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Muslims exposing terrorism slammed by Muslim CAIR
Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 11/18/2011 @ 1:00 am In Politics,World | Comments Disabled
A prominent Islamic group in Washington indicted as a co-conspirator in a massive terror-finance plot is slamming Muslims who are exposing a Somali terrorist group affiliated with al-Qaida and its recruitment of young immigrants to the Midwest.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations – which has seen more than a dozen of its leaders investigated or convicted in terror-related cases – called Minneapolis activists Omar Jamal and Abdirizak Bihi “anti-Muslim” for their participation in a seminar in St. Paul on Somali culture Nov. 10 that included a discussion about the terrorist group al-Shabaab, according to the Investigative Project on Terrorism
CAIR’s Minnesota chapter was particularly angry about a session led by Jamal and Bihi titled “Al Shabaab: An Islamic Extremist Terrorism Organization.”
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CAIR and nearly 30 other groups complained that the description of al-Shabaab “fails to distinguish between Islam and terrorism,” the IPT reported.
The seminar was sponsored by the Center for Somalia History Studies, an organization founded earlier this year by former Ramsey County, Minn., Sheriff Bob Fletcher.
The president of CAIR’s Minnesota chapter, A. Lori Saroya, complained that conference attendees would “receive inaccurate and biased information about Muslims and Somalis.”
CAIR-MN previously came under fire for refusing to criticize al-Shabaab.
U.S. counter-terrorism officials regard CAIR as a front group for the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood, the parent of most of the major Islamic terrorist groups, including Hamas and al-Qaida. CAIR and some of its leaders were named unindicted co-conspirators in the largest terror finance case in U.S. history. The Washington, D.C.-based group is suing a father-and-son team that conducted an undercover probe that came up with 12,000 pages of internal documents confirming CAIR’s role as a front for the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas in the U.S. The findings were published in the WND Books best-selling expose “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America”
Minneapolis Star-Tribune columnist Jon Tevlin said he heard no criticism of Islam during the presentation at the St. Paul conference. The emphasis was on the 20 young Somali men who have been lured from the Twin Cities to fight with al-Shabaab
Tom Lyden, a reporter for Fox 9 News in Minneapolis, said Jamal and Bihi are targets because they “were the first to blow the whistle on the effort to recruit Minnesotan Somalis for terrorism in Somalia,” according to ITP.
He noted that three of the men who disappeared from the Twin Cities later became suicide bombers for al-Shabaab in Kenya and Somalia.
Lyden believes CAIR’s real objection is to Bihi’s “outspoken stance that some local mosques have fostered an environment that encouraged the radicalization of young Somali men”
In an interview with IPT, Bihi criticized CAIR and local mosque officials for hindering Somali cooperation with the FBI.
Lyden he has tried unsuccessfully for nearly three years to get CAIR to comment on the Somali youth who have left Minnesota to fight for al-Shabaab but has received no response.
“For an organization that is supposed to represent Muslim Americans, I think that silence is particularly strange,” he wrote on his blog.
Rogues gallery of terror-tied CAIR leaders
As former FBI agent Mike Rolf acknowledges in “Muslim Mafia,” “CAIR has had a number of people in positions of power within the organization that have been directly connected to terrorism and have either been prosecuted or thrown out of the country.” According to another FBI veteran familiar with recent and ongoing cases involving CAIR officials, “Their offices have been a turnstile for terrorists and their supporters.”
A review of the public record, including federal criminal court documents, past IRS 990 tax records and Federal Election Commission records detailing donor occupations, reveals that CAIR has been associated with a disturbing number of convicted terrorists or felons in terrorism probes, as well as suspected terrorists and active targets of terrorism investigations. The list is long and includes:
FBI agents arresting CAIR founding director Ghassan Elashi in 2002.
Al-Hanooti, who emigrated to the U.S. from Iraq, formerly helped run a suspected Hamas terror front called LIFE for Relief and Development. Its Michigan offices also were raided in September 2006. In 2004, LIFE’s Baghdad office was raided by U.S. troops, who seized files and computers. Al-Hanooti is related to Sheik Mohammed al-Hanooti, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Muthanna al-Hanooti, wearing traditional headgarb
“Al-Hanooti collected over $6 million for support of Hamas,” according to a 2001 FBI report, and was present with CAIR and Holy Land officials at a secret Hamas fundraising summit held in 1993 at a Philadelphia hotel. Prosecutors added his name to the list of unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land case.
Although Al-Hanooti denies supporting Hamas, he has praised Palestinian suicide bombers as “martyrs” who are “alive in the eyes of Allah.”
Imam Siraj Wahhaj
“Muslim Mafia,” citing co-author’s Sperry’s previous book “Infiltration” as well as terror expert Steven Emerson’s research, reports that Wahhaj, a black convert to Islam, is converting gang members to Islam and holding “jihad camps” for them. With a combination of Islam and Uzis, he has said, the street thugs will be a powerful force for Islam the day America “will crumble.”
Wahhaj was a key speaker at CAIR’s 15th annual fund-raising banquet in Arlington, Va., in 2009.
Jaghlit sent two letters accompanying donations – one for $10,000, the other for $5,000 – from the SAAR Foundation to Sami al-Arian, now a convicted terrorist. In each letter, according to a federal affidavit, “Jaghlit instructed al-Arian not to disclose the contribution publicly or to the media.”
Investigators suspect the funds were intended for Palestinian terrorists via a U.S. front called WISE, which at the time employed an official who personally delivered a satellite phone battery to Osama bin Laden. The same official also worked for Jaghlit’s group.
In addition, Jaghlit donated a total of $37,200 to the Holy Land Foundation, which prosecutors say is a Hamas front. Jaghlit subsequently was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the case.
During the meeting, according to FBI transcripts, Awad was recorded discussing the propaganda effort. He mentions Ghassan Dahduli, whom he worked with at the time at the Islamic Association for Palestine, another Hamas front. Both were IAP officers. Dahduli’s name also was listed in the address book of bin Laden’s personal secretary, Wadi al-Hage, who is serving a life sentence in prison for his role in the U.S. embassy bombings. Dahduli, an ethnic-Palestinian like Awad, was deported to Jordan after 9/11 for refusing to cooperate in the terror investigation. (An April 28, 2009, letter from FBI assistant director Richard C. Powers to Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz. – which singles out CAIR chief Awad for suspicion – explains how the group’s many Hamas connections caused the FBI to sever ties with CAIR.)
Awad’s and Dahduli’s phone numbers are listed in a Muslim Brotherhood document seized by federal investigators revealing “important phone numbers” for the “Palestine Section” of the Brotherhood in America. The court exhibit showed Hamas fugitive Mousa Abu Marzook listed on the same page with Awad.
(Though both Ahmad and Awad were senior leaders of IAP, the Hamas front, neither of their biographical sketches posted on CAIR’s website mentions their IAP past.)
“This country is facing a terrible fate, and the reason for that is because this country stands condemned,” Yusuf warned. “It stands condemned like Europe stood condemned because of what it did. And lest people forget, Europe suffered two world wars after conquering the Muslim lands.”
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