As if everyone didn’t already know. No, what CAIR wants our State Department to do is get them OFF the UAE terrorist list.
CNS News A State Department spokesman said the Obama Regime was seeking clarity from the United Arab Emirates over its decision to list two American Muslim groups, CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) and MAS (Muslim American Society), both Muslim Brotherhood front groups, as terrorist organizations.
Spokesman Jeff Rathke seemed unaware that one of the two groups, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), has long been engaged in outreach programs with the U.S. government, not to mention terror funding activities with Hamas.
The State Department article described CAIR as an “advocacy group that seeks to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America and present an Islamic perspective on issues of importance to the American public.”
Both CAIR and MAS have known controversy: MAS was founded by Muslim Brotherhood members in the 1990s, while CAIR was named by the Justice Department in 2007 as “unindicted co-conspirators” in its case against the Holy Land Foundation in Texas, subsequently found guilty of raising money for Hamas.
Egypt’s foreign ministry welcomed the UAE’s decision to put the Muslim Brotherhood on the terror list. The veteran Islamist organization won presidential elections and ruled Egypt for a year until toppled by the military in July 2013. The UAE move follows earlier ones by Egypt and Saudi Arabia to outlaw it a terrorist organization.
Another group placed on the UAE list was the International Union of Muslim Scholars, a Qatar-based organization headed by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born cleric viewed as the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader.
The U.S. government has barred Qaradawi from entering the country, and the U.S. Treasury Department in 2008 added the Union of Good, a coalition of charities led by Qaradawi, to a list of organizations sanctioned for links to terrorism.
The department said at the time some of the funds raised were going to Hamas in the West Bank and Gaza, and that some had “compensated Hamas terrorists by providing payments to the families of suicide bombers.”
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed last September, UAE Ambassador to the U.S. Yousef al-Otaiba said the fight against terrorism must go beyond ISIS and “confront dangerous Islamist extremists of all stripes across the region.”