One of the most prominent and controversial Muslim-American advocacy groups says “who cares” if American jihadists were involved in the murderous terror attack on a shopping mall in Kenya.
“It doesn’t matter who’s involved in it,” Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), told The Post.
Believe nothing this duplicitous scumbag has to say.
CAIR is a DC-based nonprofit organization that describes itself as a “grassroots civil rights and advocacy group” for Muslim-Americans. The group also has been linked to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.
“The American-Muslim community has repeatedly and consistently condemned all acts of terrorism, in whatever form they take and wherever they occur,” said Hooper.
Of course that’s demonstrably false, but he’s used to getting away with this nonsense.
Stressing that Islamic extremists from the United States or around the world are merely a “tiny minority” of Muslims, he insisted that American Muslims are not being radicalized in American mosques or American Muslim communities.
“When you see individuals engaged in religious extremism or violence, it’s a violation of the norms in their community – not because of something that is being promoted,” he said.
Rep. Pete King (R-LI), chairman of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on counterterrorism and intelligence, was skeptical.
“I don’t believe a word of it,” said King.
King conducted a series of Homeland Security Committee hearings in 2011 that focused on homegrown terrorist, which included testimony about more than 40 Muslim Americans from Minneapolis, Minn., recruited to fight for al-Shabab in Africa.
More on these lowlifes here.
“It doesn’t matter who’s involved in it,” Hooper said. “Terrorism is terrorism, whether it is Americans involved or anyone from any nation or background. Who cares?”
That’s consistent with an overall “see no evil” attitude CAIR has exhibited on Somali-Americans joining al-Shabaab. The group attempted to silence Somali-Americans who tried to alert the public about the problem. Abdirizak Bihi, whose nephew was killed by al-Shabaab after having second thoughts about joining the terrorist group, described how CAIR worked with officials at a local mosque to discourage Somali-Americans from cooperating with federal law enforcement officials. “We held three different demonstrations against CAIR, in order to get them to leave us alone so we can solve our community’s problems, since we don’t know CAIR and they don’t speak for us,” Bihi said in 2011 congressional testimony. “We wanted to stop them from dividing our community by stepping into issues that don’t belong to them.”