CAIR’s Inner Workings Exposed – by Daniel Pipes


The Council on American-Islamic Relations has, since its founding in 1994, served as the Islamist movement in North America’s most high-profile, belligerent, manipulative, and aggressive agency. From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., CAIR also sets the agenda and tone for the entire Wahhabi lobby.

A substantial body of criticism about CAIR exists, some of it by me, but until now, the group’s smash-mouths and extremists have managed to survive all revelations about its record. The publication this week of Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America (WND Books) may, however, change the equation.

Written by P. David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry, the investigation is based largely on the undercover work of Gaubatz’s son Chris who spent six months as an intern at CAIR’s D.C. headquarters in 2008. In that capacity, he acquired 12,000 pages of documentation and took 300 hours of video.

Chris Gaubatz’s information reveals much that the secretive CAIR wants hidden, including its strategy, finances, membership, and internal disputes, thereby exposing its shady and possibly illegal methods. As the book contains too much new information to summarize in small compass, I shall focus here on one dimension – the organization’s inner workings, where the data shows that CAIR’s claims amount to crude deceptions.

Claim 1: According to Ibrahim Hooper, the organization’s communications director, “CAIR has some 50,000 members.” Fact: An internal memo prepared in June 2007 for a staff meeting reports that the organization had precisely 5,133 members, about one-tenth Hooper’s exaggerated number.

Claim 2: CAIR is a “grass-roots organization” that depends financially on its members. Fact: According to an internal 2002 board meeting report, the organization received $33,000 in dues and $1,071,000 in donations. In other words, under 3 percent of its income derives from membership dues.

Claim 3: CAIR receives “no support from any overseas group or government.” Fact: Gaubatz and Sperry report that 60 percent of CAIR’s income derives from two dozen donors, most of whom live outside the United States. Specifically: $978,000 from the ruler of Dubai in 2002 in exchange for controlling interest in its headquarters property on New Jersey Avenue, a $500,000 gift from Saudi prince al-Waleed bin Talal and $112,000 in 2007 from Saudi prince Abdullah bin Mosa’ad, at least $300,000 from the Saudi-based Organization of the Islamic Conference, $250,000 from the Islamic Development Bank, and at least $17,000 from the American office of the Saudi-based International Islamic Relief Organization.

Claim 4: CAIR is an independent, domestic human rights group “similar to a Muslim NAACP.” Fact: In a desperate search for funding, CAIR has offered its services to forward the commercial interests of foreign firms. This came to light in the aftermath of Dubai Ports World’s failed effort to purchase six U.S. harbors in 2006 due to security fears. In response, CAIR’s chairman traveled to Dubai and suggested to businessmen there: “Do not think about your contributions [to CAIR] as donations. Think about it from the perspective of rate of return. The investment of $50 million will give you billions of dollars in return for fifty years.”

Combining these four facts reveals a CAIR quite unlike its public image. Almost bereft of members and dues, it sustains itself by selling its services to the Saudi and U.A.E. governments by doing their ideological and financial bidding.

This in turn raises the obvious question: should CAIR not be required to register as a foreign agent, with the regulations, scrutiny, and lack of tax-deductible status that the designation implies? Data in Muslim Mafia certainly suggests so.

Looking further ahead, I expect CAIR’s days are numbered. It’s a dirty institution, founded by Islamic terrorists and with many subsequent ties to terrorists. Over the years, it has established a long record of untrustworthiness that includes doctoring a photograph, fabricating anti-Muslim hate crimes, and promoting suspect polling. It has also intimidated critics via libel suits, boasted of ties to a neo-Nazi, and allegedly paid hush money. Eventually, close scrutiny of this outfit will likely lead to its demise.

That’s the good news. Less happy is my expectation that CAIR’s successor will be a more savvy, honest, respectable institution that continues its work of bringing Islamic law to the United States and Canada while avoiding the mistakes and apparent illegalities that render CAIR vulnerable. In that sense, the fight to preserve the Constitution has just begun.

  • arenstein

    Time to use the RICO laws against CAIR!

  • kafir4life

    Despite the clouds, it's getting to be a pretty sunny day. The cockroaches (as opposed to apes and pigs) are scurrying!! Let us pray (to G_d, not that made up moon god that the mohamadan pedophilic “prophet” (Mad momo) invented in order to fulfill his sexual perversions.) Amen.

  • davarino

    Ya, you know they are just not welcome here in America, they will never win and they will never subjugate us to sharia. As far as I'm concerned, if the “moderate” muslims dont start standing up and rejecting groups like these and jihad then one day public opinion will turn so hard against them that they will have to leave and go back home. Keep pushin it and you'll be sent back to the middle ages, just like you want it : )

  • kafir4life

    I was reading some of the comments of the “islam” discussion at Amazon (while ordering the book), and much like the cairorists highlighted in the book, one of the posters indicated that their real concern about another terrorist attack on the US may bring a backlash against muslims. What that means is that a terrorist attack in and of itself is just fine and quite islamic, but after an attack, the sideways looks given to members of the RoP ™ are worrysome.

  • josephwiess

    Invoking the RICO statutes against CAIR sounds like a good start. While we are at it, we should also invoke the patriot act against them.

    It's time that we should take a stand and tell these barbarians that we aren't afraid of them. The shaking they see is righteous anger, and our discipline that we don't kill people. They should buy their plane tickets now and move to France.

  • Gary

    If america does not wake up and listen up they will win.

  • earthman

    This news abut CAIR and the book Muslim Mafia is the best news I have heard for weeks. We all knew what they were up to but now there is proof. We need J. Edgar Hoover now more than ever in the U.S.

  • frank002

    How long must we keep bending over backwards to appease these animals? This so-called religion teaches only two things: hatred and violence. It's time to eradicate this cancer.

  • orbicularioculi

    Excellent Article, Mr. Pipes. I sincerely hope that this information is being constantly filtered into the Files of the FBI, Homeland Security, the AG's office and to each of our Congressmen and Senators.

    It amazes me that CAIR continues to play an active role in subverting America. It's time for them to be prosecuted.

  • wildjew

    The following is why I have so little respect for my party, the Republican party. President George W. Bush lied about the enemy with the full backing of the GOP leadership. Politico reports the following today:

    “Four Republican lawmakers have accused the most prominent Islamic advocacy group in Washington of trying to plant “spies” as interns on Capitol Hill…..

    In an unusual announcement this morning, four conservative Republicans — Reps. John Shadegg (Ariz.), Paul Broun (Ga.), Trent Franks (Ariz.) and Sue Myrick (N.C.) — formally asked the House Sergeant at Arms to launch an investigation of the Center for American-Islamic Relations. They accused CAIR, a non profit group, of trying to infiltrate Capitol Hill with interns and staffers.

    Shadegg said Wednesday that CAIR is an organization that “members of Congress should be aware of and that should be investigated by the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service…..”

    The claim was quickly denounced as “racist” and “insidious” by the Council on American Islamic Relations, and THE EFFORT APPEARS TO HAVE LITTLE SUPPORT FROM GOP LEADERS.” (emphasis mine)

    If true, this is indicative of further moral cowardice on the part of GOP leaders.

  • Obakeinu

    All that, and they sit at the DNC's elbow too.

  • xyz

    A few months ago I went to a “meet the candidate” event. The only question I had for him was on the subject of Muslims in America and what can we do to stop them. He shrugged and said that he thinks they will probably take over because out constitution and laws protect them and there's not much we can do. I gaped at him and then he realized he'd said the wrong thing. I said, well, we need someone that can figure that out. Haven't seen or heard of him since. Hope he gave up or at least wised up.

  • xyz

    More on the above: We all need to vet any and all candidates on this issue. Every candidate needs to pass this test or he flunks. Another candidate brushed off the question with the reply that he didn't see it as a “Big” problem.

  • Jim_SE_Texas

    Yup, all we need is for Obama's Attorney General, Eric Holder to do his job. Not takin' any odds on that.

  • ApolloSpeaks


    Google ApolloSpeaks (one word) at Town Hall and read my piece: The Reconciliation of America and Islam.

  • Jew Lover

    Thank you Dr. Pipes for continuing to educate the world.

    Jew Lover –