CAIR Urges LA to Say No to Anti-Extremism Program

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is pushing the Los Angeles mayor’s office to refuse funding from the federal government to implement a Countering Violent Extremism Program (CVE).

The program – which comes with a grant for $425,000 – was offered to Mayor Eric Garcetti from the Department of Homeland Security.

What could possibly be wrong with an anti-extremism program?

CAIR objects, in principle, to the concept of CVE on three grounds:

  • “CVE is based on a flawed theory that claims there are reliable “indicators” for predicting if individuals are on a path to radicalization”
  • “CVE targets the Muslim community and stigmatizes them as inherently suspect under the false premise that Muslims are more prone to violence than other religious or ethnic groups”
  • “CVE chills First Amendment protected activities such as attending a mosque, participating in activism, and expressing political opinions”

To the detriment of the Los Angeles community, as well as national security, CAIR is unwilling to acknowledge that Islam is being used to further violence and extremism across the globe. Further, they refuse to acknowledge the blatant fact that young people are being recruited by Islamist terrorist organizations to commit acts of violent extremism.

Instead, CAIR contends that CVE programs are “dangerous” because they “target Muslims.”

CAIR was designated as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates in 2014. The group is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and was listed by the FBI as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, the largest terrorism financing trial in American history.

The organization’s blatant obfuscation of the goal of CVE programs and their agitation against the grant offered to the Los Angeles mayor is most telling.

In fact, CAIR’s activism against those trying to prevent radicalization is not isolated to this particular program in Los Angeles. In Minnesota, Somali-American activist Abdirizak Bihi, who dedicates his life to countering radicalization efforts by terror groups reaching out to Somali American, blamed CAIR for inhibiting his anti-radicalization work and the subsequent U.S. government investigations into the matter. He also outed CAIR to trying to delegimitze him and his work.

Bihi, who is the director of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center, also blasted CAIR for impeding FBI investigations into Al-Shabaab recruiting in Minnesota. Bihi and 50 others protested CAIR for telling Muslims not to talk to the FBI.

CAIR has attacked other Muslims who have stood up to warn about Al-Shabaab’s network in America. For example:

  • Billboards placed in suburban Chicago by an American Pakistani organization urging Muslims to report suspicious activity were attacked by CAIR and other Islamic Organizations
  • A chapter of CAIR in California featured on its website a poster of a sinister-looking FBI agent with the headlines “Build a Wall of Resistance” and “Don’t Talk to the FBI.” (It was later taken down by CAIR national, because, according to CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper, the message was “subject to misinterpretation.”)

CAIR has called for a “Twitter Townhall” on Monday, February 7-14 at 10 pm (PST) using the hashtag #stopCVE.

Clarion urges our readers to join the conversation on Twitter to urge the mayor of Los Angeles to work with the Department of Homeland Security and establish a program to counter violent extremism.

 

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Meira Svirsky
Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org