Human Eventsby Jed Babbin
The Muslim activist organization CAIR was attempting to plant Muslim interns in the offices of congressmen who are on committees affecting US national security, a CAIR memo dated 13 January 2007 reveals.
The CAIR memo says, in part:
â€œWe will focus on influencing congressmen responsible for policy that directly impacts the American Muslim community. (For example, the judiciary, intelligence, and homeland security committees.) We will develop national initiatives such as a lobby day and placing Muslim interns in Congressional offices.â€
The memo, revealed this morning in a press conference held by Reps. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.), John Shadegg, Paul Broun (R-Ga.) and Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) can be read in full here (pdf).
The members joined in demanding that the Justice Department and the IRS investigate CAIR (the IRS because CAIR is a Section 501 (c ) (3) tax-exempt organization which is prohibited from lobbying.) They also asked the Congressional Sergeant of Arms to investigate and report whether any of the CAIR interns were actually planted in the House.
CAIRâ€™s activist agenda -- known for years -- has been extensively reported by HUMAN EVENTS and our columnist Robert Spencer. The organizationâ€™s claim that it is a â€œcivil rights organizationâ€ has been disproven so many times as to make it risible.
As Spencer reported in August 2007, â€œSeveral CAIR officials, including its Community Affairs Director, Bassem Khafagi; a Board member of CAIRâ€™s Texas chapter, Ghassan Elashi; CAIRâ€™s communications specialist and civil rights coordinator, Randall Todd Ismail Royer; and fundraiser Rabih Haddad have been convicted of various terrorism-related offenses.â€
The Justice Department labeled CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case. In November 2008, HLF and five of its leaders were convicted by a Dallas federal jury on charges of providing material support (more than $12 million) to Hamas, a designated foreign terrorist organization.
In FBI sworn testimony in that trial, according to an October 7, 2008 report in the Dallas Morning News â€œcrime blog,â€ Special Agent Lara Burns was going over transcripts from â€œthe Philadelphia meeting,â€ a 1993 meeting between HLF officials and Hamas sympathizers that the government argued was meant to brainstorm ways to downplay the Holy Land Foundationâ€™s extremist ties.
According to that report, the testimony turned to one of the HLF defendants, Shukri Abu Baker. According to the Dallas Morning News blog report:
[Baker] is quoted on the wiretap transcript talking about how it would be beneficial to have more traditional, secular American organizations to help spread the Islamist message.
He and others envisioned an â€œalternativeâ€ organization â€œwhich can benefit from a new atmosphere, one whose Islamic hue is not very conspicuous,â€ he said according to the transcript.
Prosecutor Barry Jonas asked Burns whether any groups formed after the Philadelphia gathering fit this mold.
â€œCAIR,â€ she answered.
Why werenâ€™t the CAIR interns aimed at the Agriculture or Small Business committees? Thatâ€™s only one of the many unanswered questions raised today.
More on this story in Connie Hairâ€™s column in HUMAN EVENTS tomorrow.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mr. Babbin is the editor of Human Events and HumanEvents.com. He served as a deputy undersecretary of defense in President George H.W. Bush's administration. He is the author of "In the Words of our Enemies"(Regnery,2007) and (with Edward Timperlake) of "Showdown: Why China Wants War with the United States" (Regnery, 2006) and "Inside the Asylum: Why the UN and