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CAIR's Problems Start to Snowball
by David J. Rusin • Feb 3, 2009 at 11:34 am
After years of enjoying intimate access to policymakers and offering sensitivity training to law enforcement personnel, luck may be running out for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). As the Islamist lobby group faces an embarrassing lawsuit and a suddenly cold shoulder from Washington, some are speculating that CAIR's time on the national stage is almost up.
The slippery slope began last November. During its annual dinner, CAIR was served with a federal civil complaint on behalf of four individuals alleging that Morris Days, a "resident attorney" at CAIR's former Herndon, VA, office, had defrauded them by not providing paid-for legal work — perhaps because he is not actually a lawyer:
Twenty-four hours later, CAIR took another hit as the trial of the Holy Land Foundation, a charity charged with funding the terror group Hamas, ended with guilty verdicts on all 108 counts. Federal prosecutors had listed CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator in the case.
Now evidence has emerged that the government is reducing contact with CAIR due to concerns over the skeletons rattling in its closets. The Investigative Project (IPT) reports that last fall, "FBI field offices began notifying state CAIR chapters that bureau officials could no longer meet with them" until the organization's national leaders answer questions they would rather avoid:
In the wake of the above revelations, five members of Congress have circulated a document, entitled "Beware of CAIR," which advises their colleagues to "think twice" about engaging with CAIR representatives based on "indications that this group has connections to Hamas."
Whether or not CAIR's days really are numbered, at long last the bloom is off the Islamist rose.