We’ve written a lot about the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) over the years. CAIR holds itself out as a civil rights group. For those with eyes to see, however, the mask has long since fallen from CAIR. Even such stalwart Democrats as Senators Dick Durbin and Charles Schumer have come to recognize CAIR’s “association with groups that are suspect,” its “ties to terrorism” and its “intimate links with Hamas.”
In fact, in the words of Anti-CAIR, since its founding in 1994, CAIR, its employees and its officials have worked with third parties including the Islamic Association for Palestine, the Holy Land Foundation, and the Global Relief Foundation to provide material support to known terrorist organizations, to advance the Hamas agenda and to propagate radical Islam. See generally “CAIR: Islamists fooling the establishment” by Daniel Pipes and Sharon Chadha and “CAIR backs down from Anti-CAIR” by Daniel Pipes.
Is CAIR still fooling the establishment? For a while after 9/11, it certainly did so. The subsequent convictions of CAIR officials and employees for terror-related activities have made it increasingly difficult for CAIR to continue its charade with the same high level of success. Its identification by the government as an unindicted co-conspirator in the prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation and the evidence introduced at trial have not helped it. Yet it survives and is treated seriously as something other than a front group.
Aaron Mannes elaborated on CAIR’s Hamas connection a while back in “CAIR and Hamas: Implications and an illustration.” Now an immigration judge in Dallas has ordered the deportation of Nabil Sadoun, a Dallas resident and former board member of CAIR; Sadoun was deported to Jordan, to which he had already hightailed it, after he failed to appear at his immigration hearing. The Dallas NBC affiliate reports that the immigration judge made vague references to the government’s voluminous motion to deport Sadoun, including alleged involvement with Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. According to the report, the judge concluded Sadoun lied on government forms when he denied he was a member.
The NBC affiliate sought comment from CAIR. CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said Sadoun left the organization several months ago. Asked the reason for his departure, Hooper responded: “Board members come on, [and] they leave.”
Thanks, as always, for clearing that up.
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