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.
Mauro has recently appeared on Fox several times where he has argued that ‘Muslim patrols’ were a growing security concern for the United States, discussed the possibility of an anti-American alliance in the Middle East with Syrian Jihadists, and hyped fears that Somali refugees in the United States were becoming ‘homegrown’ terrorists.
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. (h/t: KJ)
The Tribune article doesn’t note any of the points Media Matters reported about the dubious character of the Clarion Project/Fund or Ryan Mauro.
Ryan Mauro is the national security analyst for the Clarion Project, a group that bills itself as “a nonprofit organization that educates the public about the threat of Islamic extremism and provides a platform for voices of moderation and tolerance within the Muslim community.”
In reality, Clarion Project/Fund is a Zionist organization funded by the extremist Israeli settler-colonial organization Aish HaTorah and was behind the distribution of the vile Islamophobic movie, Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against The West.
Its supposed claim to provide “a platform for voices of moderation and tolerance within the Muslim community” really translates to supporting those former or fringe Muslims, such as Zuhdi Jasser, who agree with Clarion Fund’s pro-Zionist and Islamophobic stances and policies.
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.
Mauro was a guest on a segment of “The O’Reilly Factor,” during which he responded to a request to pinpoint five dangerous situations of Islamic extremists in the United States.
While Oak Brook was not mentioned during the segment, it was listed on the map, as host Bill O’Reilly commented, “All of these have radical mosques or operations in all of those towns.”
Oak Brook Trustee Gerald Wolin emailed fellow trustees and some village staff about the segment.
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.
“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.
Phew. Thank God the FBI didn’t see this as an opportunity to manufacture its own terror plot in Oak Brook, like it has in other places.
Being subject to the whims and caprice of the FBI is so great!
Ginex emailed 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 Mauro.
The Clarion Project did not respond to a voice mail message left by The Doings.
Kruger said he never contacted anyone at the North American Islamic Trust after learning the FBI considers it to be legitimate.
“There’s a concern of protecting the civil rights of a legitimate organization,” Kruger said.
The nonprofit North American Islamic Trust was founded in 1973 to prevent the loss of many Islamic centers founded in the 19th and 20th Century from continuing to occur, according to information on the organization’s website, http://www.nait.net.
It is considered a national Waqf, or religious endowment, organization.
The Islamic Center of Oakbrook Terrace among other things, is committed to help both Muslims and non-Muslims in their social needs, “be it a word of advice or a financial help to those in need,” according to information on its website, icobt.com.