U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Political Party Convenes for Inaugural Banquet in Washington, DC Area

USCMOCenter for Security Policy, June 30, 2014:

Weeks following the March 2014 announcement in Washington, D.C. by executive leadership from some of the most prominent American Muslim organizations about their formation of the United States Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood political party, and indeed the first religious identity political party in the history of this country, began preparing for its inaugural banquet to be held at the Hilton Crystal City Hotel on Tuesday, 10 June 2014.

While limited information exists regarding the actual content of speeches and proceedings from the USCMO inaugural banquet, the Muslim Link Paper reported nearly “250 guests of the member organizations, leaders and imams of masajid, elected and government officials, dignitaries, civic and interfaith partners attended the banquet.” Two members of the U.S. Congress, Representatives André Carson (Democrat, IN-7th District), Keith Ellison (Democrat, MN-5th District), and Hassan El-Amin, Associate Judge, Prince George’s County Circuit Court, 7th Judicial Circuit (Maryland) joined together on the speaker’s dais with Muslim Brotherhood leadership to address the attendees.

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A guest at the inaugural USCMO banquet takes a “selfie” photo with Congressman Andre Carson.

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The founding leaders of USCMO react to Congressman Keith Ellison’s address.

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ICNA Relief’s board chairman Mohsin Ansari talks to Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota

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US Congressmen Keith Ellison and Andre Carson with USCMO Members

 

As reported by the United States Council of Muslim Organizations, confirmed speakers for its inaugural banquet included the following:

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Andre Carson

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Keith Ellison

NyangProf. Suleiman Nyang

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WahhajImam Siraj Wahhaj

MustafaSister Ayesha Mustafa SuleimanImam Omar Suleiman El-AminJudge Hassan El-Amin BillooSister Zahra Billoo HusainDr. Altaf Husain

Dr. Ihsan Bagby, who delivered the keynote address, is from the University of Kentucky and a convert to Islam, board member of both ISNA and CAIR, and General Secretary for the Muslim Alliance in North American (MANA). Bagby shared with the audience “a short sojourn through the history of American Muslims starting from the early Africans who were forcibly brought by slave traders to early immigrants to the present. He traced the history of other umbrella organizations that had formed and pointed out the reasons of their demise, urging the council to learn from their mistakes.”As reported by the Muslim Link Paper, others in the speaker line-up included Dr. Ousama Jammal, Secretary General, USCMO; Dr. Osama Abu-Irshaid, Board Member, American Muslims for Palestine; Nihad Awad, National Executive Director, Council on American Islamic Relations; Naeem Baig, President, Islamic Circle of North America; Mazen Mokhtar, Executive Director, Muslim American Society); Khalil Meek, Executive Director, Muslim Legal Fund of America; Imam Delawar Hussein, Dr Lynne Muhammad, Founder, Making A Difference Through Discoveries, American Islamic College, Whitney Young Magnet High School; and W.D. Mohammed II, President, Mosque Cares.

The June 2014 USCMO inaugural banquet was sponsored by Helping Hands USA (also known as Helping Hand for Relief and Development), ICNA Relief USA, and Guidance Residential, the largest U.S. provider of Sharia-compliant home financing. Notably, the only Muslim charity invited to speak at the formation of the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations in March 2014 was ICNA’s fund, ICNA Relief USA.

Maqsood Ahmad, Executive Director, ICNA Relief USA stated during the banquet that “America is our home and ICNA Relief USA has a goal of making it a better place with Islamic values of compassion, care and giving.” Recall that ICNA is the progeny the Muslim Students Association and the jihadist Jamaat-e-Islami movement.

In 2012, ICNA Relief USA received a $30,000 grant from none other than Helping Hand for Relief and Development, a Michigan-based Islamic charity with links to a Pakistani front charity that funds HAMAS. In 2006, the Pakistani charity Al-Khidmat Foundation gave a 6 million rupee check to HAMAS leader Khaled Meshaal.

Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, who established the al-Ikhwan al-Muslimin in Egypt in 1928 is quoted in the 1988 HAMAS Charter declaring that “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”

The Muslim Link Paper declared that “the [USCMO] banquet was the official introduction for the Muslim community to a platform that promises to open effective communication between Muslim organizations in America and build a national vision.”

Imam Omar Ahmad Suleiman, member of ICNA’s Shariah Council, represented next generation Muslim Brotherhood leadership in the U.S. and “spoke about what diversity and race relations means to his generation. He expressed great hope for the growth of the council.”

The USCMO’s selection of Zahra Billoo and Altaf Husain as its emcees for the June 2014 inaugural banquet is regrettably notable, especially as USCMO General Secretary Ousama Jammal began the day by introducing “the mission of the council to the audience: bringing American Muslim organizations together.” In scope and ambition, this mission appears to be part of the “broad agenda” that Nihad Awad discussed – “In the past, many people have tried to unite on a limited agenda, but this is a broad agenda for the American Muslim community” – when the USCMO officially announced its formation in March 2014. Broad, indeed, in an anti-American, antisemitic agenda if public statements of at least one of its emcees are part of that. Earlier that same day before the USCMO inaugural banquet began, Zahra Billoo, Executive Director of CAIR’s San Francisco Chapter, known for her history of publicly-expressed anti-American and anti-Israel sentiment, revealed on Twitter her sympathies for the Taliban, stating that she felt “more responsible for and outraged by US military terrorism in Pakistan than Taliban terrorism there. I fund the former not the latter.” Billoo self-describes as an “American, Pakistani, litigious, feminist, hippie, anarchist, outspoken, rebellious, socially conscious Muslimah.”

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Although the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is not yet an official member of the USCMO, emcee Altaf Husain is a member of ISNA’s Majlis Ashura. Husain serves as a faculty member of COMPASS – the Muslim Student Association’s state of art management training program; he is also a board member and chair for ISNA’s Leadership Development Committee. He was past two-term national president of the Muslim Student Association and an executive committee member of the Muslim Alliance in North America. It is likely only a matter of time before ISNA officially joins forces with the USCMO.

Since the announcement of the USCMO’s formation in March 2014, three new Islamic organizations have joined its founding members: Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, United Muslim Relief, Virginia, and Islamic Center of Wheaton, Illinois. Just over eighteen months ago, Tariq Ramadan, grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, served as a catalyst for action from Muslims in the U.S.

On Sunday, 21 December 2012, Ramadan issued a strong directive to Muslims participating at the 11th Annual MAS-ICNA Convention in Chicago, Illinois, and emboldened the audience when he stated,

So this is why Muslims when they say we are at home should institutionalize the presence in the country…We     are at home, show it! Not show it with what you say, show it with the institutions you have in this country –        institutionalize the Muslim presence as Americans. This is home; this is where we can say ‘that’s where we are’…I think we are reconciling the West with the very essence of our universal principles – if we understand Islam the right way, if we understand why we are experiencing this historical moment of the Muslim presence in    the West.

As the USCMO members actively institutionalize their presence, the new coalition of U.S. Muslim organizations would seem to be off to a successful launch, a feat that eluded earlier efforts to unify ideologically-similar but nevertheless discrete American Muslim Brotherhood groups under any sort of political umbrella organization. Previously, in December 1997, seven national Islamic organizations had convened unsuccessfully in Sunnyvale, CA to “signify support for the unity process” and provide “coordinated advice to America’s six million Muslims on political issues and candidates with creation of a national Coordination Committee.” Those organizations at the time included the American Muslim Alliance (AMA), Fremont, CA; American Muslim Caucus (AMC), Dallas, TX; American Muslim Council (AMC), Washington, DC; Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Washington, DC; National Council on Islamic Affairs, New York City; the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), Los Angeles; and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

This history of failed efforts by earlier U.S. Muslim organizations to combine efforts and unify leadership for political ends underlines the importance of the current and apparently more successful USCMO initiative. Certainly, the current political climate offers opportunity not previously available to achieve the long-time Brotherhood goal of advancing the “Phases of the World Underground Movement Plan” in accordance with the framework articulated by influential Muslim Brotherhood theoretician Sayyid Qutb in his seminal 1964 monograph Milestones.

Council On American-Islamic Relations Seeks to Undermine the Land of the Free

free-speech-protest-AP (1)Breitbart, by ANDREW E. HARROD,  June 16, 2014:

The fact pattern and references to anti-Islamic “hate speech” sound depressingly similar to so many other cases abroad. Yet this incident occurred courtesy of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) Chicago chapter, showing how precious and precarious American free speech rights are.

A Chicago suburb chapter of ACT! For America, an anti-sharia group, screened on May 17 the film Geert Wilders Warning to America at the Des Plaines Public Library (DPPL) after having met there since fall 2013. In the film, the Dutch politician Wilders addresses an American audience with his well-known thesis that “Islam is not a religion, Islam is a totalitarian ideology.” Amidst interspersed images of Islamic atrocities worldwide, Wilders, among other things, demands an end to construction in Western societies of mosques and Muslim schools, the latter termed by him a “fascist institution.”

Library parking lot flyers advertising the film drew opposition from CAIR-Chicago and the Islamic Community Center (ICC) of Des Plaines against the film screening. The library, a “safe haven for knowledge, education, and enlightenment… is now being tarnished,” CAIR-Chicago executive director Ahmed Rehab stated. Rehab worried about perceptions of the library endorsing the event. ICC board president Fazal Mahmood also questioned the appropriateness of a publicly-funded library as the film’s venue.

“I’m just practicing common sense not to let hate spark in our community,” Rehab said. Rehab “believed there should be limits on freedom of speech when it harms or incites someone else,” yet nonetheless conceded ACT!’s speech rights. “I understand and respect freedom of speech, but where do you stop?” Mahmood also said.

Media reports also persistently noted ACT! for America’s “hate group” listing by theSouthern Poverty Law Center without, however, mentioning SPLC’s leftist partisanship. Also unmentioned were CAIR’s deeply disturbing, numerous associations with precisely the kind of people against whom Wilders warned, including CAIR’s status as anunindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case over financing of terrorism.Rehab himself has had such connections while asserting “Jewish control over the media” and that the “history of the Jewish film producers in particular have shown that they predate on weak minorities by default.”

“Personally, leadership at DPPL finds the materials being shared by ACT! for Des Plaines reprehensible, bigoted and Islamaphobic and we in no way agree with the hateful sentiments they express,” Library Director Holly Sorensen said in a statement. However, Sorenson noted that American free speech law obligated the library as a public forum to host the screening. “It is our hope the controversy this event generates will expose the areas within our community where bigotry and racism exist and we fully support our Islamic community’s efforts to peacefully fight this prejudice.”

ACT! for Des Plaines founder Sara Schmidt denied hating Muslims but rather radicals “who want to destroy our way of life, who want to take over our country… and make us all Islam” are what concern Schmidt. “They don’t have the right to do that and they have devious ways to do that.” Schmidt cited a recent lawsuit by the American Islamic Center against the Des Plaines City Council after truck traffic zoning and safety issues prompted denial of a building permit for a community center.

In the end, the screening passed without event, although ICC members there to present questions and protest actually constituted the majority of the audience. Schmidt invited the gathered Muslims to collaborate against “Islamic extremists” and then showed the Wilders film. Most of the audience dissipated before a second showing.

“Americans enjoy more freedom than Europeans,” Wilders stated during a May 12, 2011, address in Nashville, Tennessee; “you cannot imagine how we envy your First Amendment.” While Europeans and Canadians “are dragged to court for telling the truth about Islam,” Americans “are still allowed to tell the truth.” “The day when America follows the example of Europe and Canada and introduces so-called ‘hate speech crimes’… America will have lost its freedom.”

The Des Plaines nonevent confirms Wilders. Accusations of “hate” and “Islamophobia,” including a partisan position from a public official theoretically committed to impartiality, did not stop a public gathering. Wilders appeared on screen in Des Plaines while opposing Muslim and non-Muslim views received an open airing without any legal repercussions.

Wilders’ Nashville warning, though, shows how easily sentiments against “hate” can harden into laws dictating speech crime and punishment. America’s legal walls protecting free speech create what has been called the world’s “last bastion” of free speech concerning Islam. Yet often self-proclaimed minders of public morality like CAIR in Des Plaines and elsewhere remain ever ready to undermine and outflank these protections in America’s land of the free. Such subversion would simultaneously weaken freedom and the ability to discuss threats to it. “We have to be able to speak up or we’ve lost it,” Schmidt rightfully observed.

The 20th Anniversary of CAIR’s Original Sin

CAIR turns 20CSP, by Kyle Shideler:

The Council on American Islamic Relations has recently released a video of CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad, on the occasion of CAIR’s 20th anniversary.  That seems like a good time to remind ourselves of the circumstances of CAIR’s founding.

As much as they might fight it, or try to deny it, 20 years ago CAIR was born of an original sin.

It’s founders were all members of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood of North America, which is to say the committee of the Muslim Brotherhood dedicated to providing material support for HAMAS in North America.

The 1993 meeting in Philadelphia where Omar Ahmad and Nihad Awad proposed the formation of  the organization that would become CAIR was under surveillance by the FBI. The same tapes where Omar Ahmad discusses the difficulty of finding “available people whom we could dedicate for the work we want to hide,” also contains references to using the code “Sister Samah” to refer to Hamas.

Additionally, CAIR was included on a 1994 Muslim Brotherhood list of “working organizations” of the Palestine Committee, which is the same designation held by the indicted (and convicted) Holy Land Foundation.

As noted by Federal Judge Jorge Solis in his ruling on CAIR’s efforts to remove itself from a list of unindicted co-conspirators, there exists, “sufficiency of evidence to show their [CAIR’s] association with HLF, IAP, and Hamas.”  This same evidence was sufficient for the FBI to formally terminate its association with CAIR-National, although according to an Inspector General report, individual FBI offices have continue to violate congressional mandates and headquarters guidance and meet with CAIR representatives.

Since its days as conspirator organized to further the agenda of Hamas/The Muslim Brotherhood, active and former CAIR employees have been arrested on charges including: terrorism-finance, possession of weapons and explosives, and fraud. Other prosecutions, have reportedly been scuttled, thanks to CAIR’s political influence.

CAIR has indeed had a long and, sadly, successful journey. But it cannot escape its Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas origins.

Deborah Weiss interviewed on The Final Say Radio Show

Published on Jun 7, 2014 by The Final Say:

Deborah Weiss discusses CAIR and Obama’s general Middle East foreign policy and national security policies:

New York Times Censors Ad Decrying Islamist Censorship

by Steven Emerson
IPT News
June 5, 2014

Note: This article originally was published by the Daily Caller.

The New York Times has become complicit in a stealth jihad against free speech in the United States undertaken by Islamists and their sympathizers who masquerade as “civil rights” groups.

The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) recently bought a full-page advocacy adin the print edition of the Times. It discussed extensively the need for the media and government to directly address the reality that many acts of terrorism are rooted in radical Islam — as articulated by the terrorists themselves — and that Islamist groups attempt to deflect attention from radical Islam’s role.

A similar yet more concise version of the ad was scheduled to run on the NYT website the following day. However, something happened from one day to the next that caused the Times to demand that the IPT change the language immediately, or it would pull the ad.

Asked about the new demand, the Times replied: “In addition to being inundated with customer complaints. [sic] I have been asked for the immediate change by the publisher.”

The NYT ordered us to insert the word “radical” before the term “Islamist groups,” so that it read, “Stop the radical Islamist groups from undermining America’s security, liberty and free speech.”

An “Islamist” is not simply an individual who privately observes Islam as his faith. An Islamist is an individual who blurs the ideological lines between personal religion and the nation state — a boundary upheld as one of America’s founding principles and sustained in the First Amendment — to foster a governmental system that relies upon the supremacy of Islam.

“Islamic,” on the other hand, is an adjective that describes an idea or element derived from or inspired by Islam. Islamists promote an Islamic agenda, though some do it more subtly than others.

Groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) are Islamist, hiding behind their Muslim faith and a veneer of “civil rights” as they seek to mainstream an agenda that elevates Islam above other faiths. Their agenda subjugates democracy and supports overseas terrorist groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah and various individuals such as Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef Qaradawi, who inspires suicide attacks and other forms of violence.

The NYT’s directive to add the word “radical” is a seemingly minor, nuanced change. But here’s why it matters: IPT’s ads hold Islamist groups like CAIR accountable for refusing to acknowledge what many terrorists themselves acknowledge — that their acts of violence were motivated by Islamic text.

That the publisher saw fit to order changes at such a late stage — after the ads had already been approved, purchased by the IPT, and were running on nytimes.com — and that the demands for change escalated so quickly is unusual.

We have to wonder who exactly exerted what kind of pressure.

We can only conclude that the same Islamist forces that the IPT devoted its full-page ad to discussing were at work again — abetted by media sympathizers — in this case, the publisher of the newspaper of record.

CAIR would probably have preferred that the Times shut down the digital ad altogether — as part of its longer-term campaign to paint the IPT as anti-Islam and Islamophobic, while portraying itself as moderate. In a letter to the Times about IPT’s ad, CAIR said, “[IPT's] new ad takes up this defamatory theme by bizarrely attacking the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, for rightly stating that ‘Islam is not the problem; extremism and violent extremism is the problem’ when it comes to terrorist attacks.”

The IPT never said Islam is the problem in its ads. IPT suggested that radical Islam is a problem, and that CAIR — and other Islamists like them — are a problem, for their unwillingness to call out other members of their own faith who use Islam to justify their atrocities. IPT’s print ad specifically lauded those Muslim voices who criticize Islamists. Our digital ad used the word “Islamists” rather than Muslims on purpose.

The very attempt to discuss the role of radical Islam in motivating terrorists spawned a campaign to shut the debate down.

America is not at war with Muslims or Islam. The U.S. remains a welcoming and tolerant nation – one in which Muslims are freer and more secure to practice their faith than anywhere else in the world.

The censorship of free speech by Islamist groups and their media apologists continues to prevent America from addressing the core threat of radical Islam. Recognizing reality is not an attack on Islam or Muslims. Those who say otherwise are the ones of whom we — and, particularly, those in the media such as the NYT — should be wary.

Steven Emerson is the Executive Director of The Investigative Project on Terrorism.

Guardian Copy Editor Brags About Joining Islamist Censorship Campaign

MTV partners with CAIR to shape television programming for 500 million households despite the group’s Islamist Agenda

CAIR-MTV-HPFlorida Family Association:

Click here to send your email of concern to MTV and Viacom (parent) officials.

The Clarion Project reports in part:

MTV is including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity with a history of radicalism, in its “world-class coalition of expert partners” for a campaign to combat discrimination and inequality. CAIR has a history of tarring its opponents by calling them “anti-Muslim” or “Islamophobes.”

The multi-year “Look Different” campaign will use celebrity activism, television shows and social media to influence the over 500 million households that MTV is available in. While well-intentioned, MTV unfortunately chose to include CAIR, an organization with an extremist history that tars every opponent as an anti-Muslim bigot.

The Justice Department designated CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism-financing trial in U.S. history. The government listed CAIR as an entity of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, specifically its secret Palestine Committee; a body set up to covertly support the Hamas terrorist group.

CAIR’s efforts to use MTV’s campaign for political advantage will be endorsed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, another organization included in MTV’s coalition.

This means that the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has officially labled Florida Family Association a hate group, will be a rallying voice for CAIR’s agenda on the MTV advisory group.  The SPLC.org web site classifies Florida Family Association as engaging in “general hate.”

If anyone thinks that America will never accept Sharia law then they need to read the Clarion Projects report titled Popular Muslim Imam: Working Towards Sharia for America  and Jihadwatch.org article titled Austria to introduce law that respects Islamic Sharia and invites imams to preach at public institutions.

The CAIR that MTV wants expert advice from regarding congenial treatment toward others is the same CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) that:

How is it possible that MTV would ever consider CAIR as an expert advisor on congenial and humane treatment of other people (Women, non-Muslims, Apostate Muslims) given an agenda by this group which:

  • Censors and harasses anyone who dares to speak the truth about the Islamist agenda?
  • Pushes for the disarmament of law enforcements’ use of constitutionally valid methods of surveillance to defend the United States against Jihad?
  • Opposes women who dare speak out against “honor violence” against women?
  • Defends adaptation of Sharia law in America?

Additionally, CAIR officials have made some extraordinary public statements:

  • Omar Ahmad, Chairman and founder of Council on American Islamic Relations:  Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”  Omar Ahmad told a crowded audience of Muslims in 1998 according to a San Ramon Valley Herald news report by Lisa Gardiner.  
  • Omar Ahmad, Chairman and founder of Council on American Islamic Relations:  At the Islamic Association of Palestine’s third annual convention in Chicago in November 1999, Omar Ahmad gave a speech at a youth session praising suicide bombers who “kill themselves for Islam.” “Fighting for freedom, fighting for Islam — that is not suicide. They kill themselves for Islam,” he said.   
  • Nihad Awad, CAIR, Executive Director:  Awad publicly declared “I am in support of the Hamas movement,” during a March 1994 symposium at Barry University.    Before helping to launch CAIR, NihadAwad worked as public relations director for the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) in 1993 and 1994. A 2001 Immigration and Naturalization Service memo documented IAP’s support for Hamas and found that the “facts strongly suggest” that IAP was “part of Hamas’ propaganda apparatus.”
  • Mustafa Carroll, executive director of the Dallas-Fort Worth CAIR branch: Muslims living in America should not be bound by U.S. law, according to an official of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who delivered the controversial message to a Muslim crowd in Austin, Texas.  “If we are practicing Muslims, we are above the law of the land.”   

The advice that CAIR provides MTV, given their above described history, may likely work to promote television impressions that censor and/or minimize pro-Sharia Islamist activities of Muslims and Imams in the United States.  Additionally, CAIR may be inclined to advise MTV to demonize and mock anyone who voices concern about the Islamist agenda in America.  Such censorship and demonization will only work to riskily hide the Islamist agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values.

Florida Family Association has prepared an email for you to send that encourages MTV and Viacom officials to drop CAIR as an expert for their “Look Different” campaign or face the loss of advertisers for programming where CAIR’s involvement is evident.

To send your email, please click the following link, enter your name and email address then click the “Send Your Message” button. You may also edit the subject or message text if you wish.

Please click here to send your email that encourages MTV and Viacom officials to drop CAIR as an expert for their “Look Different” campaign or face the loss of advertisers for programming where CAIR’s involvement is evident.

Go HERE for MTV contact info

Muslims Express Outrage Over CAIR’s Memorials Day Tweets

Muslims-React--to-CAIR-Memorial-Day-Tweets-IP_1By 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.”

Read more at Clarion Project

Muslim Group Brings Lawsuit Against Canadian PM for Saying It Is Connected to Hamas

stephen_harperTruth Revolt, By Daniel Mael:

National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), formerly CAIR-Canada, has decided to bring a lawsuit against Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. In January, Harper was dismissive of NCCM’s request to have a rabbi removed from his Middle East delegation and denied NCCM’s credibility, arguing they are “an organization with documented ties to a terrorist organization such as Hamas.”

NCCM Executive Director Ihsaan Gardee rejected this allegation in a press release and announced the organization’s intention to sue:

This false accusation against the NCCM is of the most serious kind imaginable and was made in an attempt to discredit the NCCM and undermine its ability to conduct its public work.  In order to uphold its good name, the NCCM has no choice but to issue a Statement of Claim for defamation against Mr. MacDonald and the Prime Minister. [...] On January 28th, the NCCM held a news conference on Parliament Hill announcing that it had initiated a libel notice against the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for defamation. Unfortunately, the statement remains on the public record and no retraction was made.

The Canadian website Point De Bascule provided a chronological list of NCCM/CAIR-CAN’s ties to Hamas since its founding in 1994:

June 1994 – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was established by three leaders of the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP): Nihad Awad, Omar Ahmad and Rafeeq Jaber. The IAP was a front group for Hamas in the United States in the eighties and nineties. In a video archived by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Nihad Awad expresses his support for Hamas at Barry University in 1994. In 2002, an American judge presiding the case Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development v. Ashcroft concluded that the « Islamic Association for Palestine (« IAP »), has acted in support of Hamas.”

1996 – Creation of “an informal network in Canada to work with the Washington-based CAIR

January 14, 1997 – CAIR-Montreal is added to the Quebec Registry of Enterprises

July 10, 2000 – Incorporation of CAIR-CAN with Industry Canada

December 29, 2000 – A CAIR-CAN press release issued in Washington provides the name of a US-based CAIR leader as contact to comment about a fire at a mosque in Canada. In this press release, CAIR-CAN is referred to as CAIR’s « office in Canada. »

August 31, 2001 – A US-based CAIR leader’s name is added as contact in a CAIR-CAN press release criticizing the Canada-based National Post. In this press release, CAIR-CAN is referred to as « the Canadian office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. »

October 10, 2002 – Washington-based CAIR files a trade-mark application for an exclusive use of its acronym CAIR in Canada. In the Canadian government’s database, the address of the applicant CAIR is the following:

453 New Jersey Avenue, South East
Washington, D.C. 20003
United States of America

2003 – In a Journalist’s Guide to Islam conceived by CAIR-CAN (p. 15), Washington-based CAIR is described as “CAIR-CAN’s parent organization” (p. 14).

December 16, 2003 – CAIR-CAN Chair Sheema Khan swears in an affidavit supporting Washington-based CAIR in a legal trade-mark battle that it “has direct control” over CAIR-CAN’s activities in Canada.

March 10, 2005 – A Canadian government agency confirms that, in Canada, the trade-mark on the acronym CAIR belongs to Washington-based CAIR.

August 14, 2007 – In a list of CAIR chapters, CAIR-CAN appears between CAIR-Ohio and CAIR-Central Pennsylvania.

Point De Bascule also pointed out that two CAIR-CAN leaders openly endorsed Hamas after Canada deemed it a terrorist organization in 2002:

Jamal Badawi and Wael Haddara are two important pillars of the Muslim Brotherhood infrastructure in Canada. Both were members of CAIR-CAN Board of directors for ten years or so. Badawi was still identified as a CAIR-CAN leader on the organization’s website on May 28, 2013, while Haddara resigned his position on the Board on April 3, 2012. On March 3, 2004, both of them were simultaneously on CAIR-CAN’s Board and on the Muslim Association of Canada’s Board. That day, MAC issued a press release in which it openly endorsed Hamas. That was more than one year after the Canadian government, Liberal back then, had added Hamas to a list of terrorist organizations. The listing is available on Public Safety Canada’s website.

Apart from being engaged in the destruction of Israel, in recent years Hamas leaders have frequently advocated the Islamic conquest of the West (2008 – 2011 – 2012). On July 16, 2013, Hamas even threatened to launch terrorist attacks in countries where Israel embassies are located. Canada is among the potential targets, of course.

In 2002-2003, while he was on CAIR-CAN’s Board, Wael Haddara was also an administrator for IRFAN-Canada. In April 2011, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) revoked IRFAN-Canada’s charity status after it concluded that, for the period 2005-2009 alone, it transferred $14.6 million to the terrorist organization Hamas (GMBDR – Toronto Star). ACRA audit of IRFAN-Canada for the fiscal year 2002 confirms that Wael Haddara was on IRFAN-Canada’s Board of Directors at least from 1999 to 2003. (See pp. A-2 and A-3)

In 2002, while she was CAIR-CAN Chair, Sheema Khan endorsed Youssef Qaradawi by introducing him as a “renowned Muslim scholar” to her Globe and Mail readers. Youssef Qaradawi is the most important leader of the Muslim Brotherhood international network, its spiritual leader. He is also considered Hamas’ spiritual guide. In the past, his fatwas have been quoted by Hamas to justify its suicide operations against civilians at the heart of Israel.

Sheema Khan is not an administrator of CAIR-CAN (that became NCCM) anymore. However, she took part in activities organized in Ottawa to celebrate the name change of the organization in July 2013.

The presence of the CAIR-CAN founder at the unveiling of the organization’s new name indicates very well that, apart from the name, nothing has changed. NCCM actual Executive Director Ihsaan Gardee confirmed this in his July 6, 2013 press release when he stressed that, in spite of the name change, “We remain the same organization our constituents and partners have come to rely on.”

 

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Published on May 26, 2014 by AlohaSnackbar01

 

CAIR Officials on Memorial Day: Do U.S. Troops Merit Honor?

CAIR-Memorial-Day-HPBY 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.”

Read more at Clarion Project

MTV Partners With CAIR Despite Islamist Agenda

CAIR MTVBY RYAN MAURO:

MTV is including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity with a history of radicalism, in its“world-class coalition of expert partners” for a campaign to combat discrimination and inequality. CAIR has a history of tarring its opponents by calling them “anti-Muslim” or “Islamophobes.”

The multi-year “Look Different” campaign will use celebrity activism, television shows and social media to influence the over 500 million households that MTV is available in. While well-intentioned, MTV unfortunately chose to include CAIR, an organization with an extremist history that tars every opponent as an anti-Muslim bigot.

The Justice Department designated CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism-financing trial in U.S. history. The government listed CAIR as an entity of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, specifically its secret Palestine Committee; a body set up to covertly support the Hamas terrorist group.

The designation was upheld by a federal judge in 2009 because of “ample” evidence to show that CAIR is part of the Muslim Brotherhood’s pro-Hamas network in America. After the designation, the FBI formally ended its use of CAIR as an outreach partner “until we can resolve whether there continues to be a relationship between CAIR or its executives with Hamas.”

In 2004, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad said in an interview with Al-Jazeera that CAIR does not consider Hamas and Hezbollah to be terrorist organizations. He said, “We do not and will not condemn any liberation movement inside Palestine or Lebanon.”

In 2007, federal prosecutors said 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.”

You can read the Clarion Project’s fully-documented profile of CAIRhere.

The Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas have a history of extremism and anti-Semitism; the exact type of sentiment that MTV’s project seeks to counter. Yet, MTV is embracing an organization with confirmed links to these groups. CAIR’s fundraising banquets regularly feature radical speakers that promote violence and anti-American and anti-Semitic propaganda and conspiracy theories.

Read more at Clarion Project

9/11 Activist Burlingame: CAIR Targeting Me for Telling Truth

burlingameBy Bill Hoffmann:

The Council on American-Islamic Relations wants the sister of the pilot whose jet was crashed into the Pentagon by al-Qaeda hijackers axed from the board of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, claiming she equates Islam with terrorism — but Deborah Burlingame isn’t backing down. 

“I can’t even call them well-meaning because what they’re doing is very destructive,” Burlingame told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“There is a long history of Islamic terrorism that goes back … centuries, but modern terrorism associated with Islam has been around all of our lives.

“Now we’re more aware of it post-9/11. To say that it is not in any way connected to Islam is to live in a state of denial, which is quite dangerous.”

CAIR is after Burlingame — sister of Capt. Charles “Chic” Burlingame, and co-founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America and Keep America Safe — labeling her as an Islamophobe for controversial tweets she wrote.

“When are citizens going to rise up and demand the govt. acknowledge that Islam is a transnational threat, that govt. denial is killing us,” Burlingame said in the missive.

In another, Burlingame said: “If someone calls U ‘Islamophobe’ for speaking truth, chances are they are member of Muslim Brotherhood, or on Obama’s Nat’l security team.”

“The statement I … made is considered somehow hateful and bigoted and I’m merely stating the obvious,” Burlingame told Malzberg.

The museum, which commemorates the four coordinated terror attacks against the United States on Sept. 11th, 2001, is standing by Burlingame.

“I’m very proud of my association with that foundation and that board and those people. It’s a wonderful group of people who have created one of the most important cultural institutions in our lifetime,” Burlingame said.

“I’m just starting the obvious and the people who are committing these crimes, these atrocities, are the ones who are telling us exactly who they are, exactly why they’re doing it, moreover, they’re pointing to specific passages in the Koran to justify their actions.”

Burlingame said CAIR is on a mission to try and separate Islam from a terrorist attack that everyone saw on live TV.

“The perpetrators … have gleefully announced their motives, all of which go right to the Koran and their religious beliefs. So it’s kind of like, me or your lying eyes? It’s astonishing to me,” she said.

Read more at Newsmax with video

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Here is Debra Burlingame’s interview with Megyn Kelly about this:

transcript HERE

Ex-FBI agent to train Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office how to ID threats; Muslim group protests

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John Guandolo, “In most cases, when you attack people, you back down, but I am a Marine.”

By Tim Potter: (revised after speaking with John Guandolo)

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday found itself in the middle of a national controversy over a former FBI agent accused of training law enforcement in a way that casts suspicion on all Muslims.

By Wednesday evening, the sheriff’s office said it is sticking with its decision to host the trainer, saying his expertise in the Muslim world and in fighting terrorism can help officers distinguish between good guys and bad guys.

That announcement came just hours after a major national Muslim organization asked the office to cancel the training program by former FBI Agent John Guandolo because it says his message would lead officers to have a biased and distorted view of Islam.

“He’s a notorious anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist, and if any law enforcement officer walks out of his training and encounters an ordinary Muslim in the course of their duty, they’re going to have a completely biased viewpoint of that person,” said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C.

Guandolo, reached by phone Wednesday night, said he is appalled that Hooper, as a representative of the council, is being quoted, because the council is “an entity of Hamas.” Hamas, Guandolo said, is a “designated terrorist organization by the U.S. government.”

Guandolo said he is a national security expert who has delved deeply into terrorist networks, and “this is not about identifying all Muslims. It is about identifying an identifiable threat.

“I am the only one in this country doing this program or anything close to it,” he said.

And the council is stepping up its verbal attack against him, he said. “In most cases, when you attack people, you back down, but I am a Marine.”

Guandolo is scheduled to hold a two-day training program in Wichita next week hosted by the sheriff’s office that is expected to draw law enforcement officers from across the state, said sheriff’s spokesman Lt. David Mattingly.

Wichita police Capt. Brent Allred said Wednesday afternoon that so far he knows, no officers from his department have signed up for the program.

Contacted about Hooper’s request for cancellation midday Wednesday, Mattingly said, “At this time, we do not have the intention of canceling the class.” By Wednesday evening, Mattingly said, the sheriff’s office was staying with that decision. “We’re holding the training.”

The sheriff’s office received a number of inquiries after an Eagle story about the training, prompting a news conference on the matter Wednesday evening. At the news conference, Mattingly cited an alleged plot to blow up a plane at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in December.

“This is an extreme type of event,” Mattingly said. To combat such threats, he said, “Why would we not provide training?”

Later, Mattingly added, “We can’t forget 9/11.”

On his website, Guandolo describes himself as a counterterrorism expert and founder of Understanding the Threat. The organization says one of its primary focus areas is “the Muslim Brotherhood’s highly successful denial and deception operation in America.”

Hooper said: “Any law enforcement agency that has him as a trainer should be embarrassed.”

The sheriff’s office sees the program as a training tool, and deputies also receive sensitivity training on different religions and cultures, Mattingly said.

Regarding the training that Guandolo offers, Mattingly said, “It’s important for us to have training for our deputies so they can understand better the difference between an extremist and non-extremist.”

The sheriff’s office doesn’t view the program as anti-Muslim, he said.

“We’re bringing him in because we think there is a need,” Mattingly said.

According to a flier on the training, under the Wichita-Sedgwick County Law Enforcement Training Center letterhead, the topics include: “Muslim Brotherhood Doctrine, By-Laws, Sharia (Islamic law)”; “Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood Movement for Local LE”; “Investigative Techniques and Strategies”; and “Constitutional Duties of LE as It Relates to This Threat.”

Guandolo presented his program to a citizens group several weeks ago in Wichita, and members of the sheriff’s office saw the training and thought it showed the difference between extremists and non-extremists, or peaceful Muslims, Mattingly said.

“We want our folks to … be able to see the difference,” to avoid stereotypes, he said. “We want to know what the real threat is, and Mr. Guandolo is a subject-matter expert.”

Mattingly noted that Guandolo is a former FBI agent. “That’s something we seek out,” he said. Guandolo also has military experience, and his expertise is with Muslim extremism, Mattingly said. With those credentials, Guandolo has toured the country speaking to law enforcement groups, he said.

Guandolo said that since 2008, he has spoken to scores of groups, including law enforcement and the military.

Mattingly said next week’s training for the sheriff’s office is not mandatory.

The sheriff’s office knew that Guandolo is a controversial figure, and “he’s very upfront about that,” Mattingly said. Guandolo told the sheriff’s office that it should expect to be contacted by media about him, Mattingly said.

Mattingly said the cost for the two-day training, which will be held at the Crown Uptown Theatre on Wednesday and May 29, is $150. The sheriff’s office will pay that rate for 10 people to go. Any other sheriff’s staff members attending would have to pay for themselves, he said.

Hooper said that if any taxpayer money is spent “to bring in a known conspiracy theorist, they should be held accountable by the taxpayers.”

Mattingly said Sheriff Jeff Easter relayed to him that the money that will pay for the officers’ attendance at the training will come from seized assets – mostly drug money – rather than tax-based funds.

The training is not open to the public but to officers statewide, Mattingly said.

Read more at The Wichita Eagle

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NEW AFDI Ad Campaign “Truth About CAIR” Hits NYC Subway Platforms

environmentCAIRadNYCSubway-1024x768By Pamela Geller:

In a new ad campaign that just hit NYC subway platforms, we’re calling out the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

We’re rolling out this campaign in as many cities as we can. Please CONTRIBUTE HERE.

CAIRdiorama32-1024x710The leading Muslim Brotherhood-tied organization in America has deceived the media, cultural and political elites in America for years, to the great peril of the American people. Despite the overwhelming evidence presented in the largest terrorist funding trial in our nation’s history, the Holy Land foundation trial, the sharia-complaint media has continued to advance Hamas-CAIR’s supremacist agenda, with willing help from all too many law enforcement and government officials.

CAIR’s influence is vast, and growing all the time. Just recently they got ABC Family to drop its projected show Alice In Arabia, solely because it contained some dramatization of the all-too-common phenomenon of child kidnapping by Muslim relatives. For years now, they have prevailed upon Hollywood to downplay or even change the identity of celluloid villains, so that Muslims are never portrayed negatively in films (thus the Muslim terrorists in the novel The Sum of All Fears became neo-Nazis in the movie).

CAIR pressured Brandeis University to rescind an honorary degree it had planned to award to human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali. It regularly pressures (and usually succeeds) in getting any and every counter-jihad speaker canceled from events. Recently it even tried to bribe the sheriff of Culpepper County, Virginia with $15,000 to get him to cancel a counter-terror training seminar.

Because of this kind of activity, Hamas-CAIR should be shunned by all decent people. But instead, this unsavory gang of thugs is stronger than ever. JP Morgan and ABC are sponsoring their annual banquet this year. And the general silence about their terror-linked background has enabled them to infiltrate the highest levels of the political and cultural spheres.

That’s why my organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), is now unveiling a new ad campaign that tells the truth about this Islamic supremacist hate group.

Now more than ever, as CAIR’s influence grows in the media and government, this ad campaign is necessary to raise awareness among the public, to protect people from being taken in by this unsavory and unscrupulous group.

The ad depicts several CAIR officials who have been arrested and convicted of terror-related crimes. CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case — so named by the Justice Department during the trial of the Islamic charity known as the Holy Land Foundation.

CAIR has a long record of duplicity and deception. Although it has received millions of dollars in donations from foreign Islamic entities, it has not registered as a foreign agent as required by the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), despite spreading Islamic supremacist propaganda within the United States.

Although it presents itself as a civil rights group, CAIR actually has numerous links to Islamic supremacist and jihad groups. CAIR founders Omar Ahmad and Niwad Awad (who still serves as CAIR’s executive director), were present at a Hamas planning meeting in Philadelphia in 1993 where they and other Hamas operatives conspired to raise funds for Hamas and to promote jihad in the Middle East. CAIR has steadfastly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups.

Read more at pamelageller.com