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Pamela Geller, Breitbart, May 29, 2014
The leading Muslim Brotherhood-tied organization in America, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), has deceived the media, cultural, and political elites in America for years, to the great peril of the American people.
But we’re fighting back. My organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), has placed “Truth About CAIR” posters on New York City subway platforms this week, including Times Square, City Hall, Brooklyn Bridge, Third Avenue, 44th Street, and 10 other stations.
These posters were not up a full day when Islamic supremacists, thugs, and Jew-haters were out in full destruction mode, defacing them with pro-Palestinian slogans. Truth to sharia adherents is like a cross to Dracula. Brutal. But I printed up a stack of these posters, knowing how the destroyers operate. The defaced posters are being replaced today, as will any other ad that is destroyed. I made an even bigger “Truth About CAIR” buy in other U.S. cities. So Hamas-CAIR better rent a bus. Road trip!
These posters tell the truth about this Islamic supremacist hate group. They show photos of “CAIR Leaders Convicted of Jihad Terror-Related Crimes”: Ghassan Elashi, Mousa Abu Marzook, Randall Royer, Bassem Khafagi, and Rabih Haddad. Our poster also reads: “The Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, claims to be a civil rights group. In fact, it’s Hamas in the U.S.” And it quotes Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY): “CAIR has ties to terrorism and intimate links to Hamas.”
Elashi, founder of CAIR’s Texas chapter, in 2009 received a 65-year prison sentence for funneling over $12 million from the Islamic charity known as the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) to the jihad terrorist group Hamas, which is responsible for murdering hundreds of Israeli civilians. Abu Marzook, a former CAIR official, was in 1995 designated by the U.S. government in 1995 as a “terrorist and Hamas leader.” He now is a Hamas leader in Cairo. Royer, CAIR’s former civil rights coordinator, in 2004 began serving a 20-year prison sentence for aiding al-Qaida and the Taliban against American troops in Afghanistan and recruiting for Lashkar e-Taiba, the jihadist group responsible for the 2008 Mumbai jihad massacres. Khafagi, CAIR’s former community relations director, was arrested for involvement with the Islamic Assembly of North America, which was linked to al-Qaida. After pleading guilty to visa and bank fraud charges, Khafagi was deported. Haddad, a former CAIR fundraiser, was deported for his work with the Global Relief Foundation (which he co-founded), a terror-financing organization.
CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case–so named by the Justice Department during the HLF trial. Despite the overwhelming evidence presented in that trial, the largest terrorist funding trial in our nation’s history, the sharia-compliant media has continued to advance Hamas-CAIR’s supremacist agenda, with willing help from all too many law enforcement and government officials.
CAIR’s influence is vast, and growing all the time. Just recently they got ABC Family to drop its projected show Alice In Arabia, solely because it contained some dramatization of the all-too-common phenomenon of child kidnapping by Muslim relatives. For years now, they have prevailed upon Hollywood to downplay or even change the identity of celluloid villains, so that Muslims are never portrayed negatively in films (thus the Muslim terrorists in the novel The Sum of All Fears became neo-Nazis in the movie).
CAIR pressured Brandeis University to rescind an honorary degree it had planned to award to human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali. It regularly pressures (and usually succeeds) in getting any and every counter-jihad speaker canceled from events. Recently it even tried to pressure the sheriff of Culpepper County, Virginia to cancel a counter-terror training seminar.
Because of this kind of activity, Hamas-CAIR should be shunned by all decent people. But instead, this unsavory gang of thugs is stronger than ever. Morgan Stanley and local station ABC 7 are sponsoring their annual banquet in Chicago this year. And the general silence about their terror-linked background has enabled them to infiltrate the highest levels of the political and cultural spheres.
CAIR has a long record of duplicity and deception. Although it has received millions of dollars in donations from foreign Islamic entities, it has not registered as a foreign agent as required by the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), despite spreading Islamic supremacist propaganda within the United States.
Although it presents itself as a civil rights group, CAIR actually has numerous links to Islamic supremacist and jihad groups. CAIR founders Omar Ahmad and Niwad Awad (who still serves as CAIR’s executive director) were reportedly present at a Hamas planning meeting in Philadelphia in 1993 allegedly conspiring to raise funds for Hamas and to promote jihad in the Middle East. CAIR has steadfastly refused to denounce Hamas and Hezballah as terrorist groups.
In 1998 Omar Ahmad, CAIR’s co-founder and longtime Board Chairman, said: “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.” After he received unwelcome publicity as a result of this statement, Ahmad denied saying it, several years after the fact. However, the original reporter, Lisa Gardiner of the Fremont Argus, stands by her story.
CAIR’s spokesman Ibrahim Hooper once said in a quote attributed to a 1993 interview with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: “I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future.”
Now more than ever, as CAIR’s influence grows in the media and government, this ad campaign is necessary to raise awareness among the public, to protect people from being taken in by this unsavory and unscrupulous group.
We’re rolling out this campaign out nationwide.