Apparently, widespread reports about the FBI having severed ties with CAIR three years ago were greatly exaggerated

It appears that the FBI actually has been in cahoots with CAIR this whole time. But now, the Justice Department’s Inspector General has opened an investigation of the FBI’s associations with Hamas-linked CAIR (Council on Anti-American Islamic Relations). And you can be sure that all roads will lead to the White House on this one.

Headlines such as this  fbi-cuts-ties-cair-following-terror-financing-trial have been appearing regularly for the past three years:. Yet despite the formal announcements of the severing of relations between the FBI and CAIR, CAIR’s regular press releases indicated otherwise, as evidenced by CAIR’s weekly reports of the FBI getting involved in virtually every allegation by CAIR of “Islamophobia,” racism, or hurt Muslim sensitivities. In May 2012, when the story, house-report-urges-justice-dept-to-cut-ties-with-cair, was released, I couldn’t understand why the House would be calling for ties with CAIR to be cut now, when allegedly, they had been cut 3 years ago? 

Daily Caller  (H/T Rob W) The investigation comes amid increased pressure from Virginia Republican Rep. Frank Wolf to end formal and informal contacts between FBI officials and CAIR.

The White House, however, is prodding federal agencies to meet with CAIR, which has close ties to Islamist groups, such as HAMAS. “There are hundreds of examples of departments and agencies that meet with CAIR on a range of issues,” George Selim, the White House’s new director for community partnerships, told The Daily Caller June 7.

“I was was shocked, but not surprised” at the news about the White House’s outreach to CAIR, Wolf told TheDC on Monday. “For the administration to be meeting with these people is disappointing and shocking, but … the administration is disappointing,” Wolf said.

CAIR has been on a rampage in the last year, demanding investigations around the country of law enforcement’s counter-terrorism activities that include widespread surveillance of local Muslim communities. CAIR has also succeeded in getting the Pentagon, the FBI, LAPD, and NYPD to eliminate ALL references to Islam in their counter-terrorism training courses.

CAIR is especially controversial because of its many links to the theocratic Muslim Brotherhood, whose political wing is set to dominate Egyptian politics since the 2011 departure of Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak.

In 2009 a judge confirmed the Justice Department’s decision to name CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation conspiracy to smuggle funds to HAMAS, which is a jihadi affiliate of the Egypt-based brotherhood. Five men in the smuggling ring were sentenced to jail in 2009, including two who were given 65-year sentences. Five current or former CAIR employees have been jailed or deported for terror-related offenses.

Wolf has sponsored language in a pending House measure that pressures the FBI to sever relations with CAIR.

“The [appropriations] committee understands that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has an existing policy prohibiting its employees from engaging in any formal non-investigative cooperation with CAIR [and] the committee encourages the attorney general to adopt a similar policy for all department officials,” said the committee report accompanying the 2013 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill, passed in mid-May by the House.

The Justice Department’s IG began investigating the FBI’s contacts with CAIR in March. Spokesman Jay Lerner declined to provide any details about the investigation, but pointed to a short passage in the IG’s semiannual report to Congress, released April 30.

“The OIG is reviewing interactions between FBI field offices and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The review will determine if these interactions were in compliance with FBI policy and guidance that restricts certain interactions with CAIR,” said IG Michael Horowitz.

The FBI has contacts with many groups, said FBI spokesman Chris Allen. “But CAIR is not a group that we work with,” he said. (Oh, but allowing CAIR to dictate what can and cannot be taught in counter-terrorism training isn’t considered working with them?)

The funds in the Holy Land operation were intended for HAMAS, which controls the Gaza Strip between Egypt and Israel. HAMAS has launched thousands of missile attacks against Jewish residents in Israel, because it believes Israel’s territory should be ruled by Muslims.

CAIR spokesman Ibrahim ‘Dougie’ Hooper declined to comment.

The outreach to CAIR is controversial because of CAIR’s ties to HAMAS, but also because it is part of a controversial effort by the White House to cooperate with various Muslim groups in the United States.

The cooperation is intended to avert jihadi attacks in the United States, but also to bring Muslim groups into the Democrats’ progressive-led diversity coalition.

The cooperation effort accepts the separatist demand by CAIR and other Muslim advocacy groups that they — but not elected politicians — should represent the nation’s 2 million-plus Muslim residents and citizens, according to critics.