Mayor Gloomberg hosted slumlord Daisy the Khan and thug "developer" Sharif El-Gamal (with a rap sheet a mile long) at a Ramadan dinner. What is little known is that Hamas-linked, Muslim Brotherhood front, un-indicted co-conspirator CAIR's New York chief, Zead Ramadan, was there.
The Mayor has his own little terror cell party right there in Gracie Mansion. He is more dangerous than the stealth jihadists. You almost have to wonder if someone is blackmailing him. These racketeers have more dirt on them (open source) than Pig Pen, and yet the mayor of our fair city said that investigating them "goes against what the nation stands for."
CAIR operatives have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Nor does he mention that CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case. Or that several of its former officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. Or that two of its other officials have made Islamic supremacist statements. Nor does he mention that CAIR also was involved in the Flying Imams' intimidation suit against the passengers who reported their suspicious behavior.
CAIR has attempted to intimidate the FBI and JTTF and dictate their choice of speakers, and in doing so retailed numerous false charges, defamation, distortions, and outright lies about me, SIOA, and Pamela Geller.
CAIR has a long record of duplicity and deception. Although it has received millions of dollars in donations from foreign Islamic entities, it has not registered as a foreign agent as required by the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), despite spreading Islamic supremacist propaganda within the United States.
Although it presents itself as a civil rights group, CAIR actually has numerous links to Islamic supremacist and jihad groups. CAIR founders Omar Ahmad and Niwad Awad (who still serves as CAIR's executive director) were present at a Hamas planning meeting in Philadelphia in 1993 where they and other Hamas operatives conspired to raise funds for Hamas and to promote jihad in the Middle East. CAIR has steadfastly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups.
Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror:
* Ghassan Elashi, founder of CAIR's Texas chapter, in 2009 received a 65-year prison sentence for funneling over $12 million from the Islamic charity known as the Holy Land Foundation to the jihad terrorist group Hamas, which is responsible for murdering hundreds of Israeli civilians
* Mousa Abu Marzook, a former CAIR official, was in 1995 designated by the U.S. government in 1995 as a "terrorist and Hamas leader." He now is a Hamas leader in Syria.
* Randall Royer, CAIR's former civil rights coordinator, in 2004 began serving a 20-year prison sentence for aiding al-Qaida and the Taliban against American troops in Afghanistan and recruiting for Lashkar e-Taiba, the jihadist group responsible for the 2008 Mumbai jihad massacres.
* Bassem Khafagi, CAIR's former community relations director, was arrested for involvement with the Islamic Assembly of North America, which was linked to al-Qaida. After pleading guilty to visa and bank fraud charges, Khafagi was deported.
* Rabih Haddad, a former CAIR fundraiser, was deported for his work with the Global Relief Foundation (which he co-founded), a terror-financing organization.
In 1998 Omar Ahmad, CAIR's co-founder and longtime Board Chairman, said: "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth."
After he received unwelcome publicity as a result of this statement, Ahmad denied saying it, several years after the fact. However, the original reporter, Lisa Gardiner of the Fremont Argus, stands by her story.
CAIR's spokesman Ibrahim Hooper once said: "I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future."
Worse still, the dinner guest list includes other members of organizations with a similar sensibility to CAIR's.
Nobody else seems to have noticed that one of Bloomberg's guests at the dinner, where he once again slimed opponents of the proposed Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero as bigots, was Zead Ramadan, board president of the New York office of the Council on American Islamic relations. And two other CAIR New York officials were on the official guest list.
The organization, which terrorism expert Steve Emerson has called a "radical fundamentalist front group for Hamas."
The same CAIR that the feds named as an unindicted co-conspirator in its 2007 indictment of a Muslim charity for funneling money to Hamas.
The charity, the Holy Land Foundation, was found guilty. And the judge in the case denied CAIR's request to be taken off the list of co-conspirators.
And it's the same CAIR which Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has said, is an organization "we know has ties to terrorism."
Does he vet his guests? It only takes a simple Google search to read detailed accounts of CAIR's track record. That would seem the prudent thing to do given that Steve Emerson has extensively documented the cozy relationship many Muslim-American organizations have to radical Islam.
Indeed, the dinner guest list includes other members of organizations with a similar sensibility to CAIR.
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For example, Khaled Lamada of the Muslim American Society. According to Emerson the group has strong ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, which "has provided the ideological underpinnings for almost all modern Sunni Islamic terrorist groups."
For example, Khaled Lamada of the Muslim American Society. According to Emerson the group has strong ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, which "has provided the ideological underpinnings for almost all modern Sunni Islamic terrorist groups." Another definitely not Kosher Muslim American group invited to chow down with Bloomberg was the Muslim Public Affairs Council, which Emerson says has "followed a consistent pattern of defending designated terrorist organizations and their supporters, opposing U.S. counter terrorism efforts and spouting anti-Semitic rhetoric."
But ignorance is bliss. It makes a certain amount of perverse sense that Bloomberg would ignore or overlook the track record of CAIR and it's fellow travelers. He is determined to pretend that Islam has nothing to do with Islamic terrorism. That's a neat trick. Acting that way allows him to slime opponents of the planned Islamic Center near Ground Zero as just a bunch of irrational bigots. At his Iftar dinner Bloomberg said "Islam did not attack the World Trade Center --- Al-Qaeda did."
Islam didn't attack us on 9/11;Al Qaeda did?
Hello? Al-Qaeda is a fanatical Muslim organization. As JWR columnist Charles Krauthammer pointed out last month the 911 hijackers were not "freelance rogues." "They were the leading, and most successful, edge of a worldwide movement of radical Islamists with cells in every continent, with worldwide financial and theological support, with a massive media and propaganda arm, and with an archipelago of local sympathizers, as in northwestern Pakistan, who protect and guard them."
CAIR strenuously denies any links to Hamas and says it does not support terrorism. But CAIR has refused to call Hamas a terrorist organization.
In any event, it's an article of faith in liberal precincts and with Bloomberg that Muslims are victims of bigotry. But who is really holding Muslim to a different standard than anyone else?
Suppose a Christian Right group was tied to violent extremists? It's a safe bet its representative wouldn't be invited by Bloomberg to celebrate the end of Easter. And, of course, the same kinds of people who claim it's anti-Muslim bigotry to oppose the Islamic Center near Ground Zero are not shy about savaging Fox News host Glenn Beck, a person of deep religious faith, for holding his rally on the same day and place where Martin Luther King gave his famous "I have a dream" speech in 1963. The Islamic Center proponents, far from being victimized, have generally not been subject to close media scrutiny. Time Magazine's cover story asking if the US is Islamophobic which focused on the mosque controversy. But the writer deliberately omitted from its profile of the Imam behind the Mosque the troubling fact that he refused to call Hamas a terrorist organization.
And here's something else the media should scrutinize.
It looks like CAIR and Daisy Khan, wife of the Imam behind the Islamic Center, are closely tied. Khan's group, the American Society for Muslim Advancement and CAIR's New York office are both located at 475 Riverside Drive, according to their websites. CAIR at Suite 244; Khan's group 248. The exchange for both groups' phone numbers is 870. CAIR New York offficials did not respond to requests for comment.