More to the point, CAIR, Walid’s organization, has a long history of advocacy on behalf of jihadists, of members tied up in terrorism investigations, of urging Muslim Americans not to cooperate with law enforcement investigations, and of Hamas ties and activism that prompted the Justice Department to cite CAIR as an unindicted coconspirator in a terrorism financing case in which five men were convicted of routing millions of dollars to Palestinian Jihadists. The courtroom-proven ties finally caused the FBI to sever relations with CAIR — although why the FBI had relations with CAIR in the first place is a perplexing question.
CAIR’s is a Potemkin enterprise that banks on media exposure and ties to overseas Islamists to create the illusion of a following. The number of American Muslims who actually regard it as representative of their views is so infinitesimal that to call it “statistically insignificant” would be generous. The record is too long and unsavory for further condemnation of CAIR to be required. But it is long past time to start treating these guys as the fringe crackpots they are — which is to say, to ignore them.