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CAIR’s Threat to National Security

Hussam Ayloush, head of CAIR-California, is associating with and praising some of the world's most notorious supporters of terror.

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Joe Kaufman

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September 9, 2009 - 12:00 am
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CAIR leader Hussam Ayloush is on a crusade against the FBI; he’s upset by how the government agency fights terrorism. What he’s not upset by are the terrorists who threaten America and America’s allies.

It’s a pattern by Mr. Ayloush that could easily lead one to believe he is a threat himself.

Hussam Ayloush is the executive director of the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-California), also known as CAIR-Southern California or CAIR-Los Angeles. He has held the position since at least 2001. Between then and now Ayloush, while appearing to be a moderate, has been associated with extremists who convey hatred and violence.

In December 2001, CAIR-California’s website published a photo taken in Los Angeles of Ayloush shoulder-to-shoulder with the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Yusuf al-Qaradawi. This was two years after al-Qaradawi had been banned from entering the United States.

Al-Qaradawi, whom the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) refers to as the “theologian of terror,” has incited violence against Jews, endorsed suicide bombings, called for homosexuals to be put to death, voiced his support for various terrorist organizations, called for the destruction of the state of Israel, and sanctioned attacks against U.S. troops abroad.

As reported by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) in November 2002 — again, after al-Qaradawi had been banned from the U.S. — Ayloush venerated him as a “scholar.” He stated:

Several people were asking about the eligibility claim for CAIR. And according to many scholars including Yusuf Qaradawi, basically this is one of the venues of zakat (charity) for your money as vis a vis basically educating about Islam in America and the West.

Al-Qaradawi is not the only threat to the U.S. whom Ayloush has described as a scholar. He said the same of Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood operative Wagdy Ghoneim, after Ghoneim was arrested in November 2004 on an immigration violation. Ayloush stated, “Wagdy Ghoneim is a highly regarded religious scholar who gives speeches around the country.” According to the State Department, his sermons targeted Jews, Christians, and the West. Ghoneim, who was then a mosque leader in California, would soon be deported to Qatar.

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