In 2007, CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) trial, a Hamas financing case that would result in the FBI ceasing its working relationship with CAIR. The HLF trial was the largest terror-financing case in American history. In 2008, during a retrial of the HLF case, an FBI Special Agent labeled CAIR as “a front group for Hamas” during her trial testimony. In 2010, a federal judge reiterated that his court had “ample evidence” that CAIR was involved in “a conspiracy to support Hamas.” CAIR, which relies upon millions of dollars in Saudi cash, was recently listed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a terrorist organization.
We had these two groups in our sights; if the investigation had continued and additional links been identified and dots connected, we might have given advance warning of the terrorist attack in San Bernardino. The combination of Farook’s involvement with the Dar Al Uloom Al Islamiyah Mosque and Malik’s attendance at al-Huda would have indicated, at minimum, an urgent need for comprehensive screening. It could also have led to denial of Malik’s K-1 visa or possibly gotten Farook placed on the No Fly list.
But after more than six months of research and tracking; over 1,200 law enforcement actions and more than 300 terrorists identified; and a commendation for our efforts; DHS shut down the investigation at the request of the Department of State and DHS’ own Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Division. They claimed that since the Islamist groups in question were not Specially Designated Terrorist Organizations (SDTOs) tracking individuals related to these groups was a violation of the travelers’ civil liberties.
- Missouri is getting to be an "interesting" place: "FBI alerted about group of men asking about Bagnell Dam"--Fox News. The group of men were allegedly middle-eastern, and asked about touring the dam. The Bagnell Dam is on the Osage River, about 130 miles west of St. Louis. Ordinarily this might no raise alarms, but for the recent mass purchases of cell phones and theft of propane tanks in the Kansas City area, and the discovery of a cache of explosives in the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri. The National Forest is only about 90 miles south-east of the Bagnell Dam.
- "Team led by Middle Eastern Woman Caught Surveilling U.S. Facility on Mexican Border"--Judicial Watch. "A Middle Eastern woman was caught surveilling a U.S. port of entry on the Mexican border holding a sketchbook with Arabic writing and drawings of the facility and its security system, federal law enforcement sources tell Judicial Watch."
- "Parents' outrage after Virginia high school students are asked to practice calligraphy by writing 'There is no god but Allah'"--Daily Mail. "A lesson in calligraphy has caused an uproar among some parents at a Virginia high school when students were instructed to write a Muslim statement of faith that read: 'There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.'" There is a reason for the parents to be upset: The statement in question is called the shahada. Recitation of the shahada in front of witnesses is the first and only formal step in conversion to Islam.
- "Riot police fire warning shots as THOUSANDS of protesters storm the site of a planned asylum centre for 1,500 migrants in Holland"--Daily Mail. "The mayoress, Miranda de Vries, said she was shocked at the violence caused by an estimated 2,500 people in the town of 27,000 that lies near the city of Utrecht. It was by far the biggest and the most violent outbreak of anti-immigrant sentiment in the country."