by Ryan Mauro
On March 25, the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) held its 12th annual banquet. Among the speakers helping to solicit donations was Sahar Aziz, who was a senior policy advisor to the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties from 2008 to 2009.
CAIR is a creation of the Muslim Brotherhood. It was labeled by the federal government as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation, a charity set up as a front for Hamas. In July 2009, a judge ruled that the government provided “ample evidence” to justify that label. The FBI cut off official ties with CAIR as a result.
Yet, a former advisor to the DHS is actually helping the group raise money. Moreover, Aziz railed against the “Islamophobes” targeting the Muslim-American community in her remarks; a label used by CAIR and its allies to tarnish the reputation of their critics.
Aziz spoke alongside Professor Jack Lessenberry, who teaches journalism at Wayne State University and Imam Siraj Wahhaj, whose anti-American extremism is well-documented. The following are some examples taken from Muslim Mafia and other sources of Wahhaj’s opinions:
“If only Muslims were clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate.”
“We don’t need to arm the people with 9mms and Uzis. You need to arm them with righteousness first. And once you arm them with righteousness first, then you can arm them.”
“I will never tell people, ‘Don’t be violent.’ That’s not the Islamic way.”
“America is the most wicked government on the face of the planet Earth.”
“Racism is at the very root of this nation.”
“Some Muslims have lost the desire to fight…Muslims have become soft. And they love the soft life. And they hate death. And that is why all over the world Muslims are getting their butts kicked—except those Muslims who fight back like in Afghanistan.”
“If we go to war, brothers and sisters—and one day we will, believe me—that’s why you’re commanded [to fight in] jihad.”
Based on these remarks, it is reasonable to assume that CAIR and Wahhaj would have been marginalized. Instead, they have a former Homeland Security advisor working with them, and they are a go-to source for the media. CAIR-Michigan had 214 media contacts this year alone. Last year, it was less than 50.