SHERIFF WHO TESTIFIED BEFORE CONGRESS HAS TIES TO SUSPECTED ISLAMIST GROUP

Monday, March 28, 2011
By Paul Martin

By NWV News writer Jim Kouri
March 28, 2011
NewsWithViews.com

The only law enforcement official called to testify at the controversial congressional hearing on Muslim radicalization on March 17 is allegedly “tight” with an Islamic group that raised money for Hamas and was a co-conspirator in a federal terror-finance trial, according to a public-interest legal organization that investigates and prosecutes public corruption.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca advocated on behalf of Muslims at the highly-publicized hearing, conducted before Congress Peter King (R-NY) and the House Committee on Homeland Security, which he now chairs.

Baca testimony was not surprising, since being elected to run the nation’s largest sheriff’s department, he regularly attends fundraisers for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to meet the goals of his agency’s Muslim Community Affairs Division.

First elected in 1999, Baca joined forces with CAIR to stay on “positive terms” with the Muslim community after the 9/11 attacks. Nevermind that the group was founded in 1994 by three Middle Eastern extremists — Omar Ahmad, Nihad Awad and Rafeeq Jaber — who ran the American propaganda wing of Hamas known then as the Islamic Association for Palestine.

CAIR has extensive links to foreign and domestic Islamists, was labeled a co-conspirator in a federal terror-finance case involving the Hamas front group Holy Land Foundation and is largely funded by Islamic terrorist-supporting countries.

“The Mayor of Los Angeles and the people of L.A. and the nation are probably unaware that several CAIR executives have either been incarcerated in the United States or deported because of their criminal activities,” said former Detective Mike Snopes who now runs a security consulting firm.

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