Unlawful dismissal of the CAIR terrorist cases

In the 1990’s Eric Holder showed himself willing to be a terrorist’s best friend when he played a key role in getting President Clinton to pardon FALN terrorists in order to boost political support in the Puerto Rican community for then candidates Hillary Clinton and Al Gore. In 2010 Holder repeated history when he ordered terrorism charges against the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other top Islamic charities to be dropped in order to garner good will from American Muslims for Democratic candidates in the 2010 mid-term elections.

In 2008 officials at The Holy Land Foundation, the largest Islamic Charity in the U.S., were successfully prosecuted for funneling more than $12 million to Hamas suicide bombers and their families. CAIR founder Omar Ahmad and top level officials at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) were named in court documents as “unindicted co-conspirators”. In July 2009 a federal judge confirmed there was “ample evidence” the CAIR officials had participated in the “criminal conspiracy”.

Career DOJ lawyers were moving swiftly towards upgrading CAIR from unindicted to indicted status when, as reported by Patrick Poole for Pajamas Media, “those indictments were scuttled last year at the direction of top-level political appointees within the Department of Justice (DOJ) — and possibly even the White House.”

According to one of Poole’s sources:

There’s a mountain of evidence against all of these groups that was never introduced during the Holy Land trial and it is damning. We’ve got them on wiretaps. That’s exactly why many of these leaders and groups were named unindicted co-conspirators in the first round of prosecutions.

But from a political perspective there was absolutely no way that they could move forward. That’s why this decision came from the top down. These individuals who were going to be prosecuted are still the administration’s interfaith allies. Not only would these Muslim groups and their friends in the media be screaming “Islamophobia” at the top of their lungs and that this is a war against Islam, but the administration would look like absolute fools.

In a 2011 letter to the DOJ Peter T. King, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, wrote:

I have been reliably informed that the decision not to seek indictments of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its co-founder Omar Ahmad; the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); and the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) was usurped by high-ranking officials at Department of Justice headquarters over the vehement and stated objections of special agents and supervisors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the prosecutors at the US Attorney’s Office in Dallas, who had investigated and successfully prosecuted the Holy Land Foundation case.

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