Published On: Tue, Jan 12th, 2016

CAIR lies about Philly shooter Edward Archer attending mosque, terrorist network sought

Edward Archer

Edward Archer

While the Philly shooter was open about his actions being “in the name of Islam,” swearing allegiance to Islamic State, CAIR has tried to provide cover for the man and Muslims in general. In fact, police and terrorist task forces are now researching links to others.

Edward Archer, 30, shot Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Harnett, disturbed by laws not present in the Koran. According to Hartnett, 33, Archer fired the eleven shots wearing Islamic dress, being described by his mother as a ‘devout Muslim’. The police officer was struck by three bullets, all to the arm.

CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, immediately tried to distance Archer from Islam. “At this hour, it does not appear that he was an observant or mosque-going Muslim” in the local community, said Jacob Bender, executive director of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Council on American–Islamic Relations.

“I’ve called numerous imams and mosques to try to see if the name rings a bell with anyone. So far it hasn’t,” he told Reuters in an interview.

Some examination of photos reveal the mark on his head, the zabiba, from praying a lot and hitting his head on the ground.

No surprise that Bender also said Archer’s actions did not represent those of Muslims or the Islamic faith, but Natalie King, one of Archer’s neighbors, said that he was seen going to the mosque every Friday night.

As noted, Senior law enforcement sources said members of a federal and local Joint Terrorist Task Force are taking seriously the statements of a woman who came forward over the weekend to report alleged gunman Edward Archer had ties to a trio with similar intentions.

“The threat to police is not over,” the tipster said, adding that the men frequent a block around the corner from where the officer was shot and across the street from where Archer lives.

They are trying to find out whether Archer’s trips to Egypt and Saudi Arabia in 2011 and 2012 were funded by people or organizations with links to terrorism, the sources said.


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