The Council on American-Islamic Relations holds itself out as a civil rights organization, but the government named it an unindicted co-conspirator with the Holy Land Foundation, a Hamas fundraising front that was shuttered in the wake of 9/11. I wrote about CAIR’s naming as an unindicted co-conspirator by the government in the Holy Land Foundation prosecution in “Coming clean about CAIR.”
Now Investor’s Business Daily draws attention to a prosecution of a senior CAIR official who trained to wage jihad against American soldiers. IBD reports that the government has shed a little more light on CAIR in papers filed with the court:
“From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders,” the filing states, “CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists.” The government also cited evidence “the conspirators used deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists.”
IBD notes the senators and representatives who have spoken up for CAIR. IBD doesn’t mention CAIR’s close connections to MInnesota’s own Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison.
As Joel Mowbray reported on Power Line here, here and here, CAIR executve director Nihad Awad was one of the biggest financial supporters of Ellison in 2006, bundling some $10,000 in contributions. We also reported here that Awad appeared as the guest of honor at a fundraiser for Ellison on August 25, 2006. We noted in “A failure to miscommunicate” that Ellison subsequently returned the favor, appearing by video at CAIR’s annual dinner in November 2006.
In the first paragraph of its editorial, IBD states that, despite CAIR’s known record of association with supporters of terrorism, “lawmakers have gone right on singing CAIR’s praises and doing its bidding. That agenda includes suing John Doe witnesses, censoring critics of Islamism and denying the FBI antiterror tools.” CAIR itself sued the John Does, but Ellison appeared at the imams’ convention in suburban Minneapolis prior to the departure that gave rise to CAIR’s production of the flying imams’ lawsuit. Keith Ellison deserves special recognition among the lawmakers to whom IBD refers.