An American Muslim group identified as an unindicted co-conspirator in a criminal terrorism case is being used by the FBI to train its agents about Islam.
The FBI declined to respond to Insight's questions about this seeming disconnect, as one of the pre-eminent anti-terrorist research centers in America is set to release an extensive report on the same prominent U.S. Muslim group, accusing the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) of being a foe, rather than an ally, in the war on terror.
The 10-part report on CAIR from The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), led by Steven Emerson, debuts March 24. It tells the story of a group formed in the early 1990s to push an agenda of radical Islamists in the Middle East by portraying the war on terror as a war on Islam, and by defending those arrested on terror charges.
"After a careful review of the history, activities, statements, and causes of and by CAIR, it seems that its primary goals are to silence and de-legitimize its critics and redefine what it means to be a moderate Muslim," says the IPT report, a copy of which was obtained by Insight. "And when it comes to U.S. efforts to crack down on terrorists and their financiers, CAIR takes an almost visceral stand in opposition."
"CAIR consistently deceives the American public, law enforcement and politicians, portraying itself as a moderate and independent organization," Emerson said to Insight. "But its own records, statements and other documents tell a different story which the public deserves to know."
CAIR vigorously rebuts IPT's allegations, which include the charge that it is a front for Hamas, a Palestinian militia designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the United States government.