All too often, talking heads take to the tube a disturbing willingness to tell a heck of a whopper, apparently never believing their bluffs will be called.
Take, for example, Ibrahim Hooper, the spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
When asked in a subsequent phone interview with this columnist if his statement also holds true for any Muslim events, conferences, and rallies he has attended, Hooper said it did and added, ?In fact, if I had heard that I would have called them on the carpet and asked them why they?re saying such hate-filled, divisive things.?
Unfortunately for Hooper, his bluff can be called.
At a now-infamous Washington, D.C. rally on October 28, 2000, then-president of the American Muslim Federation Abdurahman Alamoudi shouted to a cheering crowd, ?We are all supporters of Hamas!? Hooper acknowledged being there, but claims he did not hear Alamoudi.
In the media frenzy that followed, though, neither CAIR nor Hooper publicly criticized Alamoudi?s avowed support of the terrorist organization.
Less than a year later, Hooper joined a handful of various Muslim groups in staging a ?sit in? in front of the State Department in June 2001. During the event, American Muslim Council Director Ali Ramadan Abu Zakouk labeled the mass murder of innocent civilians in suicide bombing attacks as a ?God-given right.?
?The question of resistance to occupation is a God-given right. And the occupied people can use any means possible for them. They have no limitation,? Zakouk explained. Hooper was the contact person on the press release announcing the ?sit in,? though he first claimed he ?did not remember? and later that he ?did not hear? Zakouk?s defense of suicide bombings.
Videotape footage of the event (provided by the Investigative Project), however, clearly shows Hooper standing barely a few feet behind Zakouk as the comments were made.
Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.
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