Defense of the Constitution
08/06 February 26, 2006
On February 19, the US Department of the
Treasury (Office of Foreign Assets Control) announced the closure,
pending investigation, of “KindHearts for Charitable Humanitarian
This closure, a routine function of the
government when investigating suspicious groups, ran afoul of that
great arbiter of everything Islamic, the Council on American-Islamic
Prior to the closure, on December 14, 2005,
Julia Shearson, director of CAIR’s Cleveland, Ohio, office wrote a
letter to Cleveland.com defending KindHearts from allegations by Steven
Emerson that it had connections to “suspicious Muslim charities”.
In attacking Emerson, Shearson notes that he
has been ridiculed by writers for the New Yorker, Washington Post, New
York Times, and Los Angeles Times…What Shearson fails to mention is
that each of these publications is not only far-left, but can sometimes
be un-American as
To be sure, Emerson has made his mistakes…but
he’s never defended Islamic terrorists.
Can CAIR say the same?
Shearson follows CAIR’s script when she
attacks the messenger, but can find
no words to actually defend
. This is typical, NAZI propagandizing: Say something
enough, repeat it long enough, and you’ll find gullible people willing
to believe your lies.
We note that Shearson's/CAIR's attempts at
smearing Emerson by using the statements of Vincent Cannistraro - a
former director of counterterrorism for the CIA - has backfired on CAIR
in the past. From Anti-CAIR
press # 024/03:
Executive Director, Mr. Nihad Awad, quotes an interview with a past
director of counterterrorism
for the CIA in which the former director clearly
states that both Hamas and Islamic Jihad have an
infrastructure in the U.S. and he uses this as a
defense against the accusations made by Mr. Emerson?
Is Mr. Awad implying that CAIR approves of
the presence of these two Islamist terrorist groups in the
United States? If so, Mr. Awad seriously
underestimates the amount of anger and disgust this will
engender among Americans toward both he and
CAIR. Mr. Awad, in his vendetta against Mr. Emerson,
has given the Senate more reasons to fear those
terrorist support cells and operatives that are already
present in our country. Both Hamas and Islamic
Jihad have terror murdered Americans abroad, both
are present in our country today, both are a clear and
present danger to our safety and security and yet
we should accept their presence because a former CIA
counterterrorism director says,
“…has never targeted Americans here…it would be counterproductive to
We wonder if Shearson/CAIR is today “eating
crow” over her obvious bias…or does she really believe the odious
propaganda she routinely spews?
Jihad Smaili is a Cleveland attorney who
represents KindHearts and sits on its board. Smaili calls Emerson
a “witch hunter” who routinely connects all Muslim charities to Islamic
terrorist groups. Smaili also claims that KindHearts takes great
care to keep donations out of terrorist hands.
If Smaili is representative of the kind of
person who sits on the board of KindHearts, we wonder just how low
KindHearts standards are? Consider that KindHearts sent $85,000
(2002) through the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP). Smaili
insisted that the money was to be held by the IAP until KindHearts
could open its own account in Lebanon. However, we note that
KindHearts has offices not only in the US, but also in the Hiba Center
on Mar Elyas Street in Beirut, Lebanon. Just how hard is it to
open a bank account in Lebanon? Could not KindHearts have hired a
taxi to take them to the local bank…or does opening a bank account in
Lebanon require the approval of an Islamic terrorist group?
We read that KindHearts does not distribute
cash, but instead provides “in-kind goods and services” to the people
who need them…but if this is true, then why did KindHearts need an IAP
terrorist bagman to open an account in Lebanon?
Of course, CAIR had to get into the act and
issued a “News Release” on February 24.
has no commentary to add to CAIR’s release…it appears to be the standard CAIR drivel
used in this
story can be found at the following links:
are warned that the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) may
contact your employer if CAIR believes you are using a work
address to receive any material that CAIR believes may be
has been known to shame employers into firing employees CAIR finds
disagreeable. For that reason, we strongly suggest that corporate
e-mail users NOT use a corporate e-mail account/address when
make every reasonable effort to protect our mailing list, but we cannot
guarantee confidentiality. ACAIR
not share, loan, sell, rent or otherwise publicize our mailing
list. We respect your privacy!
All persons are invited to submit tips and leads. ACAIR
will acknowledge receipt of all tips/leads, but we will NOT acknowledge
the source of ANY tip or lead in our Press Releases or on our web site.
are made for leading media personalities at the discretion of ACAIR
only on request of the person(s) submitting the tip or lead.