Tuesday, March 25, 2008

CAIR’s Congressional Perjury

Today’s second installment of the Investigative Project’s 10-part exposé on the Council on American-Islamic Relations brings to light an incident of congressional perjury involving one of CAIR’s founders and current leaders. On September 10, 2003, refusing to testify under oath before the Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology, and Homeland Security, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad submitted his testimony in writing.

As part of his testimony, Awad stated thus:

MYTH: In a recent congressional hearing, Mr. Emerson proclaimed that, “. . . [CAIR] received some of its initial seed money from the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLFRD). . .”

FACT: This is an outright lie. Our organization did not receive any seed money from HLFRD. CAIR raises its own funds and we challenge Mr. Emerson to provide even a shred of evidence to support his ridiculous claim. In fact, it is known that our DC headquarters was funded largely by a loaned grant mortgage from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), a multinational financial institution similar in nature to the World Bank. (page 19)

But in fact, it was Awad that was engaged in an outright lie, because Emerson and his associate Matthew Epstein who testified that same day had a copy of the $5,000 seed money check from the Holy Land Foundation to CAIR, which they presented to the Senate subcommittee:

Nihad Awad: Congressional Perjurer
CAIR: More lies, hate, and terror

Thank you.