"We made a bad mistake not researching the organization," the California Democrat said. "My organization created this problem. I caused people grief, and I feel terrible. Yet I need to set the record straight, and I'm setting the record straight."
Boxer said the award was made by her staff without her knowledge. After the certificate was presented, she said she saw an online account accusing CAIR of pro-terrorist activities and asked her staff to research the group.Boxer's communication's director, Natalie Ravitz, said CAIR had refused to label Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist organizations and noted two former members of the council had been sentenced to prison.
One of its Texas chapter members, Ghassan Elashi, was sentenced in October to 80 months in prison for engaging in financial transactions with Hamas leader Musa abu Marzook. Another member, Ismail Royer, a former CAIR communications specialist, was indicted in 2003 on charges of being part of a conspiracy to support terrorist activities overseas and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
A letter withdrawing the certificate was sent to Elkarra on Dec. 21, Ravitz said.
A leader of the group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the organization did not support terrorism and was being misrepresented because of the actions of a couple of former officials.
Awad said CAIR strongly condemned bin Laden by name after the Sept. 11 attacks. He said Elashi and Royer were not involved with CAIR when they committed their crimes.
"This is true guilt-by-association," he told The Sacramento Bee. "We have tens of thousands of members nationwide, and it will be very unfair to hold the organization responsible for the actions of an individual."
Asked about criticism that the council had failed to condemn Hamas or Hezbollah, he said, "We have condemned attacking civilians regardless of whether they are Israelis or Palestinians."[Miracle From California - Barbara Boxer's Epiphany]__________________
Uh? Where does this man think he's slinging his garbage? Bucketfuls of images and media reports depicting the Muslim community across the globe gesticulating on the issue of terrorism have not escaped our attention. Reckon not a single one of these screaming raving maniacs we see and hear so often intermixed with other captures of calm, veiled women hoisting placards of death is a Muslim. Not a true one, you say. Yes, yes, I've heard the speech. Enough already.
From Nihad Awad, CAIR executive director, as quoted above, "Anyone who doubts where we stand on the issue of terrorism does not understand Islam, the Muslim community or CAIR."
He's got to be kidding, or missing a few too many fruit loops from his breakfast of champions. Geez, what an automaton. It's always, "Oh, you don't understand Islam." Taqiyya 101. It's the same old shake and bake from these Muslim wheelers. But on the brighter side, let's issue a vote of thanks to Senator Boxer, what a shock, for her recent ephipany, and might I add for the benefit of Mr. Awad and CAIR's cult of fascist ideology:
"Anyone who doubts where America stands on the issue of freedom and liberty for those who practice it does not understand the US Constitution, the American community, or the true sons of Abraham."