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Hopefully they'll be shut down after this trial

http://ibdeditorial.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=273453355481549

Trail Of Terror: We've wondered why the Council on American-Islamic Relations director has spurned Senate invitations to answer terror charges. Now we know.

For the first time, evidence in a major federal terror case puts CAIR's current executive director — Nihad Awad — at a Philadelphia meeting of alleged Hamas leaders that was secretly recorded by the FBI.

After the Associated Press last week reported the bombshell, CAIR denied claims of ties to Hamas. "That's one of those urban legends about CAIR," said Parvez Ahmed, CAIR's chairman. "It's fed by the right-wing, pro-Israeli blogosphere."

In fact, the evidence was revealed by an FBI agent who testified at the terror-financing trial under way in Dallas.

Her name is Lara Burns, and she's the lead investigator in the case against operators of the Holy Land Foundation, the largest Muslim charity in America. CAIR, which she says received startup funding from HLF, is named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the case, according to court exhibits.

President Bush froze HLF's funds after 9/11. It's now accused of being a Hamas front, and its leaders — including one of CAIR's founding directors — are on trial for allegedly funneling more than $12 million to aid Palestinian suicide-bombing operations.

Burns placed both Awad and his ethnic-Palestinian pal Omar Ahmed, who founded CAIR with Awad, at a Philly meeting last decade where she says Hamas leaders and supporters hatched a plot to disguise funds for Hamas suicide operations as charity for HLF.

According to FBI wiretaps, it was decided at the Hamas summit, which took place inside a Marriott hotel, that most of the funds collected by HLF in the future would be steered to Hamas.

Awad, like Ahmad, does not talk much about his pre-CAIR days.

But before 9/11, when Muslim groups received less scrutiny in America, he made his support for Hamas publicly known. At a March 22, 1994, symposium on the Middle East at Florida's Barry University, Awad said: "After I researched the situation inside and outside Palestine, I am in support of the Hamas movement."

Three months later, he and Ahmad founded CAIR. They promote the group as a grass-roots champion of Muslim civil rights, a "Muslim NAACP." But many of the things CAIR's leaders claim and what we later learn from the factual record don't square.

For instance, they've claimed that they get no foreign support and that their funding comes from local dues. In fact, the bulk of their support comes from two Arab countries tied to 9/11 — Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

They've claimed that the size of the Muslim population in America is 7 million. In fact, it's closer to 2 million.

They've claimed that they're mainstream American patriots, when in fact they've told Muslim audiences that they want the Quran to replace the Constitution as the "highest authority in America."

They've also claimed that they don't support terrorism, even as three senior employees have been jailed in terror-related cases.

And now this. CAIR claims to be the voice of American Muslims. If so, it's been an especially loud one. But it has lost its credibility to speak honestly for any legitimate cause.

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1) This meeting is described as taking place "lase decade". What took so long?

2) This meeting is also described (I think. It's hard to tell from the tenses) as taking place before CAIR existed.

3) Care to elaborate on the "CAIR has been dirty for a long time." statement?

I'd agree that they seem to be about as credible as Baghdad Bob, Al Jazeera, or President Iwannajihad, but I wasn't aware of anything being proven about them. (Other than the idiotic things they keep saying.)

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1) This meeting is described as taking place "lase decade". What took so long?

2) This meeting is also described (I think. It's hard to tell from the tenses) as taking place before CAIR existed.

3) Care to elaborate on the "CAIR has been dirty for a long time." statement?

I'd agree that they seem to be about as credible as Baghdad Bob, Al Jazeera, or President Iwannajihad, but I wasn't aware of anything being proven about them. (Other than the idiotic things they keep saying.)

Who cares how long it takes. Perhaps they wanted to build a solid case before proceeding.. heaven knows there's plenty of Americans out there who's hearts will bleed all over the floor for this guy regardless of what they can prove. May as well take your time and make it as iron clad as possible, no? Isn't that just good police work?

Who cares if the leader of CAIR had a meeting with Hamas leaders and publicly announced his support before the organization formed.

How does that make it any less of an issue? Wouldn't it also raise a red flag as to the purpose of the organization? Would it not make you question his motives? Or would you just assume they are unrelated without even checking into it?

If the leader of a 'civil rights' group is publicly tied to a terrorist organization, it reeks of "dirty".

Wouldn't you think?

Or are we so civilized that we must ignore all of the troubling signs until they bite us in the ass? Would that make all the PCers feel good?

There's an old saying about smoke and fire being together,,, i can't quite remember what it is, but I bet it's pretty appropriate.

And there's a LOT of smoke blowing around this organization.

As far as proving it, well maybe that is why this is coming out in a court of law...

~Bang

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