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    Hope springs eternal

    August 22, 2007 6:30 AM

    Coming Clean About CAIR
    CAIR finds itself among the unindicted co-conspirators of the Holy Land Foundation.

    By Scott W. Johnson

    One of the most significant terrorism prosecutions brought by the government since 9/11 commenced trial last month in federal district court in Dallas. The government’s 42-count indictment charges seven individuals and the Holy Land Foundation — the biggest Islamic charity in the United States — with offenses including conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, namely, Hamas. Two of the seven individual defendants have not been arrested and are fugitives.


    The charges are dramatic. According to the indictment, U.S. based members of the Muslim Brotherhood established a Palestine Committee that was ultimately charged with the task of raising funds supporting Hamas’s efforts to eliminate the state of Israel. After the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, the Palestine Committee swung into high gear. At a secret three-day meeting in Philadelphia in October, 1993 (monitored by the FBI), those in attendance discussed how best to continue to support Hamas without being viewed as terrorists.

    The Holy Land Foundation appears to have been the answer. Between 1995 and 2001, the foundation delivered millions of dollars to support Hamas in the West Bank and Gaza. The government charges that the foundation was a vital member of an international network of organizations that finances Hamas activities. Furthermore, the government charges that the Foundation and the individual defendants provided financial support to the families of Hamas terrorists, detainees, and activists knowing that the assistance would support Hamas ultimately contending that the story of the Holy Land Foundation is part of “the story of Hamas in the United States.”

    In June, the government filed its brief outlining the types of evidence it intends to introduce during trial. One such type of evidence is the out-of-court statements of co-conspirators that it will seek to introduce under a traditional exception to the rule against hearsay. The government has identified more than 300 unindicted co-conspirators whose out-of-court statements it may seek to introduce at trial. As the government explains, “the defendants were operating in concert with a host of individuals and organizations dedicated to sustaining and furthering the Hamas movement.” Under the Federal Rules of Evidence, the out-of-court statements of a defendant’s co-conspirators are admissible against the defendant.

    Although few outside the Islamic community are aware of the Holy Land Foundation, everyone, so to speak, knows of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR holds itself out as a civil rights group and has insinuated itself into programs sponsored by government agencies as a bona fide spokesman for America’s Islamic community. Knowledgeable observers have nevertheless long had their doubts about CAIR. Daniel Pipes and Sharon Chadha, for example, are the authors of a groundbreaking essay calling CAIR “Islamists fooling the establishment.”

    CAIR is, in fact, among the more than 300 unindicted co-conspirators of the Holy Land Foundation named by the government in the Holy Land Foundation prosecution. The trial has already produced evidentiary bombshells detonating along a path leading to CAIR. It has introduced evidence placing CAIR executive director Nihad Awad at the 1993 Philadelphia meeting of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee. FBI agent Lara Burns has testified that CAIR was listed as a member of the Palestine Committee. The evidence introduced at trial is conspicuously missing from the New York Times; the Times isn’t covering the trial. I found reports of the evidence introduced at trial posted on the invaluable Counterterrorism Blog by Steve Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism.

    Although the Times has not stirred itself to cover the trial, it did cover last week’s filing of a motion by CAIR to strike the government’s pretrial list of unindicted co-conspirators. Neil MacFarquhar’s story dutifully recited CAIR’s charge that the government’s naming of unindicted co-conspirators constituted “the demonization of all things Muslim.” Such stuff is the grist for CAIR’s daily mill. If MacFarquhar read CAIR’s brief, he missed its newsworthy elements; CAIR is in full panic mode.

    CAIR’s brief verges on hysteria in asserting that the government has harmed it by identifying it as an unindicted co-conspirator. It repeatedly asserts that the government’s identification of CAIR has reduced its membership and donations. CAIR asserts without reference to any facts that, since it was named an unindicted co-conspirator (this past June) its donations have “dwindled well below [its] monthly budget.” CAIR states over and over again:

    [T]he mere publication of CAIR being named as an unindicted co-conspirator impresses upon the typical member of the American public that CAIR is involved in criminal activity. This is pure guilt by association. [The] negative reaction by the American public can be seen in the decline of membership rates and donations resulting from the government’s publicizing of CAIR as an unindicted coconspirator.

    In footnotes supporting this statement CAIR cites Audrey Hudson’s June 11, 2007 Washington Times story on CAIR’s membership decline. At the time of the publication of Hudson’s story this past June, however, CAIR vociferously disputed its accuracy. In a June 12 press release, CAIR assserted:

    CAIR today accused a right-wing Washington, D.C., newspaper of “agenda-driven reporting” for falsely suggesting there has been a drop in its grassroots support. According to CAIR, an article in today’s Washington Times newspaper misrepresented figures on its tax filings to falsely indicate a drop in membership.

    On the one hand, CAIR’s brief in the Holy Land Foundation trial confirms Hudson’s story. Indeed, it cites Hudson’s story to support its argument. CAIR’s brief also shows CAIR’s contemporaneous statement disputing the accuracy of Hudson’s story to be false. On the other hand, however, CAIR’s brief misleads when it suggests that Hudson’s story supports its argument in the Holy Land Foundation case. The government named CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator of the Holy Land Foundation this year during the first week of June. Hudson’s Washington Times story was based on data covering the period 2000-2006, before CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator. CAIR’s citation of Hudson’s story in support of the argument made in its brief piles one convenient falsehood on top of another.

    The legal argument supporting CAIR’s motion seems thin as well. CAIR objects to the government’s pretrial identification of it as an unindicted co-conspirator, but acknowledges that the government can identify it as such during trial in order to lay the foundation for the admission of co-conspirator hearsay. Trial is now underway and CAIR’s motion will likely be overtaken by events. By the last paragraph of its brief, CAIR seems to be suggesting that it is unconstitutional for the government ever to name an unindicted co-conspirator.

    One cannot dispute that CAIR has reason to worry. It has long been known that it first opened for business in 1994 with the assistance of a $5,000 donation from the Holy Land Foundation. Evidence introduced at trial continues to shed new light on CAIR’s origins. CAIR is understandably concerned that its association with the Holy Land Foundation might give people an idea about the organization. As CAIR explains in its brief:

    [T]he public “outing” of CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator fundamentally undercuts their [sic] central mission to protect Muslim-Americans’ civil rights and foster an atmosphere of acceptance of Muslims in American society. Any message that CAIR tries to deliver to the American public, will be undercut by the insinuation that they are a criminal terrorist organization. The American public and the media which CAIR uses to deliver its message will no longer believe in the veracity of such message because CAIR will be perceived as a terrorist front organization.

    One can only hope.

    — Scott W. Johnson is a Minneapolis attorney and contributor to Power Line.
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    good...I hope they prosecute those Americans that contributed to the IRA, Tamil Tigers, buy Israeli bonds, etc

    why not learn something about them?

    http://www.cair-net.org/ramadan2005/

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    Quote Originally Posted by JM01
    good...I hope they prosecute those Americans that contributed to the IRA, Tamil Tigers, buy Israeli bonds, etc

    why not learn something about them?

    http://www.cair-net.org/ramadan2005/
    Learn about the tamil's, the IRA the Israelis? No you mean cair. I know all about them, they are a bunch of terrorist supporting, terrorist apologizing, lying organization that is doing far more harm to the arab, muslim population in the US then they are doing to support those groups. I can only hope that after the testimony of the "Un-indicted" they are indicted and tried for supporting terror, I would also hope they are convicted and have the full weight of the law fall upon them.

    I know this about cair:

    One man who is unlikely to be featured in CAIR's advertising is Bassem K. Khafagi, who had been identified in an Associated Press story as the community affairs director for the organization's Washington, D.C. office before his arrest by federal agents in January relating to an investigation of a suspected terrorist-related website in Idaho. See this web site for more details.
    Khafagi faces bank fraud charges in Michigan; an organization that he was affiliated with, the Islamic Assembly of North America (IANA), is under investigation by the FBI for involvement in the operation of web sites for "radical" Saudi sheiks who are said to be in direct contact with Osama bin Laden. IANA stands accused of aiding terrorism by funneling money to activities that support it. Incidentally, Mr. Khafagi is also under investigation for violating immigration laws.

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    Perhaps the most obvious problem with CAIR is the fact that at least five of its employees and board members have been arrested, convicted, deported, or otherwise linked to terrorism-related charges and activities.
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    Randall ("Ismail") Royer , an American convert to Islam, served as CAIR's communications specialist and civil rights coordinator; today he sits in jail on terrorism-related charges.
    After four of the eleven defendants pleaded guilty, the remaining seven, including Royer, were accused in a new, 32-count indictment of yet more serious charges: conspiring to help Al-Qaeda and the Taliban battle American troops in Afghanistan. Royer admitted in his grand jury testimony that he had already waged jihad in Bosnia under a commander acting on orders from Osama bin Laden. Prosecutors also presented evidence that his father, Ramon Royer, had rented a room in his St. Louis-area home in 2000 to Ziyad Khaleel, the student who purchased the satellite phone used by Al-Qaeda in planning the two U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa in August 1998. Royer eventually pleaded guilty to lesser firearms-related charges, and the former CAIR staffer was sentenced to twenty years in prison.
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    Ghassan Elashi , the founder of CAIR's Texas chapter, has a long history of funding terrorism. First, he was convicted in July 2004, with his four brothers, of having illegally shipped computers from their Dallas-area business, InfoCom Corporation, to two designated state-sponsors of terrorism, Libya and Syria. Second, he and two brothers were convicted in April 2005 of knowingly doing business with Mousa Abu Marzook, a senior Hamas leader, whom the U.S. State Department had in 1995 declared a "specially designated terrorist." Elashi was convicted of all twenty-one counts with which he was charged, including conspiracy, money laundering, and dealing in the property of a designated terrorist. Third, he was charged in July 2004 with providing more than $12.4 million to Hamas while he was running the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, America's largest Islamic charity. When the U.S. government shuttered Holy Land Foundation in late 2001, CAIR characterized this move as "unjust" and "disturbing."
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    Bassem Khafagi , an Egyptian native and CAIR's onetime community relations director, pleaded guilty in September 2003 to lying on his visa application and passing bad checks for substantial amounts in early 2001, for which he was deported. CAIR claimed Khafagi was hired only after he had committed his crimes and that the organization was unaware of his wrongdoing. But that is unconvincing, for a cursory background check reveals that Khafagi was 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. CAIR surely knew that IANA under Khafagi was in the business of, as prosecutors stated in Idaho court papers, disseminating "radical Islamic ideology, the purpose of which was indoctrination, recruitment of members, and the instigation of acts of violence and terrorism."
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    CAIR not only openly collected donations for HLF on its website, but was itself a beneficiary of seed money from it while being incorporated.
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    There's more but that's quite enough.

    It isn't a surprise at all that you would defend cair. And again you still haven't given us your opinion on the LAF killing the pali terrorists in lebanon. Aren't you incensed that palestinainterrorists are actively trying to destroy, again, Lebanon?


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    Quote Originally Posted by JM01
    good...I hope they prosecute those Americans that contributed to the IRA, Tamil Tigers, buy Israeli bonds, etc

    why not learn something about them?

    http://www.cair-net.org/ramadan2005/
    I don't believe that the IRA, ther Tamil tigers or Israel are on the US list of terrorists. And BTW, cair isn't being accused of contributing to the hlf. In fact cair was founded with seed money from the hlf.
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    Sounds like Joe McCarthy-ism

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    Quote Originally Posted by JM01
    Sounds like Joe McCarthy-ism
    No, sounds like someone or something about to get it's just desserts.

    Still no voice on the LAF vs. pali tangos?
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    [SIZE="3"]The wheels on the bus go round and round,
    round and round,
    round and round.
    The wheels on the bus go round and round...
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    [SIZE="4"]...all through the town[/SIZE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by JM01


    [SIZE="3"]The wheels on the bus go round and round,
    round and round,
    round and round.
    The wheels on the bus go round and round...
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    [SIZE="4"]...all through the town[/SIZE]




    So true......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drugs Before Baggies


    So true......
    no youtube video? You're slipping. Figures another simple response from a simpl(ton) kind of guy.
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    Don't forget the world's worst Terrorist Organization: the US government

    When will the CIA, Pentagon, and other US agencies be indicted as terrorist organizations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by warfaminepestilenceplague
    When will the CIA, Pentagon, and other US agencies be indicted as terrorist organizations?
    We know doughcock is a Canadian, where are youfrom whorseman? Outerspeiss? seems like it.
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