In late August, the Center for American Progress issued a 130-page pamphlet called Fear Inc.: The Roots of the Islamphobia Network in America. It was filled with inaccuracy, misrepresentation and slander against American critics of Muslim extremism, especially those who have pointed out the efforts to make “Islamophobia,” a coinage of the Muslim Brotherhood, a “thought crime,” thereby silencing those who discuss Islamist violence against women, murder of homosexuals, etc. That this publication came from a George Soros-backed organization such as the CAP, deeply networked with leading figures in the Democratic Party establishment, rather than from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) or one of its other front groups, was a tremendous victory for the Muslim Brotherhood and its effort to kill free speech on Islamic issues. That the report was conceived of as a weapon in the attack on America was proven by the fact that its “findings” were immediately trumpeted by the Islamic Republic of Iran and reprinted by its state-run propaganda agency. The new section in our pamphlet, Islamophobia: Thought Crime of the Totalitarian Future, deals with this phenomenon. It is printed below:
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American Liberals and Iranian Mullahs Peddle Fear
Continuing the train of attacks by American leftists on critics of Islamic misogyny and terror, the Center for American Progress issued a new Islamophobia report in August 2011, and received widespread publicity for its allegations on Internet sites like HuffingtonPost and cable news networks like MSNBC. The slickly produced 130-page document called Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America required a year to write, according to its authors, but followed the same basic lines of argument, repeated the same unsubstantiated accusations, and vilified the same “Islamophobes” as the “reports” by CAIR and FAIR.
A striking feature of the new report, on the other hand, was that it was not produced by a fringe leftist group like FAIR or a Muslim Brotherhood front like CAIR. The Center for American Progress is a Democratic Party brain trust headed by former White House chief of staff John Podesta, and funded by George Soros and others. Gaining the backing of the Democratic Party in its campaign to suppress its critics had to be ranked as one of the most significant victories to date for the Muslim Brotherhood, whose claims and concepts the new report rehashed.
One of the five authors of Fear, Inc. was Wajahat Ali, who had been featured on the Center for American Progress’s CAIR-inspired panel the year before. In college, Ali was a board member of the Muslim Students Association, which is, as previously noted, a Muslim Brotherhood front. Ali is a fanatic supporter of the Islamic jihad. When the U.S. prosecutors indicted the Holy Land Foundation for funding the terrorist organization Hamas, Ali denounced the prosecution as a pro-Israel policy and a notch on the Bush Administration’s “get a terrorist club.” He also rushed to the defense of Palestinian Islamic jihad leader Sami al-Arian when the latter was prosecuted (and eventually deported) for terrorist activities. Ali called him “one of the earliest victims of the ‘war on terror.” On his Internet blog, Ali also criticized certain elements of the left as Muslim-haters (i.e., Islamophobes) because they “have certain beliefs contradictory to radical feminist and gay ideologies.” Ali was thus a revealing choice as one of the authors of a report attacking critics of Islamic misogyny, gay-hatred and terror.
The glossy photograph on the cover of Fear, Inc. is a photograph of the building that houses the Islamic Center of North America (ICNA), with the words “Go Home” painted in red across its front. The photo encapsulates the report’s message that “Islamophobia” – or hatred directed against all Muslims — is a serious problem in America. But that is not what the photo shows. The Islamic Center of North America is not an unpolitical, inclusive Muslim group. Instead, ICNA is a well-known Muslim Brotherhood front, and a spearhead of the jihadist attack on America’s secular and inclusive civilization.
The theme of Fear, Inc. is that the movement to oppose attempts to institute Sharia law in the American legal system and to erect symbols of Islamic conquest like the Ground Zero Mosque are the work of a sinister cabal created by conservative foundations, largely Jewish, whose mission is to stir up hatred against all Muslims. The specifics of Fear, Inc.’s indictment imitate its CAIR and FAIR predecessors in distorting the positions of its victims, and twisting associated facts beyond recognition.
What distinguishes Fear, Inc., on the other hand, is its focus on the alleged financial “machine” behind the Islamophobia campaign. This is composed of seven foundations, many of which happen to be run by Jews – a point emphasized at several points by the authors. The recipients of the foundations’ largess are eight organizations, which according to the report have received $42 million for Islamophobia agendas over a nine-year period. But this figure represents the total funding received by organizations such as the Center for Security Policy and the David Horowitz Freedom Center, while in fact these institutions devote many of their program activities – and funds received – to causes unrelated to the threat from the Islamic jihad. Moreover, the alleged sums are far smaller than the funds available to the Islamic supremacist groups and their progressive allies that have produced and promoted the “Islamophobia” reports.
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