Political Influence Operation
Date: May 20, 2010
CAIR called on the organizers of the inaugural Tennessee Tea Party Convention to disinvite blogger and Executive Director of Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) Pamela Geller from speaking at the event. CAIR described Geller as an “extremist anti-Islam speaker, far-right blogger” and called SIOA a “hate group.”
“We ask that convention organizers not legitimize Geller’s extremist anti-Muslim rhetoric by offering her an official platform,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
Awad also called on Rep. Steve King (R-IA) to cancel his scheduled keynote address to the convention if Geller was kept on the schedule.
The Tea Party refused CAIR’s demands and both Geller and King spoke as planned.
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- On May 26 the Center for Security Policy sent letters to Pamela Geller and U.S. Representative Steve King (R-IA) concerning CAIR’s unregistered foreign agent status, identifying their intimidation of the Tennessee Tea Party Convention and attempted silencing of Pamela Geller as a foreign influence operation. A copy of the letter was also sent to Bureau Chief Heather Hunt of the Foreign Agents Registration Unit at the Department of Justice.