Hassan Shibly, the Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Tampa chapter, has emerged as the leading spokesperson in the latest Tampa terrorism case. Shibly, however, seems an odd choice for this role given his own unscrupulous background.
Shibly has a history of defending terror suspects while accusing the government of wrongdoing.
In October 2009, Shibly re-posted an article on his Facebook profile that criticized the use of force against a radical imam, Luqman Abdullah, who was killed by the FBI after he opened fire on agents who moved in to arrest him. In a comment on the article, Shibly wrote a statement of respect for the dead: "To Allah we belong and to him we return." The criminal complaint against Abdullah left no doubt that the imam was a proponent of violent jihad and had even urged his followers to never surrender peacefully to authorities.