Self-proclaimed ‘moderate’ Islamic group CAIR to feature terrorist speakers at banquet

After reeling over the jihad charges about CAIR made in the explosive new book, ‘Muslim Mafia,’ CAIR will showcase the imam cited in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing at upcoming banquet.

Imam Siraj Wahhaj
Imam Siraj Wahhaj

While mocking an explosive new book that presents internal documents showing it is a U.S. front for global jihad, the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations is trumpeting a keynote speaker at its 15th annual banquet next week who was an uninidicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing investigation and who told New Jersey Muslims the U.S. government would one day be taken over by an Islamic caliphate.

Imam Siraj Wahhaj
Imam Siraj Wahhaj

CAIR currently features Imam Siraj Wahhaj’s name on the opening flash page to its website, along with co-keynote speaker Dalia Mogahed, who sparked controversy of her own recently when she defended Shariah, or Islamic law, on a British television show hosted by a member of an extremist Muslim group, insisting the majority of women around the world associate Shariah with “gender justice.”

Mogahed, senior analyst and executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, was appointed to President Obama’s Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

CAIR, which itself was designated an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror-financing case in U.S. history, responded Wednesday to a press conference at the U.S. Capitol in which four House Republicans called for an investigation of CAIR’s activities on Capitol Hill, based on documents obtained in a daring undercover operation that formed the basis for the newly released book “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America,” published by WND Books


CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper, who is on record stating he hopes to see the U.S. become a Muslim nation, dismissed the lawmakers’ claims.

“It’s a shame to see elected officials take part in a smear campaign based on bigotry,” Hooper told The Hill newspaper.

But the book by counter-terrorism investigator P. David Gaubatz and “Infiltration” author Paul Sperry produces evidence, based in part on 12,000 pages of internal documents, that CAIR’s ultimate purpose is to transform the U.S. into an Islamic nation under the authority of the Quran.


The evidence affirms CAIR is part of an organized crime network in America made up of more than 100 other Muslim front groups that collectively comprise the U.S. branch of the Egyptian-based Muslim Brotherhood.

In an attempt to prevent the press conference from taking place, CAIR’s in-house legal counsel faxed a letter to the lawmakers alleging the book’s authors had engaged in “criminal actions” and warning that a report already had been filed with law enforcement authorities.

CAIR’s founder Ahmad reportedly told a group of Muslims in Northern California in 1998 that they are in America to help assert Islam’s rule over the nation.

“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant,” a local reporter quoted him as saying, along with asserting the Quran “should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”

Among the former and current CAIR leaders with known associations to violent jihad are:

Muthanna al-Hanooti: The home of the former head of CAIR’s Michigan office was raided in 2007 by FBI agents in connection with an active terrorism investigation. Agents also searched the offices of his advocacy group, Focus on Advocacy and Advancement of International Relations, which he operates out of Dearborn, Mich., and Washington, D.C.


Laura Jaghlit
: A civil-rights coordinator for CAIR, her Washington-area home was raided by federal agents after 9/11 as part of an investigation into terrorist financing, money-laundering and tax fraud. Her husband Mohammed Jaghlit, a key leader in the Saudi-backed SAAR network, is a target of the still-active probe.

Abdurahman Alamoudi: Former director of the Northern Virginia office of CAIR, he is serving 23 years in federal prison for terrorism-related activities insupport of Hamas and Hezbollah. Alamoudi, who was caught on tape complaining bin Laden hadn’t killed enough Americans in the U.S. embassy bombings in Africa, was one of al-Qaida’s top fund-raisers in the U.S., according to the U.S. Treasury Department.


Nihad Awad
: Wiretap evidence from the Holy Land case put CAIR’s executive director at a Philadelphia meeting of Hamas leaders and activists that was secretly recorded by the FBI. Participants allegedly hatched a plot to disguise payments to Hamas terrorists as charitable giving.

Omar Ahmad: U.S. prosecutors also named CAIR’s founder and chairman emeritus as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land case. Ahmad, too, was placed at the Philadelphia meeting, FBI special
agent Lara Burns testified at the trial. Prosecutors also designated him as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Palestine Committee” in America. Ahmad, like his CAIR partner Awad, is ethnic-Palestinian.

Nabil Sadoun: A CAIR board member, Sadoun has served on the board of the United Association for Studies and Research, which investigators believe to be a key Hamas front in America. Sadoun co-founded UASR with Hamas leader Marzook. The Justice Department added UASR to the list of unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land case.


Mohamed Nimer:
CAIR’s research director also served as a board director for UASR, the strategic arm for Hamas in the U.S.

Rafeeq Jaber: A founding director of CAIR, Jaber was the long-time president of the Islamic Association for Palestine. In 2002, a federal judge found that “the Islamic Association for Palestine has acted in support of Hamas.” In his capacity as IAP chief, Jaber praised Hezbollah attacks on Israel. He also served on the board of a radical mosque in the Chicago area.

Rabith Hadid:The CAIR fund-raiser was a founder of the Global Relief Foundation, which after 9/11 was blacklisted by the U.S. Treasury for financing al-Qaida and other terror groups. Its assets were frozen in December 2001. Hadid was arrested on terror-related charges and deported to Lebanon in 2003.


Randall “Ismail” Royer:
The former CAIR communications specialist and civil-rights coordinator is serving 20 years in prison in connection with the Virginia Jihad Network, which he led while employed by CAIR at its Washington headquarters. The group trained to kill U.S. soldiers overseas, cased the FBI headquarters and cheered the space shuttle Columbia tragedy. Al-Qaida operative Ahmed Abu Ali, convicted of plotting to assassinate President Bush, was among those who trained with Royer’s Northern Virginia cell.


Bassam Khafagi:
Khafagi was arrested in 2003 while serving as CAIR’s director of community affairs. He pleaded guilty to charges of bank and visa fraud stemming from a federal counter-terror probe of his leadership role in the Islamic Assembly of North America, which has supported al-Qaida and advocated suicide attacks on America. He was sentenced to 10 months in prison and deported to his native Egypt.

Ghassan Elashi: One of CAIR’s founding directors, he was convicted in 2004 of illegally shipping high-tech goods to terror-supporting Syria and is serving 80 months in prison. He’s also charged with providing material support to Hamas in the Holy Land Foundation trial. He was chairman of the charity, which provided seed capital to CAIR. Elashi is related to Hamas leader Marzook.

Hamza Yusuf: The FBI investigated the CAIR board member after 9/11, because just two days before the attacks, he made an ominous prediction to a Muslim audience. “This country is facing a terrible fate and the reason for that is because this country stands condemned,” Yusuf warned. “It stands condemned like Europe stood condemned because of what it did. And lest people forget, Europe suffered two world wars after conquering the Muslim lands.”

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