U.S. Muslim group ‘attacks free speech’

By WND Staff

WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 09: National Executive Director of Council on American_Islamic Relations(CAIR) Nihad Awad holds a translated copy of the Quran as he speaks during a news conference at the headquarters of CAIR on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The CAIR held a news conference to discuss the latest developments on a Florida church's plan to burn copies of the Quran on the ninth anniversary of September 11 terrorist attacks. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

A Washington-based Islamic group named by the Justice Department as an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorism-funding plot has launched another volley in its lawsuit against the co-author of a WND Books blockbuster that exposes its hidden agenda as a U.S. front for the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations alleges it suffered damage after former federal agent David Gaubatz and his son, Chris Gaubatz, obtained access to CAIR internal documents under false pretenses and made recordings of officials and employees without consent.

Posing as a Muslim, Chris Gaubatz gathered some 12,000 pages of documents, which were meant to be shredded, while serving as an intern at CAIR’s national office in Washington, just three blocks from the U.S. Capitol building. Information gleaned from the documents was published in “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America,” which demonstrated CAIR’s connection to the Muslim Brotherhood, the group that spawned al-Qaida and Hamas and aims to put America under Islamic law and the authority of the Quran.

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Daniel Horowitz, one of three high-profile lawyers representing the targets of CAIR’s lawsuit, calls the complaint a “blatant attack on the First Amendment.”

Federal Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in Washington, D.C., is considering a motion by CAIR to file an amended complaint after the first one failed to gain traction. The Gaubatzes’ legal team, meanwhile, has filed a motion to dismiss the case, pending Kollar-Kotelly’s ruling.

Now, before the judge has decided on the second complaint, CAIR attorney Nadhira Al-Khalili has informed the Gaubatzes’ lawyers that CAIR plans to file yet another amended complaint that allegedly will add causes of action based on “newly discovered information.”

“This is their third threatened iteration of the same groundless attack,” Horowitz told WND. “Like the other attacks, this dressed up version will fail. As my friend from Georgia says, ‘You can’t put perfume on a pig.'”

Horowitz has said he hopes the judge will dismiss the first complaint and then determine whether the second is any different. If there is no difference, Horowitz has explained to WND, she can reject CAIR’s request to amend the complaint and then throw out the case.

Responding in a letter dated April 7, Horowitz told Al-Khalili that the request for a motion to amend is another attempt by CAIR to “subvert” the legal process already in motion.

Horowitz explained that CAIR already has submitted a motion requesting that it be allowed to file a second amended complaint, and the Gaubatzes’ legal counsel has pending a motion to dismiss the case

Horowitz warned Al-Khalili that any “attempt to circumvent the normal process” of the Gaubatzes’ motion to dismiss and CAIR’s motion to amend is “simply a further tactic to prolong this frivolous and harassing litigation.”

“It will compound the already unacceptable attorney’s fees and continue to chill my client’s First Amendment rights,” Horowitz wrote.

CAIR continues to keep its lawsuit alive despite the exposure by Horowitz and his colleagues of the fact that CAIR doesn’t even legally exist and was therefore unqualified to file the lawsuit.

Horowitz said CAIR knows it can’t win the case, but it “can chill the First Amendment by making it so expensive to speak against them that no one can challenge” the Saudi-funded group.

He warns that WND must continue to be vigilant: “In the end, they can just keep getting more and more money from overseas and burn out opposition with lawsuits.”

While CAIR repeatedly has denied it receives foreign support, the covert operation that produced “Muslim Mafia” obtained video footage that captured CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper boasting of his ability to bring in a half million dollars of “overseas money,” including from Saudi Arabia.

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Horowitz believes CAIR’s failure to state any damages suffered from the book – other than those protected by the First Amendment – provides the judge with the basis for dismissing the case.

Regardless of how she rules, the delay in her decision is a “clear refusal to ban speech” immediately, as CAIR desires, Horowitz asserts.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The CAIR legal attack on WND’s author is far from over. WND needs your help in supporting the defense of “Muslim Mafia” co-author P. David Gaubatz, as well as his investigator son Chris, against CAIR’s lawsuit. The book’s revelations have led to formal congressional demands for three different federal investigations of CAIR. In the meantime, however, someone has to defend these two courageous investigators who have, at great personal risk, revealed so much about this dangerous group. Although WND has procured the best First Amendment attorneys in the country for their defense, we can’t do it without your help. Please donate to WND’s Legal Defense Fund now.


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