A Trying Time for CAIR

By Robert Spencer
| 8/28/2007

It has been a bad week for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). The group that has so successfully presented itself to law enforcement and media organizations as a Muslim civil rights group is seeing a radically different portrayal of its motives and goals coming to light in the Holy Land Foundation terror charity trial in Dallas. The Associated Press reported Monday that prosecutors in that trial have produced documents establishing that CAIR was part of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee. This was a group led by Mousa Abu Marzook, who once served as chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau. CAIR co-founder Nihad Awad has been placed at a meeting of Hamas supporters – which really shouldn’t surprise anyone, since in 1994, the year CAIR was founded, Awad stated publicly, “I am in support of the Hamas movement.”

CAIR Chairman Parvez Ahmed was dismissive, however, of the idea that CAIR had anything to do with Hamas. “That’s one of those urban legends about CAIR. It’s fed by the right-wing, pro-Israeli blogosphere.”

Unfortunately for Ahmed, however, the Holy Land trial itself was making this position ever more difficult to sustain. One document that has come to light at the trial sets out goals for the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States, “whose members,” according to AP, “included some of the Holy Land leaders now on trial.” The memo urges Brotherhood members in the U.S. to “understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.” CONTINUE

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  1. The MSM is just a puppet of the globalist controllers in the highest places. They aren’t going to come to their senses. They are the mouthpiece and propaganda arm of globalism.

    Uncommon Sense: Conspiracy and other theories

    By Michael Hasty
    Online Journal Columnist

    September 24, 2004—In his eyewitness account of “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” author William Shirer, who lived in Nazi Germany throughout most of the 1930s, described a phenomenon that will, in 2004, seem disturbingly familiar to Americans who dissent from the policies of the Bush regime.

    “I myself was to experience how easily one is taken in by a lying and censored press and radio in a totalitarian state,” Shirer wrote. “Though unlike most Germans I had daily access to foreign newspapers . . . and though I listened regularly to the BBC and other foreign broadcasts, my job necessitated the spending of many hours a day in combing the German press, checking the German radio, conferring with Nazi officials and going to party meetings. It was surprising and sometimes consternating to find that notwithstanding the opportunities I had to learn the facts and despite one’s inherent distrust of what one learned from Nazi sources, a steady diet over the years of falsifications and distortions made a certain impression on one’s mind and often misled it.”

    Shirer then recounted how, in conversations with his German friends and strangers he would meet in cafes and beer halls, “I would meet with the most outlandish assertions from seemingly educated and intelligent persons. It was obvious they were parroting some piece of nonsense they had heard on the radio or read in the newspapers.

    “Sometimes one was tempted to say as much, but on such occasions one was met with such a stare of incredulity, such a shock of silence, as if one had blasphemed the Almighty, that one realized how useless it was even to try to make contact with a mind which had become warped and for whom the facts of life had become what Hitler and Goebbels, with their cynical disregard for truth, said they were.”

    I will never forget the shock of recognition I felt when I first read those words several years ago, nor my first thought when I looked up from the page: “This happens to me all the time.” It wouldn’t be surprising if many of you reading this now have just had the same thought.

    This would be particularly true for those among you whom the American media, with increasing frequency, describe as “conspiracy theorists:” those who suspect that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have more to do with oil than with any humanitarian or security motives; or those who question the omissions in the 9/11 Commission’s report, and think that the 9/11 tragedy had more to do with the Bush/Saudi connection and neoconservative imperial ambitions than with America being “hated for its freedom”; or those who believe that American media are the finely-tuned propaganda organs of the military-industrial complex which, rather than failing their journalistic responsibilities, are doing an excellent job of keeping the American public confused and uninformed; or even the overwhelming majority of Americans who subscribe to the event that made the term “conspiracy theory” mainstream: that the CIA was directly involved in the assassination of JFK.

    Among that last group, it is exceedingly rare for members of what used to be called “the establishment” to go public with their private suspicions about what happened in Dallas in November 1963. So it took a real act of courage for David Talbot, editor and publisher of the quasi-respectable website Salon.com, to stick his neck out recently by expressing his own doubts about the legitimacy of the official report of the Warren Commission.

    The most valuable contribution Talbot makes in his lengthy article, “The mother of all coverups,” published last week at Salon, is compiling from various sources a list of public figures who also had suspicions about the JFK assassination—a list that includes Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Dan Rather, Gary Hart, Richard Russell (a member of the Warren Commission himself), Nikita Krushchev, Charles DeGaulle, the House Select Committee on Assassinations (which produced the only other official report on JFK’s death, concluding that it was “probably” the result of a conspiracy), and Jackie and Bobby Kennedy.

    In fact, it is reasonable to speculate that Bobby Kennedy’s indications to his closest associates that, should he become president, he intended to reopen the investigation into his brother’s death, may explain his own suspicious murder.

    Because it reinforces some questions I’ve raised in previous articles for Online Journal (“Paranoid shift” and “Secret admirers: the Bushes and the Washington Post”) it’s also worthwhile to reproduce in full one of Talbot’s paragraphs, about another public figure who has been connected to the string of events beginning with the Bay of Pigs operation and ending in Dallas:

    “Among those in Washington who were particularly curious about the revelations concerning the CIA and the Kennedy assassination was George H.W. Bush. As Kitty Kelley observes in her new book about the Bush family, while serving as CIA director in the Ford administration, Bush fired off a series of memos in fall 1976, asking subordinates various questions about Oswald, Ruby, Helms and other figures tied to the assassination. ‘Years later, when [Bush] became president of the United States, he would deny making any attempt to review the agency files on the JFK assassination,’ writes Kelley in The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty. ‘When he made this claim, he did not realize that the agency would release 18 documents (under the Freedom of Information Act) that showed he had indeed, as CIA director, requested information—not once, but several times—on a wide range of questions surrounding the Kennedy assassination.'”

    The dark thread of secret agendas and unspeakable acts that runs like a subterranean stream through the last half-century of American history—and which has turned into a river under this most secretive of presidential administrations—would not have been possible without the outright cooperation of the media. Despite the majority opinion that the Warren Report was a “whitewash,” Talbot correctly notes that “there is one sanctuary where the Warren Report is still stubbornly upheld and where its manifold critics can expect their own rough treatment: in the towers of the media elite.”

    What is true of the media’s treatment of Warren Commission critics can be equally applied to anyone who questions what is sometimes called the media’s “metanarrative”—the official media version of events. Usually this is accomplished by what Catholic theologians call “the sin of omission.” So, for example, the startling and uncomfortable fact that a Zogby poll found that half of New York City residents believe that the US government either had foreknowledge of, or was complicit in, the 9/11 attacks has been quickly stuffed into the media’s “memory hole.” The revelations of FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds about the 9/11 drug connection, and of Senator Bob Graham about the connections between the 9/11 hijackers and the Saudi government, have received similar treatment.

    But the great irony in the media’s rejection of “conspiracy theory” is that the metanarrative requires mainstream news consumers to subscribe to a far less credible “coincidence theory.”

    By this theory, it is nothing more than “coincidence” that the membership of a neoconservative think tank, whose ambitions for a global American empire depend on public opinion being swayed by “a new Pearl Harbor,” stole their way into power and occupy key positions in the Bush regime. It is merely a “coincidence” that unnamed persons cashed in big time in trading United and American Airlines stocks in the week before 9/11. It’s entirely “coincidental” that the FBI supervisor who blocked the investigation of Zacarias Moussaoui’s computer, containing information about the hijacker’s 9/11 plans, got a $25,000 bonus.

    In the media’s metanarrative, the incontestable facts that Persian Gulf oil has been central to American strategic planning since World War II, and that Dick Cheney’s secret energy task force generated maps of Iraq’s oil fields in early 2001, have absolutely nothing to do with the invasion of Iraq. It’s just a serendipitous “coincidence.”

    And the statement by the late CIA director William Colby that the CIA controls “everyone of major significance in the major media” is just the incoherent rambling of a guilt-burdened covert operative with too much blood on his hands. If that statement offers a better explanation of a long, consistent pattern of journalistic failings than the idea that reporters are the victims of the government’s “Jedi Mind Tricks”—well, it’s only a “coincidence.”

    Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister, once said, “Give me control of the German media, and I can control the German people.” It is our generation’s misfortune that Goebbels’ ideological descendants are now in the White House. It is our generation’s responsibility to remove them.

    Email: michaelhasty@hotmail.com.

  2. CAIR has friends in the highest places in America.

    And in Saudi Arabia.

    Understand that and you understand why they are still in business.

  3. One further point to my post #3 on this issue is that the evidence being presented in the Holy Land Foundation prosecution where CAIR is named as an unindicted co-conspirator, is not evidence that has just recently turned up.

    The government has been amassing this evidence over a number of years, perhaps as long back as during the Clinton administration. Certainly over the last 10 years or so, a number of leaders with CAIR have been charged and convicted with various crimes associated with funding or aiding radical Islam.

    With all this known to the American government, still the U.S. government has seen fit to maintain cordial relations with CAIR. Those relations have included consulting with and considering CAIR’s views on issues pertaining to Muslim issues and concerns which means Muslim perspectives on the ME and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Presidents Clinton and Bush have invited CAIR representatives to the White House thereby adding to CAIR’s credibility and reputation for advocating peace and moderation. As recently as last year I believe, the FBI initiated a program for its agents to participate in Muslim sensitivity training sessions with CAIR representatives.

    All this was done by the both the Clinton and Bush administrations, knowing full well that CAIR was not at all about the image it created for itself and that CAIR’s advocacy and actions actually were contrary to the best interests of America and indeed, that some of CAIR’s leaders were breaking American laws.

    If only the media can screw up its courage to report the evidence being adduced at the Holy Land Foundation trial, CAIR’s meticulously created facade of being a Muslim advocacy organization that promotes peace, harmony and tolerance between Muslims and non-Muslims will be stripped away to reveal its true nature and agenda and the American government will thereby be prevented from maintaining any pretence to the contrary.

    That is what it will take to completely discredit CAIR and put an end to CAIR’s devious efforts to advance its own interests and agendas that seeks to undermine or prejudice the best interests of America and Americans.

  4. I hope and pray CAIR is brought down and justice is served. CAIR is a VERY, VERY powerful special interest group. Its power to influence government officials far exceeds that of pro-Israel groups such a s AIPAC or an group who represents Christians. With that said the battle is God’s. We can only do our part. If CAIR can be brought down or at least weakened significantly this would be extremely good news.

  5. CAIR is squirming at the revelations of its true nature coming out in evidence. It is taking the same defensive approach as it always has in the face of prior accusations as to its true nature and accusations based on the words of their leadership.

    Deny, deny, deny.

    This time these charges as to what CAIR’s true nature is cannot be so easily dismissed by CAIR.

    If the MSM would only get over its fears of offending the rules of political correctness and of Muslim reprisals against them for reporting the news coming out of this trial that so damns CAIR, CAIR’s denials will not save it this time and the weight of the charges and mounting evidence against CAIR will be more than enough to bring about CAIR’s well deserved burial.

    Will the MSM’s failure to report the news of the mounting evidence against CAIR which is incontrovertibly revealing CAIR’s true nature?

    CAIR’s fate much depends on whether the MSM can screw up their courage to stand by their founding principles of being the bastion that has the solemn duty to ensure that the people’s right to know is fully respected and exercised.

  6. CAIR is also involved with the Muslim group starting a publicly funded Islamist school in New York.

    Plans to teach Johnny Islam challenged
    ‘This is an incubator for the radicalization that leads to terrorism’
    Posted: August 28, 2007

    The publicly funded Khalil Gibran school in New York immerses students in Islam

    A Christian legal group will represent citizens opposed to the planned launch of a publicly funded academy in New York City where students will be immersed in Islamic culture.

    Khalil Gibran International Academy features several Islamist imams on its board of advisers, as well as other promoters with connections to militant Islamic groups, according to the Thomas More Law Center.

    “This proposed public school is nothing more than an incubator for the radicalization that leads to terrorism, as an NYPD Intelligence Report warned Americans just two weeks ago,” said Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel for legal group.

    “Rather than use the public school system to assimilate Muslims and other immigrants into American culture, New York City is doing everything it can to keep them isolated – a target rich environment for recruiting potential new homegrown terrorists and a recipe for a future 9/11 disaster, according to my read of the NYPD Report,” he said.

    “As uncomfortable as it makes one feel, we must understand that the political goal of radical Islam is to destroy our Judeo-Christian culture. And the KGIA is a Trojan Horse New York City is building for radical Islam with taxpayer money. That the Quran calls for Muslims to subjugate the world, especially Christians and Jews, is a fact that anyone can look up,” Thompson continued. …

    …The Thomas More Law Center said its role will be to act as co-counsel with attorney David Jerushalmi, who already has begun pursuing Freedom of Information Act requests for information about the school.

    “Thus far, his requests have gone unanswered, leading to increased suspicion that the school as currently configured cannot meet state educational standards,” the legal group said. “Moreover, several factors, including an executive summary of the KGIA proposal, point to the school as an anti-American, anti-Christian, and anti-Jewish propaganda center paid for by American tax dollars.”

    The center said some of the school’s promoters have ties to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has been named by federal officials as an unindicted co-conspirator in a Texas case dealing with terror.

    On KGIA’s advisory board is Imam Talib Abdul-Rashid of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood, which proclaims this slogan: “The Quran is our constitution, Jihad is our way, And death in the way of Allah is our promised end.” More at link.

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