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Muslim Brotherhood-ISNA Convention: “Don’t Talk to the FBI”

September 7, 2012

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Muslim Brotherhood-ISNA Convention: “Don’t Talk to the FBI”

Suhail Khan, Tariq Ramadan, John Esposito, the Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and Karen Armstrong all appeared at the ISNA convention, thereby revealing their true colors. This is what former FBI agent John Guandolo says about ISNA:

•The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is the largest Muslim Brotherhood (MB) organization in North America, created to be the “nucleus” for the Islamic Movement, according to MB documents seized by the FBI in Annandale, Virginia in 2004.
•Because of the evidence ISNA is a Brotherhood front, as well as the numerous financial documents detailing money going directly from ISNA and their banks to Hamas entities overseas, ISNA is an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest Hamas trial ever successfully prosecuted in U.S. history (US v. Holy Land Foundation), which was adjudicated in 2008 in Dallas, Texas.
•When ISNA filed a motion with the federal court to have their name removed from the unindicted co-conspirator list, the government stated that ISNA exists to be a financial support entity for Hamas. The federal judge agreed stating the government provided “ample evidence” and left ISNA on the list. A three-judge appellate panel unanimously agreed and left ISNA on the unindicted co-conspirator list.
•ISNA’s two key directors and its President, Mohamed Magid (pictured above), all work with Secretary Clinton and her office. So, the leaders of a Hamas-supporting entity are advising the U.S. Secretary of State.

Here is the official TVC/VAST report on the Hamas-linked Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention, by an eyewitness who managed to get in:


Washington, DC – The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) 2012 annual convention offered some stark contrasts between the Islam portrayed in CAIR press releases and speeches and the unavoidable facts about Islam’s size and objectives.

A project of the Traditional Values Coalition (TVC) and the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force (VAST) monitored several key briefings and presentations at the convention.

Sessions ran the gamut from “Islamic Finance” to Islam’s Response to Domestic Violence in the Muslim Community to If You Care About Your Future-I Spy With My NYPD Eye.

Some speakers criticized President Barack Obama for “letting down” Islam and not doing enough to advance its cause in America. One official, CAIR Founder and long-time HAMAS/Muslim Brotherhood operative Nihad Awad, complained that the White House treats him and other activists like an ugly step-child.

Awad said that Muslim names are not published on the official White House visitor’s log.

“Even those who go to the White House and have a reception that’s great. But their names are not published on the official list. Why? Because Muslim money and votes are radioactive.”

Nihad Awad, ISNA Annual Convention September 1, 2012

Panel on Forming a More Perfect Union

The general rule established in many presentations was “Don’t Talk to the FBI”, don’t allow any law enforcement to enter your home or business without a search warrant and never talk with any police without a lawyer present.

Substantial portions of the convention program were devoted to vilifying three law enforcement agencies – the Intelligence Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the New York City Police Department (NYPD), and the Joint Taskforce on Terrorism.

Deceptively named, the panel on “Working with Law Enforcement to Uphold our Civil Liberties” was anything but that. All three panelists attacked law enforcement for using various techniques to monitor individuals believed to be a threat to our nation’s security. Additionally, each speaker cautioned that law enforcement agencies have had too much access to the Muslim community with disastrous results.

Mike German, former FBI agent and now ACLU Policy Counsel on National Security, Immigration and Privacy repeatedly warned against speaking to the FBI and other law enforcement. German advised ISNA members and allies that when approached by the FBI ask which division they are in. If they are from the FBI’s Office of Community Outreach or Office of Public Affairs, German suggested it was probably ok to speak with them. However, if they were from the FBI Intelligence Division or the Joint Taskforce on Terrorism –German warned that they were not to be trusted and advised that individuals needed a lawyer present when speaking to them.

Ms. Rabia Chaudry also warned the Muslim community not to speak with law enforcement without a lawyer, stating that there needed to be some new “rules of engagement.” Like many other speakers at the convention, she expressed outrage that government officials would dare monitor any Muslims or suggest their involvement in terrorism.

Not one panelist, in various sessions, acknowledged the reality of “home-grown terrorism.” Rather, speakers and attendees alike mocked both the idea and Congressman Peter King of New York for holding Congressional hearings.

Chaudry repeatedly made it clear that the FBI, NYPD -who she called the “Big Bad Wolf”- and other agencies were not to be trusted.

Chaudry works with the Saudi-funded front group Center for Muslim Christian Understanding, serves as an immigration lawyer, as well as a board member of the Connecticut ACLU and is President of the Safe Nation Collaborative. As President of the collaborative, Chaudry is working with the Obama Administration to rewrite the training manuals used to teach law enforcement personnel about the Islamist threat to America. She and others also want to ensure the new training manuals are “culturally sensitive”.

James Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute and co-founder and chairman of the Palestine Human Rights Campaign continued the rant against law enforcement and the Obama Administration, complaining that things are “seen through the lens of Israel.”

Zogby encouraged the Muslim community to use “old fashioned guilt” tactics to extract what they want from the White House, Obama Administration and law enforcement as a result of law enforcement monitoring the Muslim community. He referenced a tough letter he had sent to the White House as an “ultimatum.

Referring to law enforcement, Zogby stated, you are “screwing up the world because you don’t talk to us” and then boldly proclaimed that

“This is no longer a white world. This world is dominated by us, people of color.”
James Zogby, ISNA Annual Convention, September 2, 2012

Panel on Working with Law Enforcement to Uphold our Civil Liberties

Zogby a delegate to the Democrat National Convention, opposed reinstating language in the party platform recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel because he said it was pandering to the Jewish vote. Zogby is the brother of pollster John Zogby.

Conference speakers estimated the Muslim population of America as either “2-3 million” or “7 million”, depending on which version suited the argument they were making at the moment.

Many speakers including Suhail Kahn focused on the work of Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer and lawyer David Yerushalmi. An extensive campaign was outlined to stop what speakers said was a growing public sentiment against Shariah and challenge Geller/Spencer’s media presence and busy schedule of public speeches in strategic states.

Of course, ISNA also included an angry rant about the dominance of Israel on the American political scene and set a legislative priority of eliminating all U.S. foreign aid to the state of Israel.

The focus of the convention’s program was on three key messages:
1.Refining Islam’s public image and presenting an apologetics course on what to do when confronted about the facts concerning Islam’s campaign to dominate the West.
2.Continue the barrage of attacks on the most effective law enforcement agencies (FBI, NYPD, etc.) and challenge their efforts to stop the use of non-profit front groups to launder American dollars on their way to arming and supplying front-line terrorists here and in other countries. (Increasing regulation and scrutiny of electronic fund transfers is a grave concern to the ISNA attendees.)
3.Continuing efforts to affect official Washington while recognizing that local police and government officials may be a more fertile ground for winning greater control.

Memorable ISNA moments

CAIR’s Nihad Awad was a convention favorite, appearing on a number of panels.

Awad outlined an elaborate explanation of Islam’s strategy for neutralizing Christian opposition to the spread of Shariah in America but concluded by stating “Of course, we won’t say any of this to the public.”…

“When they [Muslims and Arabs] speak up on campuses they have opposition. I assure you this opposition is moving. You know why? Cause it does not make sense any more. It makes sense with only one group of people. Extremists. Right wing Christians. Misguided. They believe that god ordains them to support Israel for the next coming of Jesus.

No God – neither God nor Jesus believed in injustice against Palestinians. We have to remind them it is very Christian, very ungodly, very un-American to support the State of Israel. We should test their faith. We should test their faith. But of course, in a way that is more convincing.”

Nihad Awad, ISNA Annual Convention, September 2, 2012
Panel on US Foreign Policy, Palestine and the ‘New’ Middle East

“Islam is a wonderful contribution to America. The Constitution and Islam are intertwined. America and Islam the joint venture, the integration, the constitutionality, the history, laws and institution. The best story in the making is Islam in America.”

Nihad Awad, ISNA Annual Convention September 1, 2012
Panel on Forming a More Perfect Union

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