Thursday, January 13, 2011
CAIR Says, "Don't Talk to the FBI"
"Subject to misinterpretation"
(Hat tip to the Investigative Project on Terrorism)
Steve Emerson's Investigative Project on Terrorism has posted the below article. Let's be fair here and use the words of CAIR itself in the San Francisco poster.
If you read the announcement, the featured speaker for the February event in Oakland will be Hatem Abudayyed., head of the Arab American Action Network, whose home was raided by the FBI on September 24, 2010. Here is what Discover the Networks has to say about him.
Guess who founded the Arab American Action Network. That would be none other than Rashid Khalidi, who happens to be a pal of Barack Obama.
Oh, that's just guilt by association, you say. Of course. There is no connection between Abudayyed and the White House.
The Council on American Islamic Relations fancies itself as the legal arm of the American Muslim community. They are not although they have instigated several lawsuits alleging discrimination. A true lawyer can tell his or her client if they are charged with a crime not to answer questions from law enforcement. Yet, here we have this organization now advising Muslims not to talk to the FBI when they are investigating suspected terrorist activity. What has now become indisputable is that there are some Muslims in this country who are planning to do us harm. The attacks and attempted attacks are well-documented.
Does that mean that all or even most Muslims are in that category? No, of course not, and I have written many times on the need not to blame them for the acts of others. However, the FBI and other agencies have a legitimate need to contact people in the community who may have information or suspicions about others. This is not for the purpose of harassing or intimidating American Muslims; it is in the effort to save lives. There is no reason why American Muslims should not cooperate. There have been instances when individual Muslims provided specific information which saved lives. For CAIR to oppose that and advise Muslims not to talk to law enforcement is irresponsible and can only add to more suspicion being directed toward the Muslim community. That does not serve the Muslim community in general.
If you go to the website of virtually any CAIR chapter, you will see article after article alleging discrimination upon Muslims. You would think there was some sort of non-stop pogrom going on in the US. That is a gross distortion if not an outright lie.
Update: CAIR has announced that it is taking down the controversial poster. Spokesman Ibrahim Hooper stated that the poster could be "misinterpreted."