Once again, the Obama administration has hosted a meeting with a person or persons leading a terrorist organisation. This time it was with a representative of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a group who has close ties to Hamas that has been officially declared a terrorist organisation by the United Arab Emirates.
Obama doesn’t consider CAIR a terrorist organisation and has been working hard to get them declassified as ‘terrorist’ by the UAE.
The Obama administration was caught lying about hosting a delegation of Muslim Brotherhood members earlier this year – to which they responded that they were quite happy to do so and would continue.
Now, they have continued this policy by having opened their doors to Hassan Shibly, the Executive Director of the Florida chapter of CAIR. Shibly was representing Tariq Abu Khdeir, a 15-year-old boy who was beaten by an Israeli officer after having traveled to Israel from Tampa. Khdeir was participating in a riot in East Jerusalem over the death of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, Tariq’s cousin. The video of the beating went viral, getting attention from the White House.
In November 2014, just six months ago, along with ISIS, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram, CAIR was listed as a terrorist organisation by United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Hassan Shibly has exhibited his own radical behaviour.
Shibly is an admirer of controversial Islamic lecturer Khalid Yasin who, during a 2005 interview, stated the following about non-Muslims and homosexuals: “There’s no such thing as a Muslim having a non-Muslim friend. If you prefer the clothing of the kafirs over the clothing of the Muslims, most of those names that’s on most of those clothings is faggots, homosexuals and lesbians.”
Fox News host Megyn Kelly recently pointed out on her show that, for at least four years, Shibly has referred to himself as a “fan” of Yasin and/or labeled Yasin an “interest” on his personal Facebook page. This, after Shibly had been warned years before about Yasin.
In December 2004, Shibly was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, while crossing over the Canadian border, following a conference he had attended in Toronto. The conference was ‘Reviving the Islamic Spirit,’ and according to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, it featured a number of extremist speakers including notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan and neo-Nazi William Baker.
About Shibly’s and others’ detentions, a border spokesman stated, “[W]e have credible, ongoing information that these types of conferences have been used and are being used by terrorist organizations to not only transport fraudulent documents but to mask travel by terrorists.” According to Shibly, he was “led by three armed officers” into a room “for questioning and fingerprinting.” He was told to stand face-first against the wall with legs spread for a pat-down search. He said he was “treated as a suspect.”
In June 2011, the Tampa Tribune reported on previous statements Shibly had made regarding Hezbollah. Shibly had stated that Hezbollah was “basically a resistance movement” and “absolutely not a terrorist organization.”
In August 2014, only nine months ago, Shibly tweeted that “Israel and its supporters are enemies of God.”
All of this is disturbing in itself, but what is much more so is the fact that this man was invited to the White House.
On April 15th, National Security Council staff met with Shibly and the Khdeir family at the West Wing of the White House. CNN published a photo of a smiling Shibly and a smiling Tariq Khdeir seated there. Shibly tweeted another with both Tariq and his mother Suha Khdeir.
A White House official is quoted on CNN, stating “The U.S. government has remained closely engaged with Tariq and his family since his return from Jerusalem.”
Question: Was the NSC aware of Shibly and his organisation’s backgrounds, prior to him being allowed to enter the premises? Or did the White House CAIR?