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why is CAIR still around?

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Submitted by Taj Ashaheed (United States), Apr 23, 2006 at 14:53

There's a reason that CAIR continues to exist - with its main office in the shadow of the White House, no less - despite the numerous accusations levelled at it: Quite simply they've been just that: accusations...

With the DHS propensity to go so far as stop toddlers and handicapped old ladies from boarding flights, claiming they appear on the terrorist list, if CAIR was the "enemy" many assume them to be, every member would be at Gitmo by now...this is same vanguard organization that permitted a former Taliban official being in school at Yale...lol

Yet the ineptitude of these accusations is clear...look at the instances cited in the article:

Tariq Ramadan - even Pipes's article notes that accusations against him have been contradicted...notice the phrase, "a senior DHS official told us THEN..."...so, what about NOW? Answer: no evidence, damning or otherwise...and NOW he's an Oxford professor...

Yusuf Islam: "accused" of funding terrorist organizations, but lo and behold, not a shred of evidence to support the accusation...and there's already admission that his being barred entry to the US was probably due to (surprise!) clerical error regarding the "watch list"...and, hey - he's got a new album due this year...

Clearly, post 9/11 we are "suspicious", but time and time again, our suspicions have turned out to be a waste of effort and resources, contributing nothing to increasing our safety, yet increasing intolerance, racism (read: now we've re-targeted Mexican "illegals") and ethno-religious bigotry...


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