NAME: Council on American Islamic Relations

Council on American Islamic Relations
Budget: 2006, last budget officially reported to IRS, $2.76 million
Funding Sources: 2006, $2.2 million "direct public support:" $300,000, "government contributions." (Total fund publication sales, fund raising campaign, and Quran project totaled only $335,000; membership dues, just $41,400)
Goals: Works with various intelligencia [sic] & media to promote better understanding of Islam and Muslims in North America and in the society as a whole.
Suspicious and/or Hostile Activities:
  • Parent organization, Islamic Association of Palestine (operated periodically as American Muslim Society and American Middle Eastern League for Palestine), designated a foreign terrorist organization in 1995.
  • Key IAP contact, designated terrorist and former U.S. resident Musa Abu Marzook, currently in Gaza, reports to Khaleed Mashaal, chief of the Hamas arm of the MB, another designated foreign terrorist organization.
  • CAIR and executive director Nihad Awad named as an unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation terrorist funding case, a designation that, in July 2009, U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Texas refused to remove and that was confirmed in 2010 in an appeal by the sister ISNA organization to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court in New Orleans.
  • Awad attended the Sept. 1993 "Philadelphia meeting" at which IAP president Omar Ahmad, and HLF chief Shukri Abu-Baker (now serving 65 years for terror funding) and others planned CAIR's formation as a U.S. Hamas funding agency.
  • In 1995, U.S. attorney Mary Jo White named CAIR advisory Board member Siraj Wahhaj a possible unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 plot to blow up the World Trade Center and attack and destroy several other New York landmarks.
  • Former northern Va. CAIR director and American Muslim Council founder Abdurahman Muhammad Omar Alamoudi is now incarcerated for admitted terror-funding and plotting an assassination attempt on the life of a Saudi crown prince.
  • In 2005, Texas CAIR founder Ghassan Elashi and his brothers Bayam and Basman Elashi were found guilty of 21 counts of conspiracy, money laundering, and dealing in terrorist property --- for funding terror via Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzook. Elashi was later convicted with three brothers of illegally shipping computers from InfoCom Corp., to Libya and Syria, then designated state sponsors of terrorism.
  • In Dec. 2001, CAIR fund raiser Rabih Haddad , co-founder and head of the shuttered terror-funding Global Relief Foundation (GRF), was arrested for alleged terror financing and in Nov. 2002 ordered deported from the U.S.
  • In Jan 2004, CAIR communications officer Randall Royer plead guilty to "weapons and explosives charges" in a plot to train Virginia jihadists at Afghanistan's Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist camp. He was sentenced to 20 years to be followed by three years of supervised release.
  • After pleading guilty in Sept. 2003 to bank and immigration visa fraud, former CAIR community relations director Bassem K. Khafagi was subsequently deported to his native Egypt.
  • A federal civil court in Apr. 2004 ordered IAP (with Hamas and HLF) to pay $156 million in damages for the 1996 Jerusalem murder of David Boim, a 17-year-old U.S. citizen.
Key Leaders: Co-founder and chairman Omar M. Ahmad; Executive director Nihad Awad; Board member Isham Bagby; communications director Ibrahim Hooper; advisory board member Siraj Wahhaj; fundraiser Rabih Haddad; board member Muthaana al-Hanooti
Connection to MB & MB Organizations: Through its founders, current leaders and activities, and deported and imprisoned leaders, CAIR is connected to virtually every other Muslim Brotherhood organization in North America, including ISNA, ICNA, MSA, and of course Hamas and the global Muslim Brotherhood.
Projects: CAIR portrays itself as a "civil rights" organization when in fact its subversive activity is intended solely to advance the Muslim Brotherhood sharia supremacy goals.
Complete Documentation For: CAIR