The mainstream media treat CAIR as a benign civil rights organization. Yet it was established by supporters of Hamas and earned its status as an unindicted co-conspirator in the criminal case brought by the United States against the Holy Land Foundation for supporting Hamas. Indeed, Andy McCarthy characterizes CAIR as a spawn of Hamas in his helpful account of the group’s origins and purposes.
Now Daniel Pipes explicates the tweet below by Hussam Ayloush, the long-time head of CAIR’s Los Angeles office. Ayloush tweeted just as Trump’s victory became apparent: “Ok, repeat after me: Al-Shaab yureed isqat al-nizaam. (Arab Spring chant).” That second line is Arabic (“الشعب يريد إسقاط النظام”) for “The people wants to bring down the regime.” In other words, Pipes asserts, “Ayloush unambiguously and directly called for the overthrow of the U.S. government.” I think Ayoush has left himself some wiggle room, but I respsect Pipes’s opinion. He knows what he’s talking about.
Ok, repeat after me:
Al-Shaab yureed isqat al-nizaam.
(Arab Spring chant)
— Hussam Ayloush (@HussamA) November 9, 2016
1) Ayloush may be the most vicious of the CAIR leaders. So far as I know, for example, he’s the only one of them to bandy about the term “Zionazi,” as evidenced in his e-mail…dated March 18, 2002.
(2) Ayloush is not a marginal figure but someone with access to the heights of American power, including the White House. According to an Investigative Project on Terrorism analysis in 2012, he was a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. [and]…attended at least two White House meetings….
(3) The dawning of Donald Trump’s victory was apparently a trying moment for Ayloush, so he let loose with an emotion he’d normally have kept under wraps.
In other words, he offered a rare, candid insight into the mind of one CAIR apparatchik.
(4) According to 18 U.S. Code § 2385, “Advocating overthrow of Government”:
Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States … Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.
So, journalists, editors, and producers: do please note what CAIR stands for.
Well, we can dream. In the meantime I want to add Pipes’s note to our long-running commentary on CAIR.