After the terrorist-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) publicly derided President Donald Trump as an anti-immigrant white supremacist pushing Islamophobia, the United States Census Bureau ended its partnership with the group.
“A newly announced partnership between the U.S. Census Bureau and the Council on American-Islamic Relations – an unindicted co-conspirator in a terror funding case – is over,” WND reported. “After ‘further review,’ [the bureau] drop[ped] the Muslim advocacy group cold.”
A short-lived relationship
Many critics were shocked when it was announced Thursday that the Census Bureau was launching a new relationship with an organization the Federal Bureau of Investigation declared an Islamic group heavily linked with the Palestinian terrorist group, Hamas, just a decade ago.
“In 2009, the FBI severed its once-close ties to CAIR amid mounting evidence that the group had links to a support network for Hamas,” Fox News recounted. “Local chapters of CAIR were shunned in the wake of a 15-year FBI investigation that culminated in the conviction of Hamas fundraisers at a trial in which CAIR itself was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator. The U.S. government has designated Hamas as a terrorist organization.”
Despite this, it was announced Thursday that the Census Bureau was launching its partnership with CAIR.
“Federal law enforcement knows enough about the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to order its agents not to engage with the group outside of criminal investigations, but despite that, the U.S. Census Bureau believes the conservative, Sunni-dominated Islamist organization is a trustworthy organization to partner with in next year's national population count,” the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) announced Thursday. “It isn't clear what CAIR or the Census Bureau will do as part of the partnership. The statement indicated CAIR will promote participation in the Census and advise people how to avoid scams.”
CAIR promptly touted its partnership Thursday in a news release.
"CAIR is proud to partner with the U.S. Census Bureau to ensure American Muslims are fairly and accurately counted in the 2020 Census," CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad proclaimed in the news release posted on CAIR’s website. "Full participation in the census ensures that American Muslims will be better represented in Congress and that their communities receive an equal share in state and federal programs. CAIR wants to ensure that that not only are American Muslim communities being fairly counted – but that their neighborhoods are getting a fair share in federal and state funding."
However, it was reported before the arrangement that CAIR condemned the Trump administration on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight show when asked about the questionable new arrangement that was coordinated despite CAIR’s reported affiliation with Hamas terrorists and its continued condemnation of Trump and his policies.
Before the announced partnership, Fox News reached out to CAIR, which openly berated the Trump administration as racist bigots.
"The Census Bureau, like CAIR, is nonpartisan," CAIR insisted, according to Fox News. "CAIR is not receiving any government funding as part of this project to promote Muslim participation in the U.S. census. We continue to believe that President Trump and his administration promote a white supremacist, anti-immigrant and Islamophobic agenda."
It did not take long for the federal agency to scrap its plans of working with the controversial group.
"Based on further review, the Census Bureau is no longer partnering with CAIR," the Commerce Department divulged in a statement submitted to Tucker Carlson Tonight.
Besides planning on using the partnership to increase federal funding for Muslims, it is reported that the arrangement would have been used to ensure more Muslim U.S. representatives – such as Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) of “the Squad” would be elected into office to promote pro-Islam policies for district constituents.
“The plan, according to the group, was to enhance outreach efforts to Muslims using CAIR's network of local offices,” Fox News’ Gregg Re explained. “The census – conducted once a decade – has been used not only to determine congressional apportionment, but also as a critical planning tool for state, local and federal agencies.”
Denying what was later proven
Before the FBI recognized CAIR as an Islamic terrorist group, it invited the Muslim advocacy organization to provide training sessions for agents and used it to serve as a liaison with the Muslim community in the U.S.
“CAIR's executive director, Nihad Awad, attended a post-Sept. 11 meeting with then-FBI Director Robert Mueller, and he met with other top brass as recently as 2006,” Re recalled. “That was before Awad was shown to have participated in planning meetings with the Holy Land Foundation – five officials of which were convicted in December of funneling $12.4 million to Hamas.”
Former FBI agent Mike Rolf exposed CAIR leaders as being on the wrong side of America’s “war on terror” in his book, Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America.
"[CAIR his had] a number of people in positions of power within the organization that have been directly connected to terrorism and have either been prosecuted or thrown out of the country," Rolf revealed in his book.
The list goes on …
More evidence against CAIR as a pro-terrorist front has stacked up over the years.
“According to another FBI veteran familiar with recent and ongoing cases involving CAIR officials, ‘Their offices have been a turnstile for terrorists and their supporters,’" WND noted. “A review of the public record – including federal criminal court documents, past IRS 990 tax records and Federal Election Commission records detailing donor occupations – reveals that CAIR has been associated with a number of convicted terrorists or felons in terrorism probes, as well as suspected terrorists and active targets of terrorism investigations.”
CAIR’s anti-Semitic/anti-Israel stance in championing the Palestinian side in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict was also brought to light.
“CAIR has never acknowledged its Palestine Committee connections or tried to argue that it moved away from that support,” IPT’s Steven Emerson informed. “Its leaders refuse to condemn Hamas, often angrily.”
In 2014, CAIR’s Awad continued his promotion of anti-Israel rhetoric in a social media post.
“Israel is the biggest threat to world peace and security,” Awad tweeted August 19, 2014. “It: 1) targets civilians; 2) has WMD [and]; 3) doesn’t respect international laws or values.”