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CAIR Impeded FBI Probe of Somali Terrorist Group in Kenya Attack

CAIR Impeded FBI Probe of Somali Terrorist Group in Kenya Attack

SEPTEMBER 23, 2013

The Al Qaeda affiliate that terrorized a Kenyan shopping center and murdered scores of innocent people has a powerful and influential advocate in the United States, the Muslim “civil rights” group known as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

It’s unlikely that the mainstream media will mention the connection, but it’s deep and it involves interfering in federal probes involving the radicalization of young Somali men in the U.S., like the ones carrying out the attack at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Northern Nairobi. CAIR has also wielded its power to silence critics of the Al Qaeda offshoot—Somalia’s Al Shabaab—that stormed into the mall, murdered at least 68 and took dozens of hostages.

Several of the jihadists involved in the attack are Somalis from Minnesota, according to a mainstream news report. They include 22-year-old Ahmed Mohamed Isse of St. Paul and 24-year-old Abdifatah Osman Keenadiid of Minneapolis. In the last few years the FBI and Congress have launched probes into the radicalization of the Somali American community in Minnesota. Al Shabaab recruits young men in local mosques and ships them off to train and fight in Somalia.

CAIR, an Islamic terrorist front group that reportedly raises money for Hamas, has interfered with the U.S. government’s investigation into this operation. A few years ago it actually hampered an FBI probe into the disappearance of dozens of Twin Cities Somali men. Many in the local Somali community denounced CAIR’s actions, saying that the group was actually discouraging them from cooperating with the FBI.

During congressional testimony, the uncle of one of the missing men—recruited and radicalized by Al Shabaab—blasted CAIR for instructing the Somali American community not to cooperate with law enforcement and standing blindly behind the mosque that radicalized his nephew. “CAIR held meetings for some members of the community and told them not to talk to the FBI, which was a slap in the face for the Somali American Muslim mothers who were knocking on doors day and night with pictures of their missing children and asking for the community to talk to law enforcement about what they know of the missing kids,” Abdirizak Bihi told the House Committee on Homeland Security.

CAIR has also tried to silence critics of Al Shabaab in parts of Minnesota that have been impacted by the Al Qaeda affiliate. A few years ago CAIR blasted two Minneapolis Muslim activists for participating in a seminar (“Al Shabaab: An Islamic Extremist Terrorism Organization”) about the Islamic terrorist group in Somalia. Among other things CAIR said the seminar failed to distinguish between Islam and terrorism and that it offered inaccurate and biased information about Muslims and Somalis.

During the Obama administration we’ve seen CAIR gain tremendous power and influence, which is incredibly alarming considering the group has extensive links to foreign and domestic Islamists. It was founded in 1994 by three Middle Eastern extremists (Omar Ahmad, Nihad Awad and Rafeeq Jaber) who ran the American propaganda wing of Hamas, known then as the Islamic Association for Palestine. In 2008 CAIR was a co-conspirator in a federal terror-finance case involving the Hamas front group Holy Land Foundation. Read more in a Judicial Watch special report that focuses on Muslim charities.

Yet last year President Obama’s deputies held hundreds of closed-door meetings with CAIR officials. Little information was discussed publicly about the secret sessions, but the news organization that broke the story quoted a White House director saying that government departments and agencies discussed a “range of issues.”

Around the same time, the FBI purged its anti-terrorism training curricula of material determined to be “offensive” to Muslims. Judicial Watch uncovered this scandal and obtained the FBI records just a few weeks ago. CAIR is not specifically named but the records show that an undisclosed group of “Subject Matter Experts” (SME) determined the federal training material was offensive to Muslims. Just last month, several police departments in Illinois cancelled their anti-terrorism training because CAIR complained that the instructor was blatantly anti-Muslim.

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  • Geppetto

    Is Obama and all his advisors and confidants ignorant concerning CAIR and its checkered reputation and past? This administration is aiding and abetting Jihadists. Whether ignorant or intentional it is happening because CAIR and other Muslim Brotherhood front groups have successfully demonized and marginalized all who dare to speak the obvious. Their success in having all relevant references to any connection of Islam, Muslim, Sharia, Mohammad or the Koran with terrorism, effectively blinding law enforcement, the military and the public to the facts surrounding what can only be described as an evil cult, a society grounded in ignorance, superstition, bigotry and intent on the violent destruction of all things non-Muslim, a Jihad sanctified in their holiest of texts. This community of Muslims rail against what they refer to as the vile nature of the west, its music, its dress, its attitudes about women, homosexuality, etc., shouting death to America and death to Israel. They hate us while they commit the vilest of acts, murder, rape, torture, etc. while extolling their superiority over all non-Muslims and their intent to subdue or murder the unbelievers. Talk about a twisted, illogical, violent mindset, one that will never be won over by western overtures about liberty, democracy, freedom of the individual and religion. The so called “hearts and minds.” It’s not a strategy. It’s a fools errand.

  • PRCS

    And, please. Radical Islamists? Would they be less worrisome if they just weren’t “radical”?

    There is no such thing as “radical” Islam or “radical” Islamists.

  • PRCS

    Radicalization? Have Catholics who have decided, after years of marriage, to comply with the church’s teachings on contraception been radicalized, too?

    Extremists? Is the Pope an extremist, too?

    How, exactly, have “moderate” Muslims who have decided, after years of minimal compliance, to try to comply with the Qur’an’s every word been radicalized? Have they really become “extremists” by doing so?

    Or do such phrases and notions merely reflect an ignorance of Islam’s written teachings, commands and expectations.

    There are no legitimate alternative interpretations of the Qur’an, Sura 5:38, which clearly commands the amputation of thieves’ hands. Indeed, my copy of the Qur’an, provided by CAIR, unashamedly explains WHY it’s done. So, when Muslims amputate thieves’ hands, as has recently been done in Somalia and Mali, why am I supposed to believe that Muslims who carry out such “divinely” mandated tenets of the shari’ah have been “radicalized” and are “extremists”? Why am I supposed to believe that they have “twisted” or “hijacked” Islam?

    The Qur’an is Islam’s primary, written document. The ugly truth, that we must come to grips with, is that Islam has no legitimate place in a democracy because of what it actually says, that virtually all Muslims know what it says (amputations and all), and that some Muslims endeavor to full compliance—as numerous attacks by Muslims, in the name of Islam, make abundantly clear.

  • Prospector69

    Just more political tripe. The Administration, DOJ and FBI all swore an oath to defend the country from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. In years past, would the FBI make nice with the Mafia, MS-13, the Columbian Drug Cartel or any other group like KKK. I think not. They would go after them. If criminal activity was found, they would be arrested, charged and tried. Not pandered to.

  • ChasVoice

    Individuals from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) visited the White House at least 20 times starting in 2009. In 2008, CAIR was listed as an un-indicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorist money laundering case in U.S. history – the trial of the Holy Land Foundation in which five HLF officials were convicted of funneling money to Hamas.

    U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Solis later ruled that, “The Government has produced ample evidence to establish the association” of CAIR to Hamas, upholding their designations as unindicted co-conspirators. In 2008, the FBI formally ended all contact with CAIR because of its ties to Hamas.

    In January 2004, Hussam Ayloush, executive director of CAIR’s Los Angeles office, publicly defended Palestinian terror attacks in comments before Muslim students at the University of California – Los Angeles, saying that terrorists were exercising their “legitimate right” to defend themselves against Israeli occupation.

    Ayloush, who was a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., casts the United States as controlled by Israeli interests. At a 2008 CAIR banquet in San Diego, he imagined “an America that respects and humanizes religion. It’s an America that is free to act on its values and not on the interests of any foreign lobby.” In 2004, he said that the war on terror had become a “war on Muslims.” Ayloush attended at least two White House meetings.

    The logs show Ayloush met with Paul Monteiro, associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement on July 8, 2011 and Amanda Brown, assistant to the White House director of political affairs Patrick Gaspard, on June 6, 2009.

    According to reliable sources, Monteiro was White House liaison for secret contacts with CAIR, especially with Ayloush. IPT has learned that the White House logs curiously have omitted Ayloush’s three meetings with two other senior White House officials. SOURCE: http://chasvoice.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-red-carpet-for-radical-islamists-at.html

  • ChasVoice


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