From Powerline today, a summary of the problems with that assessment. The authors of a recent Middle East Quarterly essay is titled : "CAIR: Islamists fooling the establishment." and says that,
*Perhaps the most obvious problem with CAIR is the fact that at least five of its employees and board members have been arrested, convicted, deported, or otherwise linked to terrorism-related charges and activities.
*CAIR has a number of links to Hamas.
*CAIR's founding personnel were closely linked to the Islamic Association of Palestine; the Islamic Association of Palestine functions as Hamas's public relations and recruitment arm in the United States.
*CAIR encourages law enforcement in its work -- so long as it does not involve counterterrorism.
*CAIR discourages Americans from improving their counterterrorism skills.
*CAIR has consistently shown itself to be on the wrong side of the war on terrorism, protecting, defending, and supporting both accused and even convicted radical Islamic terrorists.
*CAIR has a key role in the "Wahhabi lobby" -- the network of organizations, usually supported by donations from Saudi Arabia, whose aim is to propagate the especially extreme version of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia.
*CAIR affiliates regularly speak at events sponsored by the Islamic Society of North America, an umbrella organization of the Wahhabi lobby.
*CAIR attempts to close down public debate about itself and Islam in several ways, starting with a string of lawsuits against public and private individuals and several publications.
*CAIR has a long record of unreliability and deceit even in relatively minor matters.
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