Political Influence Operation
Date: August 9, 2010
In an August 9 press release CAIR demanded that Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota retract his statement in opposition to the planned Ground Zero Mosque in New York City. “Our governor has engaged in collective guilt by saying that all Muslim activities and images anywhere near Ground Zero are degrading and disrespectful,” said CAIR-MN Civil Rights Director Taneeza Islam. “All Americans, including Muslims, should seek to help heal our society and avoid statements that create division or distrust.”
Other signatories to the letter included Signatories to the letter include: Center for Somali Solutions; Council on American-Islamic Relations-Minnesota; Dar Al Hijrah; EngageMN; Islamic Circle of North America-MN Chapter; Islamic Resource Group; Jafari Islamic Center; Masjid An-Nur; Northwest Islamic Community Center; Sisters Need a Place; Somali Action Alliance; Somali American Community; Somali Community Link; and Tawfiq Islamic Center.
On August 11 the Center for Security Policy sent a letter to Governor Tim Pawlenty alerting him to CAIR’s unregistered foreign agent status and asking that he request a Department of Justice investigation into CAIR’s violation of the FARA code. A copy of the letter was also sent to Bureau Chief Heather Hunt of the Foreign Agents Registration Unit at the Department of Justice.