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Sheriff Baca Stumps for CAIR at Radicalization Hearing

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Posted on March 11 2011 10:20 am
Lisa Graas has covered politics and religion at her blog LisaGraas.com since 2008. She has served as a crisis pregnancy counselor, youth speaker, mental health advocate and legislative consultant.

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Today’s Homeland Security hearing investigating the issue of radicalization of American Muslims was decried by the leftist media as a supreme attack on the civil rights of Muslim Americans. The most serious drama that came out of the hearing today, however, was provided by Sheriff Leroy Baca of Los Angeles County who took issue with Congressman Chip Craavack‘s concerns regarding Baca’s unequivocal support for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Sheriff Baca exhibited marked defensiveness toward CAIR when it was suggested by Congressman Craavack that CAIR might be using him to advance a pro-terrorism agenda. The exchange between Congressman Cravaack and Sheriff Baca demonstrates a disturbing and potentially dangerous error in judgment on Baca’s part.

“You are aware” that CAIR is affiliated with Hamas, Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) said.
“No I’m not aware,” Baca interrupted.
“Let me bring this to your attention … I’m trying to get you to understand that they might be using you,” Cravaack said.
Baca, noticeably irritated, told the congressman that he is aware of no criminal allegations have been made against CAIR. If there were any such allegations, he said, “bring them to court.”
“We don’t play around with criminals in my world,” Baca said before the packed hearing. [...]

[...] On his way to do an interview afterward with Al Jazeera English, Baca said the hearing — called by Rep. Pete King — as a whole was productive, but he was disappointed in Cravaack’s questions.

“I hate to even imagine what his motives are,” Baca said.

It may shake security-minded Americans to the core to learn that Sheriff Baca of Los Angeles County, which has one of the largest Muslim populations among American cities, questioned the “motives” of a United States Congressman who had just informed him that CAIR is “affiliated with Hamas.” We can only now guess if it is incompetence or denial that prevented Baca from acknowledging openly that a federal judge has ruled that CAIR has been involved in a conspiracy to support Hamas. CAIR has a relationship with Hamas that the United States government stated in federal court is “an ongoing, unlawful conspiracy.”

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