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Downing’s response isn’t surprising. In 2010, he said, “CAIR is not a terrorist-supporting organization” and condescendingly added that anyone who disagrees with him is an “amateur intelligence officer.” Apparently to Downing, the federal government only consists of amateurs. In 2007, a court filing by the federal government stated, “From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists.” By Downing’s definition, District Court Judge Solis is also an amateur because he ruled that the government provided “ample” evidence tying CAIR to Hamas to uphold the “unindicted co-conspirator” designation.
This problem isn’t limited to California. In March, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy agreed to speak at CAIR-Chicago’s annual fundraiser. Shockingly, a top law enforcement official was fundraising for a group that his government says is a Muslim Brotherhood front tied to Hamas. The event honored Kifah Mustapha, another “unindicted co-conspirator” in the Holy Land trial whose documented involvement with the Brotherhood and Hamas prevented him from becoming the Illinois State Police’s first Muslim chaplain.
Some law enforcement and counter-terrorism personnel have bent the rules to work with CAIR. In October 2010, the FBI field office in New Haven, Connecticut had the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut instruct its personnel in “Islamophobia.” MCCT’s website says CAIR is one of its partners and its leader is a former CAIR spokesperson. The FBI has officially ended using CAIR as a liaison partner, so the FBI field office made sure that the agency was not listed as a sponsor. Two CAIR officials spoke at the training seminar.
There is good reason to be worried about what outside groups may be involved. In October, the FBI said it had brought in outside groups to help oversee the “top-to-bottom review” of its counter-terrorism training materials. On February 8, the FBI Director met with an interfaith coalition about the matter. It included the Islamic Society of North America, a Brotherhood front also designated as an “unindicted co-conspirator” by the government, and the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Afterwards, an FBI spokesman said the agency was “open to the idea” of establishing a committee to review the materials to make sure nothing “offensive” appears, but the groups needed to make a proposal first. Apparently, that proposal was provided because three experts on Islam are overseeing the review. To this day, the FBI refuses to disclose who these experts are.
In October, Department of Homeland Security and the National Counterterrorism Center issued guidelines to all law enforcement agencies for their counter-terrorism training. Any words with an Islamic connection such as “jihad” did not appear in the document. There were a total of nine references. One was a paper written by the Muslim Public Affairs Council. It is one of just two sources that aren’t government websites. Sheriff Lee Baca’s website was also used as a reference.
Our law enforcement agencies need a comprehensive education in what radical Islam is, because those in charge of protecting of us have been fooled into thinking that almost any Islamic group not named “Al-Qaeda” is moderate and worth embracing.
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