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Thu, July 10, 2014 Prominent Islamists Blast NSA for Monitoring Emails

Nihad Awad, (r) founder and executive director of CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations.

Nihad Awad, (r) founder and executive director of CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations.

by: 
Ryan Mauro

A 45-member coalition -- including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), two U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entities with extremist histories -- is accusing the Obama and Bush Administrations of persecuting the entire Muslim-American community by monitoring the emails of five Muslims with links to terrorists.

The coalition is responding to a new report based on classified documents leaked by former National Security Agency (NSA) employee Edward Snowden. It focuses on the monitoring of five Muslim-American activists, including CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. The authors of the report are Glenn Greenwald, who has spoken for at least three CAIR fundraisers, and Murtaza Hussain.

The documents provide about 7,500 email addresses monitored by the U.S. government between 2002 and 2008. This is not a shocking number, especially considering the activists’ histories and that there are 2.75 million Muslim-Americans.

Of these, only 202 are listed as Americans and some of these are multiple accounts held by one user. The authors of the report were able to identify five activists who were being monitored.

The Director of National Intelligence said in a statement it is “entirely false that U.S. intelligence agencies conduct electronic surveillance of political, religious or activist figures solely because they disagree with public policies or criticize the government, or for exercising constitutional rights.”  

Rather, before monitoring, an independent judge from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court must be persuaded that there is strong enough evidence that the subject is linked to terrorism or under the control of a foreign power.

Public information, much of it cited by the authors, links each of the five to Islamist terrorists. The authors of the report admit they do not know what classified information the NSA and FBI is in possession of; nor do they have any evidence that the NSA failed to get a judge’s approval as required.

Yet, the monitoring of these five activists’ emails is depicted as a scandal by the authors of the report and the coalition, depicting this as an assault on the entire Muslim-American community. Further, the coalition includes groups with their own checkered histories like CAIR, the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and the Muslim Legal Fund of America.

There are very strong grounds to believe that the government has legitimate reasons for monitoring the five activists. They are as follows:

 

Nihad Awad, Executive Director of CAIR

Nihad Awad’s emails were monitored by the FBI from July 2006 to February 2008, at which point the surveillance was terminated. In 2007, the Justice Department designated CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation, a Muslim Brotherhood front in Texas whose leaders were found guilty of financing Hamas.

The Justice Department listed CAIR as an entity of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, specifically its secret Palestine Committee that was set up to support Hamas.

In 2009, a federal judge upheld the designation because of “ample” evidence. The FBI stopped using CAIR as an outreach partner because of evidence linking it to Hamas.

In another court case in 2007, federal prosecutors stated in a court filing:

“From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists … the conspirators agreed to use deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists.”

Nihad Awad was the Public Relations Director for the Islamic Association for Palestine, a Muslim Brotherhood front founded by a senior Hamas operative. The FBI recorded a secret Hamas/Brotherhood meeting in Philadelphia in 1993, which Awad was present for, where they discussed the need to create a new front with clean tracks. Awad and another meeting participant founded CAIR the next year.

In 1993, Awad said, “I am in support of the Hamas movement more than the PLO.” Awad told Greenwald that he does not support Hamas and made that statement before Hamas began carrying out suicide attacks, but the Investigative Project on Terrorism has proven that false.

Even if it were accurate, Hamas was formed as a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and was violent and extreme from the beginning. Its charter talks about the killing of Jews as being the fulfillment of Islamic prophecy.

In 2004, Awad refused to condemn Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist groups in an Arabic interview with Al-Jazeera. Instead, he called them “liberation movements.” This tactic of saying different things to English and Arabic audiences was talked about in the 1993 meeting. Most recently, Awad tweeted in Arabic that the prosecution of Sami al-Arian on terrorism charges was due to an Israeli conspiracy.

CAIR continues to have radical leaders and engage in highly suspicious financial activity. The Clarion Project’s documented profile of CAIR can be read here.

In discussing CAIR, Greenwald and Hussain mention its “political moderation” and suggest it is the victim of political persecution by anti-Muslim bigots influencing the government. They write that CAIR became a “primary target of hardline neoconservatives after 911” and has been “publicly maligned as terrorist supporters by the Muslim-focused fringes of the far right.”

For CAIR to be “moderate,” the Justice Department, FBI and Judge Solis would all have to be a part of this anti-Muslim conspiracy. So would the Muslim Brotherhood, whose own internal documents show its ties to CAIR and Awad.

Even Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who no one could say is “far right,” talked about CAIR’s “ties to terrorism” in 2003. Democratic Senators Dick Durbin and Barbara Boxer have also acknowledged CAIR’s extremism, though they subsequently continued to work with the group.

 

Agha Saeed of the American Muslim Task Force

Agha Saeed’s emails were monitored by the FBI from June 2007 until at least May 2008, when the documents state that the surveillance needed renewing.

In 1999, Saeed spoke at an ISNA conference (which, like CAIR, is an unindicted co-conspirator and U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity). He said in his speech, “United Nations has a resolution …which says …     people in Palestine have the right to resist their oppression by using all means including armed resistance.”

The quote caused Hillary Clinton to return a $50,000 donation from one of Saeed’s organizations during her Senate race in 2000. She said his speech was “offensive and outrageous.”

In the Greenwald report, Saeed says that the NSA may have been concerned by his friendship with Sami al-Arian, a senior leader of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network who was convicted of being a Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader.

In 1995, federal authorities raided the home of Al-Arian and found a plan they believed he authored. It instructed his colleagues “to infiltrate the sensitive intelligence agencies or the embassies in order to collect information and building close relationships with the people in charge of these establishments.”

Al-Arian’s orders were to “collect information from those relatives and friends who work in sensitive positions in government.”

Al-Arian and another secret Muslim Brotherhood partner, Abdurrahman Alamoudi, had astounding success in this endeavor, especially in regards to the Bush Administration with help from anti-tax activist Grover Norquist. Alamoudi was convicted on terrorism charges in 2004.

Saeed’s American Muslim Political Coordination Council Political Action Committee endorsed then-Governor Bush’s presidential campaign in 2000. Ironically, Greenwald reports that Saeed was among a group of Muslim activists due to meet with President Bush on September 11, 2001, but the terrorist attacks caused its cancellation.

Another person involved in the Islamist network friendly with Norquist and the Bush Administration was Faisal Gil, another activist monitored by the NSA.

 

Faisal Gill, Former Homeland Security Official

Faisal Gill’s emails were monitored by the FBI from April 2006 until February 2008 when the surveillance was terminated.

Gill was a spokesman for the American Muslim Council, the organization led by Alamoudi before he was arrested on terrorism-related charges. Gil claims he only met Alamoudi few times despite his prominent position.

In 2001, Gill became the director of governmental affairs for the Islamic Free Market Institute. This organization was founded by Norquist and Alamoudi’s close aide. As we chronicled here, the Institute had strong links to Islamist groups at this time.

After the 9/11 attacks, Gill joined the White House Office of Homeland Security, listing Norquist as a reference. He then became the policy director for the Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence division. He was suspended after it was reported that the FBI discovered that he did not disclose his links to Alamoudi’s organization in his paperwork. Gill was then cleared.

In 2007, Gill ran for the Virginia House of Delegates as a Republican candidate and lost. His campaign received $3,000 from three companies belonging to the Safa Group, a Muslim Brotherhood-linked group in Virginia that was raided as part of a terrorism investigation after 9/11. The Safa Group also financed the Islamic Free Market Institute.

Greenwald reports that Gill travelled to Sudan in 2007 as part of work with his law firm that he formed with Asim Ghafour, another target of surveillance. The pair met with officials from the Sudanese government, which is designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism by the U.S. State Department.

The meetings were to discuss representing Sudan in a lawsuit by victims of Al-Qaeda terrorism. The report says “Ghafoor was ultimately retained, and Gill performed the contract work on one case.”

To be fair, former government employees often do business with foreign governments. However, Sudan is a State Sponsor of Terrorism. This relationship alone may not warrant surveillance, but it certainly gives credence to the Intelligence Community’s claim that it had some kind of undisclosed justification for the monitoring.

 

Asim Ghafoor, lawyer and former congressional staffer

Asim Ghafoor’s emails were monitored by the FBI from March 2005 until at least March 2008 when the documents show the surveillance needed renewing.

Greenwald reports that Ghafoor worked as a legislative assistant for Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX), who was in office from 2007 to 2011. Ghafoor left his position not long after the 9/11 attacks to pursue work in the private sector.

In 2003, the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, a charity based in Saudi Arabia that had its assets frozen by the U.S. government because of its links to Al-Qaeda, hired him. As the report explains, this led to him being hired by other suspicious characters like Osama Bin Laden’s brother-in-law.

As previously mentioned, Ghafoor also did business with the government of Sudan starting in 2007 with Faisal Gill.

In his interview with Greenwald, Ghafoor claimed he was monitored just because he has a Muslim name, Indian parents, and went to Saudi Arabia to fulfil his religious obligation of pilgrimage.

 

Hooshang Amirahmadi

Hooshang Amirahmadi’s emails were monitored by the FBI from August 2007 until at least May 2008 when the documents show the surveillance needed renewing.

As Greenwald reports, Amirahamdi is the president of the American Iranian Council. He has been a professor at Rutgers University since 1983 and used to be the director of the school’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

He has a reputation as a non-religious moderate. He twice tried to run for president of Iran but the regime rejected his candidacy. He alternatively refers to himself as a “secular Muslim” or an atheist. However, the Iranian government (a designated State Sponsor of Terrorism) apparently found him useful.

The Alavi Foundation, an Iranian government front linked to its nuclear program and propaganda campaign in the U.S., donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Rutgers University.

Greenwald acknowledges that the Alavi Foundation contributed to Amirahamdi’s operations at the school and that Amirahmadi said in 2007 that allegations that Iran sponsors terrorism are a “myth.” He also stated, “Hezbollah and Hamas are not terrorist organizations, they are defending their country and their nations.”

 

Conclusion

Based on these backgrounds, it isn’t hard to imagine that the NSA and FBI have strong classified evidence to justify its monitoring of these five activists. CAIR, ISNA and their coalition are using dramatic rhetoric to persuade audiences into assuming the NSA is guilty and their activist allies are innocent.

The coalition’s letter to President Obama says federal, state and local agencies are “targeting entire communities—particularly American Muslims—for secret surveillance based on their race, religion, ethnicity or national origin.”

CAIR says “The Obama administration continues to allow some government agencies to treat Americans as objects of suspicion.”

The group also stated, “This is an outrageous continuation of civil rights-era surveillance of minority community leadership elements who see threats in all patriotic dissent.”

ISNA President Magid went so far as to say that the NSA’s monitoring lacked probable cause, even though the NSA’s evidence is secret. He claimed, “This news report only confirms our worst suspicions: American Muslims have been subjected to profiling and surveillance by the NSA neither without probable cause nor in the act of committing any crime.” 

The Muslim Public Affairs Council stated, “All of the surveillance victims appear to have been targeted because of their Muslim backgrounds and their activities defending Muslims.”

Their hysteria is not in harmony with the facts and numbers. We’re talking about five Muslim-American activists, each with backgrounds pf concern, over a six-year period. Even if you consider the total of 202 American email addresses that were monitored, the number is miniscule compared to a total of 2.75 million Muslim-Americans.

The Islamist propaganda machine is distorting the justified surveillance of five Muslim-American personalities who have been supportive of terrorist groups into a picture of persecution of the entire Muslim-American community.

 

Ryan Mauro is the ClarionProject.org’s National Security Analyst, a fellow with the Clarion Project and is frequently interviewed on top-tier TV stations as an expert on counterterrorism and Islamic extremism.

CAIR Leader Edits Tweet On Sami Al-Arian For His Western Readers

Submitted by Emily on Tue, 2014-07-08 11:06

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http://www.globalmbwatch.com/2014/07/02/cair-leader-edits-tweet-sami-al-arian-western-readers/

Sun, July 6, 2014 CAIR Rep: Nationalism Pumped Into Muslims to Weaken Islam

by: 
Ryan Mauro

In yet another blow to the contrived “moderate” image of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the leader of its Michigan chapter expressed his unhappiness with Independence Day and marked the holiday with anti-American statements. This follows CAIR officials’ questioning of whether to honor fallen U.S. soldiers on Memorial Day. The remarks were swiftly condemned by Muslims appreciative of the U.S. military.

The comments about Independence Day were made by Dawud Walid, executive director of CAIR-Michigan. He has a history of anti-Americanism, vilifying the U.S. government and support for the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Fourth of July tweets are below:

 

Last month, another CAIR official named Hassan Shibly, chief executive director of CAIR-Florida, described nationalism as a plot against Islam. Shibly, like Walid, has a history of extremism. His June 9 comment on Facebook is below:

 

For Islamists, patriotism or nationalism collides with their ideology because they see the global community of Muslims (called the ummah) as a single body, like a unified ethnicity, political party or nation. Much like Americans do not want fellow citizens to be loyal to a foreign country, Islamists do not want the first loyalty of Muslims to be to the U.S.

Thus, Shibly’s message puts Muslim-Americans in the position of having to choose patriotism or their faith. It is an anti-American theme that inevitably makes his audience view the U.S. government as hostile to their beliefs.

The U.S. Justice Department describes CAIR as a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity and labeled it an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism-financing trial in American history. In another case in 2007, federal prosecutors stated that CAIR’s founders “agreed to use deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists.”

CAIR presents itself as the moderate face of the Muslim-American community, but a 2011 Gallup poll found that only about 12% of Muslim-Americans consider CAIR to be the organization that most represents their interests.

A truly moderate Muslim-American organization would fire Walid and other officials who disparage American holidays and U.S. soldiers and have extremist outbursts. Instead, they continue to serve in CAIR for years without any change in conduct.

CAIR’s silence in the wake of its officials’ comments speaks volumes.

Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR - I want government in U.S. to be Islamic

"I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the US to be Islamic at some time in the future, but I'm not going to do anything violent to promote that. I'm going to use education."

- Ibrahim Hooper
Spokesperson for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Mon, June 9, 2014 CAIR & Interfaith Friends Rally Behind Terrorist Bomber

by: 
Ryan Mauro

The Islamists and their interfaith friends are taking up the case of Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, a woman that lied on her immigration papers about having been convicted by Israel of perpetrating a terrorist bombing that killed two people. Predictably, the coalition is claiming she’s a victim of an anti-Muslim campaign by the U.S. government.

Odeh was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a group supported by the Assad regime in Syria that the U.S. government officially considers to be a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The State Department says its terrorist attacks include airline hijackings that killed a total of 20 Americans. The PFLP continues to hatch terror plots, though none succeeded last year. The group confirms that it gets training from Hezbollah.

Odeh, who is now 66 years old, was involved in the bombing of a grocery store in Jerusalem in 1969 that killed two Israeli students. She was also involved in two other bombings targeting the British consulate. She was convicted, spent 10 years in prison and then released as part of a prisoner swap.

She moved to the U.S. in 1995 and became a U.S. citizen in Michigan in 2004. She was indicted in October 2013 for immigration fraud.

“In her immigration documents filed in the United States, the indictment alleges, Odeh omitted her arrest, conviction and imprisonment overseas, which were material facts for the United States government in determining whether to grant her citizenship, the FBI press release states.

The leaders of behind Odeh’s defense ahead of her June 10 trial boast that over 100 organizations have joined in and over 3,000 people have signed an International Action Center petition. The document says it was started by a group named the Committee to Stop FBI Repression. The MoveOn.org petition, which leaves out any mention of her membership in PFLP or conviction, has about 900 signatures.

The Islamists are trying to make Odeh a pop culture icon in their community by selling “I Support Rasmea” shirts. The Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and American Muslims for Palestine are among those selling the shirts and portraying her as an innocent victim. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is also a supporter of Odeh’s.

American Muslims for Palestine even honored Odeh at a recent fundraiser. CAIR-Chicago held an event on May 19 titled, “Criminalizing Immigrants: The Case of Rasmea Odeh.” It described her as a victim of “selective prosecution of key activists in the Palestinian and anti-war solidarity communities.”

The U.S. Palestinian Community Network (which is run by Odeh’s boss) and the Committee to Stop FBI Repression are using the case to push a broader message. A joint statement reads, “[We] denounce this attempt at harassment and intimidation, and call on all organizers and activists around the country to remember: Don’t talk to the FBI!” [emphasis original]

The pro-Odeh coalition led by the U.S. Palestinian community Network and the Committee to Stop FBI Repression includes a number of non-Muslim religious groups and activists.

Father Robert Bossie is a Catholic priest and political activist. In a published letter, he describes bringing Catholics studying for ministry to the Arab American Action Network (where Odeh is Associate Director) to learn about the Middle East conflict.

Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago has also published a letter saying her indictment “must be viewed within this wider context of widespread attempts to intimidate people into silence. It is also an illustration of our unwarranted and draconian enforcement of our immigration laws.”

A Quaker group called the American Friends Service Committee (Chicago) claims her indictment is “further evidence of government harassment of Arab and Muslim residents in the United States, and adds fuel to Islamophobic and anti-Arab discrimination that has spread throughout our country and influenced our nation’s policy since 9/11.”

Another member of the coalition is the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, an interfaith alliance. Its members include the Mennonite Palestine Israel Network in Iowa and the Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights based in Texas.

The U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation also has a faith-based wing called the Interfaith Boycott Coalition that includes Jewish Voice for Peace, the Presbyterian Church USA’s Israel-Palestine Mission Network, the Episcopal Peace Fellowship’s Palestine-Israel Network, United Church of Christ Palestine-Israel Network and Response, the United Methodist Kairos Response and others.

These Christian and Jewish organizations are being won over by false Islamist propaganda that the U.S. government has a hidden anti-Muslim agenda. They have teamed up with a group that tells Americans not to talk to the FBI in order to defend a Palestinian terrorist that killed two innocent students in a terrorist bombing.

There is a documentary from 2004 that features Odeh and a terrorist colleague named Ayesha Oudeh that was also involved in the bombing. As the National Review points out, Ayesha details their involvement in the bombing and says Odeh “was more involved than I was” in it.

The Islamist-aligned coalition, consisting of both religious and non-religious political groups, claims she was tortured into a confession by the Israelis. Even if that were true, it doesn’t change the fact that she lied on her papers to become a U.S. citizen.

Basil Joffe, whose brother was killed in Odeh’s bombing, said he “just about vomited” when her learned that various organizations were coming to her aid. He described his brother’s corpse as so burnt that it was almost unidentifiable. The other victim was his brother’s best friend.

Odeh maintains extremist ties in the U.S. She is now the Associate Director of the Arab American Action Network in Chicago, Illinois. Its director, Hatem Abudayyeh, had his home raided by the FBI in September 2010 because of alleged links to the PFLP and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a non-Muslim terrorist group. Odeh’s arrest is seen as a result of this investigation.

“The U.S. and Israel will continue to describe Hamas, Hezbollah and the other Palestinian and Lebanese resistance organizations as ‘terrorists,’ but the real terrorists are the governments and military forces of the U.S. and Israel,” Abudayyeh said in 2006.

Abuddayeh also leads another group in Chicago named the U.S. Palestinian Community Network. Both of his organizations are working hard to defend Odeh. This second group was registered by Rafeeq Jaber, former president of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), a pro-Hamas group that is the predecessor to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

The IAP became defunct after it lost a $156 million lawsuit that accused it of contributing to the murder of an American by Hamas. The U.S. government also listed the IAP as an entity of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, a secret body set up to push the Hamas agenda. A 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood document identifies IAP as one of its fronts.

Jaber also was the Secretary of the Mosque Foundation in Chicago, another group with an extensive history of radicalism and ties to the Muslim Brotherhood’s pro-Hamas network in the U.S.

The Committee to Stop FBI Repression, a main group defending Odeh, attacks the official leading the investigation that led to the 2010 raids and presumably her arrest. The attack is based on the fact that he prosecuted five officials from the Holy Land Foundation, a Muslim Brotherhood front that was financing Hamas. Of course, that’s not what the page says. It says they are imprisoned for “providing charity to children in Gaza.”

The Islamists’ interfaith allies reflexively assume the worst of the U.S. government and the best of the Islamists. They should look further – at least as far back as 1979 when two innocent students were incinerated and ten others maimed for the crime of buying groceries.

 

Lawfare: CAIR Canada Sues Prime Minister for LIbel

Submitted by Emily on Thu, 2014-05-29 10:50

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http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/181086#.U4XNy_mSyPZ

Thu, May 29, 2014 Muslims Express Outrage Over CAIR's Memorials Day Tweets

by: 
Ryan Mauro

A number of Muslims are expressing their appreciation for U.S. soldiers and their outrage over comments made by Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) officials questioning whether to honor U.S. troops who gave their lives in wars they oppose. CAIR officials frequently depict American soldiers as murderers, imperialists and abusers of Muslims.

The Muslim backlash was sparked by a Clarion Project report on the topic, followed by a Fox and Friends television segment about it. Zahra Billoo, the executive-director of CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area chapter and one of the two officials that made the offensive Memorial Day weekend remarks, tweeted that the outrage is driven by anti-Muslim bigotry, sexism and racism:

The comments by CAIR officials prompted several Bosnian Muslims to thank U.S. soldiers for their sacrifices, with one explicitly saying that CAIR does not speak for them:

In addition, a number of Muslim human rights activists responded in statements to the Clarion Project:

 

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, President of the American-Islamic Forum for Democracy:

“The real truth that CAIR and their Islamist colleagues at the Organization of the Islamic Conference hypocritically ignore is that our American sons and daughters in the military have sacrificed more to liberate free-thinking Muslims from the shackles of real oppression in countries like Afghanistan and Iraq than any other nation, especially Muslim-majority countries.

“Our military is ground zero in the ideological conflict against Islamism. Islamist groups like CAIR cannot both claim that Muslims should be conscientious objectors against ‘occupation’ while also claiming they respect their service and patriotism.

“The Nidal Hasans and Nasser Abdos of the world are natural byproducts of the deep anti-American mindset of Islamist groups like CAIR who incessantly demonize the American soldier and all America stands for in order to present Islamism as the alternative.

“Look no further than their name: CAIR views America and Islam as having ‘relations’ like two different entities rater than as ‘one nation under God.’

“Thousands of Muslims serve and have served America with distinction in spite of CAIR’s attempts to convince them otherwise.”

 

Dr. Ahmed Subhy Mansour, President of the International Quranic Center:

“As an experienced Muslim thinker and scholar, I cannot help but notice the role the U.S. military plays in international developments worldwide, where the U.S. is the number one contributor of international aid. Moreover, the U.S. military’s humanitarian work is the most active in comparison to any other military in the world, providing medical services and food supplies in many conflict zones.

“Organizations like CAIR choose to overlook all of the above work of the U.S. military. The approach exemplifies radicals’ views of the world as two camps: Infidels (the West) and believers (Muslims). This contradicts the real Islamic teachings, as I clarify in this article.

 

Raheel Raza, President of the Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow:

“Muslims Facing Tomorrow thanks the U.S. forces and its allies for their efforts to bring peace and tranquility in areas of turmoil. As Muslims, we must refrain from knee-jerk reactions and should not succumb to the anti-Western propaganda from Islamist organizations.

“We must give special thanks to U.S. troops for working in harsh conditions in Muslim lands to protect our freedoms. We must also educate our youth about the problems we face and certain aspects of our failure to combat bigotry, hatred and radicalization in our societies.” 

 

Dr. Ali Alyami, Director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia:

“As the father of an Iraq War veteran (an officer in the U.S. Army), I am one of those who celebrate and pay unconditional tribute to the millions of American men and women who selflessly liberated Europe from fascism, saved the world from the slavery-like communist system, liberated Kuwait from Saddam Hussein’s onslaught, liberated and saved Muslims’ lives in Bosnia and continue to save the world from falling under totalitarian systems.

CAIR and the like ought to focus on exposing Muslims slaughtering Muslims in the name of Allah and Islam, as in Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen, Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the list goes on. American soldiers have laid down their lives to protect innocent Muslims, from each other and from non-Muslims.”

 

Farzana Hassan, former president of the Muslim Canadian Congress and Toronto Sun columnist:

“CAIR’s agenda obviously runs counter to American values. American soldiers ought to be honored for risking their lives trying to promote liberal values in Islamic countries. CAIR forgets that American soldiers have risked their lives defending Iraqis and Afghans from the brutality they would face at the hands of religious extremists and fanatics. To deem American soldiers as criminals and murderers is reprehensible.”

 

Mudar Zahran, Palestinian-Jordanian civil rights activist:

“The issue of the wars’ righteousness is something CAIR can question with the decision-makers in Washington DC, not with the fallen soldiers!

“CAIR must apologize for insulting American soldiers, especially around Memorial Day, and apologize to their families. Otherwise, we can only believe that CAIR intended to incite and to demonize the soldiers, which is right in line with the terrorist propaganda of Al-Qaeda.”

 

Dr. Tawfik Hamid, former Islamist and Chair for the Study of Islamic Radicalism at the Potomac Institute:

“As a Muslim, I would like to thank the U.S. troops for fighting Islamist radicals and terrorists since September 11. Our American soldiers who lost their lives in this war are true heroes who died to defend our nation and to save the world from the enemies of our civilization.”

 

Imam Qazi Qayyoom, founder of the Muhammadi Center in Jackson Heights, NY:

“America and its soldiers are not the enemies of Muslims. In some cases, they are the saviors of Muslims. The American military’s humanitarian missions are helping many people, regardless of religion. CAIR’s statements that American soldiers are harming mankind are wrong and the group is far from the real things of Islam.

“I believe CAIR and their allies are abusing their freedom of speech and freedom of religion. They are problem-causers for the peace-loving and moderate Sufi-Sunni Muslims of America. They follow the radical Islam of the Wahhabists, Salafists, Muslim Brotherhood and Maududi and it leads Muslims towards extremism, radicalism and terrorism.

“The problem is that our officials do not understand them and remain confused about their sugar-coated activities.”

 

Stephen Suleyman Schwartz, Executive Director of Center for Islamic Pluralism

"U.S. military forces and assets have been instrumental in assisting beleaguered Muslims in many countries, including, more recently, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Bosnia-Hercegovina, and Kosovo.  No believing Muslim should try to deny this fact, which is obvious to the world.  U.S. leaders and military personnel deserve the respect and honor of Muslims for these efforts." 

 

 

Naser Khader, Senior Fellow of the Hudson Institute and former Danish MP

"I’m quite frankly appalled by the statements from CAIR. In my opinion these are not the words of a religious belief, but of ignorance. Unfortunately, religion can be used as a disguise for this ignorance, which CAIR in this case proves.

“I think it’s disappointing to see how much impact and reach CAIR continues to have in America. They should not be taken seriously due to the rather extreme nature of the organization.

 

 “Whether you are against certain wars or not, Memorial Day isn’t about that – and certainly not about questioning people, who sacrificed their life in duty for freedom. As a society we should definitely discuss these foreign affairs related to wars, but I am highly upset seeing how CAIR disrespect the victims and their relatives, especially on such as day, with such careless comments. CAIR’s critique is misdirected, and the content as well as rhetorical delivery gives me great concern and anger."

 

Ryan Mauro is the ClarionProject.org’s National Security Analyst, a fellow with the Clarion Project and is frequently interviewed on top-tier TV stations as an expert on counterterrorism and Islamic extremism.

Imam Johari Abdul Malik - Islam Will Be Biggest Religion in America

...Before Allah closes our eyes for the last time you will see Islam move from being the second largest religion in America - that's where we are now - to being the first religion in America

- Imam Johari Abdul Malik
Chairman of Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations

Zuhdi Jasser on Honor Violence

"Our society was built on embracing the rights of everyone to be free. It is incongruous with our values to blindly coddle a medieval mindset that relegates women to second class citizens and believes that a man or a family’s honor is more valuable than the life of a daughter or wife."

- Dr. Zuhdi Jasser
President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy

Mon, May 26, 2014 CAIR Officials on Memorial Day: Do U.S. Troops Merit Honor?

by: 
Ryan Mauro

Virtually all Americans come together on Memorial Day to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the country’s freedom and safety. Two Council on American-Islamic Relations’ officials spent the holiday weekend differently: Questioning whether U.S. troops deserve to be honored and tweeting that the country was “established upon white supremacy.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a group labeled by the Justice Department as a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity and unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorism-financing trial, disingenuously claims that it is a moderate organization.

Yet, on May 23, Zahra Billoo, the radical executive-director of CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area chapter, tweeted that she “struggles with Memorial Day each year” about whether to honor American soldiers who died in wars:

She also quoted another CAIR official, Dawud Walid, the executive-director of CAIR’s Michigan chapter, as questioning whether they should honor American soldiers that died in “unjust” wars and occupations.

That’s a direct insult to American soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan and those that have returned from Iraq, as CAIR officials consistently describe those wars with that terminology. Billoo quoted Walid as saying:

Billoo did, however, find one “soldier” she felt comfortably honoring. On May 26, she promoted an article from the anti-Semitic and anti-American Nation of Islam that asked for help for a “black liberation soldier” named Imam Jamil al-Amin:

Al-Amin was a member of the Black Panthers terrorist group and was convicted of murdering a police officer in 2000. He is also anti-American, stating “if America doesn’t come around, we’re gonna burn it down,” and “I say violence is necessary. It is as American as cherry pie.”

Al-Amin also said, “When we begin to look critically at the Constitution of the United States . . . we see that in its main essence it is diametrically opposed to what Allah has commanded.”

Al-Amin is considered to be a political prisoner by radical groups like the Nation of Islam, the Sankore Institute of Islamic African Studies International and now, at least one CAIR leader.

The extremist cleric viewed America as intrinsically evil from its very foundation. Al-Amin’s theme is similar to other tweets written by Billoo and Walid over Memorial Day Weekend.

On May 24, as Memorial Day Weekend was beginning, Walid shared his thoughts that America is a fundamentally racist country:

On May 4, Billoo re-tweeted two opinions that America is inherently murderous:

The tweets are offensive and disturbing, but they are not unprecedented. In March, the Clarion Project reported on how Billoo and Imraan Siddiqi, chairman of the board for CAIR’s Arizona chapter, were sending out tweets depicting the U.S. military as “occupiers” and “murderers.”

The tweets outraged the American-Islamic Forum on Democracy (AIFD), a Muslim group opposed to Islamist extremism. Its leader, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, served in the U.S. Navy.

“It is plain to see, however, that they [the CAIR officials] have nothing but disdain for our armed forces. We do hope that Muslim members of the U.S. military realize that CAIR sees you as ‘occupiers,’ not patriots protecting the freest nation on earth,” the AIFD said.

This is what some CAIR officials are saying publicly. If these are the views they feel comfortable expressing openly, then how extreme are the views expressed privately?

Update: 05/27/2014 - Zahra Billo has since deleted her tweet about struggling with Memorial Day. Screenshots of the original tweets are provided in this article.

 

 

Ryan Mauro is the ClarionProject.org’s National Security Analyst, a fellow with the Clarion Project and is frequently interviewed on top-tier TV stations as an expert on counterterrorism and Islamic extremism.

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