The data: muslim informants preventing terrorism – http://blog.beliefnet.com/cityofbrass/2012/02/muslim-informants-prevent-domestic-terror-the-data.html
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In addition to expressing apprehension based on King’s bias against Muslims, much of the story revolves around the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and whether its alleged historical roots in Hamas or its perceived extremism (e.g. a charge that it does not encourage cooperation with law enforcement) make it a problematic representative for the American Muslim community.
Umar Lee, among others, finds the quotes of Muslims such as Mohammad Elibiary regarding CAIR to be outrageous and offensive. Regardless of one thinks of CAIR, I certainly agree it is an organization more representative of the American Muslim community than Mr. Elibiary, who is currently advising the Department of Homeland Security and who is a longtime Republican in addition to being a Muslim activist. Actually, with Elibiary, Suhail Khan and Zuhdi Jasser, this one Politico article may have referenced all three remaining Muslim members of the Republican party in the United States.
Lot more of interest to discuss in the way the article portrays the American Muslim community.
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A PROMINENT Muslim group has applauded the heroism of passengers who prevented a man with reported links to Al-Qaeda from trying to blow up an airplane as it approached Detroit on Christmas Day.
“Those brave and vigilant passengers who stopped the perpetrator should be commended for their heroism,” said Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.
The Washington group said it was “relieved to know the attempted plot was foiled” and urged greater vigilance to prevent further attacks.
NPR weekend edition reports on the riff between the FBI and CAIR. Two issues: Holy Land Foundation trial and informants in mosques. It’s nothing new to regular readers here, but you do get to hear from principles at CAIR, MPAC and the FBI talking about their positions themselves, rather than summarized by reporters and bloggers.
Personally, I don’t have a problem with law enforcement infiltrating groups working to commit violence, but these informants are targeting the whole community when they wander into mosques. We also know from recent cases that the informants go in with a mandate to entrap otherwise harmless people described as “aspirational terrorists,” thereby creating ‘show trials’ and opportunities for career advancement on the part of FBI G-men for ‘breaking up terrorist cells.’ That’s why they hire professional liars as informants. We also know that US Muslims who have otherwise tried to be dutiful good citizens and report violence-espousing people have become the object of FBI strong-arm tactics to coerce them into becoming informants against their will.