Since the Council on American-Islamic Relations or CAIR was founded in June 1994, while a handful of representatives from the group have been forthright in vocalizing their support for global terrorist organizations, the majority of the group's hierarchy has worked hard to mask this support. One such CAIR operative, Affad Shaikh, has made and continues to make this duplicitous façade a large part of his life, blurring the lines of terror support by spouting anti-Western rhetoric and propagating terror-related fanatics.
Affad Shaikh is the Civil Rights Manager of CAIR-Los Angeles, the main chapter of CAIR-California. He has held this position since April 2006. Prior to that, he worked out of CAIR's San Diego office.
During his time with CAIR, Shaikh has had his share of extremist activity. In September 2007, Shaikh mimicked lingo used by al-Qaeda, when he referred to American troops stationed in Iraq as "Crusaders." And in July 2008, Shaikh was stopped at the U.S./Mexico border by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, who accused him of plotting with others to assassinate then-President George W. Bush.
These things have not done harm to his standing within CAIR. To the contrary, given their nature, they most probably have enhanced his status with the organization. However, as radical as he is, he knows his limits, and these limits are reflected on the weblogs he is involved with.