Dozens of Muslims flocked into a small town house on Capitol Hill to take a big step, last week. Their goal, to raise funds needed to elect Andre Carson of Indianapolis, IN as the second Muslim to the halls of Congress.
The Carson for Congress fundraiser was held last Wednesday night, February 6th doors from the national headquarters of the Muslim civil rights organization, CAIR.
So who is CAIR? The Council On American Islam Relations, also known as CAIR, was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror case. As Front Page magazine reported last year:
It started out as an investigation into U.S.-based financing of Hamas terrorist operations, which was bad enough. But as federal investigators developed a matrix of suspects, they discovered a possible 9/11 connection.
The Holy Land Foundation terror case has already touched the top Muslim lobby in Washington -- the Council on American-Islamic Relations -- which U.S. prosecutors recently named as an unindicted co-conspirator.
A former senior CAIR official is among five indicted figures in the major terror-funding case. It turns out he is related by marriage to a key suspect in the conspiracy -- a radical Muslim cleric and activist who authorities have linked to al-Qaida.
In fact, they say the cleric is closely connected to the spiritual adviser to the 9/11 hijackers.
Federal investigators have learned that imam Mohammed El-Mezain -- who goes on trial next month with one of CAIR's founding board members -- once lived in the same small Colorado apartment complex with another imam accused of preparing some of the hijackers for their "martyrdom" operation.
El-Mezain and imam Anwar Aulaqi later moved to San Diego, where Aulaqi held closed-door meetings with the al-Qaida hijackers. The two radical clerics also organized pilgrimages to Mecca together, including one made just months before the 9/11 attacks.
Have you heard enough? According to WorldNetDaily, the group's former chairman has said, "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith but to become dominant." Investor's Daily Business described CAIR as "the PR machine of militant Islam." Challenging the group's claim to be the "right messengers" for American Muslims, the magazine replied: "And who might that be? The four CAIR executives who have been successfully prosecuted on terrorism-related charges? The CAIR co-founder who said the Quran should replace the U.S. Constitution as 'the highest authority in America'?" Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), a member of Carson's own political party, rescinded an award she gave to a CAIR official according to Newsweek. "After directing her staff to look into CAIR, Boxer 'expressed concern' about some past statements and actions by the group, as well as assertions by some law enforcement officials that it 'gives aid to international terrorist groups,' according to Natalie Ravitz, the senator’s press spokeswoman," the magazine reported. And two other prominent Democratic senators had this to say about CAIR:
Senator Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat who has been steadfast in his efforts to uncover the nexus of Hamas front groups in the U.S., was ruthless in his portrayal of CAIR as part of an international terror network. In his opening remarks, Senator Schumer stated that prominent members of CAIR—referring specifically to Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmed—have “intimate links with Hamas.” Later, he remarked that “we know [CAIR] has ties to terrorism.”
Even Senator Richard Durbin, who has made common cause with some of America’s Wahhabi-backed groups, came down hard on CAIR. In his final comments he conceded that CAIR is “unusual in its extreme rhetoric and its associations with groups that are suspect,” and requested that the committee seek the testimony of mainstream Muslim groups in its place in the future.
Will you hear more on this from our local news media? Don't count on it.