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CAIR officials question whether troops deserve to be honored on Memorial Day

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On Memorial Day, Americans took time to remember those who, as the saying goes, gave the last full measure of devotion in service to the country. But, the Clarion Project reported Monday, two officials with the Council on American-Islamic Relations questioned whether fallen U.S. soldiers deserved to be honored while claiming on Twitter that America was “established upon white supremacy.”

Last Friday, for example, Zahra Billoo, executive director of CAIR's San Francisco Bay Area chapter, said she “struggles with Memorial Day each year” on Twitter. The tweet appears to have been deleted from her Twitter feed, but not before Clarion Project captured it.

"If one dies in an unjust war in which we illegally invaded and occupied a sovereign nation, should that person be honored?" she asked in another tweet, quoting Dawud Walid, the executive-director of CAIR’s Michigan chapter.

A post at Progressives Today shows a series of messages she retweeted that are just as questionable.

"I support troops...who refuse service," one message read.

Billoo, however, found one soldier she could support, Clarion Project said. That "soldier" was Imam Jamil al-Amin, a member of the Black Panthers who was convicted of murdering a police officer in 2000.

"A black liberation soldier needs help," she tweeted, linking to an article at The Final Call. According to the article, al-Amin was "found guilty of suddenly opening fire on two Black deputies who had come to serve him a subpoena." One of the deputies died as a result of the attack. He is currently serving time at the ADX Florence supermax prison in Florence, Colo., The Final Call said.

According to the Clarion Project, al-Amin also said that “if America doesn’t come around, we’re gonna burn it down,” and, “I say violence is necessary. It is as American as cherry pie.”

Billoo, however, was not the only CAIR official to denigrate those who died in service to America. Walid also claimed that the United States was founded on white supremacy -- a refrain often heard from liberals who buy into the "white privilege" dogma.

Clarion Project called the tweets "offensive and disturbing" and said they are not unprecedented.

"In March, the Clarion Project reported on how Billoo and Imraan Siddiqi, chairman of the board for CAIR’s Arizona chapter, were sending out tweets depicting the U.S. military as 'occupiers' and 'murderers,'” Ryan Mauro wrote. The tweets did not sit well with the American-Islamic Forum on Democracy, a group Mauro said opposes Islamic extremism.

“It is plain to see, however, that they [the CAIR officials] have nothing but disdain for our armed forces. We do hope that Muslim members of the U.S. military realize that CAIR sees you as ‘occupiers,’ not patriots protecting the freest nation on earth,” the organization said.

"This is what some CAIR officials are saying publicly," Mauro said. "If these are the views they feel comfortable expressing openly, then how extreme are the views expressed privately?"