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September 7, 2011 - 6:56 am

This is astounding. Atlas Shrugs blogger Pam Geller sought records from the US Department of Justice on its Civil Rights Division’s communications with two Islamist groups, the Islamic Society of North America, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Muslim Students Association and the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee. All of those groups have problematic associations, to say the least. ISNA and CAIR were both unindicted co-conspirators in the infamous Holy Land Foundation case, while the Muslim Students Association is a bona fide Muslim Brotherhood front group. Geller made a fairly narrow records request, but the DoJ’s search turned up a huge number of documents.

Specifically, I asked for “records relating to the meeting of the ‘Monthly Outreach Meeting’ (or a regular occurring meeting organized by the Civil Rights Division with substantially the same purpose even if it is referred to with a different name inside the Department) with Muslim and Arab groups at the Civil Rights Division. Specifically, include lists of attendees at each monthly meeting, the agenda of each meeting and any minutes or summary prepared subsequent to each meeting. Please also specifically note the meetings at which the Attorney General of the United States attended.”

I asked for all such records dating back to 2006.

I knew these documents existed, indicating broad collaboration between the Justice Department and Muslim Brotherhood groups, and this was confirmed on April 29, 2011, when the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division finally responded to my request. Nelson Hermilla wrote me that “clearly your request encompasses thousands of records. The total located on a preliminary search totals 14,100 documents. Each document likely contains numerous pages.” Hermilla also complained that “it is not clear in what manner the collection of all five-year’s records might contribute to the general public understanding.” He explained that these documents would only be made available to me if I paid $1,400.

As our own Christian Adams has documented here at PJ, the DoJ’s Civil Rights Division is chock a block with political hires — since Obama’s inauguration, every single hire carries a deep far left pedigree. How many of these documents date to before and after Obama’s inauguration won’t be clear until Geller gets the actual documents. There’s no obvious reason, related to their mission, that the Civil Rights Division would have such extensive contact with these particular groups. The Civil Right Division is not charged with “Muslim outreach,” and these groups are well known bad actors. Geller:

A knowledgeable Justice Department insider told me: “You couldn’t generate 14,000 pages of documents if you asked for communications with lenders or apartment or hotels as part of the Housing Section enforcement activities. There are very few things in Civil Rights that would generate 14,000 pages of anything. It has got to be a treasure trove of information.”

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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