June 10, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – The Tennessee based, Times Free Press, published a hit piece yesterday directed at Republican candidate for president, Senator Ted Cruz [R-TX]. It was written by one of the organization’s staff writers, Andy Sher, for whom we left two voice-mails, neither of which were returned as we go to press.
The text of the article infers that Mr. Cruz is an “Islamophobe” because he hired Kevin Kookogey as his Tennessee presidential campaign chair, whom the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] claims is anti-Muslim as well as being “Islamophobic.”
“…Ted Cruz has named former Williamson County GOP chairman Kevin Kookogey, a critic of Sharia law, as his Tennessee chairman. Now, the U.S. senator is drawing fire from the Council on American-Islamic Relations which on Tuesday urged Cruz to drop Kookogey because of what the group called "his longstanding support for anti-Muslim and Islamophobic causes." [source, Andy Sher, Update: Ted Cruz's pick for Tennessee chairman draws fire from Islamic activists , Times Free Press]
CAIR is a known quantity, and as we recently wrote in a feature piece - Islamic Jihad, Cultural Marxism and the West - closely associated with the Arab terrorist group HAMAS according to Federal Court documents.
“Our analysis begins with one of the most consequential [though little known] legal cases of this era, the landmark federal terror prosecution, "United States of America v. Holy Land Foundation For Relief And Development, et al," Case No. 3:04-CR-240-G, November 30, 2005. Also see 2004 DOJ announcement Holy Land Foundation Leaders, Accused of Providing Material Support to Hamas Terrorist Organization .
It was a long and complex undertaking, uncovering the funding structure established in the United States which channeled at least $12 million directly to the "Palestinian"1. terrorist group, HAMAS. After being unable to render a verdict in the first trial, a streamlined case was prepared for the second prosecution. The result of which found all of the defendants guilty on a combined total of 108 charges. Of note, one of those convicted was Ghassan Elashi. Elashi had helped found the Texas chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations and was already serving a long prison term, having been convicted in another terror-related case, U.S. v. InfoCom, when the Holy Land decision was handed down.
The sheer volume of evidence submitted by the government at trial was overwhelming to the point of being intimidating, but for terror researchers and national security professionals it was a treasure trove of critical new information. For the first time it became possible to understand the dimensions of a paradigm shifting new player in the game, a process whereby the jihad could be carried on without a shot being fired.
Two exhibits in particular, showed how all-encompassing this strategy is and how many domestic Muslim Brotherhood/HAMAS linked organizations are involved in an effort to subvert the United States.
A. The first of these was a government filing [see, List of Unindicted Co-conspirators and/or Joint Venturers, PipeLineNews.org] naming dozens of these terror friendly domestic Muslim groups, including the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR], the Islamic Society of North America [ISNA] and the North American Islamic Trust [NAIT, an Islamic waqf] which holds the deed to many radical American mosques.
[Note: both CAIR and ISNA are considered valuable partners by the Obama White House despite their odious connection to the Muslim Brotherhood/HAMAS. Please refer to Steve Emerson and John Rossomando, A Red Carpet for Radicals at the White House , Investigative Project on Terrorism]
In post prosecution actions following the convictions in U.S. v. Holy Land, these organizations were specifically linked - by name - to Hamas by United States District Court [Northern District of Texas] judge Jorge Solis in an opinion which read in part, ‘The government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, NAIT, with NAIT, the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas," U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Solis said in the July 1, 2009, ruling.’ [source, The Investigative Project, Federal Dist. Court filing ]”
The preceding seems to fairly well establish that CAIR is a discredited stealth-jihadist group which is associated with HAMAS.
Our take on this is simple:
Upon what basis does journo Sher draw the conclusion that the Council on American Islamic Relations has any moral authority to be considered credible?
We offer two hypotheses regarding this matter, either the author is completely ignorant regarding the subject matter with which he deals in this piece, or he is simply another lackey lefty polemicist.
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