While Egyptians rioted in protest of President Mohamed Morsi's decree giving him nearly absolute powers, leaders of the U.S.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations came to the Muslim Brotherhood politician's defense.

CAIR, itself, was formed by members of the Muslim Brotherhood to soften Islam's image in the U.S. as it supported violent jihad abroad and gradually institutionalized Islamic law at home, according to FBI wiretap evidence from a terror-funding case in which CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator.

The Investigative Project on Terrorism reported CAIR-Los Angeles director Hussam Ayloush praised Egypt's Morsi for granting himself virtually unrestricted power by shielding his actions from judicial oversight. In a Facebook post, Ayloush argued the Egyptian president wanted to prevent "corrupt judges" from the Hosni Mubarak era from the "undermining and undoing of every democratic step."

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