An unindicted co-conspirator in a terror funding case holds an event that puts the FBI on the hotseat. The Feds could have seized the opportunity to ask the CAIR rep some questions about that organization’s own origins in the Hamas front group the Islamic Association for Palestine, the terror arrests of CAIR officials, and its own attachment to Islamic supremacism in general. They could have called upon the Muslims at the meeting to demonstrate their professed rejection of terrorism with genuine action. They didn’t.
“Muslims Grill FBI Agents on Key Issues,” by Sameen Tahir-Khan for Arab News (thanks to Sr. Soph):
COLUMBUS, 18 March 2008 “” The FBI was interrogated for a change yesterday by members of the Muslim community at an event sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) at the Sunrise Academy in Columbus.
Officials engaged in the discourse as part of the FBI”s so-called Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST) program, which aims to improve relations with minority groups. Scheduled speakers at the event were special agents Kevin Bennett, Steve Flowers and Eric Thomas. The No. 1 concern in the audience was related to federal wiretapping, other forms of privacy invasion and the profiling of Muslims.
“Its not as easy as it seems (to get permission to phone tap),” said Flower. “We have to go before a federal judge and show evidence and get legal permission.” But recent legislation has loosened these restrictions, especially when it comes to the surveillance of communications to and from overseas locations.
But Bennett attempted to assure Muslims that their phones were not being tapped. Flowers said that the three men the FBI prosecuted in Ohio “” Ayman Faris, Christopher Paul and Nurudin Abdi “” were arrested after years of careful evidence gathering. Flowers said the FBI must do its job fighting not just terrorism from Islamic extremists but also domestic terrorist groups such as the Army of God and the Aryan Nation.
Still, he conceded that in the shadow of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the FBI views Islamic terrorist groups as the biggest threat to national security ands the groups most likely to instigate a massive terrorist act inside the United States.
Hind, a Saudi attendee wanted to know why the media singles out Muslims and Middle Easterners as “terrorists and extremists” and never used those terms for domestic terrorists. Flowers replied that the media do this because it is sensationalism to use language like that.
What a lot of hooey. The media is very, very careful, as we have demonstrated here again and again, to gloss over, ignore, cover up any connection between Islam and terrorism. Check out, for example, the last few stories on the Thai jihad as analyzed on the Jihad Watch side.
The head of CAIR in Ohio, Asma Mobin-uddin, tried to calm the attendees when emotions ran high and questions got more heated. She told the FBI agents that this was an indication of the frustrations that the Muslims felt.
“Many are frustrated because they have filed immigration for their family members but because some people have a certain name, it seems their background checks take much longer,” she said….
Yes, and for perfectly legitimate reasons.