortably than before this brief review of CAIR - CAIR supports terrorism. But no one summed it up better than Khalid Duran (above), so his comments bear repeating:
"CAIR is the principle front organization of a coalition of Islamist (or fundamentalist Muslim) groups that have taken root in America over the past two decades. Most are spin-offs of the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP), such as the American Muslims for Jerusalem, the Holy Land Foundation, and the Islamic Institute. These are extreme groups, and some have even come under federal investigation for alleged support of Middle Eastern terrorism. But CAIR's mission has differed from the others: its special assignment is the insinuation of the Islamist agenda into mainstream American politics. Like the many front organizations established by the Soviet Union in its heyday, CAIR works to give a "white bread" image to advocates of illiberal and even radical ideas."
Posted by Hyscience at November 24, 2004 12:01 PM
False reporting, libel and defamatory remarks and
giving a bad reputation to an honest hard working
citizen is not the norm of a good, honest reporter.
It's time for Jeff Webb to call the dogs from the back
of Mike Frazier and start doing the right thing.
It is also time for Jeff Webb to come to terms that
the Islamic terrorist front that poses as an
"outspoken Muslim Civil Rights Group" is exactly what
it is. Stop defending terrorism, Mr. Webb. You're a
good reporter that is making a big mistake. Several of
its officers have been charged with terrorism. They
are connected to Hamas, a terror group that bombs
civilians in Israel. they criticize every single
process of Homeland security. They are an impediment;
a detriment in our war against terror. They have a
penchant for chasing people with lawsuits and threats
because they speak the truth and the truth will
eventually catch up with them.
Come to terms and start telling the truth, Mr. Webb.
Mike Frazier and the public deserve the truth.
Posted by: John Rudolph at December 11, 2004 1:41 PM
Is there no thought for the irony?
An Christian minister is harassed and has his life threatened for speaking out about a group with CLEAR and documented ties to terror...
...done most likely BY people sympathetic to CAIR...
In the war on terror it looks like the newspaper reporters will be the first ones to surrender. They have been cowed into submission by the real WMD...
Posted by: Another Pastor who knows at June 5, 2005 7:32 AM
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