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GOP Rep Frank Wolf Pressures
FBI for 'Payback' Against Muslim Civil Rights Group, CAIR
Rep. Frank Wolf ‘abused his office’ in seeking negative info from
CAIR, March 16, 2009
On March 12, 2009, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
charged that a Virginia member of the U.S. House of Representatives has
“abused his office” by seeking to pressure the FBI to produce negative
information about the Muslim civil rights and advocacy group.
a letter delivered to the FBI on Monday, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) said he is
“deeply disappointed” in the agency’s “insufficient response” to an
earlier letter apparently seeking negative information based on smears
against CAIR by Internet Muslim-bashers like Steven Emerson.
Emerson was recently named one of Fairness & Accuracy in Media’s “dirty
dozen” of Islamophobes. FOXNews.com articles on the controversy have
been based on Emerson’s online attacks on CAIR.
Congressman 'Deeply Disappointed' By FBI's Lack of Answers (FOX)
CAIR has been exposing Emerson’s Islamophobic rhetoric since publishing a
point-by-point refutation of his 1994 “Jihad in America” video.
Steven Emerson's Crusade
Wolf seemed to threaten the FBI’s
budget unless he received the type of negative response he seeks. He
wrote: “Having resumed a leadership role this year as ranking member on
the Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations subcommittee, it is important
to me that the FBI provide timely and detailed responses.”
attempt to obtain negative information to be used against CAIR may stem
from that group’s long history of criticism of the Virginia congressman’s
“It appears that Congressman Wolf is seeking
payback for all the times CAIR and American Muslims have challenged his
political positions using their constitutionally-protected right to
petition elected representatives,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.
“It is unfortunate that Wolf has abused his office to pressure a
government agency to target those he obviously views as political
opponents. Public office should be used to serve the people, not to pursue
No Religious Test for Sen. Shaw or CAIR
Awad cited the
numerous times CAIR “butted heads” with Wolf over the past 12 years.
In 1997, CAIR asked members of the American Muslim community to contact
Wolf about his “Freedom from Religious Persecution Act,” which it said
seemed to ignore the persecution of Muslims. Also that year, CAIR asked
Muslims to contact Wolf, then chairman of the Transportation and Related
Agencies Subcommittee, to raise questions about passenger profiling and
about how the civil liberties of all travelers could be guaranteed.
In 1998, CAIR asked Muslims to contact leaders of a House-Senate
conference committee and urge them to amend or eliminate new legislation
that would create a National Commission on Terrorism. Wolf introduced the
legislation to create the commission.
CAIR expressed concern
about the objectivity of the proposed commission because of “Wolf’s
legislative history, his apparent focus on Islam and Muslims and the
backgrounds of several individuals proposed as members of the commission.”
The council said that a number of those put forward as possible commission
members were “associates of Muslim bashers who have targeted the American
Muslim community as a threat to this society.”
In 1999, CAIR
called on the American Muslim community to defend a Muslim appointee to
Wolf’s National Commission on Terrorism by Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-MO).
The appointee, Salam al-Marayati, director of the Muslim Public Affairs
Council, was under attack by pro-Israel groups. A New York Post editorial
attacking the appointment referred to “a list of public statements
compiled by terrorism expert Steven Emerson,” the same Muslim-basher now
In 2001, CAIR challenged a decision by Wolf’s
office to deny the right of an American Muslim leader of Sudanese heritage
to attend a meeting to discuss policy toward Sudan on Capitol Hill. That
leader, who was and is the Imam of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society
(ADAMS) in Herndon, Va., was a resident of Wolf’s district.
2006, CAIR called on “Muslims and other people of conscience in Northern
Virginia” to contact Wolf to urge him to repudiate anti-Muslim remarks by
his colleague Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA). Goode was critical of the planned
use of a Quran for the ceremonial swearing-in of Keith Ellison, the first
Muslim elected to Congress.