The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) along with other elements of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, have reported holding a press conference on the recent attacks on U.S. embassies where the CAIR Executive Director read a statement appearing to draw an equivalence between the embassy attackers and the filmmakers. According to the CAIR press release:
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/12/12) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned the ‘disgraceful’ killings of American diplomats in Libya and said that extremists must not be allowed to control the political and religious discourse worldwide. CAIR, a Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, made that statement at a noon news conference today on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., at which representatives of CAIR and other Muslim organizations* condemned both the killings of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other diplomats in that nation and the attack on the American embassy in Egypt.
[*NOTE: Other organizations represented at the news conference included the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim American Society – Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (MAS-PACE), the Council of Muslim Organizations of the Greater Washington, D.C., Area (CMO), the Libyan Emergency Task Force, and Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center.]
In his prepared statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
‘We condemn the disgraceful killings of the American diplomats in Libya in the strongest terms possible. We also condemn the attack on our nation’s diplomatic facilities in Libya and Egypt. The actions of the attackers are totally inexcusable and un-Islamic. ‘We agree with Secretary Clinton, who said that ‘violence like this is no way to honor religion or faith.’ The extremists who carried out these attacks deserve punishment, and the extremists who produced and promoted an intentionally inflammatory film deserve condemnation. ‘Islamic traditions include a number of instances in which the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had the opportunity to retaliate against those who abused him, but refrained from doing so.
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Aside from postulating an equivalence between those who murdered an innocent U.S. diplomat and the maker of a film, the statement’s characterization of the “actions of the attackers” as “un-Islamic” is reminiscent of similar characterizations of various terrorist attacks as part of the Global Muslim Brotherhood rhetorical deceptions on terrorism.
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.”
A Hudson Institute report also identifies Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Muslim American Society (MAS) as parts of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) is a less well-known part of the Muslim Brotherhood network in the U.S., generally thought to be closely tied to the Jamaat-e-Islami organization of Southeast Asia, itself known to be allied with the Muslim Brotherhood. Dar Al-Hijrah is also closely tied to the USMB.