Rep. Sue Myrick and three other congressman called for an investigation into CAIR’s involvement in placing two interns on Capitol Hill in 2007. CAIR claimed Myrick and the other Congressmen were investigating Muslims on Captiol Hill, but Myrick actually called for an investigation into CAIR.
Myrick released an op-ed today. This is an important issue, and Myrick tells us how to support Muslims who are “committed to countering Muslim extremists. Don’t miss No. 4 below. Here is her powerful response in full [emphasis mine – see links to background below]:
Rep. Sue Myrick op-ed:
Last week, I held a press conference on Capitol Hill attended by three
of my colleagues in the House of Representatives to call for a federal
investigation (s) into a non-profit group called the Council on
American Islamic Relations (C.A.I.R.)
Here are the facts:
1. CAIR has documented ties to the terrorist organization HAMAS. This
is stated fact by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
In an April 28, 2009 letter to US Senator Jon Kyl, the FBI wrote the following:
“As you know, CAIR was named as an
unindicted co-conspirator of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and
Development in the United States v. Holy Land Foundation et al. (Cr.
No. 3:04-240-P (N.D.TX.). During that trial, evidence was introduced
that demonstrated a relationship among CAIR, individual CAIR founders
(including its current President Emeritus and its Executive Director)
and the Palestinian Committee. Evidence was also introduced that
demonstrated a relationship between the Palestinian Committee and
HAMAS, which was designated a terrorist organization in 1995. In light
of that evidence, the FBI suspended all formal contacts between CAIR
and the FBI.”
In case you are not familiar with the Holy Land trial referenced above,
it was a Dallas, Texas trial that ended with guilty verdicts on 108
counts of funneling money ($12 million) to HAMAS.
2. The purpose of our press conference was to make public an internal
CAIR memo that documented CAIR’s stated goal of placing CAIR interns in
the offices of members of Congress, especially the members who serve on
the Homeland Security, Judiciary and Intelligence Committees.
Let me be
clear here, CAIR, a group whom the FBI says is affiliated with the
terrorist group HAMAS, is trying to place their interns in the offices
of those members who serve on the three committees that handle national
security related issues. National Security is the first responsibility
of the federal government.
3. Following our press conference, CAIR, immediately labeled we four
members as bigots and started their public relations campaign to
discredit us by claiming that we were against Muslims working on
Capitol Hill. We never said that. At no time during our press
conference did we even insinuate that we were investigating Muslims
being interns on Capitol Hill. Go to http://www.youtube.com/suemyricknc09 and watch the press conference yourself.
Our focus was and is on CAIR and CAIR alone, not Muslims.
Likewise CAIR tried to make this a Republican vs. Democrat thing,
because the four members at the press conference happened to be
How then does CAIR explain Democrat Senator Charles Schumer’s call
earlier this year for a government-wide ban on CAIR in the federal
government due to their ties to HAMAS? Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer
has likewise made public her opinions of CAIR and any Google search
will find her remarks.
4. CAIR is spending time, money and energy to position themselves as
the spokespeople for the moderate Muslim community. Problem is CAIR is
not a moderate Muslim organization. It is a radical front group for
HAMAS. So who is CAIR competing with for this designation? The real
moderate Muslim groups/individuals in America. Groups and individuals
like the following who are committed to countering Islamist extremism:
Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi – President World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE)
Zeyno Baran – Director for the Center for Eurasian Policy at the Hudson Institute
Farid Ghadry – President of the Reform Party of Syria
Manda Zand Ervin – Founder and director of the Alliance of Iranian Women
Omran Salman – Arab Reformists Project, ‘Aafaq (Arabic for “horizons”).
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser – American Islamic Forum for Democracy
Karim Bromund – Director of Inter-Religious Affairs for the Islamic Supreme Council of America
I SUPPORT the Muslim individuals and groups mentioned above. These
groups renounce terrorists and their radical ideology. They are trying
their hardest to be heard and recognized in America, but are being
overshadowed and out-funded by CAIR.
Today, when something happens that
impacts the Muslim community, the media calls CAIR (an unindicted
co-conspirator to terrorism and a HAMAS front group) for comment on
behalf of American Muslims. What an insult the media is performing on
the Muslim community.
Instead they should be calling Muslim
groups/individuals like those named above. This is part of the reason
we are focusing our attention on CAIR and exposing them for who they
are. For one they pose a threat to our national security, and two, they
deny the ability of legitimate Muslim groups to gain credibility.
5. In July of this year I held a summit on Capitol Hill where I
introduced the leaders of eight moderate Muslim organizations to the
heads of several US Agencies, Members of Congress and congressional
For example, they met with representatives from the State
Department, USAID, Department of Homeland Security and the Department
of Defense. How can I be against Muslims working on Capitol Hill and
hold such an event? Go to http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.3881/pub_detail.asp and read for yourself about this summit.
See through the lies and realize what is really going on here.
We are trying to expose a HAMAS Front Group (CAIR) for who they are,
and they are crying we are anti-Muslim hoping that media outlets will
ignore the terrorist claim and instead pick it up as a race/religion
story. When those claims don’t work, they claim it’s a Republican
Americans, on this subject we need to stop the Republican vs. Democrat,
Conservative vs. Liberal, Christian vs. Muslim division and unite on
one simple point…. CAIR is a front group for HAMAS.
It was named as an
un-indicted co-conspirator in a terrorism case that lead to 108
convictions of funneling $12 million to HAMAS. Because of the evidence
produced in that case, the FBI severed all ties with them.
CAIR, by their own admission, is trying to place people inside the
offices of members of Congress who deal with national security issues
(judiciary, homeland security and intelligence committees).
I serve on
one of those committees, Intelligence, am the co-chairwoman of the
House Anti-Terrorism Caucus, and have spent the better part of the last
four years working every day on terrorism related issues.
If we Americans fail to set aside our political, religious and
ideological differences and unite when we encounter the enemy in such
stark and plain terms, then God help us.