Oregon Irony: CAIR Demands Action on Possible "Hate" Crime

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By Victoria Taft and Rees Lloyd
The Council on American-Islamic Relations is asking the FBI to enter the local investigation into an incendiary device found inside the Tigard home of Muslims from Afghanistan last Sunday morning. The device, which included a timer and accelerant, was found by one of the occupants of the home when he woke up. He threw the device out of the home. 
I’m sure CAIR, as it’s known, wants to convey the idea that this incident is a possible “hate” crime and this was an attempt to go after Muslims. But let’s be clear about what kind of organization we’re supposed to be taking our marching orders from.
In a story in the Zero (here) CAIR attempts to make its case claiming that anti Muslim rhetoric has grown,

“Given recent events and the rise in anti-Islam rhetoric nationwide, we
urge the FBI to add its resources to those of local and state authorities to
investigate a possible bias motive for this troubling incident,” CAIR
Legislative Director Corey Saylor said in a statement released Tuesday.

Religious intolerance of any kind is anathema. Turning that intolerance into violence is a crime and should be punished.
But to what rise in anti Islam rhetoric is CAIR referring? Is it to the repudiation of radical Islamists in New York who threatened the producers of South Park for depicting an image of Mohammed? Is it the repudiation of the Muslim radical who mowed down 13 people at Fort Hood? Is this the “anti Islam” rhetoric CAIR refers to? 
Look at how the Oregonian depicts this organization! The reporter dutifully transcribes what CAIR SAYS its mission is:

CAIR, a nationwide Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization that
strives to elevate understanding and knowledge of Islam and empower American

But who is CAIR kidding? And why didn’t the Zero do its work?
As Andy McCarthy writes in his new book, “The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America,” CAIR is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Islamic Association of Palestine, an outgrowth of the Muslim Brotherhood. He writes, 

…CAIR was already in existence and firmly in the Brotherhood fold even before its incorporation was announced. We know that because, in preparing for a scheduled July 30, 1994 meeting, the Palestine Committee prepared a written agenda that was later seized by the FBI. It stated that a top discussion topic would be “suggestions to develop work” for several named “organizations.” Included among these was “CAIR,” as well as the IAP, HLF, and UASR (i.e., the United Association for Studies and Research). The agenda elucidated that “complete coordination” was sought among the various groups. Critically, it stressed that the effort was under Brotherhood direction: “This is not a separate movement from the mother Group.”

The likes of CAIR presumes to tell us and law enforcement about “anti Islam” rhetoric and what constitutes a “hate” crime? Tell that the UCSD student, a member of the Muslim Student Union 9another Muslim Brotherhood group) who organized a “Hitler” and “Israel Apartheid” week on campus what constitutes a “hate” crime. Watch her exchange with David Horowitz below.
As Horowitz points out in his websites Discover the Networks and Jihad Watch here and here, CAIR has plenty of first hand knowledge about “hate” crimes.

Notable facts about CAIR’s pas de deux with Islamic extremism and terrorism include the following:

  • Co-founder Nihad Awad asserted at a 1994 meeting at Barry University, “I am a supporter of the Hamas movement.” Awad wrote in the Muslim World Monitor that the 1994 trial which had resulted in the conviction of four Islamic fundamentalist terrorists who had perpetrated the previous year’s World Trade Center bombing was “a travesty of justice.”
  • On February 2, 1995, U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White named CAIR Advisory Board member and New York imam Siraj Wahhaj as one of the “unindicted persons who may be alleged as co-conspirators” in Islamic Group leader Omar Abdel Rahman‘s foiled plot to blow up numerous New York City monuments.

  • On June 6, 2006, CAIR’s Ohio affiliate held a large fundraiser in honor of Siraj Wahhaj. Following the event, CAIR-Ohio issued a press release heralding the more than $100,000 that Wahhaj had helped raise that evening for the organization’s “civil liberties work.”

  • In October 1998, CAIR demanded the removal of a Los Angeles billboard describing Osama bin Laden as “the sworn enemy.” According to CAIR, this depiction was “offensive to Muslims.”
  • In 1998, CAIR denied bin Laden’s responsibility for the two al Qaeda bombings of American embassies in Africa. According to Ibrahim Hooper, the bombings resulted from “misunderstandings of both sides.”
  • In September 2003, CAIR’s former Community Affairs Director, Bassem Khafagi, pled guilty to three federal counts of bank and visa fraud and agreed to be deported to Egypt. Federal investigators said that a group Khafagi founded, the Islamic Assembly of North America, had funneled money to activities supporting terrorism and had published material advocating suicide attacks against the United States. Khafagi’s illegal activities took place while he was employed by CAIR.
  • In July 2004, Ghassan Elashi, a founding Board member of CAIR’s Texas chapter, was convicted along with his four brothers of having illegally shipped computers from their Dallas-area business, InfoCom Corporation, to Libya and Syria, two designated state sponsors of terrorism. That same month, Elashi was charged with having provided more than $12.4 million to Hamas while he was running HLF. In April 2005, Elashi and two of his brothers were also convicted of knowingly doing business with Hamas operative Mousa Abu Marzook, who was Elashi’s brother-in-law. Elashi’s illegal activities took place while he was employed by CAIR, whose Dallas-Fort Worth chapter depicted the Elashis’ indictment as “a war on Islam and Muslims.”
  • On September 6, 2001, the day that federal agents first raided Infocom’s headquarters, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad denounced the U.S. government for “tak[ing] us back to the McCarthy era.” 
  • FBI wiretap evidence which was introduced during the 2007 trial of the Holy Land Foundation (a trial that explored HLF’s financial ties to Hamas), proved that Nihad Awad had attended a 1993 Philadelphia meeting of Hamas leaders and operatives who collaborated on a plan to disguise funding for Hamas as charitable donations.
  • CAIR co-founder and Chairman Emeritus Omar Ahmad was named, in the same 2007 Holy Land Foundation trial, as an unindicted co-conspirator with HLF. During the trial, evidence was supplied proving that Ahmad had attended, along with Nihad Awad, the aforementioned 1993 Philadelphia meeting of Hamas leaders and operatives. Moreover, prosecutors described Ahmad as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood‘s “Palestine Committee” in America.
  • The home of Muthanna al-Hanooti, one of CAIR’s directors, was raided in 2006 by FBI agents in connection with an active terrorism investigation. FBI agents also searched the offices of Focus on Advocacy and Advancement of International Relations, al-Hanooti’s Michigan- and Washington DC-based consulting firm that investigators suspect to be a front supporting the Sunni-led insurgency in Iraq.
  • Al-Hanooti is an ethnic Palestinian who, according to a 2001 FBI report, “collected over $6 million for support of Hamas” and attended, along with CAIR and Holy Land Foundation officials, the previously cited Hamas fundraising summit in Philadelphia in 1993. Currently a prayer leader at a Washington-area mosque that aided some of the 9/11 hijackers, he is a relative of Shiek Mohammed al-Hanooti, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Muthanna al-Hanooti formerly helped run an organization called LIFE for Relief and Development, a suspected Hamas terror front whose Michigan offices were raided by the FBI in September 2006, and whose Baghdad office was raided by U.S. troops in 2004.
  • Randall Todd Royer, who served as a communications specialist and civil rights coordinator for CAIR, trained with Lashkar-I-Taiba, an al Qaeda-tied Kashmir organization that is listed on the State Department’s international terror list. He was also indicted on charges of conspiring to help al Qaeda and the Taliban battle American troops in Afghanistan. He later pled guilty to lesser firearm-related charges and was sentenced to twenty years in prison.  Royer’s illegal activities took place while he was employed by CAIR.
  • Onetime CAIR fundraiser Rabih Haddad was arrested on terrorism-related charges and was deported from the United States due to his subsequent work as Executive Director of the Global Relief Foundation, which in October 2002 was designated by the U.S. Treasury Department for financing al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.  
  • During the 2005 trial of Sami Al-Arian, who was a key figure for Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the United States, Ahmed Bedier of CAIR’s Florida branch emerged as one of Al-Arian’s most vocal advocates.
  • In the aftermath of 9/11, federal agents raided the Washington-area home of CAIR civil rights coordinator Laura Jaghlit as part of a probe into terrorist financing, money laundering and tax fraud. Her husband Mohammed Jaghlit, a director of the Saudi-backed SAAR Foundation, is a suspect in the still-active (as of January 2008) investigation.
  • Abdurahman Alamoudi, one of CAIR’s former directors, is a supporter of both Hamas and Hezbollah, and is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence for terrorism-related convictions.
  • Current CAIR board member Nabil Sadoun co-founded, along with Mousa Abu Marzook, the United Association for Studies and Research (UASR), which investigators consider to be a key Hamas front in America. Sadoun now sits on UASR’s board.
  • Current CAIR research director Mohamed Nimer previously served as a Board Director for UASR.
  • One of CAIR’s founding directors, Rafeeq Jaber, is a supporter of Hezbollah and served as the longtime President of the Islamic Association for Palestine.
  • CAIR Board member Hamza Yusuf was investigated by the FBI shortly after 9/11 because, just two days before the attacks, he had told a Muslim audience: “This country [the U.S.] is facing a terrible fate and the reason for that is because this country stands condemned. It stands condemned like Europe stood condemned because of what it did. And lest people forget, Europe suffered two world wars after conquering the Muslim lands.”

    And CAIR has a vision for what the United States should become,

     CAIR promotes a radical Islamic vision, as evidenced by the fact that its co-founder Omar Ahmad told a Fremont, California audience in July 1998: “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran … should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.” In a similar spirit, co-founder Ibrahim Hooper told a reporter in 1993: “I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future.” In 2003 Hooper stated that if Muslims ever become a majority in the United States, they will likely seek to replace the U.S. Constitution with Islamic law, which they deem superior to man-made law. In the late 1980s, Ihsan Bagby, who would later become a CAIR Board member, stated that Muslims “can never be full citizens of this country,” referring to the United States, “because there is no way we can be fully committed to the institutions and ideologies of this country.”

    Rees Lloyd adds,

    I believe you interviewed on your show David Gaubatz, co-author with Paul Sherry of the CAIR expose: “Muslim Mafia, Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring To Islamize America,” a book based upon documents and evidence obtained by Gaubatz’  son, Chris, who became an intern and then volunteer staff member at CAIR in its headquarters office, working with its highest officers, including CAIR’s chief propagandist, Ibrahim Hooper. It ought to be read by every Oregonian before they decide to embrace CAIR or believe its representations of being merely a “civil rights organization” desiring to be fully Americans.

    The truth, as stated by Omar Ahmad, co-founder, first president, and former member of the board of CAIR:
    “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Quran should be the highest authority.” He is not talking about “religious” authority but governance. That, is the Quran, not the U.S. Constitution, should be the “highest authority” of governance.
    Among other things reported in Muslim Mafia:
     “Ever since Hamas was designated a foreign terrorist organization in 1995, it’s been illegal to provide support to it within the U.S. ….In federal court documents, prosecutors have explicitly stated that CAIR is part of the pro-jihad, anti-U.S. Muslim Broherhood and its U.S. network to benefit Hamas and other terrorists. Their language has been plain and unambiguous, yet the mainstream media have still managed to ignore their alarming conclusion.
    “From its founding [in 1994] by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhod to support terrorists.” (U.S. Justice Department “Brief for the United States,” in USA v. Sabri Benkahla (Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, December 2007).

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