Obama sides with Islamic group over FBI. WASHINGTON – Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., had a succinct analysis of the Obama administration’s latest diplomatic move and how it appeared to conflict with FBI’s own assessment.
“The president is going exactly in the opposite direction of trying to stamp out terrorism,” she told WND upon hearing why Obama administration officials had huddled earlier in the week with representatives from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, and the Muslim American Society, or MAS.
According to a statement on CAIR’s website, representatives from the two U.S.-based Islamic groups met with senior government officials on December 22, and pledged to work together to counter a decision by the United Arab Emirates, or UAE, on November 15, to put CAIR and MAS on its list of foreign terrorist groups.
The UAE also outlawed the two organizations and declared CAIR and MAS to be front groups for the terrorist organization the Muslim Brotherhood. The FBI severed contacts with CAIR in 2009 as “not an appropriate liaison partner” for the bureau because of evidence linking the group and its founders to Hamas, which the U.S. lists as a terrorist organization. Hamas runs Gaza and was founded as an offshoot of the jihadist organization the Muslim Brotherhood, based in Egypt.
“It’s interesting that the administration has parted ways with it’s own position and is now meeting with a U.S. court designated co-conspirator of terrorist financing,” observed Bachmann. Federal prosecutors named CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial over a plot to fund Hamas. In November 2008, in the biggest terrorism financing trial in U.S. history, Holy Land Foundation members were convicted of sending millions of dollars to Hamas.
Justice Department prosecutors implicated CAIR and other prominent Islamic organizations in the U.S. in the conspiracy and said they had acted at the direction of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorism. Nonetheless, on Monday, State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said, “The United States does not consider these U.S. organizations (CAIR and MAS) to be terrorist organizations” and had asked the UAE for more information on the decision.
When a reporter noted the head of CAIR has been a White House guest and frequently visits the State Department, Rathke claimed CAIR was just one of many “faith-based groups” which had met with U.S. government officials. “They obviously feel that the heat is off and once again are meeting with unindicted co-conspirators,” said Bachmann.
The congresswoman said she had no doubt that CAIR was a front group for jihadis because of all the evidence cited in the bill she introduced calling on the Obama administration to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization. “CAIR is a front group for the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States, as is the Muslim Student Association, and they try to present a storefront view of moderate, mainstream Muslim thought when, in fact, they are just the opposite.”