U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) once again cannot make up his mind about the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), who has had ties to Islamic radicals and terrorism when in 2003, Schumer stated that CAIR is known “to have ties to terrorism,” and cutting off contact with the Islamist group “should be government-wide policy.”
Now, according to The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), Schumer is now praising CAIR by saying, “CAIR is to be applauded for its determination to continue to spread humanity around the world and to cultivate mutual understanding amongst Americans of all backgrounds and cultures … I know that the Council on American-Islamic Relations will continue to serve New York State and the nation for many years to come.”
IPT reported that Schumer’s comments critical of CAIR came during a 2003 Senate hearing and in 2009 correspondence with the FBI. The praise came in a letter written for the group’s annual fundraising banquet last fall.
IPT went on to say that in 2009, Schumer joined with Republican Senate colleagues Jon Kyl of Arizona and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma in writing to the FBI to praise reports that the Bureau had cut off all non-criminal investigative contact with CAIR due to its roots in a Hamas-support network. The Investigative Project on Terrorism broke the news about the FBI policy to shun CAIR one month earlier.
IPT is now asking questions of which assessment does Schumer believe. IPT reached out to Schumer to clarify his statements and IPT stated, “He’s not saying. Emails and a telephone call seeking comment from his office in recent weeks drew no response.”
IPT went to narrate the history of CAIR’s radicalism and stated that recently, the group’s seminars use scare tactics to tell Muslims not to talk with FBI agents. The San Francisco chapter went further, publishing a cartoon urging Muslim Americans to “Build a Wall of Resistance: Don’t Talk to the FBI.”
“Yet Schumer is simply the latest in a parade of politicians to bless CAIR with his endorsement and the imprimatur of legitimacy, “IPT stated.
“Such accolades are staples at banquets which raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for CAIR chapters throughout the country, “said IPT. “In Illinois, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, a former top aide to presidents Obama and Clinton, were among dozens of politicians, mostly Democrats, who lauded CAIR in messages similar to Schumer’s.”
“It’s an astonishing number of people who are charged with safeguarding America, and who should by now know about the evidence tying CAIR to Hamas. Some, like Schumer and Durbin, have expressed knowledge of this fact in the past but still see no problem lending their names, and the credibility of their offices, to propping up a branch of a Hamas-support network, “said IPT.
“Democrats and their allies are fond of ridiculing their opponents as ignorant rubes who ignore evidence to advance a political view. What do they call this?”
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