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Judge orders deportation of ex-CAIR board member

Nabil Sadoun

Nabil Sadoun, a resident of Richardson, Texas, and former national board member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, was ordered deported to his native Jordan yesterday by a Dallas immigration judge after failing to appear at a court hearing.

Sadoun, who has a doctorate in education and has authored text books on Islam used in schools across the country, had already returned to Jordan, his attorney Kimberly Kinser said.

Having left the U.S., Sadoun, who entered the country in 1993, forfeited his right to fight his deportation, said Judge Anthony Rogers. The decision is final and cannot be appealed.

The judge indicated the government had evidence showing Sadoun contributed to the Richardson-based Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, which was the largest Islamic charity in the United States. Five leaders of the group were convicted in 2008 of funneling money to terrorist groups and some were imprisoned. CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the case.

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Last fall, Sadoun was issued an order to appear in immigration court on charges he violated immigration laws and omitted critical information on his application for an visa in 1993, officials told the Dallas Morning News. The government alleged Sadoun had failed to disclose involvement with Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, both of which have been designated terrorist organizations.

According to authorities, Sadoun also failed to disclose his association with the United Association for Studies and Research. According to the FBI, the group was established in the late 1980s and early 1990s, along with the Holy Land Foundation, to benefit Hamas. Friday, Judge Rogers concluded Sadoun lied on entry forms when he denied he was a member.

CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told KXAS-TV, Dallas/Fort Worth, Sadoun had left the organizations several months ago.

Asked why Sadoun had departed, Hooper answered, “Board members come on, (and) they leave.”

CAIR: An organized crime network

FBI agents arresting CAIR founding director Ghassan Elashi in 2002.

Sadoun’s troubles with the law over links to terror groups is just the latest black eye for the self-proclaimed civil rights group for Muslim Americans. Other CAIR members have been arrested, prosecuted and convicted, such as founding director Ghassan Elashi, sent to prison in 2004 with an 80-month sentence for illegally shipping high-tech goods to terror-supporting Syria.

“Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America,” 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.

Among the former and current CAIR leaders with known associations to violent jihad are:

CAIR’s founder Ahmad reportedly told a group of Muslims in Northern California in 1998 that they are in America to help assert Islam’s rule over the nation.

“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.”