Americans might as well be living under Islamic blasphemy laws, yet the nation’s champion of free speech — the ACLU — is AWOL. That’s because it’s now largely run by Muslims.
The ACLU usually stands up strong for First Amendment rights. Not in the case of the Muhammad movie.
The ACLU’s executive director failed to release an official statement condemning the outrageous efforts of the White House to deep-six the film, including pressuring YouTube to remove its trailer from the Web.
Amnesty International, in contrast, asserted that any Muslim hurt over the film “should not be used as a justification to curtail core freedoms or justify potential government repression.”
Not until The Daily Caller contacted the ACLU did it speak out, and only meekly so. It said it was “concerned” about the White House request to censor the “repellant film.” The ACLU’s strangely muted response contrasts sharply with its militant reaction to post-9/11 measures to crack down on Islamic terrorists.
“The government has gone to extraordinary lengths to squelch dissent (in the Muslim community) — from censorship and surveillance to detention,” it says on its website, complaining it was “encroaching” on the “free speech rights” of Muslims.
In a 200-page report on jihad fundraising, “Blocking Faith, Freezing Charity,” the ACLU argued that “federal law enforcement is engaging in practices that intimidate Muslim donors and create a climate of fear that chills American Muslims’ free and full exercise of their religion.”
In other words, the First Amendment rights of Muslims are more precious than those of the average citizen.
Where is this bias coming from? Muslims.
The ACLU now counts at least eight on its national executive staff alone. In fact, a Muslim runs the ACLU’s Center for Democracy, while another heads its National Security Project.
The irony is not lost on Steve Emerson, director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism.
“The ACLU was founded on the basis that there shouldn’t be any blasphemy laws,” said Emerson, who’s airing a new documentary, “Jihad in America: The Grand Deception.” “Yet in the last 10 years, they’ve appointed (to their boards) members of the Muslim Brotherhood who believe in blasphemy laws.”
The top Muslim lawyer in ACLU’s stable is Jameel Jaffer, who successfully sued the U.S. to reveal CIA secrets for interrogating terror suspects.
This national-security wrecking machine is not even American. He’s Canadian. He also happens to be a Muslim activist closely tied to major Muslim Brotherhood figures and front groups.
Jaffer, who now heads the ACLU’s Center for Democracy after heading its National Security Project, happens to be pals with Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of the Egyptian founder of the radical Muslim Brotherhood who was denied a visa in 2004 after allegedly raising funds for Hamas terrorists.
Jaffer successfully sued the U.S. to get Ramadan’s visa restored. After Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lifted the six-year ban in 2009, Jaffer picked Ramadan up from JFK International Airport and escorted him into Manhattan for a celebratory tour that including a meet-and-greet with officials from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, an unindicted co-conspirator in a multimillion-dollar scheme to raise cash for — you guessed it — Hamas terrorists.
In 2010, Jaffer personally helped CAIR raise $130,000 at a Dearborn, Mich., fundraiser, telling Muslims gathered there that now is the time to “rebuild” after the “abuses” of the Bush administration.
“Someone has to clean up” after a war, Jaffer explained, “and that someone is you.”
Jaffer has lobbied the Justice Department to remove CAIR and other Brotherhood and Hamas front groups from its blacklist of groups complicit in a criminal conspiracy to raise money for terrorists.
He’s also pressured the FBI to purge names of Muslim terrorist suspects from the no-fly list.
What’s more, Jaffer wants to deny the feds one of its most effective weapons in the war on terror — freezing the assets of terrorist front groups. He’s also sued to kill the government’s drone program, perhaps its most effective weapon of all.
This is who’s controlling the agenda at the ACLU these days. It was bad enough when the group was run by leftists. Now it’s also run by Islamists.