Presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says that if he were in the Oval Office he would consider prosecuting the Council on American-Islamic Relations and other Islamic groups in the U.S. that have been linked to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas and its parent, the Muslim Brotherhood.
Gingrich, at a book-signing in Florida, was responding to questions by an organization called The United West, which says it is “dedicated to defending and advancing Western Civilization against the kinetic and cultural onslaught of Shariah Islam.”
Asked if he would “support investigations into CAIR,” Gingrich replied, “Sure, absolutely.”
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Gingrich also affirmed he would support investigations of other Muslim Brotherhood groups in the U.S., including the Islamic Society of North America and the North American Islamic Trust.
“I would support an attorney general who would look very aggressively at prosecuting any group which supports terrorism or which sends money to terrorism or which encourages terrorism,” he said.
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CAIR was named by the U.S. Justice Department as an unindicted co-conspirator in a major terrorist-financing scheme. During the trial, FBI agents presented evidence that CAIR was established as a front for Hamas.
The former House speaker said “we should be much more aggressively challenging” groups like CAIR “and making sure that we distinguish between people who are advocating undermining and destroying the U.S., which clearly, for example, the imam who’s now in Yemen is doing, although he is an American.”
Gingrich said there is a “big line between what do you believe in general in your religious faith and what is your goal.”
“I think groups that are dedicated to replacing the United States or to destroying the United States we should actively pursue, just as we did communists and just as we did the Nazis,” Gingrich said.
As WND reported, a federal judge has approved for trial a lawsuit by CAIR aimed at discrediting – or even seizing – a book exposing the group’s connections to the Muslim Brotherhood and terrorism, “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America.”
CAIR’s lawsuit names “Muslim Mafia” co-author P. David Gaubatz and his son Chris Gaubatz, who carried out a six-month undercover investigation to document the Islamic group’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
CAIR has alleged that Chris Gaubatz, who served as an intern for the Muslim group, stole 12,000 pages of internal documents that later formed the basis of the WND Books expose of CAIR. Gaubatz argues he posed as a Muslim in the six-month undercover effort to expose CAIR’s threat to U.S. security.
Gaubatz says he acquired the documents when, as an intern, he accepted a request by CAIR staffers to shred old material in the basement of the organization’s D.C. headquarters. Gaubatz was the only intern to volunteer for the job, and he set aside select documents which he later carried out in boxes in front of CAIR employees.
Federal Judge Colleeen Kollar-Kotelly has granted CAIR’s request to file two amended complaints against the Gaubatzes. CAIR alleges it suffered damage after Chris Gaubatz obtained the documents under false pretenses and made recordings of officials and employees without consent.
In the lawsuit, however, CAIR, a self-described Muslim civil-rights group, does not defend itself against the book’s claims, and the FBI has seized the CAIR material from the Washington law office of one of the Gaubtazes’ attorneys. A previous filing in the case revealed a federal grand jury is investigating CAIR for possible violation of laws that ban financial dealings with terrorist groups or countries under U.S. sanctions.
One of the Gaubatz’s lawyers, renowned First Amendment attorney Martin Garbus, said he thinks the father and son have a valid First Amendment argument and that CAIR didn’t suffer any financial damage. Another Gaubatz lawyer, Daniel Horowitz, has argued that CAIR’s claim is not valid because the documents support other evidence of their support of terrorism, and the only damage would be to their reputation.
CAIR can’t sue anyone who claims it supports terrorism unless the claim is not true, Horowitz explained, noting that, normally, if a party believes a book is deliberately false, it will sue for defamation.
As WND reported, CAIR’s complaint seeks to expunge all copies of “Muslim Mafia” in an attempt, Horowitz contends, to eliminate evidence that could lead to criminal prosecution.
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