The Sun even called the FBI in Washington and got their response to this highly controversial Islamic organization:
“CAIR has been advised of the reasons behind our suspension of formal partnership,” the FBI stated. “These reasons include the fact that CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in United States v. Holy Land Foundation and CAIR’s failure to answer our questions about a connection between their executives and Hamas. Until these questions are answered, the FBI does not consider CAIR an appropriate partner for formal liaison activities.”
CAIR's National Communications Director, Ibrahim Hooper, responded to the Sun by saying: “It is particularly galling when we hear these kinds of smears because we know what we do on a daily basis. He said he hoped American leaders would stand by CAIR when these smears happen. Hooper is reportedly a former employee of the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP) which was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood (U.S. vs. HLF Exhibit 003-0003, page 5), an internal MB document used as an exhibit in the Holy Land Foundation Hamas terror funding trial. On their website it states Hooper has been with CAIR since it was founded. CAIR's founders, Nihad Awad, its former president Omar Amad and Rafeeq Jaaber were all employees of IAP.
It's quite noteworthy that the Council of American Islamic Relation's chapter in Oklahoma was specifically mentioned in a letter by the FBI when it severed it relations with the controversial Islamic group.
America should take immediate steps to end Israel’s"illegal and immoral” offensive against the Gaza Strip Hamas rulers, the executive director of the Oklahoma City chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Monday (1/5/09).
"...In Oklahoma, FBI officials had worked with CAIR's local branch from its founding in 2007 and attended the fundraising banquet that launched the office. But just over a year later, the local FBI froze all its programs involving CAIR.
FOXNews obtained a copy of the Oct. 8, 2008 letter sent by James E. Finch, special agent in charge of Oklahoma City, which canceled a session with local Muslim organizations "as a result of the planned participation by the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)."
Click here to read the letter, which was provided by the Investigative Project on Terrorism.
The new policy marks a major shift for the FBI, which has long been close to CAIR. The agency has previously invited CAIR to give training sessions for agents and used it as a liaison with the American Muslim community.
But not all CAIR branches have been told of the FBI's new policy. "Locally we have not had any reports, we have no letters from the FBI to suggest that" ties were being severed, said Ahmed Rehab, a spokesman in CAIR's Chicago office. "It's a working relationship and that remains in place."
It remains unclear whether CAIR's national office is still in contact with the FBI, as a formal statement from the bureau seemed to hold out the possibility for renewed engagement.
CAIR's executive director, Nihad Awad, attended a post-Sept. 11 meeting with then-FBI director Robert Mueller,and he met with other top brass as recently as 2006. But that was before Awad was shown to have participated in Hamas funding planning meetings with the Holy Land Foundation. Five officials were convicted in December of funneling $12.4 million to Hamas.
Right Side News, reported "...A spokesman for the FBI's Oklahoma City office referred questions -- to the FBI's national press office. In Washington, FBI spokesman John Miller said, "We've certainly been in contact with CAIR chapters" about the un-indicted co-conspirator designation. "The letter speaks for itself."
CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper declined to comment Wednesday when the IPT called for comment. Before hanging up, Hooper said "We're more than happy to cooperate with legitimate media. But we don't cooperate with those who promote anti-Muslim bigotry..."
YIPEE! The FBI has severed ties with CAIR, at least for now. There's reference to the Oklahoma City FBI office in the press release below, you may find interesting.
As many of zTruth readers know, the Islamic Society of Tulsa and Greater Oklahoma City have been very visible with their partnership with this questionable Islamic organization. The FBI had to cancel a meeting with local Oklahoma Muslim groups because of involvement by CAIR-OK, it appears.
I think this was a smart decision by the FBI to cut bate with CAIR, an outgrowth of the Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas infrastructure in America.
"It is a stunning rebuke to the organization which promotes itself as "arguably the most visible and public American Muslim organization." The decision to end contacts with CAIR was made quietly last summer as federal prosecutors prepared for a second trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), an Islamic charity convicted in November for illegally routing money to Hamas. CAIR was named as an un-indicted co-conspirator in the case.
Its name appears on a roster of "Palestine Committee" members. Evidence in the case shows the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas's parent organization, created the Palestine Committee to help Hamas politically and financially. CAIR founders Omar Ahmad and Nihad Awad, who remains the executive director, also appear on a telephone list of Palestine Committee members. The men also participated in a secret 1993 gathering of Hamas members and supporters called to discuss ways to "derail" U.S.-led peace efforts between Israelis and Palestinians.
The IPT obtained a letter from the FBI's Oklahoma City field office, which explained that a meeting with local Muslim groups had to be postponed due to restrictions on CAIR's access. For that to change, wrote James E. Finch, special agent in charge of the FBI's Oklahoma City field office, "certain issues must be addressed to the satisfaction of the FBI. Unfortunately, these issues cannot be addressed at the local level and must be addressed by the CAIR National Office in Washington, D.C."
FBI spokesman John Miller confirmed the letter's existence. Sources indicate similar correspondence was issued by other field offices..."