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Why Is the Justice Department Cozying Up to Islamic Radicals?

PJM reports exclusively on U.S. government participation in the convention of the Islamic Society of North America — a group with known ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Jennifer Rubin

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June 22, 2009 - 1:54 pm
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As IPT reported:

The Coburn report on DOJ singles out the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Both are unindicted co-conspirators in the Hamas support trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) and five former officials. CAIR and ISNA appear in prosecution exhibits involving the Palestine Committee, a group created by the Muslim Brotherhood to help Hamas. CAIR is actually listed as a committee member, as are the group’s co-founders Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmad. ISNA is listed among friendly organizations.

The report notes what it calls an “alarming” agenda for the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. It was written by another Palestine Committee member, Mohamed Akram, in 1991 in a document called “the General Strategic Goal for the Group In North America.” In the memo, Akram defined the group’s role in America as “a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

In July 2008, declassified memos provided further evidence of the connection between ISNA and the Muslim Brotherhood. ISNA has maintained it is a voice of Muslim moderation, has fought its status as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case, and with President Ingrid Mattson recently has attempted to present a benign image of the group to the public.

However, FBI documents, prosecutors in the Holy Land case, and even ISNA officials have revealed the association between ISNA and the Muslim Brotherhood. In the 1980s the FBI documented that “the annual conferences are used for both religious and political purposes. The political purpose is to further the Islamic Revolution, which includes the providing of anti-U.S. and Israel publications.”

So the question remains: what is the Justice Department doing soliciting employees through the Justice Department email system to attend a convention at which ISNA can propagate its views?

The Justice Department did not respond to our email asking for an explanation of its outreach efforts, whether it is concerned about ISNA’s connection to the Holy Land Foundation case, and whether it undertakes similar outreach to any other organizations which are explicitly religious in orientation.

PJ Media will continue to investigate.

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Jennifer Rubin blogs at the Washington Post.
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