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Moderate Friends of Terror: Banquet with : Hassan Qazwini,James Yee, & Chip Pitts-of Amnesty International &Muslim Legal Fund
March 26, 2005
MIM: Dr. Daniel Pipes commented on on the rally and posted a link to the pictures on his website, noting a protestors sign which read ;'Council on Angry Islamic Radicals'.
What does the acronym "CAIR" stand for? When CAIR held its annual Florida annual fundraising banquet in Weston this evening, one protester outside the hotel carried an amusing sign showing the initials CAIR to stand for "Council on Angry Islamic Radicals." (March 26, 2005) http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/230
CAIR: 'Moderate Friends of Terror' - Building a Better America ( for Allah).
MIM: Americans Against Hate is holding a protest against the Council of American Islamic Relations, a Saudi funded front group for Hamas . CAIR is holding a fundraiser at the Bonaventure Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale. The speakers include Omar Ahmad the executive director, who proclaimed that ".Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, 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."
CAIR was named as a defendant in a 9/11 terrorism lawsuit and it's Chicago branch, the Islamic Association of Palestine, was ordered to pay a portion of $156 ml in damages to the parents of David Boim, who was murdered by Hamas terrorists funded in part by the IAP. http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/341
Americans Against Hate
For Immediate Release
AAH TO PROTEST OMAR AHMAD'S APPEARANCE AT BONAVENTURE HOTEL
This will be taking place while Omar Ahmad, the National Chairman of CAIR, will be speaking inside the Bonaventure, for CAIR-Florida's Annual Fundraising Banquet.
Ahmad is credited with saying, "Islam isn't in
Speaking at the rally will be Joe Kaufman, the Chairman of Americans Against Hate and host of the Politics of Terrorism radio show.
Also speaking will be Beila Rabinowitz, the Director of Militant Islam Monitor.
Both will be highlighting HAMAS's influence inside the
Kaufman stated, "This rally is to bring attention to the fact that the support network for terrorism is still alive and well within the
Letters from former Justice Department prosecutor John Loftus and Herbert Zweibon, the Chairman of Americans for a Safe Israel, will be read at the rally.
Where: Bonaventure Resort, in
When: , Saturday, March 26th
Directions: West on I-595 to
Contact: Joe Kaufman, at [email protected].
CAIR: 'Moderate' friends of terror
by Daniel Pipes
New York Post
April 22, 2002
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations presents itself as just another civil-rights group. "We are similar to a Muslim NAACP," says spokesman Ibrahim Hooper. Its public language - about promoting "interest and understanding among the general public with regards to Islam and Muslims in North America" - certainly boosts an image of moderation.
That reputation has permitted CAIR to prosper since its founding in 1994, 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. One indication came in October 1998, when the group demanded the removal of a Los Angeles billboard describing Osama bin Laden as "the sworn enemy," finding this depiction "offensive to Muslims."
The same year, CAIR denied bin Laden's responsibility for the twin East African embassy bombings. As Hooper saw it, those explosions resulted from some vague "misunderstandings of both sides." (A New York court, however, blamed bin Laden's side alone for the embassy blasts.)
In 2001, CAIR denied his culpability for the Sept. 11 massacre, saying only that "if [note the "if"] Osama bin Laden was behind it, we condemn him by name." (Only in December was CAIR finally embarrassed into acknowledging his role.)
CAIR consistently defends other militant Islamic terrorists too. The conviction of the perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing it deemed "a travesty of justice." The conviction of Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind sheikh who planned to blow up New York City landmarks, it called a "hate crime." The extradition order for suspected Hamas terrorist Mousa Abu Marook it labeled "anti-Islamic" and "anti-American."
Not surprisingly, CAIR also backs those who finance terrorism. When President Bush closed the Holy Land Foundation in December for collecting money he said was "used to support the Hamas terror organization," CAIR decried his action as "unjust" and "disturbing."
CAIR even includes at least one person associated with terrorism in its own ranks. On Feb. 2, 1995, U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White named Siraj Wahhaj as one of the "unindicted persons who may be alleged as co-conspirators" in the attempt to blow up New York City monuments. Yet CAIR deems him "one of the most respected Muslim leaders in America" and includes him on its advisory board.
For these and other reasons, the FBI's former chief of counterterrorism, Steven Pomerantz, concludes that "CAIR, its leaders and its activities effectively give aid to international terrorist groups."
Nor is terrorism the only disturbing aspect of CAIR's record. Other problems include:
Intimidating moderate Muslims. In at least two cases (Hisham Kabbani and Khalid Durán), CAIR has defamed moderate Muslims who reject its extremist agenda, leading to death threats against them.
Embracing murderers. CAIR responded to the arrest and conviction of Jamil Al-Amin (the former H. Rap Brown) by praising him, raising funds for him and then denying his guilt after his conviction for the murder of an Atlanta policeman. Likewise with Ahmad Adnan Chaudhry of San Bernardino, Calif.: Disregarding his conviction for attempting murder, CAIR declared him "innocent" and set up a defense fund for him.
Promoting anti-Semitism. The head of CAIR's Los Angeles office, Hussam Ayloush, routinely uses the term "zionazi" when referring to Israelis. CAIR co-hosted an event in May 1998 at which an Egyptian militant Islamic leader, Wagdi Ghunaym, called Jews the "descendants of the apes."
Aggressive ambitions. As reported by the San Ramon Valley Herald, CAIR Chairman Omar M. Ahmad told a crowd of California Muslims in July 1998, "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran . . . should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth."
CAIR's real record is one of extremism. North American Muslims themselves are beginning to discover - and the government, leading media, churches, and businesses should follow - that CAIR represents not the noble civilization of Islam but an aggressive and radical strain similar to that which led to the suicide hijackings last September. CAIR must be shunned as a fringe group by responsible institutions and individuals throughout North America.
For more information on CAIR, see: http://www.danielpipes.org/article/394
CAIR Named as a Defendant in 9/11 Terror Lawsuit
A class action lawsuit in the name of John P. O'Neill, Sr., stemming from the 9/11 atrocity, has named the Council on American-Islamic Relations as a defendant. (For those confused about the multiple 9/11 court cases, there is help on the way at http://www.september11terrorlitigation.com/.) Here are the paragraphs of Estate of John P. O'Neill, Sr. et al. vs. Al Baraka Investment and Development Corporation dealing with CAIR's role in the events of September 11, 2001, from the second amended class action complaint, filed today:
86. Council on American Islamic Relations and CAIR Canada (collectively, CAIR), have aided, abetted, and materially sponsored and al Qaeda and international terrorism. CAIR is an outgrowth of the Hamas front group the Islamic Association of Palestine. The FBI's former associate director in charge of Investigative and Counter-Intelligence Operations described the Islamic Association of Palestine as an organization that has directly supported Hamas military goals and is a front organization for Hamas that engages in propaganda for Islamic militants. It has produced videotapes that are very hate-filled, full of vehement propaganda. It is an organization that has supported direct confrontation.
87. CAIR and CAIR-Canada have, since their inception, been part of the criminal conspiracy of radical Islamic terrorism. These organizations play a unique role in the terrorist network. They emanate from the notorious HAMAS terrorist organization and like so many of the terrorism facilitating charities named and indicted by the United States government they are engaged in fund raising under the guise of assisting humanitarian causes they are, in reality, a key player in international terrorism. The unique role played by CAIR and CAIR-Canada is to manipulate the legal systems of the United States and Canada in a manner that allows them to silence critics, analysts, commentators, media organizations, and government officials by leveling false charges of discrimination, libel, slander and defamation. In addition, both organizations have actively sought to hamper governmental anti-terrorism efforts by direct propaganda activities aimed at police, first-responders, and intelligence agencies through so-called sensitivity training. Their goal is to create as much self-doubt, hesitation, fear of name-calling, and litigation within police departments and intelligence agencies as possible so as to render such authorities ineffective in pursuing international and domestic terrorist entities.
88. The role of CAIR and CAIR-Canada is to wage PSYOPS (psychological warfare) and disinformation activities on behalf of Whabbi-based [Wahhabi-based, DP] Islamic terrorists throughout North America. They are the intellectual "shock troops" of Islamic terrorism. In the years and months leading up to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 these organizations were very effective in helping to ensure that North American law enforcement and intelligence officials were sufficiently deaf, dumb, and blind to help pave the way for the attacks on the United States. The role played by these entities is an absolutely essential part of the mix of forces arrayed against the United States as they help soften-up targeted countries so as to facilitate and enhance the likelihood for a successful attack.
Comment: (1) This filing explicitly ties CAIR to "the criminal conspiracy of radical Islamic terrorism" that carried out 9/11, a first to the best of my knowledge.
(2) If the suit is successful, CAIR (1) will have been legally tied to Al-Qaeda and (2) will be partially responsible for damages amounting to US$100 billion.
(3) This filing, when added to Anti-CAIR's counter suit, suggest that despite CAIR's growing litigiousness, it will find itself legally more on the defensive than the offensive in coming months. (December 30, 2004)
MIM: The speakers at the CAIR/Hamas fundraiser includes Iman Hassan Qazwini one of the most prominent Islamic clerics in America who cultivates a facade as a voice of Muslim moderation.
Hassan Qazwini prides himself on having insinuated himself into the good graces of prominent government and religious officials. His appearence at a CAIR fundraiser is ample proof that he is a radical Islamist who shares the same goals as CAIR. His Jew hatred speaks for itself .
Hassan Qazwini's first thought on the attacks of 9/11 was: I hope these were not Muslims"
"... When I visited Imam Hasan Qazwini of Dearborn, a very outspoken person who met several times with President Bush and who is said to be „moderate," he had a very calm voice during our conversation until we reached the topic of the American media. „We all know who influences the media in the USA," he told me. I looked at him and asked: „Well, who?" He insisted: „Come on, you know it, everybody knows it." I told him I didn't know. Then it burst out of him: „The pro-Israeli lobby..!"
"(He) says says his first thought after he saw the pictures of the burning WTC on CNN was: I hope this were not Muslims." But the negative impact on his community was not as bad as he expected."
MIM: Qazwini also teaches what he preaches.
"...Qazwini, the cleric in the classroom, expressed envy, admiration, and
hostility toward Jews, as did many other Muslims interviewed for this
report. Qazwini repeatedly referred to the influence of the "Jewish
lobby" in the United States... "
(Note: In 2004 Qazwini was a speaker at the new Assadiq Center in Boca Raton whose Imam has the same family name, and also presents himself as a 'moderate: http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/396)
Omar Ahmad (Click Photo)
Co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations
President and CEO of Silicon Expert Technologies. A Palestinian who grew up in a refugee camp in Jordan.
"Those who stay in America should be open to society without melting, keeping Mosques open so anyone can come and learn about Islam. If you choose to live here, you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam ... Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, 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." - Omar Ahmad
MIM: James Yee,himself a convert to Islam, was charged with treason while a chaplain at Guantanamo Bay.The arrest had been ordered by 'the highest levels of government'. Although Yee was later aquitted on technicalities (the prosecution was unable to present information which may have compromised national security). and many unanswered questions remain. The fact that he is being hailed as a hero in the Muslim community and has become a regular speaker at events like the CAIR FL fundraiser which is touted as an event for "Building a Better America", speaks for itself.
"...The Army has charged Capt. Yee with five offenses: sedition, aiding the enemy, spying, espionage and failure to obey a general order. The Army may also charge him later with the more serious charge of treason, which under the Uniform Code of Military Justice could be punished by a maximum sentence of life. It could not be immediately learned what country or organization is suspected of receiving information from Capt. Yee. He had counseled suspected al Qaeda terrorists at Guantánamo for a lengthy period. … Capt. Yee had almost unlimited private access to detainees as part of the Defense Department's program to provide the prisoners with religious counseling, as well as clothing and Islamic-approved meals. The law-enforcement source declined to say how much damage Capt. Yee may have inflicted on the U.S. war against Osama bin Laden's global terror network. The source said the "highest levels" of government made the decision to arrest Capt. Yee.
The New York Times adds today that when Yee was searched upon arriving at the naval air station in Jacksonville, Fla., investigators found what appeared to be sketches or diagrams of the prisoner facilities at Guant?namo. Investigators are looking into the possibility that he was sympathetic to prisoners there and was preparing to aid them in some undetermined way. "That's the fear and the suspicion that the Army is pursuing," the second law enforcement official said. http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/93
"...None of the six charges he faced related to spying. Miller said he dropped the
charges against Yee because issues of national security could be aired in public
if the case proceeded..."
The Olympian (Olympia, WA):
March 31, 2004
ARMY CHAPLAIN YEE APPEALS REPRIMAND
Little time was given to prepare case, defense team argues
By Christian Hill, The Olympian
A Muslim Army chaplain reprimanded last week for committing adultery and storing
pornography on his government-issued laptop has appealed the decision.
On March 19, the military dropped criminal charges that Capt. James Yee
mishandled classified documents while counseling al-Qaida and Taliban fighters
at the naval prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
His defense team filed the appeal Sunday.
Yee's wife and 4-year-old daughter live in Olympia, and Yee is scheduled to
return to his former duty station at Fort Lewis.
Army officials didn't give Yee's defense enough time to prepare its case, Eugene
Fidell, one of Yee's civilian lawyers, argued in the appeal.
After the Army dropped the charges, it scheduled an Article 15 hearing, the
military's method of dealing with minor infractions.
Yee pleaded not guilty to both charges at that hearing last week. Maj. Gen.
Geoffrey Miller, former commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, which operates
the island naval prison, then found Yee guilty of both counts and issued the
"The Army's last-minute notice unfairly prejudiced Chaplain Yee because it
denied him the opportunity to prepare and present affirmative evidence in his
defense," Fidell wrote in the appeal.
Raul Duany, spokesman for Southern Command, hadn't seen the appeal and declined
He did note that Yee was open to a commander's decision for both minor charges
in the terms of a proposed settlement that Fidell inadvertently e-mailed to
media outlets earlier this month. That settlement was never finalized.
"In essence, we feel that Yee got what he requested," Duany said.
A reprimand stays on a soldier's military record and can be a factor in
In the appeal, Fidell argued the Army's "last-minute 'rush act' " prevented Yee
from obtaining a forensic computer expert to testify about the pornography
charge. Another such expert testified on behalf of the prosecution during an
earlier hearing to determine whether Yee would face a court-martial.
Fidell also argued the adultery charge couldn't be sustained because, under
court-martial rules, the relationship must be "directly prejudicial to good
order and discipline or service-discrediting."
He also accused Miller of holding improper communications with the lead
prosecutor during the two military proceedings against Yee, asking him to stay
behind while everyone else left the room.
Military officials initially tied Yee to a possible espionage ring operating in
Guantanamo when his arrest was made public in late September. He was held for 76
days in pretrial confinement in a naval brig in South Carolina before his
release in November.
None of the six charges he faced related to spying. Miller said he dropped the
charges against Yee because issues of national security could be aired in public
if the case proceeded.
Army regulations say that an appeal should be decided within five calendar days.
It's unclear who would review and decide the appeal.
Fidell has asked Gen. James Hill, commander of Southern Command, to recuse
himself from considering the appeal because of his prior involvement in the
MIM: Besides being on the board of Amnesty International, Chip Pitts is also an advisory to the Muslim Legal Fund of America. Like CAIR the group pretends to be civil rights group and is a front for radical Islamists .The board includes people like Mahdi Bray, the director of the Muslim American Society's cynically named "Freedom Foundation". MAS is part of ICNA and both organisations are directly linked to Al Qaeda. MLFA links to groups which are presently under investigation by Senate Committees for terrorism funding, sucha as CAIR, ISNA, and ICNA. (see below).
The Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) is a national non-profit tax-exempted organization committed to preserve, safeguard, and promote the Civil & Legal Rights of American-Islamic institutions, and Muslim individuals in the United States of America.
- Legal Network
Provide a legal network of qualified attorneys nationwide, who understand our legal issues and can defend our rights through the judicial system in the United States of America.
- Educating Communities
Assist in educating Muslims and the general public about the Civil & Legal Rights affecting our lives in this country.
- Providing funds
MLFA helps Muslims attain legal representation to defend their civil liberties and constitutional rights. Through the establishment of our legal fund, MLFA manages and collects funds for its cases.
- Building Coalitions
MLFA builds national coalitions with reputable organizations to collaborate and join efforts to defend our Civil & Legal Rights in the USA, and promote social harmony, peace, and justice for all
Board of Directors:
Board of Advisors:
Michael Linz (ACLU Lawyer)
Sajeel Khaleel (Lawyer)
Br. Mahdi Bray (Executive Director - MAS Freedom Foundation - Washington, DC)
Chip Pitts (Chairman Bill of Rights Defense Committe of Greater Dallas and Amnesty International)
Sr. Zuleika Jeenah (Lawyer)
Dr. Inayat Lalani
Dr. Pervaiz Rahman
Sheikh Moujahed Bakhach (Imam of Tarrant County, Ft. Worth, Texas)
http://www.muslimlegalfund.org/links.html MAS - Muslim American Society CAIR - The Council on American-Islamic Relations ISNA - The Islamic Society of North America
The Muslim Legal Fund of America was established by Ghassan Elashi, a CAIR member who operated Info com .Elashi and his brothers were accused of terrorism funding and money laundering.
By STEVE McGONIGLE / The Dallas Morning News
Supporters of five brothers accused of doing business with Middle Eastern terrorists are asking the Dallas-area Muslim community to help raise $500,000 to pay for a team of prominent attorneys hired to defend the men.
The Muslim Legal Fund of America, a nonprofit group established by friends of Richardson businessman Ghassan Elashi and his brothers, is having a fund-raiser Saturday at the Dallas Central Mosque.
A leaflet distributed by the fund described the collection effort as "Cash & Gold for Justice" and asked for tax-exempt donations of currency or gold jewelry. "We must raise $500,000 in five months," the leaflet said.
The leaflet referred to aiding "innocent Dallas-area Muslims" without naming specific people. But the mosque's Web site identified Saturday's event as a benefit for the Elashis. The fund's Web site said a task force had selected attorneys for the brothers.
The Elashis, who operate InfoCom Corp., an Internet services company in Richardson, were arrested in December on charges of doing business with Mousa Abu Marzook, a top political leader of Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group.
Mr. Marzook, who now lives in Syria, has denounced the criminal charges as false and politically motivated. Supporters of the Elashis, who have pleaded not guilty to all charges, have voiced similar sentiments.
Ghassan Elashi is also a co-founder and board chairman of Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, a Richardson charity closed by the U.S. government in December 2001 after being accused of being a financial front for Hamas.
The government alleges that Mr. Marzook and his wife, Nadia, a cousin of the Elashi brothers, invested $250,000 with InfoCom and earned interest, even after the government designated him a terrorist and barred business deals with him.
The Elashi brothers have maintained that their dealings were legal and with Mrs. Marzook only. An attorney for the Marzooks has said money earned from the InfoCom investment never left the United States and was used to defray family expenses.
The 33-count indictments also charge the Elashis with illegally exporting computer components to Syria and Libya, two nations the United States has deemed sponsors of international terrorism.
One Elashi brother, Ihsan, is serving a 48-month prison sentence for violating the suspension of his own computer company's export license. Three other brothers - Bayan, Basman and Hazim - are being detained on accusations of immigration violations. Ghassan Elashi is free on personal bond but is required to wear an electronic monitor.
The trial of all five brothers is scheduled for early October.
"All I can tell you is the community is behind the Elashi brothers, and they are caught in a kind of political game," said Mohamed Elmougy, chairman of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Mr. Elmougy confirmed the fund-raising event but declined to provide details. He said those in charge of the legal defense fund declined to be interviewed.
Tim Evans, an attorney for Ghassan Elashi, referred questions about the Muslim Legal Fund to Dallas attorney Michael Linz, who often works on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union. Mr. Linz could not be reached for comment.
Mr. Evans, who has offices in Fort Worth, was one of four attorneys listed by the Muslim Legal Fund as counselors for the Elashi brothers. The other attorneys were Jeff Kearney of Fort Worth and Richard Anderson and Mike Gibson of Dallas.
Mr. Evans and Mr. Kearney represented surviving members of the Branch Davidian sect on federal charges stemming from the deaths of four federal agents during a raid on the complex. Mr. Gibson represented Fort Worth millionaire Cullen Davis on murder charges.
Mr. Evans is a former board member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Mr. Gibson is a former board member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He, Mr. Evans, Mr. Kearney and Mr. Anderson are listed in the criminal defense section of the legal referral guide "Best Lawyers in America."
The Muslim Legal Fund's Web site does not mention Dallas attorney Marlo Cadeddu, the court-appointed defense attorney for Ihsan Elashyi.
The fund was established in December 2001, two weeks after the shutdown of Holy Land Foundation, according to state corporation records. The registered agent's address was the home of a board member of Holy Land Foundation.
The leaflet for Saturday's fund-raiser states that it was designed by Minaret Management Group, a company listed in state corporation records as operating from the home of Shukri Abu Baker, former president of Holy Land Foundation.
The Muslim Legal Fund's Web site lists its board of directors as a former board chairman of CAIR, a current CAIR board member, a former president of the Dallas chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America, the president of the Lewisville/Flower Mound Islamic association, and the owner of a Plano Web site business.
The board of advisers includes Yusuf Kavacki, prayer leader of the Dallas Central Mosque; two former board chairmen of the mosque; the mosque's attorney and spokesman; and Moujahed Bakhach, imam of the Islamic Association of Tarrant County.
The Dallas mosque and its Tarrant County counterpart were customers of InfoCom Corp. Basman Elashi was a former board member of the mosque, and his brother, Ghassan, was prominent in the mosque-affiliated Islamic school.
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