July 19, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNew.org - An article, first appearing on the neocommunist AlterNet website charges "Florida Tea Party To Host Radical Islamophobe Who Said Muslims Shouldnt Hold Political Office."
It is of course expected that the hard left would jump to support the baseless charges recently made by the NAACP, that the Tea Party movement is rife with racists.
Within Alternet's screed however is contained an additional critique, charging the Tea Party with Islamophobia.
What is mind bending about the charge is not any substance that it contains - of course that is entirely lacking - but that the allegation is made by the radical Muslim organization CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations.
CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in America's largest [and most successful] prosecution of terror funding, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation. During this proceeding, the founder of the Texas chapter of CAIR, Ghassan Elashi and four other defendants were found guilty on all 107 charges of variously working to fund the Palestinian terrorist group HAMAS to the tune of $12 million.
According to the NEFA Foundation, a terror watchdog group:
"Arguably one of the most important outcomes of the case was that the FBI reevaluated its relationship with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), after significant evidence emerged during the trials about CAIR's links to the U.S. Hamas infrastructure. In an October 2008 letter to invitees to the Muslim Community Outreach Program, the Special Agent in Charge of the Oklahoma City Field Office announced that the meeting would be postponed until further notice as a result of the planned participation by the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)." Then, in a March 2009 CNN interview, FBI spokesman John Miller noted that the FBI aims to avoid "formally constructed partnerships" with CAIR, and pointed out that "Our concerns relate to a number of distinct narrow issues specific to CAIR and its national leadership." And, responding to an inquiry from Senators Kyl, Schumer, and Coburn, the FBI has provided the most comprehensive explanation, to date, of its issues with CAIR. According to the letter, during the HLF trial, "evidence was introduced that demonstrated a relationship among CAIR, individual CAIR founders (including its current President Emeritus and its Executive Director) and the Palestine Committee. Evidence was also introduced that demonstrated a relationship between the Palestine Committee and HAMAS, which was designated as a terrorist organization in 1995. In light of that evidence the FBI has suspended all formal contacts between CAIR and the FBI. The FBI's decision to suspend formal contacts was not intended to reflect a wholesale judgment of the organization and its entire membership. Nevertheless, until we can resolve whether there continues to be a connection between CAIR or its executives and HAMAS, the FBI does not view CAIR as an appropriate liaison partner." In February 2010, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich sent a letter to four members of Congress , in which he said, trial transcripts
contain testimony and other evidence
trial which demonstrated a relationship among CAIR, individual CAIR founders, and the Palestine Committee. Evidence was also introduced that demonstrated a relationship between the Palestine Committee and HAMAS, which was designated as a terrorist organization in 1995." [source, http://www.nefafoundation.org/hlfdocs.html]
It should be noted that this story was originally broken by Stephen Emerson's Investigative Project.
Thus we have an organization that has been thoroughly discredited - labeled by historian Daniel Pipes as being "terror friendly" - pointing the finger at a movement, the Tea Party, which has distinguished itself for its inclusiveness, absence of racism and peaceful activism.
In normal times developments such as this would be laughable, however in the current state of affairs it's only another example of the unholy alliance between the neocommunist left and the stealth jihadists.
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