Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the only Muslim member of Congress, and the first and only member to be sworn into office on a Koran, continues to help the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) raise money. Ellison was recently, and has been for years, a featured CAIR fundraiser.
The Minneapolis-area Democrat is just returning a courtesy. CAIR’s Nihad Awad,
who once claimed “I am a supporter of the Hamas movement” and James Yee, a Muslim Guantanamo cleric,
spoke at Rep. Ellison’s own political fundraiser. In October 2006, as a
congressional candidate, Ellison was the keynote speaker for CAIR in
Florida. That event went under-the-radar virtually no reporting except for FrontPageMag, and bloggers.
The fact that the FBI has broken all ties with CAIR, saying CAIR is not “an appropriate liasion partner,” should be enough to divert Keith Ellison’s affection for the organization. This report quotes an FBI assistant director, Richard C. Powers, saying the FBI is unsure whether the relationship between CAIR and Hamas ever was severed. So, with all of CAIR’s presence on Capitol Hill, with their mammoth media blitzs and lobbying efforts, with their denial of terrorist ties, the FBI cannot support their claims…yet CAIR continues to walk the halls of Congress.
From Islam in Action.
CAIR and its chairman emeritus, Omar Ahmad, were named un-indicted
co-conspirators in the HLF case. Both Ahmad and CAIR’s current national
executive director, Nihad Awad, were revealed on government wiretaps as
having been active participants in early Hamas-related organizational
meetings in the United States. During testimony, FBI agent Lara Burns
described CAIR as a front organization.
The American-born convert to Islam, Keith Ellison, also known as as Keith Ellison Muhammad, Keith X Ellison and Keith Hakim, according to Campus Watch also appeared with Prince Alwaleed bin-Talal, who you will remember had his $10 million donation to New York City after 9-11 rejected by then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
As CNN stated at the time, “the prince suggested U.S. policies in the Middle East contributed to the September 11 attacks.”
In addition to Talal’s inability to blame the terrorists for September
11, he has a record of financially supporting suicide bombing, having
given $27 million to the Saudi Committee for the Support of the al-Quds
Intifada through his Kingdom Holding Company . As the London Times
stated in April of 2002, “The committee will continue to provide direct
assistance to the families of Palestinian martyrs and those wounded
while resisting the occupation.”
The Weekly Standard calls Ellison “Louis Farrakhan’s First Congressman.” Others refer to him as “CAIR’s first U.S. congressman. During his 2006 campaign, Ellison had to tap dance around his former (?) association with the Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam. He had the audacity to tell his Jewish voters that he did not realize the Nation of Islam was anti-semitic. That’s all it took, and he gained the “endorsement of the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Minneapolis-based American Jewish World.
Family Matters reports that the Minnesota Congressman appeared in September at yet another CAIR event. Republicans from Arizona, Senator John Kyle and Reps. Trent Franks and John Shadegg wrote a joint letter to Ellison “urging” him to cancel his appearance.
…to reconsider associating with CAIR and to cancel his appearance. The Republican legislators cited the fact that CAIR hasquestionalbe ties to the terror group Hamas as established by evidence submitted in the recent Holy Land Foundation trial in which CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator. Further, there have been several high-ranking CAIR operatives who have been either indicted or convicted of having transgressed the law….
This week Ellison wrote an op-ed for The Hill. He says the years of sanctions on Iran have taught us one important less: sanctions don’t work. He conveniently doesn’t mention that the U.N.’s Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has defeated every move to place meaningful sanctions on Iran.
In July 2007, Ellison addressed the Atheists for Human Rights and defined Dick Cheney and President Bush’s actions as almost like the “Riechstag fire, kind of reminds me of that. After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it and it put the leader of that country [Hitler] in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted. The fact is that I’m not saying [9-11-] was a [U.S.] plan, or anything like that because, you know, that’s how they put you in the nut-ball box…
While Conservatives believe there are similarities to President Obama’s agenda and Marxism – and are loudly criticized for it – Keith Ellison compared Dick Cheney and George W. Bush to Hilter, but only a tiny peep from the mainstream media.
Keith Ellison is another tax-invader-elected-official. He evaded monies due to the IRS for five separate years between 1992 and 2000. The IRS had to slap leins on his home. He failed to report 2006 “contributions, discrepancies in cash balances and misclassified disbursements, in 2002-2004 when he served in the Minnesota House.The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board subpoenaed him, fined him numerous times and reprimanded him, and was sued twice by the State Attorney General..
This U.S. elected official did not pay traffic fines and tickets, and has had his driver’s license suspended. This report cites the Star Tribune:
State records also show that Ellison has received nine traffic tickets for moving violations since January of 2000.
He got five for speeding, one for following too closely, one for
failing to obey a sign, one for not having a driver’s license with him,
and one for not having proof of insurance.
Ellison acknowledged previous suspensions but said, “I don’t know how
many prior suspensions I’ve had. I don’t keep count. … At the end of
the day, my thought is that this congressional district has a lot of
problems, and we have to focus on those problems.”
The Muslim American Society received “nearly $900,000 in taxpayer money in 2006 and 2007” and then sent Keith Ellison on his tony Haj to Mecca – all expenses paid – a $13,000+ trip for this spiritual sojourn.
It is time to get CAIR out of American politics, or at least, it is time the mainstream media began informing Americans on CAIR:
of the money that was funneled into the coffers of Ellison’s campaign
can be traced to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an
organization that has ties to Hamas. In June of 1994, three leaders of
the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), a group that was the
brainchild of Hamas deputy Mousa Abu Marzook (Marzouk), incorporated CAIR. One of the leaders was CAIR’s Executive Director and, himself, a Hamas supporter, Nihad Awad.Awad
– who stated at a September 2000 rally, “[The Jews] have been saying
‘Next year in Jerusalem’; we say ‘Next year to all Palestine’” –
personally gave thousands of dollars to Ellison’s campaign. The other
head of CAIR, the group’s National Chairman, Parvez Ahmed, also gave
large sums to Ellison. In addition, CAIR sponsored numerous fundraisers
for Ellison – including secret fundraisers held outside the candidate’s state – where the group raised tens of thousands of dollars for him.
Read more about CAIR and Congress
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