NC Sez: It’s about time the FBI wised up and started recognizing that certain dots need to be connected and confronted! CAIR IS a front group with many purposes one being to sue non-believers into submission for EVEN going so far as to QUOTING the evil portions of the koran. CAIR’s sole purpose is to silence those who shine the light of criticism on Islam exposing its imperialism to over take our Constitution and to turn this Nation into dar al-Islam!
by Mary Jacoby
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has cut off contacts with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) amid mounting concern about the Muslim advocacy group’s roots in a Hamas-support network, the Investigative Project on Terrorism has learned.
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.
NC Points Out: When CAIR hears the phrase “were named un-indicted co-conspirator” they laugh! Why? They say because the CAIR member was “un-indicted” –DUH! Actually, being un-indicted simply means that there wasn’t enough evidence to indict! If CAIR doesn’t answer the FBIs questions with evidence there just might be enough now to indict!
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.”
NC Points outs: See, this is what I mean: Calling people vile names like a muslim bigot has only one purpose in mind: To silence ANYONE getting close to the truth! It’s a diversionary tactic to get YOUR eye off the real questions which the FBI must get to the bottom of, if YOU are to live in safety in this Country. How about CAIR just answering the questions just like everyone else has to do in an investigation, and be done with it if Islam is so safe in a freedom loving country? And for those who are questioning Islam, no one likes to be called names which will silence certain scared individuals. I want to encourage those who are questioning to continue to question and don’t allow Hooper and anyone of his ilk to threaten you into silence. It’s ONLY a tactic they use! It only works if you let it work!
In one letter obtained by IPT News, James E. Finch, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Oklahoma City field office, canceled a meeting of the local Muslim Community Outreach Program, a state-federal program designed to enlist Muslims in terrorism prevention and investigate reports of civil liberties violations.
“Regrettably, due to circumstances beyond my control, the meeting will be postponed until further notice as a result of the planned participation by the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations,” Finch’s Oct. 8, 2008 letter to Muslim groups in the Oklahoma outreach program said.
Finch made clear the Oklahoma office valued its relationship with local Muslims. He said the stumbling block to further outreach was CAIR’s national leadership.
“[I]f CAIR wishes to pursue an outreach relationship with the FBI, certain issues must be addressed to the satisfaction of the FBI. Unfortunately, these issues cannot be addressed at the local level and must be addressed by the CAIR National Office in Washington, D.C.,” the letter said.
NC Sez: Good! If the FBI keeps its spine and keeps pursuing Truth, this could turn out to be very good for our Country! The bad guys will be exposed and tried and hopefully convicted and we can move onto the next group of bad guys!
A spokesman for the FBI’s Oklahoma City office referred questions about the letter to the FBI’s national press office. In Washington, FBI spokesman John Miller said, “We’ve certainly been in contact with CAIR chapters” about the un-indicted co-conspirator designation. “The letter speaks for itself.”
Letters with similar wording were sent in other states, people with knowledge of the matter said. It is not known how many letters were issued, but the FBI has had strong working relationships with CAIR chapters in states including Ohio, Michigan, Arizona and Florida.
Hamas was formed in 1987 as the Palestinian wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, the global Islamic political movement that aims to spread the rule of Shariah, or Islamic law, throughout the world.
NC Points Out: Realize that Liberals aka Progressives aka Marxists love the idea that Islam would be used to stamp out Christianity and Judaism in Western nations because Marxists are “politically correct, multiculturalist” atheists. However, if Islam were to be successful the Marxist agenda will back fire on the liberal because those who practice pure Islam will not tolerate a society where people are atheists. Of course, liberals don’t think that far into the future!
A North American branch of the Brotherhood supervised HLF, CAIR and other organizations to build political, financial and public relations support for Hamas, evidence at the HLF trial showed.
The U.S.-based Brotherhood formed a Palestine Committee, headed by Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzook, in 1988 during the first intifada uprising in Palestinian territories against Israel. Hamas’s stated policy is for the destruction of Israel.
CAIR co-founders Ahmad and Awad were early active members of the Palestine Committee, evidence showed. Wiretaps recorded the two CAIR leaders participating in strategy meetings of the committee in the 1990s, and both were also on a phone list of its members, the evidence showed.
The first HLF trial in Texas ended in a mistrial in October 2007. In November 2008, the second trial resulted in convictions of five former HLF officials on all counts of providing material support to Hamas.
NC Sez: This trial trial ended in a mistrial because there were several jury members who were so drenched in moral equivalence and multicultural that they literally couldn’t decide if a wrong had been committed. Why? Because to a multiculturalist, there is no right or wrong, evil or good, and “we shouldn’t judge.” So taxpayers now have to pay for a second trial!
It is unclear what changed between the first and second HLF trials to make the FBI rescind its policy of outreach to CAIR. The un-indicted co-conspirator designations were made on May 27, 2007 in connection with the first HLF trial. Moreover, much of the evidence linking the CAIR officials to Hamas was aired in an earlier public trial in 2006.
CAIR, however, vigorously challenged the un-indicted co-conspirator designation as a violation of its First and Fifth Amendment rights, accusing the government of “demonization of all things Muslim” in a brief filed in the summer of 2007 with the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
NC Points: Here we go again! CAIR Sez. “demonization of all things Muslim.” Looking at the members of CAIR’s ties to HAMAs and the destruction of America does NOT equate to the “demonization of all things Muslim.” But it sure sounds sad in a sound bite!
The co-conspirator designation is “particularly insidious and ironic as CAIR is an organization dedicated to fostering acceptance of Muslims in American society and protecting the civil liberties of all Muslim Americans,” CAIR’s brief read.
NC sez: Yes, their goal is to foster acceptance of Muslims in American society, all the while, also using American freedoms to advance special status for Shariah like, demanding that airports not require muslim cabbies to pick up anyone who has alcohol on them, or getting tax dollars spent on special foot baths and prayer rooms in public places, or getting swimming pools to set aside a whole day once a week just for muslim women and no one else, even though, everyone pays taxes for that swimming pool!
The government filed a brief on Sept. 4, 2007 opposing CAIR’s filing, arguing the group lacked standing to challenge the co-conspirator designation and that the matter was moot, as the evidence was already entered into the public record. The judge never ruled on CAIR’s request.
The HLF trial showed that CAIR was formed to covertly influence US opinions of the Palestinian conflict and Islam, but without revealing its connections to Hamas.
For example, prosecutors introduced transcripts of wiretaps from a 1993 meeting in Philadelphia of the Palestine Committee, called to order by Ahmad (see page 10 of the hyperlink) and attended by Awad. In that meeting, Ahmad and others discussed the need to create a new political organization seemingly unconnected to Hamas or the Brotherhood.
In one excerpt, (see page 4 of the link) an unidentified male said: “We must form a new organization for activism which will be neutral, because we are placed in a corner, we are place in a corner. It is known who we are, we are marked and I believe there should be a new neutral organization which works on both sides.”
CAIR was founded a year later, in 1994, by Ahmad and Awad. In March 1994, Awad was taped at Miami’s Barry University publicly declaring his support for Hamas: “I am in support of the Hamas movement more than the PLO,” Awad said.
A July 30, 1994 agenda for the Palestine Committee, seized by federal agents and introduced at trial, showed that “suggestions to develop the work” of HLF, CAIR and other organizations was on the agenda.
Under the heading “The need for trained resources in the media and political fields,” the agenda said: “No doubt America is the ideal location to train the necessary resources to support the Movement worldwide.”
By 1995, CAIR was conducting public relations work to counter the US detention of Mousa Abu Marzook, the Hamas official and Palestine Committee member who was also head of the Muslim Brotherhood in the US.
A transcript of an August 1995 phone call intercepted by government investigators showed HLF officials Shukri Abu Baker and Ghassan Elashi talking about CAIR’s efforts (see page 12 of the link).
Days before the 2001 terrorist attacks, the FBI raided the offices of Infocom, a Texas internet company connected to HLF. CAIR’s Nihad Awad appeared at a press conference outside Infocom headquarters to denounce what he called an “anti-Muslim witch hunt.”
NC sez: “Whahh, whahh, a witch hunt! You hate muslims, you islamophobe, you bigot! You just hate muslims.” No, We hate terrorists who want to kill us and turn America into Ameristan! If you want pure Islam go back to Saudi Arabia where you came from!
CAIR remained a vocal player in the public debate after 9/11. It developed relationships with members of Congress. FBI officials frequently attended CAIR fundraising banquets, and CAIR cited such contacts in its own literature and Web site as evidence of its good standing with the government.