The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), an American Muslim advocacy group with deep ties to the global Muslim Brotherhood, advised Muslims to "use caution" when talking to the FBI about its 2010 investigation into Elton Simpson, who on Sunday carried out a jihadist attack on a "Draw Muhammad" free-speech event in Garland, Texas.
According to a 2010 article in the Arizona Muslim Voice, which describes Simpson as "humble, pious, [and] well liked in the community," CAIR "sent out media alerts to advise our community to use caution when speaking with the FBI." The author of the piece, Kawthar Ijai, said at the time that CAIR's advice "is for our own protection."
CAIR was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in United States history. The American Muslim group was accused of raising money for the Holy Land Foundation, a charity that had solicited millions of dollars for Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. The United Arab Emirates recently listed CAIR independently as a terrorist organization.