Jad Humeidan was spotted at Columbus City Hall, Thursday July 22, 2004, when Operation Save America (OSA) burned a "gay" flag, a copy of Roe vs. Wade and a Muslim "holy" book, the Koran. Mr. Humeidan, camera in hand, took picture after picture of OSA Director Flip Benham.
According to a BBC report September 10, 2002, Humeidan, executive director of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Ohio, was among Muslims questioned by the FBI in the days immediately following the 9-11 terrorist attacks. The report said he was questioned persistently about why he applied for certain jobs and why he left them and about his flying activities. FBI agents explained that they were "...talking to everybody who went to the aeronautical institute where the hijackers were receiving training..."
Last month Humeidan spoke to hundreds of Columbus Muslims who rallied in support of Nuradin Abdi. Abdi was indicted on charges of terrorism and support of al-Qaida. FBI officials say Abdi and Lyman Faris, an admitted al-Qaida member now in prison for plans to sabotage the Brooklyn Bridge, had planned an attack on a Columbus shopping mall.
At a competency hearing June 16, Abdi was ordered to be evaluated by federal psychiatrists. Suburban News Publications reported Humeidan issued a statement after the hearing "calling for fair treatment and due process in Abdi's case, regardless of his guilt or innocence." The report said Humeidan "became choked up several times while delivering the statement." A June 17 Associated Press article quoted Humeidan as saying Abdi was his friend.
Mr. Humeidan's organization CAIR was founded by persons connected to the Palestinian militant group Hamas following the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center to assist those involved in the bombing. Omar Ahmad, co-founder of CAIR, said, "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth."
At a September 2003 hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism, New York Democratic senator Charles Schumer said, "We know [CAIR] has ties to terrorism." Senator Richard Durbin also came down hard on CAIR saying the group is "unusual in its extreme rhetoric and its associations with groups that are suspect."