Saturday, August 18, 2007

Council on American-Islamic Relations - Un-unindicted un-co-conspirators?

Apparently the Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, is unhappy about their billing as unindicted co-conspirators in United States versus Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (an alleged Hamas front/terrorist money-launderer). CAIR's fund raising, recruiting and retention are down, so they've conspired to petition the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas to remove them from the co-conspiracy list, complaining they are being disparaged because they appear on it:
...the list of unindicted coconspirators has spread and gained notoriety through non-mainstream media, as well, including various 'anti-terrorism' weblogs. These weblogs are often extremely biased and inaccurate in their reporting, leading to even more severe damage to the reputation of the unindicted coconspirators.
The Counterterrorism Blog is mentioned specifically in this brief. I admit to some disappointment that The Other Club was not also mentioned, since we've certainly been critical of CAIR on many occasions. For example, CAIR's instigation and promotion of the "flying imams" lawsuit, and attempts to censor commentary on it, are based on a sharia flawed interpretation of the First Amendment.

In any case, this link provides access to CAIR's amicus curiae brief and to some of the commentary they would prefer did not exist. You decide.

If this post generates enough traffic, maybe CAIR will mention TOC the next time they ask a court for censorship.

Update: 19-Aug-2007 11:50AM from Counterterroism Blog - CAIR's Legal Gambit (and another Graph):

The move by CAIR and several other prominent Muslim organizations to have themselves de-listed as un-indicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation trials is an interesting, albeit unprecedented, legal maneuver that – if successful – would have a profound impact on the HLF trial and criminal justice in the United States.
Read the rest here.

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