This past Sunday, Four clients of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed a federal civil complaint alleging criminal fraud and racketeering against CAIR, a self-described public interest civil rights law firm. The lawsuit also names CAIR’s national leadership as individual defendants. The defendants were served with the complaint and summons to appear while attending the CAIR 14th Annual Dinner Sunday night in Arlington, Virginia. Congressman Ellison (D-Minn) was a guest speaker at this affair.
The lawsuit is worse than first thought for the management of the unindicted co-conspirator of the Holy Land Terror financing trial. Someone at CAIR forgot to renew the registration of CAIR as a corporation. The designation as a corporation, protects the leadership of the group from lawsuits. As the registration was not renewed, the plaintiff in the law suit is free to go after CAIR’s leadership. I believe the technical term for that is KARMA.
WND reported last night CAIR officials were surprised at their 14th annual banquet in Washington when lawyer David Yarushalmi arranged for them publicly to be served with legal notice of a new lawsuit over a staff member accused of representing himself as a lawyer and improperly taking clients’ money. Yerushalmi represents four plaintiffs, two of whom are African-American Muslims, in the case that claims CAIR internal documents reveal hundreds of people were victimized in the fraud scheme.
Yerushalmi discussed the developments today:
We have CAIR documents which demonstrate there are at least 30 other victim-clients who paid money and were victimized by CAIR,” Yarushalmi said, “And hundreds of other victims who don’t even know they were victims.”
The lawyer suggested allegations of that kind could spell the beginning of the end for CAIR’s operations.
“If we have our way it certainly is,” Yarushalmi told Farah. He said organizations that are proven to have a record of criminal activities should not exist.
Then came the suggestion of further defiance of the law by CAIR.
“The organization is no longer a valid corporation,” Yarushalmi revealed on the program. “The District of Columbia delisted it on Sept. 8, 2008.”
He said the organization failed to file its paperwork to continue to exist.
“They are not allowed to be operating, according to the law,” he said.
A spokesman for CAIR, contacted by WND for a comment, said, “Thank you and have a nice day,” and hung up on the reporter.
The man who served CAIR the legal summons and complaint was Dave Gaubatz, a private researcher who investigated the group for its connections to the Muslim Brotherhood and global jihad.
JihadWatch.org director Robert Spencer, a longtime critic of CAIR, said the lawsuit “is an extraordinarily significant action.”
“For years CAIR has used litigation as a weapon to silence and intimidate both its critics and anyone who has advocated measures to protect Americans against jihad terror. But the convictions of various of its former officials on jihad terror-related charges, as well as Islamic supremacist statements that have come to light from some of its spokesmen, have long suggested that CAIR is quite different from what all too many in the government and the mainstream media take it to be,” Spencer said.
“This suit further suggests that they have not hesitated to use the same tactics they’ve used with non-Muslims against their fellow Muslims, and is an important step in exposing this unsavory organization for what it really is,” he said.
Gaubatz personally served CAIR Director Nihad Awad at the banquet while Democratic North Carolina state Sen. Larry Shaw, a CAIR national board member, was addressing the festivities.
The federal civil complaint alleges criminal fraud and racketeering against CAIR, a self-described public interest civil rights law firm. The lawsuit also names CAIR’s national leadership as individual defendants.
The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, alleges that Morris Days, the “resident attorney” and “manager for civil rights” at the now defunct CAIR MD/VA chapter in Herndon, Va., was in fact not an attorney and that he failed to provide legal services for clients who came to CAIR for assistance and who had paid for CAIR legal services.
CAIR is accused of purposefully concealed the truth about Days from their clients, law enforcement, the Virginia and D.C. state bar associations and the media. When CAIR got irate calls from clients about Days’ failure to provide competent legal services, CAIR is charged with fraudulently deceiving clients about Days’ relationship to CAIR, concealing the fact that CAIR had fired him for criminal fraud.
“The evidence has long suggested that CAIR is a criminal organization set up by the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas to further its aims of stealth Jihad in the U.S.,” Yerushalmi said referring to the fact that CAIR has been named by the federal government as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror financing trial. “But our investigation and this complaint makes clear that CAIR’s criminal activities know no bounds.”
The named defendants are: the Council on American-Islamic Relations Action Network Inc. (dba CAIR); Nihad Awad aka Nihad Hammad, who serves as executive director of CAIR National; Parvez Ahmed, who was the chairman of the board of CAIR National during the relevant time period; Tahra Goraya, who was the national director of CAIR but who has since resigned; Khadijah Athman, who is the manager of the “civil rights” division of CAIR; and Nadhira al-Khalili, Esq., who is in-house legal counsel for CAIR. All were handed subpoenas this evening.
According to the complaint, CAIR’s in-house Washington, D.C.-based attorney Khalili was directly involved in taking the legal files out of the CAIR Virginia office and concealing them in the D.C. office.
Also named as defendants are Ibrahim Hooper and Amina Rubin, CAIR’s director of communications and coordinator of communications, respectively……
…CAIR, which runs 33 offices and chapters nationwide, also recently helped defeat an anti-terror plan by Los Angeles police to map the local Muslim community for extremist neighborhoods.
Critics allege CAIR is itself an extremist organization that has employed or appointed to its boards of directors and advisers an inordinate number of radical co-conspirators, suspected and convicted terrorists, and other criminals.