Friday, April 17, 2015
Raphael Shore is the founder of The Clarion Project (formerly Clarion Fund) and Ryan Mauro is the Clarion Project’s national security analyst, a pro-Israel nonprofit organization which aims to “educate people about the inherent dangers of Islamic extremism” and which was behind the production and distribution of Islamophobic films such as Crossing the Line: The Intifada Comes to Campus, Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West, Iranium and The Third Jihad.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Police say no radical Muslim groups in Oak Brook, despite Ryan Mauro’s TV report: The Clarion Project’s (aka Clarion Fund) so-called “national security analyst” Ryan Mauro makes regular appearances on Fox News where he hypes up the threat of “Islamic terrorism” in the USA. In mid-January of this year, Mauro was again on Fox, this time “The O’Reilly Factor” where he produced a map claiming 20 municipalities in the US are hotbeds of “radical Muslim” organizations. This, according to the Chicago Tribune, got the attention of Oak Brook, a Chicago area suburb, since to its surprise it was included on the “radical” map. Oak Brook police and administration fact checked Mauro’s claims about their town and asked him and the Clarion Project to substantiate and correct their misleading claims, which in the usual manner of Islamophobes and bigots they did not. “The village president and manager contacted me about concerns about it,” Kruger said. “We started looking at any organization with any kind of connections and couldn’t find any.”
Ultimately, Kruger found that the North American Islamic Trust is located at 721 Enterprise Drive in Oak Brook and the Islamic Center of Oakbrook Terrace is at 1S270 Summit Ave., in Oakbrook Terrace. Kruger contacted the FBI to ask about the North American Islamic Trust. “They said it is a legitimate place of business; there are no threats or other concerns in the village,” Kruger said, adding the FBI also said the Islamic Center of Oakbrook Terrace is not a concern. Village Manager Rick Ginex emailed trustees a few days later, notifying them that Kruger was looking into whether there were any Muslim organizations in Oak Brook. Ginex said he emailed Ryan Mauro, stating the village checked and did not find any radical Muslim organizations in the village. Ginex also asked Mauro for information on what such organization is in Oak Brook. “We wanted to know if there was something we didn’t know about, and I asked for a correction to the story if there weren’t any organizations here,” Ginex said. Ginex said he never received a response from Ryan Mauro.
Clarion burst onto the scene in 2006 with the movie Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West. In 2008, more than 20 million copies of the film were distributed to homes in presidential election swing states thanks to a $17 million donation, reportedly by right-wing and GOP donor Barre Seid. (Another U.S. group that aided the release later denied involvement but was found to be misleading reporters in order to cover up its role. The head of the group now sits on Clarion’s advisory board.) According to a Center for American Progress report, the Clarion Project is funded by three of the seven top anti-Islam and anti-Muslim think tanks and organizations in the United States, including the Donors Capital Fund, Newton D. & Rochelle F. Becker foundations and charitable trust, and Anchorage Charitable Foundation and William Rosenwal Family Fund. The Center for American Progress describes these donors as the “lifeblood of the Islamophobia network in America,” and the report tracks how these donors use their money to support groups like the Clarion Project to “spread a deliberately misleading messages about Islam and Muslims that is fundamentally antithetical to our nation’s foundation and principals of religious freedom.
Robert Doggart, 63, who ran for Congress in Tennessee in 2014, has accepted a plea deal in federal court after an investigation discovered he was planning to attack a Muslim community in Hancock, Delaware County, court documents say, “Muslims of America”. Doggart pleaded guilty to one count of interstate communication of threats, which holds a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Robert Doggart will be under electronic surveillance after posting a $30,000 bond while he awaits sentencing. Doggart was initially arrested on April 10 by federal marshals and was charged with solicitation, intentionally defacing, damaging or destroying religious property and interstate communication of threats, court documents show.
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