“This is a watershed event in this country’s one week before Thanksgiving when tensions are high - and they are looking for this to be litigated ad nauseum.” -Douglas J. Hagmann, Washington Times November 22, 2006

CAIR Bans Christian news service (CBN) from press conference, prohibits another well-respected reporter from entry. Ibrihim Hooper, CAIR show true colors - and they are NOT red, white & blue.

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

14 March 2007: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) barred CBN News Service (Christian Broadcasting Network) from the press conference they held yesterday announcing the impending lawsuit by the six “peace-loving” Muslim imams removed from a US Airways flight in Minneapolis last November. CAIR spokesperson Ibrahim Hooper cited CBN’s “long history of vicious, anti-Muslim bigotry.”

Banning CBN is ironic in the sense that CAIR is quick to describe itself as painstakingly tolerant and diverse, when their actions Tuesday - barring a legitimate Christian news organization - prove just the opposite. Equally offensive and revealing is Hooper’s actions regarding Washington Times reporter Audrey Hudson, herself banned from the press conference.

In the spirit of a true investigative journalist, Ms. Hudson thoroughly covered the entire incident on behalf of her newspaper, attempting to identify all salient facts about the incident with her sole focus on determining - and reporting -the truth based on witness interviews and extensive research. She did so with integrity, and her stellar coverage provided the most comprehensive insight into the November incident.

Visitors to the Northeast Intelligence Network may recall my characterization of this incident on November 21, 2006 as Islamic Ideological Jihad - a well choreographed and planned event designed to create a false victim status, create a high-profile case for Islamophobia that would be precipitous to litigation. Not only has that come to pass, but by this single event yesterday, Ibrahim Hooper and the CAIR organization have shown their true colors - and they are not red, white and blue.