US candidate calls for terror probe into Muslim group

16th Dec 2015
US candidate calls for terror probe into Muslim group

WASHINGTON (AA) – U.S. presidential hopeful Ben Carson on Tuesday called for an investigation into a leading Muslim rights group over alleged links to terrorism.

Carson’s seven-point plan called on the State Department to “designate the Muslim Brotherhood and other organizations that propagate or support Islamic terrorism as terrorist organizations and fully investigate the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood and a supporter of terrorism.”

CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper responded by describing Carson as “a failing candidate grasping at straws and seeking payback for CAIR’s previous criticism of his anti-Muslim bigotry and his lack of commitment to uphold the constitution.”

He added: “He found that Islamophobia gave him a boost in the past, so he is trying it again.”

The Republican candidate previously said a Muslim should not serve as America’s commander-in-chief, a role the president holds.

CAIR describes itself as the largest Muslim civil rights group in the U.S. It has been designated as a terrorist group by the United Arab Emirates for alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Carson made the call just hours before candidates for the Republican presidential nomination compete in the final debate of the year.

The retired neurosurgeon is vacillating between third and fourth place in national polling, according to data compiled by Real Clear Politics.

He had been the main challenger to front-runner Donald Trump but has been dealt setbacks as Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have surged.

His comments come as anti-Muslim sentiment is on the rise in the U.S. following attacks in Paris and California.

Last week, Trump called for Muslims to be banned from entering the U.S.

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attacks in the French capital, which killed 130, while two purported Daesh supporters killed 14 in San Bernadino.

Author: Michael Hernandez
[Photo: US Presidential Candidate Ben  Carson. Photographer: Gage Skidmore/Creative Commons/AA]

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