Monday, April 7, 2008

The FBI and CAIR

According to a recent report on Insight (, the FBI is now using the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to train its agents about Islam. This is, as the report notes, highly illogical. "On the one hand, federal prosecutors in Dallas accused CAIR of being a co-conspirator [in the Holy Land Foundation case, which ended in a mistrial last year and will be retried this summer], and cite FBI-gathered evidence. On the other hand, the FBI embraces CAIR."

CAIR, currently the most influential Muslim organization in America, has become embroiled in controversy. The Insight report provides a quick introduction to the dispute. It summarizes key accusations leveled by Steven Emerson's Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) (see his website on the right under 'links') in a series of 10 reports: he charges that CAIR's "primary goals are to silence and de-legitimize its critics and redefine what it means to be a moderate Muslim," that it serves as the political lobbying arm for Hamas, and that it receives Saudi funding. The Insight report also carries CAIR's denial of all these charges (for those interested, CAIR's website is

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