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By Paul Sperry
Actual Clear Wire
After Hamas massacred 1,400 males, ladies and youngsters in Israel final month, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned that the phobia group “and its allies” may encourage assaults on People “right here on our personal soil.” He additionally informed the Senate that the FBI is conducting “a number of, ongoing investigations” into individuals affiliated with the U.S.-designated terrorist group.
What Wray didn’t say is that the FBI has been investigating Hamas’ largest ally in America for the previous 30 years – with out submitting any fees. Launched in 1994 as a secret entrance group to help Hamas, in accordance with declassified FBI wiretap transcripts and FBI testimony, the Council on American-Islamic Relations has, within the a long time since, turn into an accepted member of Washington’s lobbying group. The New York Occasions and different influential newspapers routinely describe CAIR as a “Muslim civil rights and advocacy group.”
Though it has not repudiated its help for Hamas – which is dedicated to the destruction of Israel and the Jewish individuals – CAIR was enlisted by the Biden administration in Might to participate in a White Home initiative to struggle antisemitism.
On Oct. 7, the day Hamas terrorists butchered 1,400 Jews, together with 33 People – raping many and abducting some 240 others to Gaza from southern Israel – CAIR’s nationwide government director, Nihad Awad, delivered an anti-Israel message in Arabic which appeared to justify what Hamas did. Translated into English, it learn: “All Arab peoples should exit on Sunday, Oct. 8 – and each day – in demonstrations in help of the Palestinians and in rejection of normalization with the occupier and the apartheid regime [Israel].”
On Saturday afternoon, CAIR helped rally greater than 100,000 Muslims in D.C. to as a substitute condemn Israel for supposedly finishing up “genocide” in Gaza in response to the Oct. 7 assaults. A number of audio system referred to as for the destruction of Israel – and, by implication, the Jewish individuals there – by demanding Palestinians take all of the lands “from the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] sea.”
Awad was entrance and middle, delivering a fiery speech bashing Israel and President Biden for not calling on Israel to cease bombing Hamas targets inside Gaza, which he referred to as “genocidal assaults.” He threatened to harm Biden on the poll field in 2024 if he doesn’t urge a ceasefire.
“We now have found the language that President Biden understands: ‘No ceasefire, no votes,’” Awad bellowed to the group, which erupted right into a chant repeating his phrases. “No votes in Michigan, no votes anyplace if you don’t name for a ceasefire now. He then led a chant: “Free, free Palestine!”
Additionally, Awad promised to offer authorized help to Muslim People who protest in help of Palestine. “We’re with you,” he stated. “The individuals of Gaza depend on your voices and activism.”
Protesters later marched on the White Home, the place they defaced the white brick gate of the Govt Mansion with purple paint symbolizing the blood of Gazans who’ve died from the Israel military’s counterstrikes. Awad is on record declaring his help for Hamas. At Barry College in 1994, for instance, he stated: “I’m in help of the Hamas motion.”
CAIR didn’t reply to requests for remark, however with out addressing specifics, it has beforehand argued it “just isn’t a ‘entrance group for Hamas.’” The FBI and White Home declined to remark.
Whereas CAIR is now a mainstay of American politics – headquartered simply three blocks from the U.S. Capitol, with 35 workplaces throughout the nation – its historical past reveals its shut connections with terror teams comparable to Hamas, as detailed within the 2009 e book this reporter co-authored with counterterrorism skilled P. David Gaubatz, “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld that’s Conspiring to Islamize America.”
The story started within the Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan within the Sixties, the place Awad and a co-founder of CAIR, Omar Ahmad, had been born. Each males ultimately got here to america for college research. By 1992, Awad was a key member of the so-called Palestine Committee in America, which helped finance Hamas. Based on a 1992 letter from the Gaza Strip, Hamas requested the Committee for cash to purchase “weapons, weapons, our brothers.” The letter continued: “The that means of killing a Jew for the liberation of Palestine can’t be in comparison with any jihad on earth.”
Across the similar time, the FBI was eavesdropping on a number of Hamas leaders in reference to terrorist actions, which produced tapes documenting the incarnation of CAIR in 1993. At a secret assembly that October, Omar Ahmad referred to as to order the Hamas summit in Philly at a Courtyard by Marriott lodge in Philadelphia to debate the formation of a brand new entrance group to help their “motion” in America. Awad additionally attended the assembly.
Based on court docket testimony by FBI agent Lara Burns, who runs a significant counterterrorism program for the bureau, Ahmad, Awad, and the opposite leaders who gathered there hatched a scheme to disguise abroad funds to Hamas terrorists and their households as charity. FBI wiretaps additionally recorded them stating the necessity to deceive People in regards to the true goals of their deliberate American entrance group as Hamas launched a marketing campaign of terror assaults on Israel generally known as the “Intifada.”
They in contrast the deception to the “head faux” in basketball, the place a shooter methods an opponent guarding him into transferring in a distinct route. The group, in accordance with the wiretap transcripts, envisioned an “various” group whose pro-Palestinian stripes had been “not very conspicuous.” Burns testified CAIR was what that they had in thoughts. In the course of the talks, they tried to mislead any authorities who may be listening in by referring to Hamas as “Samah” – Hamas spelled backward.
Ahmad would co-found CAIR in 1994, hiring Awad as government director that very same 12 months. Each males have expressed hatred towards Israel and resentment towards their adopted nation for serving to fund and arm the Jewish nation.
Burns testified throughout the 2008 terrorism trial of a charitable entrance for Hamas generally known as the Holy Land Basis. It was the biggest terror funding case in U.S. historical past. As a part of the court docket filings, the Justice Division included CAIR on an inventory of co-conspirators underwriting Hamas terrorism – although CAIR and its founders had been by no means indicted within the case. The HLF, busted up as the principle fundraising arm of Hamas in America, commingled funds, property, and personnel with CAIR, in accordance with tax information and court docket paperwork.
“CAIR has been recognized by the federal government as a participant in an ongoing and in the end illegal conspiracy to help a delegated terrorist group [Hamas] – a conspiracy from which CAIR by no means withdrew,” stated former Assistant U.S. Lawyer James Jacks, who was the lead prosecutor within the case.
A federal choose agreed. “The federal government has produced ample proof to determine the associations of CAIR with Hamas,” then-U.S. District Choose Jorge Solis wrote in a July 2009 ruling.
A variety of FBI counterterrorism brokers had been annoyed that CAIR’s nationwide workplace and executives had been by no means charged within the conspiracy, though the founding father of CAIR’s Texas chapter was sentenced to jail. They stated politics intervened. After 9/11, they stated FBI headquarters considered CAIR as a hyperlink to the Muslim group by which they may receive recommendations on terror threats to the homeland. Brass even invited CAIR officers as much as the manager suites situated on the 7th ground of the Hoover constructing to debate outreach coverage.
“We stated, ‘These are the dangerous guys, that is Hamas. What are you doing?’” former FBI Particular Agent John Guandolo stated, describing how he and different brokers protested the particular remedy afforded CAIR.
After CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator within the HLF’s felony scheme to funnel greater than $12 million to Hamas terrorists, the FBI lastly disengaged from the group. The company stopped conducting formal outreach with CAIR’s nationwide workplace till, it stated, it may resolve points with Awad and different worrisome leaders.
“Till we are able to resolve whether or not there continues to be a connection between CAIR or its executives and Hamas, the FBI doesn’t view CAIR as an acceptable liaison companion,” then-Assistant FBI director Richard Powers stated in a 2009 letter to the Senate.
However some investigators say the FBI ought to have shut down the group, not simply the outreach program, issuing search warrants and conducting extra intrusive surveillance, which they are saying would have allowed the federal government to run the Hamas entrance out of enterprise.
“CAIR is the main Hamas entity inside america, and the FBI has taken no motion to prosecute them,” stated Guandolo, who helped lead a number of main counterterrorism probes on the Washington discipline workplace after 9/11. He defined that “politically appropriate” FBI management is hesitant to go after a minority spiritual group and is overly delicate to fees of “Islamophobia” usually leveled by CAIR towards its critics.
The FBI’s reluctance to roll up the Hamas entrance has pushed personal investigators to take issues into their very own fingers. In 2008, a counterterrorism specialist led a crew of investigators in a daring undercover operation of CAIR that included infiltrating its nationwide headquarters situated on New Jersey Avenue in Washington, D.C., close to the Capitol Constructing. Working as interns, the investigators, who posed as latest converts to Islam carrying conventional Muslim garb, secretly video-recorded conversations with CAIR officers. In the course of the six-month operation, in addition they intercepted greater than 12,000 pages of paperwork CAIR meant to shred as trash. The proof, which was turned over to the FBI, is documented in “Muslim Mafia,” which additionally options an appendix with a number of key inner CAIR paperwork reprinted.
Amongst different issues, the e book revealed that CAIR employed violent Islamic terrorists, after which supported the terrorists behind the scenes even after they had been convicted. It additionally uncovered an affect operation towards members of key homeland safety committees in Congress that included planting CAIR operatives in congressional workplaces. Inside CAIR paperwork laid out a plan to elect dozens of pro-Hamas Muslims to Congress. CAIR even began holding Muslim prayer classes every Friday within the basement of the Capitol.
“Muslim Mafia” additionally traced the deeper roots of Hamas again to the secretive Muslim Brotherhood, the pro-jihad group based in Egypt that constructed a refined community of Islamic nonprofits contained in the U.S. a number of a long time in the past. The e book documented how Muslim Brotherhood leaders wrote a secret blueprint for “destroying [America] from inside … in order that it’s eradicated and Allah’s faith is made victorious over all different religions.” FBI investigators found the manifesto stashed in a sub-basement of a Brotherhood chief’s house in Annandale, Va., after raiding his residence as a part of a terrorism probe.
A number of alarmed Republican members of Congress held a press conference in regards to the e book’s findings, warning a Hamas terror entrance group was infiltrating Congress.
Apart from exposing Hamas’ political arm in America, the e book uncovered the internal workings of the broader anti-Israel foyer, which incorporates a number of leftwing teams aligned with CAIR. This foyer is now revealing itself within the wake of Israel’s personal 9/11.
“The seeds for 9/11 had been planted in 1948,” in accordance with a draft of a “Proposed Muslim Platform” discovered at CAIR’s headquarters. “A decision of the Israeli-Palestinian battle must be primarily based on recognizing and correcting the hurt that was achieved to the Palestinians since 1948,” when the United Nations partitioned land for Israel.
Guandolo stated Hamas proved simply how harmful it’s on Oct. 7. He warned that the terrorist group has already penetrated American society, and CAIR is the tip of the spear.
“At present, CAIR is directing efforts on the floor stage throughout america with organizations recognized for violent extremism,” he added in a latest interview with RealClearInvestigations. “Once more, the FBI is doing nothing to stick to their oaths of workplace and shield the American individuals.”
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