Monday, November 24, 2008

November 24, 2008
Justice served: Holy Land Foundation defendants guilty on all counts

It was during the first Holy Land Foundation trial last year that the Muslim Brotherhood memorandum about their “grand jihad in eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within” came to light. This verdict is a huge official recognition of the reality of that stealth jihad, and a huge setback for the likes of CAIR, which was named an unindicted co-conspirator in this case.

“Holy Land Foundation defendants guilty on all counts,” by Jason Trahan for the Dallas Morning News, November 24 (thanks to K.):

A jury on Monday determined that the Holy Land Foundation and five men who worked with the Muslim charity were guilty of three dozen counts related to the illegal funneling of at least $12 million to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

The unanimous verdicts are a complete victory for the government, which streamlined its case and worked hard to carefully educate jurors on the complex, massive evidence presented in the trial.

The prosecution’s victory is also a major one for the lame duck administration of President George W. Bush, whose efforts at fighting terrorism financing in court have been troubled, even though the flow of funds seems to be effectively shut down.

It was the second trial where the government attempted to convict the men and the now-defunct, Richardson-based Holy Land Foundation itself. It took the jury eight days of deliberations to reach its decisions — less than half the time it took jurors to deadlock end up with an almost complete mistrial last year on the first go-around.

“My dad is not a criminal!” sobbed one courtroom observer after the verdicts were read. “He’s a human!”

Huh? Criminals aren’t human now? Cut the victimology, “courtroom observer.” For one day, at least, your plots are exposed. But of course, we will see more and more of this as time goes by. Read on.

Opening statements at the Earle Cabell Federal Courthouse in downtown Dallas began Sept. 22. Over the past two months, prosecutors attempted to prove that five former charity organizers used Holy Land, once the largest Muslim charity in the U.S., to funnel an estimated $60 million to the militant group — most of it before 1995.

Hamas was designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. in 1995, and the trial centered on the $12 million the government said Holy Land and supporters funneled to the group after that date.

Defense attorneys argued that the foundation was a legitimate, non-political charity that helped distressed Palestinians under Israeli occupation. They accused the government of bending to Israeli pressure to prosecute the charity, and of relying on old evidence predating the 1995 designation.

Holy Land was formed in the late 1980s, and was shut down by U.S. government regulators in December 2001. The case was indicted in 2004.

Last year’s trial of the same five defendants ended in a hung jury Oct. 22, 2007. Jurors deliberated for 19 days before they deadlocked.

Even before the verdicts were read, supporters on both side of the aisle were prepared to claim a moral victory.

Critics of the government case argued that even convictions would carry an asterisk noting that it took untold millions of taxpayer dollars, 15 years of investigation and two long, high-profile trials to finally convince a jury of the defendants’ guilt.

The strategy now, of course, will be to portray these jihadists as martyrs — a tried-and-true strategy that has been used for decades, going back to the fog of disinformation that for years surrounded that old Communist spy, Alger Hiss:

“I suspect that they will be viewed much the same way that Mandela was viewed by the black South African population — as freedom fighters who have dedicated their lives to the liberation of Palestine,” William Moffitt, the Virginia defense attorney who represented two former university professors, Abdelhaleem Ashqar and Sami Al-Arian, said before the Holy Land verdicts.

Mr. Ashqar and Mr. Al-Arian were acquitted in trials in Chicago and Florida on similar charges that they steered support to Palestinian terrorists.

Mr. Ashqar was sentenced to 11 years in prison last year for refusing to testify for a grand jury about his Hamas ties. Dr. Al-Arian pleaded guilty in 2006 to a charge of supporting Palestinian Islamic Jihad and is being held on contempt charges for refusing to co-operate in another terrorism support investigation. But both are viewed as folk heroes by some in the Muslim community.

Mr. Moffitt said Holy Land and the other cases are “show trials” where the government attempted to use “events that happened over 10 years ago” as evidence of crimes well before statutes specifically outlawing terrorism support were enacted.

“I think that the purpose of these trials was to further, in the minds of the public, the so-called ‘war on terrorism,’” he said. “There are legitimate terrorist organizations out there. But we’ve tried to make every group that doesn’t agree with us like al-Qaeda.” . . .

Hamas has gloried in the murders of civilians. That is not a simple matter of demonizing “every group that doesn’t agree with us.”

Thank you.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

No news on what course they’ll serve at the 15th Annual Dinner:

CAIR Sued by Former Clients for Racketeering, Fraud, & Breach of Fiduciary Duties

November 24, 2008 — Washington, DC: Four clients of the Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR) have filed a federal civil complaint alleging criminal fraud and racketeering against CAIR, a self-described public interest civil rights law firm. The lawsuit also names CAIR’s national leadership as individual defendants.

Some of the defendants were served with the complaint and summons to appear while attending the CAIR 14th Annual Dinner Sunday night in Arlington, Virginia. Congressman Ellison (D-Minn) was a guest speaker at this affair.

The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, alleges 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 assistance and who had paid for CAIR legal services.

While attorney David Yerushalmi represents the four plaintiffs in this particular lawsuit, two of whom are African American Muslims, the complaint alleges that according to CAIR internal documents, there were hundreds of victims of the CAIR-Days fraud scheme.

According to the complaint, CAIR failed to conduct a background check on Days prior to hiring him and when they did discover his massive fraud, they immediately set about to cover it up. CAIR officials purposefully concealed the truth about Days from their clients, law enforcement, the Virginia and D.C. state bar associations, and the media. When CAIR did get irate calls from clients about Days’ failure to provide competent legal services, CAIR fraudulently deceived their clients about Days’ relationship to CAIR, suggesting he was never actually employed by CAIR, and even concealed the fact that CAIR had fired him for criminal fraud.

“The evidence has long suggested that CAIR is a criminal organization set up by the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas to further its aims of stealth Jihad in the U.S.,” Mr. Yerushalmi said referring to the fact that CAIR has been named by the federal government as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror financing trial.

“But our investigation and this complaint makes clear that CAIR’s criminal activities know no bounds,” Yerushalmi continued.

“According to the facts as carefully laid out in this complaint,” Yerushalmi explained, “CAIR has engaged in a massive cover-up of a criminal fraud in which literally hundreds of CAIR clients have been victimized and because of the CAIR cover-up they still don’t realize it. The fact that CAIR has victimized Muslims and non-Muslims alike demonstrates that CAIR is only looking out for CAIR and its ongoing effort to bilk donors out of millions of dollars of charitable donations thinking they are supporting a legitimate organization.”

The complaint also alleges that in addition to covering up the Days fraud scheme, CAIR officials in D.C. forced angry clients who were demanding a return of their legal fees to sign a release that bought the client-victims’ silence by prohibiting them from informing law enforcement or the media about the CAIR-Days fraud. According to the agreement, if the “settling” clients said anything to anyone about the fraud scheme, CAIR would be able to sue them for $25,000.

This enforced code of silence left hundreds of CAIR client-victims in the dark such that to this day they have not learned that Days is not an attorney and that he had not filed the legal actions on their behalf for which Days and CAIR publicly claimed credit.

The four plaintiffs contacted their attorney David Yerushalmi only after they had spoken to Dave Gaubatz, a private researcher who had been investigating CAIR for its connections to the Muslim Brotherhood and its ties to global jihad. Had Gaubatz not informed the plaintiffs of the fraud, they would still be under the impression that Days was a competent attorney representing their legal interests in various lawsuits and administrative proceedings.

The complaint identifies CAIR as a racketeering enterprise under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), which is a criminal racketeering statute that allows victims to sue the defendants in civil court. In addition to damages, the plaintiffs are seeking injunctive relief under this and other statutes to shut down CAIR and to prevent the individual defendants from engaging in public interest legal work in the future.

The named defendants are: the Council on American-Islamic Relations Action Network Inc. (dba CAIR); Nihad Awad aka Nihad Hammad who serves as executive director of CAIR National; Parvez Ahmed who was the chairman of the board of CAIR National during the relevant time period; Tahra Goraya who was the national director of CAIR but who has since resigned; Khadijah Athman who is the manager of the “civil rights” division of CAIR; and Nadhira al-Khalili, Esq., who is in-house legal counsel for CAIR.

According to the complaint, CAIR’s in-house Washington, D.C.-based attorney Khalili was directly involved in taking the legal files out of the CAIR Virginia office and concealing them in the D.C. office.

Also named as defendants are Ibrahim Hooper and Amina Rubin, CAIR’s director of communications and coordinator of communications, respectively. According to the complaint, these two were directly responsible for issuing fraudulent press releases about the Days fraud scheme, thus aiding and abetting the CAIR cover-up.

About David Yerushalmi, Esq.
David Yerushalmi has been practicing law for almost 25 years. He is a litigator specializing in securities law, public policy relating to national security, and public interest law. Mr. Yerushalmi is licensed and practices in Washington D.C., New York, California, and Arizona.

For more information:

David Yerushalmi, Esq.
Law Offices of David Yerushalmi
Thank you.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Our friends at Anti-CAIR inform us that CAIR’s hired liar, Ibrahim Hooper, recently manufactured a lie to attack WorldNetDaily publisher Joseph Farah. Here’s what they discovered:

CAIR Slimes Joe Farah — Time To Take The Gloves Off?

Joseph Farah is irate. And rightly so.

The highly respected founder, editor and CEO of WorldNetDaily was blatantly slandered last week by CAIR’s communication director, and terrorist supporter, Ibrahim Hooper.

The Daily News had a column that referred to a new book from WND Books called Why We Left Islam: Former Muslims Speak Out.

Looking for a quote from a Muslim about the book, the columnists at the Daily News went to CAIR, specifically, Ibrahim Hooper:.

“This book is put out by WND Publishing (sic), which promotes hate every day on its extremist anti-Muslim hate site. The editor is a guy who suggested air-dropping pig’s blood over Afghanistan.”

What Hooper has done here is exactly how Farah, in an Editorial, describes it:

“Hooper put a target on my back . . . He also uttered a false and defamatory statement about me that has yet to be corrected by the Daily News, has yet to be withdrawn by Hooper and will undoubtedly be recycled in other venues”

Over one week later, and only after Farah’s editorial, CAIR sent this pathetic “explanation” to Farah from it’s legal counsel Nadhira F. Al-Khalili:

“In the interest of accuracy . . . Mr. Hooper was referring to a WorldNetDaily column, presumably approved by you as editor of the website, which advocated telling Afghans that the U.S. has ‘enlisted Afghani (sic) moles to contaminate their water supplies with pig’s blood.”

Mr. Farah is justifiably not satisfied. He told Al-Khalili:

“Your client has an obligation to apologize for those comments and seek correction at the point of publication”

In one area there was some progress. The attorney for the Daily News has told Mr. Farah that they will publish a correction in the near future. The “explanation” given by CAIR’s Al-Khalili, however, is nothing but a middle-fingered salute straight back at Mr. Farah. It is absurd.

See Anti-CAIR’s full press release for all of the details.

Ibrahim Hooper spreading his lies on MSNBC

In summary then:


Thank you.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

[UPDATE!!!! Just hours after this post went up, the videos below were pulled from YouTube. If you click on them now, the warning, “We’re sorry, this video is no longer available” appears. What are you trying to hide, Ahmed????]

The Investigative Project is reporting that CAIR–Tampa Executive Director Ahmed Bedier may be on the outs with CAIR. Could our rogues gallery above soon be one member shorter?

Who knows, but this is a perfectly good opportunity to review some of Bedier’s greatest hits while he has been in service to CAIR.

As Bedier’s nemesis, Joe Kaufman of Americans Against Hate, reminds us, in December 2005 Bedier refused to condemn Palestinian Islamic Jihad, saying that supporting the terrorist organization was not immoral before 1995. As Kaufman replied:

It is disgraceful for Ahmed Bedier to make light of a cold-blooded terrorist organization, as he has about the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. It is offensive to the memories of all those that died at the hands of this monstrous group! It is equally offensive for Bedier to describe the acquittal of terrorist leader Sami Al-Arian in terms of ‘jubilation.’ Our organization calls on the news media to not seek quotes from this man, but to instead denounce his irresponsible statements.

It should also be noted that Bedier has served as official spokesman for convicted PIJ terrorist leader Sami Al-Arian’s family.

Then, as LGF observed, earlier this year Bedier was caught expending considerable effort to avoid condemning the practice of stoning:

And just this past summer, JihadWatch reminds us that Bedier rushed to the defense of Ahmed Mohamed and Youssef Megahed, two University of South Florida students who were arrested near a South Carolina naval base after they were caught with explosives in their car. When it was discovered that Mohamed had also made a video showing how to turn a remote-controlled car into an explosive device, Bedier was unrepentant:

“The biggest Muslim organization in town saying ‘We don’t have a comment’ on such a big story of the day sends the wrong message like they’re hiding something,” said Bedier, 33. “It’s almost like choosing the lesser of two evils.”

Bedier is saying here, of course, that it was more important for CAIR to flog its agenda than to get its facts straight.

But my personal favorite Ahmed Bedier highlight occurred last year when he appeared on The Glenn Beck Show to attack the Muslims appearing at the Secular Islam Summit in St. Petersburg, Florida. As the clip below shows at about 3:33, Bedier attacks Dr. Tawfik Hamid as a foreigner! Let’s go to the clip:

Of course, if anyone other than a CAIR official had dared to make such a flagrant xenophobic remark, the CAIR press releases would flow like manna from heaven. But when a CAIR official vents their own xenophobia — AGAINST A MUSLIM NONETHELESS! — all is not only forgiven, but ignored entirely.

So let us summarize:

CAIR = Nothing immoral about supporting Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
CAIR = Not ready to condemn stoning
CAIR = OK to defend terrorist leaders
CAIR = Xenophobia
CAIR = Hypocrisy

Thank you.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

CAIR Chairman: Free Terrorist Leader

CAIR Chairman Parvez Ahmed (left), convicted Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist leader Sami Al-Arian (right), and some PIJ “militants” liberating an unarmed Palestinian.

If you currently visit the CAIR website, you’ll notice that 3 of the 5 rotating highlighted articles concerns jailed Palestinian Islamic Jihad North American leader Sami Al-Arian. One of those articles is an editorial co-authored by CAIR board chairman Parvez Ahmed, “Sami Al-Arian Must Be Freed”.

Try as much as you like, you will be hard pressed to find out from the CAIR website exactly why Sami Al-Arian remains in jail, let alone what put him there in the first place. Al-Arian is in prison because he is obstructing justice by refusing to testify in response to a federal grand jury regarding his knowledge of terrorist support activities in the US. The only man keeping Al-Arian in jail is Al-Arian himself, as noted recently by the Washington Post. All he has do to is appear before the grand jury and tell the truth. Then again, telling the truth is something he has had extreme difficulty with.

But as I said, nothing in Parvez Ahmed’s editorial or anywhere on CAIR’s website can you find out exactly what Sami Al-Arian pled guilty of. At the time of his plea deal, the Tampa Tribune briefly described what Al-Arian pled guilty to: “an admission that he continued to aid relatives and colleagues associated with PIJ after it was designated a terrorist group.”

In the actual plea agreement filed with the court and signed by Al-Arian (which he also initialed on every page), we read in full the extent of his terrorist crimes and lies:

9. Factual Basis
Defendant is pleading guilty because defendant is in fact guilty. The defendant certifies that defendant does hereby admit that the facts set forth below are true, and were this case to go to trial, the United States would be able to prove those specific facts and others beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. During the period of the late 1980s, and early to mid-1990s, defendant Al-Arian was associated with several organizations, including the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Defendant Al-Arian knew that co-defendants Ramadan Abdullah Shallah (Shallah), Bashir Musa Mohammed Nafi (Nafi) and Mazen Al-Najjar (Al-Najjar) were also associated with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

  2. On or about January 23, 1995, President William Clinton issued Executive Order 12947, which declared a national emergency regarding the grave acts of violence committed by foreign terrorists that disrupted the Middle East Peace Process. Executive Order 12947 prohibited certain transactions, including the making or receiving or any contribution of funds, goods, or services, to or for the benefit of organizations and individuals who were declared “Specially Designated Terrorists.” Executive Order 12947 also made unlawful any transaction that evaded or avoided, or had the purpose of evading or avoiding, or attempted to violate, any of the prohibitions set forth in the Order. By January 24, 1995, the United States had designated the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Sheik Abd Al Aziz Awda and Fathi Shiqaqi as Specially Designated Terrorists. Later that year, in November, 1995, the United States designated Ramadan Shallah as a Specially Designated Terrorist.

  3. Defendant Al-Arian performed services for the PIJ in 1995 and thereafter.

  4. Such services included filing for Immigration benefits for individuals associated with the PIJ, hiding the identities of individuals associated with the PIJ, and providing assistance for an individual associated with the PIJ in an United States Court proceeding. The services are described with more particularity in the following paragraphs.

  5. On or about February 6, 1995, defendant Al-Arian had a telephone conversation with a co-conspirator and discussed the recent Presidential Executive Order against terrorists.

  6. Defendant Al-Arian was aware that the PIJ achieved its objectives by, among other means, acts of violence.

  7. On or about August 25, 1995, defendant Al-Arian filed a visa renewal petition with the INS on behalf of co-defendant Nafi.

  8. On or about September 1, 1995, co-defendant Al-Najjar wrote a $5,000 check drawn on the Muslim Women Society (MWS) account, payable to World and Islam Studies Enterprise (WISE) which was deposited into the WISE account.

  9. On or about October 25, 1995, co-defendant Al-Najjar executed an Affidavit filed with the INS in support of Nafi’s alien employment petition. In the Affidavit, Al-Najjar stated that he and defendant Al-An’an had sufficient financial means to fund Nafi’s salary. Al-Najjar further stated that in 1993, he contributed $36,000 to WlSE and that in January and February 1994, he had in excess of $50.000 available to support the operations of WISE.

  10. On or about October 30, 1995, in the early morning hours, defendant Al-Arian received a telephone call from a co-conspirator in which the coconspirator asked whether defendant Al-Arian had heard that Fathi Shiqaqi had been killed. Defendant Al-Arian indicated that he had heard and then refused to talk. Later that day, he had a telephone conversation with Al-Najjar. Defendant Al-Arian indicated he wanted to meet with Al-Najjar.

  11. On or about October 30, 1995, co-defendant Nafi made a telephone call to defendant Al-Arian. Nafi whispered during this conversation and defendant Al-Arian said the matter had been complicated and inquires had begun.

  12. On or about October 30, 1995, defendant Al-Arian had a telephone conversation with a journalist with The St. Petersburg Times. When the journalist asked about Shallah being named the Secretary General of the PIJ, defendant Al-Arian falsely stated that Shallah’s name must have been mixed up with someone else and falsely stated he only knew Ramadan Abdullah Shallah as Ramadan Abdullah. Later, defendant Al-Arian had another telephone conversation with a journalist with The St. Petersburg Times. During this conversation, defendant Al-Arian expressed shock and surprise and falsely stated there was nothing Shallah had done while at WlSE to indicate any political affiliation. Defendant Al-Arian falsely stated that Shallah was not involved in any political activities while at WISE and that Shallah had been engaged in only scholarly work.

  13. On or about October 31, 1995, defendant Al-Arian and codefendant Al-Najjar caused a facsimile to be sent from WlSE which explained its mission and its experience with Shallah and falsely denied any knowledge of Shallah’s association or affiliation with any political group in the Middle East.

  14. On or about August 7, 2000, defendant Al-Arian, who was in the Middle District of Florida, had a telephone conversation with co-defendant Nafi, who was in England, about utilizing a contact of Nafi’s in Egypt to obtain travel documents for Al-Najjar. They then spoke about Nafi’s problems with his immigration status in the United States. Then they had a coded conversation about the account to which Nafi had sent money to assist in the defense of co-defendant Al-Najjar’s ongoing INS proceeding.

  15. On or about August 8, 2000, defendant Al-Arian, who was in the Middle District of Florida, called a co-conspirator, who was outside the State of Florida. When defendant Al-Arian asked co-conspirator if any thing was deposited in his account or his wife’s account, the co-conspirator replied there were “ten shirts” (referring to a sum of money). Defendant Al-Arian then directed the co-conspirator to send nine of them to the account of another co-conspirator.

  16. Later in the day on August 8, 2000, defendant Al-Arian, who was in the Middle District of Florida, had a telephone conversation with co-defendant Nafi, who was outside the State of Florida, and told Nafi that the issue of “the magazines” (referring to a sum of money) was resolved, but the travel document had not been received from Egypt. They then discussed utilizing the press to support Al-Najjar in his INS hearing by setting up an interview with Abd Al Aziz Awda (Awda) to show that he had the permission of the Israelis to reside in the Gaza Strip. Defendant Al-Arian then asked Nafi for Awda’s telephone number. Nafi told him to call back the next day to get the number. Additionally, they discussed Nafi’s response to allegations in the press that he was a member of the PIJ.

  17. On or about August 8, 2000, defendant Al-Arian directed codefendant Hatem Naji Fariz (Fariz) to arrange a newspaper interview with Awda.

  18. On or about August 9, 2000, defendant Al-Arian and co-defendant Fariz had a telephone conversation about causing one or more newspaper articles to be written on Awda. They desired to utilize these articles in the INS hearing regarding Al-Najjar and wanted them to portray Awda as a religious figure with no relation to the PIJ.
All of this was signed off by Al-Arian. So is Sami Al-Arian a “political prisoner”, as CAIR’s Parvez Ahmed claims; or is he the terrorist leader imprisoned after admitting to his crimes in support of PIJ and his continued obstruction of justice by refusing to testify against his terrorist co-conspirators still operating in the US?

Sami Al-Arian has admitted to his terrorist crimes. Time for CAIR to come to terms with them as well. Sami Al-Arian is no freedom fighter or political prisoner; he’s a terrorist thug and a coward for repeatedly refusing to tell the truth about his crimes. Something officials at CAIR can readily identify with.

Thank you.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

DOJ: CAIR conspired to support terrorists

To see the extent to which CAIR will lie in order to avoid the consequences of their hate and terror, one only need look at the “Urban Legends” section of the CAIR website.

Of course, many of these “urban legends” CAIR attempts to debunk are easily verifiable facts.

For instance, the first lie in that document says:

Disinformation: Some law enforcement officials have asserted that CAIR aids terrorists.

Of the hundreds of thousands of law enforcement officials in the United States, only two former FBI members, Steven Pomerantz and Oliver “Buck” Revell, have ever made such allegations against CAIR. It is important to note that these allegations, originally made in the mid-1990s when both men no longer served as FBI officials, remain nothing more than the opinions of men who stand to gain financially by smearing Muslims.

But in fact, the Department of Justice, which is the highest level of law enforcement in the United States, said that very thing in a legal brief just this past December (for more see, “For the Record: Government Reminds Court of CAIR/MAS Ties to Terrorists”):

Moreover, since its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists. (DOJ Brief No. 07-4778, USA v. Benkahla, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, p. 58)

Here’s the image of that section of the DOJ legal brief:

It is true that Steve Pomerantz, former FBI chief of counterterrorism, has said the following:

Any objective assessment of the material presented above leads to the conclusion that CAIR, its leaders, and its activities, effectively give aid to international terrorist groups. Unfortunately, CAIR is but one of a new generation of new groups in the United States that hide under a veneer of “civil rights” or “academic” status but in fact are tethered to a platform that support terrorism. The degree to which these groups are able to deceive the American public and intimidate writers and counter-terrorist officials will be a significant ingredient in whether this country will be rendered more vulnerable to terrorism in future years. (“Counterterrorism in a Free Society,” The Journal of Counterterrorism & Security International 5:1, Spring 1998, p. 26)

Here we see yet another example of CAIR lying to hide the ugly truth.

In summary: CAIR = LIAR

Thank you.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Shocka! New CAIR official is HAMAS supporter!

As our friends at Central Ohioans Against Terrorism recently pointed out, the newly-appointed head of the CAIR-Columbus, Abukar Arman, is an internationally renowned terror apologist, spewing his venom and hatred all over the internet in multiple publications. He is also on the state board of CAIR-Ohio.

But in addition to that, Abukar Arman is an especial admirer of the HAMAS terrorist organization. In January 2006, he published a blog post, “Hamas Victory Is A Victory for Democracy and Peace!”, hailing the successes of the terrorist group (screenshot posted below in the event that Mr. Arman’s article — ahem — disappears).

This revelation of a CAIR official openly supporting their HAMAS terrorist masters is about as predictable as the sun rising in the east, or Ibrahim Hooper eating all the leftover doughnuts after a CAIR staff meeting. It does, however, continue to strip away the thin veneer of respectability that CAIR has purchased with as much Wahhabi money that they have been able to get their hands on.

In summary then: CAIR = HAMAS.

Thank you.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

CAIR demands spying on federal employees

Never shy about their glaring hypocrisy, CAIR has demanded that Homeland Security begin spying — on DHS employees!

According to Audrey Hudson at the Washington Times today, “Activists seek oversight of TSA screeners”, CAIR was a signatory to a letter addressed to Kip Hawley of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) demanding the installation of cameras to spy on TSA employees to document “incidents of bias”:

Religious, minority and civil rights activists are asking Homeland Security officials to screen their own airport screeners using video cameras to check whether passengers are being subjected to bias or profiling.

“We believe such controls are critical to ensuring that our nation’s [screeners] are focused squarely on security threats and not distracted by any personal bias,” the organizations said in a letter this week to Kip Hawley, director of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

The letter was signed by several groups including the Sikh Coalition, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Asian American Justice Center, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the National Council of La Raza.

The activists say recent policy changes give transportation security officers more discretion to pull aside passengers for additional screening that results in “an unchecked ability to engage in racial, religious, ethnic or national origin profiling of air travelers.”

Now you might be thinking to yourself: "Doesn’t CAIR scream ‘Islamophobia’ any time that one of their own gets nabbed by the Feds through spying and surveillance? And isn’t even the hint of suspicion directed at Islamic groups involved in support for terrorism grounds for them to wail about the US government declaring war on Islam?"

Well, yes they do friends, but they are never ones to let consistency get in their way! If spying on federal employees is what’s needed to impose their Islamofascist agenda on America, then so be it!

In the spirit of CAIR’s new spying program, they have provided TSA with new posters to be displayed in federal workplaces:

(Islamofascist eye courtesy of our friends at CAIR Watch)

But turning their Islamofascist logic around (i.e. spying on terrorists is a war on Islam), by demanding spying on federal employees hasn’t CAIR now declared war on the US government?

Discuss amongst yourselves.

Thank you.

Monday, April 7, 2008

CAIR’s war on Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist

BEHOLD! CAIR’s dreaded cartoon of blasphemy (courtesy IBD)

Today editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez of Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) won a Pulitzer Prize today — his second — for editorial cartooning. (See IBD’s write-up and Editor & Publisher’s article)

CAIR will not be pleased with this development since it was just a few months ago that they launched a nationwide campaign against Ramirez for his cartoon (above) criticizing Iranian involvement in the spread of terror and extremism across the Middle East. As reported by Central Ohioans Against Terrorism, the trouble began when the Columbus Dispatch published Ramirez’s cartoon.

CAIR immediately fired up their Microsoft Outlook and issued an action alert (conveniently now removed from their website) entitled, “Incitement: Cartoon Portrays Iranians as Cockroaches Fleeing Sewer”, stating:

Send polite comments about this Nazi-style cartoon depicting Iranians as roaches fleeing a sewer to:,

This might strike the average reader as a bit hypocritical, as CAIR has not said a single word about the avalanche of racist hate cartoons published throughout the Islamic world; then again, CAIR has never had much of a problem with its hypocrisy.

But let’s leave that aside for a moment and focus on the fact that CAIR substantially misrepresented the cartoon. Ramirez clearly did not have all Iranians themselves in mind, as the cockroaches are streaming from a grate emblazoned with the word “extremism”.

And did CAIR really believe that these “cockroaches” were “fleeing” Iran, as if Ramirez was saying that Iranian refugees were insects? No, but to grant the obvious meaning wouldn’t make for nearly as compelling an action alert. And how many times do they get to use the “Nazi” label against someone demonstrating anti-dhimmitude sentiments? Another possible explanation, of course, is that CAIR doesn’t believe that Iran, “Axis of Evil” member and state sponsor of terrorism, isn’t spreading extremism. (For some background of Iran’s spreading terrorism and extremism, see today’s Washington Times editorial, “Tehran’s murderous role”.)

So why might CAIR be so touchy about criticism of the Iranian regime?

Oh, that’s right!

Yes, that would be CAIR’s Executive Director Nihad Awad and national vice-chairman Ahmad Al-Akhras playing hostess for Iranian Ayatollah Khatami at a September 2006 CAIR fundraiser, a photo that was prominently displayed on the opening page of CAIR’s 2006 Annual Report. (For more details on CAIR’s fundraiser featuring Ayatollah Khatami, the godfather of the Hezbollah terrorist organization, see this post: “A Smile and Handshake for the Iranian Dictator”.)

In a rare display of anti-dhimmitude, the usually obeisant Columbus Dispatch rejected the argument of their Islamic overlords by issuing the following response to CAIR’s complaints raising these very points:

Dear sir or madame:

Thank you for writing to The Dispatch.

You apparently are responding to a call from the Council of American-Islamic relations to write to me and to cartoonist Michael Ramirez to complain about a cartoon about the Iraqi regime’s support of violent extremists and terrorists throughout the Middle East.

CAIR claims the cartoon demeans all Iranians as cockroaches. But since the drain cover depicted in the cartoon is clearly labeled with “Iran” and “extremism” it is clear that the cartoon refers only to those elements of the Iranian regime who support extremism. In other words, it doesn’t come close to labeling all Iranians as cockroaches.

CAIR also likens the cartoon to Nazi propaganda. This is a remarkable display of intellectual gymnastics. Iranian President Ahmadinejad has called for the destruction of the Jewish state and questions the Holocaust, while his regime tries to develop nuclear weapons. If CAIR is truly concerned about the promotion of Nazi ideas and the use of Nazi methods, it should direct its attention to Tehran.

CAIR’s claims that its mission is to promote understanding of Islam and combat anti-Islamic information and anti-Islamic attitudes. That’s an honorable mission when it is directed at legitimate grievances.

In this case, CAIR has misrepresented this cartoon and missed the mark by fabricating a false grievance.

All the best,

Glenn Sheller
Editorial Page Editor
The Columbus Dispatch

Congrats to Michael Ramirez! Your artistry and commentary are greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

CAIR’s Nihad Awad (left) paid a visit this week to his terrorist pal Sami Al-Arian (right)

According to the Tampa Tribune, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad and several other leaders of the US Muslim Brotherhood network met with jailed Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist leader Sami Al-Arian earlier this week, endorsing Al-Arian’s continued obstruction of justice in refusing to divulge details of his knowledge of terrorist support operations in the US. Al-Arian has admitted to fundraising and otherwise aiding PIJ terrorist leaders — several of whom are relatives.

After their jailhouse visit with Al-Arian, Awad said that “they were there to support him.” CAIR also issued a press release highlighting the meeting with the terrorist leader.

Al-Arian has twice been convicted in federal court of contempt of court following his guilty plea for conspiracy to support a designated terrorist organization. A video tape entered as evidence in Al-Arian’s trial shows deported PIJ leader Fawaz Damra introducing Al-Arian as the head of the “active arm of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine.” Al-Arian has been subpoenaed on three different occasions by federal grand juries to testify about his knowledge and involvement with terrorist support activities, particularly the role of the International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT), which bankrolled his PIJ terrorist front in Tampa. Despite grants of immunity and a federal appeals court decision rejecting his claim that his plea deal exempted him from appearing before the grand jury, Al-Arian has refused to testify.

Al-Arian’s ongoing obstruction of justice, which has extended his prison term, prompted Nihad Awad to call him a “political prisoner.” Someone might want to remind Awad that even the President of the United States is not above a federal grand jury subpoena.

As Joe Kaufman noted in an article yesterday, “CAIR’s March with Terror,” CAIR has expressed its solidarity with Al-Arian’s ongoing obstruction of justice, prominently featuring him on their website and even issuing an Action Alert to its supporters to mobilize on the convicted terrorist leader’s behalf.

Just another episode of CAIR’s solidarity with terror.

Thank you.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

(photo: Craig Porter, Detroit Free Press)

It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means, kids! Yet another CAIR official indicted!

The latest CAIR con is none other than former CAIR-Michigan director Muthanna al-Hanooti, who has been indicted for spying for Saddam Hussein and lying to the FBI (courtesy IPT). Hanooti is accused of working for Iraqi intelligence and coordinating trips to Iraq for congressional delegations while serving as CAIR director.

UPDATE: Read the NEFA Foundation’s Spot Analysis, “Muthanna Al-Hanooti and Life for Relief and Development

Heres the report by Niraj Warikoo of the Detroit Free Press:

An Iraqi-American from Michigan who worked for a Southfield charity has been accused of working as a spy for the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein, according to a federal indictment unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

Muthanna Al-Hanooti was charged with several counts, including conspiracy to work on behalf of a foreign government and making false statements to the FBI. Al-Hanooti used to work for Life for Relief and Development, a Muslim charity based in Southfield that works in Iraq and other countries. That charity was raided by federal agents in Sept. 2006.

According to the indictment, Al-Hanooti would travel to Iraq and meet with conspirators of the Iraqi Intelligence Service. The indictment says that Al-Hanooti was rewarded with 2 million barrels of oil for his work.

The indictment also alleges that Iraqi intelligence officials used an intermediary in Michigan to help fund a trip to Iraq taken by U.S. members of Congress in 2002.

Al-Hanooti was active in other local groups. He was former head of the Michigan branch of the Council on American Islamic Relations and the president of Focus on American and Arab Interests and Relations.

CAIR: Hate and Terror would like to officially welcome Mr. Al-Hanooti to the long line of convicted and indicted CAIR officials who have betrayed their country and pledged themselves to Islamofascist thugs.

More on Al-Hanootis indictment and his past position with CAIR from the Investigative Project.

Exit question: How many more CAIR officials must be indicted for working for terrorist states and aiding terrorist organizations before the establishment media finally turn on their Islamist allies?

Thank you.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

CAIR’s Congressional Perjury

Today’s second installment of the Investigative Project’s 10-part exposé on the Council on American-Islamic Relations brings to light an incident of congressional perjury involving one of CAIR’s founders and current leaders. On September 10, 2003, refusing to testify under oath before the Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology, and Homeland Security, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad submitted his testimony in writing.

As part of his testimony, Awad stated thus:

MYTH: In a recent congressional hearing, Mr. Emerson proclaimed that, “. . . [CAIR] received some of its initial seed money from the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLFRD). . .”

FACT: This is an outright lie. Our organization did not receive any seed money from HLFRD. CAIR raises its own funds and we challenge Mr. Emerson to provide even a shred of evidence to support his ridiculous claim. In fact, it is known that our DC headquarters was funded largely by a loaned grant mortgage from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), a multinational financial institution similar in nature to the World Bank. (page 19)

But in fact, it was Awad that was engaged in an outright lie, because Emerson and his associate Matthew Epstein who testified that same day had a copy of the $5,000 seed money check from the Holy Land Foundation to CAIR, which they presented to the Senate subcommittee:

Nihad Awad: Congressional Perjurer
CAIR: More lies, hate, and terror

Thank you.