Muslim Advocacy Day - A Comprehensive Report
February 8, 2010
MUSLIM ADVOCACY DAY
A COMPREHENSIVE REPORT
PRESS CONFERENCE - COALITION OF COUNTER-TERRORISM EDUCATORS
Notwithstanding the right of UVA to petition and participate in government, it is also the responsibility of informed Americans to notify elected officials as to who Ahmed Bedier really is and what he actually believes.
2. PRESS CONFERENCE - Assemble high-caliber team to ALERT Florida officials to Bedier involvement with terror-related organizations and individuals.
3. LEADERSHIP -- Assemble anti-jihad leadership from around Florida and America to stand with Press Conference Speakers
4. EDUCATION -- Begin comprehensive educational program of Florida officials using anti-sharia material including documentaries like; THIRD JIHAD and HOMEGROWN JIHAD.
5. INVESTIGATION - Launch investigative effort to publicize political activities of Ahmed Bedier.
Dear Honorable Florida Legislators, Cabinet Officials and Staff:
On March 9-10, a group with radical Islamist ties will be entering Tallahassee in an attempt to influence Florida legislators, cabinet members and staff. The organization goes by the name - United Voices for America.
United Voices for America has every right to come to Tallahassee and request a meeting with you, a Florida elected official. By the same account, you have every right to know that the person sitting across from you is part of a group led by someone who has a set of beliefs that are completely inconsistent with the principles of American Democracy and that are potentially destructive to the State of Florida.
Do not let the patriotic name fool you. This is a group that is led by a known extremist with well documented ties to terrorist groups and terrorist supporters.
The President of United Voices for America is Ahmed Bedier.
Up until May of 2008, Mr. Bedier was the Executive Director of the Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Prior to that, he served as the Communications Director for CAIR-Florida.
CAIR, if you don't already know, was created by operatives from HAMAS, a Foreign Terrorist Organization listed in Section 219 of the American Immigration and Nationality Act. CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator by the Justice Department in a 2008 federal trial dealing with the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas. Because of this connection to Hamas, the FBI recently issued a directive to all of its field offices stating that none of them were to hold meetings with CAIR or any of the group's local chapters around the country.
Bedier joined CAIR in February of 2003, the same month that University of South Florida (USF) professor Sami Al-Arian was taken into custody by the FBI for his leadership role in Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). This was no mere coincidence. Through CAIR, Bedier became Al-Arian's "unofficial spokesman" in the media. He held press conferences for Al-Arian, he attended rallies for Al-Arian, and he used a radio show that he co-hosts to provide a forum for Al-Arian's PIJ colleagues.
Bedier's radio show hasn't just been associated with PIJ. In July of 2006, an entire show was devoted to lauding Hezbollah. All three of his guests heaped praise on Hezbollah, one even describing the group as "heroic." Another guest warned, "You can't just keep shutting it [Hezbollah] away, because it's always gonna rise again."
In addition to his support for terrorist-related organizations and individuals, Bedier's own statements are disturbing. In May of 2004, he told Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite, "Catholic priests pose more of a terrorism threat by having sex with young altar boys than those who flew planes into the World Trade Center." In December of 2005, when asked by a Tampa TV talk show hostess if it was immoral to associate with PIJ, he replied, "To a certain degree. Now, before 1995 there was nothing immoral about it." And in April of 2007, he told a crowd at USF, "People, when you corner them [Muslims], when you keep attacking them and demonizing them and treating them like animals, guess what? They're gonna snap. And one point, somebody's gonna retaliate, and then all hell's gonna break loose."
In light of this information and the detailed documentation in this Briefing Pack, we ask that you do not give United Voices for America any of your attention. Though it may state otherwise, given its radical leadership, you must understand that ultimately this organization is not in town for any positive reason whatsoever.
While the majority of the Muslim community in our state are productive citizens and do not get involved in extremist causes, United Voices for America and its leader are not representative of those Muslims.
Finally, we ask that you please be suspicious of this group's message, no matter how innocuous it seems or sounds. Ultimately, the group's agenda will do harm to life in Florida and America.
The following signatories are simply a group of - Americans Concerned for Florida. We are a cross section of leaders from Florida and various parts of the United States who have joined together to alert the State of Florida to Ahmed Bedier and his new organization United Voices for America.
Cynthia Lucas - Republican Executive Committee Member - Florida Security Council
Rabbi Jon Hausman - Educator
Colonel Arthur DeRuve (Ret) - Florida Security Council
Greg Tighe - President - The Endicott Group, Inc.
Alan Bergstein - South Florida Chairman - Zionist Organization of America
Erik Svane - Writer
Pamela Geller - Blogger - Atlas Shrugs
Harry G Riley - Founder - Patriots For America
Pendra Lee Snyder - President - Citizens Media Group, Inc.
Gordon R. Lewis, Ph.D. - Professor of PhilosophyRetired
Joyce Kaufman - Radio Show Host - 850 WFTL
May C. Long - President/Founder - Christians and Jews United for Israel
Jerry Gordon - Intelligence Analyst - Florida Security Council
Eddie Smith - Chapter Leader - Act for America
Linda Harvey - President - Mission America
Michael Tranchina - Director - Florida Security Council
Pamela Hall - Director - New York-United American Committee
Marc Goldman - Representative - Florida Security Council
Alan Bergstein - Representative - Florida Security Council
Carmen Reynolds, Lt Col (Ret) - Free lance journalist, copy editor, researcher - USAF
Charles Jacobs - President - Americans for Peace and Tolerance
Robert Kunst - President - Shalom International
David R. Goldberg - Co-ordinator - ACT, Palm Beach County Chapter
Claude O'Donovan - Representative - Florida Security Council
Rev. James M. Hutchens, Ph.D. - President - The Jerusalem Connection Intl
Mr. Kelly Cook - National Field Director - ACT! for America
Usama K. Dakdok - President - The Straight Way of Grace Ministry, Inc
Robert Spencer - Director - Jihad Watch
Joe Kaufman - Chairman - Americans Against Hate
Daniel Pipes - Director - Middle East Forum
Beila Rabinowitz - Director - Militant Islam Monitor
Colin A. Hanna - President - Let Freedom Ring
Guy Rodgers - Executive Director - ACT! for America
Don Van Curler - Representative - Florida Security Council
Linda Green - Americans Against Hate
Don Berger - Chapter Leader - ACT for America Columbus Ohio Chapter
William P. McKay - Manager - The Clifton Corp.
Dr. Richard M. Swier, LTC, U.S. Army (Ret.) - Publisher - Red County Florida
Frank Gaffney - President - Center for Security Policy
Greg Ringdahl - President - Republican Club of Central Palm Beach
Tom Trento - Executive Director - Florida Security Council
THE PRESS CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
Frank Gaffney making a point!
Posted on Tue, Mar. 10, 2009
Fla. Muslims at Capitol, lawmaker blasts leader
By JESSICA GRESKO
The organizer of a day that brought nearly 200 Florida Muslims to the state Capitol to lobby politicians Tuesday was called a "known terrorist sympathizer" by a head lawmaker and others, a label the leader emphatically rejected.
House Majority Leader Adam Hasner said his colleagues should learn more about the head of Tampa-based United Voices For America before deciding whether to meet with any of the men and women at the Capitol for Florida Capitol Muslim Day. The group is about a year old and has four staff members and about 100 volunteers around the state. It had urged Muslims to come to talk to lawmakers about education and health care issues.
"All Floridians are welcome to come to Tallahassee to petition their government," Hasner said repeatedly during a news conference on the back steps of the Capitol. "This is to draw a light onto the leader of this organization who is a known terrorist sympathizer, who is a part of an organization with ties to funding Hamas and other terrorist organizations."
Hasner, R-Delray Beach, was talking about Ahmed Bedier, United Voices For America's executive director. Before starting the group he was the executive director of the Tampa office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR. The Washington-based group was founded in 1994 and has offices in 20 states. Recently the organization was one of hundreds of Muslim individuals and groups named as unindicted co-conspirators in a terrorism-financing trial where a Texas charity was accused of helping fund Hamas. CAIR is fighting the label in court.
Bedier said Hasner's comments linking him to "terrorists" were "absolute nonsense."
"I've repeatedly spoken out against terrorists," Bedier said, adding too that CAIR was not the organization at the Capitol on Tuesday.
"This is a distraction from his real motive of disenfranchising minority participants, Muslims, from participating in the political process," Bedier said.
Bedier pointed to comments made in 2006 by the head of the Tampa office of the FBI who thanked him for an "open line of communication" between the agency and CAIR.
Hasner and other speakers at the afternoon news conference pointed to what they called Bedier's role as an "unofficial spokesman" for Sami Al-Arian, a former computer science professor at Tampa's University of South Florida once accused of being a leading Palestinian terrorist. Al-Arian, acquitted of many charges, later agreed to a plea bargain on others and was sentenced to nearly five years in prison. CAIR had supported Al-Arian during the time Bedier was in Tampa, and he was often quoted on the case.
Other participants at Tuesday's news conference included representatives from the Florida Security Council; Americans Against Hate and Christian Action Network. A spokesman for CAIR called those groups "extremists and Islamophobics."
Bedier said Hasner's comments did not appear to be affecting the actions of other lawmakers, many of whom met with Muslims at the Capitol for the day. Bedier said he expected the group to meet with just under half of all lawmakers.
He said he had not heard of any lawmakers turning away people who had come to visit them because of Hasner's comments. Hasner said he had not been contacted by representatives of United Voices for America and would not say whether he would meet with them if contacted.
Lobbying days at the Capitol are not unusual. Last week included Space Day, when space-industry groups were in town to meet with lawmakers.
Dr. Husain Nagamia from Tampa was one of the people who came to the Capitol for Muslim Day, his first trip to the Legislature. He said he had participated in the discussion of a bill on kidney dialysis, met with three lawmakers and planned to meet with another.
"It never crossed my mind that we could enter into a discussion with them. I think it's a great success for us," Nagamia said.
Hopefully, Mr. Bedier would agree that every American has the right to criticize Mr. Bedier and ALERT Florida officials to serious concerns held by anti-terrorism experts about Mr. Bedier's associations.
In light of this "Free Speech" day the following lessons are instructive:
1. The anti-jihad, anti-sharia movement in Florida is a powerful educational force.
2. Citizen Activists are very organized and effectively communicating on a local and national level.
3. Anti-sharia educational programs directed at State officials are increasing on a regular basis.
4. Camaraderie and focus on the task of defeating radical Islamism is superseding ethnic and religious differences.
5. Individual commitment to morally stop any efforts at undermining the US Constitution through a "stealth jihad" methodology is growing on a daily basis, all across Florida and America.
6. Thank God for Statesmen like Rep. Adam Hasner who put principal before politics.