The Monterey Herald recently carried an AP story about an undercover FBI operation that resulted in the arrests of two Muslim men on gun charges. Apparently, the arrests were the result of months-long sureillance of two Sacramento, CA, mosques. The FBI recorded conversations, used closed circuit television, and undercover agents in their investigation.
Basim Elkarra, executive director of the Sacramento, CA branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), was not pleased. His reaction to the arrests: "We're interested to see to what extent they're using informants, and whether there's entrapment."
CAIR has repeatedly stated in the past that it is committed to partnering with law enforcement to battle radical Islam. However, instead of congratulating the FBI for capturing two Muslims who posed a threat to public safety and cast the Muslim community in a bad light, CAIR seems to be more concerned about "entrapment" and "informants."
CAIR's statements suggest some interesting questions: Does CAIR object to the use of informants? Does CAIR believe the use of undercover agents to identify and arrest violent extremists before they harm innocent Americans is a problem? Does CAIR believe the Muslem community has an obligation to cooperate with law enforcement?
In our opinion, CAIR should have praised the FBI, and emphasized how Muslims in America have a duty and obligation to root out extremists, and turn them in to the proper authorities. Instead, CAIR's knee-jerk reaction is to side with the gun-toting extremists, and to attack law enforcement authorities attempting to prevent a repeat of the 7/7 attrocities in London here in our country. CAIR seems to have a different agenda. We believe it would be useful to find out just whose "civil rights" is CAIR protecting.and why.
For an interesting take on loyalty, we invite readers to read an article by Dr. Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum:
Andrew Whitehead is the head of Anti-CAIR, an organization that tracks the antics of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in the United States.
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