In Defense of the Constitution

Press Release 003/04

January 25, 2004

   CAIR's Mr. Randall Royer Pleads Guilty

     On January 16th, 2004, Mr. Randall Royer pleaded guilty  to charges of using and discharging a firearm during, and in relation to, a crime of violence; and with carrying an explosive during commission of a felony.  Mr. Royer faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison.  (Mr. Royer also uses the first name of “Ismail”)

     At the time Mr. Royer committed crimes, he was in a leadership position at the Council on American Islamic Relations, (CAIR), a Washington DC based organization that claims to protect the civil rights of Muslims in the United States and Canada.  (It should be noted that years earlier, as a student, Royer worked a short period with CAIR before he joined Bosnian Forces fighting Serbs in 1994.)

     Anti-CAIR,  (ACAIR), has been following the story of Mr. Royer’s “adventures” on behalf of militant Islam, in particular, our press release nr’s: 14, 15, 16, 18 & 25.  Since Mr. Royer has pleaded guilty, we were curious as to the reaction of CAIR. 

      Is Mr. Royer the victim of “Islamophobia?” 

     Strangely, CAIR has nothing to say.    

     As part of Mr. Royer’s plea, he has agreed to “cooperate” with the government in on-going investigations into other members of their network.  ACAIR is hopeful that Mr. Royer can be convinced to share any information he may have regarding CAIR’s activities.    

     Mr. Royer is the third person with ties to CAIR’s leadership who has either been convicted, or is under suspicion of aiding militant Islam.  Despite this, major print and television media in the United States continue to consult CAIR on matters of importance to the Muslim community.

     Several other CAIR officials have either proven or suspected ties to militant Islam.  Mr. Bassem K. Khafagi has pleaded guilty to charges of visa and bank fraud in federal court in Detroit.  Charges were brought against Mr. Khafagi for his role with the Islamic Assembly of North America.  Mr. Khafagi was community affairs director for CAIR at the time of his arrest. 

     On February 2, 1995, Siraj Wahhaj was named as one of the “unindicted persons who may be alleged as co-conspirators” in the attempt to blow up targets in New York.  Mr. Wahhaj, on CAIR’s advisory board, was described by CAIR as “one of the most respected Muslim leaders in America.”

We believe we know why Mr. Royer is “persona non grata” at CAIR, but we'd like to see the general MEDIA ask CAIR why they have turned their backs on Ismail Royer, and how his guilty plea affects CAIR? 

     Journalists must also ask CAIR: Exactly where does CAIR stand in the war on terror?  Is CAIR an American-Muslim civil rights organization or a Militant-Islam civil rights group?

Andrew Whitehead

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