Council on American-Islamic Relations

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), officially Washington Trust Foundation (WTF) [1] is a terrorist propaganda organization based in Washington D.C. whose stated aim is to portray "a positive image of Islam" through public relations and the media. CAIR was founded by three leaders of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), in June of 1994.[2] The group's executive director is a Hamas supporter.[3]

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Overview

  • CAIR maintains it is simply a Muslim-rights group, but the Justice Department says it is a front group not only for Hamas, but for its parent the radical Muslim Brotherhood – a worldwide jihadist movement that prosecutors say has a secret plan to impose Shariah law on the U.S.[4]
  • "From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists," said assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon Kromberg in a separate court filing. [4]

The Washington Times calls CAIR a pressure group which is "eager to pull down the nation's homeland-security procedures" [3]

CAIR leadership has been criticized for supporting Hezbollah and Hamas.[5]

The Co-founder of CAIR, Omar Ahmad, has publicly stated:

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.[6]
Ahmad has said he was misquoted, but the experienced reporter and noted terror expert Daniel Pipes, who heard him say it, stands by his story's accuracy.

Spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told the Star Tribune "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, but I'm not going to do anything violent to promote that. I'm going to do it through education."[7]

CAIR supported the anti-Capitalist Occupy Wall Street-movement.[8]

CAIR wants prayer rooms for Muslims in schools.[9]

Federal Court Designation as Terrorist Group

A federal judge has determined that the Justice Department provided "ample evidence" to designate CAIR as an unindicted terrorist co-conspirator, in fact a front for Hamas. The ruling, handed down July 1, 2010, was unsealed on November 26, 2010. [10]

Controversy

CAIR is registered as a lobbying group and is required by tax laws to report to the IRS contributions over $5,000. The organization skirts disclosure laws by playing a shell game with 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) branches. This allows CAIR to hide donations from foreigners, "make it possible to collect millions of dollars from oil-rich Muslim nations without disclosure."[11]

CAIR tends to name right-leaning organizations as a hate site, "Islamophobes". In addition they name individuals, “whose primary purpose is to promote prejudice against or hatred of Islam and Muslims and whose work regularly demonstrates Islamophobic themes.”[12] Some of the organizations targeted include Fox News, The Washington Times, The Rush Limbaugh Show, The Mark Levin Show, National Review, Christian Broadcasting Network, Family Security Matters and the American Center for Law and Justice. Some individuals targeted include Herman Cain, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), David Yerushalmi, Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), Walid Shoebat.

There is controversy over whether they are a civil liberties group or just posing as one.[13] [14]

The CAIR has publicly condemned terrorism since their report following the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing[15] and since September 11, 2001, has complied a 68 page list of its various anti-terrorism campaigns [16]. Most recently, CAIR joined many Americans in welcoming the death of Osama Bin Laden [17]. However, in the early 1990s CAIR was affiliated with several groups connected to Hamas and several individuals connected to it claimed to support Hamas. Most notable of these is former IAP officer Nihad Awad, the group's executive director.[2] This, along with the Department of Justice's decision to initially list CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation prosecution, has led to confusion as to whether the group supports Hamas, a known terrorist organization. CAIR claims to address these allegations on its website.[18]

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