We have a dozen posts here at Hardnox about CAIR and its relationship to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. There should be quite a file on its activities in federal court, FBI, and different law offices by now including being listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land lawsuit. HLF raised funds for violent jihad on behalf of Hamas, and top CAIR officials were part of the conspiracy.
A former DHS official and whistleblower noted how CAIR should have been shut down long ago following federal evidence of their ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood as well as their funding channels through various money laundering schemes as reported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation As a result, the FBI publicly terminated its outreach activities with CAIR. United Arab Emirates officially declared CAIR a terrorist organization.
In the past week CAIR released yet another version of its “Islamophobia” report, “Confronting Fear,” with lists and analyses of groups CAIR opposes that was drawn up at its August 2015 strategy session. According to a report by David Swindle at Islamist Watch, the list of 39 attendees proved to enlightening.
CAIR also has been attempting to intimidate and shame law-abiding U.S. citizens in the wake of the Orlando attacks.
On December 17, 2015, Federal Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, sitting in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, denied the Council on American-Islamic Relation’s (CAIR) motion to reopen discovery in what has become known as the Muslim Mafia Trial. In the motion they also cited the damage to their reputation done by the book “Muslim Mafia.”
This all began initially with a 2008 case against Dave Gaubatz and his son who went undercover in the organization in order to gain evidence. They discovered damning information. But, instead of an FBI criminal investigation of CAIR and Department of Justice indictment against CAIR for its criminal conduct, CAIR sued Gaubatz and his son for wiretapping and computer hacking, along with a whole host of other torts. To this day, the administration, even as it knows of CAIR’s Hamas and direct terror-related connections, has failed to bring charges against CAIR.
Ironically, as part of the case, CAIR was legally obligated to present certain facts during the discovery phase of the case. When the defendants exercised their legal right to compel CAIR to disclose their financial records, CAIR was so desperate to keep their records hidden from the American public that they voluntarily dismissed the case and dropped the lawsuit regarding those charges. In the end, a prominent District of Columbia superior court judge ruled that CAIR could not bring further charges against these defendants because they showed they were repeatedly unwilling to divulge their own records to a court of law.
This is not the only time CAIR’s questionable practices have been highlighted in the U.S. court system. In 2010, five of CAIR’s former clients sued CAIR on the basis of fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress and federal RICO charges. Those clients also prevailed against CAIR.
They went after Center for Security Policy and its employees for working on a documentary designed to expose CAIR’s Muslim Brotherhood-Hamas ties and other illegal activities. American Freedom Law Center represents the CSP defendants.
By early 2015, the discovery period had been closed for more than two years, and the federal court had ordered the parties to get ready for trial or mediate a settlement. Given CAIR’s terror connections, no settlement was possible, and the CSP defendants were ready for trial in order to put on public display all of the evidence of CAIR’s Muslim Brotherhood and terrorist connections.
“Federal judge rebukes Hamas-linked terror org CAIR” by Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch in December 2015 ran an article stating,
“CAIR is in trouble not only with its few surviving claims, but also with the possibility of a public trial that will most certainly expose CAIR for what it is – a subversive Islamist front group.” This trial will be most interesting — hence Hamas-linked CAIR’s desperate attempts to stave it off.”
AFLC’s opposition questioned why explanation for trial delay was not provided and pointed out that CAIR had early on in this case renounced any claim for reputational damages, including any losses attributed to loss of donor income or the inability to lobby government officials, precisely because CAIR did not want to have its Hamas-Muslim Brotherhood reputation placed center-stage in the litigation. The Court agreed with AFLC.
On June 21, AFLC posted a press release:
D.C. Circuit: CAIR Must Stand Trial for Massive Fraud
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today unanimously reversed a trial court’s ruling dismissing a fraud case brought against the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The result of the appellate court’s ruling is that CAIR National, operating out of the District of Columbia, must stand trial and allow a jury to hear all of the evidence of the massive fraud and attempted cover up carried out by CAIR and perpetrated against hundreds of CAIR fraud victims.
In January of last year, Judge Paul Friedman, the federal judge presiding over a five-year old lawsuit alleging that CAIR defrauded hundreds of Muslim and non-Muslim clients, issued a shocking ruling when he summarily dismissed the lawsuit, which was brought in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Immediately, the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) and the Law Offices of David Yerushalmi appealed, asking the D.C. Circuit to reverse Judge Friedman and reinstate the plaintiffs’ claims against CAIR.
David Yerushalmi, lead counsel for the five plaintiffs in the two consolidated cases alleging that CAIR hired a fake lawyer who defrauded the CAIR clients, explained the decisiveness of the appellate court’s ruling:
“The Court of Appeals not only reversed the trial court, sending the case back for a jury trial, but it carefully went through each fact we argued Judge Friedman either dismissed out-of-hand or ignored completely to justify his clearly erroneous ruling, explaining further why each fact supports our claims against CAIR.”
The two lawsuits dismissed by Judge Friedman, which were consolidated by the court because they arose out of the same facts, follow an earlier lawsuit that had also alleged that CAIR’s fraudulent conduct amounted to racketeering, a federal RICO crime. In that case, the court dismissed the RICO counts, concluding that CAIR’s conduct as alleged was fraudulent but not a technical violation of RICO.
The pending lawsuits allege that Morris Days, the “Resident Attorney” and “Manager for Civil Rights” at the now defunct CAIR-MD/VA chapter in Herndon, Virginia, was in fact not an attorney and that he failed to provide legal services for clients who came to CAIR for legal representation.
As alleged, CAIR knew of this fraud and purposefully conspired with Days to keep the CAIR clients from discovering that their legal matters were being mishandled or not handled at all. Furthermore, the complaints allege that according to CAIR internal documents, there were hundreds of victims of the CAIR fraud scheme. According to court documents, CAIR knew or should have known that Days was not a lawyer when it hired him.
David Yerushalmi, who is also AFLC’s co-founder and senior counsel, remarked:
“CAIR engaged in a massive criminal fraud in which literally hundreds of CAIR clients have been victimized. In his ruling, Judge Friedman inexplicably ignored material facts that establish CAIR National’s liability and then engaged in a transparently disingenuous ‘weighing’ of the factual evidence he did address, which is patently improper when evaluating cross-motions for summary judgment. We are thankful that the appeals court has rectified the trial court’s errors. Now, at long last, our clients will go before a jury and get their day in court.”
Robert Muise, co-founder and senior counsel of AFLC, added,
“This ruling is a significant victory. Not only does it reinstate our claims against CAIR, but it makes plain that we have an incredibly strong case to present to a jury. In short, CAIR has no way out. It is a fraudulent organization, and we will get a chance to prove that to a jury.”
As a side note of interest, Friedman was nominated by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the United States Senate on June 15, 1994 receiving senior status in 2009.
A case that should have been finalized has been held up in court for seven years, costing everyone disruption of their lives, aggravation, money, and an enormous amount of time to complete because of inaction, failure of FBI to seek indictment, or by direct order of Obama and then AG Holder to disallow.
It also allowed CAIR seven years to set up other units of infestation, advise this POTUS, and corrupt our agencies with impunity, run rampant through our media, legal and education systems, and degrade citizens while assaulting our constitutional rights. This is a blatant act of subverting our country and its laws in order to destroy from within its framework.
Frankly I am tired of dancing around the truth–this is one more nail in Obama’s coffin and by extension that of Hillary Clinton and every member of government who has towed the line for this group. Not only has CAIR been a regular visitor at the White House but it has provided advice directly to Obama and agencies of the executive branch.
Obama and Hillary have stated many times, verbally and in their actions, continued acceptance and approval of CAIR in an effort to promote their “good intentions”. Including and not least of which is the celebration of Muslim holidays and prayers at breakfast openings at the White House.
Many of CAIRS activities should have fallen under the Patriot Act and anti-terrorist laws. Our executive branch actions all along have been suspect on the subject of CAIR and many other Islamic offshoots it has produced, but had CAIR been found guilty back in 2008 much of their influence in the US would have ended long ago.
Hr 3892 was a bill introduced by Representative Diaz-Balart that has lanquished in the House Judiciary since February 2016. It “expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) the Muslim Brotherhood has met the criteria for designation as a foreign terrorist organization, and (2) the Department of State should so designate it.” Its companion senate bill, 2230, was read twice in the Foreign Relations committee and has had no further action since November 2015.
Both these bills should have been passed by now but of course we know that Obama would veto. Still for the record they should have been completed and sent to be signed thereby forcing Obama to declare his stance on this issue once and for all. The designation would then send a clear warning to all its tentacles and allow law enforcement to pursue a course of action while shutting down its operations.
At the very least I hope that the cases pursued by AFLC or other law firms forces CAIR to fall under The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
Anyone interested in learning more about a CAIR data resource can read more at Cair Observatory.
I will be so glad when 2017 rolls around and Obama no longer has control.