Posts Tagged ‘Foreign Agents Registration Act’

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Grounds for prosecuting CAIR

August 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.

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CAIR really cares… about Qaddafi

April 11, 2011

Knowing that Libyan desert warrior Daffy Qaddafi underwrites important international projects (like funding the epic slasher “Halloween”), the always (dis)honest executive director of CAIR wrote a letter in 2009 soliciting funds from the dictator.

Well-known shakedown artist and zakat beggar Nihad Awad (also known as Need Alot) apparently failed in his attempt to get millions from Qaddafi.  Just as well.  CAIR’s foreign donors from the Gulf might get jealous if their North American puppet fell under the spell of an African.

Here’s the news about Need Alot’s letter from Fox News on Apr. 6:

A letter from the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, and president of an offshoot group, Muslim Peace Foundation to Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi has added fuel to criticisms of the controversial group and what its critics say are some dubious fundraising tactics.

In the letter, obtained by Fox News and dated Sept. 23, 2009, CAIR executive director Nihad Awad asks Qaddafi for funding for his new project called the Muslim Peace Foundation. Qaddafi was in New York attending the United Nations General Assembly.

Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., cited the letter Wednesday at a House Appropriations sub-committee hearing, during which Wolf asked FBI Director Robert Mueller about the FBI’s relationship with CAIR. Mueller replied there “is no formal relationship with CAIR.”

A translation of the letter, written originally in Arabic, says in part, “I am pleased to send to Your Excellency in my name most solemn assurances of thanks and appreciation for the efforts you exert in the service of Islam, Muslims and all mankind through your initiative to teach Islam, spread the culture of Islam, and solve disputes, for which you are known internationally.”

This was long before the uprising in Libya this year, with international calls for Qaddafi to step down after a brutal crackdown on dissent that has escalated into a civil war with rebel forces.

But Wolf said the CAIR director’s 2009 letter still was written with the full knowledge of the regime’s brutal treatment of its opponents and its deplorable human rights record, as well as its long history of acts of international terrorism. And the congressman said the letter showed that Awad was in the process of setting up the Muslim Peace Foundation and seeking to raise $15 million.

The letter ends by thanking Qaddafi for his “generous support.”

Wolf said it was his understanding that Awad had made repeated attempts to solicit funding from Qadaffi and other foreign sources, and he asked Mueller if the FBI was aware of the outreach to Qadaffi and if the group had received funds from the Libyan regime.

“I’ll have to get back to you on that,” Mueller said. “I am not familiar myself at this point, but we may.”

It was late March that the Investigative Project on Terrorism released a report that quoted a Libyan news website that reported that CAIR officials, including Awad, had met with Qaddafi in September 2009. They had asked him then to “underwrite a program to distribute 1 million copies of the Quran to government officials and the general public in America.”

But CAIR spokesman, Ibrahim Hooper, told Fox News that the organization didn’t receive any money from the Libyan government.

“A number of community leaders and organizations were invited to a meeting in New York, at which support was sought for an initiative, unrelated to CAIR, to promote peace and mutual understanding,” Hooper said. “That single meeting mirrored the actions of the Bush and Obama administrations.”

Hooper also noted that “CAIR was one of the first American organizations to call for a no-fly zone to protect Libyan civilians.”

Steve Emerson, the executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, called it “hypocritical” for CAIR leaders to “ask for funds from Qaddafi given that they’ve just condemned him.”

“Their transgressions are multiple some of them fall into immorality, some into illegality,” Emerson told Fox News. As for CAIR raising funds abroad, Emerson says it’s legal to raise money but must be reported on the group’s annual 990 tax form. However, Emerson said if they were to work at the “direction or control” of a foreign donor they could very well be violating the Foreign Agent Registration Act.

Hooper would not respond to Fox News’ questions on whether CAIR receives funding from foreign donors, but he would say that CAIR works with the FBI on “an almost daily basis on civil rights issues.”

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FARA and the money for the Ground Zero Mosque

August 10, 2010

On Aug. 3, the fellows over at Radio Jihad had a lively discussion about the refusal of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf to acknowledge where the $100 million for his Ground Zero Mosque is coming from:

The audio excerpt above from their show is about nine minutes long, but here’s a little summary:  hosts Vito Esposito, Alan Kornman, and “Scotty K” say that the $100 million didn’t just spring up from “Muslims in the neighborhood”–rather, it’s probably coming through channels such as Saudi Arabia, the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic Society of North America, the North American Islamic Trust in Indiana, and Malaysia.  (I speculated myself in a comment on Creeping Sharia back in December that funds for the mosque were coming from Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.)

Because of the overseas funding, Radio Jihad calls for Rauf to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (more on FARA here) and open his books for review by government auditors.  However, the talk show hosts predict that Rauf will fight any disclosure or registration on the grounds of constitutionally protected religious freedom.

The gentlemen speculate that at this point it will probably take political intervention from a higher level–such as Peter King, Newt Gingrich, Sue Myrick, or Rick Lazio–to put a halt to the mosque project until Rauf comes clean. 

One of the Radio Jihad co-hosts also argues that Mayor Bloomberg would rather have the $100 million worth of economic activity brought by the construction project than to protect the safety of New Yorkers.  He draws an interesting parallel between the current situation and the Late Middle Ages, when Ottoman Turkey funded German princes to stoke the flames of the Protestant Reformation in order to divide Christendom.  Today, it’s Saudi money that is being used to divide the West.  Take a listen!

All the relevant conversation takes place in the above clip, but if you want to hear their full show click here.

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Foreign-funded CAIR violates federal law

April 7, 2010

As most readers will recall, the Council on American-Islamic Relations was a co-conspirator with the Holy Land Foundation, an organization that was convicted for funding the terrorist operations of Hamas.

A new video is available about CAIR’s funding, and how CAIR is in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.  The Center for Security Policy produced this video and released it through its “Secure Freedom” YouTube channel on April 1: