FBI Outreach to CAIR 'Comical', sez Emerson

* Actually its far worse than comical: all of the seditious bastards at CAIR and their supporters should have been arrested long ago, and if it wasn’t for a treacherous judiciary that sabotages and perverts the law it might have happened already. 

The FBI’s outreach efforts to the Council on American-Islamic Relations have been counterproductive, according to an expert at a Senate hearing on countering violent Islamism who called the group an extension of the extremist Muslim Brotherhood.

* Update: Judge Orders Al-Arian’s Release on Bond

He agreed to testify, truthfully, about terror financing in the USA in exchange for being granted immunity from prosecution, then he refused to testify after being granted immunity. Then this appeasement Judge orders him released from custody pending further prosecution and deportation. What a farce America’s political and judicial system has become.

**** People like Brinkema will bring bring about the collapse of the US much sooner than any financial crisis….***


Although other witnesses told the Senate Homeland Security panel that communication with CAIR is beneficial, Zeyno Baran, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, a conservative think tank, said its relationship with the FBI leaves agents ill-prepared to work with the American Muslim community.

For months now, FBI agents have been trained by CAIR to be sensitive to Muslims,” she said. “This is completely self-defeating.”

Baran said she believes CAIR was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood to influence U.S. officials, and works not as a faith group but as one with a political agenda of Islamism, a philosophy that treats Islam as a political ideology.

Furthermore, she said, the group was among those named as unindicted co-conspirators in a recent federal case that charged the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development with providing millions of dollars and logistical support to the militant group Hamas.

Baran questioned how CAIR is defining proper respect for Muslims when it advises the FBI.

“The agents are going to be misinformed and they will be overly sensitive and they will not ask certain questions,” she said. Later in the hearing, she said CAIR “does not reflect the Muslim community as a faith community, but as a political group.”

Senate Homeland ranking Republican Susan Collins of Maine said Baran’s comments conflicted with the committee’s understanding of the FBI’s outreach activities.

“In previous hearings, witnesses have generally pointed to the FBI effort as the model of outreach to the Muslim community,” she said.

When Collins asked who the FBI could work with, Baran suggested women’s groups and those “not organized based on an Islamist political issue.” But, she said, such groups have only recently emerged in Europe after “home-grown” terrorism attacks there. “We don’t have that in America at this point,” she said.

Other Viewpoints

Support for Baran’s position came from Steven Emerson, executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, whom the committee considered as a potential witness, although he ultimately did not appear.

In a written statement he had prepared, Emerson called the federal government’s relationship with CAIR “an almost comical situation,” considering the Department of Justice’s dealings with it in the Holy Land Foundation case.



Other radicalization experts who testified at the hearing took issue with Baran’s characterization of CAIR.

Peter P. Mandaville, associate professor of government and politics at George Mason University, said he is not familiar with the specifics of the FBI program, but the picture Baran painted of CAIR did not sound right.

“I don’t share the view that CAIR as an organization is best understood primarily as a front for the Muslim Brotherhood,” he said. “I do believe there are individuals associated with that movement who hold those views, but I think it wrong to characterize the organization in its entirety” in relation to the Muslim Brotherhood.

* Follow the money: in who’s pocket is this guy?

Fathali M. Moghaddam, professor of psychology at Georgetown University agreed, with Mandaville and added that “The FBI agents that I know . . . I don’t think they would have a problem cross-examining Muslims in any way.”

In a phone interview, CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper defended his organization’s record.

“CAIR is one of the most respected mainstream organizations in the Muslim American community,” he said. “We build bridges between the Muslim community and the law enforcement community, public officials, elected officials.”

* What we really need is draw-bridges…

Hooper called Baran’s comments part of a “politically motivated smear campaign” designed to hurt relations with the Muslim community and that “I have a feeling that [Baran] wouldn’t want the FBI talking to any Muslim group.”

‘Full-Spectrum’ Outreach

At a second panel in the hearing, Collins asked the person in charge of providing the situational awareness the FBI uses to do outreach, National Counterrorism Center Director Michael E. Leiter, for his opinion on the relationship with CAIR.

“I think that both outreach by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security . . . is critical,” he responded. “Understanding that there are certain groups that might have individuals with whom the U.S. government might not want to associate does not and cannot stop this government from doing the outreach that it has to do.”

Leiter pointed out that cutting back on outreach could lead to disenfranchisement of Muslims, something other witnesses had testified could actually stimulate radicalization. Federal agencies have to adapt a “full-spectrum” outreach strategy that engages with groups that disagree with U.S. policy, he said.

However, he said, the hard line is “if a group espouses violence, it’s quite clear that the U.S. government should not be associated with it.”

Rob Margetta can be reached at rmargetta@cq.com.


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  1. Brooklyn: FBI hosts Muslim Youth Conference

    When is the FBI’s Jewish Youth Conference? Christian Youth Conference? Hindu Youth Conference?

    Of course, there will be no such, because Jews, Christians and Hindus are not committing acts of terror and justifying them by reference to the texts and teachings of their religion. It is because Muslims are doing just that that they get this outreach from the FBI — because they have so successfully flipped the narrative. Instead of feeling any need to demonstrate their loyalty and rejection of jihad terror and Islamic supremacism, the Muslim community in the U.S. has convinced the FBI that it has to reach out to Muslims and reassure them of their good intentions. A visitor from another planet might get the idea from this outreach that the FBI had been attacking Muslims, rather than that Muslims had plotted numerous jihad attacks in the United States.

    “Usama, get your gun! FBI reaches out to Muslim youth — with firepower,” by Thomas Tracy for The Brooklyn Paper, May 19 (thanks to JW):

    The FBI built bridges with Brooklyn’s Muslim community last weekend with the help of some really serious firepower.
    The G-Men, as well as other federal agencies, flocked to Kingsborough Community College in Manhattan Beach last Saturday for the first-ever FBI Muslim Youth Conference — and met 300 youngsters with one open hand and another holding bombs and rocket launchers.

    Organizers say that the equipment — which included a helicopter — were just show-and-tell pieces as each agency explained what the items did and what they stood for.

    “This is an important community outreach initiative,” said FBI Public Affairs Officer Tim Flannelly. “We genuinely want to foster good relationships in this community by showcasing what our capabilities are and let them know that they, too, can have opportunities in these fields if they choose.”

    Mohammad Razvi, whose group, the Council of People’s Organization, organized the event, agreed that the conference would build bridges with young Muslim-Americans.

    “It’s imperative that we take these steps,” Razvi said. “We have to take down this wall of ignorance, if we don’t do it now, the wall will only get bigger.”

    But some local Muslim groups say the event bombed — because of the bombs.

    “[The weapons] send mixed messages,” said Asghar Choudhri, president of the Pakistani American Federation of New York. “On one side, the FBI is saying that they should be trusted, and on the other side, they’re saying. ‘We have this weapon we can use against you.’ You should be friends with the federal government, not scared of it.”

    But the weapons didn’t appear to intimidate the children at the conference. In fact, they couldn’t get enough of them.

    “I put on a bulletproof vest and got to hold a battering ram, it was really interesting,” said 13-year-old Waleed Ahmed. “I can see myself becoming an FBI agent.”

    Quaratulain Muzaffar, age 11, agreed.

    “It’s a good event,” she said. “They taught us about guns and stuff.”

    Neither child said he felt intimidated by the agency or worried about the FBI coming into their neighborhoods to fight terrorism.

    “That’s never happened in my neighborhood,” Ahmed said. “Cops have come in, but it was nothing big. They were searching for some punk kids.”…

    Why should they be “worried about the FBI coming into their neighborhoods to fight terrorism”? Shouldn’t they be worried that there might be terrorists in their neighborhoods instead? Note how thoroughly and reflexively has Thomas Tracy imbibed the Muslim victimhood mindset.

    Agents followed new politically correct rules when arresting Florida imam accused of funding Taliban

    The feds are trying to win the trust of the Muslim community. It never seems to occur to anyone, in light of all the jihad plots that have been uncovered in the U.S. over the last two years, that the Muslim community should be trying to win the trust of the feds.

    More on this story. “Feds seek trust of Muslim community,” by Curtis Morgan for the Miami Herald, May 15 (thanks to JW):

    […] Dozens of federal agents appeared at early Saturday morning prayer to arrest Hafiz Muhammad Sher Ali Khan, the frail 76-year-old imam, and two of his sons, one who led the Masjid Jamaat Al-Mumineen Mosque in Margate, on charges of funneling money to the Pakistani Taliban to buy weapons and support militant training. All three are scheduled to make a first appearance in federal court on Monday.
    A day after the raids, members of the mosque as well as South Florida’s Muslim community remained stunned and concerned. Some fear ugly backlash. Nezar Hamze, executive director of the [Hamas-linked] Council on America-Islamic Relations, said two hate calls had been directed at the Miami mosque and one at Margate mosque. For others, he said, the case – built largely on bank records and taped phone calls — rekindled the sense they’re being singled out for secret surveillance.

    “The FBI has a very important job to do and we support it,’’ said Hamze. “However, their job sometimes crosses the line and interferes with the rights of peaceful Muslim people.’’

    But in at least small ways, the South Florida arrests also signaled a subtle positive shift in dealings between federal law enforcement agencies and the Muslim-American community it has monitored closely since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    The raids were conducted under new national rules of engagement intended to show more sensitivity toward religious practices and tamp down the flames of haters after a series of outreach meetings in South Florida this year among federal law enforcers and Muslim leaders.

    When U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer and FBI John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Miami Office, announced the arrests they both stressed that other mosque members and the rest of the community should not be branded by the alleged terrorist actions of a handful of its members. Ferrer, in a phone interview Sunday with The Herald, reiterated that message.

    “They are as American as apple pie,’’ he said. “They are just as concerned about terrorist attacks as anyone else. They do not want to live in fear.’’

    Ferrer said the outreach programs were initiated last year by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to address concerns over increasing tensions and hate crimes – including a pipebomb explosion last year at a Jacksonville mosque – and law enforcement tactics that some Muslim leaders have criticized as heavy-handed, including planting undercover agents in mosques.

    Along with the outreach meetings, the U.S. Attorney’s Office earlier this month hosted a training session at Broward College in Davie for 65 federal, state and local agents and officers aimed at “at enhancing law enforcement officers’ cultural competence and sensitivity on issues involving the Arab, Muslim and Sikh American communities’’

    Ferrer said his message to Muslim leaders is that they should not feel isolated. “We want to make it very clear that we are their U.S. attorney, we are their Justice Department.’’

    Asad Ba-Yunus, a former Miami-Dade assistant state attorney who now serves as legal adviser for the Coalition of South Florida Muslim Organization, said the charges against the two imams and four others came as a “shock’’ but he praised the handling of the arrests.

    After the heavily armed agents flooded the grounds of the Flagler Mosque, a small converted house in a modest neighborhood west of Milam Dairy Road and north of Flagler Drive, they waited for morning prayer to finish before arresting Khan outside.

    “Instead of barging in with 25 agents and trampling all over the place, one agent took off his shoes and went in,’’ he said. “”They respected the congregation that was there.’’

    After the arrest, agents informed other Muslim leaders before going public, Ba-Yunus said, so there was some lead time to prepare for media inquiries. Ba-Yunus saw those steps as progress stemming from meetings with federal authorities….

    As for allegations against Hafiz Kahn and others, Ba-Yanus and Hamze condemned any support of terrorism but said they wanted to see the evidence before passing judgment. In reading quotes from phone calls in the indictment, Hamze wondered if conversations had been misconstrued and “something had been lost in the translation.’’…

    Of course! It was taken out of context, as well!


    Atlas Shrugs

    Not only was the imam to the 911 Muslim terrorists, Anwar Awlaki, the go-to imam whom the media went to for all things Islam, having dinner at the Pentagon, he was lunching there as well. Devout Muslim Awlaki also provided succor and Islamic spiritual guidance to the Fort Hood jihadi, the Christmas balls bomber, and the Times Square deadly car bomber — and that’s what we know of.

    Who is the lawyer that let an Al-Qaeda terrorist into the Pentagon? The answer to this question should be in the FOIA request I made to the Department of Justice months ago, which they are, of course, stalling on.

    J. Christian Adams over at PJM:

    Fox News has this blockbuster story on American Al-Qaeda Imam being invited to a lunch in 2002 inside the Pentagon. Despite ties to three of the 9-11 hijackers, and arrests for soliciting a prostitute, the Pentagon’s office of general counsel found Anwar al-Awlaki a suitable person to make a presentation to top brass on Islam and Middle East culture.

    The story notes:

    A former high-ranking FBI agent told Fox News that at the time Awlaki went to lunch at the Pentagon, there was tremendous “arrogance” about the vetting process at the Pentagon.

    “They vetted people politically and showed indifference toward security and intelligence advice of others,” the former agent said.

    But one single person seems to be responsible for this mess, a female lawyer in the Office of General Counsel who was responsible for vetting al-Awlaki:

    The Defense Department lawyer who vetted the imam wrote that she “had the privilege of hearing one of Mr. Awlaki’s presentations in November and was impressed by both the extent of his knowledge and by how he communicated that information and handled a hostile element in the audience.”

    The story does not reveal the identity of the culpable lawyer. If ever there was a time for accountability, this is it.

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