Friday, August 17, 2007

HLF trial, CAIR & Steven Emerson

Three names missing from the headline news. Contributors over at Steven Emerson's Counterterrorism Blog are all over the Holy Land Foundation trial taking place in Texas, where CAIR is one of many un-indicted co-conspirators. Being named un-indicted co-conspirators means the prosecution can use out-of-court statements made by the co-conspirators. Normally, out-of-court statements are considered hearsay. But under the federal rules of evidence, a statement is not hearsay if it is made "by a co-conspirator of a party during the course and in furtherance of the conspiracy.

Needless to say, the muslim civil rights organization is not happy about how the trial is proceeding. Despite the daily whine-o-grams crying foul and an entire website devoted to covering the case from "The Family's Perspective", the evidence against HLF appears solid.

CAIR filed an Amicus Curiae brief (friend of the court) with the U.S. District Court claiming their good name and reputation are bring smeared. The un-indicted co-conspirator label and "extreme rhetoric" from anti-terror weblogs (like Counterterrorism Blog & LGF) seem to be hurting business because the greater muslim community in America refuses to support CAIR. If CAIR succeeds and is removed from the list, the repercussions are 2 fold. First, the governemnt would be forced to throw out substantial evidence presented under the hearsay exclusion. Second, it would complicate future prosecutions – throwing into question a basic tool in the prosecutor’s arsenal.

This case will show the overlapping membership between the muslim brotherhood, hamas and the HLF charity, who's defendants are former CAIR founders and board members. At the center of this spider web is the IAP, CAIRs parent organization. If allowed to go forward in using the hearsay evidence, a conviction is in the bag. It may also lead to CAIRs demise.


SkyePuppy said...

Keep us posted, Janice. An early demise for CAIR (not early enough, though) would be a great thing.

Anonymous said...

Emerson, a Jew who gets it
A perspective of a moderate Muslim

At the risk of sounding anti-Semitic, I want to say this: either American Jews are completely clueless about the internal struggle inside Islam or they are so cowardly, that they are even afraid to voice their opinion. Or maybe it's a combination of both.

Every time there is a development that involves radical Islam, be it a Mayor of New York attending an Islamist parade, DOJ's officials attending an Islamist conference, or a protester being sued for having the balls to expose an Islamist-sponsored event at an amusement park, the American Jewish community is as quiet as a church mouse. It's like it is not even there.

The effect of this silence is devastating. Not for the Jewish community, not yet. That time is still to come. The silence affects the American Muslim community. Every time moderate Muslims are ignored and Islamists are legitimized (by either direct support from government representatives or silent support of the ADL), radicals gain ground. In the current PC climate, moderate Muslims have pretty much no choice but to keep their mouths shut.

Luckily for us, not everyone in the Jewish community is like that. There are some Jews that are speaking out. One of them is Steven Emerson, who has been warning the West about the dangers of Islamic fundamentalism since before PanAm 103. Most of his current work is focused on exposing the radicals masquerading as the moderates – those radicals who are embraced by the DOJ and the Pentagon, by the mayor of New York Bloomberg (Rudy would never get into bed with terrorist supporters) and the Treasury Department, by the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security, by the Congress and the White House.

There is a war of ideas within Islam, and moderate Muslims are losing. Most of Muslim clergy and Muslim establishment are paid for by the Wahhabis. Moderate Muslims are being run out of Mosques and community centers, and in many cases are physically threatened. Moderate Muslims have no place in the media or public debate, because the place reserved for Muslims is filled by Islamic radicals, who attempt to make criticizing anything Islamic a taboo. According to the Islamists, a Muslim can do no wrong.
1. When a non-Muslim criticizes Islam or Muslims, he/she is an Islamophobe.
2. When a Muslim criticizes Islam or Muslim, he/she is not a real Muslim, therefore see #1.

This is a tactic used by "moderate" Muslims, the darlings of the government and the media. But how can you call someone who praises bin Laden, or has ties to Hamas, or calls for the elimination of Israel, or wants to replace the Constitution with the Koran a moderate? They are anything but moderates, however nobody except for a few people like Steven Emerson seems to notice that. But even when the Emersons of America appeal to the public, they are often being dismissed as alarmists and racists. Well, they are anything, but. You don't have to be a clairvoyant to predict the future when it comes to expansion of radical Islam and extinction of moderate Muslims. All you need to do is get your heads out of the sand.

Why our government is so forgiving and forgetful when it comes to individuals or organizations with known terrorist ties and anti-American views is beyond me. Why the Jewish leaders are so timid when it comes to the subject of radical Islam is incomprehensible.

I thank God every day for people like Steven Emerson, because they are the last glimmer of hope for moderate Muslims.


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