Boxer punches CAIR

posted at 11:03 am on December 30, 2006 by Bryan

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) rescinds an award:

Dec. 29, 2006 – In a highly unusual move, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California has rescinded an award to an Islamic activist in her home state because of the man’s connections to a major American Muslim organization that recently has been courted by leading political figures and even the FBI.

Boxer’s office confirmed to NEWSWEEK that she has withdrawn a “certificate of accomplishment” to Sacramento activist Basim Elkarra after learning that he serves as an official with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). After directing her staff to look into CAIR, Boxer “expressed concern” about some past statements and actions by the group, as well as assertions by some law enforcement officials that it “gives aid to international terrorist groups,” according to Natalie Ravitz, the senator’s press spokeswoman.

Read the rest of the article. Sen. Boxer comes off as both knowledgeable and reasonable and open to changing her mind as facts warrant. CAIR, as is its wont, blamed Boxer’s move on the Joooos. Or, a Jewish blogger. The “Islamophobia” word makes an appearance too. So does “McCarthy.” They know which buttons to push.

For more on CAIR’s past statements, associations and assorted sins, head on over to Anti-CAIR. Several CAIR officials have been convicted on charges of aiding terrorist groups. Here’s a sample:

Senior CAIR employee Randall Todd Royer, a/k/a “Ismail” Royer, pled guilty and was sentenced to twenty years in prison for participating in a network of militant jihadists centered in Northern Virginia. He admitted to aiding and abetting three persons who sought training in a terrorist camp in Pakistan for the purpose of waging jihad against American troops in Afghanistan. Royer’s illegal actions occurred while he was employed with CAIR

CAIR’s Director of Community Relations, Bassem Khafagi , was arrested by the United States due to his ties with a terror-financing front group. Khafagi pled guilty to charges of visa and bank fraud, and agreed to be deported to Egypt. Khafagi’s illegal actions occurred while he was employed by CAIR.

On December 18, 2002, Ghassan Elashi, founding board member of CAIR-Texas, a founder of the Holy Land Foundation, and a brother-in-law of Musa Abu Marzook , was arrested by the United States and charged with, among other things, making false statements on export declarations, dealing in the property of a designated terrorist organization, conspiracy and money laundering. Ghassan Elashi committed his crimes while working at CAIR, and was found Guilty.

CAIR Board Member Imam Siraj Wahaj, an un-indicted co-conspirator in the first World Trade Center bombing, has called for replacing the American government with an Islamic caliphate, and warned that America will crumble unless it accepts Islam.

Now, if we could only get the Bush administration to be as tough on CAIR as Sen. Boxer is:

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 … The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed an announcement by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that it has provided special training about Islamic traditions related to the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, to some 45,000 airport security officers. The TSA cultural sensitivity training includes details about the timing of Hajj travel, about items pilgrims may be carrying and about Islamic prayers that may be observed by security personnel….

Foxes and henhouses, or something along those lines. It was, of course, several CAIR-connected imams who instigated the “flying imams” fiasco, which appeared to be none other than a test of vigilance and a way to mau mau the airlines and airline passengers. CAIR’s Ibrahim Hooper, who often appears on cable news channels as the face of moderate Islam, has been found in the company of radicals himself.

This is the CAIR that Boxer rejects, and the Bush administration puts in charge of sensitivity training.

Good for Boxer. Bad for the administration. CAIR should be ostracized.

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Boxer would have demonstrated good judgment if she had done a little homework first and not handed the award in the first place. As it is now, it looks like she’s doing nothing but a little CYA.


GT on December 30, 2006 at 11:09 AM

Democrats waking up to reality is, in its own strange way, a scary prospect. On the one hand it’s long overdue and most welcome, but on the other, it makes them seem more reasonable (which they really aren’t) and thus electable. As the robot says – this does not compute…

Halley on December 30, 2006 at 11:11 AM

Halley, I don’t care about the party that gets elected. All I want is that they realize the type of war we are in and are willing to fight it. Right now, everything else is icing.

JasonG on December 30, 2006 at 11:39 AM

You dont CAIR?

JayHaw Phrenzie on December 30, 2006 at 11:41 AM

Hey, elections are coming up. They know what direction the country is. She seen what happened with Joe Lieberman, toss some of her security conscious Dems and Independants a little treat, and everyone thinks it is wonderful. Meanwhile domestically can slide in the liberal social and economic programs, probably more important to her.

StuLongIsland on December 30, 2006 at 11:42 AM

Not every Democrat wants to be in bed with a terrorist front group.

JammieWearingFool on December 30, 2006 at 11:46 AM

Maybe she just realized that a what a burka would do to her fabulous hairdo.

bbz123 on December 30, 2006 at 12:00 PM

“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.” — Omar Ahmad, founder of CAIR

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on December 30, 2006 at 12:29 PM

When will there be TSA sensitivity training that addresses the anxiety of non-muslim passengers who worry their plane may be slammed into a building at 500 mph?

SailorDave on December 30, 2006 at 12:31 PM

If more Women’s libers like Boxer would realize the consequences of losing the war on terror a great deal of anti war sentiment would crumble.

Since the scourge of liberalism at all costs, is endemic to many ’cause’ groups they seem blinded to the fact that without a free America they’re ’cause du jur’ does not exist.

Speakup on December 30, 2006 at 12:31 PM

I agree with GT–if she was really right on this issue, she’d have never given the award out in the first place, but I have to give her at least a smidgen of credit for taking it back. Or it may be one of those “stopped clock being right twice a day” things.

ReubenJCogburn on December 30, 2006 at 12:36 PM

CAIR has tried to model itself on NAACP and MALDEF lines, and more resembles the latter than the former. That is to say, MALDEF has become a de facto lobbying group for illegal aliens and therefore MALDEF is fundamentally antinomian. CAIR also sides with foreigners against Americans, but unfortunately for CAIR, the foreigners it sides with include a number of jihadi terrorists.

Ali-Bubba on December 30, 2006 at 12:43 PM


You really got it right. Post-modern ultra-liberalism is the absolute antithesis of militant islam. If one were to consider the situation in terms of who believes in what, ultra-liberals should fear and despise militant islam as much or more than Christian conservatives do.

Liberalism can only flourish in a land of tolerance. That tolerance toward even the most rudimentary liberal belief would vanish overnight under the rule of islam. Liberals’ abilty to discern between someone they merely disagree with (GWB/Republicans) and someone who is an real threat to their very existence (militant islam) needs to be honed.

SailorDave on December 30, 2006 at 12:44 PM

There is something in the water out on the left coast, maybe Babs just stopped drinking.

infidel on December 30, 2006 at 12:45 PM

Barbara Boxer? Doing the right thing? Dang…how much did I have to drink last night? I’ll pop a couple tylenols and come back later, and it will all have been a hallucination…

JetBoy on December 30, 2006 at 12:48 PM

Did anyone notice the photo? What a trash rag Newsweek is – They use a photo of Bush from Sept 2001 with meeting with CAIR and Awad with a caption – “which Sen. Boxer lately decided may not be a savory group.”

Commies like Isikoff just can’t resist –

iam7545 on December 30, 2006 at 12:59 PM

Someone get the smelling salts. I’m feeling faint! Good for her! Even a minute step like that seems huge when someone of her ilk does it.

SouthernGent on December 30, 2006 at 1:11 PM

With her track record? Wait and see.

naliaka on December 30, 2006 at 1:26 PM

A Democrat senator exercises good judgement…? I’m not sure how to process that.

Now worries. She’ll cozy up to them in an election year; when it matters.

lorien1973 on December 30, 2006 at 2:17 PM

items pilgrims may be carrying

You mean like…no, that’s too easy.

Coyote D. on December 30, 2006 at 2:29 PM

CAIR is too hot right now for even scum like Boxer to deal with and she knows it.

If you believe she’s doing this in good faith, then i’ve got some great ocean front property in Oklahoma that you might be interested in buying.

Scot on December 30, 2006 at 2:29 PM


Jaibones on December 30, 2006 at 2:38 PM

I will happily eat my words, my hat, shoes, heck, my extensive cardigan sweater collection if it’s true that Boxer is doing this out of a sense of national interest. To be honest, it does give me hope for our country. The only problem is that Boxer’s constituency will more than likely force her to apologize and suck up to CAIR.

spmat on December 30, 2006 at 2:50 PM

Eeek! I’ve always thought that Boxer was the dumbest politico on the Hill, but now I may have to search for another one – unless she redeems her title by making a really stupid statement which given her track record might be soon.

Ellen on December 30, 2006 at 2:51 PM

boxer must be on gdrugs, she did soemthing right! But, hasn’t she (in the past) enabled this rotten terror supporting group to begin with her actions?

retired on December 30, 2006 at 4:11 PM


She isn’t even close to Patty Murray or Dick Durbin. Boxer did the right thing, period. She should be praised for doing so. If she, or anyone else does the wrong thing, they should be castigated. Be fair about this.

Also, she did a greater service by drawing the usual CAIR reaction – anti-semitism, crying discrimination, blah, blah, blah. The more people see it, the more they will be become inured to it.

major john on December 30, 2006 at 5:11 PM

See, now even a committed conservative like myself is wondering why I don’t vote for a DHIMMIcRAT next time.

Nice, Repubs. They don’t call you the stupid party for nothing.

pabarge on December 30, 2006 at 5:32 PM


Conservatives receive a lot of flak for being…Conservative.
It’s however been proved many times throughout our history that liberals cry, whine and have tantrums but it’s Conservatives that get the hard work done to provide and preserve freedom from oppression including from liberals oppressive nanny communism.

Abject hate from the left seems to have clouded even the speck of decent judgment older liberals used to have.
What remains is hypocritical protection (no matter how evil or repressive) for anyone except Americans who don’t deserve to be saved from anything.

Speakup on December 30, 2006 at 6:15 PM

I think Ed Koch is one of the few remaining intelligent Democrats left. I rarely agree with him on issues, but I respect the man.


GT on December 30, 2006 at 7:06 PM

Good for her. If the Democrats were smart they’d try to outodo the Republicans on foreign policy and fight the next election on domestic issues.

aengus on December 30, 2006 at 11:50 PM

If the Democrats were smart they’d try to outodo the Republicans on foreign policy and fight the next election on domestic issues.

With the complicity of the press and the stupidity of the public they very well could end up being the “Defense” party in 2008, especially with the “we can’t ever come to our own defense” Republicans that are currently in office. Not a single lie or obfuscation gets answered, why, I even caught some Republican’s actually referring to Foreign Intelligence as Domestic Wiretapping like the liberals. They remind me of the “Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight” or the “Keystone Cops” or the “Three Stooges” or something, yeah, that’s it REPUBLICAN STOOGES, coming soon to a theatre near you!!!

Soothsayer on December 31, 2006 at 1:19 AM

Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while.

right2bright on December 31, 2006 at 8:15 AM

Something there is just … really off.

One Angry Christian on December 31, 2006 at 10:30 AM

…waiting for her apology

Black Adam on January 1, 2007 at 7:13 PM