These are the Muslims with whom I will begin to form relationships, and do everything I can to further their work and hinder that of C.A.I.R. They are the kind I would welcome into our society readily, since they have the desire to build a form of Islam compatible with western values.
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by IPT News
Mon, 30 Mar 2009 at 10:35 AM
An advertisement in the new issue of the Weekly Standard is most welcome to those who argue the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) inflates its support among American Muslims. The ad notes that U.S. government officials have been “mostly baffled by extremism among American Muslims,” a state best illustrated by past, warm relations with CAIR:
“We, the undersigned American Muslims, have long known the true character of CAIR and its allies.”
The FBIbroke off most contacts with CAIR last summer and has indicated “certain issues” must be resolved by CAIR leaders before its access is restored. Those issues appear connected to evidence in the terror-finance trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) which ended with the conviction of five men on 108 counts related to Hamas-support last November. Sentencing is scheduled for late May.
Evidence in the trial places CAIR founders in pivotal conversations among members of a secret Hamas-support network in the U.S. Other transcripts indicate CAIR was a direct outgrowth of that network.
The advertisement It was placed by theCenter for Islamic Pluralism and signed by four center officials – President Kemal Silay, Executive Director Stephen Suleyman Schwartz, fellow Imaad Malik, Nawab Agha Mousvi and Southern Director Jalal Zuberi. Joining them were Supna Zaidi, an assistant director at Islamist Watch, M. Zuhdi Jasser, founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Khalim Massoud of Muslims Against Sharia, Kiran Sayyed of the Council for Democracy and Tolerance, and Shia.Protest@yahoo.com.
Under the heading “American Muslims Commend FBI for Rejection of CAIR,” the group explains the reasons it supports the FBI move.
D.C., suburb. More than seven years ago, America received a wake-up call, on September 11, 2001, about radical Islam.
However straightforwardly evil these events, they left U.S. authorities mostly baffled by extremism among American Muslims.
One disturbing example of this confusion has involved the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Now, at last, the FBI-CAIR relationship has changed. In a letter dated March 9, 2009, FBI Assistant Director John Miller wrote to U.S. Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va) confirming that the bureau has “suspended any formal engagement with Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) field offices around the country.”
He explained that this adjustment “comes in part as a result of evidence gathered through FBI investigation and presented in connection with the Holy Land Foundation trial. CAIR was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in that case.”
Miller referred to the Holy Land Foundation, or HLF, having been convicted of terror financing in November 2008.
CAIR and its allies in the “Wahhabi lobby” reacted aggressively to the FBI’s decision to distance itself from CAIR. Ten extremist Muslim groups announced on March 17, 2009, that they are “considering suspending outreach relations with the FBI” based on vague claims that “American mosques and Muslim groups have been targeted.”
CAIR’s supporters included
* American Muslims for Palestine,
* the Islamic Circle of North America, and
* the Muslim Students Association, as well as
* the leading pro-Iranian Muslim element in America, the Islamic Educational Center of Orange County, Ca.
• We observe that they denounce “terrorism” in general terms but not the specific actions of Islamist groups like Hamas or Hezbollah. They denounce violence but not the ideologies behind it.
• We observe their commitment to radical aims, their attempts to chill free speech by calling critics of radical Islam “Islamophobes,” and their false, ugly accusations against moderate American Muslims who disagree with their agenda.
• We reject any claim that CAIR and its supporters are legitimate civil liberties advocates orappropriate partners between the U.S. government and American Muslims.
• We congratulate the FBI for adopting a firmer attitude toward CAIR, as a defense of Americans of all faiths from the menace of radical Islam, including Muslims of all backgrounds—Sunni, Shia, Sufi, secular, etc.
• We call on the U.S. Department of Justice to affirm and continue this
• We call on the entire United States government to follow suit in rejecting relations with the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
* Supna Zaidi, Assistant Director, Islamist Watch, http://www.islamist-watch.org/
* M. Zuhdi Jasser, American Islamic Forum for Democracy, http://www.aifdemocracy.org/
* Imaad Malik, Fellow, Center for Islamic Pluralism, http://www.islamicpluralism.org/
* Dr. Ahmed Subhy Mansour, International Quranic Center, http://www.ahl-alquran.com/
* Khalim Massoud, firstname.lastname@example.org
* Nawab Agha Mousvi, American Islamic Congress, http://www.aicongress.org/ and Center for Islamic Pluralism, http://kwww.islamicpluralism.org/
* Kiran Sayyed, Council for Democracy and Tolerance, http://cfdnt.com/
* Stephen Suleyman Schwartz, Executive Director, Center for Islamic Pluralism, http://www.islamicpluralism.org/
* Dr. Jalal Zuberi, Southern U.S. Director, Center for Islamic Pluralism, http://www.islamicpluralism.org/ Contact: Center for Islamic Pluralism, 1718 M Street NW #260, Washington, DC 20036, 202.232.1750, http://www.islamicpluralism.org/