RECOMMENDED READING “Keystone Cronies: State Agency Colludes with CAIR-PA”


The Islamist Watch has published a report titled “Keystone Cronies: State Agency Colludes with CAIR-PA” detailing the cooperation between the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). The report begins:

Tasked with administering and enforcing the state’s anti-discrimination laws, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) has become entangled in aiding an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood in its goal of stigmatizing and silencing any criticism of Islam or Muslims, including those engaged in terrorism. The law that created the PHRC empowers it to ‘track incidents of bias that may cause community tension and to educate the general public, law enforcement, educators and government officials in order to prevent discrimination and foster equal opportunity.’ Occurrences labeled ‘bias incidents’ are logged into a monthly ‘bias report’ that is forwarded to the Pennsylvania State Police, who decide whether to investigate items appearing there. Thus, the PHRC generates a government-sanctioned report card on the level and types of intergroup tensions and possible hate crimes within the commonwealth. In the words of one PHRC official: ‘We use the bias report to inform the Legislature about trends and for our community education purposes.’ In a better world, this course of action might be considered admirable. But in Harrisburg a system has evolved by which CAIR-PA,[1] the local affiliate of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, an organization declared an unindicted co-conspirator in America’s most significant terror financing trial, can manipulate data and push the pernicious myth that the U.S. is filled with hateful, anti-Muslim citizens. How does it accomplish this? The PHRC convenes a working group, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Civil Tension, whose purpose is ‘to prevent and/or respond to bias-related incidents and the escalation of intergroup tensions’ in Pennsylvania. It includes representatives from the FBI, state police, state attorney general’s office, and numerous public and private advocacy organizations throughout Pennsylvania. One of these is CAIR-PA. Beginning in 2004, and increasing in tempo from 2006 to the present, CAIR-PA has fed the PHRC items that it claims demonstrate bias against Muslims. These items then end up in the PHRC’s bias reports with no apparent reflection on whether they truly constitute bias incidents, actually took place, or ought to appear in a report intended to focus on Pennsylvania.

Read the rest here.

A post from last week reported that new Congressional legislation contains a report recommending that the Attorney General sever its ties with CAIR as the FBI has already done.  A post from 2009 reported on the state of relations between the FBI and CAIR, characterizing them as having no formal contact.

 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.”


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