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.

Steven Emerson: The effort to censor our NYT ad by pro-Islamist forces makes our point for us

The New York Times: Making the world safe for terrorism

CAIR Again Shows It Can’t Stand Other Muslim Viewpoints

IPT, By Steven Emerson:

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) waged a new attack Tuesday on anti-Islamist Muslim Zuhdi Jasser, asking that a federal commission investigate Jasser’s financial supporters.

Jasser, founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, also serves on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). CAIR and other Islamist groups tried to block that appointment in 2012. Now, CAIR wants the USCIRF to investigate Jasser’s donors, who also give to other groups CAIR doesn’t like. The AIFD received $45,000 from the Abstraction Fund from 2010-12, a letter from CAIR’s Corey Saylor said.

The New York-based fund also gives money to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, the Middle East Forum and Jihad Watch. All, Saylor claimed, play an “active role in spreading anti-Islam prejudice.”

“At issue here is the reasonable concern that arises regarding Dr. Jasser accepting financial support from anti-Muslim groups while he is serving on a commission advocating for religious freedom,” Saylor wrote.

What a load of nonsense. As we have shown, CAIR and others toss around accusations of “Islamophobia” as a means of stifling criticism and deflecting attentionfrom their own shady records. Jasser is a devout Muslim who repeatedly points out that Muslims are freer to practice their faith in the United States than anywhere else in the world. He calls out the victimization narrative promoted by CAIR and other Islamist groups.

In response to CAIR’s attack Tuesday, Jasser posted a link to a 2011 IPT reportshowing CAIR solicited money from Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad praised Gaddafi’s rambling, 100-minute speech to the United Nations General Assembly for having “an impact in the hearts of many people in the world.” Awad later sought financial help from Gaddafi to underwrite a program to give away 1 million Qurans to government officials and the general public in America and to help start up a new foundation.

In addition, State Department records obtained by the IPT show CAIR solicited huge donations during 2006 trips to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Despite that, CAIR continues to label information about its foreign financial support as “Internet Disinformation.”

“CAIR’s operational budget is funded by donations from American Muslims,” its website says. (To see a debunking of CAIR’s “disinformation” claims, click here.)

Tuesday’s letter was CAIR’s second to the USCIRF about Jasser in the past month. It also took statements Jasser made during a recent television appearance to argue that he would “deny religious rights to Muslim military personnel.” In fact, Jasser – a Navy veteran – said that during his service “I was able to practice my faith, fast, pray, and I never saw the need for” new policies allowing for beards, turbans and other religious garb for active duty military members.

It’s fine to debate that point. But CAIR’s ongoing campaign to strip Jasser of his position shows they don’t want debate. They want a monopoly on determining what is acceptable for American Muslims to believe.

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Steven Emerson interviewed on Fox News about latest film “Jihad in America: the Grand Deception”

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Bill Hemmer: A stunning new documentary now revealing the rising influence it believes of the Muslim Brotherhood not in Cairo, Egypt but here in the United States. It’s called Jihad in America: The Grand Deception. It describes the Islamic group’s real mission they believe here in the U.S. Here is a clip discussing a secret document found by the FBI. Watch it and you’ll hear from the producer of this film.

Film Narrator: It was titled “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America.” It’s dated May 22, 1991.

Jeff Breinholt [Dept. of Justice Deputy Chief, Counterterrorism 2002-2007]: “The process of settlement is a civilization-jihadist process with all the word means. The Ikhwan, which is what the Brotherhood uses to describe themselves, must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.” That’s pretty clear as to how they viewed their own objective. And this is, they’re talking about the United States here.

Hemmer: Wow. Steve Emerson is the film maker. Jihad in America: The Grand Deception. He is my guest now out of Washington. Steve, good morning to you. You’re gonna get a lot of attention for this film. I think you know that and I think you know it’s coming. Why did you make the film, first off?

Steve Emerson: Well my organization, the Investigative Project on Terrorism, has been investigating the whole network and infrastructure of radical Islamic groups in the United States, but not necessarily those that preach jihad openly or on television. Those that do it behind closed doors but pretend to be civil rights groups. So what we have and we’ve discovered is a massive deception perpetrated by these groups. It would be like David Duke parading himself as a civil rights organization and getting accepted and legitimized by the White House, by Hollywood, by the elite media, by Congress. And so I think this is a real corrosive effect on our democracy, on –

Hemmer: I want you to back up some of these claims, ok? Take them one at a time, you said a lot in your first answer there. Inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood they enjoy considerable influence in the United States. How and where?

Emerson: They operate under fake names or false names. They don’t call themselves the Muslim Brotherhood. And this was all laid out in various documents or even secret tape recordings that we actually portray in the film, or we reveal in the film. The document that viewers just saw talked about their ulterior agenda of infiltrating and destroying the U.S. from within. So all these groups, and I’m not exaggerating to say that there are scores of radical Islamic groups hiding under the pretension of being civil rights organization or simply a religious organization, but in fact have an ulterior agenda. And the film itself actually portrays what goes on behind closed doors with these organizations, whether it’s Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, whether it’s Hizballah. All of these groups have organizations in the U.S. and they portray themselves as simple, innocent civil rights organizations –

Hemmer: You take it a step further. They’re deceiving American leaders, deceiving law enforcement, media, universities across the country. That again is a big claim.

Emerson: Well unfortunately it’s true and don’t take my word for it, look at the film. The film can be purchased on Amazon or its being shown in New York this next week. Or go to the web site www.granddeception.com. Look and listen to a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood who appears in the film for the first time and renounces his membership and talks about the deception. Look at the clip of a major imam who was an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, appears before Congress giving the invocation. Look at the way Hollywood –

Hemmer: Let me pause you right there because you brought it up. I think it hits at the 13 or 14 minute mark in the 70 minute film. I’ll ask you to explain this next. Watch.

Siraj Wahhaj before Congress: “In the name of God, most gracious, most merciful, guide the leaders of this nation who have been given a great responsibility in worldly affairs. Guide them, and grant them righteousness and wisdom.”

Narrator: Siraj Wahhaj, a sometime leader and prominent speaker at events hosted by American groups connected with the Muslim Brotherhood, was chosen to give the first Muslim invocation before Congress in 1991. Here he is after his Congressional appearance.

Wahhaj: They want to defend this country. You know what this country is? It’s a garbage can, filthy, filthy and sick.

Hemmer: Who is he and why was he invited to speak on the floor of the House?

Emerson: Well I can’t tell you why he was invited because I wasn’t around in 1991 when he was invited, but I assume it was in the spirit of ecumenical outreach. What the congressman who invited him didn’t do was the due diligence, was to show exactly what he says behind closed doors in contrast to what he says openly. What he says behind closed doors is what we captured in the film, along with many other groups who say preach peace and preach non-violence openly in front of TV cameras and say they condemn terrorism, but when you ask them will they condemn Hamas or Hizballah they don’t consider them terrorist groups. And behind closed doors they actually promote these organizations or tell their constituents like the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which the FBI itself called a Hamas front, is routinely interviewed in major newspapers, the Associated Press, appears on television – just appeared the other day on network television as if they were a legitimate civil rights group.

Hemmer: But Muslim Brotherhood would say hey we’re here to help promote our religion, we’re here to help promote communities, we’re here to help promote education. In the thirty seconds I have left, can you prove that they’ve had success doing the things that you just described to us over the past several minutes, Steve?

Emerson: I think I can and I think I would let the viewers watch the film. But I think to the extent that they’ve been able to infiltrate law enforcement, to stop the FBI from actually circulating materials on the Muslim Brotherhood because “it was offensive to Islam.” It wasn’t offensive to Islam, it was offensive to the Muslim Brotherhood. And the same thing goes on in terms at the Department of Justice, where prosecutions have been quashed into terrorist financing because it might be considered offensive. And I think we need to get beyond this because we want to empower genuine moderates in the Islamic community, Bill.

Hemmer: It’s called The Grand Deception: Jihad in America. Steve Emerson is its producer. Steve, thank you.

Blockbuster Interview With Steven Emerson on the Glazov Gang

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Steven Emerson recounts his career as a journalist from its beginnings in 1978 through the beginning of his focus on radical Islamic groups in the US after the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The accumulation of massive amounts of data which resulted from research for his first documentary “Jihad in America”  led to the creation of the Investigative Project on Terrorism in 1995. His organization has become the world’s largest archival data center on radical Islam. As an investigative agency, Emerson says, “We are not a think tank, we are a “do tank”.

 

In this second video Emerson talks about CAIR and much more. He does not mince words and there are some explosive comments like “Eric Holder is a hit man and a thug and corrupt…and should be indicted. Information on his corruption will be coming out in the next few months and it will be pretty shocking”

 

You can follow Steve Emerson on twitter @TheIPT where he engages members of CAIR and others, lately using CAIR’s #LegislatingFear to rain on their parade.

 

IPT Video: Islamists Stigmatizing Their Critics

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August 28, 2013

Jihad in America: The Grand Deception

the-grand-deceptionby Lauri B. Regan
American Thinker
July 2, 2013

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Front Page:

Editor’s note: Frontpage is proud to announce that our Shillman Journalism Fellow, Mark Tapson, co-wrote this documentary.

On the bright, beautiful, and crisp fall day that was early morning, September 11, 2001, few Americans were familiar with stealth jihad, or considered Islamic terrorism a threat to America.  Yet, there was a voice crying in the wilderness, warning of a danger that already existed here.  That voice belonged to Steven Emerson, whose documentary film titled Jihad in America was aired by PBS on November 21, 1994.  Islamic militant groups in America, including CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) began their protestations and intimidation even before the broadcast date.  Since the airing, the use of intimidation has been ramped up and gone global, having a stifling impact on terrorism/jihad-related broadcasts in the mainstream media throughout the Western world. This oppressive atmosphere has affected the conduct of Western governments, including the Obama administration.

Emerson’s newly released Jihad in America: The Grand Deception is a must-watch documentary — an educational tool for Americans to learn about the network of stealth Islamist jihadists in the U.S. that has grown in the aftermath of 9/11.  The fact that evil lurks just under the surface in America (brought to life last month at the Boston Marathon) seems to be difficult to acknowledge, yet ignoring it is at our peril.  Unfortunately, Americans have a short memory span, and most prefer to turn away from unpleasant realities, especially in the Obama Age.  Hence, all the more reason to circulate information about this essential documentary.

The 70-minute documentary by Steven Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) deals with the covert structure and growing influence of the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan al-Muslimun) and other such radical Muslim groups, masquerading under the deceitful moniker of apolitical religious groups, as well as civil rights groups in the U.S. This IPT documentary reveals how the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) has infiltrated the highest institutions of the land, including the Obama White House, the U.S. Congress, U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security, Hollywood, the mainstream media, law enforcement in various states, the publishing industry and American museums.  The film not only presents examples of MB infiltration, but reveals how the MB and its affiliates intimidate policymakers to submit to their demands by their use of our open democracy to undermine our institutions, all of which is done to further their quest for global rule under Sharia law.

This film includes previously unseen interviews with articulate and most courageous Muslim individuals, former FBI agents and federal prosecutors, a prominent Hollywood director, journalists, as well as a top official of the Muslim Brotherhood.  This documentary features secretly recorded audio and video speeches of radical Islamists, including individual preachers and groups, original MB documents, and unsealed federal documents.

In an interview Steven Emerson had with Lou Dobbs of Fox News on January 21, 2013, the host introduced The Grand Deception as follows: “Our guest [Steven Emerson] says that the ‘Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamist off shoots are hiding in plain sight right here in the U.S.’”  What followed is Emerson’s explanation of the documentary title. “A group of Muslim Brotherhood activists secretly got together in Philadelphia in 1993 in a meeting that was actually wiretapped [the wiretaps have since been declassified] by the FBI.  They [the MB activists] openly talked about deception as the primary campaign tactic that they would use to change the image of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. by creating new front groups, by changing the terminology, and by claiming they were against terrorism publicly, but in fact raising funds for Hamas privately. The word deception is the word that I used in the title because that is exactly what is going on throughout the country with these radical Islamic groups.”

One of the radical Islamists the documentary presents is a Brooklyn, NY-based Imam named Siraj Wahhaj, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, who, according to Emerson, had been invited in 1991 to give an invocation to the U.S. Congress (the first Muslim to so) and would subsequently be recorded saying about the U.S., “You know what this country is? It is a garbage can, it is filthy and sick.” The film also points out that this anti-American, hate-spewing Imam, was invited to appear at anti-terrorism conferences and was paid by the U.S. government.

Muslim Brotherhood victories in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya have provided encouragement for the hundreds of MB cells worldwide, including those in the U.S.

The film shows Attorney General Eric Holder undergoing congressional drilling in 2010 from Rep. Lamar Smith, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, on how he refused to acknowledge the role of radical Muslims in terrorism on American soil and refused to use the words “radical Muslim” or “Muslim.”

In another frame of the film, Dr. Mamoun Fandy, an Egyptian-born American scholar, President of the Fandy Associates think tank and a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, declared that the MB is the “mother” of all radical Muslim groups.  He pointed out that “instead of isolating the MB, the West and the U.S. [especially under President Obama] have engaged them and regarded them as “moderate.” According to Fandy, the West was tremendously naïveabout the nature and intentions of the MB.  According to Emerson (in conversation with this writer), Fandy was let go by Georgetown University because of his views on the MB.

The film records the spiritual leader of the MB, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, speaking to a Muslim audience in Toledo, OH and revealing the goals of the MB.  “We will conquer Europe and we will conquer America for Islam through religious proselytization” (dawa in Arabic). MB documents captured by the FBI in 1991 further reveal this insidious plan by the MB to conquer America for Islam.  It includes increased immigration and settlement as part of the MB’s plot of stealth Jihad, just as they have done in Europe.  Their aim is to destroy Western civilization from within by destabilizing “their miserable house,” and replacing it with God’s religion — Islam.

Read more at Front Page

“Grand Deception” Documentary by Steven Emerson Racks Up Film Festival Honors

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May 17, 2013

Additional clips from can be seen here.

VIDEO: MULITPLE CONFIRMATION OF IMMEDIATE DEPORTATION OF SAUDI NATIONAL “PERSON OF INTEREST” IN BOSTON BOMBING

Pamela Geller:

Watch this video. Abdul al-Harbi, who was first questioned in the Boston bombing, is going to be deported on “national security grounds.” Watch this interview on Hannity with terrorism expert, Steve Emerosn confirming the stunning news. A devout Muslim from Medina, anti-Jihad activist and blogger Walid Shoebat reports that he is a scion of a very powerful Saudi familywith terrorist ties.

 

The well-connected Saudi person of interest in the Boston bombing visited by Saudi Consul General in New York Azam Al-Qain. Al-Harabi had multiple national security violations:

Saudi Consul General in New York was in the Hospital with Saudi National “Person of Interest” in Boston Bombing MEMRI

Saudi media outlets – Alarabiya.net, Al-Watan, ‘Okaz, and Sabq.org – reported on Saudi nationals who were wounded in the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and on their situations.

The following is a review of the reports:

 

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Saudi Consul General in New York Azam Al-Qain with Al

Harbi. Source: twitpic.com/cjvpo7, April 17, 2013.

Click here to read the full report.

To view this report, you must be a paying member of the Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor Project (JTTM).  For membership information, send an email to jttmsubs@memri.org with “Membership” in the subject line. 

 

Steven Emerson talks about the Boston Marathon Bombing

Steve Emerson on Boston attack

 

C-SPAN Washington Journal April 16, 2013:

Steven Emerson talked about the latest developments in the Boston Marathon Bombing. He responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. (20 min. video)

Steve Emerson: I stand by my film

‘The Grand Deception’ was well-researched, using sources that included faithful Muslims and the FBI. Instead of addressing facts, CAIR chose to attack me personally.

by Steven Emerson
Orange County Register
February 16, 2013