In an exclusive report, the Investigative Project for Terrorism revealed that one of the public relations firms hired by the liberal organization Southern Poverty Law Center to help them compile their notorious and faulty “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists” employed former Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) officials.
The PR firm, ReThink Media, employed Zainab Chaudary, who previously worked as a civil rights coordinator for CAIR’s New Jersey chapter, during the time ReThink Media was helping the law center compile the list.
Since the list was published, ReThink hired Corey Saylor, CAIR’s former national legislative affairs director.
CAIR is a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity that was designated as a terrorist group by the United Arab Emirates. FBI wiretaps in 1993 revealed that CAIR was established to deceptively push the Islamist agenda in America. You can read more about CAIR’s background here.
The guide was used by journalists, mainstream media and tech giants (Facebook, Google and Twitter) to blacklist individuals and organizations and label them as hate groups. Some organizations were even denied credit card processing due to their designation as hate groups by the SPLC.
However, many on the list — including Clarion Project and Clarion’s national security analyst Ryan Mauro, anti-Islamist activist Maajid Nawaz (a Muslim himself) and human rights activist Aayan Hirsi Ali – were not anti-Muslim extremists but rather expressed opinions contrary to those of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and CAIR.
The SPLC removed the list from their website last April. CAIR-Florida still has the list on its website.
Since the news of the settlement broke, close to 60 organizations labeled as hate groups by the SPLC are considering suing the organization.
ReThink Media describes itself as “part PR firm, part advocacy organization.” The Investigative Project on Terrorism writes that ReTink Media “also is linked to a funding consortium created by George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.”
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