CAIRing for the Muslim Brotherhood

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The Egyptian regime of Hosni Mubarak is about to fall, and the leaders of the nation’s most vocal Islamist group, CAIR, couldn’t be happier. Is this sudden euphoria all about the bringing of “freedom” and “democracy” to the region, as they say it is, or is their happiness built out of something sinister? Given the radical background of these individuals, and given the background of the group itself, it is this author’s opinion that the reason is the latter.

On top of the homepage of the national website of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the following headline is read: “CAIR Asks Americans to Support Freedom in Egypt, Muslim World.” The statement is an entirely innocuous one. However, it comes from a group that has known ties to terrorist organizations, including the Muslim Brotherhood, a group which stands to gain substantially from the unrest in Egypt.

CAIR was founded in June 1994 by three leaders from the then-American propaganda wing of Hamas, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP). Upon CAIR’s establishment, the group immediately fell under the umbrella of Mousa Abu Marzook’s American Palestine Committee, of which the IAP was already a member. Marzook, at the time, was based in the United States as the global head of Hamas and a main cog of the Palestinian faction of the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Hamas sprang in 1987.

The hierarchy of CAIR has changed little from its IAP days. The original Executive Director, Nihad Awad, is still the Executive Director, and the original Communications Director, Ibrahim Hooper, is still the Communications Director. Considering this, one can surmise that the Islamist ideology of the group has remained intact as well, and no evidence has been provided to show that this is not the case.

This ideology is contained not only in the national organization, but also in its local chapters, where an innumerable amount of extremist statements and terror-related associations have been made and have been cultivated. So when leaders of these chapters discuss the riots in Egypt, as CAIR National has, in terms of “freedom” and “democracy,” we would be negligent if we did not question the sincerity of the statements and their true motives.

Ahmed Rehab is the Executive Director of CAIR-Chicago, one of CAIR’s main local offices. According to him, for the next month he will be residing in the city which houses the global headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) – the place where CAIR gets its name from – Cairo.

While in Cairo, Rehab, who is originally from Egypt, has taken part in a number of demonstrations against the Mubarak government and has been blogging about his pseudo-peaceful experiences.

He wrote that he had joined the front lines of the protestors, during “Rage Friday,” and in at least one instance had, along with others, “broken through the police security line” and “pushed into the main square.” In another instance, he said that he and his friends “had to shake down a large iron fence to allow people to run for cover.” He saw armored vehicles that had been “torched,” and within one protest day which lasted eight hours, he “suffered two dozen tear gas fits.”

He said that his and others’ actions are “about reforming Egypt’s system of government.” He continued, “This is about the separation and independence of parliament and the judiciary from the executive branch and each other. This is about making the law supreme above and beyond whoever happens to command special powers or special interests.

“This is about ending corruption, incompetence, apathy, political monopoly and suppression of freedoms. This is about reclaiming the dignity of the Egyptian citizens. This is about transforming Egypt into a society that embraces political transparency and accountability, fair competition, merit, and opportunity.”

Rehab’s flowery language rings with the best of intentions. After reading his words, one could be left thinking that this individual dreams of an American-style liberty reaching Egypt’s shores. That is, unless he/she is aware of Rehab’s Islamist background, well past his association with the Hamas-related CAIR.

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  • fxgeorges

    It dont make a difference what role they play as long as the government keeps the people uneducated the people will never advance and evolve into productive human beings and will kill and steal to provide for there family's and this goes with the whole middle east and America will be dragged right into the middle of the mess .

  • kafir4life

    I've heard of cair before. Aren't they comprised of terrorist supporters, terrorists, and "wanna be" terrorists named doug that are too fat and cowardly, that follow the teachings of what I've heard is a disgusting gutter cult that was invented by a pedophilic warlord who shat the contents of the most holy terror guide the koran, after he invented the moon god allah, and this pedophile is the perfect man to these terrorist supporters, terrorists, and wanna be fat cowards? Is that them?

  • Jaladhi

    Why hasn't CAIR been banned yet in spite of being named as un-indicted co-conspirator in the terror trials of Muslim charities, viz., Holy Land Foundation? What are our authorities afraid of – Muslim rage? Well they are always in rage, that is their religion, so hell with them. Ban this organization!!!

  • Pat

    My question exactly, Jaladhi and a good one.

    Look at this. You'd think CAIR was a wing of the Eagle Scouts.

  • StephenD

    NOW CAIR speaks out? Should we expect them to vilify all other regimes that suppress freedoms and operate in a political monopoly? Will they call out other Muslim countries that do not embrace political transparency or fair competition and opportunity? Will they call out Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia, Yemen, Libya, Lebanon, Turkey,… ALL and EVERY country under Islamic dominance? Oh? Not an issue for them? Yeah, I didn't think so either.

  • Lydia

    "Un-indicted co-conspirator" means not convicted of being a co-conspirator. I didn't realize we were punishing people who are fount NOT to have committed crimes…

    • CAIR Watch

      Correction Lydia, according to the federal definition of "Unindicted Co-Conspirator," it is a group or individual who was part of the criminal conspiracy, but that, for whatever reason, the government chose not to indict. It is exactly how the term reads. It is a co-conspirator who was not indicted. It has nothing to do with being or not being convicted. It only means that they were part of the crime but were not indicted for the crime. I hope that clears things up for you and others. – Joe

  • bill garrett

    islam well be runing that country an all the other in the mid east before it all over. they have half of europe now. u.s.well be next if we dont wake up

  • frank

    StephenD – let’s not forget – Saudi Arabia.

  • Pameo

    CAIR stands for the Council on American Islamic Relations not cairo LOL

  • Wesley69

    Osama bin Laden. The Mideast is going to fall to the Muslim Brotherhood. They will move on Europe. Time for the US to pass a Constitutional Amendment outlawing Sharia in this country, with strict penalties for violations of the amendment.

  • phillyfanatic

    Ah CAIR: the Zogby run front group for jihadist-sharia-madresses terror orgs and the Left's fave American Muslim org. Does anyone really trust these 5th Columnists?? I remember Quisling in Norway. These people are simply not to be trusted and if the Bros get into power in Egypt, you can be sure a Jimmy Carter rerun of the Iran mess will occur. Obama is the most inept Prez domestically and internationally and this CAIR group could act as his agents in Hollywood when he finally leaves his regime. The Islamic relations we Americans need is………..please will all the Islamofascists assume room temperature.