CAIR’s Legal Victory Not the “Greatest in History”


Federal Judge Anthony Trenga ruled in CAIR’s favor for summary judgement.

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“ORDERED that Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgement [Doc. No. 303] be, and the same hereby is, GRANTED to the extent that the Court concludes that the DHS TRIP process currently applicable to any inquiries concerning TSDB does not satisfy the Due Process Clause”


“the DHS TRIP process through which Plaintiffs may challenge their inclusion in the TSDB is not constitutionally adequate to protect liberty interests.”


But, this is quite bit different from what CAIR was telling us at their press conference.

“The court declared the watchlisting system broadly illegal” – Gadeir Abbas

But, the judge was referring to a case involving a similar challenge to the No Fly List. The DHS TRIP process has been modified with regard to U.S. citizens on the No Fly List. The court in Latif directed the Government to

“ . . . fashion new procedures that provide Plaintiffs with the requisite due process described herein without jeopardizing national security.””

Also, Abbas talks about secret, star chamber-like federal organizations that are irresponsibly dumping people like Hasan Shibley onto the TSDB watchlist. Of course there is nothing in Judge Tranga’s decision about this. For what it worth, the Watchlisting Advisory Council was a party to a law suit in August of 2018. So, CAIR did not discover this “unknown” agency.

This is the same Gadeir Abbas that told Amy Goodman on TV that Texas’ anti-BDS law regulates grocery store purchases. CAIR is telling us that this is the greatest legal decision in the history of America.  It is probably more like previous decisions regarding the No Fly list. In regards to the No Fly list, the same court directed the Government to

“fashion new procedures that provide Plaintiffs with the requisite due process described herein without jeopardizing national security.””

Now, people on the TSDB list will have a new procedure to get their names off the list.

To this, Robert Spencer has said

“CAIR opposes every counter-terror measure that has ever been proposed or implemented.”

Indeed, the very people who should be monitored are the ones trying to weaken the monitoring process.

“ . . . an individual who is reasonably suspected to be engaging in, has engaged in, or intends to engage in conduct constituting, in preparation for, in aid of, or related to terrorism and/or terrorist activities”

This is CAIR, a group that was involved in supporting terrorism in Palestine.

And, here we find  23 names on the law suit are either CAIR operatives or Muslim Brotherhood supporters:

Hassan Shibely who is friends with Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) operative Hatem Naji Fariz, Sami Al Arian, and indeed Hamas themselves.

Also on the list of plaintiffs is

Yaseen Kadura

who was the founding president of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Purdue University in 2009. – https://canarymission.org/individual/Yaseen_Kadura

“the Arab Spring, Kadura, who was born to Libyan parents, came to prominence on Twitter as a young activist tweeting under the handle @Cyrenaican. In March of that year, he left for Libya, where he says he spent six months helping run improvised civilian aid convoys over the border from Egypt and working as an English-language fixer for journalists from the New York Times, Associated Press, GQ, and Al Jazeera English.” – https://theintercept.com/2016/01/21/how-a-young-american-escaped-the-no-fly-list/

There is also a Donald Thomas.

Donald Thomas Surratt went to prison for planning to travel to Afghanistan to fight US troops. Among this group was former civil rights director for the Council on American Islamic Relations Randall Royer.

“Already entering guilty pleas were U.S. citizens Donald Thomas Surratt, Yong Ki Kwon and Khwaja Mahmood Hasan and a Pakistani national, Mohammed Aatique.” https://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,98361,00.html

Ibrahim Awad is from the Awad law firm, and is another CAIR associate

Moreover, this is a similar pattern to a case discussed at the Geller Report, CAIR’s law suit against the “Quite Skies” program. In that case, the plaintiffs include CAIR operatives, a board member of the Muslim American Society in Kansas, and members of the Wehelie family.

“If he could not join the Islamic State overseas, Yusuf Wehelie once said, he would massacre military recruits in Springfield, Va. He especially wanted to kill Marines.

“Go to work, kill as much people as I can,” the Fairfax County man told an undercover FBI agent. “If I’m going to do that, I want to do a lot of damage, and I don’t want to get one guy. I want to get, like, 20 of them.”

That threat put Wehelie, a 26-year-old from Burke, Va., in prison for the next decade.”  https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/he-talked-about-committing-a-terrorist-attack-hell-go-to-prison-for-10-years/2017/07/14/dc312e82-67dc-11e7-9928-22d00a47778f_story.html

In conclusion, there is one court where CAIR will not prevail, that of public opinion.

A Google search for CAIR brings back pages of negative reporting on them. Indeed, it is only a matter of time before this awareness percolates up to TV stations, politicians, and judges.

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