Posted: 6/12/2002 8:54:49 AM EDT
What do FBI director Robert Mueller and Rep. Cynthia "Bush Knew" McKinney have in common? On June 28, both will
be guests of honor at a convention of the American Muslim Council.
The FBI director has lost his mind. They can call themselves a "civil rights group" but if they believe things like this then they should be shunned:
Formed as a tax-exempt lobbying organization in 1990, the American Muslim Council gained widespread notoriety in October 2000, when Abdurahman Alamoudi, its founder and former executive director, said the following at an anti-Israel rally: "I have been labeled by the media in New York as being a supporter of Hamas … We are all supporters of Hamas. I wish they added that I am also a supporter of Hezbollah."
Alamoudi's relationship with radical Islam didn't end in October 2000. According to the Associated Press, Alamoudi met with representatives of Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and al Qaeda in Beirut in January 2001.
Under Alamoudi's leadership, the American Muslim Council operated as an umbrella organization for a group called "American Muslims for Jerusalem," which Emerson says "routinely invokes 'Zionist' conspiracies and has featured calls at its conferences for the killing of Jews." The AMC also served as the headquarters for the United States office of the Islamic Salvation Front, a militant group with ties to the global terrorist network.
Alamoudi's successors have not renounced his legacy of support for terrorism. One member of the Council's board of advisers was quoted by the Jerusalem Post as saying, "O Jews, the army of Mohammed is coming for you," and a former acting president is none other than the domestic terrorist H. Rap Brown, otherwise known as Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin. Brown is currently serving a life sentence for murder.
In the past, the American Muslim Council called slavery in the Sudan a "sham," hosted a terrorist who plotted the overthrow of Jordan's Hashemite monarchy, and in 1999 gave an award to the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, an Islamic Charity connected with Hamas whose assets were seized by the Treasury Department earlier this year. The AMC has since called the seizure "unjust."
The American Muslim Council "represents the most mainstream Muslims in the United States, and previous Bureau officials have addressed meetings of the group," says an FBI spokesperson. But when asked why Mueller would accept a speaking invitation from an organization that acts as a shill for terrorists, the spokesperson would not comment.