Billoo is still associated with Muslamics, as is her CAIR colleague Affad Shaikh, and the link to al-Awlaki’s official site still remains.
Billoo is not the only leader of CAIR-SFBA with an extremist past. Omar Ahmad, the former National Chairman and co-founder of CAIR, is an Executive Committee Member of CAIR-SFBA.
From May 2007 through November 2008, Ahmad, along with the national CAIR organization, was named by the United States Justice Department a co-conspirator for two federal trials dealing with the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas. In the end, all of the defendants, which included five leaders of the American Hamas financing arm, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), were found guilty of all charges.
Prior to becoming National Chairman of CAIR, Ahmad was the President of the American propaganda wing of Hamas and CAIR’s parent organization, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP).
On wiretaps recorded by the FBI in 1993, Ahmad was heard professing his loyalty to Hamas and Hamas’ founder and spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin.
CAIR’s connection to extremism and terrorism has understandably caught the attention of the FBI. The court trials and wiretaps are mere highlights of this attention, and following the guilty verdicts of the HLF trial, the FBI severed all formal ties with the group.
When Zahra Billoo and CAIR-SFBA posted the advertisement on their website telling their followers not to speak to the FBI, they did so with an overt animosity towards the government agency.
CAIR has claimed that it does not appreciate the FBI’s investigations regarding the American Muslim community. What CAIR really does not appreciate is the FBI’s investigations regarding CAIR.
Joe Kaufman is the Chairman of Americans Against Hate and the founder of CAIR Watch. He has been responsible for the closure of at least one terror-related charity and has convinced a number of government officials to shun the Hamas front group, CAIR. In June 2009, he won a lawsuit brought against him by seven Dallas-area radical Muslim organizations
Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.
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