We the People of the United States of America petition our President, Attorney General, Secretary of Homeland Security, and Secretary of the Treasury to conduct an investigation based upon the following facts to determine if the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) should be designated as a terrorist organization and if the organization’s tax exempt status should be revoked.
TERRORIST DESIGNATION CONSIDERATIONS:
· The United Arab Emirates’ ministerial cabinet listed the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as one of 83 banned terrorist organizations on November 15, 2014. More info.
· In 2007, the United States Department of Justice named CAIR and two other Islamic organizations as “unindicted co-conspirators and/or joint venturers” in a criminal conspiracy to support Hamas financially in United States vs Holy Land Foundation.
· In 2014, then Attorney General Eric Holder refused to turn over to Congress the Department of Justice’s documents regarding the Council on American Islamic Relations in the United States vs Holy Land Foundation terrorist prosecution. Attorney General Eric Holder gave the documents to the Council on American Islamic Relations.
· Ghassan Elashi, founder of CAIR’s Texas chapter, in 2009 received a 65-year prison sentence for funneling over $12 million from the Islamic charity known as the Holy Land Foundation to the jihad terrorist group Hamas, which is responsible for murdering hundreds of Israeli civilians.
· In 1995, Mousa Abu Marzook, a former CAIR official, was designated as a “terrorist and Hamas leader” by the U.S. government. He now is a Hamas leader in Syria.
· Randall Royer, CAIR’s former civil rights coordinator, began serving a 20-year prison sentence in 2004 for aiding al-Qaida and the Taliban against American troops in Afghanistan and recruiting for Lashkar e-Taiba, the jihadist group responsible for the 2008 Mumbai jihad massacres.
· Bassem Khafagi, CAIR’s former community relations director, was arrested for involvement with the Islamic Assembly of North America, which was linked to al-Qaida. After pleading guilty to visa and bank fraud charges, Khafagi was deported.
· Rabih Haddad, a former CAIR fundraiser, was deported for his work with the Global Relief Foundation (which he co-founded), a terror-financing organization.
· Siraj Wahhaj, CAIR’s advisory board member, was named as one of the "unindicted persons who may be alleged as co-conspirators" in the attempt to blow up New York City monuments.
· Muthanna Al-Hanooti, 48, the former head of CAIR's Michigan branch, was arrested in 2008 at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport on return from the Middle East. The 14-page indictment presents five counts against him: conspiring to act as an agent of the Iraqi government, violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, and three false statements to the FBI. The indictment also alleges that "on or about December 22, 2002, the Vice President of Iraq directed the Iraqi Ministry of Petroleum to allocate to defendant AL-HANOOTI a quantity of two million barrels of oil" that he could then sell. In brief, he stands accused of being a spy for Saddam Hussein's government. More information.
· Nabil Sadoun of Dallas, a former CAIR board member, was deported from the United States on the orders of Judge Anthony Rogers of the Executive Office for Immigration Review in connection with U.S. government accusations that he had ties to terrorist groups.
· On January 1, 2017, CAIR leader Imraan Siddique called on President Obama to pardon Muslims convicted in the largest Islamic terrorism financing trial in American history, United States vs Holy Land Foundation.
· CAIR Florida’s 2016 fundraiser featured two terror linked speakers, Hatem Naji Fariz and Siraj Wahhaj. Hatem Naji Fariz is the Manager of the al-Qassam Mosque a.k.a. Islamic Community of Tampa (ICT). Al-Qassam was established by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leader Sami al-Arian and named after Izzedin al-Qassam, the individual who was the inspiration for PIJ’s founding. Siraj Wahhaj’s terror link is reported above.
· The FBI is prohibited from having “non-investigative interactions” with CAIR. “In 2008, the FBI developed a policy on its interactions with CAIR based in part on evidence presented during the 2007 trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. The evidence at trial linked CAIR leaders to Hamas, a specially designated terrorist organization, and CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the case. The policy was intended to significantly restrict the FBI's non-investigative interactions with CAIR and to prevent CAIR from publicly exploiting such contacts with the FBI.” Office of the Inspector General. In September 2013 the Office of the Inspector General audit of the FBI stated in part: “the FBI needs to ensure that all appropriate personnel at Headquarters, particularly OPA and - and in the field offices are fully briefed on the requirement to coordinate with one another." The FBI's 2013 re-promulgation of the prohibition from June 2011, reflects its belief that specific considerations still require that non-investigative interactions with CAIR be restricted on an ongoing basis. Office of the Inspector General report page 36 of 41. – represent redacted information.
· Omar Ahmad, Chairman and founder of the Council on American Islamic Relations, told a Muslim crowd “Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, 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.” At the Islamic Association of Palestine’s third annual convention in Chicago in November 1999, Omar Ahmad gave a speech at a youth session praising suicide bombers who kill themselves for Islam. “Fighting for freedom, fighting for Islam — that is not suicide. They kill themselves for Islam,” he said.
· Nihad Awad, CAIR Executive Director, said “I am in support of the Hamas movement.”
· Mustafa Carroll, executive director of the Dallas-Fort Worth CAIR branch, told a crowd at a Muslim rally in Austin, Texas in 2013 “If we are practicing Muslims, we are above the law of the land.”
· Ahmed Bedier, as director of the Tampa office of the Council on Islamic-American Relations defended Sami Al Arian, who was indicted and plead to federal charges of raising support for a Palestinian terrorist organization. Ahmed Bedier also spoke on behalf of Youssef Megahed, one of two University of South Florida students who were arrested for allegedly carrying pipe bombs near the naval base in Goose Creek, S.C. Megahed was arrested later for deportation. The Tampa Tribune reported the following on April 15, 2006 regarding Bedier’s defense of Sami Al Arian: “Ahmed Bedier, Tampa spokesman for the Council on American Islamic Relations, said Moffitt was wrong about the Al-Arian plea. Al-Arian did not agree to admit to any charges associated with terrorism, Bedier said ‘He (Sami Al Arian) stayed true to his convictions - he stayed true he wasn't going to plead to those issues,’ Bedier said. ‘There is no conspiracy to support terrorism.’” The Tampa Tribune reported the following on September 1, 2007 regarding Bedier’s defense of the Goose Creek suspects: "We have faith in the American judicial system," said Ahmed Bedier, executive director of the Tampa chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations. "So far we've only heard and read about vague language describing an explosive device, but no actual evidence. Until that's displayed it's going to be unclear what's going on."
· CAIR is working hard to make Sharia law legal in the United States. Many tenets of Sharia law are antithetical to the rights afforded all Americans under the United States Constitution. CAIR issued a press release on March 1, 2012 titled CAIR Releases Community Toolkit to Challenge 'Anti-Sharia' Bills. CAIR started a nationwide campaign to fight for Sharia to be legal in more than 20 states. CAIR sent out a press announcement on April 7, 2015 applauding Iowa's failure to pass legislation that would have banned Sharia law in their state courts. CAIR sent out an email alert on March 30, 2015 asking their members to send emails urging Arkansas lawmakers to oppose HB 1474 which would prohibit Arkansas courts from recognizing foreign laws including Islamic Sharia law. CAIR called on their supporters to urge members of the "South Carolina General Assembly to reject ... House Resolution 3521 (which) seeks to "prevent a court or other enforcement authority from enforcing foreign law, including but not limited to, Sharia Law in the state. ..."
TAX EXEMPT STATUS CONSIDERATIONS
· IRS Code prohibits 501(C)(3) organizations from engaging in political campaign intervention which “includes any and all activities that favor or oppose one or more candidates for public office.” The IRS Code further states “… voter education or registration activities with evidence of bias that (a) would favor one candidate over another; (b) oppose a candidate in some manner; or (c) have the effect of favoring a candidate or group of candidates, will constitute prohibited participation or intervention.”
· The overwhelming majority of 501(C)(3) organizations, including churches, followed the IRS Code and did not engage in political campaign intervention during the 2016 election cycle.
· The Council on American Islamic Relations issued 73 news releases and emails to their subscribers from January 1, 2015 to November 8, 2016 which appear to allegedly violate the IRS Code which prohibits 501C3 organizations from engaging in political campaign intervention. A summary of CAIR’s 73 news releases and emails are posted here. The subjective content of these news releases and emails appears to be written in a manner that is intended to oppose Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker, Jeb Bush and the GOP (Republican Party). The subjective content of some of these news releases and emails appears to be written in a manner that is intended to support Hillary Clinton.
· “GOP 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson is going after a U.S. Islamic advocacy group (CAIR), arguing the organization should have it’s tax-free status revoked after the group’s director called on him to withdraw from the White House race following his controversial remarks about Muslims.” The Washington Times reported on October 3, 2016.
· “The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an unindicted co-conspirator in a 2007 terrorist funding trial, lost its non-profit status at the beginning of the month June 2011. The group, however, continued to promote itself as a 501(c)(3) status, until late Tuesday afternoon. According to Politico, CAIR’s failure to disclose its finances to the Internal Revenue Service, required by law in order to remain tax-exempt, resulted in both CAIR and the CAIR Foundation losing their non-profit statuses.” The Dailey Caller reported on June 11, 2011. CAIR’s tax exempt status was subsequently restored after CAIR filed annual tax returns.
· If the United States Government designates CAIR as a terrorist organization then the organization certainly should not qualify as a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization under the IRS code.