CAIR called ‘turnstile’ for terrorist suspects
WorldNet Daily (Link)
(December 4, 2007)
As the Council on American-Islamic Relations lobbies Congress to help
strike its name
from a list of co-conspirators in a federal terror case, WND has learned
the Muslim group's ties to terrorism and extremism are far more extensive
than first believed.
Although CAIR is a nonprofit organization, it does not disclose complete
directories of its staff or advisory boards, and even refuses to make its
federal tax filings readily available to the public.
But a review of federal criminal court documents, past IRS 990 tax records
and Federal Election Commission records detailing donor occupations, reveals
that Washington-based CAIR has been associated with a disturbing number
of convicted terrorists or felons in terrorism probes, as well as suspected
terrorists and active targets of terrorism investigations.
“Their offices have been a turnstile for terrorists and their supporters,”
said one FBI veteran familiar with recent and ongoing cases involving CAIR
As previously reported,
three CAIR officials
have been linked to terrorism. But WND has learned that at least 11
other CAIR officials have been caught up in terror investigations, bringing
the total to 14.
Congressional leaders say they are warning lawmakers and other Washington
officials to disassociate from the group due to its growing terror ties.
“Groups like CAIR have a proven record of senior officials being
indicted and either imprisoned or deported from the United States,”
said U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., co-founder of the House Anti-Terrorism/Jihad
CAIR itself recently was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in an
alleged scheme to funnel $12 million to the terrorist group Hamas. In the
Holy Land Foundation case, federal prosecutors also listed CAIR as a member
of the U.S. branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, a worldwide jihadist movement
that gave rise to Hamas, al-Qaida and other terrorist groups. The government
will retry the Holy Land case, which ended in a hung jury.
“There was a lot of evidence presented at the recent Holy Land
Foundation trial which exposed CAIR and others as front groups for the Muslim
Brotherhood in the United States,” Myrick said.
Still, CAIR is lobbying House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers
and other sympathetic members of Congress to pressure the Justice Department
to expunge its name from the case, arguing the negative publicity has hurt
membership and fundraising.
The federal judge during the trial refused a written request by the group
to strike its name from the list of co-conspirators. The petition is still
pending before the court.
CAIR denies supporting terrorism and continues to claim to be a “moderate”
voice for Muslims in America. The group says its critics are the extremists,
including radio personality Michael Savage, whom the group is now attacking
with a boycott campaign. So far it has
OfficeMax, AT&T, JCPenney and other companies to stop advertising
on Savage's popular show.
In response, Savage last week
filed a lawsuit against CAIR, accusing the organization of being a "political
vehicle of international terrorism" that seeks to do "material
harm to those voices who speak against the violent agenda of CAIR's clients."
Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for CAIR,
told WND the
group would not comment on Savage's action until the document had been
CAIR, which runs 33 offices and chapters nationwide, also recently helped
defeat an anti-terror plan by Los Angeles police to map the local Muslim
community for extremist neighborhoods. Now it's pressuring GOP presidential
hopeful Mitt Romney to back down from his position against appointing a
Muslim to his Cabinet.
Critics counter that CAIR has no legitimate voice to make such complaints,
because the group is itself an extremist organization that has employed
or appointed to its boards of directors and advisers an inordinate number
of radical co-conspirators, suspected and convicted terrorists, and other
Indeed, the list is long and growing, and includes:
- Muthanna al-Hanooti: The CAIR director’s
home was raided last year by FBI agents in connection with an active
terrorism investigation. Agents also searched the offices of his advocacy
group, Focus on Advocacy and Advancement of International Relations,
which al-Hanooti operates out of Dearborn, Mich., and Washington, D.C.
FAAIR claims to be a consulting firm raising awareness of Sunni grievances
in Iraq, but investigators suspect it’s a front supporting the
Al-Hanooti, who emigrated to the U.S. from Iraq, formerly helped
run a suspected Hamas terror front called LIFE for Relief and Development.
Its Michigan offices also were raided last September. In 2004, LIFE’s
Baghdad office was raided by U.S. troops, who seized files and computers.
Al-Hanooti is related to Shiek Mohammed al-Hanooti, an unindicted
co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He currently
leads prayers at a Washington-area mosque that aided some of the 9/11
The FBI alleges al-Hanooti, an ethnic-Palestinian who also emigrated
from Iraq, raised money for Hamas. In fact, “Al-Hanooti collected
over $6 million for support of Hamas,” according to a 2001 FBI
report, and was present with CAIR and Holy Land officials at a secret
Hamas fundraising summit held last decade at a Philadelphia hotel.
Prosecutors recently added his name to the list of unindicted co-conspirators
in the Holy Land case.
Al-Hanooti denies supporting Hamas, although he’s praised Palestinian
suicide bombers as “martyrs” who are “alive in the
eyes of Allah.”
Earlier this year, his younger brother, Hamid al-Hanooti, was found
dead in Iraq after reportedly being held by local security forces as
a suspected terrorist.
- Laura Jaghlit: A civil-rights coordinator for CAIR,
her Washington-area home was raided by federal agents after 9/11 as
part of an investigation into terrorist financing, money laundering
and tax fraud. Her husband Mohammed Jaghlit, a key leader in the Saudi-backed
SAAR network, is a target of the still-active probe.
Last decade, Jaghlit sent two letters accompanying donations – one
for $10,000, the other for $5,000 – from the SAAR Foundation to Sami
al-Arian, now a convicted terrorist. In each letter, according to a
federal affidavit, “Jaghlit instructed al-Arian not to disclose
the contribution publicly or to the media.”
Investigators suspect the funds were intended for Palestinian terrorists
via a U.S. front called WISE, which at the time employed an official
who personally delivered a satellite phone battery to Osama bin Laden.
The same official also worked for Jaghlit’s group.
In addition, Jaghlit donated a total of $37,200 to the Holy Land
Foundation, which prosecutors say is a Hamas front. Jaghlit subsequently
was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the ongoing case.
- Abdurahman Alamoudi: Another CAIR director, he
is serving 23 years in federal prison for plotting terrorism. Alamoudi,
who was caught on tape complaining bin Laden hadn’t killed enough
Americans in the U.S. embassy bombings in Africa, was one of al-Qaida’s
top fund-raisers in America, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.
- Nihad Awad: For the first time, wiretap evidence
from the Holy Land case puts CAIR’s executive director at a Philadelphia
meeting of Hamas leaders and activists that was secretly recorded by
the FBI. Participants allegedly hatched a plot to disguise payments
to Hamas terrorists as charitable giving.
During the meeting, according to FBI transcripts, Awad was recorded
discussing the propaganda effort. He mentions Ghassan Dahduli, whom
he worked with at the time at the Islamic Association for Palestine,
another Hamas front. Both were IAP officers. Dahduli’s name also
was listed in the address book of bin Laden’s personal secretary,
Wadi al-Hage, who is serving a life sentence in prison for his role
in the U.S. embassy bombings. Dahduli, an ethnic-Palestinian like Awad,
was deported to Jordan after 9/11 for refusing to cooperate in the terror
Awad’s and Dahduli’s phone numbers are listed in a Muslim
Brotherhood document seized by federal investigators revealing “important
phone numbers” for the “Palestine Section” of the
Brotherhood in America. The court exhibit shows Hamas fugitive Mousa
Abu Marzook listed on the same page with Awad.
- Omar Ahmad: U.S. prosecutors also named CAIR’s
founder and chairman emeritus as an unindicted co-conspirator in the
Holy Land case. Ahmad too was placed at the Philly meeting, FBI special
agent Lara Burns testified at the trial. Prosecutors also designated
him as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Palestine Committee”
in America. Ahmad, like his CAIR partner Awad, is ethnic-Palestinian.
(Though both Ahmad and Awad were senior leaders of IAP, the Hamas
front, neither of their biographical sketches posted on CAIR’s
website mentions their IAP past.)
- Nabil Sadoun: A current CAIR board member, Sadoun
has served on the board of the United Association for Studies and Research,
which investigators believe to be a key Hamas front in America. In fact,
Sadoun co-founded UASR with Hamas leader Marzook. The Justice Department
added UASR to the list of unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land
- Mohamed Nimer: CAIR’s current research director
also served as a board director for UASR, the strategic arm for Hamas
in the U.S.
(Tellingly, CAIR neglects to mention Nimer’s and Sadoun’s
roles in UASR in their bios.)
- Rafeeq Jaber: A founding director of CAIR, Jaber
was the long-time president of the Islamic Association for Palestine.
In 2002, a federal judge found that “the Islamic Association for
Palestine has acted in support of Hamas.” In his capacity as IAP
chief, Jaber praised Hezbollah attacks on Israel. He also served on
the board of a radical mosque in the Chicago area.
- Rabith Hadid: The CAIR fund-raiser was a founder
of the Global Relief Foundation, which after 9/11 was blacklisted by
Treasury for financing al-Qaida and other terror groups. Its assets
were frozen in December 2001. Hadid was arrested on terror-related charges
and deported to Lebanon in 2003.
Siraj Wahhaj: A member of CAIR’s board of
advisers, Wahhaj was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993
World Trade Center bombing. The radical Brooklyn imam was close to convicted
terrorist Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, and defended him during his trial.
- Randall “Ismail” Royer: The former
CAIR communications specialist and civil-rights coordinator is serving
20 years in prison in connection with the Virginia Jihad Network, which
he led while employed by CAIR at its Washington headquarters. The group
trained to kill U.S. soldiers overseas, cased the FBI headquarters,
and cheered the space shuttle Columbia tragedy. Al-Qaida operative Ahmed
Abu Ali, convicted of plotting to assassinate President Bush, was among
those who trained with Royer’s Northern Virginia cell.
- Bassam Khafagi: Another CAIR official, Khafagi
was arrested in 2003 while serving as CAIR’s director of community
affairs. He pleaded guilty to charges of bank and visa fraud stemming
from a federal counterterror probe of his leadership role in the Islamic
Assembly of North America, which has supported al-Qaida and advocated
suicide attacks on America. He was sentenced to 10 months in prison
and deported to his native Egypt.
- Ghassan Elashi: One of CAIR’s founding directors,
he was convicted in 2004 of illegally shipping high-tech goods to terror
state Syria, and is serving 80 months in prison. He’s also charged
with providing material support to Hamas in the Holy Land Foundation
trial. He was chairman of the charity, which provided seed capital to
CAIR. Elashi is related to Hamas leader Marzook.
- Hamza Yusuf: The FBI investigated the CAIR board
member after 9/11, because just two days before the attacks, he made
an ominous prediction to a Muslim audience.
“This country is facing a terrible fate and the reason for
that is because this country stands condemned,” Yusuf warned. “It
stands condemned like Europe stood condemned because of what it did.
And lest people forget, Europe suffered two world wars after conquering
the Muslim lands.”
CAIR, which receives financial backing from Saudi and Emirati royalty,
denies charges that it has a secret agenda to Islamize America. But a Muslim
Brotherhood document declassified in the Holy Land case reveals that CAIR’s
parent was among Muslim organizations enlisted in a secret plot to destroy
the American system from within and eventually take over the country.
Written early last decade in Arabic, the manifesto lays bare the subversive
role of CAIR’s forerunner, the Islamic Association for Palestine,
and other Muslim groups in America to carry out a “grand Jihad in
eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging
its miserable house by the hands of the believers, so that it is eliminated
and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
CAIR’s founder Ahmad, while claiming to be a moderate and patriotic
American, last decade told a group of Muslims in Northern California that
they are in America to help assert Islam’s rule over the country.
isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant,”
a local reporter quoted him as saying, adding, “The Koran, the Muslim
book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam
the only accepted religion on Earth.”
Ahmad insists he was misquoted. However, an FBI wiretap transcript quotes
Ahmad agreeing with terrorist suspects gathered last decade at the secret
Philly meeting to “camouflage” their true intentions.
He compared it to the head fake in basketball. “This is like one
who plays basketball: He makes a player believe that he is doing this, while
he does something else,” Ahmad said. “I agree with you. Like
they say, politics is a completion of war.”
What’s more, Hooper, CAIR’s communications director, also
has expressed his wish to overturn the U.S. system of government in favor
of an “Islamic” state.
“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,”
Hooper said in a 1993 interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “But
I’m not going to do anything violent to promote that. I’m going
to do it through education.”
Though conceding he made the remark, Hooper argues that he’s never
advocated violence. He says he and Muslims like him should work instead
through the media and use “education” to help turn America into
an Islamic state. †