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Lawsuit's claim: CAIR no longer even exists

Nihad Awad, director of CAIR, being served a subpoena

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, a pro-Muslim lobby named as an unindicted co-conspirator in one of the largest terror-funding cases ever brought by the U.S. government, continues to operate even though it no longer exists as a corporate entity, according to a lawyer suing the organization.

As WND reported last night, CAIR officials were surprised at their 14th annual banquet in Washington when lawyer David Yerushalmi arranged for them publicly to be served with legal notice of a new lawsuit over a staff member accused of representing himself as a lawyer and improperly taking clients’ money.

Yerushalmi represents four plaintiffs, two of whom are African-American Muslims, in the case that claims CAIR internal documents reveal hundreds of people were victimized in the fraud scheme.

Yerushalmi discussed the developments today with WND founder and editor Joseph Farah, who was at the microphone in G. Gordon Liddy’s absence on Liddy’s regular radio program.

“We have CAIR documents which demonstrate there are at least 30 other victim-clients who paid money and were victimized by CAIR,” Yerushalmi said, “And hundreds of other victims who don’t even know they were victims.”

The lawyer suggested allegations of that kind could spell the beginning of the end for CAIR’s operations.

“If we have our way it certainly is,” Yerushalmi told Farah. He said organizations that are proven to have a record of criminal activities should not exist.

Then came the suggestion of further defiance of the law by CAIR.

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“The organization is no longer a valid corporation,” Yerushalmi revealed on the program. “The District of Columbia delisted it on Sept. 8, 2008.”

He said the organization failed to file its paperwork to continue to exist.

“They are not allowed to be operating, according to the law,” he said.

A spokesman for CAIR, contacted by WND for a comment, said, “Thank you and have a nice day,” and hung up on the reporter.

The man who served CAIR the legal summons and complaint was Dave Gaubatz, a private researcher who  investigated the group for its connections to the Muslim Brotherhood and global jihad.

He described for WND what happened at CAIR’s banquet:

JihadWatch.org director Robert Spencer, a longtime critic of CAIR, said the lawsuit “is an extraordinarily significant action.”

“For years CAIR has used
litigation as a weapon to silence and intimidate both its critics and anyone who has advocated measures to protect Americans against jihad terror. But the convictions of various of its former officials on jihad terror-related charges, as well as Islamic supremacist statements that have come to light from some of its spokesmen, have long suggested that CAIR is quite different from what all too many in the government and the mainstream media take it to be,” Spencer told WND.

“This suit
further suggests that they have not hesitated to use the same tactics
they’ve used with non-Muslims against their fellow Muslims, and is an
important step in exposing this unsavory organization for what it
really is,” he said.

Another video for WND shows the delivery of the documents:

On Spencer’s comment page, the participants were awestruck by the legal move.

“This basically discredits all their leadership,” wrote one person.

“It’s about time that they are unmasked, and this suit directly strikes at their cover operation as a ‘civil rights organization,'” said another.

“Give them enough rope … wonderful,” said a third.

Gaubatz personally served CAIR Director Nihad Awad at the banquet while Democratic North Carolina state Sen. Larry Shaw, a CAIR national board member, was addressing the festivities.

The federal civil complaint alleges 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.

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, Va., 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.

CAIR is accused of purposefully concealed the truth about Days from their clients, law enforcement, the Virginia and D.C. state bar associations and the media. When CAIR got irate calls from clients about Days’ failure to provide competent legal services, CAIR is charged with fraudulently deceiving clients about Days’ relationship to CAIR, concealing 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.,” 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.”

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. All were handed subpoenas this evening.

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.

WND previously reported, CAIR allegedly defrauded a number of Muslims recently seeking help with citizenship delays, and then threatened to sue them if they complained to the media, according to a security watchdog group which has obtained internal CAIR documents.

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.

Critics allege CAIR 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 criminals.

Indeed, the list is long and growing, and includes:

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

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.

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