CAIR Officials on NDAA, Indefinite Detention, and Allen West Calling Them an "Un-Indicted Co-Conspirator"

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Point of clarification for West: "Un-indicted co-conspirator" means you aren't a co-conspirator.
Believe it or not, the Council on American-Islamic Relations might actually have something in common with tea party members. It's about last year's National Defense Authorization Act, which a federal judge ruled last week is vague enough to potentially allow for the indefinite detention of American citizens.

Tea partiers (and libertarians of other stripes) waving around copies of the Constitution say it's a gross abuse of government power to allow the military to pluck people out of their American homes and call them enemy combatants. CAIR agrees.

Congressman Allen West does not.

Despite his chest-thumping defense of the Constitution at every fundraiser and motorcycle rally he can rumble into, West rose in opposition last week to an amendment that would specifically guarantee constitutional rights to anyone arrested on terrorism charges on United States soil. It basically says that if you're arrested in America, you're guaranteed the due process afforded you by that book West is waving around all the time.

West said the military should be allowed to do what it wants, including to American citizens, because "we cannot look to guarantee to those who would seek to harm us the constitutional rights that are granted to Americans."

"We're all on this battlefield," he said in his defense of letting the Army subvert the Constitution on American soil. This was after he opened with an anecdote about Nazis.

West added, "I find it very interesting that a sponsor of this amendment is the Council for American-Islamic Relations [sic] that is a co-conspirator, unindicted co-conspirator, for the largest terrorist financing --" and then he was cut off.

Washington Rep. Adam Smith was the one doing the cutting of, responding with, "I point out that only members of Congress are allowed to sponsor amendments."

He's right, but I figured it was best to check in with CAIR, as their alleged support of the amendment was being used to somehow prove its insidious intent.

"We're against the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens," said CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper. "Why is he even bring us up in reference to the NDAA other than that he's fixated on Muslims?"

CAIR national legislative director Corey Saylor said sponsor wasn't an accurate word for the group's support of the amendment, but he did say that the group "did go around and tell offices that we were in support of it."

"[It's not new] to target organizations representing a disliked minority. I stand on our arguments, though. What we're arguing for is our government does not have a way to indefinitely detain anyone in our country," Saylor said, pointing out that the Constitution refers to "all persons," even if West says terror suspects don't count.

"If he's offended by that, [his problem is] not with CAIR. His problem is with the founding fathers," Saylor said. "The Constitution guarantees due process, and we believe that the sections 1021 and 1022 remove that."

In any case, the point is moot -- the amendment was voted down the next day. But both Saylor and Hooper said it was a simple constitutional argument the group was espousing, nothing more.

"Allen West seems to have a personal vendetta against the American Muslim community and will push that vendetta forward at each and every opportunity. Why he chose this one, I don't know, but that's Allen West," Hooper said. "At least he's not calling us communists."


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glass slipper
glass slipper

Another Israeli-Apartheid State tactic being implemented by their spineless hired goons in Congress to further dived this Country and treat American citizens as criminals, just as the the Israelis treat the Palestinians.

 Will the idiots in this Country ever wake up to what is happening to them because if they don't they deserve whatever happens to them.

 Of course I contacted my Rep. West who ignored my concerns regarding this matter but that is allright because he will pay dearly for his ignorance of our Constitution and will soon find himself as Sean Hannity's waterboy.

Triptospherr44
Triptospherr44

CAIR is not "The American Muslim Community"CAIR is a group of Fascists founded by HAMAS members and supporters to support HAMAS and further the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood.It's just a Fact.

Brennan
Brennan

 The view that most Americans hold regarding NDAA is pretty scary. A lot of them have never even heard of it before. I asked one person what he thought of NDAA and he said "I don't know, I don't keep up with conspiracy theory stuff." A law that allows US citizens to be detained by the military and shipped to Guantanamo Bay, and it's a "conspiracy theory?" Now they want to conduct "military operations in cyberspace" (I can see it now: thousands of independent blogs being shut down by the military for alleged terrorist sympathies) and it also paves the way for war with Iran! I guess the transition to a dictatorship will be quite easy if people have attitudes like that. If you don't believe that martial law could happen here, just take a look at http://www.martiallawusa.com. All the proof is there.

Ralphv1
Ralphv1

CAIR's status as an unindicted co-conspiritor with terrorists is not their only problem, nor greatest sin. When CAIR members call for the destruction of Israel, condone the beheading of infidels, tell Americans it's time to something as small as 9/11 behind us, and actively work to enable terrorists to remain hidden from law enforcement organizations, it's hard not to think the worst of them. Add to that, Hooper's avowed desire to replace American democracy with something more sharia compliant, and Saylor's unabashed activities to silence any voice critical of CAIR, and CAIR starts to seem less like a civil rights advocate, and more like a subversive criminal organization, like the SDS or the Weather Underground, but in nice suits.

Guest
Guest

This is so pathetic and laughable - all at the same time! You've placed yourself in the same category as Allen West, having a personal vendetta against the American Muslim community.

Stop spreading lies. Stop spreading fear. And that's all this is.

Peace.

Rocky
Rocky

Islam is spreading fear and lies against anyone who is opposed to HAMAS.

Tollerant WASP
Tollerant WASP

Allen West is a bigot

Guest
Guest

 And you are a Racist

Rocky
Rocky

You liberals are the bigots. You support Hamas-tied Ku Klux Kair.

Ralphv1
Ralphv1

Haven't you heard? People of his ethic persuasion can't be bigots...just ask Attorney General Holder.

nanook5
nanook5

damnable islamosocialists.

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