CAIR Lawyers Rep­re­sent Ter­ror-Re­lated Bos­ton Bomber As­so­ciate

CAIR not both­ered that its client, Ibragim To­da­shev, was in­volved in triple mur­der

The Jewish Voice - - NEWS IN REVIEW - By: Joe Kauf­man

The Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Is­lamic Re­la­tions (CAIR) is as­so­ci­ated in large part with ter­ror­ism. The group has its roots in ter­ror­ism; it has helped finance ter­ror­ism; it co-spon­sors ral­lies pro­mot­ing ter­ror­ism; and it has lost, through de­por­ta­tion and in­car­cer­a­tion, a num­ber of of­fi­cials who have been in­volved in and/or linked to ter­ror­ism. Given CAIR’s ter­ror-re­lated history, as well as the group’s ap­petite for gen­er­at­ing law­suits, it makes sense that CAIR would pro­vide le­gal de­fense to some­one who is also re­lated to ter­ror, some­one like Ibragim To­da­shev, who is linked to the per­pe­tra­tors of the April 2013 Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ing.

Last month, on May 22nd, the par­ents of Chechen-born Ibragim To­da­shev filed a wrong­ful- death law­suit against two fed­eral agents and two Mas­sachusetts state troop­ers, claim­ing that their son’s death, which took place ex­actly four years ear­lier, “was the re­sult of ex­ces­sive force by FBI agents.”

Be­gin­ning May 21, 2013, dur­ing ques­tion­ing from the FBI, To­da­shev ad­mit­ted to his and Bos­ton Marathon bomber Tamer­lan Tsar­naev’s in­volve­ment in a triple mur­der that took place in Waltham, Mas­sachusetts on Septem­ber 11, 2011, well over a year prior to the Bos­ton bomb­ing. The three vic­tims, who were all Jew­ish, had their throats so vi­o­lently slashed that they were nearly de­cap­i­tated.

Ac­cord­ing to wit­ness re­ports, fol­low­ing his con­fes­sion, To­da­shev, a for­mer mixed mar­tial artist, be­came en­raged and hurled a cof­fee table at the FBI agent con­duct­ing the in­ter­view, Aaron McFarlane, giv­ing the agent a gash on his head which he would re­ceive stitches for. To­da­shev then al­legedly lunged at the agent with a metal pole, to which the agent re­sponded by open­ing fire on him. To­da­shev, once again, at­tempted to at­tack, be­fore dy­ing, shortly af­ter mid­night, with six shots to the torso and one to the head.

The Flor­ida State At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, in its fi­nal re­port re­gard­ing Ibragim To­da­shev’s death, con­cluded: “Given the to­tal­ity of the cir­cum­stances at the time of this in­ci­dent… the use of deadly force by the FBI Agent on May 22, 2013, was rea­son­able and jus­ti­fied, and there­fore, law­ful.”

The US Depart­ment of Jus­tice Civil Rights Di­vi­sion, in its re­port on To­da­shev, con­cluded: “[T]he ev­i­dence does not re­veal a vi­o­la­tion of the ap­pli­ca­ble fed­eral crim­i­nal civil rights statutes or war­rant fur­ther fed­eral crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the May 22, 2013 death of Ibragim To­da­shev, who was shot in an Or­lando, Flor­ida apart­ment by an FBI Agent dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of To­da­shev’s role in a 2011 Walthan, Mas­sachusetts triple homi­cide.”

None of this – the ter­ror­ist con­nec­tions, the mur­ders, the in­ves­tiga­tive re­ports clear­ing the FBI of any wrong­do­ing – seem to mat­ter to CAIR, as the group has sup­plied two of its Flor­ida chap­ter at­tor­neys to rep­re­sent To­da­shev’s par­ents against those who are charged to pro­tect us. But then again, CAIR has its own ter­ror-linked past (and present).

CAIR was cre­ated in June 1994 by an um­brella group led by then-global head of Ha­mas, Mousa Abu Mar­zook, called the Pales­tine Com­mit­tee. CAIR was later named by the US gov­ern­ment as a co-con­spir­a­tor in fed­eral tri­als deal­ing with the fi­nanc­ing of mil­lions of dol­lars to Ha­mas. CAIR had used its of­fi­cial web­site to raise money for the de­fen­dant in the tri­als, the Holy Land Foun­da­tion (HLF). Sev­eral CAIR rep­re­sen­ta­tives have served jail time or have been de­ported for ter­ror-re­lated ac­tiv­ity, in­clud­ing for­mer HLF head and founder of CAIR’s Texas chap­ter, Ghas­san Elashi.

CAIR’s Flor­ida chap­ter re­flects the same vi­o­lence-driven ex­trem­ism of its par­ent or­ga­ni­za­tion. In July 2014, CAIR-Flor­ida co-spon­sored a pro-Ha­mas rally in Down­town Mi­ami, where at­ten­dees re­peat­edly shouted, “We are Ha­mas,” “Let’s go Ha­mas,” and “Ha­mas kicked your ass.” Fol­low­ing the rally, the event or­ga­nizer, Sofian Ab­de­laziz Zakkout, wrote in Ara­bic, “Thank God, ev­ery day we con­quer the Amer­i­can Jews like our con­quests over the Jews of Is­rael!”

The CAIR lawyers rep­re­sent­ing To­da­shev’s par­ents are Tha­nia Diaz Cle­venger and Tark Richard Aouadi. Be­sides his in­volve­ment with CAIR, Aouadi is also the Trea­surer of the Arab Amer­i­can Com­mu­nity Cen­ter of Flor­ida (AACC), a group also with a check­ered history.

In Jan­uary 2009, AACC was one of the main or­ga­niz­ers of a bru­tally anti-Is­rael rally held in Or­lando, ti­tled ‘Let Gaza Live!’ Dur­ing the rally, speak­ers and marchers called for the de­struc­tion of the Jew­ish state, chant­ing “From the river to the sea, Pales­tine will be free.”

In July 2014, CAIR-Flor­ida co-spon­sored a pro-Ha­mas rally in Down­town Mi­ami, where at­ten­dees re­peat­edly shouted, “We are Ha­mas,” “Let’s go Ha­mas,” and “Ha­mas kicked your ass.”

In Au­gust 2014, cur­rent board mem­ber of AACC, Manal Fakhoury, wrote on Face­book the farflung con­spir­acy that “IS­RAEL RUNS AMER­ICA!” Fakhoury has also called the im­pris­on­ment of Pales­tinian Is­lamic Ji­had op­er­a­tive Hana Sha­l­abi, who re­port­edly was in­volved in the kid­nap­ping of an Is­raeli sol­dier, a “grave in­jus­tice” and has glo­ri­fied and le­git­imized Ha­mas say­ing Ha­mas is “fight­ing for their lib­er­a­tion.”

In 2015 and 2016, AACC helped co­or­di­nate the ‘Day of Dig­nity,’ a na­tion­wide event run by the rad­i­cal Mus­lim group Is­lamic Re­lief (IR). IR has given mil­lions of dol­lars to groups as­so­ci­ated with al-Qaeda; Is­rael has la­beled IR a Ha­mas front and has banned the group; Rus­sia has ac­cused IR of sup­port­ing Chechen ter­ror; and Bri­tain’s HSBC bank cut ties with IR over con­cerns about “ter­ror­ist fi­nanc­ing.”

Re­gard­ing the To­da­shev case, CAIR had an­nounced its in­ten­tions of ini­ti­at­ing a $30 mil­lion law­suit against the FBI, over two years ago, at a press con­fer­ence in March 2015. The event fea­tured then-head of CAIR’s Or­lando of­fice Ah­mad Saleem, who is now serv­ing a two year prison sen­tence for plot­ting to have sex with a twelve-year-old girl. Now, fi­nally, CAIR has its To­da­shev suit. Ha­mas, Chechen mil­i­tants and sex­ual preda­tors can re­joice.

The To­da­shev law­suit is a case study in CAIR’s modus operandi: wag­ing ‘law­fare’ – in­sti­gat­ing law­suits and is­su­ing le­gal threats – against law en­force­ment and in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions whom they la­bel as “anti-Mus­lim” or “Is­lam­o­pho­bic,” in or­der to cre­ate a chill­ing ef­fect on any­one who stands up to and/or sounds warn­ings against overt Mus­lim ag­gres­sion and stealth ji­had.

Cit­i­zens must hope that the law­suit will be dis­missed for the friv­o­lous suit that it is. Any other out­come would be set­ting a dan­ger­ous prece­dent and grant­ing a vic­tory for a group which has openly de­clared its op­po­si­tion to Western civ­i­liza­tion and the demo­cratic process, which it ex­ploits to fur­ther its Is­lamic su­prem­a­cist am­bi­tions.

(FRONT PAGE MAG)

Beila Rabi­nowitz, Di­rec­tor of Mil­i­tant Is­lam Mon­i­tor, con­trib­uted to this re­port.

Joe Kauf­man was the 2016 Repub­li­can nom­i­nee for United States House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Flor­ida’s 23rd Con­gres­sional District. He is an ex­pert in the fields of counter-ter­ror­ism, for­eign af­fairs and en­ergy in­de­pen­dence for Amer­ica. He has been fea­tured on all ma­jor ca­ble net­works, in­clud­ing Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, PBS and C-SPAN.

Given CAIR’s ter­ror-re­lated history, as well as the group’s ap­petite for gen­er­at­ing law­suits, it makes sense that CAIR would pro­vide le­gal de­fense to some­one who is also re­lated to ter­ror, some­one like Ibragim To­da­shev, who is linked to the per­pe­tra­tors of the April 2013 Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ing.

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