Skip to comments.CAIR official disrupts free speech conference, ejected by Capitol Hill police
Posted on 10/29/2009 7:40:57 AM PDT by La Lydia
An intern for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was ejected Wednesday from a conference held at the US Capitol Visitors Center Congressional Auditorium after behaving in a threatening manner and repeatedly violating conference rules by attempting to record conference speakers who have been the subject of death threats by Muslims. The CAIR official, Iyad Awadallah of Boca Raton, Florida, was ejected from the conference and escorted from the premises by Capitol Hill police.
Awadallah showed up at the International Legal Conference on Freedom of Speech and Religion sponsored by the International Free Press Society and the Liberty Legal Project International and immediately began videotaping the proceedings. He was approached by conference officials who told him that the conference registration (which was free and open to the public) required that no recordings or photographs would be allowed because of safety concerns for some of the conference speakers. He was also spotted videotaping the conference registration table to record the names of conference attendees and speakers, which conference organizers were concerned would be used to threaten and intimidate the attendees. He claimed to be a graduate student at Florida Atlantic University conducting research for his thesis rather than an agent provocateur sent by a terrorist front group.
After Awadallah was warned that video and audio recordings were prohibited, he again turned on his video recorder and placed it on the floor to audio record the session. US Capitol police were contacted, and the CAIR intern was removed from the event. Awadallah was inside the auditorium less than 10 minutes and was ejected just before a speech by US Senator Jim DeMint.
Within the hour, CAIR issued a press release and an editorial by CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad attacking the conference and making accusations about the speakers...The CAIR press release also made false representations about the supposed remarks of one of todays scheduled speakers, Pamela Geller of Atlasshrugs.com. There is one problem, however, with CAIRs version of events Geller had already left town and didnt speak at the conference today.
Unfortunately for CAIR, sending a hapless intern to take on a group of high-powered international free speech lawyers may not have been the smartest move. Maybe next time they wont send a boy to do a mans job.
Rules don’t apply to muslims, ask obongo
Because of the track record from around the globe. When their antics are given legal precedent, they increase.
For which ‘critter does this “intern” work?
Because they (CAIR) have yet to feel any reprecussions for their actions.
I think he is an intern at CAIR.
This would be an interesting read.
Given that there are allegedly CAIR interns in Congress, maybe he is paid by CAIR but placed in some Congressional Office.
I didn’t know the capitol police were racist profilers.
More likely, they thought him expendable. The same rationale that goes for picking who will be suicide bombers -- you never see group leadership doing it.
I think if he were working in a Congressional office, that would have been reported. In fact, that would have been the lead. And there are staff and interns working in Congress with ties to CAIR and other dubious Muslim groups. Have been for some time.
There are no more reporters, they are all journalists. If there were a ‘rat ‘critter link, it could be easily spiked.
What? a jihadi who hates free speech? Who would have thunk it?
Here is a link to CAIR’s internship program. They have an office on Capitol Hill a few blocks from the Capitol on the House side. http://www.cair.com/Internships.aspx
"From our headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., CAIR interns work with political and academic leaders on substantive projects that lay the foundation for a fair and more inclusive America."
So, the question still remains - are they any 'critters this intern has worked with?
He is a “CAIR intern.” If he were working in a congressional office, he would be called a “congressional intern,” or a “House intern” with ties to CAIR.
There are no political leaders in Congress?
Careful what you wish for. On the other hand, chldren have been used in the past.
On the humor front, having a belligerent rebuttal to a conference that hasn't taken place yet, can tend to be embarrassing.
Must be a cultural thing.