FBI to Honor CAIR-Linked Group

Next April in Washington, FBI director Robert Mueller will give the agency’s community service award to Farrukh Saeed, chairman of SALAM, the Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims. “SALAM’s openness and commitment to the community as a whole, regardless of faith, makes them a shining example of community leadership,” said FBI special agent Herb Brown at the local ceremony.

“I think if anyone at SALAM knew anything about (potential) terrorism,” Brown added, “they would come to us at the FBI.” That certainty is not shared by locals familiar with SALAM, which openly hosts events with the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Local CAIR boss Rashid Ahmad recently downplayed the Benghazi attacks and wants to deprive American filmmakers of their freedom of speech.

The CAIR connection did not emerge in news reports about the FBI award, though Steve Magagnini of the Sacramento Bee brought in the case of Hamid Hayat, noting that it had made the SALAM people uncomfortable. “There was no evidence other than his own words that Hayat actually underwent terrorist training,” Magagnini added, implying that Hayat, now serving a 24-year sentence, could be innocent.

Onislam.net, in a story out of Cairo, said the FBI award was “a change of tactics towards the US Muslim community. . . after complains (sic) of secret surveillance and trapping Muslim worshippers.” In reality, the award was business as usual. In 2009 the FBI gave its community award to SALAM’s imam, Mohamed Abdul-Azeez, “for his efforts to teach both Muslims and non-Muslims about the Islamic faith.”

Drew Parenti, FBI special agent in Sacramento at the time, said that “Sacramento is truly blessed to have a leader with the vision, energy and compassion demonstrated by Mr. Azeez.”  For the overwhelming majority of Muslims, Parenti said, “there’s the same exact sense of shared American values that everybody else has.”

Abdul-Azeez was once the subject of a lengthy profile in the Sacramento News and Review, a supposedly tough-minded “alternative” weekly. “He doesn’t have those crazy eyes like Arabs do in Western political cartoons,” said writer Bob Schmidt. “His hair is close-cropped, his mustache and goatee are neatly shaved and his build is burly, thanks to regular free-weight training. No, this ain’t your father’s ‘Death to America’-spewing jihadist—in more ways than simply his age, appearance and body type.” Abdul-Azeez took full advantage of the puff-piece approach.

“I’m very much not hostile to the United States,” he said. “I’m here because I chose to be here. I’m staying here because I choose to stay here. This is my country now.” But America has a “stereotyping” problem.

“The depiction of Islam as a rigid religion which permits no adjustments in interpretation of social issues as times change is incorrect,” the imam said.

“Without question there were Muslims among the slaves brought here from Africa, so there has been a Muslim presence in America for centuries. As a result, American culture is not only Judeo-Christian, but also Muslim.”

Further, “Jihad is the struggle to achieve perfection as a human being,” he told the students. There is a “jihad of the sword,” which does allow Muslims to kill in specific situations. But “Islam has clear rules of engagement. The killing of women and children, and of non-combatants, is expressly prohibited, as is the killing of feed animals and the destruction of crops.” The imam also said that Islam rejects suicide bombers.

And so on, all without challenge. No questions about sharia law, dhimmitude, the treatment of Coptic Christians in Abdul Azeez’s native Egypt, or the imam’s views on the Muslim Brotherhood.

FBI special agent Herb Brown, meanwhile, thinks that if anyone at SALAM knew about impending terrorism, they would readily come to the FBI. But nothing has emerged about Mohamed Abdul-Azeez, Farukh Saeed, or anyone else at SALAM actually aiding the FBI regarding any terrorist threat.

Rather, the FBI seems to be handing out awards because the successful Hayat investigation at a mosque in nearby Lodi, California, made some SALAM members uncomfortable. Other awards have been for more substantial actions.

For example, police officers Kimberly Munley and Mark Todd received the Secretary of the Army Award for Valor for preventing Major Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, from killing more than 13 American soldiers at Ford Hood. The FBI’s Robert Mueller, who will give the community service award to SALAM’s Farrukh Saeed, conducted an investigation into the 2009 Fort Hood massacre. FBI special agents are not on record whether Hasan, an American-born Muslim, shares the same American values as everybody else.

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  • truebearing

    Isn't that nice. The FBI is handing out awards to members of a cult that has tried to destroy every religion or ideology it has ever come in contact with. What's next, shirtless photos? Under Obama, the Secret Service, FBI, and CIA have all shown serious signs of corruption and lack of focus on their intended missions. One has to assume there is a direct correlation.

  • Arlie

    Sounds like stealth jihad to me. More lies. None of the founding fathers were Muslim. The slave traders in Africa were Muslim, not the people they traded. The FBI are playing a very sick, dangerous game with the American way of life to allow this infiltration into our society and institutions. Islam is not a religion it is a political system that demands to be supreme over all others. They are not American no matter what they say their beliefs would not allow it…so they LIE…stealth jihad.

  • oldtimer

    When will the world wake up to the fact that there is no "fence mending" with these animals. You can not rationalize with the irrational. You cannot compromise with those who believe that their way is the only way.

  • Coptic John

    I can't understand this one … Hamas is designated as a terrorist group by the US administration, and Hamas is a wing of Muslim Terroristhood as they describe themselves on their website … so logically MB is a terrorist group as well, right? on contrary the US administration call them "moderate" muslims …as Jesus said "A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit"

    • truebearing

      One word expalins it all, Obama. or you could use a synonym like "evil."

  • heapologia

    Petition the Whitehouse at petitions.whitehouse.gov to permanently outlaw Sharia law in the U.S. at this petition:

  • LindaRivera

    CAIR is a Muslim Brotherhood front group. For the FBI to honor this group is to AGREE with and HONOR the stated goal of the Muslim Brotherhood in America: The DESTRUCTION of civilization and global Islamic conquest.

    When did TREASON no longer become ILLEGAL in America? Why are our elected representatives not screaming from the rooftops? Is it because they AGREE with this TREASON?

  • Ghostwriter

    Why do I have the feeling this won't end well?

  • Kyra Nelson

    You can all visit me in Jerusalem when it gets too bad.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Where has the FBI been these past years, what have they accomplished under Mueller, what are
    they really doing, do you feel safe knowing they are on the job? Will the award be given in the
    'Sadam Hussein Pavilion'……….Muller the FBI director should be fired and what little government
    we have in the Congress should investigate this sickening development…………..William

  • Anamah

    In what team is Robert Mueller playing?