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North Carolina State Senator Larry Shaw has only been Chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) for a week but he has the propaganda spin down perfect.

“I get a lot of hate mail,” Shaw said Friday. “Just because I’m Muslim and because of CAIR, what CAIR stands for.”

What does CAIR stand for? CAIR stands for Hamas, as it is the terrorist organization’s Representative in the United States. Of Course Senator Shaw disagrees,

The government wrongly and unfairly lumped CAIR and the other groups in with the Holy Land Foundation, Shaw said.“They indicted, with a secret grand jury, every Islamic organization in America, and then individuals. That’s the abuse here,” the state senator said.

Gee why would the Government LUMP CAIR in with the Holy Land Foundation?

Maybe for some of these reasons:
 
.. Prosecutors place CAIR on the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Palestine Committee.” An internal Palestine Committee document in 1994 lists CAIR as one of its “working organizations” along with IAP. Other records show that committee was created to advance the Hamas agenda within the United States.

  •  CAIR was incorporated three officials of the now-defunct Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), long a central player in Hamas’ U.S. support network and a group that the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service deemed in a 2001 memo to be “part of Hamas’ propaganda apparatus.”
  • As recently as the summer of 2007, the Dallas trial charging the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) with providing material support for Hamas produced extensive evidence that IAP — CAIR’s parent — played a central role in the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee. Much of that evidence relates to Mousa Abu Marzook, now deputy political chief of Hamas, who served on the board of directors of IAP in 1989.

The trial exhibits included a memo taken from the home of Ismail Elbarrasse, a former assistant to Marzook, which defines in chilling fashion the role the Muslim Brothers play in North America:

The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who chose to slack….

There is plenty more where that came from (check out the IPT Site)

So Mr. Shaw maybe its possible that the don’t pick on CAIR because it is Mulim, they pick on you because you associate with terrorists.

More on the Shaw interview below:

 State Sen. Shaw takes on new role in Islamic advocacy group

By Paul Woolverton
State Sen. Larry Shaw has already gotten hate mail since he was named chairman of a national Muslim civil rights organization last week.

It’s nothing new, said the Fayetteville Democrat, the new chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“I get a lot of hate mail,” Shaw said Friday. “Just because I’m Muslim and because of CAIR, what CAIR stands for.”

A lot more may be heading his way.

The eight-term legislator, whose District 21 covers Fort Bragg and much of Fayetteville, generally is a low-key politician. But assuming a top leadership post with CAIR could thrust Shaw into a controversial national spotlight.

The organization has been the target of critics, including some in Congress, who say there are indications it has ties to terrorists.

The 15-year-old group advocates on behalf of Muslims in the United States. It says it has 32 chapters in 20 states, though none in North Carolina, plus a chapter in Canada. But CAIR has been a lightning rod, especially since the 2001 terrorist attacks on Washington and New York.

Before taking over as chairman last week, Shaw served on CAIR’s board.

“I just felt it was time for me to do more” to help the Muslim community, he said. “To step up, I needed to be more active, more involved to help tell the story.”

Critics on various Web sites and online forums accuse CAIR of being a propaganda front for Hamas, a Palestinian Islamic political and militia group listed by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist organization.

It doesn’t help that the U.S. Department of Justice described CAIR in court papers in 2007 as one of 246 “unindicted co-conspirators” or “joint venturers” with The Holy Land Foundation, a shuttered Muslim charity. The Holy Land Foundation’s leadership was convicted in federal court in November of illegally giving money to Hamas.

The government wrongly and unfairly lumped CAIR and the other groups in with the Holy Land Foundation, Shaw said.

“They indicted, with a secret grand jury, every Islamic organization in America, and then individuals. That’s the abuse here,” the state senator said.

Shaw accused the government’s lawyers of laziness, likening the co-conspirator charge to the government’s surveillance of civil rights advocates in the 1960s.

“Nothing we do is illegal,” Shaw said.

CAIR has asked a judge to remove it from the co-conspirator list. Government prosecutors oppose the request, saying in court papers that witnesses testified to CAIR’s connections to the Holy Land Foundation. 


Former President George W. Bush met with a CAIR official after the 2001 terrorist attacks. CAIR also has worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security on Muslim issues, according to Shaw, published reports and a CAIR spokesman.

But the FBI recently cut its relationship with CAIR.

“The FBI has had to limit its formal contact with CAIR field offices until certain issues are addressed by CAIR’s national headquarters,” FBI spokesman John Miller said in a written statement. “CAIR’s leadership is aware of this. Beyond that, we have no further comment.”

CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper says the group doesn’t know what the FBI is talking about. 


The FBI’s action prompted some in Congress, including Rep. Sue Myrick, R-Charlotte, to issue a “Beware of CAIR” letter in January, urging their colleagues to “think twice before meeting with representatives of CAIR.”

Myrick’s office referred questions Friday to Steven Emerson, an author who maintains a Web site critical of CAIR and other Muslim groups and individuals. The site says the groups are tied to terrorism.

Emerson said Friday that CAIR was founded by Hamas and “hoodwinked agencies and leaders into believing they were a simple civil rights group. That was their facade when they were created in 1994.”

Hooper dismisses Emerson as a man with an agenda who has tried to discredit the group throughout most of its existence.

It’s hard to judge how the affiliation with CAIR will affect Shaw politically, said John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh. The conservative-leaning foundation closely monitors state government.

“I could imagine that it might not go down well with some people,” Hood said. “However, given Sen. Shaw’s district, it would seem that the only real political risk to him is a primary challenge.”

District 21 spans from western and central Fayetteville to Fort Bragg and Spring Lake. Shaw easily fended off a challenge last spring from a perennial candidate in the Democratic primary, and he had no Republican opposition in the general election.

Hood expects little fallout for Shaw at the General Assembly. Shaw has more than 14 years in the legislature, so his fellow lawmakers have a relationship with him and know where he stands, Hood said.

“It would be different if Sen. Shaw was a freshman, if he didn’t already have a long track record in the legislature,” said Hood.

Shaw said he will have no problem continuing to serve the voters in his district while serving as the CAIR chairman.

“I work for them 24-7,” he said.

And his work for CAIR: “I do it for the love of God.”

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