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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Ellison Named to Judiciary Committee

That's what this AP article says. Here's what the article says:
Rep. Keith Ellison has been named to the House Judiciary Committee, a panel that has oversight over issues such as civil liberties, immigration and courts.

In a prepared statement, Ellison, (D-MN), called the selection an honor and privilege.

"I look forward to pursuing a progressive agenda in the committee, including the restoration of American citizen's civil liberties that have come under increasing attack over the past six years," said Ellison, the first Muslim member of Congress.
It's worth noting that John Conyers is the chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Conyers is the man who drafted a resolution that gives Muslims special civil-rights protections immediately after the imams were banned from US Airways Flight 300. Conyers was also CAIR-Michigan's Man of the Year in 2005.

What's fascinating to me is that CAIR's two biggest shills are on the committee that will codify CAIR's profiling wishes into law. Conyers will write the legislation banning profiling and Ellison will likely co-sponsor and vote for that legislation, both in committee and before the full House. I'm not basing my prediction on my opinion. Rather, I'm predicting this because of what's on the historical record:
Working with Conyers, the Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, Democrats have introduced legislation to end racial profiling, limit the reach of the Patriot Act, and make immigration safe and accessible.
It doesn't take Nostradamus to predict what's likely to happen based on this information.

This is historical news in another sense. For the first time, CAIR's Man of the Year and CAIR's Congressman are working on the same committee. Coming to think of it, it isn't unreasonable to think of Nancy Pelosi as CAIR's Speaker:
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Congressman John Dingell (D-MI), Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), and other Congressional Democrats were joined yesterday by national leaders of the Muslim American community in a roundtable discussion on issues of mutual concern to Democrats and Muslim Americans. The discussion centered on working together to defend civil rights and to restore civil liberties.
"This discussion is only the first in an ongoing dialogue between Congressional Democrats and Muslim Americans," Pelosi said. "We share a fundamental principle, the belief that diversity is the backbone of our communities. Generations of Muslims have made positive contributions in every aspect of American life. We must now work even more closely to navigate through the challenges we face as a nation."
That sounds like Ms. Pelosi's endorsement of CAIR's anti-profiling policy wishes, doesn't it? It isn't unreasonable to think that Ms. Pelosi is CAIR's Speaker.

The good news for airline passengers is that Americans will ignore whatever anti-profiling laws CAIR's shills vote into law. Congress can afford not to profile at airports because they fly chartered airplanes. Real people still have to pay attention to that.

Cross-posted at LetFreedomRingBlog

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Answering CAIR's Libels Against Me

Ibrahim Hooper, the National Communications Director of CAIR, last night, January 8, 2006, on CNN's 'Paula Zahn Now,' let out a string of libelous statements against me, which I feel I must defend myself against.

He stated, "Kaufman has written in favor of terrorist groups, the Kahane Chai and Kach. He's written on the radical Jewish Defense League website."

Let me state for the record, NEVER have I written in favor of Kahane Chai or Kach. And NEVER have I written anything for the Jewish Defense League or the group's website. These things NEVER happened. These are lies, and they are being told for one simple reason -- to discredit me and the good work that I and the group I represent have done with regard to the subject of terrorism, which includes that of CAIR.

What I did do was write an article, six years ago, about slain Rabbi Meir Kahane, entitled 'A Kahane Legacy Lost.' The article was written for the Jewish Israeli Magazine, to which I was a writer and editor for. The piece centered around a planned speaking engagement of Kahane's at my university, which was to take place in November of 1990. He was murdered 17 days prior to the event.

Kahane's assassination was the first instance of Islamist terrorism inside the United States. His attacker and those that plotted his murder were connected to the terrorist group that was responsible for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. That group, Maktab al-Khidmat, would later be known as the predecessor of Al-Qaeda.

While all of the above is true, CAIR has intentionally resorted to lies and defamation, of both my character and my work. This signals the desperation of a group that knows it is on the way out.

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Monday, January 08, 2007

Taxi Dispute Part of Larger Power Struggle

Captain Ed from Captains Quarters blog has posted something on the fight taking place between the Somali cab drivers and the Metropolitan Airports Commission. That raised some red flags for me since I just wrote about the dispute here so I decided to do a little googling of the subject. What I found was a Strib article by Katherine Kersten.

Let's first look at what Captain Ed wrote:
The refusal of a large number of Islamic cabbies to transport passengers with alcohol in their luggage or service dogs for the blind and handicapped, and the local fatwa on which they rely for their position, has led to a showdown with the Metropolitan Airport Commission:
At a meeting Wednesday of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), airport staff members asked the commission to give the go-ahead for public hearings on a tougher policy that would suspend the licenses of drivers who refuse service for any reason other than safety concerns.
Drivers who refuse to accept passengers transporting alcohol or service dogs would have their airport licenses suspended 30 days for the first offense and revoked two years for the second offense, according to a proposed taxi ordinance revision. ...

But Hassan Mohamud, imam at Al-Taqwa Mosque of St. Paul, and director of the Islamic Law Institute at the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, one of the largest Islamic organizations in the state, said that asking Muslims to transport alcohol "is a violation of their faith" as well as of the spirit of the First Amendment.

Mohamud, an attorney who teaches Islamic law at William Mitchell Law School in St. Paul, said, "Muslims do not consume, carry, sell or buy alcohol." Islam also considers the saliva of dogs to be unclean, he said.

Mohamud said he would ask airport officials to reconsider, adding that he hoped that a compromise could be worked out that would serve as a bridge between the American legal system and the cultural and religious values of the immigrants.
Ibrahim wants nothing of this supposed compromise:
It is not possible to massage this into further outrage, but there is plenty of need to wonder about wider meanings and consequences, not to mention why such a situation was allowed to drag on with no decisive action to date.

Even if one could dismiss such shenanigans as a humorous episode that escaped nationwide attention until recently and will soon go away, what of the next challenge?

What if Islamic drivers deny the right of transportation to women wearing short skirts, robed priests and rabbis, or homosexual couples, as indeed has happened in Minneapolis?

And what to do should conductors, pilots, and stewards on trains and planes insist they should not transport unveiled women or serve alcohol. How far off is the day when emboldened imams in neighborhoods where American Muslims are in the majority, such Dearborn, Mich., demand the broadcasting of the calls to prayer over loudspeakers at dawn and at other times.
Ibrahim has the right perspective on this issue. The Muslims who relocated to Minneapolis did not get forced into the position of driving cabs, a dangerous task at times as I can personally attest (I briefly drove a cab in Orange County, California eighteen years ago). They chose the job on their own, and by all accounts, have done rather well through their hard work. Part of the responsibility of taking those jobs is to follow the laws that apply to them, and free access to service dogs and people without prejudice are chief among those laws.

This fatwa, issued by the Minnesota chapter of the Muslim Society, exists as an attempt to foist Islam onto Americans who have not chosen it. It will not end with service dogs and alcohol; as Ibrahim notes, it has already gone beyond both. They will eventually refuse service to vast swaths of the traveling public, which will render MSP's cabstands a huge bottleneck for those who must use the airport.
Here's what Ms. Kersten wrote on the subject this past October:
At the Starbucks coffee shop in Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, a favorite Somali gathering spot, holidaymakers celebrating Eid, the end of Ramadan, filled the tables on Monday. Several taxis were parked outside.

An animated circle of Somalis gathered when the question of the airport controversy was raised.

"I was surprised and shocked when I heard it was an issue at the airport," said Faysal Omar. "Back in Somalia, there was never any problem with taking alcohol in a taxi."

Jama Dirie said, "If a driver doesn't pick up everyone, he should get his license canceled and get kicked out of the airport."

Two of the Somalis present defended the idea that Islam prohibits cabdrivers from transporting passengers with alcohol. An argument erupted. The consensus seemed to be that only a small number of Somalis object to transporting alcohol. It's a matter of personal opinion, not Islamic law, several men said.

Ahmed Samatar, a nationally recognized expert on Somali society at Macalester College, confirmed that view. "There is a general Islamic prohibition against drinking," he said, "but carrying alcohol for people in commercial enterprise has never been forbidden. There is no basis in Somali cultural practice or legal tradition for that.

"This is one of those new concoctions."It is being foisted on the Somali community by an inside or outside group," he added. "I do not know who."
So what's the fuss about? Here's Ms. Kersten reported:
How did the MAC connect with the society? "The Minnesota Department of Human Rights recommended them to us to help us figure out how to handle this problem," Hogan said.

Omar Jamal, director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center, thinks he knows why the society is promoting a "no-alcohol-carry" agenda with no basis in Somali culture. "MAS is an Arab group; we Somalis are African, not Arabs," he said. "MAS wants to polarize the world, create two camps. I think they are trying to hijack the Somali community for their Middle East agenda. They look for issues they can capitalize on, like religion, to rally the community around. The majority of Somalis oppose this, but they are vulnerable because of their social and economic situation."
Based on this reporting, here's what we know:
  • "There was never any problem with taking alcohol in a taxi" in Somalia.
  • MAS, the U.S. branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, has issued a fatwa outlawing the carrying of alcohol in taxis.
  • MAS is "an Arab Islamic group" seeking to intimidate the Somali Muslim groups by pitting group against group and individual against individual.
In fact, we have quotes from "a nationally recognized expert on Somali society at Macalester College" and from a Somali taxi driver saying that transporting alcohol-carrying passengers has never been a big thing. In fact, Ahmed Samatar, the expert on Somali society at Macalester says "There is no basis in Somali cultural practice or legal tradition for that."

What I gather from all this is that MAS wants to create a major disruption so that John Conyers will write legislation that will give special 'protections' to Muslim taxi drivers who would bottle up traffic at airports nationwide. Let's remember that this is the airport where the imams were taken off of US Airways Flight 300 right after the midterm elections. Let's not forget that Conyers wrote a resolution condemning that incident. Let's not forget that that resolution would give Muslims special civil-rights protections. Let's also remember that this airport is either just inside Keith Ellison's district or possible a mile or two outside his district. (It's difficult to tell based on this particular map.)

It's also obvious that the Qu'ran is silent on this specific issue, though it definitely speaks to Muslims consuming alcohol.

The bottom line to this seems to be that MAS, an organization with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, seems to want to divide Somali taxi drivers in an attempt to expand their sphere of influence.

That hardly sounds like a matter of religious conviction. It's more like another step taken to build a worldwide caliphate.

You'll want to read all of Katherine Kersten's article. In fact, I'd strongly recommend you read everything she's written on this subject & on the Flying Imam Fiasco.

Cross-posted at LetFreedomRingBlog

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Note To Israelis: Target Damra

In a move that exposes the cracks in our war against terrorism, we, the United States, have deported Fawaz Damra, the man that incorporated and opened the Alkeefah Refugee Center (Brooklyn), the American hub of Al-Qaeda prior to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. As well, he was a fundraiser for Sami Al-Arian and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, raising tens of thousands of dollars specifically for suicide bombings (a.k.a. martyr operations).

Where did we deport him to? The West Bank, so that he can plot with his friends the next attack against Israel or the United States.

Previously, we deported Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook from our shores. Today, he resides in Damascus, Syria, as the Deputy Chief of the Hamas Political Bureau - essentially 2nd in charge of Hamas.

When will we ever learn? Israel, it's up to you to do something about this. Target Damra now, before this man has a chance to do any more damage.

To learn more about the terrorist Fawaz Damra, check out our CAIR Watch profile of him.

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