Eric Holder Defends Decision to Not Prosecute CAIR Leader
by THE GLOBAL MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD DAILY REPORT
April 29, 2011
POLITICO is reporting that the US Attorney General has confirmed that under his tenure, the US Department of Justice made the decision not to prosecute an important leader of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) but that the decision was made only in respect to the individual involved and “‘wasn’t necessarily about CAIR.” According to the report:
Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed Tuesday that on his watch the Justice Department decided not to prosecute a key leader of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. However, confirming a report last week on this blog — Holder noted that Bush-era officials also made an earlier decision not to proceed with the case.
‘The decision that was reached in this administration was the same that was reached in the Bush administration — a determination made that for a variety of reasons, looking at the facts and the law, a prosecution would not be appropriate. A review was done of that decision in this administration and the conclusion was reached that that earlier decision was an appropriate one,’ Holder said in response to a question at a wide-ranging briefing for reporters.
Holder said the ‘decision wasn’t necessarily about CAIR as it was about a guy, an individual.’ The attorney general did not name the person in question. However, in a letter to Holder earlier this month, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.) said the decision pertained to CAIR co-founder Omar Ahmad and came over the objection of Dallas-based federal prosecutors handling the investigation.
A previous post reported on a Pajamas media website report that according to a high level but anonymous source in the US Department of Justice, plans to prosecute leaders of U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations, including at least one of the founders of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), were abandoned at the direction of top-level political appointees within the Department of Justice (DOJ) — and possibly the White House.
Documents released in the Holy Land Trial have revealed that the founders and current leaders of CAIR were part of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood as well as identifying the organization itself as being part of the US. Brotherhood. A recent post discussed an interview with the Deputy leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in which he confirms a relationship between his organization and CAIR. Investigative research posted on GMBDR had determined that CAIR had it origins in the U.S. Hamas infrastructure and CAIR and it leaders have a long history of defending almost all individuals accused of terrorism by the US. government, frequently calling such prosecutions a “war on Islam.”In 2009, a US federal judge ruled that the US Government had produced “ample evidence” to establish the associations of CAIR and other U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations with the Holy Land Foundation, the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas.”
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A Norwegian news portal is reporting that Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi is planning to temporarily take up residence In Norway in order to facilitate the study of Islamic prayer times. According to the report:
“Al-Qaradawi ‘moving to Norway’ April 28, 2011 A Turkish newspaper has reported that Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, described as ‘more dangerous than Osama bin Laden’ by a Norwegian author, will move to Norway for a short period of time in order to help those living in northern areas of the country with the working out of daily prayer times.
Al-Qaradawi, pictured above, is considered a very controversial figure. Al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian, is known for his controversial announcements, such as his belief that the Holocaust was a divine punishment carried out by Hitler against the Jews. He reportedly believes that husbands can hit their wives and that the age of consent for marriage should be nine years old as long as the girl is a virgin and participates voluntarily. Al-Qaradawi himself married a 14 year-old when he was 60. He has also supported female genital mutilation.
The cleric is banned from entering the USA, UK and Israel. He has released over 80 books and has hosted a programme on global news network al-Jazeera watched by up to 40 million people. He is considered very influential within the Muslim Brotherhood and has held a number of other positions, including being a trustee of the University of Oxford’s Center for Islamic Studies. Some have described al-Qaradawi as a moderate Islamic scholar, in particular for his views on the compatibility of democracy and Islam, and relations between Muslims and non-Muslims.
Prayer timing Muslims must pray five times a day, with the times dictated by the position of the sun. It is not possible to do this in parts of north Norway, where there is 24-hour sunshine in the summer and permanent darkness during parts of the winter. Turkish English-language newspaper Today’s Zaman reported that al-Qaradawi ‘and his team’ are coming to the country in order to address this issue.
Youssef Qaradawi is often referred to here as the most important leader of the global Muslim Brotherhood, an acknowledgement of his role as the de facto spiritual leader of the movement. In 2004, Qaradawi turned down the offer to lead the Egyptian Brotherhood after the death of the Supreme Guide. Based in Qatar, Sheikh Qaradawi has reportedly amassed substantial wealth through his role as Shari’ah adviser to many important Islamic banks and funds. He is also considered to be the “spiritual guide” for Hamas and his fatwas in support of suicide bombings against Israeli citizens were instrumental in the development of the phenomenon. A recent post has discussed a video compilation of Qaradawi’s extremist statements.
Qaradawi played a major role in sparking the cartoon controversy be declaring a “Day of Rage” although he had never seen the cartoons in question.
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