by Steven Emerson, IPT News:
- The New York Times cites the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as a credible source, while continuing its policy of never mentioning that CAIR was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood, and operates as a Hamas support group.
- NYT also suppressed the facts that CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator 2007 Holy Land Foundation conspiracy trial, which resulted in the FBI cutting off all formal contact with the group and that an FBI official has described CAIR as a “front for Hamas.”
- NYT primarily relies on two sources for comments: Zead Ramadan of CAIR-NY, and Faiza Patel, of the Brennan Center of Justice, but which the Times deliberately fails to mention that both of whom represent organizations that have repeatedly refused to condemn Hamas and other Islamic terrorist groups or have blamed the FBI for fabricating Islamic terror plots.
- An IPT investigator videotaped Ramadan at a press event refusing to answer her questions as to whether Hamas is a terrorist organization.
- The Times cites CAIR’s Zead Ramadan as a legitimate source of criticism of the film but fails to report that Ramadan contributed $1,000 to Viva Palestina, an organization led by noted anti-Semite George Galloway, that supports Hamas financially and politically, in 2010.
- Patel of the Brennan Center has long been a critic of law enforcement’s attempts to counter terrorism, even denouncing the NYPD’s operation that resulted in the arrest of accused lone-wolf jihadist Jose Pimentel, charged with plotting to bomb U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
- The Times failed to report that their only two sources for their story–CAIR and the Brennan Center, who are made to seem independent and impartial are actual apologists for Islamic terrorist groups. In fact, the Times failed to report that the Brennan Center received CAIR’s “Safe While Free” Award in 2009.
- The Times failed to report one actual flaw in the film but based its demonization of the film based largely on emails it did not disclose that it received from CAIR, a Hamas front group
In a front-page story on Tuesday discussing the documentary film, “The Third Jihad,” and its use by the NYPD in training, The New York Times once again collaborates with radical Islamists to help shape the news. The article revealed the newspaper’s bias, from the vaguely threatening headline – “In Police Training, a Dark Film on U.S. Muslims” – and by relying on those who are not simply opposed to the film, but have previously demonstrated their support of radical Islamists by both word and by association with similarly aligned groups.
The Times’ article, written by Michael Powell, primarily relies on the opinions of Zead Ramadan of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ New York chapter (CAIR-NY) and Faiza Patel of the Brennan Center, both of whom aver that the NYPD acted questionably by showing city police the film, to present the case. Ramadan asserts that the movie “defiled our faith and misrepresented everything we stood for.” Patel stated that, “The police have shown an explosive documentary to its officers and simply stonewalled us.”
The problem with Ramadan and Patel, left unsaid by the newspaper, is found in their words and associations. As has been its longstanding policy, the Times never mentions that CAIR is a Hamas support group, created by the Muslim Brotherhood to present and promote its interests. (Of course, even if one day the Times did acknowledge that, it would still have to break another self-imposed taboo of having never once called Hamas a terrorist organization.)
In contrast to the newspaper, the film does reveal how CAIR was created shortly after a secret 1993 meeting in Philadelphia involving members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee. The goal was for CAIR to operate as a pro-Hamas lobbying group, without being publicly linked to Hamas.
The FBI later cited that evidence, which was used to help name CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation conspiracy trial, in explaining why it cut off formal communication with CAIR. “Until we can resolve whether there continues to be a connection between CAIR or its executives and HAMAS,” FBI Assistant Director Richard Powers wrote in April 2009, “the FBI does not view CAIR as an appropriate liaison partner.”
But CAIR refused to address the documentary’s substance. Instead, the group issued a press release quoting Ramadan comparing it to the Nazi-era film “Triumph of the Will” and the silent movie “Birth of a Nation.” Ramadan voiced his concerns to NYPD chief Raymond Kelly, who said he would “take care of it” and department spokesman Browne denounced the film as “wacky.”
All of this was left out of the article on Tuesday, which also failed to inform readers about the questionable backgrounds of the movie’s critics. The story said nothing about the fact that in 2010 Ramadan contributed $1,000 to Viva Palestina, an organization founded by the notorious anti-Semite George Galloway, and which supports Hamas financially and politically, or that CAIR-NY in 2008 issued a statement calling for the release of Sami al-Arian, who pleaded guilty to conspiring to contribute funds to Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a designated terrorist group.
The Investigative Project on Terrorism attended a Dec. 15, 2011 press conference held by a group calling itself the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, and asked if he considered Hamas a terrorist organization. Ramadan was asked point-blank: “Do you consider Hamas a terrorist organization?”
[Click here to see the video and a full transcript]
Ramadan proceeded to tap-dance around the question. He replied by stating that, “Islam, myself, and I think all people of conscience, are opposed to all terrorism in all of its forms against all people of the world. Anyone who is innocent that is killed, it’s not the way of the Islamic people or people who stand for liberty and justice. Thank you very much.”
Our investigator pressed forward, asking Ramadan about Hamas specifically. Ramadan refused to answer, stating that his concern was “the American Bill of Rights situation that we now have.”
Ramadan then proceeded to attack the questioner. “You want to take our foreign policy issue and make it the number one issue in the world. No. The issue we have right here is the problem we have in America, and we’re eroding,” he said.
Ramadan added that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had gone to Myanmar to talk about the erosion of human rights and appeared to be “bringing that back here” and “showing how to erode our civil rights here.”
Again, our investigator noted that Ramadan was evading the question about Hamas.
“He already answered,” moderator Imam Talib Abdur Rashid shot back. “You just didn’t get the answer you wanted.”
Over and over, CAIR spends a lot of effort urging Muslim Americans not to cooperate with law enforcement. Speaking at CAIR-NY’s “Annual Banquet and Leadership Conference” in April 2011, board member Lamis Deek implored her audience not to speak to the FBI, NYPD or other law enforcement agencies.
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