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Minor League Owner rejects Connecticut Democratic Demands - Truthhurts

Posted: Aug 19th, 2019 - 12:20 pm

Some Connecticut Democratic Party officials want the owner of a local minor league baseball team, the Connecticut Tigers, to meet with the Connecticut chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-CT). E. Miles Prentice also is the chairman of the board of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Security Policy (CSP), founded by former Reagan Defense Department official Frank Gaffney.

"While Mr. Prentice is allowed to have his own political opinions, it is clear that the Center for Security Policy supports anti-Muslim rhetoric, something that risks the safety and security of many, especially today. We encourage Mr. Prentice and CAIR to attempt to work toward a better understanding between them," Connecticut state Sen. Cathy Osten, state Reps. Emmet Riley and Kevin Ryan said in a statement reported by the Norwich Bulletin.

CAIR CT Executive Director Tark Aouadi demanded a meeting with the Connecticut Tigers after an Aug. 1 Norwich Bulletin report on Prentice's CSP connection.

"They've funded all sorts of anti-Muslim bigotry," CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper toldthe Norwich Bulletin.

The meeting isn't going to happen, Prentice said.

"My colleagues and I at the Center for Security Policy are more than willing to debate the content of our research and advocacy on behalf of freedom and the practice of peace through strength with Americans of differing views, but who are also committed to freedom and our Constitution," he said in a statement. "We see no utility, however, to meeting with, or otherwise legitimating, those who seek to silence us or are associated with terrorist organizations like Hamas.".....

Prentice should not have any connection with CSP, Norwich Democratic Committee member Tracey Burto told the Bulletin. The Connecticut Tigers lease a city-owned stadium and are negotiating a 10-year lease extension. Burto, Aouadi and other people attended last week's meeting of the Norwich Baseball Stadium Authority to voice their concerns about Prentice's CSP ties. .....

This is not the first time people associated with CSP have been in the crosshairs of Connecticut Democrats. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal lambasted former Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his CSP ties during his March 2017 confirmation hearing.

Blumenthal had a close relationship with former CAIR CT board member and Executive Director Mongi Dhaouadi, who reposted a pro-Qatar video by Sheikh Abdel Majeed al-Zindani on his Facebook page in June 2017. Al-Zindani appears on a United Nations list as a specially designated terrorist. In 2013, the U.S. Treasury Department described al-Zindani as someone who provides "religious guidance in support of [al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula] operations."

Dhaouadi also defended Palestinian terrorists....

Current board chairman Farhan Memon defended Javed Iqbal, owner of a Brooklyn-based company that provided New York-area satellite customers with Hizballah's TV channel Al-Manar that U.S. government branded a terrorist entity. Iqbal pleaded guilty to providing material support to Hizballah in 2008 and was sentenced to just over five years in prison in 2009. A 2006 New York Times report about Iqbal's case noted that Al-Manar programming included calls for violence including suicide attacks against U.S. troop in Iraq.

Memon claimed on Twitter in August 2014 that siding with Israel is "standing with the perpetrators of genocide."

CAIR Connecticut's banquets have featured numerous radicals over the years. These include Hamas defender and noted Islamist Linda Sarsour, Siraj Wahhaj and Aouadi's former boss CAIR Florida Executive Director Hassan Shibly, a radical who defended Hizballah and opposes FBI sting operations.....


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