[UPDATED!] FBI CHIEF confirms agency’s ban on outreach to CAIR because of ties to terrorist groups

Kind of thought this was a fait accompli after several CAIR members were jailed or deported, while others were named unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land terror financing federal case in 2008? So, why is CAIR still allowed to operate as a phony Muslim ‘civil rights’ terrorist front group in this country?

WND -In stunning testimony on Capitol Hill, the head of the FBI explained his agency has cut off ties to the most influential Muslim organizationin America due to concern sover its leaders’ association with terrorism.

Since the Justice Department linked the Washington-based (CAIR) Council on American-Islamic Relations to a 2008 terror-finance case, the FBI has refused to work directly with the group’s national office or any of its 30-plus chapters across the country.

Wednesday’s hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee marked the first time FBI Director Robert Mueller has narrowed down the cause of concern to CAIR’s “national leadership.”

“We have no formal relationship with CAIR because of concerns with regard to the national leadership,” Mueller testified. CAIR’s current executive director is Nihad Awad.

Wire tape evidence from the Holy Land Foundation terror-finance case put Awad at a Philadelphia meeting of Hamas leaders that was secretly recorded by the FBI. Participants hatched a plot to disguise payments to Hamas terrorists as charity. Wiretaps also record them stating the need to deceive Americans about their true aims.

The secret meeting, held in the 1990s at a Courtyard by Marriott hotel, was called to order by CAIR founding chairman Omar Ahmad. Both he and Awad launched CAIR not long after the meeting.

Mueller acknowledged the wiretapevidenceduring the House Judiciary Committee hearing. The Justice Department designated Ahmad and CAIR as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land trial, the largest terror-finance case in U.S. history. A federal jury convicted Holy Land’s leaders on all 108 counts.

Ahmad stepped down from CAIR’s board of directors shortly after his federal designation.

Among other evidence collected by the FBI, the names of both Ahmad and Awad – who remains at CAIR’s helm and regularly appears on Fox News and other media – appear in a secret phone book alongside key Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouk, whom the government says directed and coordinated Hamas terrorist attacks on civilians in Israel. Hamas also has murdered more than 17 Americans and has been listed as a U.S.-designated terror group since the 1990s.

During the Holy Land trial, U.S. prosecutors alleged that CAIR’s ties to Hamas are “ongoing.”In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI Assistant Director Richard Power suggested Ahmad and Awad remain under federal scrutiny.

Last year, federal prosecutors subpoenaed boxes of internal CAIR records uncovered by the authors of the “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America.” The bestselling book exposes the inner workings and finances of CAIR and other front groups for the radical Muslim Brotherhoodin America. The Brotherhood, a worldwide jihadist movement based in Egypt and funded by Saudi Arabia, is the parent of both Hamas and al-Qaida.

This month, for the first time, both theAssociated Pressand Washington Post published stories confirming CAIR’s links to terrorism and its federal designation as an unindicted co-conspirator.

House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said he was dismayed FBI headquarters only recently cut off outreach to CAIR, when its case agents had gathered evidence of the tax-exempt group’s terrorist ties years earlier. “I’m just surprised that it took the evidence that the FBI had being introduced at trial in order to sever the relationship with CAIR,” Gohmert said.

CAIR was publicly applauded at a March 10th White House event by (Iranian-borm) Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs and public engagement.

White House officials have applauded advocacy efforts by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, even though top FBI managers refuse to meet its leaders, the council has been judged by courts to have been associated with the Islamic terror group Hamas, and several of its employees and members have been jailed or expelled for jihadi-related terrorist offenses since 2001. Read more: Daily Caller