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The Ongoing Repercussions of the Holy Land case on the U.S. Brotherhood Organizations
The Investigative Project brings news of the first clear official FBI explanation of why the Bureau has cut off its work with CAIR, the premier legacy Muslim Brotherhood organization in the United States.

In an April 28, 2009 letter to Sen. Jon Kyl a senior FBI official formally said what the FBI (and most other US government entities) have been so strangely reluctant to say:

In the Holy Land Foundation trial:
evidence was introduced that demonstrated a relationship among CAIR, individual CAIR founders (including its current President Emeritus and its Executive Director) and the Palestine Committee. Evidence was also introduced that demonstrated a relationship between the Palestine Committee and HAMAS, which was designated as a terrorist organization in 1995. In light of that evidence the FBI has suspended all formal contacts between CAIR and the FBI.

The FBI's decision to suspend formal contacts was not intended to reflect a wholesale judgment of the organization and its entire membership. Nevertheless, until we can resolve whether there continues to be a connection between CAIR or its executives and HAMAS, the FBI does not view CAIR as an appropriate liaison partner. [Emphasis added].

Well, finally!

Now, what about all the other MB legacy organizations that continue the charade of democratic participation and moderation? So far, nothing, which means that CAIR's role may diminish but the group of MB organizations (and it is a SMALL group that occupy all the leadership positions of the affiliated entities) will pick up the slack.

That is the way the front organizations were designed to function. Whack at one mole, and there are other holes and other moles that will instantly pop up.

There was another little-notice judicial victory this week in entities related to the MB: a federal appeals court upheld the legality of the 2002 raids on the web of Herndon properties, businesses and charities.

This is important because the Safa Group, as the cluster is called, has long sought to have the case thrown out on these very grounds. Perhaps this will be the end. Unfortunately, after seven years, no charges have been filed directly related to that cluster. However, as the article notes, the conviction of Abdurahman Alamoudi, once one of the most visible and influential leaders of the MB legacy organizations and other indictments have been forthcoming, based in part on those raids.

One of the reasons the judicial process has ground so slowly in this case is the constant legal wrangling that take months or years to resolve, before being able to move on to the next issue.

For example, Sami al-Arian, a former Florida professor who earlier pleaded guilty to aiding a terror organization, is now charged with refusing to testify before a federal grand jury in the Herndon probe. A federal judge has not ruled on a defense motion to dismiss those charges.

Until that ruling, much of the rest of the case is in limbo.

Still, there is some awakening to the nature of CAIR, and the judicial victories trickle in. Small victories, but important ones.
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