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CAIR – anything but 'American'
Posted By Joseph Farah On 12/04/2007 @ 1:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
I’m proud of my friend and colleague Michael Savage today for standing up against the un-American bullies at the so-called “Council on American-Islamic Relations.”
I’m here to endorse his lawsuit and offer any help he needs in combating these thugs who seek to narrow the public debate in America, apparently to conform to the wishes and standards of their foreign supporters in some of the most vicious police states in the world.
This is an important case. It’s about the defense of freedom of speech. It’s about the defense of truth. It’s about the defense of justice. And it’s about fighting for the American way.
But I also want to share some information to consider that is not addressed in this lawsuit.
CAIR, a powerful and well-funded lobby group, has been targeting Savage’s radio advertisers with a campaign of lies and intimidation. Every single advertiser has been pressured, and a few have caved in to the heavy-handed threats.
Each of us who cares about preserving Savage’s unique voice on the airwaves needs to pull out all the stops in support of the advertisers who remain. I have done this already. I urge you to do the same.
Likewise, you need to know who and what this group is really all about.
In April 2005, the founder of the Texas chapter of CAIR, Ghassan Elashi was found guilty of supporting terrorism – the third CAIR figure to be convicted on federal terrorism charges since 9/11. Elashi, along with two brothers, was convicted in Dallas of channeling funds to a high-ranking official of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzook.
CAIR is a spin-off of the Richardson, Texas-based Islamic Association For Palestine, or IAP, which was founded by Marzook. Former FBI counterterrorism chief Oliver Revell has called the IAF “a front organization for Hamas that engages in propaganda for Islamic militants.”
Marzook, deputy chief of Hamas’ political bureau in Syria, founded the IAP in 1991. At its conferences in the United States, the IAP hosted leaders of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. Marzook was deported in 1997.
It was not the first conviction for Elashi. As chairman of the Holy Land Foundation charity in Dallas, Elashi was convicted last year of making illegal technology shipments to two countries on the U.S. list of terrorist-sponsoring states, Libya and Syria. Four brothers, including Bayan and Basman, also were convicted.
Other CAIR figures convicted since 9/11 are Randall Todd “Ismail” Royer, a former communications specialist and civil-rights coordinator, and Bassem Khafagi, former director of community relations.
Royer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges he trained in Virginia for holy war against the United States and sent several members to Pakistan to join Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Kashmiri terrorist group with reported ties to al-Qaida.
In a plea bargain, Royer claimed he never intended to hurt anyone, but admitted he organized the holy warriors after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
After his arrest, Royer sought legal counsel from Hamas lawyer Stanley Cohen, who said after 9/11 he would consider serving as a defense lawyer for Osama bin Laden if the al-Qaida leader were captured.
Khafagi, was arrested in January 2003, while serving with CAIR, and convicted on fraud and terrorism charges.
Current CAIR leaders also have made statements in support of Hamas and the domination of the United States by Islam.
As WorldNetDaily reported, CAIR’s chairman of the board, Omar Ahmad, was cited by a California newspaper in 1998 declaring the Quran should be America’s highest authority. He also was reported to have said Islam is not in America to be equal to any other religion, but to be dominant.
Ask yourselves if this group has the moral authority to be determining who broadcasts on American radio.
It’s time to choose sides in this fight.
Do you support the right of one of America’s most popular radio talk-show hosts to air his unadulterated views?
Or do you support the brown-shirt tactics of those who want to Islamicize the United States of America?
Once you’ve chosen sides, put your money where your mouth is.
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