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Clarion Project: Fake “Terror Expert” Ryan Mauro Refuted By Chicago-Area Police

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By Emperor

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.

MediaMatters wrote about Mauro in February 2014, that,

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.

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  • XAV

    Wow, life sucks when your two sides are a “terror expert” and “Chicago area police”. :-O

  • Palidor

    The map he showed on FOX identified cities that he considered had radical Muslim organizations. Mauro considers that NAIT is a radical organization based on that unindicted co-conspirator crap. I never researched this Holy Land Trial but you have inspired me to do so.

    Now the police chief Kruger says he spoke with someone from the FBI (no name given) who said it was a legitimate business with no current threats or concerns. That may very well be the case but as the Police Chief Kruger has a responsibility to assure the public there was no threat by NAIR. He did this by NOT investigating them at all, just taking the word from some unnamed FBI official. Justifying the abdication of his responsibility he claims he wanted to protect the civil rights of NAIR (over the panicky concerns of citizens who watched that FOX show). Why is he so afraid to pick up the phone, call NAIR and ask a few questions. It doesn’t have to be adversarial.

    The real debate is whether NAIR is a radical Muslim organization further to what makes an organization radical to begin with. Mauro seems to think so based on that co-conspirator link.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    He responded to it after our article was published. Also he didn’t substantiate anything, the Orwellian “unindicted co-conspirator” crap is disingenuous bull, the FBI itself when contacted by the local police so “graciously” confirmed this, Mauro ignores these points. He continues the familiar talking points of the Islamophobe industry about a Brotherhood plot.

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  • Trimmercastle42

    Hell, you don’t need to know a word of Arabic to be considered a “Terror Expert”, just make up so credentials and degrees and your good to go.

  • Yausari

    And the worst part is that it is seen as a noble cause when they knew that in truth, it is all about fear/war mongering.

  • mindy1

    I swear becoming a fake terror “expert” must be the easiest way to make money ever…Too bad my ethics won’t let me be so low and slimey

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