Unindicted Islamist Co-Conspirator CAIR Asks the Pentagon to Drop Reza Kahlili

The Council on Islamic Relations never rests in its mission to smear and defame any public figure who speaks out against Islamist terrorism. In its latest campaign, the group is trying to persuade the Pentagon to severe its relationship with former CIA operative Reza Kahlili. Kahlili frequently writes for PJ Media and the PJ Tatler.


WASHINGTON, July 23, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on the Department of Defense (DoD) to drop an anti-Islam lecturer at the Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy (JCITA) in Elkridge, Md., who wrote on an Islamophobic hate site that he “renounced Islam and began the quest to find the real God.” (reza kahlili:”Why I Renounce Islam and Choose Christ)(reza kahlili:” WND)(reza kahlili:8/24/11)

That lecturer, “Reza Kahlili,” a pseudonym for a man who says he is a former CIA operative in Iran, also claims that Iranian agents are “coordinating operations out of [American] mosques and Islamic centers,” that Iran already has nuclear weapons, and that Iranian agents have infiltrated the United States through the “Muslim Brotherhood’s Muslim Students Association.” (Daily Caller, 7/22/12; Washington Times, 10/27/11, Los Angeles Times, 7/6/12, American Thinker, 2/23/12)

A program coordinator for Iran instruction at JCITA confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that Kahlili is a paid lecturer for the DoD-chartered academy. His lectures are audio-only, allegedly to protect his identity. The newspaper called Kahlili “one of the most influential and outspoken voices in the U.S. advocating the overthrow of the Iranian government.”

“This is yet another unfortunate example of our nation’s military and counterterrorism personnel being trained by individuals who weaken America’s security by promoting their own religious and political agendas,” wrote CAIR national Executive Director Nihad Awad in a letter sent to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.


CAIR is focusing its criticism of Kahlili on the fact that he is now a Christian. CAIR should have no influence on any US policy, anywhere, anytime. CAIR has strong connections to the Muslim Brotherhood through the terrorist group Hamas, and was an unindicted co-conspirator in the massive Holy Land Foundation terror funding trial.

Terrorism expert and author Kenneth Timmerman has written a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta defending Kahlili from CAIR’s attack. In the letter, Timmerman says “Reza Kahlili risked his life for many years on America’s behalf as an agent of the Central Intelligence Agency inside Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. For CAIR to attack him solely on the basis of his conversion to Christianity is outrageous and reveals the totalitarian, supremacist nature of this organization. Such an attack has no place in an America that still respects our first freedom — the freedom of religion.” Timmerman’s full letter to Secretary Panetta is here.

CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper has said the following about religion in America:

“I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future,” he told the Minneapolis Star Tribune in a 1993 interview. “But I’m not going to do anything violent to promote that. I’m going to do it through education.”

Ten years later, in 2003, Hooper stated that if Muslims were ever to become a numerical majority in the U.S., they would likely seek to replace the Constitution with Islamic law (Sharia), which they view as divinely inspired and thus superior to all other legal systems.



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