The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
presents itself as just another civil-rights group.
According to its website, "CAIR's mission is to enhance
understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil
liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that
promote justice and mutual understanding" -- certainly an image of
moderation. "We are similar to a Muslim NAACP," says
spokesman Ibrahim Hooper.
That reputation has permitted CAIR to prosper since its founding
in 1994 by Omar Ahmad, Nihad Awad and Ibrahim Hooper, garnering sizeable donations, invitations to the White
House, respectful media citations and a serious hearing by
In reality, CAIR is something quite different. For
starters, it's on the wrong side in the war on terrorism; is the
mouthpiece for Islamic activism in America; is funded in
significant part by sources with connections to Arab Middle
Eastern governments and has been
identified by the FBI as
part of the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestine Committee.
Omar M. Ahmad
Omar M. Ahmad, Chairman Emeritus of the Board is described as
a well-known activist and community leader in the San Francisco
Bay Area. He
said the following at the Islamic Conference in Freemont,
California, in July of 1998, "Islam isn't in America to be equal
to any other faith 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." (.pdf
CAIR national spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told the media that "he
[Ahmad] never made the statement, and we have sought a retraction [from
the San Ramon Valley Herald]." Pressed several times to specify
whether CAIR already has contacted the newspaper, he repeated the
statement then finally said someone from CAIR's California affiliate
made the contact.
When confronted with the fact that the
newspaper's editors say CAIR has not contacted them and the reporter
stands by the story, Hooper ended the call with, "If you are going to
use distortions, I can't stop you; it's a free country. Have a nice
CAIR's leadership has an Islamic totalitarian mindset just like their
funders in Saudi Arabia and their friends in the Hamas terrorist group.
Joseph Farah said, "These extremists like to try to intimidate people,
but they can't stand up like men and take it. Now they are running
to the Justice Department for help. Fortunately for us, we don't
have Shariah law in this country; we live free under the U.S.
Nihad Awad, the Executive Director, co-founder and close friend
of U. S. Congressman, Keith Ellison, was captured live on
videotape at Barry University in Florida in 1994,
in support of the Hamas movement.Ē He is also quoted as
saying, "The United States should and will be ruled by Sharia
Law." (email: email@example.com)
During the administration of Bill Clinton in 1997, Awad was
appointed to the Civil Rights Advisory Panel to the White House
Commission on Aviation Safety and Security -- talk about
That same year, according to the Weekly Standard, when Mike
Wallace of CBS's "60 Minutes" asked Awad if he supports the
"military undertakings of Hamas," Awad stood up for the
terrorist group and told Wallace, "The United Nations Charter
grants people who are under occupation [the right] to defend
themselves against illegal occupation."
Awad, was the public relations director of the Islamic
Association of Palestine (IAP), which was a front group for Hamas,
long history of extremism. He openly praised Iran's
notorious Ayatollah Khomeini. He blasted the trial and
conviction of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers, against whom
the evidence of guilt was overwhelming, as "a travesty of
justice." At a 1994 Barry University forum, he candidly
stated, "I am in support of the Hamas movement."
As one can
infer from the items above, Awad and CAIR appear to act as
voices of the "Wahhabi lobby" and as a front for supporters
of Islamist terrorism.
This is a photo of Awad speaking on
April 20, 2002 in Washington, D.C. on a stage bearing the flag
In an August 2006 interview on C-SPAN's Washington Journal, Awad
suggested that suicide bombings are understandable attempts to
address political injustices and do not have any inherent
connection to radical Islam.
Ibrahim Hooper is an American convert to Islam and the National
Communications Director for CAIR. He was also an
un-indicted co-conspirator in the
trial against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and
Development (HLF). (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
During the late 80's and
early 90's Hooper, then known as "Doug Hooper," worked as a news
producer at the the ABC affiliate, KSTP-TV, in Minneapolis.
told the Minneapolis Star Tribune, "I wouldn't want to
create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the
United States to be Islamic sometime in the future, but I'm not
going to do anything violent to promote that. I'm going to
do it through education."
To this day, Hooper
refuses to publicly denounce Osama bin Laden. He
euphemistically ascribed the 1998 bombings of two American
embassies in Africa to a "misunderstanding of both sides."
He dismisses the Sudanese Islamic government's enslavement and
torture of millions of black Christians and animists during the
past two decades -- to say nothing of its slaughter of some two
million more -- as mere "inter-tribal hostage-taking."
Other CAIR Fifth Columnists
Ihsan Bagby, a prominent black American convert to Islam and
CAIR Board Member
says of Muslims: "Ultimately we can never be full
citizens of this country. . . because there is no way we can be
fully committed to the institutions and ideologies of this
Five current or former CAIR officers or members have been arrested, convicted, or deported on terrorism-related charges:
Ghassan Elashi, the founder of CAIR's Texas chapter, was convicted in July 2004 along with his four brothers of having illegally shipped computers from their Dallas-area business, InfoCom Corporation, to Libya and Syria, two designated state sponsors of terrorism. In April of 2005, Elashi and two brothers were also convicted of knowingly doing business with Mousa Abu Marzook, a senior Hamas leader and Specially Designated Terrorist. He continues to face charges that he provided more than $12.4 million to Hamas while he was running the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), America's largest Islamic charity.
Bassem Khafagi, CAIR's community relations director, pleaded guilty in September 2003 to lying on his visa application and for passing bad checks for substantial amounts in early 2001, for which he was deported. Khafagi was also a founding member and president of the Islamic Assembly of North America (IANA), an organization under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for terrorism-related activities.
Rabih Haddad, a CAIR fundraiser, was arrested on terrorism-related charges and deported from the United States due to his subsequent work as executive director of the Global Relief Foundation, a charity he co-founded; in October 2002, GRF was designated by the U.S. Treasury Department for financing Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. According to a CAIR complaint, Homam Albaroudi, a member of CAIR's Michigan chapter and also a founding member and executive director of the IANA also founded the Free Rabih Haddad Committee.
Siraj Wahhaj, a CAIR advisory board member, was named in 1995 by U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White as a possible unindicted co-conspirator in connection with the plot to blow up New York City landmarks led by the blind sheikh, Omar Abdul Rahman.
A dozen other men have been convicted of crimes in what was known as
the "Virginia Paintball" case. Among them is Randall Royer, a
former CAIR employee sentenced to 20 years in prison after
pleading guilty to weapons and explosives charges. The case
centered around a group of men urged by their spiritual leader
Ali Timimi to fight against American troops in Afghanistan
following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
The Jihad Network
The Saudi-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB),
gave CAIR $250,000 in August 1999. The IDB also
manages funds (Al-Quds, Al-Aqsa) which finance suicide bombings
against Israeli civilians by providing funds to the families of
A good portion of CAIR's funding came from a group called the Holy Land
Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF). Yet when
President Bush closed the HLF in December 2001 because it was
raising money to support Hamas terror attacks, CAIR called
Bush's move "unjust" and "disturbing." CAIR even
circulated a petition asking the government to unfreeze HLF
assets -- charging that "there has been a shift from a war on
terrorism to an attack on Islam."
federal court filing from December, 2007, federal
prosecutors have described CAIR as "having conspired with other
affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists."
The government also stated that "proof that the conspirators
used deception to conceal from the American public their
connections to terrorists was introduced" in the Dallas Holy
Land Foundation trial last year and the Chicago trial of the
Hamas men in 2006. Federal prosecutors used their response
to the brief to remind the court of the both organizations'
questionable stand on the issue of terrorism itself. In a
footnote, the government brief points out:
In describing themselves, Amici Brief at 1, CAIR and MAS omit
reference to a shared background that limits their membership to
those of a particular political bent, and undercuts their
credibility. The Muslim Brotherhood is a generally covert
international organization whose credo is "Allah is our goal;
the Qur'an is our constitution; the Prophet is our leader;
Struggle is our way; and death in the path of Allah is our
highest aspiration. See, e.g., Efraim Karsh, Islamic
Imperialism, 208-09 (Yale University Press 2006).
MAS was founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in
America. See, e.g., Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, Sam Roe and
Laurie Cohen, The new face of the Muslim Brotherhood -- the
Muslim American Society, CHI. TRIB., Sep. 19, 2004, available at
Moreover, from its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR
conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to
support terrorists. See Government's Memorandum in Opposition to
CAIR's Motion for Leave to File a Brief, etc., in United States
v. Holy Land Foundation . . . et al, Cr. No. 3-04-cr-240-G (N.D.
Tx. September 4, 2007), available at http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/case_docs/479.pdf.
Proof that the conspirators agreed to use deception to conceal
from the American public their connections to terrorists was
introduced at both the Texas trial in 2007 and also at a Chicago
trial the previous year. United States v. Ashqar, et. al., No.
03-978 (N.D. Il. 2006).
Membership in the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
has declined more than 90 percent since the 2001 terrorist
attacks, Audrey Hudson will report in Tuesday's editions of The
According to tax documents
by The Washington Times, the number of reported members spiraled
down from more than 29,000 in 2000 to less than 1,700 in 2006, a
loss of membership that caused the Muslim rights group's annual
income from dues to drop from $732,765 in 2000, when yearly dues
cost $25, to $58,750 last year, when the group charged $35.
The organization instead is relying on about two dozen
individual donors a year to contribute the majority of the money
for CAIR's budget, which reached nearly $3 million last year.
I have some problems with the NAACP, but, in no way is CAIR
similar to the NAACP.
FBI Gets Muslim Mafia "Smoking-Gun"
Art Moore is reporting that 12,000 pages on Council
on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) terror ties turned over in reply to
Responding to a federal subpoena served by the FBI,
lawyers for a former Air Force special agent who conducted a private
undercover probe of the CAIR have turned over thousands of pages of
internal documents that allegedly confirm the D.C.-based Muslim group's
role as a front for terrorist groups that seek Islam's domination over
FBI agents entered the capital law offices of Cozen
O'Connor in the nation's capital Nov. 24 with a warrant to obtain 12,000
pages of documents gathered by P. David Gaubatz and his son Chris in a
daring six-month undercover penetration of CAIR. The younger
Gaubatz served as an unpaid intern for the group that was designated an
unindicted terrorist co-conspirator in the trial of the Texas-based Holy
Land Foundation, the largest terrorist-finance case in U.S. history.
Chris Gaubatz says he was able to collect the documents after CAIR
leaders asked interns to shred them.
The FBI's move suggests the
federal government wants to see the papers as part of its interest in
CAIR, its founders and their Hamas terrorist links.
documents, which are cited in "Muslim Mafia" by WND Books, is evidence
CAIR works behind the scenes to mislead and deceive the FBI on behalf of
terrorism suspects and has cultivated Muslim moles inside law
enforcement who have tipped off FBI terror targets.
WorldNetDaily is reporting that a federal judge
has determined that the Justice Department provided "ample evidence" to
designate the most prominent Muslim group in America as an unindicted
According to a
federal court ruling
unsealed Friday, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR) has been involved in
"a conspiracy to support Hamas," a federally designated terrorist group
that has murdered at least 17 Americans and injured more than 100 U.S.
The 20-page order, signed by U.S. District Judge Jorge
A. Solis, cites "ample evidence" that CAIR participated in a "criminal
conspiracy" led by the Holy Land Foundation, Hamasís main fundraising
arm in the U.S. As a result, the judge refused CAIRís request to
strike its name from documents listing it as an unindicted
co-conspirator in the case.
"The four pieces of evidence the
government relies on do create at least a prima facie case as to CAIRís
involvement in a conspiracy to support Hamas," Solis wrote in his July
The evidence includes documents introduced by the
government showing CAIR and its founding chairman Omar Ahmad have
operated as key members of Hamasí U.S. wing, known as the "Palestine
Committee." In addition, FBI wiretaps and agent testimony have
placed both Ahmad and CAIRís acting executive director --
Nihad Awad -- at a secret
meeting last decade with Hamas leaders in Philadelphia. Meeting in
a hotel room, participants hatched a scheme to disguise payments to
Hamas suicide bombers and their families as charity.
attendees agreed not to mention the word Hamas, but to refer to Hamas as
'Samah,' which is Hamas spelled backwards," Solis said. "The
Philadelphia conference essentially laid out the path that the Palestine
Committee would take to accomplish its goal of supporting Hamas in the
During the meeting -- that was organized and led by CAIR
founder Ahmad -- the Hamas operatives agreed to form CAIR as an
outwardly benign front group skilled in media manipulation. "They
did not want to be viewed as being aligned with terrorist groups," he
The judge did not dispute "press accounts and blog entries"
that "CAIR is a criminal organization that supports terrorism,"
according to the ruling.
there is no more radical, extreme system of governance than Islamic law
of sharia -- warning, graphic images). Indiana is proposing a
bill that would ban sharia. She hopes that they vet the language
of the bill with legal experts on sharia (ie David Yerushalmi), so that
they don't lose on a technicality. The Oklahoma ban was brilliant
but poorly worded and had 70% of voters approving of it -- it is clear
that American people understand the Islamic threat to our constitutional
Check out the media's Muslim
propaganda of a terror-supporting Hamas proxy as a "leading Muslim
advocacy group" .... so is al Qaeda, for that matter.
INDIANAPOLIS -- A leading Muslim advocacy
group is calling on Indiana legislators to reject a proposal a bill
that would deny recognition of the Islamic legal system Sharia in
The Tribune-Star of Terre Haute reports that
Republican state Rep. Bruce Borders plans to introduce a bill saying
the state "does not recognize Sharia law."
The Council on
American-Islamic Relations said Tuesday that it has written all
members of the Indiana General Assembly, urging them not to consider
such a bill.
The group says the proposal is a
"fear-mongering" attack on Islam and "un-American to its core." It
says Sharia is a guide to Islamic religious practice and is similar
to those of other religious traditions.
Busted! CAIR Removes Poster
is reporting that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
said it will remove a poster from the group's website promoting an
upcoming conference that encourages people not to talk to the Federal
Bureau of Investigation.
The poster, which appeared on the
website of CAIRís California chapter, features a sinister-looking FBI
agent with the headlines "Build a Wall of Resistance" and "Donít Talk to
the FBI." The poster was designed in the late 1970s or early 1980s
and has been reproduced by various groups and activists since then in
response to alleged harassment by the FBI and to protest grand jury
"I think itís subject to misinterpretation,"
spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told Fox News Radio when speaking about the
poster. "We decided out of extreme caution to take it down."
The poster was promoting a conference called "FBI Raids and Grand
Jury Subpoenas: Know Your Rights and Defend Our Communities." The
keynote speaker is Hatem Abudayyeh, identified by CAIR as an activist
and Palestinian community leader whose home was allegedly raided by
federal agents in September. The conference is scheduled for Feb.
9 at the East Side Cultural Center in Oakland.
the poster "crosses the line," but refused to renounce the artwork and
blamed critics for fomenting what he called a manufactured controversy.
"The entire American-Muslim community is under the microscope right
now with a cottage industry of Muslim bashers," he said. "Weíre
used to this kind of attack by the Islamophobic hate machine and in this
case there is some justification in terms of the possibility of
misinterpretation of this poster."
FBI Chief Confirms Ties Cut With U.S.
WorldNetDaily is reporting the agency has
banned outreach to the Council on Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) due to terrorist links.
In stunning testimony on Capitol
Hill, the head of the FBI explained his agency has cut off ties to the
most influential Muslim organization in America due to concerns over its
leaders' association with terrorism.
Since the Justice
Department linked the Washington-based CAIR to a 2008 terror-finance
case, the FBI has refused to work directly with the group's national
office or any of its 30-plus chapters across the country.
Wednesday's hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee marked the
first time FBI Director Robert Mueller has narrowed down the cause of
concern to CAIR's "national leadership."
"We have no formal
relationship with CAIR because of concerns with regard to the national
leadership," Mueller testified.
Wiretap evidence from the Holy Land
Foundation terror-finance case put Awad at a Philadelphia meeting of
Hamas leaders that was secretly recorded by the FBI. Participants
hatched a plot to disguise payments to Hamas terrorists as charity.
Wiretaps also record them stating the need to deceive Americans about
their true aims.