Grounds for prosecuting CAIRAugust 17, 2012
CAIR should be prosecuted under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which Money Jihad has indicated before. Frank Gaffney’s CAIR Observatory website is a great resource for explaining why. Readers should take a look.
Here are some key points from a 2010 letter from Gaffney spelling out the grounds for prosecuting CAIR under FARA that bear a second look:
- FARA requires entities that act as agents of foreign principals to disclose their foreign relationships.
- “CAIR has met and coordinated with representatives of foreign principals on more than 30 occasions and engaged in over 60 political influence operations on their behalf,” without reporting these activities.
- “FARA § 612 (a) (5) requires that a foreign agent report ‘the nature and amount of contributions, income, money, or thing of value’.”
- “CAIR has received more than $6.6 million in cash and loans and more than $50 million in pledges from foreign principals based in Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. CAIR has failed to report these payments.”
Foreign agents are supposed to register with an office within the Department of Justice. Under Attorney General Holder, CAIR will never register and will never be prosecuted for failing to register. We must see to it that Mr. Holder is replaced by somebody willing to enforce the law.