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Council on American-Islamic Relations

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 corporations.

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 cache)

 

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 day."

 

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. Constitution."

Nihad Awad

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, saying, ďIím 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: nawad@cair.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 irony.

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, with a 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 of Hezbollah.

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
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: ihooper@cair.com)

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.  He 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 country."
 

Five current or former CAIR officers or members have been arrested, convicted, or deported on terrorism-related charges:
 

Randall Royer, CAIR's communications specialist and civil rights coordinator, was indicted on charges of conspiring to help Al-Qaeda and the Taliban to battle American troops in Afghanistan.  He later pled guilty to lesser firearms-related charges and was sentenced to twenty years in prison.
 

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 Palestinian "martyrs."

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."

In a 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 http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/specials/chi-0409190261sep19,1,7870150,print.story

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).

    
In Decline
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 Washington Times.

According to tax documents obtained 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" Documents
Art Moore is reporting that 12,000 pages on Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) terror ties turned over in reply to subpoena.

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 the U.S.

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.

Among the 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.

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CAIR Is Hamas
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 terrorist co-conspirator.

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. citizens.

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 2009 ruling.

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.

"The 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 future."

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 said.

The judge did not dispute "press accounts and blog entries" that "CAIR is a criminal organization that supports terrorism," according to the ruling.

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CAIR Pushes For Shari'a Law In Indiana
Pamela Geller says there is no more radical, extreme system of governance than Islamic law (examples 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 republic.

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 state.

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
Fox News 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 subpoenas.
    
    
"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.

Hooper conceded 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. Muslim Group
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.

CAIR's current executive director is Nihad Awad.

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.

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Hooper Demonstrates Al-Taqiyya
CAIR Chief Ibrahim Hooper speaking on Iranian State TV bashes the U.S. for "rising Islamophobia"
    
 
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