Why are Nihad Awad, Dougie Ibrahim Hooper, and Cory Saylor wandering the streets of Washington, D.C. and elsewhere while they are the leaders of the largest Hamas organization in America – the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
The following is a small portion of the evidence identifying the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) as a Muslim Brotherhood organization operating on behalf of the designated Foreign Terrorist Organization Hamas.
Among the massive amount of evidence entered into the largest terrorism financing trial ever successfully prosecuted in U.S. history – US v Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (hereafter “HLF”), Northern District of Texas (Dallas) 2008 – is a volume of evidence which definitively identifies CAIR as an organization established in 1994 by the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s “Palestine Committee” which is Hamas in America.
While CAIR bills itself as a “Muslim civil rights” organization, the evidence does not support this and, in fact, demonstrates it operates as a Hamas/TERRORIST entity.
“I am in support of the Hamas Movement more than the PLO.”
CAIR Founder Nihad Awad, Barry University, March 1994
“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant…The Koran, the muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”
CAIR Founder/Chairman Emeritus Omar Ahmad, Argus Newspaper, Fremont, CA, July 4, 1998
Hamas is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the U.S. government and many governments around the world.
According to a document entitled “Islamic Action for Palestine,” which was entered into evidence in the US v HLF trial, the International Muslim Brotherhood issued a resolution to Muslim Brotherhood chapters around the world to create Palestine Committees to provide the terrorist group Hamas with “media, money, men, and all that.” The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood then created the U.S. Palestine Committee which initially created the United Association for Studies and Research (UASR), the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP), and the Occupied Land Fund (OLF), which later was renamed the Holy Land Foundation or HLF. All of these were Hamas organizations.
In 1994, the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee created the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
In 1993, the leaders of the U.S. Palestine Committee – Hamas in the United States – met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The meeting was covered by the FBI via physical surveillance, microphones in meeting rooms, wiretaps on phones, and other investigative techniques. An Action Memo from FBI Counterterrorism Assistant Director Dale Watson stated this was a “Meeting among senior leaders of Hamas, the HLFRD, and the IAP.” The FBI’s analysis of the Philadelphia meeting entered as evidence in the US v HLF trial stated: “All attendees of this meeting are Hamas members.” CAIR founders Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmad were present at this meeting.
The U.S. government’s indictment of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) stated: “The purpose of this (1993 Philadelphia) meeting was to determine their course of action in support of Hamas’ opposition to the peace plan and to decide how to conceal their activities from the scrutiny of the United States government.”
FBI recordings of the conversations by Hamas leaders at the Philadelphia meeting captured Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmad discussing the creation of a new public relations organization for Hamas which an FBI Special Agent testified was CAIR, created in 1994 following the Philadelphia meeting.
CAIR was incorporated in 1994 by Nihad Awad, Omar Ahmad, and Rafeeq Jaber, all of whom were leaders of the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP), a now-defunct Hamas organization in the U.S.
In 1993 and 1994, CAIR founder Omar Ahmad served as the National President for IAP (Hamas) and was the Chairman of the Board for CAIR from 1994-2005. Today, Omar Ahmad is the Chairman Emeritus for CAIR.
Rafeeq Jaber served as the National President of IAP (Hamas) from 1996-98 and 1999-2005.
Mousa Abu Marzook, the Deputy Political Chief for Hamas and the Leader of Hamas in the United States (Chairman of the U.S. Palestine Committee), was a member of the IAP Board of Directors.
CAIR founder and current Chairman Emeritus Omar Ahmad was on the Executive Committee for the U.S. Palestine Committee (U.S. Hamas).
Because of the overwhelming evidence that CAIR is a Hamas entity, U.S. prosecutors for the U.S. Department of Justice identified CAIR as a member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee (Hamas), and as unindicted co-conspirators in the US v HLF case – the largest terrorism financing and Hamas trial ever successfully prosecuted in U.S. history.
Official notes for the Palestine Committee (Hamas) Meeting in 1994 lists CAIR as the 4th organization created by the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee (Hamas). This document was entered into evidence at the US v HLF trial.
In the December 2007 government filing in the US v Sabri Benkhala appeal (Eastern District of Virginia), the government stated: “From its founding by the Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists.”
In a document retrieved from CAIR’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. by one of its interns (Chris Gaubatz) CAIR openly discussed supporting Osama bin Laden. The document was titled “Proposed Muslim Platform for 2004” (dated 3/08/04) and stated, in part, “Attempt to understand Islamic movements in the area, and start supporting Islamic groups including Mr. bin Laden and his associates.”
In a 2004 FBI raid at the Annandale, Virginia residence of Ismail Elbarasse, a senior Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood leader, the archives of the U.S. MB were discovered. One of the documents found listed the leaders of the U.S. Palestine Committee (Hamas). On the list were the names of CAIR founders Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmad (alias Omar Yeheya).
In the U.S. government’s filing rebuking CAIR’s motion to have its name removed from the unindicted co-conspirator list in the HLF case, U.S. prosecutors stated, “As of the date of this response, the Court has entered into evidence a wide array of testimonial and documentary evidence expressly linking CAIR and its founders to the HLF and its principals; the Islamic Association for Palestine and its principals; the Palestine Committee in the United States, headed by Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzook; and the greater HAMAS-affiliated conspiracy described in the Government’s case-in-chief.”
In the government filing rebuking ISNA/NAIT’s motion to have their names removed from the unindicted co-conspirator list in the HLF case, U.S. prosecutors stated, “The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood created the U.S. Palestine Committee, which documents reflect was initially comprised of three organizations: the OLF (HLF), the IAP, and the UASR. CAIR was later added to these organizations…the mandate of these organizations, per the International Muslim Brotherhood, was to support Hamas.”
In ruling to leave CAIR on the unindicted co-conspirator list in the HLF case, Federal Judge Jorge Solis listed a portion of the overwhelming evidence against CAIR and wrote: “The Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, and NAIT with the HLF, the Islamic Association of Palestine (“IAP”), and with Hamas.”
In a 3-0 ruling, an Appellate panel agreed to leave CAIR, ISNA, and NAIT on the unindicted co-conspirator list in the HLF case.
The Holy Land Foundation was convicted of being a Hamas organization, and its leaders were convicted of being Hamas leaders which funneled over $12 million to the Foreign Terrorist Organization Hamas overseas.
The Hamas organization HLF provided CAIR with $5,000 of seed money when it was founded, and CAIR raised money for the Hamas organization HLF.
FBI Assistant Director Steve Pomeranz stated: “By masquerading as a mainstream public affairs organization, CAIR has taken the lead in trying to mislead the public about the terrorist underpinnings of militant Islamic movements, in particular, Hamas.”
In a February 2010 affidavit from an FBI Special Agent in the immigration proceedings for Hamas leader Nabil Sadoun in Dallas, Texas, the affiant declared the U.S. Palestine Committee was affiliated with Hamas. He further identified four (4) Hamas organizations created by the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee/Hamas in America: Holy Land Foundation, Islamic Association for Palestine, United Association for Studies and Research, and Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Nabil Sadoun served on CAIR’s Board of Directors and was previously the Director of CAIR-Texas and a Board Member there as well. Sadoun helped found the United Association for Studies and Research (UASR) with U.S. Hamas leader Mousa abu Marzook. Sadoun also founded the Muslim American Youth Association (MAYA) with Osama bin Laden’s nephew Abdullah.
In a 2003 Senate Sub-Committee hearing on radical Islam, Senator Charles Schumer (NY) stated, “To make matters worse, the prominent members of the Council’s (CAIR’s) current leadership who you Mr. Chairman invited to the hearings today, they declined to testify, also have intimate connections with Hamas.”
In a letter dated February 12, 2010 to U.S. Congresswoman Sue Myrick (NC) from Assistant U.S. Attorney General Ronald Weich, Mr. Weich wrote “Enclosed (is) evidence that was introduced in that trial (US v HLF) which demonstrated the relationship among CAIR, individual CAIR founders, and the Palestine Committee. Evidence was also introduced that demonstrated a relationship between the Palestine Committee and Hamas.”
In June 2009, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Frank Wolf (VA) gave a lengthy speech in which he laid out a great deal of the evidence against CAIR and its ties to Hamas. The transcript of this speech can be found at: https://web.archive.org/web/20140922235833/http://wolf.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/wolf-gives-major-floor-speech-on-fbis-cooperation-with-cair#.V_QwB7wrIfE
In a letter dated April 28, 2009 from the FBI’s Assistant Director, Office of Congressional Affairs, to U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (AZ), the FBI leader details why the FBI cut off all formal ties to CAIR and identifies CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator in the US v HLF trial because of its relationship with the designated Foreign Terrorist Organization Hamas.
CAIR received funds from overseas organizations WAMY (World Association of Muslim Youth) and IIRO (International Islamic Relief Organization), a subsidiary of the Muslim World League (MWL). Both WAMY and IIRO are Saudi-funded organizations whose U.S. offices were raided by the government because of their ties to Hamas and Al Qaeda.
In 1999, CAIR received $250,000 from a Saudi-based bank headed by the former director of the Muslim World League (MWL), identified by Osama bin Laden as a primary source of funds for Al Qaeda. Federal investigators raided MWL’s U.S. offices.
In a 2008 interview, the Deputy Supreme Guide of the International Muslim Brotherhood (IMB) Muhammad Habib posted on the IMB’s official website, Habib was asked about the Brotherhood’s connections to CAIR. Interviewer: “But back to CAIR, some people from the Muslim Brotherhood have denied having a connection with CAIR. Do they really represent you?” Habib: “Ehh, this is a sensitive subject, and it’s kind of problematic, especially after 9/11.” Interviewer: “For them to say that there is a relationship between you two?” Habib: “Yes, you can say that.”
Bassem Khafagi was convicted of two (2) counts of bank fraud and one (1) count of visa fraud in 2003, sentenced to ten (10) months in prison, and deported to Egypt. At the time of his conviction, Khafagi was the Director of Community Relations for CAIR. Khafagi was funneling money to promote terrorist activities through the Islamic Assembly of North America (IANA) which he helped found.
At the time he was serving as the Civil Rights Coordinator and a Communications Specialist for CAIR’s National office, Randall Royer trained with the designated Foreign Terrorist Organization Lashkar e Taiba. Royer was arrested in 2003 by the FBI, and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Ghassan Elashi was the founder of CAIR-Texas prior to 2000, and is the cousin by marriage of the leader of Hamas in the United States at the time Mousa abu Marzook. Elashi is a Hamas leader and was one of the founders of the Hamas organization Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), convicted in the Northern District of Texas in 2008 for sending millions of dollars to Hamas leaders and organizations overseas. He was the Vice President of InfoCom, a computer company located in Richardson, Texas. Elashi and InfoCom were convicted in 2004 on six (6) criminal counts, including conspiracy to violate the Export Administration Regulations and the Libyan Sanctions Regulations.
Muthanna al Hanooti, the former Director for CAIR-Michigan, was identified by the FBI as an intelligence agent for Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, and pled guilty in 2011 for violating U.S. sanctions against Iraq. Hanooti is the son of Mohammed al Hanooti, a senior Hamas leader in the United States who was the President of the IAP (Hamas) and raised over $6 million dollars for the Foreign Terrorist Organization Hamas. Mohammed al Hanooti was identified by the U.S. government as an unindicted co-conspirator in both the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the US v HLF case.
Siraj Wahhaj sits on CAIR’s Advisory Board and CAIR leaders identified Wahhaj as “one of the most respected Muslim leaders in America.” On Feb. 2, 1995, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Mary Jo White named Siraj Wahhaj as one of the “unindicted persons who may be alleged as co-conspirators” in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Wahhaj promotes sharia in the United States, including advocating for the killing of homosexuals.
Mohammad El Mezain is a founder and former Chairman for the Holy Land Foundation, a convicted Hamas front organization. El Mezain was a fundraiser for CAIR. In 2009, El Mezain was sentenced to fifteen years (15) in prison for materially supporting the Foreign Terrorist Organization Hamas in the US v HLF case (Northern District of Texas, Dallas).
Rabih Haddad was a fundraiser for CAIR and a founder of the Global Relief Foundation (GRF), which funded terrorism until it was shut down by the U.S. government after 9/11/01. Haddad was arrested by the FBI in December 2001 and deported to Lebanon. The U.S. Treasury Department identified Haddad as a member of Makhtab Al-Khidamat, the “precursor” to Al Qaeda, and the Immigration Judge hearing Haddad’s case remarked Haddad presented a “substantial risk to the national security of the United States.”
CAIR has a long record of defending jihadis and jihadi organizations, and continues to publicly condemn all counterterrorism efforts of the U.S. government and local law enforcement. CAIR has never defended the United States in its war against the jihadis.
CAIR is a Hamas organization. Hamas is a TERRORIST organization.
CAIR is a TERRORIST organization.