In January, CAIR called for the resignation of NYPD Police Commissioner for his department’s showing of a documentary titled “The Third Jihad” to about 1,500 police officers and for appearing in it. The film exposes the Islamist threat within the U.S. and exposes CAIR. The New York Times piled on, publishing articles that falsely quoted from the film and told its readers that it is a “hate-filled film.” The film is narrated by Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, a devout Muslim and has been endorsed by the American Islamic Leadership Council. The film’s producers released a rebuttal video. The NYPD decided to stop using the film.
On February 8, the FBI Director held a meeting with groups that included MPAC and the Islamic Society of North America, the latter of which was (like CAIR) designated as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the Holy Land trial and tied to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood by the federal government. The FBI said it was considering having these groups review the agency’s counter-terrorism training materials.
The Investigative Project on Terrorism reports that over 1,000 presentations on radical Islam were removed from training materials with the assistance of groups like these. The IPT states:
“The February 8 FBI meeting was the culmination of a series of unpublicized directives issued in the last three months by top FBI officials to all its field offices to immediately recall and withdraw any presentation or curricula on Islam throughout the entire FBI.
In fact, according to informed sources and undisclosed documents, the FBI directive was instigated by radical Muslim groups in the US who had repeatedly met with top officials of the Obama Administration to complain, among other things, that the mere usage of the term of ‘radical Islam’ in FBI curricula was ‘offensive’ and ‘racist.’”
The good news is that CAIR’s offensive against the NYPD spurred anti-Islamist Muslims into action. On Monday, a coalition of about 25 Muslim-American leaders and organizations held a rally to support the NYPD. They condemned CAIR, the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamism in general. This was the most direct challenge to the leadership of CAIR, MPAC and similar groups from within the Muslim community to date and it received significant media coverage.
Speakers at the rally also supported the NYPD’s investigations of the Muslim Students Association, a Muslim Brotherhood front. The NYPD is under fierce fire for its surveillance of some of its members and chapters.
“To CAIR, I say: We are Muslims, too. Who gave you the right to speak on our behalf? The Muslim Students Association keeps turning out terrorists like Aafia Siddiqui and Anwar al-Awlaki. They should be investigated,” said Tarek Fatah of the Muslim-Canadian Congress.
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, said, “If you look at arrests for terrorism, over the last 200 arrests, over 80% have been of Muslims and yet we are only one and a half percent of the population.” He ridiculed those who charge “Islamophobia” whenever the problem is confronted aggressively and appropriately.
The controversy over the NYPD has given an opportunity for law enforcement agencies to see the Islamist and the anti-Islamist leadership in the Muslim community. Unfortunately, there are still officials like LAPD Sheriff Lee Baca and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy who choose to embrace, and even help finance, the wrong side.
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