Twin Cities Somalis protest against … CAIR?

posted at 9:30 am on June 13, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

When a young Somali man disappeared from the Twin Cities and committed a suicide bombing in his home country — and when several of his fellow Muslims from the same mosque disappeared as well — the local Somali community wanted answers.  They wanted to get those answers from the FBI, but as they soon discovered, another force didn’t want those answers at all.  The Somalis took to the streets yesterday in opposition to the kibbitzers:

Relatives, friends and neighbors of a Minneapolis teen killed in Somalia pressed their argument Thursday that a Muslim civil rights group is hampering a federal investigation into the disappearances of dozens of Twin Cities Somali men.

At a protest outside the Brian Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, Abdirizak Bihi, the uncle of Burhan Hassan, who relatives say was killed last week in Mogadishu by a terrorist group, accused the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Minnesota chapter of discouraging local Somalis from cooperating with the FBI.

“We don’t want anyone to come into our community and tell us to shut up,” Bihi said. “Law enforcement will not be able to do anything without information from the community.”

About 50 people attended the rally, waving signs and hollering, “CAIR out! Doublespeak out!”

Have CAIR officials interfered with an FBI investigation and tampered with witnesses?  Both would be federal crimes, as would obstruction of justice.  Any coordinated effort to do any of the three would add conspiracy charges.  The FBI should take note of the protest and find out why their investigation may not be going as smoothly as they hoped.

Besides, why is CAIR so interested in shutting up Muslims who want to cooperate to find their sons before they might commit suicide as well?  An organization that wanted to serve American Muslims should be more interested in finding the missing young men than in silencing their families.  Unless, of course, CAIR has a completely different agenda.

Even without the speculation, clearly CAIR has angered the community it purports to represent.

Update: Just to make clear, the suicide bomber and the disappearances were long before the murder of Burkhan Hassan, whose death in Mogadishu just got confirmed.  Hassan disappeared at the same time as the others from the Abubakar Mosque, last November.


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Is this the same “Muslim community” whose taxi drivers refuse to pick up passengers from the airport that have been drinking? Why yes, yes it is. Spare me the pity party.

angryed on June 13, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Methinks CAIR knew where they went and had the recruitment documents to prove it.

bluelightbrigade on June 13, 2009 at 9:35 AM

The Case of Burhan Hassan isn’t just about terrorism. You had child predators operating in the community brainwashing and kidnapping kids. It evil in one of its purest forms. Groups like CAIR were to busy posturing to notice the Jihadist evil in their midst. Look at this picture of Hassan and understand how bad these guys are.

rob verdi on June 13, 2009 at 9:36 AM

From NPR:
“My sister called me and said Burhan is missing,” says Abdirizak Bihi, Hassan’s uncle. He runs a local youth center where all the Somali kids play basketball and video games after school.For more than a year, Bihi heard rumors about boys in the community suddenly going missing, but he didn’t believe it. He thought it was all coffee-shop talk. Then his nephew disappeared.“In the morning, [his mother] went to his room. Everything he had was gone,” he says.

rob verdi on June 13, 2009 at 9:38 AM

First, Holy Cow Ed, have you been able to have a cup of coffee, the news has been torrential the past couple of days? I know the numbers are small but this is a good sign. It’s always been hard for me to believe that these folks love their children less than we do, especially since American Muslims don’t face the hardships of the Mid-East. I am glad they want to know what happen to those kids, they may not like the answer and it will be another test to see how they handle the information.

Cindy Munford on June 13, 2009 at 9:38 AM

rob verdi on June 13, 2009 at 9:38 AM

There isn’t any worse evil then those who prey on children.

Cindy Munford on June 13, 2009 at 9:40 AM

There isn’t any worse evil then those who prey on children.

Cindy Munford on June 13, 2009 at 9:40 AM

Muhammed Letterman.

the_nile on June 13, 2009 at 9:43 AM

awww, our own little Sunni awakening.

faol on June 13, 2009 at 9:43 AM

10 bucks says not a friggin thing will be done about this home grown terrorist recruitment right.

Wine_N_Dine on June 13, 2009 at 9:45 AM

I was going to express my shock that Muslims would protest CAIR in the same week that NOW came to the defense of a conservative. But then I was reminded that these people are the same ones who refuse to pick up passengers at the airport. They’ve got a loooooong way to go before I consider them assimilated into American with American values.

csdeven on June 13, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Maybe they were washing their feet at the airport and got lost.

faol on June 13, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Cindy Munford ,
monsters who exploited these high school kids and then executed them when they became a liability.

rob verdi on June 13, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Very Smart

House GOP pushing bill to prevent Gitmo detainees from getting Immigration status or Welfare in US.

William Amos on June 13, 2009 at 9:50 AM

the_nile on June 13, 2009 at 9:43 AM

He just appears to be one of the crowd.

rob verdi on June 13, 2009 at 9:45 AM

It probably doesn’t take much persuasion to make these kids think it’s their duty, kids that age are so confused to begin with. I will be impressed with these folks if they stand up for their children. Someday they have to realize that at least in the U.S. they can live like they want and not be hurt. Look at our Amish families, you can’t find to many people that shun the modern world to the degree that they do. We not only don’t bother them, we feel very protective of them. Of course, it helps that they don’t want to kill us because we don’t embrace their theology but you get my drift.

Cindy Munford on June 13, 2009 at 9:56 AM

Cindy Munford,
No it wouldn’t take much persuasion and child predators have an evil instinct in regards to finding just the type of kid vulnerable to their seductions.

rob verdi on June 13, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Maybe I’m just a cynical bastage looking for a fight, but I don’t buy it at all….. I think the reporter on site got a bit mixed up.

This ‘protest’ was probably about the families not being made aware of their kids’ martyrdom schedule so they could celebrate in a proper manner at the appointed time.

Yes, I’m mean, hateful and all that…….. I also may be right.

E T Cartman on June 13, 2009 at 10:09 AM

I blame this all on David Letterman.His constant never ending attacks on young children like Willow allow Muslin Terrorist gangs to feel like they must attack and use children too.

Jeff from WI on June 13, 2009 at 10:09 AM

It’s important to get to the bottom of this. It has to be stopped.

jeanie on June 13, 2009 at 10:10 AM

rob verdi on June 13, 2009 at 10:06 AM

At the risk of sounding cynical, this seems like an opportunity to stand up for this sector of our society and build some trust. Michelle Bachman is known for her love of children and she should make these folks her mission. It must be agonizing not to know where your children are.

Cindy Munford on June 13, 2009 at 10:13 AM

The Cairo Speech will protect us…

mjbrooks3 on June 13, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Have CAIR officials interfered with an FBI investigation and tampered with witnesses? Both would be federal crimes, as would obstruction of justice. Any coordinated effort to do any of the three would add conspiracy charges. The FBI should take note of the protest and find out why their investigation may not be going as smoothly as they hoped.

Yeah Ed, why don’t you hold your breath and wait for Holder to press charges. How blue do you think you will get?

conservnut on June 13, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Good to see some in the Somali community exercising their freedoms and taking a stand…

The FBI should take note of the protest and find out why their investigation may not be going as smoothly as they hoped.

However the skeptic in me wonders if BHO will make a call the FBI and stop things dead.

katy on June 13, 2009 at 10:18 AM

You would think these young Mujaheddin had been kidnapped and brain washed into that teeny tiny fringe of religion hijackers rather than defending their faith and hoping to someday turn your womens a$$es into slave meat.

Poor Muslims.

BL@KBIRD on June 13, 2009 at 10:33 AM

The Case of Burhan Hassan isn’t just about terrorism. You had child predators operating in the community brainwashing and kidnapping kids. It evil in one of its purest forms. Groups like CAIR were too busy posturing to notice encouraging and profiting from the Jihadist evil in their midst. Look at this picture of Hassan and understand how bad these guys are.

rob verdi on June 13, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Fixed.

Gator Country on June 13, 2009 at 10:38 AM

thanks for the link.

rob verdi on June 13, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Is this the same “Muslim community” whose taxi drivers refuse to pick up passengers from the airport that have been drinking? Why yes, yes it is. Spare me the pity party.

angryed on June 13, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Exactly. I would prefer that they all follow their missing buddies. These people don’t belong in the US and never should have been brought here in the first place. I’d like to send whoever it was who okayed bringing them all here to be sent to Somalia to pay for his/her idiocy and abuse of power in subjecting the US to these morons.

“We don’t want anyone to come into our community and tell us to shut up,” Bihi said.

Same with us. Go back to Somalia. You are not welcome in our country.

progressoverpeace on June 13, 2009 at 10:51 AM

angryed on June 13, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Not just anyone who was drinking, but also those who are sober and carrying a bottle of wine back from their trip…because the koran forbids transporting alcohol. So I guess the somalis walk to the liquor store in the -40 degree weather to get some chill off their bones?

Doubt it.

jbh45 on June 13, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Somalis are obstreperous.

drjohn on June 13, 2009 at 10:56 AM

It’s just a sad world. So much hate, and anger, and lust for power, and control. I just don’t know what else to say. My prayers for the families of those boys that are lost to them, or recently taken. I hope those still alive, find their way back to their parents arms.

capejasmine on June 13, 2009 at 10:57 AM

The Retrograde Force

blatantblue on June 13, 2009 at 11:01 AM

I wish our President would tell CAIR that no one comes in our country and tells us to shut up.

sammypants on June 13, 2009 at 11:14 AM

You know we all have it wrong. It’s really only the 95% of violent muslims that make the other 5% look bad.

Wine_N_Dine on June 13, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Wait! So CAIR doesn’t really care about muslims? Much like the NAACP doesn’t care about black? I’m mortified.

SouthernGent on June 13, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Would be a good opportunity to show the Somali community here that American values are better than the values that CAIR espouses.

coyoterex on June 13, 2009 at 12:04 PM

CAIR is ACORN spelled sideways.
Bambi will say nothing and Holder will drop the case.

faol on June 13, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Unless, of course, CAIR has a completely different agenda.

Discover the Networks provides clues:

This is the essence of CAIR’s strategy: shock moderate Muslims about the motivations of the U.S. Government, turn them into post-[9/11] victims, and then recruit them as supporters for your political agenda when they are ripe for the taking.”

Along the same lines, a civil suit filed by the estate of 9/11 victim and former high-ranking FBI counter-terrorism agent John O’Neill, Sr. asserted that CAIR’s goal “is to create as much self-doubt, hesitation, fear of name-calling, and litigation within police departments and intelligence agencies as possible so as to render such authorities ineffective in pursuing international and domestic terrorist entities.”

Which brings us to the story:

Osman Ahmed, another relative of Hassan, said some in the family believe CAIR has aligned itself too closely with mosques where some believe the missing boys may have been influenced to leave.

“They are supporting the groups we suspect of recruiting our kids,” Ahmed said. “We refuse to be silent.”

Buy Danish on June 13, 2009 at 12:32 PM

I suppose this is more of the “grand strategy” where the ‘fake moderates” pretend to critizise the radicals to get us good Christian folk to let our guard down, right? right?

Squid Shark on June 13, 2009 at 1:23 PM

angryed on June 13, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Why in the world would you want to get into a cab with them anyway? I’ve seen how they drive. Some of them have left the twin cities and come down to where I live in Colorado. In fact a few weeks ago one of them drove on the wrong side of I-76 and got his passenger killed when he hit another car head on. They have caused a rash of wrecks in this area and officials are now finally asking “How in the world did they get a drivers license?” So I suppose we will be having some of these protests here soon as well.

boomer on June 13, 2009 at 5:11 PM

boomer on June 13, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Well do I have much of a choice? Is there a non-Somali cab line I can get into when I go to MSP?

angryed on June 13, 2009 at 7:16 PM

A few comments have triggered me off. I have complained to the cab authority numerous times in Minnapolis. I have literallhy ended up screaming at women-hating cab driver Somalis there (Yes, I am female, a highly inferior entity for them). No they do not drive well.

When living in Mpls., we finally hired a limo service because we couldn’t stand the cab drivers any more every time we went to the airport. The authorities now make them go to the back of the line if they refuse to carry passengers with liquor off Int’l flights. That may mean a wait of 2+ hours, a significant lack of fare for the day. Boo hoo.

hpushkin on June 13, 2009 at 10:13 PM

Lets break this down:

If CAIR has a legitimate reason for not wanting this investigation to go any further, what could it be?

Perhaps they fear a backlash against Muslims? That’s all I can think of.

The problem is that there are all sorts of unpleasant reasons why CAIR would be trying to hamper the investigation, and almost no legitimate ones.

Thoughts, anyone?

dcpolwarth on June 14, 2009 at 3:48 AM