US Attorney General Eric Holder, the nations top cop will be speaking at an event in Detroit that will have members of Michigan branch of CAIR the Council of American-Islamic Relations. Except one thing there The FBI has cut off all ties with CAIR in 2007.
The event hosted by Advocates and Leaders for Police and Community Trust, a coalition of several dozen law enforcement and community group including the ACLU and US Department of Justice. A flyer list CAIR as a participant
Holder will speak at the Event which will be held on November 19 in Detroit.
In 2007, The FBI severed ties with the controversial group after federal prosecutors in the trial of Officers of the Texas Religious charity and group Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. Document show that link between CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood which is related to Hamas.
A spokesperson with Advocates and Leaders for Police and Community Trust, said CAIR is member of group.
“CAIR has been involved for a while,” said Chandra McMillion, community development facilitator for ALPACT. “CAIR is listed as an official member.”
In fact the local CAIR leader Dawud Walid, the Michigan Executive Director told the Politico that CAIR is member of ALPACT.
“It’s really nothing controversial. We’ve been part of this organization for years,” he said. “We meet every month and included with us is the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI.”
Walid regularly with members of ALPACT. “A lot of people are there: the NAACP, the ACLU, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee…the National Lawyers’ Guild,” he said.
Calls to the Department of Justice were referred to the FBI field office in Detroit. FBI office in Detroit referred to FBI headquarters in Washington,D.C.
A spokesman with the FBI confirmed of Special Agent-In-Charge in Detroit Andy Area will be the host.
“We are co-chairing the event. We are not sponsoring the event,” spokeswoman Jennifer Burnside said. She said the FBI “didn’t have any role” in selling tickets for the event or in issuing invitations.
Burnside also stressed the fact that the dinner is not a closed briefing. “It’s a public event and Joe off the street could attend,” she said.
Another reason the FBI is involved is the tribute to FBI agent Paul Sorce, an agent that was killed in the line of duty while preforming surveillance
“Honoring a fallen agent is very important to us,” Burnside said.
Asked about the FBI’s policy regarding CAIR Burnside said, “Our policy doesn’t prohibit the FBI participating in meetings where CAIR is going to be involved.”
Former Federal Prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, was disappointed but not surprise of the FBI involvement with CAIR.
I wish I could say I’m surprised but I’m not remotely surprised,” McCarthy said. “When [the FBI] said they cut off formal ties with them, whenever they say something like that you have to look very carefully at the way it’s worded… The last administration was guilty of it, this administration is guilty of it—they have determined it is more important to have what it can publicly hold out as ties to the Muslim community than it is to be careful about who you have the ties with.”
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