John R. Houk
© February 21, 2012
In March 2011 FBI Director Robert Mueller notified the public via House Judiciary testimony that the FBI had cut all ties with the Council on American-Islamic Affairs (CAIR) pertaining to consulting about FBI sensitivity concerning Muslims in America. Why, you may ask? It is because the largest trial connecting a Muslim Charity to financing Islamic terrorism (HLF trial) implicated many American-Islamic organizations to Hamas. CAIR was one of those Islamic organizations that were listed as an unindicted co-conspirator (Attachment A-III-11) in the HLF trial. Now a propaganda lie by Leftists and Islamic Apologists may be forthcoming that CAIR’s name was removed from the unindicted co-conspirator list by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals; however closer attention to the ruling shows the twisting of facts.
10/25/10 Our attention was caught by a JTA story that suggested all of us CAIR-haters may not have CAIR to kick around anymore because of a court decision. But after reading the article, and the Politico article upon which the JTA apparently relied, we decided to do something radical and read the actual opinion.
RELAX everyone, we still have CAIR to kick around. And ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) and NAIT (North American Islamic Trust). You see, the courts did NOT decide that CAIR or its fellow-terrorist-travelers are not actually terrorists or not actually terrorist enablers.
What the courts did was rule that the government should not have made public a document it attached to a brief in May, 2007, which the government then referred to as a list of unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing case. The case determined that the so called Islamic Charity actually existed almost exclusively to support Hamas, the Arab Palestinian terrorist entity.
In fact, thank you so much to CAIR and to ISNA and to NAIT. In the course of trying to get the courts to clear their “good” names, those organizations gave the courts and the government lawyers nearly half a dozen opportunities to point out that the government presented evidence during the trial of the organizations’ connections to Hamas. In other words – the fact that there was a violation of the organizations’ Fifth Amendment rights because the organizations were publicly named as having close connections to terrorist entities in a document – and the organizations had no opportunity to defend themselves in that document – really didn’t amount to a hill of beans because evidence was introduced at trial of those same connections. In fact, the government witness, testifying under oath, referred to CAIR as a Hamas front group.
So you would think that CAIR and fellow unindicted co-conspirators would continue to be anathema to the FBI as in consulting and in advisory situations, right?
The FBI under Director Robert Mueller and undoubtedly under the directive of the Obama Administration is bowing the knees to the will of Islamist groups at home (e.g. CAIR) and in foreign venues (e.g. Muslim Brotherhood) to stifle liberal pro-democracy Muslims from promoting a secular democratic government. I mean Mueller is consulting Hamas, Hezbollah, Muslim Brotherhood and MB affiliates in America about keeping the voice of reason submitted to Radical Islam.
The Obama Administration (and the Bush Administration beforehand) has gone to great efforts to proclaim America is not at war with Islam. On the other hand Muslims of the purist persuasion (i.e. radical, Salafist, Wahhabi, Twelver et al) are at war with America. It is these purist Muslims that the Obama Administration is working out secret deals with. Now if the secret deal is to leave America and Americans alone, honestly I don’t have a problem with that. AND YET the Obama Administration needs to be as wise as a serpent and peaceful as a dove, which means part of Radical Islam’s theopolitical ideology is to deceive us Liberty-minded non-Muslim Americans. The practice is called taqiyya. Muslim apologists don’t like the term “deception” (the practice of deliberately making somebody believe things that are not true – Encarta dictionary N. America) for taqiyya, rather they prefer “dissimulation” (to disguise or hide true feelings, thoughts, or intentions – Encarta dictionary N. America). The Muslim apologist prefers “dissimulation” for it connotes self-preservation rather than the old saying O what wicked web we weave when we set out to deceive. You see self-preservation is a defensive noble thing.
When radical Muslims pick a war by offensive acts of terrorism there is more of a sense of Islamic Supremacist imperialism rather than self-protection. Now when the war goes badly for Islamic terrorists and the battle is brought to their backyard certainly there is a sense of self-preservation because war is a dirty business. In any case I believe taqiyya is closer to deception since America is the superior technological and military nation in comparison to any nation in which Sharia Law is the basis for the rule of law.
This means the American government cannot trust Islamic terrorist organization or radical Islamic organization in any kind of secret negotiations. In essence the Obama Administration is lending more credence to radical Muslims than liberal Muslims.
The question has to be: Why would the Obama Administration legitimize Radical Islam over Liberal Islam when the latter would serve the long term National Interests better?
One obvious reason would be Obama receiving the political benefits of the lack of confrontation with Radical Islamic influences including the Taliban of Afghanistan and of Iranian client terrorists Hezbollah. Obama could claim his Administration has diffused confrontation between America and haters of America. In this sense Obama is thinking reelection strategy that benefits his campaign more than the citizens of the USA OR one of America’s closest ally in Israel. If true, it would be reprehensible.
Another possible reason for the Obama Administration favoring Radical Islamic organizations (including terrorists) is because American Leftists may view Radical Islam as the hand writing on the wall as far as the future concerns. In this view the Obama Administration would be single handedly transforming Foreign Affairs to favor cozying up to Sharia Law based nations as an easier path than protecting the Jewish State of Israel which would mean TOTALLY throwing Israel under the bus for destruction. If true, this is equally if not more so reprehensible!
ACT for America is joining Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) in exposing the agenda that Obama is using your tax dollars for with Radical Muslims. I am posting the email that was sent as an alert to me.
The FBI has been co-opted
Sent by ACT for America
Sent: 2/20/2012 1:02 PM
Why have we spent so much time ringing alarm bells about the Muslim Brotherhood? About its rise in the Middle East?
Why did we put together last fall a comprehensive resource package entitled “Unmasking the Enemy Among Us: Information Warfare and the Muslim Brotherhood” (available here)?
Because we have seen what’s coming, spelled out below in this must-read piece (highlights added) that recently appeared on the Investigative Project on Terrorism website. It begins with a note from Steven Emerson detailing how radical Muslim organizations have, for all practical purposes, successfully co-opted the FBI.
February 16, 2012
A note from Investigative Project on Terrorism Executive Director Steven Emerson:
Please take the time to read this very important story [below] written by a courageous Egyptian liberal intellectual about the Islamist and Muslim Brotherhood lobbies in Washington and the Obama Administration’s secret collaboration with these pro-terrorist, anti-Western, anti-women, anti-American and anti-Semitic organizations. This is one of the most important articles I have read in years.
It was just revealed two days ago that FBI Director Mueller secretly met on February 8 at FBI headquarters with a coalition of groups including various Islamist and militant Arabic groups who in the past have defended Hamas and Hizballah and have also issued blatantly anti-Semitic statements. At this meeting, the FBI revealed that it had removed more than 1000 presentations and curricula on Islam from FBI offices around the country that was deemed “offensive.” The FBI did not reveal what criteria was used to determine why material was considered “offensive” but knowledgeable law enforcement sources have told the IPT that it was these radical groups who made that determination. Moreover, numerous FBI agents have confirmed that from now on, FBI headquarters has banned all FBI offices from inviting any counter-terrorist specialists who are considered “anti-Islam” by Muslim Brotherhood front groups.
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.” And thus, directives went out by Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Mueller to censor all such material. Included in the material destroyed or removed by the FBI and the DOJ were powerpoints and articles that defined jihad as “holy war” or presentations that portrayed the Muslim Brotherhood as an organization bent on taking over the world—a major tenant that the Muslim Brotherhood has publicly stated for decades.
During the next several months, the IPT will be releasing a series of major investigative reports revealing the secret infiltration by and collaboration with radical Islamic organizations by the Obama administration that has spread to the National Security Council, the Dept of Justice, the FBI, the Dept of Homeland Security, the CIA and the State Department as well as local law enforcement.
Islamist Lobbies’ Washington War on Arab and Muslim Liberals
The most dramatic oppression of the region’s civil societies and the Arab Spring is not by means of weapons, or in the Middle East. It is not led by Gaddafi, Mubarak, Bin Ali, Saleh, or Assad. It is led by the powerful Islamist lobbies in Washington DC. People may find my words curious if not provocative. But my arguments are sharp and well understood by many Arab and middle eastern liberals and freedom fighters. Indeed, we in the region, who are struggling for real democracy, not for the one time election type of democracy have been asking ourselves since January 2011 as the winds of Arab spring started blowing, why isn’t the West in general and the United States Administration in particular clearly and forcefully supporting our civil societies and particularly the secular democrats of the region? Why were the bureaucracies in Washington and in Brussels partnering with Islamists in the region and not with their natural allies the democracy promoting political forces?
Months into the Arab Spring, we realized that the Western powers, and the Obama Administration have put their support behind the new authoritarians, those who are claiming they will be brought to power via the votes of the people. Well, it is not quite so.
The Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic Nahda of Tunisia, the Justice Party of Morocco and the Islamist militias in Libya’s Transitional National Council have been systematically supported by Washington at the expense of real liberal and secular forces. We saw day by day how the White House guided carefully the statements and the actions of the US and the State Department followed through to give all the chances to the Islamists and almost no chances to the secular and revolutionary youth. We will come back to detail these diplomatic and financial maneuvers which are giving victory to the fundamentalists while the seculars and progressives are going to be smashed by the forthcoming regimes.
In the US, there are interests that determine foreign policy. And there are lobbies that put pressure to get their objectives met in foreign policy. One of the most powerful lobbies in America under the Obama Administration is the Muslim Brotherhood greater lobby, which has been in action for many years. This lobby has secured many operatives inside the Administration and has been successful in directing US policy towards the Arab world. Among leading advisors sympathetic to the Ikhwan is Daliah Mogahed (Mujahid) and her associate, Georgetown Professor John Esposito. Just as shocking, there is also a pro-Iranian lobby that has been influencing US policy towards Iran and Hezbollah in the region.
One of the most important activities of the Islamist lobby in the US is the waging of political and media wars on the liberal Arabs and Middle Eastern figures and groups in America. This battlefield is among the most important in influencing Washington’s policies in the Arab world. If you strike at the liberal and democratic Middle Eastern groups in Washington who are trying to gain support for civil societies in the region, you actually win a major battle. You will be able to influence the resources of the US Government to support the Islamists in the Middle East and not the weak democrats. This huge war waged by the Islamist lobbies in America started at the end of the Cold war and continued all the way till the Arab spring. The two main forces of this lobby are the Muslim Brotherhood fronts and the Iranian fronts. According to research available in the US, the Ikhwan fronts such as CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), led by Hamas supporter Nihad Awad, as well as the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the Islamic Society of North America, and others waged their political war to block the representatives of Arab liberals and Muslim moderates from making their case to the American public. The Iranian lobby, exemplified by the National Iranian American Committee (NIAC), led by Trita Parsi, has been hitting at Iranian exiles.
Since the 1990s CAIR and its allies have attacked Copts, Southern Sudanese, Lebanese, Syrian reformers, Assyrians and Chaldeans, and Muslim dissidents in the United States. The Ikhwan of America demonized any publication, book, article, or interview in the national media or local press raising the issue of secular freedoms in the Middle East. The Islamists wanted to eliminate the liberal cause in the Arab world and replace it with the cause of the Islamists. What is also shocking is that CAIR and its allies stood by the oppressive regimes and visited them, claiming they speak on behalf of the peoples. CAIR and the Brotherhood fronts in America destroyed systematically every project that would have defended the seculars and liberals originating from the Middle East. The notorious and well-funded Islamists of the US allowed no book, documentary, or show on the liberals in Arab civil societies to see the light.
Thanks to this powerful lobbying campaign, the American public was not given a chance to learn about the deep feelings on the youth in the region. Americans were led to believe that all Muslims, all Arabs and all Middle Easterners were a strange species of humans who cannot appreciate freedom. Instead, the American Islamists, helped by apologists on the petrodollars payrolls, convinced the mainstream media that the Arab world has authoritarians and Islamists only.
Dr Shawki Karas, president of the American Coptic Association, told me in the late 1990s how he was harassed by Islamist activists for speaking up against the Mubarak regime and the Muslim Brotherhood in America. He was threatened with losing his job at the college where he taught. Reverend Keith Roderick, who has assembled a coalition of more than 50 group rights from the Muslim world, was severely attacked by the Islamists and was threatened to be removed from his church position. Muslim American leaders who are conservative and secular, such as Dr Zuhdi Jasser, were crucified by CAIR and the Brotherhood for daring to challenge the Party line of the Islamists in America and claiming that the Jihadists are the problem in the region. Muslim liberal dissidents such as Somali Ayan Hirsi Ali, Saudi Ali al Yammi, Syrian Farid Ghadri, Iranian Manda Ervin, and many others were trashed by the Islamist lobbies to block them from defending the causes of secular liberty in the US. Egyptian liberals as well as seculars and democracy activists from Iraq, Sudan, Syria, and other countries have been attacked by CAIR and allies. The pro-Iranian lobby targeted most Iranian-American groups and tried to discredit them, particularly with the rise of the Green Revolution in Iran. By smearing the Muslim liberal exiles, the Islamists were trying to destroy their causes in the mother countries. In the 1990s and the years that followed 9/11 the region’s dictators supported the efforts by Islamist lobbies to crush the liberal exiles. The Mubarak, Bashir, Gaddafi, Assad, and Khomeinist regimes fully supported the so-called Islamophobia campaign waged by CAIR and its Iranian counterpart NIAC against dissidents for calling for secular democracy in the region. The dissidents were accused of being pro-Western by both the Islamists and the dictators.
The Islamist lobbies also severely attacked members of the US Congress such as Democrats Tom Lantos, who has since passed away, Eliot Engel, Howard Berman, Gary Ackerman, and Joe Lieberman as well as Republicans Frank Wolfe, Chris Smith, Trent Franks, John McCain, Rick Santorum, and Sam Brownback for their efforts in passing legislative acts in support for democracy and liberty in the Middle East. CAIR and NIAC heavily savaged President Bush’s speeches on Freedom Forward in the Middle East, deploying all the resources they had to block US support to liberal democrats in the region. Islamist lobbies in Washington are directly responsible for killing any initiative in the US Government to support Darfur, southern Sudan, Lebanon, the Kurds, liberal women in the Muslim world, and true democrats in the Arab world and Muslim Africa.
In the think tank world, CAIR and its allies aggressively attacked scholars who raised the issue of persecution against seculars or minorities in the Arab world and Iran. Among those attacked were Nina Shea and Paul Marshal from the Hudson Institute and the founder of an anti-slavery group, Dr Charles Jacobs, who was exposing the Sudan regime for its atrocities. Last but not least is the Islamists’ relentless campaign to stirke (sic) at top scholars who advise Government and appear in the media to push for democratic liberation in the region. The vast and vicious attacks leveled against Professor Walid Phares—initially by CAIR’s Nihad Awad and then widened by pro-Hezbollah and Muslim Brotherhood operatives online—has revealed to Arab and Middle Eastern liberal and seculars how ferocious is the battle for the Middle East in the US. Phares’s books, particularly the latest one, The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East (2010), hit the Islamist agenda hard by predicting the civil society revolts in the Middle East and then predicting how the Islamists would try to control them. Phares was attacked by an army of Jihadist militia online like no author since Samuel Huntington in the 1990s. As a freedom activist from the Middle East, Mustafa Geha, wrote, Phares is a hero to Muslim liberals. Along with dissidents, lawmakers, experts, and human rights activists, Phares is a force driving for a strategic change in US foreign policy towards supporting secular democracies in the region. This explains why the Islamists of America are fighting the battle for the forthcoming regimes with all the means they have.
Dr. Essam Abdallah is an Egyptian liberal intellectual who teaches at Ain Shams University and writes for the leading Arab liberal publication Elaph.
Is Obama is Leading USA to Radical Islamic Interests?
John R. Houk
© February 21, 2012
The FBI has been co-opted
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