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Judge orders deportation of ex-CAIR board member
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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.
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:
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.”
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