We’ve written many times about the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a pseudo-civil rights, terrorist-supporting group that pretends to be a grass roots organization standing for American values, when in fact it has hardly any members and is funded mostly by Middle Eastern Arab (specifically Wahhabist) money.
Now, Daniel Pipes alerts us to the publication of Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld that’s Conspiring to Islamize America, by David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry.
Mr. Pipes writes:
Written by P. David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry, the investigation [of CAIR] is based largely on the undercover work of Gaubatz’s son Chris who spent six months as an intern at CAIR’s D.C. headquarters in 2008. In that capacity, he acquired 12,000 pages of documentation and took 300 hours of video. …
Claim 1: According to Ibrahim Hooper, the organization’s communications director, “CAIR has some 50,000 members.” Fact: An internal memo prepared in June 2007 for a staff meeting reports that the organization had precisely 5,133 members, about one-tenth Hooper’s exaggerated number.
Claim 2: CAIR is a “grass-roots organization” that depends financially on its members. Fact: According to an internal 2002 board meeting report, the organization received $33,000 in dues and $1,071,000 in donations. In other words, under 3 percent of its income derives from membership dues.
Claim 3: CAIR receives “no support from any overseas group or government.” Fact: Gaubatz and Sperry report that 60 percent of CAIR’s income derives from two dozen donors, most of whom live outside the United States. Specifically: $978,000 from the ruler of Dubai in 2002 in exchange for controlling interest in its headquarters property on New Jersey Avenue, a $500,000 gift from Saudi prince al-Waleed bin Talal and $112,000 in 2007 from Saudi prince Abdullah bin Mosa’ad, at least $300,000 from the Saudi-based Organization of the Islamic Conference, $250,000 from the Islamic Development Bank, and at least $17,000 from the American office of the Saudi-based International Islamic Relief Organization.
Claim 4: CAIR is an independent, domestic human rights group “similar to a Muslim NAACP.” Fact: In a desperate search for funding, CAIR has offered its services to forward the commercial interests of foreign firms. This came to light in the aftermath of Dubai Ports World’s failed effort to purchase six U.S. harbors in 2006 due to security fears. In response, CAIR’s chairman traveled to Dubai and suggested to businessmen there: “Do not think about your contributions [to CAIR] as donations. Think about it from the perspective of rate of return. The investment of $50 million will give you billions of dollars in return for fifty years.”
The ports deal didn’t work out, but I’m afraid it’s true that the Wahhabists who fund and control CAIR have gotten a remarkable return on their rather modest investment. The CAIR story is one that badly needs to be told. I haven’t yet read Muslim Mafia, but it looks as though the book makes a major contribution in that direction.
UPDATE: World Net Daily adds this nugget from the book:
“These guys talk about jihad and murdering Jews like the mob talked about killing – totally casual, like they were ordering pizza,” said one FBI official in Washington quoted in the book.
Some “civil rights” organization.