You can say that again. At last the truth about the Council on American Islamic Relations is coming out. “CAIR Revealed,” from Investor’s Business Daily (thanks to DFS):
Trail Of Terror: We’ve wondered why the Council on American-Islamic Relations director has spurned Senate invitations to answer terror charges. Now we know.
For the first time, evidence in a major federal terror case puts CAIR’s current executive director “” Nihad Awad “” at a Philadelphia meeting of alleged Hamas leaders that was secretly recorded by the FBI.
After the Associated Press last week reported the bombshell, CAIR denied claims of ties to Hamas. “That’s one of those urban legends about CAIR,” said Parvez Ahmed, CAIR’s chairman. “It’s fed by the right-wing, pro-Israeli blogosphere.”
In fact, the evidence was revealed by an FBI agent who testified at the terror-financing trial under way in Dallas.
Her name is Lara Burns, and she’s the lead investigator in the case against operators of the Holy Land Foundation, the largest Muslim charity in America. CAIR, which she says received startup funding from HLF, is named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the case, according to court exhibits.
President Bush froze HLF’s funds after 9/11. It’s now accused of being a Hamas front, and its leaders “” including one of CAIR’s founding directors “” are on trial for allegedly funneling more than $12 million to aid Palestinian suicide-bombing operations.
Burns placed both Awad and his ethnic-Palestinian pal Omar Ahmed, who founded CAIR with Awad, at a Philly meeting last decade where she says Hamas leaders and supporters hatched a plot to disguise funds for Hamas suicide operations as charity for HLF.
CAIR claims to be the voice of American Muslims. If so, it’s been an especially loud one. But it has lost its credibility to speak honestly for any legitimate cause.