The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)'s downplaying of Islamist extremism has reached a new low. In a contentious segment on Newsmax TV with Clarion Project's Ryan Mauro, a CAIR-FL representative made the outrageous claim that no terrorist organizations have existed in the U.S. since 2001.
The segment on DML Unfiltered (Watch the segment below), hosted by Dennis Michael Lynch, was centered on Jamaat ul-Fuqra (now known as Muslims of the Americas), an extremist group with a history of terrorism that claims to have 22 "Islamic villages."
Mauro showed exclusively-obtained photos from a law enforcement raid on one such "village" in Colorado in 1992, where authorities discovered hidden stockpiles of arms, including in underground tunnels. The group was also in the process of building a satellite communications system. Many of the group's other "villages" continue to operate.
Mauro then mentioned that CAIR is now intertwined with MOA/Fuqra. CAIR-FL's Communications Director Wilfredo Ruiz responded with an outrageous claim that "there has not been a terrorist group operating in America since 2001 because of the effectiveness of our intelligence and law enforcement."
Mauro debunked the claim by pointing out that not only have terrorist networks been exposed since 2001, but CAIR itself is part of one of them. The Justice Department says CAIR is an entity of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network and listed it as an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of another Brotherhood entity for financing Hamas.
Wilfredo also misrepresented a newspaper account based on a think-tank study purporting to show
right-wing terrorism is a bigger threat than Islamist terrorism. He claimed this was the official opinion of the intelligence community (and here's a strong rebuttal to that study).
Before joining the Brotherhood/Hamas-linked CAIR, Ruiz was a senior official for another radical group led by a Hamas supporter. The head of the American Muslim Association of North America is Sofian Abdelaziz Zakkout.
Investigative reporter Joe Kaufman, chairman of Americans Against Hate, exposed Zakkout's extremism several times. Zakkout promoted horrendous anti-Semitic propaganda, glorified Hamas and terrorism against Israeli civilians on social media, justified the murder of those who leave Islam and even wrote in Arabic, "You're a Jew, the grandson of a monkey and pig."