Jihad Watch, by Johanna Markind, May 12, 2017:
Imagine if Italian-American organizations had responded to mob violence, as exemplified by the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, by claiming that police efforts to fight mob violence unfairly harassed Italians, and that the violence resulted from discrimination like law enforcement investigation of the Italian community. Imagine further that such organizations urged Italians not to cooperate with law enforcement but to call them for legal representation if the FBI asked for information.
Would anyone who heard that response have believed the organizations offering it were trying to help curb violence? Or would they have believed these groups were in the pocket of the Italian mafia and using any and every excuse possible to do nothing to oppose it?
Incredibly, the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) does exactly this sort of thing to combat law enforcement efforts aimed at preventing and fighting Islamist violence. The organization seems never to have found counter-extremism steps it likes. CAIR has not come out and said it opposes law enforcement. Instead, it offers nothing but criticism of government efforts to detect and counter radicalization. “The government’s CVE [countering violent extremism] initiative raises many issues” is a common CAIR refrain. Instead of trying to help prevent radicalization within the Muslim community, CAIR accuses the non-Muslim community of stirring up hostility against Muslims and reiterates the trope of Muslims-as-victims. For instance, CAIR-MN has consistently opposed a federal pilot counter-terrorism program focusing on Somali-Americans in Minneapolis, labeling it discriminatory.
On May 9, 2017, CAIR issued its most recent salvo, “Civil Rights Report 2017: The Empowerment of Hate.” Among other things, CAIR identifies FBI information/intelligence-gathering efforts as a type of “anti-Muslim bias incident.” As the picture spread below shows, this is no outlier, but typifies CAIR’s obstructionism toward counter-terrorism. What makes CAIR’s attitude so hypocritical is that in the same document, CAIR repeatedly complains about what it says is a toxic atmosphere fostered by President Trump and others who are supposedly inciting violence against Muslims. Yet, when the FBI or others seek to uncover information about toxic environments possibly inciting American Muslims to jihadi violence (incitement which, Freedom House has documented, has existed in some US mosques), CAIR consistently opposed such conduct as “fishing expeditions” that harass and discriminate against Muslims.
From page 21 of CAIR’s “Civil Rights Report 2017: The Empowerment of Hate,” released May 9, 2017. CAIR considers FBI questioning of Muslims seeking information about Islamist terrorists to be a form of harassment.
“What to Do If You Are Approached by Law Enforcement or the FBI
“[Step out of your home or workspace] Call or e-mail CAIR-MN for free legal assistance: 612-206-3360 firstname.lastname@example.org. Then politely say: ‘I want to remain silent. My attorney will contact you.’”
CAIR-Minnesota posted this image on its website. Members of Minneapolis’ Muslim community previously reported that CAIR-MN openly discouraged community members from cooperating with an FBI probe into the disappearance of several Somali-Americans youths. The youths were eventually found to have joined al-Shabaab, an Islamist terrorist group overseas.