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Articles,Books,Videos Reviewed Susan Freis Falknor on 06 Nov 2009 09:30 pm

“Muslim Mafia” Raises Alarms Nationally and in Virginia


Reviewed by Susan Freis Falknor.

Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America, P. David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry (Los Angeles: WND Books), 2009.

“There’s only three degrees of separation between international terrorism and what happens in Fairfax County,” observes a senior Fairfax County [Virginia] Police Department detective. “Our society here is totally infiltrated by the bad guys.” – -Paul Sperry interview January 16, 2009 in Muslim Mafia.

This history of recent radical Islamist activity by David Gaubatz, former agent, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and Paul Sperry, author of Infiltration (2005), focuses on the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the leading national Muslim organization.

The chapter headings alone arrest one’s attention. Here is a sample:  “Muslims Victimizing Muslims,” “CAIR’s Arab Paymasters,” “Blackmailing Corporate America,” “Faking out the Infidel,” “NAIT [North American Islamic Trust] and the Economic Jihad.”

In their prefatory “Note of Caution,” however, the authors underscore that – –

“This is not a book about Islam or Muslims in general. It is about the threat of Shariah Islam and violent jihad propaganda by a criminal class of Muslims known as the Muslim Brotherhood or the ‘Ikhwan mafia.’ This secretive organization dominates most established Muslims groups and mosques in America while exploiting, manipulating, and even victimizing law-abiding Muslim Americans.Only a small share of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims are part of this dangerous group.This book is about them.”

Is CAIR the NAACP for Muslims?

National-security expert Frank Gaffney cites Muslim Mafia here – –

“To set the scene, here’s a brief ‘CAIR for Dummies’ backgrounder from author Paul Sperry, whose just-published best-seller Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld that’s Conspiring to Islamize America unmasks CAIR and its foreign backers:

“The Council on American-Islamic Relations bills itself as a ‘civil-rights advocacy group,’ much like the NAACP, but for Muslims.

However, the FBI says that far from being a benign nonprofit, CAIR is a front group for Hamas terrorists and the radical Muslim Brotherhood in America. And the bureau recently cut off formal ties to CAIR’s national office in Washington and all 30 of its branch offices across the country.

At the same time, the Justice Department has blacklisted CAIR as an unindicted terrorist co-conspirator in the largest terror finance case in U.S. history, the Holy Land Foundation trial. It ended in convictions on all 108 counts.

Prosecutors have also connected CAIR to the Muslim Brotherhood, a worldwide jihadist movement that seeks to institutionalize Shariah law (think: Taliban) in America and the West through immigration, coercion and political infiltration.”

CAIR Documents Come to Light

The Muslim Mafia includes many documents accessed by Gaubatz’s son Christopher.  The younger Gaubatz posed as David Marshall, a supposed Muslim convert, who served as an intern at CAIR’s headquarters and in its Sterling, Virginia office.

CAIR and the authors of the Muslim Mafia are currently in court over the documents.  This week Politico’s Josh Gerstein “Judge muzzles author over CAIR files” here reports on the latest round in the litigation.

Although this book references Islamist activities in Los Angeles, Chicago, and other places around the country, much of the narrative takes place in the Washington area—on Capitol Hill; CAIR’s national offices on New Jersey Avenue; Beltway mosques and the large Muslim community in Northern Virginia; and the headquarters of the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and other Federal security agencies.

This setting is only logical given the subject matter, but it also lends the book a special appeal to those familiar with Northern Virginia. 

For example, the authors look at now-Representative Gerry Connolly’s current role in Congress, as well as his role as then-chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in the controversy over renewing the Islamic Saudi Academy lease. For our own coverage of that lamentable affair, readers are invited to go here and here.

‘Throwing Sand in the Eyes’ of Law Enforcement

CAIR’s star rose quickly in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks—with the organization playing the role of advocate for a loyal American minority community and as an expert bridge-builder between the Muslim culture and the U.S. government.

The gambit worked for years, according to the authors.

Within a few days of the attacks, CAIR officials were chosen to appear with President George W. Bush at the Islamic Center of Washington. What the authors call the “PC-addled” FBI, hoping to forge positive relations with an important part of the Muslim establishment, reached out energetically to CAIR. Bureau representatives attended CAIR banquets, and set up visits between CAIR and Bureau officials at FBI headquarters in Washington. CAIR also enjoyed much success in finding jobs for its agents in key Congressional offices, according to Muslim Mafia

CAIR played a prominent role in providing extensive “cultural awareness education” to law- enforcement agencies both national and local, say Gaubatz and Sperry. They characterize CAIR’s diversity training as “a dangerous disinformation program” which “lectures them to be sensitive to Muslims and respectful of Islamic customs while misleading them about the meaning of jihad.”

CAIR’s security training presented Jihad as a moral struggle within the individual, rather than as a deadly holy war to dominate unbelievers, Gaubatz and Sperry write.

Gaubatz and Sperry revealed that the training warned officers, in dealing with Muslims, to guard against racial profiling and any appearance of “police misconduct.” The training stipulated avoiding frisking, touching, or even standing too close to Muslim suspects. CAIR’s trainers also warned police not to use dogs to search Muslim homes, remove their shoes before entering a Muslim home or mosque, and not touch the Quran during searches. 

If police ran across a case of domestic violence, they were directed not to take the usual protective steps on behalf of the woman, but to refer the couple to their local Muslim clerics for counseling, according to the authors.

In the course of one training session in Chicago, Gaubatz and Sperry relate, the Department of Homeland Security took CAIR on a VIP tour of security operations at the nation’s busiest airport, at the same time British authorities were working to break up a major plot to blow up U.S. bound airplanes

And CAIR’s bridge to Muslims in America has not turned out to be a two-way street, according to the authors. In its ‘Muslim community safety kit distributed at mosques,’ for example, CAIR advised Muslims to ‘know your rights’ not to talk to FBI agents–undercutting agents’ attempts to get to know the Islamic community, the authors explain.

From 2003 to 2006, the respected Higgins Center for Counter Terrorism Research trained the Fairfax County Policy Department, the largest in Northern Virginia, in counter-terrorism methods.  CAIR “complained” that one of the Higgins courses “portrayed Islam in a bad light,” the authors report, which led to the loss of Higgins’ contract. 

One of the officers who objected to the Higgins Center, according to a 2009 interview by Paul Sperry with a high-ranking Fairfax police official, was Muslim police sergeant Mohammad Weiss Rasool, Muslim Mafia relates.

Rasool “in 2008 pleaded guilty to illegally accessing a classified federal database to tip off a Muslim friend under surveillance as part of a terrorism investigation,” say Gaubatz and Sperry.

The authors also explain that Mohammad Weiss Rasool is no longer with the Fairfax police force. 

Moreover, in 2007, in a search of a terrorist suspect’s home in the Washington suburbs, FBI agents found secret documents “naming CAIR and other ‘mainstream’ groups as “part of a Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy to support terrorism and to infiltrate and destroy the American system from within.”

The seized documents were entered as evidence in the largest-ever terrorist-financing case, write Gaubatz and Sperry. The Justice Department named CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator.  CAIR was also named by a Texas court as among those entities that “are and/or were members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee and/or its organizations.”

According to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, the FBI cut off contacts with CAIR in the summer of 2008. 

Four House Anti-terrorism Caucus Members Ask for Action and Answers

Last October 14, 2009, Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C, founder of the House Anti-terrorism Caucus, who had also written a foreword for Muslim Mafia, issued a press release with three other members of the Caucus: Representatives John Shadegg, R-Ariz., Trent Franks, R-Ariz., and Paul Broun, R-Ga.

As their press release detailed – –

“In response to these recent claims in Muslim Mafia, Myrick, Shadegg, Broun, and Franks call on:

 1) The US Department of Justice to share with each member of Congress and their Chiefs of Staff an executive summary of the findings that led them to name CAIR as a co-conspirator in a terrorism case;

 2)  The House Sergeant at Arms to work with the Staff Directors and Committee Chairmen of the House Judiciary, Homeland Security and Intelligence Committees to see if CAIR was successful in placing interns in any of said committees since the drafting of this memo in January of 2007;

 3) The Internal Revenue Service to launch a full investigation into the legality of the lobbying activities of CAIR to judge if they are in violation of their federal non-profit status.

 ‘It’s frightening to think that an organization with clear-cut ties to terrorism could have a hand in influencing policy – especially national security policy – within our government,’ said Rep. Myrick. ‘The investigations that we’re asking for are simple, and I’m hopeful that they will bring to light any and all information regarding the goals of CAIR.’”

Readers are encouraged to read the documents here and here attached to the Myrick joint press release.

Muslim Mafia will doubtless be a blow to CAIR, but more importantly the book sheds much needed light on what appears to be a significant effort to “Islamize America.”

Readers will want to play close attention to the material presented in order to make their own assessment of this threat to our historic freedoms.

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 UPDATE: “Attorney General to Speak to CAIR — Michael Rubin explains that “CAIR’s links to terrorism and radical Islamism are detailed here.”Josh Gerstein in Politico wrote yesterday – –

“Attorney General Eric Holder has agreed to give a keynote speech next week to a Michigan group which includes the local branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations even though the FBI has formally severed contacts with the controversial Muslim civil rights organization.”

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Former terrorism prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, a CAIR critic, said he was disappointed but not taken aback by the FBI’s parsing of its ban on ‘formal contacts’ with the Muslim group. ‘I wish I could say I’m surprised but I’m not remotely surprised,’ McCarthy said. ‘When [the FBI] said they cut off formal ties with them, whenever they say something like that you have to look very carefully at the way it’s worded… The last administration was guilty of it, this administration is guilty of it—they have determined it is more important to have what it can publicly hold out as ties to the Muslim community than it is to be careful about who you have the ties with.‘” (Underscoring Forum’s.)

Debbie Schlussel has declared for some months that the FBI has been meeting with CAIR in Michigan and elsewhere

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