NEWSLETTER

June 8, 2012

A Case Of The Stupids

The Obama administration has admitted to holding "hundreds" of closed-door meetings with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2007/8 Holy Land Foundation trial, and a jihad-linked lobbying group widely-viewed as a front group for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood (see below).

As Andrew McCarthy has written

"CAIR's purpose is to further what the Muslim Brotherhood calls its "grand jihad" to destroy America from within. That is why it is consistently a cheerleader for Islamist terrorists and a thorn in the side of American national security...

A key tactic in carrying out [its] supremacist agenda is to suppress its critics. With their media acumen, CAIR operatives know there is nothing more debilitating for a public figure in America than to be portrayed as a racist or a bigot. Islamists have thus coined the phrase "Islamophobe" to stigmatize those who dare speak forthrightly about the extremely troubling aspects of Islamic scripture, particularly of sharia, Islam's legal and political framework."

And these are the folks with whom the Obama administration has held “hundreds” of meetings? So much is known about CAIR and its deceptive practices (e.g., check out Andrew McCarthy’s excellent article “Director Mueller, Say No to CAIR and Dave Gaubatz’s excellent book, “Muslim Mafia”), that even a case of the stupids here on the part of the Obama administration, would border on criminally stupid.

As for the "Islamophobe" card, which CAIR likes to play and play often, it's the US government and politically-correct appeasers who enable it. Phobia is an irrational fear of something, yet there is nothing irrational about people's fear of Islam. Decades of horrific experiences with Islamists have taught us that there is indeed much to be feared (e.g., 9/11; countless terrorist attacks and attempted attacks throughout the world; the so-called war on terror, war in Afghanistan, etc.).

So to the habitual "Islamophobe" accusers and chronically-indignant, we say: Direct your ire and indignation towards the so-called radicals whom you claim distort or pervert your religion. They're the ones who give your religion a bad name, by sowing violence, misery and fear wherever they go. (The fact that Islamic countries are bastions of repression, torture and subjugation may make your case that much harder to prove, but nevertheless focus that laser-beam attention of yours on those who commit atrocities in the name of your religion, instead of on those who fail to appreciate the peacefulness of it.)

We'll end with the requisite "are all Muslims terrorists?" Of course not, but 99.99% of terrorists are Muslim, which begs the question: What it is about Islam that causes so many of its followers to murder, maim, intimidate and destroy in its name?

Daily Caller  |  June 8, 2012

Administration Admits To 'Hundreds' Of Meetings With Jihad-Linked Group

By Neil Munro

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President Barack Obama's deputies are holding "hundreds" of closed-door meetings with a jihad-linked lobbying group that is widely derided by critics as a U.S. arm of the theocratic Muslim Brotherhood.

The admission of meetings with the Council on American-Islamic Relations came from George Selim, the White House's new director for community partnerships, which was formed in January to ensure cooperation by law enforcement and social service agencies with Muslim identity groups in the United States.

"There is hundreds of examples of departments and agencies that meet with CAIR on a range of issues," he told The Daily Caller, after being asked if his office refuses to meet with any Muslim groups.

CAIR is "the group with the worst record of deception and the deepest ties to terrorists," said Steven Emerson, the director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, which tracks the public activities of Islamist lobbying groups.

"The White House is so clueless and/or compromised" when dealing with the brotherhood, said Robert Spencer, the author of several books about Islam and jihad. CAIR, he said, is "the political front of a radically repressive, Jew-hating, woman-hating organization."

The House of Representatives last month prodded the Department of Justice to end all contacts with CAIR.

"The [appropriations] committee understands that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has an existing policy prohibiting its employees from engaging in any formal non-investigative cooperation with CAIR [and] the committee encourages the attorney general to adopt a similar policy for all department officials," said the committee report accompanying the 2013 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill, passed in mid-May by the House.

TheDC interviewed Selim during a June 7 State Department conference on diversity that was hosted by the Office of the Special Representative to Muslim Communities.

After he admitted the extensive ties, Selim declined to explain further. He walked away, but returned to insist to TheDC that it cannot record his comments.

The office's deputy director, Adnan Kifayat, also berated TheDC for taping the interview with Selim. "That was wrong... it is really bad form," he said.

"You're putting a career at risk by asking [questions] without telling him... you cannot ambush people and expect them to actually cooperate," Kifayet said, adding that TheDC could have committed a felony by recording Selim when he was using a cellphone shortly before the interview.

Kifayat's boss is Farah Pandith. She is a Muslim born in Kashmir, which is divided between India and Pakistan. Jihad groups from Pakistan have attacked Indian civilians and soldiers in the province since 1949 when India and Pakistan split amid a bloody war.

Selim's outreach office is controversial because critics say its cooperation policy accepts the separatist demand by CAIR and other Muslim advocacy groups that they – not elected politicians – represent the nation's 2 million-plus Muslim residents and citizens.

"It's an outrage that the administration empowers such bad actors and ignores the courageous moderate Muslims who stand up to these self-anointed hucksters," said Emerson.

Those excluded American-style Muslims include Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy.

However, the White House's cooperation with Muslim groups complements the Democratic Party's diversity strategy.

That strategy seeks to accumulate votes from a discordant variety of minority groups, including Muslims and feminists, Jews, gays, Latinos and African-Americans. The party's Muslim outreach is focused on Michigan and Illinois, which are home to significant numbers of Muslim immigrants.

CAIR is especially controversial because of its many links to the theocratic Muslim Brotherhood, whose political wing is set to dominate Egyptian politics since the 2011 departure of Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak.

Kifayat's boss is Farah Pandith. She is a Muslim born in Kashmir, which is divided between India and Pakistan. Jihad groups from Pakistan have attacked Indian civilians and soldiers in the province since 1949 when India and Pakistan split amid a bloody war.

Selim's outreach office is controversial because critics say its cooperation policy accepts the separatist demand by CAIR and other Muslim advocacy groups that they – not elected politicians – represent the nation's 2 million-plus Muslim residents and citizens.

"It's an outrage that the administration empowers such bad actors and ignores the courageous moderate Muslims who stand up to these self-anointed hucksters," said Emerson.

Those excluded American-style Muslims include Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy.

However, the White House's cooperation with Muslim groups complements the Democratic Party's diversity strategy.

That strategy seeks to accumulate votes from a discordant variety of minority groups, including Muslims and feminists, Jews, gays, Latinos and African-Americans. The party's Muslim outreach is focused on Michigan and Illinois, which are home to significant numbers of Muslim immigrants.

CAIR is especially controversial because of its many links to the theocratic Muslim Brotherhood, whose political wing is set to dominate Egyptian politics since the 2011 departure of Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak.

In 2009, a judge confirmed the Justice Department's decision to name CAIR as an unindicted conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation conspiracy to smuggle funds to HAMAS, which is a jihadi affiliate of the Egypt-based brotherhood. Five men in the smuggling ring were sentenced to jail in 2009, including two who were given 65-year sentences... more here


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