CAIR’s Fort Hood Idol


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Following the November massacre that took place at Fort Hood, Texas and the failed terrorist plane attack by the so-called ‘underpants’ bomber, all eyes have been focused on Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born al-Qaeda leader who had been in contact with the perpetrators of both acts. Statements from those involved show al-Awlaki’s influence played a key role in the violence. If indeed that is the case, how many other souls has al-Awlaki been able to fanaticize? And could one be a leader of a local branch of one of the largest Muslim groups in the U.S.?

Anwar Nasser al-Awlaki, a regional commander for al-Qaeda in Yemen, has been suspected of having direct participation in a number of past terrorist attacks against the United States and elsewhere. However, these attacks have not garnered nearly the amount of worldwide attention for al-Awlaki as that which occurred recently by the hands of two others.

On November 5, 2009, Nidal Hasan, a 39-year-old soldier in the U.S. Army, opened fire in a military processing center, murdering 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounding 30.

On December 25, 2009, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian national, attempted to blow up a U.S. airliner using explosives found hidden in his underwear.

Subsequent to the violence, reports surfaced that both perpetrators had formerly been in contact with al-Awlaki. According to al-Awlaki, prior to the Fort Hood attack, Hasan had e-mailed him to discuss the subject of murdering American troops. And according to Yemeni authorities, it is believed that Abdulmutallab was fitted with his bomb at a home being used by al-Awlaki.

Question: How many more people has al-Awlaki been able to inspire in this way?

Hasan and Abdulmutallab were not the only ones taken in by him. Abdulmutallab said there were 20 more like himself still at large, and al-Awlaki’s charisma reached thousands, as evidenced by his popular (now defunct) Facebook fan page.

One possible recruit of al-Awlaki’s is a leader from the Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Los Angeles), Affad Shaikh. Shaikh has written about how, following the September 11th attacks, he began “listening to” al-Awlaki.

He wrote, “I would not say that I became practicing [sic] becasue the I felt bad for the treatment by, as you say it, “kafrs”… But the deal was that there was a lack on connecting and community for me there that shared or [sic] experianced what I went through after 9/11. It was not easy for me to brush it aside… At first I didnt want to be [the ‘token Muslim’], but gradually with the treatment and [sic] pervalent atmostphere, I just went from one book to another, started with Espisito and Armstrong, went to Kotob and reading classical translations of Ghazzali and Ibn Taymiyya, and listening to people like Anwar Awlaki and Suhaib Webb.”

The “Kotob” whom he is referencing is Sayyid Qutb, a Muslim Brotherhood icon who is considered by many to be the father of the modern Islamic extremist movement. Certainly, it is well known that it was his ideology that was adopted by al-Qaeda.

Suhaib Webb is a popular speaker at various radical Muslim functions throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Shaikh’s quote is in reference to a piece he had penned in September 2006 for his personal blog, entitled ‘Five Years Ago an American Muslim was born.’ In it, he discusses how 9/11 transformed him into a fundamentalist Muslim. He said that, prior to 9/11, he “had no desire to be involved in” radical Islamic groups such as “the Muslim Student Association or the Council on American-Islamic Relations.”

Indeed, soon Shaikh became involved with both organizations – the latter, CAIR, having major ties to Hamas and its global leader Mousa Abu Marzook.

At the time, Shaikh was residing in San Diego, a former stomping ground to al-Awlaki and two of the 9/11 hijackers, Khalid al-Midhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi, whom witnesses claim al-Awlaki became close with.

Another individual close to al-Awlaki was Edgar Hopida, the current Public Relations Director of CAIR-San Diego. Hopida attended al-Awlaki’s San Diego mosque, Masjid Ar-Ribat al-Islami, where al-Awlaki trained Hopida in the Islamic religion shortly after he converted from Catholicism. Hopida told a local television station that al-Awlaki was a “respected imam” and that people should not jump to conclusions regarding his terrorism ties.

However, if in fact al-Awlaki was involved in the above individuals’ lives more than merely knowing them, then those in charge need to jump to conclusions and quickly move to examine every individual that has ever had a connection to him.

Today, Affad Shaikh is the Civil Rights Manager of CAIR-Los Angeles, the main chapter of CAIR-California. He has held this position for nearly four years, since April 2006.

Within this time, in July 2008, Shaikh was stopped with others at the U.S./Mexico border by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents. According to Shaikh, the agents, whom he described as “ignorant, incompetent and inhuman,” had reason to believe that Shaikh and his associates were plotting to assassinate President Bush. Shaikh complained that he was held for “three hours” at the checkpoint.

As well, Shaikh’s radical views tend to mimic those of violent extremists overseas. He has referred to Americans in Iraq as “Crusaders,” and he has said that “the United States is among the least peaceful nations in the world.”

Concerning Nidal Hassan, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, and the 9/11 hijackers, warning signs and actual warnings (in the case of Abdulmutallab’s father), which could have possibly averted disasters, were overlooked. These signs must not be overlooked with regard to Affad Shaikh and the like.

In the name of national security, precautions need to be taken. About Anwar al-Awlaki, a.k.a. Abu Atiq, we cannot say we weren’t warned.

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  • A. Santiago

    We have had two terrorist attacks under president Obama "Fort Hood "and the December 25 "failed bombing". For some reason our government is finding it hard to connect the dots, something is wrong here what is it?

    • penang

      The one thing that is wrong is you guys are allowing Islam to mushroom inside the U. S. of A.

      While I was in the States, I was very alarmed at the number of Muslims inside USA, but you guys were like "Hey, everyone are welcome !"

      I am a Catholic from Malaysia, an Islamic country. I know Muslims very well because every single day I have to interact with them.

      The "Islamic network" that I have been introduced to, while I was in the United States — I came from Malaysia and that somehow makes me "acceptable" to those Muslims — was vast, and they have feelers everywhere.

      From Libya to Zambia to Iran to Malaysia to Syria to Lebanon to Kuwait to Pakistan to Sudan to … you just name the country they have "representatives" in the network, and their reach is incredible.

      I was in Texas when I was first introduced to the network. But when I went to California and Wyoming to New York, "representatives" from that network got in touch with me, as I was considered as a "friend" and they took good care of me.

      That was in the 1980's.

      30 years have passed and who knows how much that "network" has grown. And all these 30 years, you guys have let it grew and grew and never even care.

      That is what had gone very wrong !

      Now you have over 2 Million Muslims inside the United States, how are you going to know who will do what?

  • USMCSniper

    FORT HOOD, Texas – Massacre suspect Nidal Malik Hasan is permanently paralyzed, one of his defense attorneys said today.

    Retired Col. John P. Galligan, a Belton lawyer specializing in military criminal defense, said medical staff told Hasan days ago that he will never walk again.

    Oh just go ahead and CRY ME A RIVER!!! The man was caught RED-HANDED murdering our own, UNARMED, by presidential dictate, soldiers on their own base!

    By definition and design, this is the WORST TERRORIST ATTACK since 9/11 on our home soil. Save us the bleeding heart rhetoric already and let’s get ready to see this murdering, traitorous bastard hung by the neck until dead!!!

    Hasan faces military charges of premeditated murder and could face the death penalty, Army officials announced Thursday. Hanging as a Traitor or death by firing squad. Either one works GREAT for me. Justice will then be served

  • BS1977

    Get the terrorist vermin out the US….cancel their visas, end their citizenship, deport them to Krapistan…..do it now….get them the hell outta here!!!

    • penang

      How are you going to do that?

      There are 2 millions of them. 2 MILLIONS !!

      You guys could have controlled the situation when their number was small, but you guys let it grew and grew, and now … how the hell are you going to deport 2 Million Americans?

      Yes, they have become Americans !

  • Rey Villar

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  • http://www.militantlibertarian.org Aaron

    Two questions: who produced the evidence of these "connections" (which are aweful convenient) and what do both of the incidents mentioned have in common otherwise?

    Answer: the US government on both counts. Both terrorists did what they did because the government we're begging to "save us" failed to connect any dots, just as they did at 9/11. They are also the ones who are (conveniently) producing the "evidence" that ties these peopel together, making idiots like most of the commenters here beg them to "save us" from the terrorists.

    Why are you people so blind as to go begging the persons at fault for these acts to come and save you from future terror? Obviously, the problem here is the government's inability to do anything at all about these problems. It's not the Muslims or evil Islam (who has left us alone until recently, when our government began meddling in their affairs). It's government itself that's to blame.

    Wake up, you morons. Your Republicans, Democrats, or whoever else you elect into office are part of the problem. It's time to stop begging government for solutions and start telling govenrment to shove off.

  • Keithrage

    It's time to take cair of cair, they are a nest of vipers trying to undermine U.S society, how can a group of subversive spies be allowed to continue within the land?

  • penang

    When America is filled with media outlets that are pro-Islam, what do you expect?

    Here's a link that all of you can read — read the whole page of that link to see how much damage the PC police has done to the American society

    http://www.sullivan-county.com/racism/bristol_isl

  • Guest

    Gonna something for laugh?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW_l90CJI9Q

    *thumbs up*