Glenn Greenwald Ventures Behind the Orange Curtain for American-Islamic Celebration

Glenn Greenwald was already an influential columnist before June of this year, most notably for his recent work at Salon and The Guardian but also for contributions to publications ranging from The New York Times and Los Angeles Times to The National Interest and The American Conservative. But the 46-year-old's fame skyrocketed on June 5, with the first in a series of Guardian pieces based on classified documents from Edward Snowden on the massive U.S. and British surveillance programs.

Now Greenwald's venturing behind the Orange Curtain.

He's scheduled to keynote the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Greater Los Angeles' 17th annual Faith in Freedom banquet Nov. 16 at the Anaheim Hilton.

The author of three New York Times bestsellers and winner of the first Izzy Award for independent journalism in 2009 and the Online Journalism Award for Best Commentary in 2010, Greenwald has not only opined about spy-shamed Snowden, the former CIA and NSA consultant now "living incognito in Russia," according to the Guardian.

Greenwald also blasted the prison conditions of U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning, describing the accused WikiLeaks leaker as "a whistle-blower acting with the noblest of motives" and "a national hero similar to Daniel Ellsberg."

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Siraj Wahhaj
Also scheduled to appear at the CAIR-LA banquet is Imam Siraj Wahhaj, religious director of At-Taqwa Mosque in New York and leader of the Muslim Alliance in North America. When Wahhaj was a teen known as Jeffrey Kearse, he taught Sunday school at a Baptist church in Brooklyn. He got interested in the Nation of Islam while on the New York University basketball team and subsequently converted, changing his name to Jeffrey12x.

He admits he preached and taught that "white people are devils," but after Elijah Muhammed died in 1975, those teachings "began to unravel" in his mind and he flocked to orthodox Islam and later changed his name again to Siraj Wahhaj, which means "bright light" in Arabic. In 1991, he became the first Muslim to give the opening prayer to the U.S. House of Representatives. Wahhaj is now invited to speak around the country, where he encourages Muslims to be God-fearing, evil-forbidding, pro-charity and anti-drug.

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Rohina Malik
The third speaker at the CAIR-LA event is award-winning playwright and performance artist Rohina Malik, who was born and raised in London but migrated to Chicago with her family at age 15. Her acclaimed play Unveiled, which is about Muslim women post 9/11, had its world premiere at the 16th Street Theater in Berwyn, Illinois, in 2009, which led to a one-year residency at The Goodman theater in Chicago.

Unveiled, which is often presented as a one-woman show, has gone on to be staged in San Francisco, Baltimore and New Jersey. Malik's later works include Yasmina's Necklace and The Mecca Tales.

Besides the speakers, the CAIR-LA dinner will include a children's "CAIRnival" (get it?) with games, prizes and more. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 16, with the dinner and program starting an hour later at 777 W. Convention Way, Anaheim. For ticket information, visit

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JGlanton topcommenter

I wonder if Greenwald knows where CAIR gets their funding, and what they are a front group for?


CAIR’s convoluted structure and funding machinations are dizzying. Today, the original Council on American Islamic Relations doesn’t exist at all. In June 2013, CAIR changed its name to the nondescriptly named Washington Trust Foundation, Inc. (WTF).

“Plentiful legal evidence, acquired in the course of a lawsuit—plus CAIR’s own official filing documents to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) and IRS—make clear that CAIR has engaged in a thinly-disguised money laundering operation,” David Reaboi, vice president for strategic communications at the Center for Security Policy, told The Daily Caller.

“In addition to violating its 501(c)(3) regulations, CAIR’s undisclosed and hidden foreign donations amount to violation of the Foreign Agent Registration Act as well,” Reaboi continued.

“According to both the letter and spirit of the law, this is illegal as CAIR is avoiding disclosure of foreign sources of funding to a 501(c)3 (CAIR-F),” Reaboi explained to TheDC.


Christophobic organizations like CAIR should be labeled as hate groups.  But the SPLC is too focused on hatin' whitey.

vegandawg23 topcommenter

I'd like to go to this but not paying $60 to see Glenn Greenwald speak. Maybe I'll put on a burka ninja costume and find a large group to sneak in with. Anyone gotten away with this before at a CAIR event? 

JGlanton topcommenter

"Hello, my name is Glen Greenwald and I'd like to begin my speech by sharing my knowledge of your faith with quotes from the Koran and Hadith, the traditions of Mohammed".

Qur'an (7:80-84) - "...For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds.... And we rained down on them a shower (of brimstone)"

Abu Dawud (4448) - "If a man who is not married is seized committing sodomy, he will be stoned to death."

Bukhari (72:774) - "The Prophet cursed effeminate men (those men who are in the similitude (assume the manners of women) and those women who assume the manners of men, and he said, 'Turn them out of your houses.

al-Tirmidhi, Sunan 1:152 - [Muhammad said] "Whoever is found conducting himself in the manner of the people of Lot, kill the doer and the receiver.

Abu Dawud (4462) - The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, "Whoever you find doing the action of the people of Lot, execute the one who does it and the one to whom it is done.".

JGlanton topcommenter

Shameless attention whore and dhimmi, partner in “Hairy Jocks” porn business, then purveyor of, frivolous gay grievance lawsuit filer, tax dodger, violator of the espionage acts, and hero to leftists and anarchists everywhere. Greenwald's parents must be so proud.

18usc241 topcommenter

Our American surveillance state is so chock full of criminals that it mindlessly ate one of it's own up and coming American engineers.

It reminds me of Matt Taibbi ' s description of Goldman Sachs the "great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money."

18usc241 topcommenter

Welcome Mr. Greenwald to ground zero of surveillance state criminality and abuse since before 9/11.

Signed, former surveillance state engineer (1992-2005)

tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

the CAIR-LA dinner will include a children's "CAIRnival" (get it?) with games, prizes and more.

Council (on) American Islamic Relations-vial   -- in order to convert the minds of the uncorrupted into thier ranks for another religion that makes no sense. That uses violence that is justified in thier own text.  So why do they have to hold a carnival over this in order to convert people?

JGlanton topcommenter

Based on its IRS 990s from 2004 to 2006, CAIR’s reported membership revenue from American Muslims plunged from $119,029 in 2004 to $41,383 in 2006. This accounts for only 1 percent of the group’s funding from that year.

In a press release issued after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it asserted: “We do not support directly or indirectly or receive support from any overseas group or government.”

CAIR received at least $2,792,203 in contributions, income and money from foreign principals in the form of 11 distinct transactions

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JGlanton topcommenter

There is some allowance for homosexuals in Islam. Greenwald might want to research this area:

In a recent article titled "Sodomy 'For the sake of Islam'," Raymond Ibrahim, an associate fellow at the Middle East Forum, reported that Abdullah Hassan al-Asiri, who plotted to assassinate Saudi Prince Muhammad bin Nayef in 2009 with a bomb hidden in his rectum, had apparently relied on a fatwa by an obscure cleric permitting sodomy to "widen" his anus to accommodate the explosives

JGlanton topcommenter

I wonder how much thought Glenn has put into being gay and his compatibility in the Muslim world. If CAIR was in charge, would gays be hanged from cranes in public squares?

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