Right Side News has published a review of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) position on the recent U.S. criminal complaint alleging an Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador. The article begins:
OCTOBER 2011 00:00 IPT NEWS A criminal complaint issued last week alleging members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force plotted to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States triggered bi-partisan outrage in Washington and international condemnation. The plot, had it not been interdicted by federal law enforcement, was seen as a potential act of war on American soil by a hostile regime. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton labeled it an international act of terrorism. But there has been an odd silence from America’s national Islamist organizations. None has issued a release on the case. And when officials from the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) have commented, they have criticized the government’s case and spoken in defense of the Iranian regime. Executive directors Zahra Billoo of CAIR-San Francisco and Dawud Walid of CAIR-Michigan challenged the case’s legitimacy, calling out Attorney General Eric Holder and accusing the FBI of fabrication and entrapment. The plot unraveled when Mannsor Arbabsiar, a naturalized American citizen of Iranian descent, reached out to what he thought was a representative of the Zeta drug cartel to carry out the attack. The representative really was a Drug Enforcement Agency informant who recorded Arbabsiar’s conversations. Arbabsiar is in custody, charged with conspiracies to murder a foreign official, to use a weapon of mass destruction, and conspiracy to commit an act of international terrorism transcending national boundaries. Since then, CAIR-National has linked to an article on a leftist website from its Twitter account, posting the headline, “US Officials Peddle False Intel to Support Terror Plot Claims.”
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An earlier post discussed an appearance by CAIR leaver Ibrahim Hooper on Iranian TV where he complained that “The rise of anti-Muslim sentiment in our society is being generated by a cottage industry of Muslim bashers and Islamophobic groups.” Another post discussed a previous appearance by Mr. Hooper on Iranian TV where he said that “we [CAIR] are the first defenders of the constitution.”
Documents released in the Holy Land Trial have revealed that the founders and current leaders of CAIR were part of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood as well as identifying the organization itself as being part of the US. Brotherhood. A recent post discussed an interview with the Deputy leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in which he confirms a relationship between his organization and CAIR. Investigative research posted on GMBDW had determined that CAIR had it origins in the U.S. Hamas infrastructure and CAIR and its leaders have a long history of defending almost all individuals accused of terrorism by the US. government, frequently calling such prosecutions a “war on Islam.” In 2009, a US federal judge ruled “The Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with HLF, the Islamic Association for Palestine (“IAP”), and with Hamas.”