In Defense of the Constitution

Anti-CAIR Press Release 014/03

July 4, 2003

     Former CAIR Officer Indicted / Terrorist Suspect

     CAIR Attacks California Supporter, Politically Motivated?  

     CAIR Attempts to Smear Daniel Pipes, Nominee to the United States Institute of Peace

     Trust on Trial, CAIR Re-writes Newspaper Article, Distorts Truth

 Former CAIR Officer Indicted / Terrorist Suspect

   On 3 July, 2003, ABC News announced that the government has presented information leading to a Grand Jury indictment of eleven Muslim men who plotted to commit various crimes against purported “enemies of Islam”.  Among those indicted, one name stands out: Mr. Randall Todd "Ismail" Royer, former civil rights coordinator and communications specialist for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), an Islamist terror supporting group based in Washington, D.C. 

     Mr. Royer is charged with: Conspiracy, Commencing an Expedition Against a Friendly Nation, Acquisition of Firearm after Arrival from Foreign Country with Intent to Engage in Crime of Violence, Conspiracy to Possess and Use a Firearm in Connection with a Crime of Violence and Using A Firearm in Connection with a Crime of Violence.  Specifically, it is charged that Mr. Royer conspired with the others to mount a military expedition against India; Intent to engage in armed hostility against the United States; Use and attempt to use false and altered passports; Unlawfully transport and receive firearms and ammunition in interstate commerce with reason to believe that such firearms and ammunition would be used to commit a felony offense; Unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly obstruct foreign officials in the performance of their duties.  The government further alleges that the conspirators prepared to become “mujahideen” and prepared to die as “shaheed” (martyrs in furtherance of violent Jihad). 

      Several of the conspirators allegedly provided military-style training to the rest of the group, based on training they had received in the United States Armed Forces.  Mr. Royer is further alleged to have recruited conspirators for service with the Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Kashmiri Islamist terrorist group currently list on the State Department terror list.  Mr. Royer is additionally charged with firing on Indian positions in Kashmir.  The full indictment can be viewed here: (Advisory: PDF Document)

     This is not the first time that CAIR has had its officers arrested for Islamist-terror related crimes; Mr. Bassem Khafagi, CAIR’s director of community relations was arrested this past January and Mr. Siraj Wahhaj, CAIR Advisory Board member has been named as “one of the “unindicted persons who may be alleged as co-conspirators” in a plot to blow up monuments in New York City several years ago. 

    Once again, CAIR has been embarrassed by links between its senior leadership and terrorism.  How long must we wait until the federal government takes those steps necessary to investigate CAIR as a terrorist sponsoring organization?  When will the faithful followers of Islam rise up and reject the Islamist terrorists of CAIR?


CAIR Attacks California Supporter, Politically Motivated?  

          On 12 May, 2003, CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations, issued an American Muslim News Brief with a letter to the editor entitled “Muslims have not been silent about terrorism”  The letter was written by Dalia Mogahed who heads up the Outreach Program for the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh. Mogahed is responding to a letter, “The True Outrage” claiming it shows how evangelists like the Rev. Franklin Graham are “tearing our nation apart”.  

     Dalia Mogahed claims the following organizations “condemned” the Islamist terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th, 2001:  (Note: all are either terrorist or terrorist supporting organizations/people).  

1.  The League of Arab States – This organization condemned the US-led effort to free Iraq.

2.  President Muhammad Khatami of Iran – The “President” of Iran has roundly condemned the United States on many occasions.

3.  Jamaat-e-Islami – A Pakistan-based Islamic group dedicated to the establishment of an Islamic theocracy.

4.  Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt – An Islamist terrorist group.

5.  Chief Mufti of Saudi Arabia – Whose clerics regularly call for the destruction of the United States.

6.  Islamic Research Academy in Cairo, Egypt – Which called for “Jihad” against the United States should the US seek to liberate Iraq.

In the United States, Mogahed cited the following organizations:

1.  CAIR – An organization founded by Hamas supporters which seeks to overthrow Constitutional government in the United States and replace it with an Islamist theocracy using our own Constitution as protection.  CAIR consistently demands Constitutional protections and then readily denies these same protections to those who disagree with them.

2.  Islamic Society of North America – Same aim as CAIR.

3.  Muslim Student Association – A radical Muslim organization that imparts Islamist propaganda on college campuses in the US and Canada.  The MSA routinely distorts the truth and seeks to shut down free speech on college campus’ when the speaker does not comport with their version of the “truth”.  

     What do these organizations and people have in common?  All of them are anti-American and anti-Democratic.  Each one of these groups or people has at one time or another called for the overthrow of the United States government and its replacement by an Islamic theocracy.  CAIR, once again, defends the indefensible.

We find CAIR’s keeping company with these groups and people perfectly in line with their policy of accommodation with Islamist terrorists and their supporters.

CAIR Attempts to Smear Daniel Pipes, Nominee to the United States Institute of Peace

     Continuing the smear campaign against Mr. Daniel Pipes, CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relation, reprinted a letter printed in the San Francisco Chronicle on May 11th, 2003.  The letter was co-authored by Mr. Helal Omeira (Executive Director, Northern California chapter of CAIR) and Mr. Arsalan Iftikar (Midwest Communications Director for CAIR).  

     In the letter, the authors cite a 1983 Washington Post book review that states:  Mr. Pipes has “a disturbing hostility to contemporary Muslims” and goes on to say that Mr. Pipes, “is swayed by the writings of anti-Muslim writers”.  

     Once again, CAIR leadership writes a letter concerning Mr. Pipes nomination that is completely devoid of any facts to back up their claim that Mr. Pipes is anti-Muslim.  In the letter, the authors fail to cite even one case of Mr. Pipes alleged “anti-Muslim” position.  Could it be that CAIR simply fears having a fair and impartial member on the board of the US Institute for Peace?

  ACAIR notes that while CAIR continually demonizes Mr. Pipes, they have never asked for a criminal investigation of Mr. Pipes, nor have they gone after Mr. Pipes in civil court.  Surely, if Mr. Pipes is the “Islamophobe” that CAIR claims him to be, they could find some legal way to shut him up?  Why haven’t they?

     ACAIR strongly supports the nomination of Mr. Pipes to the board of the US Institute for Peace and urges the Congress to confirm Mr. Pipes in the shortest time possible so the Institute can carry on its important work.

 American Muslims Condemn Riyadh Bombings

     On 13 May, 2003, CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) issued an American Muslim News Brief containing statements made by CAIR regarding the recent terrorist bombings in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

     In a statement, CAIR condemned “this vicious attack on civilians” and stated, “We join with the international community in calling for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators”. 

     ACAIR notes that CAIR is largely silent when the dead are Americans Islamist terror-murdered in the attacks of Sept. 11th, 2001 and points out that CAIR is largely silent regarding Islamist terror-murder attacks on Jews and other non-Muslims world wide.  ACAIR questions CAIR’s attitude towards Islamist terrorist murders, and points out, once again, that CAIR was founded by Hamas supporters.

     Was CAIR’s concern for the victims the result of a new-found “concern for civilians” or a result of the strong financial support provided to CAIR by the Saudi Arabian government?  How many pieces of silver were paid by the Saudis for this statement by CAIR?

    The blatant hypocrisy of CAIR’s leadership once again reveals their true agenda.

Trust on Trial, CAIR Re-writes Newspaper Article, Distorts Truth

      On May 13, 2003, CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations, issued an American Muslim News Brief containing an article written by Bob Keefe of the Austin American Statesman on May 5th, 2003.  The article in question, “Trust on Trial” concerns the arrest and detention of Mr. Maher “Mike” Hawash, an American citizen for the past 14 years.  

     To read CAIR’s version of events, Mr. Hawash is an innocent American who was simply arrested for being a Muslim.  While CAIR’s version of the article does show that Mr. Hawash was eventually indicted on charges of conspiracy to join al-Qaeda and the Taliban, it fails to paint a complete picture of the governments case against Mr. Hawash.
ACAIR encourages all interested parties to visit the following link:,E&p_text_date-0=05/01/2003%20to%2005/19/2003&p_field_advanced-0=&p_text_advanced-0=(bob%20keefe)&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&xcal_useweights=no
and read for themselves- and ask the question:  Why did CAIR find it necessary to distort the original article in such as way as to attempt to embarrass law enforcement authorities?  Why didn’t CAIR print the whole article and let readers decide for themselves?

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Andrew Whitehead