House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr has a history of supporting the terrorist types.
- During the first Gulf War, for instance, Conyers fought FBI outreach efforts in the Arab and Muslim community in Detroit that were designed to gather intelligence on potential cells and protect the home front. Conyers and other Detroit-area Democrats at the time, David Bonior and John Dingell, threatened to hold hearings unless the FBI stopped counterterrorism interviews.The FBI met with them privately to explain the national security benefits of outreach, but could not allay their concerns. In the end, the FBI backed off. Today, Hamas, Hezbollah and the al-Qaida-tied Muslim Brotherhood are all active in the area.
- Debbie Schlussel described a 199o Muslim event that she attended. The evening’s “entertainment” consisted of young boys–some apparently as young as seven–simulating beheadings and shootings of other young boys who donned the American, Israeli, and British flags. Then they put red scarves over their heads to symbolize blood . . . and no head. Afterward, they took off the flags and stomped on them. Almost every Islamic leader in town was there, clapping in ecstasy. So was U.S. Congressman John Conyers….The master of ceremonies was Rayed Tayeh, formerly employed by Islamic Association for Palestine, which several former top FBI officials say is a HAMAS front group.
- On July 18 2006, Conyers was one of seven members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted, amid the heat of Israel’s battle against Hezbollah, against a resolution which expressed support for Israel’s right of self defense, called for the return of the kidnapped Israeli soldiers, condemned Iran and Syria for their support of terrorism, and condemned Hamas and Hezbollah for using civilians as shields”
November 21, 2007
CAIR officials recently met with Mr. Conyers, Michigan Democrat, and then wrote a letter asking him to lobby the new attorney general on behalf of the group, and to hold hearings.
CAIR is among several hundred Muslim groups listed as unindicted co-conspirators in a recent federal terrorism trial in Dallas into activities by the Holy Land Foundation Inc., a group linked to funding the Palestinian Hamas terrorist group. The trial recently ended in a mistrial and prosecutors have said they plan to re-try the case.
Despite its uncertain outcome, the trial has produced a large amount of information and evidence identifying U.S. and foreign groups sympathetic to or direct supporters of international Islamist terrorists.
A 1991 internal memorandum from the radical Muslim Brotherhood identified 29 front groups, including the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), that are part of a covert program by the Brotherhood in the United States to subvert American society.
CAIR officials have requested that Mr. Conyers ask the Justice Department to explain why it publicly identified the 306 co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation trial.
“Those on the list suffer negatively as a result of the label ‘unindicted co-conspirator’ as it impresses upon the typical member of the American public that those listed are involved in criminal activity,” the group said in a letter to Mr. Conyers. “In reality, those so named have neither been charged with a crime nor offered any recourse for challenging the allegation.”
The group said the conspirator designation is being used by counterterrorism advocates to block government funds from being used to conduct outreach programs to Muslim groups. Pending fiscal 2008 legislation would block the Justice Department from using any funds for participation in conferences sponsored by a group or person identified by the government as a criminal unindicted co-conspirator.
Critics in Congress opposed the Justice Department’s involvement in a conference sponsored by ISNA in September because the group was linked to the Holy Land Foundation case.
CAIR’s letter to Mr. Conyers said that “you remember many of these abusive practices from the McCarthy era and the civil rights movement.”
Melanie Roussell, a spokeswoman for the Judiciary Committee, had no comment.
CAIR recently petitioned U.S. District Court Chief Judge A. Joe Fish in a “friend of the court” motion to remove it from the listing, saying it caused a decline in membership and fundraising. After the mistrial, Judge Fish forwarded CAIR’s request to U.S. Judge Jorge A. Solis, who has not yet issued a ruling.
The group stated in its appeal that linkage to the Holy Land Foundation has “impeded its ability to collect donations” because donors fear contributing to a terrorist group.
Steven Emerson, executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, said the secret collaboration between CAIR and Mr. Conyers raises concerns over the lawmaker’s support for “a group unambiguously proven to be part of the Muslim Brotherhood-Hamas infrastructure.”
“This combination demonstrates the degree to which radical Islamic groups have insinuated themselves into the highest reaches of the U.S. government by using deceit,” he said.
A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment, citing a gag order issued in the case.