"In many ways the FBI’s official position on CAIR is disingenuous and sets a dangerous precedent for other organizations. The way in which the most prominent American Muslim civil rights organization has been marginalized and demonized should be cause for alarm not only for Muslims, but for civil rights advocates, and even for those in the law enforcement community who rely on strong local relationships. Lending official legitimacy to allegations that have never seen a day in court is abhorrent to the American value of justice, and ultimately the FBI’s official stance serves only the Islamophobia industry."
Rabia Chaudry for AltMuslim: The Vilification of CAIR. This is important and long overdue.
The Holy Land Foundation trial is required reading for anyone trying to understand Islamophobia in America. The 2007 case was used as a way to smear basically every Muslim organization in the US, and it has provided people with the meaningless term “unindicted coconspirator” to fuel conspiracy theories of a “Muslim threat” in America. At the root of this scapegoat is CAIR, and its vilification by the FBI is seldom discussed despite the organization’s status as arguably the most prominent voice for Muslims in America.