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'Moderate' CAIR to feature radicals at annual banquet
Posted By Art Moore On 10/16/2009 @ 9:00 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled
Imam Siraj Wahhaj
While mocking an explosive new book that presents internal documents showing it is a U.S. front for global jihad, the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations is trumpeting a keynote speaker at its 15th annual banquet next week who was an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing investigation and who told New Jersey Muslims the U.S. government would one day be taken over by an Islamic caliphate.
CAIR currently features Imam Siraj Wahhaj’s name on the opening flash page to its website, along with co–keynote speaker Dalia Mogahed, who sparked controversy of her own recently when she defended Shariah, or Islamic law, on a British television show hosted by a member of an extremist Muslim group, insisting the majority of women around the world associate Shariah with “gender justice.”
Mogahed, senior analyst and executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, was appointed to President Obama’s Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
CAIR, which itself was designated an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror-financing case in U.S. history, responded Wednesday to a press conference at the U.S. Capitol in which four House Republicans called for an investigation of CAIR’s activities on Capitol Hill, based on documents obtained in a daring undercover operation that formed the basis for the newly released book “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America,” published by WND Books.
CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper, who is on record stating he hopes to see the U.S. become a Muslim nation, dismissed the lawmakers’ claims.
“It’s a shame to see elected officials take part in a smear campaign based on bigotry,” Hooper told The Hill newspaper.
But the book by counter-terrorism investigator P. David Gaubatz and “Infiltration” author Paul Sperry produces evidence, based in part on 12,000 pages of internal documents, that CAIR’s ultimate purpose is to transform the U.S. into an Islamic nation under the authority of the Quran.
The evidence affirms CAIR is part of an organized crime network in America made up of more than 100 other Muslim front groups that collectively comprise the U.S. branch of the Egyptian-based Muslim Brotherhood.
In an attempt to prevent the press conference from taking place, CAIR’s in-house legal counsel faxed a letter to the lawmakers alleging the book’s authors had engaged in “criminal actions” and warning that a report already had been filed with law enforcement authorities.
Wahhaj, a Brooklyn-based former CAIR advisory board member, is just one of many Muslim leaders affiliated with the group who have been named or prosecuted by U.S. authorities for terrorism-related activities and crimes.
In 1995, he was a character witness for Omar Abdel Rahman, the “blind sheik” found guilty of conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government in an investigation stemming from the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Mary Jo White, listed Wahhaj as one of the “unindicted persons who may be alleged as co-conspirators” in Rahman’s case.
Wahhaj was recorded telling New Jersey Muslims in 1992 that if only Muslims were more clever politically, they could take over the U.S. and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate, according to Islam and Middle East expert Daniel Pipes.
“If we were united and strong, we’d elect our own emir and give allegiance to him,” Wahhaj was quoted as saying. “[T]ake my word, if 6 to 8 million Muslims unite in America, the country will come to us.”
Counter-terrorism expert Steven Emerson got a hold of a video of a Wahhaj speech in Toronto Sept. 28, 1991, titled “The Afghanistan Jihad” in which the imam declared:
Those who struggle for Allah, it doesn’t matter what kind of weapons, I’m telling you it doesn’t matter! You don’t need nuclear weapons or even guns! If you have faith in Allah and a knife! If Allah wants you to win, you will win! Because Allah is the only one who fights. And when his hand is over your hand, whoever is at war against my friends, I declare war on them.
“Muslim Mafia,” citing Emerson’s research and Sperry’s book “Infiltration,” reports Wahhaj, a black convert to Islam, is converting gang members to Islam and holding “jihad camps” for them. With a combination of Islam and Uzis, he has said, the street thugs will be a powerful force for Islam the day America “will crumble.”
In another recorded speech, at a mosque, according to Emerson, Wahhaj declared “one of the most diabolical plots ever in the annals of history, in my estimation, has been the war in the Persian Gulf.”
“It was a plan, and believe me, it is a part of a larger plan, to destroy the greatest challenge to the Western world, and that’s Islam,” Wahhaj said.
The Muslim leader said he saw “the demise of the Soviet Union as a sign for the American people that what happened in the Soviet Union will definitely happen in America unless America changes its course from the new world order and accepts the Islamic agenda.”
“Muslim Mafia” cites internal documents that show Wahhaj remains heavily involved in CAIR business. At last year’s banquet, Wahhaj conducted the fundraising, bringing in $210,000 by the end of the night. In 2006, CAIR’s national office enlisted him to work with the group’s leadership to raise $1 million.
‘Lethal cocktail of liberty’
Mogahed appeared last week on a London-based TV discussion program hosted by Ibtihal Bsis, a member of the extremist Hizb ut Tahrir party, the London Telegraph reported.
Current opening screen on CAIR’s website advertising annual banquet featuring Siraj Wahhaj and Dalia Mogahed
Hizb ut Tahrir has declared it wants to help foster the non-violent destruction of Western democracy and the creation of a global Islamic state under Shariah.
Mogahed, appearing alongside Hizb ut Tahrir’s national women’s officer, Nazreen Nawaz, watched as two members of the radical group made repeated attacks on secular “man-made law” and the West’s “lethal cocktail of liberty and capitalism,” the Telegraph reported.
The Hizb ut Tahrir members called for Shariah to be “the source of legislation” and said women should not be “permitted to hold a position of leadership in government.”
The Telegraph said Mogahed made no challenge to the demands.
“Muslim Mafia” co-author Gaubatz actually had an unscripted role in last year’s CAIR banquet in Washington.
As WND reported, Gaubatz personally served CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad with notice of a lawsuit accusing a CAIR staff member of falsely representing himself as a lawyer and improperly taking the money of many Muslim clients.
The federal civil complaint alleged criminal fraud and racketeering against CAIR and Morris Days, the “resident attorney” and “manager for civil rights” at a now defunct CAIR chapter in Herndon, Va.
Gaubatz’s son, Chris, who posed as a Muslim convert and served six months as a CAIR intern in the “Muslim Mafia” special operation, obtained documents CAIR planned to shred that supported the case against Days.
Among the former and current CAIR leaders with known associations to violent jihad are:
FAAIR claims to be a consulting firm raising awareness of Sunni grievances in Iraq, but investigators suspect it’s a front supporting the Sunni-led insurgency in Iraq.
Muthanna al-Hanooti, wearing traditional headgarb
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 in 2007. In 2004, LIFE’s Baghdad office was raided by U.S. troops, who seized files and computers.
Al-Hanooti is related to Sheik 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 hijackers.
The FBI alleges 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 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.”
Last year, his younger brother, Hamid al-Hanooti, was found dead in Iraq after reportedly being held by local security forces as a suspected terrorist.
In the 1990s, Jaghlit sent two letters accompanying donations – one for $10,000, the other for $5,000 – from the SAAR Foundation to Sami al-Arian, the former University of South Florida professor who pleaded guilty in 1996 to assisting the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad. 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 case.
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, the parent of CAIR. 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 investigation.
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.
“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.”
“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant,” a local reporter quoted him as saying, along with asserting the Quran “should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”
Ahmad insists he was misquoted. However, the reporter and editor stand by the story, and an FBI wiretap transcript quotes Ahmad agreeing with terrorist suspects gathered at the secret Philadelphia meeting in the early 1990s to “camouflage” their true intentions.
Hooper, CAIR’s communications director, also has expressed his desire 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.”
Editor’s Note: CAIR’s website now features civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, instead of Dalia Mogahed, as a keynote speaker along with Siraj Wahhaj.
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