Earlier this week, NewsRealblog reported that four Republican lawmakers, led by Rep. Sue Myrick of North Carolina (the others being Trent Franks of Arizona, Paul Broun of Georgia and John Shadegg of Arizona), were asking Congressional Sergeant-at-Arms Wilson Livingood to investigate whether the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a U.S. non-profit Muslim activist group associated with Islamist terrorist organizations such as Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, and al-Qaeda, has placed their operatives as “interns” on the staffs of members of targeted national security-related Congressional committees, including the Intelligence, Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees.
Myrick’s group is right to be concerned.
Since the September 11 attacks, 15 CAIR officials including its Executive Director, Nihad Awad and its founding Chairman, Omar Ahmad, have been either convicted or investigated on terror charges, or have fled the country. In 2008, CAIR was named as a co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism case in Dallas, Texas, which led to guilty verdicts on 108 charges based on funneling more than $12 million to Hamas.
Although they claim to be a benign group with no aim other than to protect the rights of all Muslim-Americans, CAIR’s leaders have gone on record as to what their real intentions are.
Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR’s Communications Director, wants to be perfectly clear:
Ibrahim Hooper: 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.
CAIR’s Executive Director goes further:
Nihad Awad: Muslims in America are in the best position to show Islam and to show action and to show vision, not only for a Muslim school how it should be run, but for the entire society — how it should be run. Who better can lead America than Muslims?
CAIR’s Founding Chairman, goes further still:
Omar Ahmad: Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Quran should be the highest authority in America.
Republicans aren’t alone in their distrust of CAIR. Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer (NY), one of the most liberal members in the Senate, went as far as to request that an FBI ban on cooperating with CAIR imposed last year “should be government-wide policy.”
Now, in light of Sen. Myrick’s request for an investigation, prompted, in part, by allegations put forth in a new book titled Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld that’s Conspiring to Islamize America by Paul Sperry and Paul David Gaubatz, CAIR’s backers are rallying to its defense.
And who has taken up the mantle as protector of the reputation of CAIR?
Is it Hamas? The Muslim Brotherhood? Al-Qaeda? The Saudi Government (CAIR’s main source of funding)?
Wrong on all counts. It is the United States Congress itself that has risen to the challenge!
Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman reports that the “Congressional TriCaucus,” a group composed of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Asian Caucus and the Hispanic Caucus, has raised its voice against any investigation of CAIR. Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.)–the first Muslim to be elected to the House of Representatives and staunch supporter of the Nation of Islam–was first off the line as the TriCaucus spokesman:
Rep. Keith Ellison: The idea that we should investigate Muslim interns as spies is a blow to the very principle of religious freedom that our founding fathers cherished so dearly.” If anything, we should be encouraging all Americans to engage in the U.S. political process; to take part in, and to contribute to, the great democratic experiment that is America.
In fact, even the thought of investigating CAIR is so repugnant to Ellison and the TriCaucus, that they put it in the same category as a McCarthy-style witch-hunt:
Rep. Keith Ellison: These charges smack of America sixty years ago, where lists of ‘un-American’ agitators were identified. We should be affirming the importance of diversity and tolerance for all interns and staff who serve in Congress, without suspicion of being identified as spies. The idea that we should investigate Muslim interns as spies is a blow to the very principle of religious freedom that our Founding Fathers cherished so dearly.
The barbarians, as they say, are no longer at the gate. Somebody has opened the door and let them inside.