May 1, 2013

Rep. Louis Gohmert is that crazy relative that comes to family dinners and hisses under their napkin about "those people" and how they're "ruining America." Except Gohmert is in Congress, and isn't as easily dismissed as Aunt Gert at the end of the evening.

Via RightWingWatch, this little gem:

The FBI, on the same token, they have brought as you know what the Dallas federal court and the fifth circuit court of appeals identified as the two largest Muslim Brotherhood front organizations in America, CAIR and ISNA, and so you know they have been working with them, they have been advised by CAIR. They finally suspended their so-called partnership with CAIR but you have Muslim Brotherhood members who have advised the FBI and have been telling them things that just simply make it virtually impossible to properly and adequately investigate and defend this country. The job they did was really amazing considering the fact that they have purged their lexicon of any words that Muslim Brotherhood advisers have told them that they find offensive.

Oh, dear God. WTF is he talking about, you ask? If you want to slither down the rabbit hole of right wing insanity, try a Google search on Dallas FBI + CAIR. The results are conspiracy and Islamophobe sites, top to bottom. No hate is too small to include in those results. So don't try to figure it out that way.

Going straight to the source reveals a story more mundane but no less bizarre in how people like Gohmert have reacted to it. CAIR has a page dispelling the Internet nonsense flying around that Gohmert and Bachmann spew like it was fact. Here's what they say:

CAIR's work with law enforcement was highlighted by the Congressional Research Service, the non-partisan institution which works for the U.S Congress, in its 2010 report American Jihadist Terrorism: Combating a Complex Threat:

  • "The [2010] story of the five men from the Alexandria, Virginia area...became public when the Council on American-Islamic Relations got their families in touch with the FBI after the five left the United States without telling their families." [CAIR note: This case is cited in numerous sources as a core example of the American Muslim community working with law enforcement.]
  • "Posing as a new convert, Monteilh arrived at the Irvine Islamic Center in 2006 wearing robes and a long beard, using the name Farouk al-Aziz. Monteilh had a criminal record that included serving 16 months in state prison on two grand theft charges. Members of the Islamic Center of Irvine were reportedly alarmed about Monteilh and his talk of jihad and plans for a terrorist attack. The local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations reported him to the Irvine police and obtained a three-year restraining order against him." [CAIR Note: It was later revealed the Monteilh was an FBI informant.]

CAIR has long worked to improve Muslim community relations with law enforcement, a CAIR press release issued in October of 1998 is the earliest record we have of CAIR meeting with FBI representatives. Despite this, in 2008, FBI offices contacted many CAIR chapters stating that they were suspending some ties between the Washington-based civil rights and advocacy group and FBI field offices.

This action was apparently taken in relation to issues laid to rest in Internet Disinformation #6.

The actions "laid to rest" relate to the trial of the founders of the Holy Land Foundation, originally based in Richardson, Texas. It was a funding stream for Hamas and other terrorist organizations, and the government named nearly every pro-Islam charity in the country as unindicted co-conspirators in 2007 as a trial tactic:

In August 2007 Newsweek reported, "According to one senior law-enforcement official (who asked not to be named talking about an ongoing case), the listing of ISNA, CAIR and other groups as 'unindicted co-conspirators' was largely a tactical move by the government." (Newsweek, 8/08/2007) A June 2008 ACLU press release also reports, "The prosecutor also acknowledged that the public labeling was simply a 'legal tactic' intended to allow the government to introduce hearsay evidence against HLF later at trial."

Those are facts which were litigated all the way up to the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, but that won't stop Moonbeam Gohmert and his sidekick Loonie Bachmann from saying something different in order to make us all afraid that the FBI is really a bunch of seekrit Moooslim terrorists ready to blow the whole damn country up.

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