New WND Anti-CAIR Book Creates Controversy

Joseph Farah’s feud with CAIR co ntinues to escalate, with a new title from WND Books prompting a media scramble. As WND reported on Wednesday (Rep links added):

As revealed in a new book detailing the operation and its findings, the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, is not the beneficent Muslim civil-rights group it claims to be. Indisputable evidence now shows CAIR and other “mainstream” Islamic groups are acting as fronts for a well-funded conspiracy of the Muslim Brotherhood – the parent of al-Qaida and Hamas – to infiltrate and destroy the American system… “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America,” a WND Books publication by counter-terrorism investigator P. David Gaubatz and “Infiltration” author Paul Sperry, documents CAIR’s ultimate purpose to transform the United States into an Islamic nation under the authority of the Quran.

…With evidence from “Muslim Mafia” in hand, U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., co-founder of the Congressional Anti-Terror Caucus, and other members of Congress – including Reps. John Shadegg, R-Ariz., and Paul Broun, R-Ga. – plan to hold a press conference today in Washington calling for an investigation and an end to political lobbying by front groups such as CAIR.

“Now we have proof – from the secret documents that this investigative team has uncovered, coupled with the ones recently declassified by the FBI – that [radical Islamists] agents living among us have a plan in place, and they are successfully carrying out that subversive plan,” Myrick writes in the foreword to “Muslim Mafia.”

As well as the three named Republicans, also present was Trent Franks, who recently declared that Obama does “insane things” because he is “an enemy of humanity”.

The book is just the latest of Farah’s publicity stunts, although it seems to have been his most successful. Last year WND Books published a book by Joel Richardson (of “Muslim Antichrist” fame) called Why We Left Islam, which Farah predicted would lead to riots across the Muslim world. Instead, all he got was a snarky comment from CAIR’s Ibrahim Hooper about WND‘s anti-Muslim position and referencing its publication of a 2001 article by Sperry about dropping pigs’ blood from areoplanes over Afghanistan. Farah complained this last point was untrue, and that by making the claim CAIR had in effect issued a death threat against him (in fact, Sperry had advocated threatening to put blood in Afghanistan’s water supply, which Farah dismissed as merely “satire”). Farah also encouraged readers to donate to Michael Savage’s anti-climatic copyright lawsuit against CAIR.

The book has brought considerable scrutiny to Gaubatz, who  as championed by Melanie Phillips in 2007. I’ve blogged him before regarding his absurd “Mapping Shari’a” project and his role in the new “Stop Islamization of America” organisation; Glenn Greenwald notes a history of overheated rhetoric:

He previously called Obama a “crack head” and wrote that “a vote for Hussein Obama is a vote for Sharia Law.”

And as for Gaubatz’s own site (see here):

The entire site is filled with the most extreme and repugnant anti-Muslim paranoia imaginable, claiming that “CAIR represents the ideology of terrorist groups”; warning that “CAIR places ‘insiders’ into Congressional offices in order to push the CAIR and Islamic terrorist agendas“; displaying a photograph of Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim-American elected to Congress, with this caption:  “One of your leading elected officials (supporter of CAIR) with researcher Chris Gaubatz.  How much information do we have on Carson and Congressman Keith Ellison?; and warning that “Young Muslim children are being taught across America to engage in violence against non Muslims and Muslims who do not uphold Sharia law.”

Gaubatz links this to a socialist conspiracy, and he claims that the media suppress details of Obama’s past drug use because of their own drug use. Media Matters has more in the same vein.

According to WND, Gaubatz had his son grow a beard and pretend to be a Muslim in order to infiltrate CAIR and smuggle out “12,000 pages” of documents. Of course, the fact that Gaubatz is a nutjob does not necessarily preclude the possibility that something devastating about the organisation has been turned up, but the signs are not encouraging: much of the material on WND about the book rakes over old controversies long in the public domain, and the centre-piece – which the four House Republicans are milking to death – is simply an unremarkable memo about lobbying strategy. Daniel Pipes, meanwhile, is trying to hype the book at the Jerusalem Post, but while he assures us that it “contains too much new information to summarize in small compass”, the only revelations he gives us are that CAIR has allegedly exaggerated its membership base and that it gets funding from Saudi Arabia and Dubai.

Greenwald also notes a 2003 comment from Rep Myrick:

In remarks about domestic security threats, Rep. Sue Myrick of Charlotte said, “Look at who runs all the convenience stores across the country”. . .

Myrick’s comments came during a speech to the conservative Heritage Foundation last week about what she called Americans’ lack of readiness to deal with future terrorist attacks. During a question-and-answer session, she spoke about danger within the country.

“You know, and this can be misconstrued, but honest to goodness (husband) Ed and I for years, for 20 years, have been saying, ‘You know, look at who runs all the convenience stores across the country.’  Every little town you go into, you know?”…

Of course,  politicians often show a weakness for grabbing headlines by associating with self-promoting and self-styled “anti-terror” experts. But as Patrick Mercer MP knows, such media stunts can end in embarrassment.

The book has a website here.

Muslim Mafia

11 Responses

  1. Face it America, ‘Muzzies’ have already taken over our nation!

    Just look at all those ‘jihadists’ on the Federal Reserve board!!

    And all those Islamofascists that have taken over the Treasury and State Depts.!!!

    Add in those Muslims Obama appointed, like Chief of Staff ‘Mohammed’ RAHM EMANUEL.!!!!

    Don’t forget the Wall Street banks that looted trillions out of the US economy… all headed by Islamofascists !!!!!

    What about those ‘Muzzie’ spys like ROSEN, WEISMANN, FRANKLIN and POLLARD that not only stole some of our most closely guarded military secrets, they also avoided prosecution–except Pollard–thanks to their Islamic buds sitting on the bench and in the DOJ.!!!!!!

    Yep America, we’ve been taken over alright.

    “Look at who runs all the convenience stores across the country”. . .

    Just don’t look at who’s running Wall Street, the Federal Reserve or the Treasury, State, WH and Congress.

  2. I think that the book idea is a sound one, but I think that really it would have had more credibility if Chris Grabautz, the son who infiltrated CAIR and “smuggled out” documentaion, had written the book himself.

    By passing the material on to someone who apparently has a vested interest in “spinning” information, the book’s authenticity seems compromised.

    An account of any intern’s initial impressions of any influential organisation, as long as it is an important group, should be interesting to read, and if the intern is not a total nebbish.

    If his dad has to take his research and then turn it into a book, assisted by his dad’s friend, it will lose its “documentary” appeal.

    I will not be buying this. But I hope to hear Chris Grabautz’s own account of his experiences, unprompted or trained by anyone else.

    I also have little faith in WND after all that crap with Joseph Farah taking the side of that looney-tune lawyer/dentist Orly Taitz (who acted on behalf of another aggrieved fruitcake, Alan Keyes, the Chicago Republican candidate), in the truly awful saga of the Obama birth certificate “scandal”.

    I also despise the some of the sexual bigotry of commentators on WND, and I wonder really what Chuck Norris has to say about Christianity or any other subject that is worth reading. Chuck Norris on how to make a macrame jock-strap, perhaps?

    There is a lot that could be written about CAIR – there are enough worrying facts already in the public domain about their previous luminaries that would make a good book (Randall Todd Royer, the convicted LeT terror supporter, Bassem Khafagi, convicted of bank and visa fraud, founder’s membership of Islamic Association for Palestine, a Hamas front, CAIR’s support for the Holy Land Foundation,another Hamas Font, Ghassan Elashi of the Texas chapter of CAIR and a co-founder of CAIR being convicted for giving material support to Hamas via the HLF, and in November 2008 being jailed for 65 years. I could also mention Ahmed Bedier of the Florida chapter who – thoough not convicted of anything, consistently denied the guilt of Sami al-Arian, the Florida Professor jailed for supporting terror group Palestinian Islamic Jihad, even though al-Arian had admitted his crime)

    Yes – there is much that should be written about CAIR, especially when they claim to be a “rights organisation” yet apparently care nothing for the rights of non-Muslim people persecuted under Muslim regimes abroad.

    But I feel that that book is still waiting to be written. I quite respect Aaron Klein’s articles in WND, but the tone of much of the site’s articles is too strident, too full of polemic to be considered as “objective” news reporting.

  3. There is no question whatsoever that CAIR is a MB front organisation. Several of its former members have recieved lengthy prison terms for aiding terrorists. Still others are under investigation.

    Your posting is far, FAR more dishonest than the book you pretend to review because you spend most of the time, not reviewing the book, but smearing the authors and refusing to deal with the book’s content.

    You’re fond of linking to LGF and LGF to you. Remember the LGF posting highlighting a photoshopped image of a CAIR meeting in which the non-CAIR women in the image had a hijab crudely added on to her head to make her more Islamic?

    Any Islamist organisation that goes that far and is so driven by zealotry is capable of just about anything.

    CAIR is not some self-styled Muslim ACLU. It’s sole purpose is to push for the islamisation of the workplace, the public space, the universities and the colleges. It aids, abetts and supports islamists and their cohorts at every opportunity and in its charter makes no secret of wanting to see America “enlightened-by-the-wisdom-of-Islam”

    Were CAIR a Christian or Catholic organisation engaging in similar activities, and supporting similar “causes” the authorities would’ve h ruthlessly put them out of business in a new york minute.

    • Don’t worry – Gaubatz is asking for donations. If you give him enough money he might just be able to save us all!

  4. Don’t worry – Gaubatz is asking for donations. If you give him enough money he might just be able to save us all!

    My sister and her two daughters had dinner at WTC restaurant on the evening of Sept. 10th, 2001.

    Members of CAIR’s executive are on the record as being troofers.

    CAIR is an extremely radical and dangerous organisation that needs to be ostracised, marginalised and, if needs be, completely banned from American soil. Their cause, their aims, their objectives and goals are totally at odds with America and America’s constitution. The programme of an islamo-fascist outfit can never be reconciled with the freedoms America embodies. CAIR’s only possible strategy is that of presenting themselves as a Human Rights organisation whose entire play-list consists of branding non-Muslims ( and no small number of ex-Muslims) speaking the truth about Islam as bigots.

    In CAIR’s rulebook, the burkha/hijab becomes the epitomy of feminist self-realisation, the imposition of Islamic prayer shchedules in a non-Muslim workplace ‘freedom of religion’, and so any criticism of its agenda, or calls to ban aspects of it, then become merely signs of “racism” and intolerance.

    Cute construct.

    CAIR’s entire executive appears just breathless with mutliculturalist understanding. That’s only their mouths, though. If you look closely at their feet, you’ll notice they’re all goose-stepping.

    Oh! And let’s not forget about those incidents of faked “hate-crimes” either!

  5. Oh! And let’s not forget about those incidents of faked “hate-crimes” either!

    And let’s forget the Goldstone Gaza War Crimes Report either. Can you imagine what that report would have read like if it had not been guided by a self-described lover of Israel and a Zionist Jew?

    Gosh, what are we missing?

    As far as CAIR taking over he world with some pseudo-sinister plot, I just hope that those praying for Jesus get what they want, just don’t incinerate the world in the process, OK?

    Do you think JC would be OK with that or would he advocate for the USA and Israel to use nukes on Iran, killing millions if not billions just so he could come back to Earth?

    Gee, I just hope those Muzzies NEVER get as much influence on the USA and our Congress as these guys!!

    John Walsh: AIPAC Congratulates Itself for the Slaughter in Lebanon

    “My fellow American,” Howard Friedman, President of AIPAC, begins his letter of July 30 to friends and supporters of AIPAC, “Look what you’ve done”! After warning that “Israel is fighting a pivotal war for its life,” by which he means Israel’s wanton slaughter and all-out destruction in Lebanon, Freiedman condemns “the expected chorus of international condemnation of Israel’s actions” and Europe’s call for “a cease-fire immediately.” Then he exults: “only ONE nation in the world came out and flatly declared: Let Israel finish the job. . That nation is the United States of America–and the reason it had such a clear, unambiguous view of the situation is YOU and the rest of America Jewry.

    “How do we do it”? President Friedman asks a little further on. The answer is “decades of long hard work which never ends.” Not only is it hard work–but it’s eternal. However, President Friedman is not content with generalities and gives us some of AIPAC’s trade secrets. Here are two notables:

    “AIPAC meets with every candidate running for Congress. These candidates receive in-depth briefings to help them completely understand the complexities of Israel’s predicament and that of the Middle East as a whole. We even ask each candidate to author a ‘position paper’ on their views of the U.S.-Israel relationship–so it’s clear where they stand on the subject.” (Would it not be great to see these “position papers”? I wonder how many candidates would release them? And what do the candidates get for all this effort? A pat on the back?)

    “Members of Congress, staffers and administration officials have come to rely on AIPACs memos. They are VERY busy people and they know that they can count on AIPAC for clear-eyed analysis.. We present this information in concise form to elected officials. The information and analyses are impeccable–after all our reputation is at stake. This results in policy and legislation that make up Israel’s lifeline.”


  6. Wow Mr Bacon.

    Talk about getting lost on a rant that has nothing to do with the original posting.

    Yes, you hate Israel, which would put you in the same camp as some of CAIR’s luminaries.

    But really, your spewing anti-Israeli hatred does not alter the fact that the topic in hand is all about CAIR.

    The Council on American Islamic Relations.

    Not about Zionist-bashing hysteria.

    I ask again…. are you an anti-Semite?

  7. Just ignore the facts….

    Long before “Muslim Mafia” was published several members of Congress had warned of CAIR’s disturbing origins. One of the first consistent and fearless critics of CAIR has been Democrat Senator Charles Schumer who said: “We know [CAIR] has ties to terrorism…intimate links with Hamas.” Senator Schumer made these statements during a September 2003 Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security where the evidence against CAIR was laid out in detail. CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad was invited to testify at this gathering, but chose to avoid the meeting and instead submitted a crude and absurd written statement listing CAIR’s “accomplishments” and childishly attacking critics.

    Senator Schumer continues to give unapologetic support in efforts to investigate and exclude CAIR from involvement in government programs, including “training” the FBI. In February of 2009, Senator Schumer joined Senators Kyl and Coburn in contacting the FBI to state their support for the FBI severing ties to CAIR saying “We certainly support that action…”

    Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer has also called out CAIR. She recalled an award to CAIR’s Basim Elkarra when she researched and learned of his involvement with CAIR and CAIR’s ties to Hamas. In addition to recalling the award, Senator Boxer also told CAIR to remove her statement endorsing CAIR from their web site. CAIR blasted Senator Boxer saying her actions were rooted in “Islamophobia.” Senator Boxer made clear her feelings about CAIR when she said: “To praise [CAIR] because they haven’t been indicted is like somebody saying, ‘I’m not a crook’”

  8. CAIR’s “attacking Muslims” meme is their classic ploy to misdirect the issue away from CAIR’s creation for supporting Hamas. Their documented defensive tactic of attacking the messenger because “the credibility of the message depends on the credibility of the messenger” is now in full operational mode.

    As soon as Myrick and her colleagues made their announcement, CAIR damage-control went into high gear issuing bleating media reports and having CAIR apologists appear on cue to falsely accuse the authors of “Muslim Mafia” and congressional members of being “anti-Islam” and “Islamophobes.”

    CAIR has pressed the narrative that author Gaubatz is “anti-Islam” and “anti-Muslim” even though the evidence shows the exact opposite is true. Gaubatz has risked his life helping Muslims, which includes leading a dangerous mission in 2003 to extract members of an Iraqi Muslim family out of Iraq who now affectionately call Gaubatz the “American Angel”. Gaubatz has also come to the aid of Muslims under assault by CAIR.

    Representative Myrick could not be more specific on who she is targeting:

    “Why would anyone allow a group, who the FBI says is tied to terrorism, to influencenational security policy, or any policy for that matter?”…“If the FBI has cut ties with CAIR, Congress should wake up and do the same.”

    The gauntlet has been thrown and CAIR has, so far, refused to point out any parts of “Muslim Mafia” that are not true. This is further evidence, as if any was needed, that CAIR has once again been exposed as a dangerous organization that supports many who would be happy to kill us if they were given half a chance.

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