Monday, October 7, 2013

WTF ? It Seems CAIR Couldn't Care Less !

It was a sell-out crowd at the Council of American-Islamic Relations' 19th annual fundraising banquet last weekend at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. That's right, the same neighbourhood where Arlington Cemetery holds the bodies of military personal who gave up their lives defending the United States' Constitution and the freedoms Americans continue to enjoy today. And one of the featured attractions was a notorious imam who has variously supported stoning or jailing apostates (those people who have had a gutful of Islam), the arming of American Muslims and turning the U.S. into an Islamic state governed by Saudi-style Sharia law. This scumbag's name is Siraj Wahhaj (photo right) who actually lives in Brooklyn, New York, is also one of the unindicted co-conspirators of the 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center.

''He has a message of Islam reigning supreme, and mixed with his message is the fact of the U.S. being an evil country and defending terrorism.'' says Steven Emerson, a former CNN newsman who now heads the investigative Project on Terrorism, one of world's largest storehouses of archival data and intelligence on Islamic and Middle Eastern terrorist groups. He added, ''Wahhaj is infamous for statements like 'in time, this so-called democracy will crumble and there will be nothing. The only thing that will remain will be Islam' and he smiles when he says, 'If Allah says stone them to death, then you stone them to death, because it's the obedience of Allah and his messenger, Muhammad -- nothing personal.'''

Wahhaj has served as board member of CAIR, a Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas front group I mentioned in a previous post last month. He was also the first Muslim to deliver the daily prayer in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1991. ''On that occasion he recited from the Quran and appealed to the Almighty to guide American leaders,'' wrote Daniel Pipes, another expert on Islam. A little over a year later, Pipes recalls, addressing an audience of New Jersey Muslims, he articulated a rather different vision from his moderate invocation in the House. He mused, ''If only Muslims were more clever politically, they could take over the U.S. and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate. If we were united and strong, we'd elect our own emir and give allegiance to him.''

While CAIR continues to tell the public in its media guide however, ''There is a common misperception among Westerns that the Quran teaches violence''  According to another FBI veteran familiar with recent and ongoing cases involving CAIR officials, ''Their offices have been a turnstile for terrorists and their supporters.'' He mentions a videotaped sermon (May 8, 1992) where Wahhaj makes it clear that, contrary to CAIR's media guide, ''When Allah demands us to fight, we're not stopping and nobody's stopping us. Believe me, brothers and sisters, Muslims in America are the most strategic Muslims on Earth. He exhorted the faithful to go into ''the hood and the prisons and covert them, and then arm them and train them to carry out Uzi jihad. The American government's worst nightmare is one day that Muslims wake those people up in South Central Los Angeles and other inner-city areas.''

After so many years of official and media ''heat'' the Council on American-Islamic Relations officially no longer exists. The organization that's so closely connected to terrorist networks that the FBI won't let its agents use it as a liaison to the Muslim community, and yet so politically valuable to the Democrat Party that Obama administration won't prosecute it for terrorist activities, is now known as the Washington Trust Foundation -- or ''WTF'' for short. The timing of the name change, quietly filed three months ago with the District of Columbia, is suspicious. CAIR hasn't filed a complete tax return with the IRS in five years, but has filed numerous requests for reincorporation with the District of Columbia.

Congressional investigators worry CAIR is creating shell entities to hide foreign donations in violation of federal law. Since 2008, when the FBI publicly cut off ties to CAIR, the group has struggled to raise money inside the United States and has stepped up its overseas fundraising, manly in the Middle East. That same year, 2008, CAIR also created an entity known as the Muslim Peace Foundation. One of the foundation's principals is a black Muslim convert, Adul Malik, who was a close friend of the late American-born al-Qaida (drone-killed) cleric Anwar Awlaki, who ministered to some of the 9/11 hijackers at the Dar-al-Hijrah Islamic mosque outside Washington before fleeing to Yemen. Malik still works at the mosque.

''I am concerned that CAIR Director Nihad Awad  photo right (who remains on the government's unindicted terrorist co-conspirators list) may be soliciting -- and receiving -- funds from other unsavoury foreign governments and organizations, including some that may be sponsors of terror,'' wrote Republican Rep Frank Wolf, who heads a House judiciary subcommittee, in a letter to the IRS commissioner. The American Freedom Law Center, a public-interest law firm advised by former federal prosecutor, Andrew McCarthy, says, ''CAIR has been running a global criminal money laundering operation out of the nation's capital. CAIR first started this ''scheme'' in 2005, which at that time was an IRS-approved lobbying organization. CAIR's  problem was that as a registered lobbying group it had to report to the IRS the source of funds received over $5000. The specific problem was that CAIR was receiving millions of dollars from oil-rich Gulf Arabs.

The Way I See avoid reporting these millions of dollars from the dubious Islamic sources and to avoid registering as an agent for foreign sovereigns as required by federal law, CAIR created a separate company called CAIR Foundation (now known as Washington Trust Foundation) to serve as an IRS approved charitable organization. CAIR has now ceased all its operations and simply became a holding company, transferring, at least on accounting books, all of its employees and equipment to WTF.

The result is that CAIR (Inc), the holding company, now receives millions of dollars from foreign Islamic sources every year, acting in effect as a foreign agent for these foreign governments but only has to report the amounts of it income and not its sources. CAIR (Inc) then transfers these monies to WTF as ''loans'' or ''grants'', and WTF only has to report its source as CAIR, and not the actual Mideast sources. The result is a more sophisticated criminal money laundering operation that allows CAIR to funnel millions of dollars into a lobbying group fronting as a charity without the legally required disclosure of sources. The obvious question to be asked now is whether the IRS and President Obama is politically motivated to finally prosecute CAIR and its founders for their direct and indirect involvement in the material support of terrorism and the undermining of America's democracy.

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