Influence: The Muslim Brotherhood in America

Dallas College ‘Not Aware’ of CAIR’s Terror Ties Before Bumping Anti-Terror Class

Guandolo, a veteran of the FBI’s Washington field office, said, “these terrorist groups simply want to end all discussion about jihad."

BY Paul Sperry · @paulsperry_ | June 8, 2016

A Dallas community college that backed out of hosting a counterterrorism training program for local law enforcement last week under pressure from the Council on American-Islamic Relations says it was “not aware” that the Muslim muscle group was under FBI investigation for ties to foreign terrorist groups.

CAIR gloated in a press release that it forced the “cancellation” of the accredited program presented by former FBI agent John Guandolo: “The Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) today welcomed a decision by Cedar Valley College in Lancaster, Texas, to cancel a June 3 ‘training’ event for law enforcement officers being offered by notorious Islamophobe and anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist John Guandolo.”

The press release, which was picked up by several media outlets including a major British newspaper, called the one-day seminar a “hate event,” since it dealt with jihad and Islamic laws of warfare that terrorists use to justify violence.

In an interview, Cedar Valley College President Jennifer Wimbish said the event was relocated, not cancelled.

“Cedar Valley College was asked to provide facilities for the program mentioned, which is geared toward law enforcement personnel in the area,” she said. “It is accurate to say that we received community feedback about the event, after which we talked with the program’s organizers, who then decided to relocate the training to an alternate site.”

“Specifically,” she added, “CAIR-DFW contacted CVC with concerns about the event.”

Wimbish declined to answer whether she knew CAIR was involved in terrorist activities. But in a separate interview, her spokesman Henry Martinez admitted that they were “not aware” of CAIR’s ties to foreign terrorist groups or banishment by the FBI.

The FBI has officially banned outreach with the Dallas chapter of CAIR, as well as the national office of CAIR in Washington, because CAIR was implicated in a major terrorism case that actually originated in the Dallas area — “US v. Holy Land Foundation,” which ended in convictions of senior U.S.-based Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas leaders and CAIR’s designation as an unindicted co-conspirator.

At trial, FBI agent Lara Burns testified that CAIR was a “front organization” for the terrorist group Hamas. CAIR and its founder remain on the Justice Department’s co-conspirator’s list, despite repeated requests to have the court remove their names. Assistant U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks argued “CAIR’s … conspiratorial involvement with Hamas” is “ongoing.” The award-winning prosecutor said CAIR was founded “to support Hamas.”

CAIR has also been implicated in a separate terrorism case in Virginia, “US v. Sabri Benkahla.”

“From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders,” wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon D. Kromberg in the 2007 terrorism case involving CAIR, “CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists.”

The FBI says it won’t restore ties to CAIR until, as the associate FBI director Richard C. Powers informed Congress, “we can resolve whether there continues to be a connection between CAIR or its executives and Hamas,” which has been a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist group since 1995.

In his letter, Powers singled out current CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad as one of the non-profit group’s executives who is associated with Hamas. Awad, a Palestinian immigrant, has been the target of recent NSA and other counterterrorism surveillance.

In other words, CAIR and its leadership are under active criminal investigation for terrorism — a fact that most of the hosts of counterjihad training events don’t know prior to CAIR pressuring them to cancel such events.

A source involved in the Dallas event negotiations said Wimbish acquiesced to CAIR’s demands because the group represented itself as a moderate “civil-rights organization” speaking for the broader Muslim community, and “she didn’t want to offend anybody.”

Campus police were not concerned about CAIR’s warnings about Guandolo. In fact, Cedar Valley College Police Chief Anthony Williams personally attended the nine-hour seminar, which according to Guandolo “went off without a hitch” that same day at the Fair Park Bible Fellowship Church in Dallas. Williams was joined by other local police chiefs, as well as officials with the Dallas County district attorney’s office.

“It was a relocation, not a cancellation,” Martinez reiterated.

He had no comment when asked if the administration regretted allowing the college to be used by a terrorist front group in its propaganda campaign against law enforcement.

Guandolo, a veteran of the FBI’s Washington field office, said: “These terrorist groups simply want to end all discussion about jihad,” which he notes is the driving force behind virtually all terrorism today in the world.

“CAIR is Hamas, and their headquarters is one block from U.S. Capitol office buildings,” he warned. “Don’t let the suits fool you … CAIR is a terrorist organization and its leaders are terrorists.”

Guandolo noted that more than a dozen CAIR officials have been convicted or deported in terrorism-related cases, including Ismail Royer, who worked under CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper in his Washington office. Royer was imprisoned after prosecutors said he trained at terrorist camps in Pakistan as part of a plan to kill U.S. troops.

Guandolo said Hooper, whose name is listed on the press release slamming him as an “Islamophobe,” is no different than his protege Royer — a “jihadi.”

Hooper, a Canadian immigrant who got his Islamist training working in the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters of Cairo, secretly wants to turn America into an Islamic state.

“I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future,” he told the Minneapolis Star Tribune before CAIR was created.

CAIR did not respond to requests for comment.

The group is now training its sights on Arizona, the next stop for Guandolo’s popular counterterrorism training program, which despite CAIR’s campaign to stop it, is attracting more and more interest from sheriffs, police chiefs, state troopers, district attorneys and other local law enforcement across the country.

In its efforts to shut Guandolo down, CAIR has partnered with the far-left Soros-funded Southern Poverty Law Center to smear the former Marine as an “anti-Muslim bigot.

The FBI recently removed Montgomery, Ala.-based SPLC from its website after receiving complaints it inflates the number of “right-wing hate groups.”


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