The FBI is severing ties with a national Islamic rights group that wins praise in the liberal media but is seen by conservatives as a front for the radical Muslim movement.
The FBI for years has used the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as a resource to teach agents about Islam and on how to relate to Muslims during counter-terror investigations.
But the agency has began sending out letters to CAIR state chapters canceling planned FBI-CAIR gatherings "until further notice," according to Steven Emerson, who heads the Washington-based Investigative Project.
"I congratulate the FBI for taking a long overdue action," Emerson told HUMAN EVENTS. "CAIR has been one of the most radical groups in the U.S. that pretended to be moderate. This deception successfully snared the media and government agencies."
CAIR’s fall from grace is rooted in the FBI’s investigation and the government’s prosecution of the Dallas-based Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF). The Texas jury convicted HLF this summer of charges it supported Hamas, a U.S.-designated terror group. Hamas violently took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007. It was invaded by Israel in January in a campaign to stop militants from firing rockets into southern Israel.
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