Feb 15 2010
The lawsuit against the authors of the book, MUSLIM MAFIA, which exposes CAIR’s financial connections to several radical Islamist groups has been dismissed. A victory for Free Speech over Dirty Saudi Money.
A federal judge has dismissed an attempt by the Council on American-Islamic Relations to re-file yet another lawsuit against Air Force special agent P. David Gaubatz and his son Chris, the father-and-son team that investigated and exposed the group’s terrorist ties.
Defense lawyers are hailing the decision as a victory over CAIR’s alleged plan to “chill” free speech critical of the organization through an avalanche of court cases and legal costs.
“We briefed, counter briefed, we spent thousands of dollars on the case,” said Daniel Horowitz, one of the three lawyers for the defense. “Only then did they file this new lawsuit, which would have effectively forced us to start all over.”
“But the new lawsuit didn’t have anything substantively new,” Horowitz told WND. “And yet, that’s their whole goal. They know they can’t win the case, but they can chill the First Amendment by making it so expensive to speak against them that no one can challenge Saudi-funded CAIR. In the end, they can just keep getting more and more money from overseas and burn out opposition with lawsuits.”
Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, however, “denied as moot” CAIR’s request to re-file the case.
Chris Gaubatz served a six-month CAIR internship in 2008 posing as a young Muslim convert. During that time, he was told to shred certain documents, which he instead retained, providing key evidence for the book “Muslim Mafia“, published last fall by WND Books.
CAIR’s original lawsuit alleges Chris Gaubatz obtained access to CAIR property under false pretenses and removed the internaldocuments and made recordings of officials and employees “without any consent or authorization and in violation of his contractual, fiduciary and other legal obligations to CAIR.”
The publisher of “Muslim Mafia,” WND CEO Joseph Farah, however, asserted the CAIR material was legally obtained by Gaubatz, who had been asked by CAIR officials “to shred documents he believed might be criminal evidence … and involve matters of national security.” WND
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