Remove Unindicted CoConspirator Label

Posted: October 29, 2010 in CAIR, Jihadi Groups, Remove Unindicted CoConspirator Label

CAIR Asks Court To Be Removed As Unindicted Co-Conspirator

Posted By GlobalMB On August 17, 2007 @ 8:37 pm In Daily | No Comments

In a sign of the enormous importance placed on the issue, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has filed an amicus brief [1] asking the court to remove CAIR and several hundred other Muslim individuals and institutions from a list of unindicted co-conspirators filed by the Justice department in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing case. The legal basis for the request was summarized as:

The Fifth Amendment was violated because the public naming of the unindicted co-conspirators damaged their reputation, good name, and economic well-being, without offering a forum for vindication, and without a legitimate governmental reason for doing so. The First Amendment was violated because the governmental action of publicly naming the unindicted co-conspirators chilled the expressive associational activities of the unindicted co-conspirators and the government does not have a substantially related compelling interest for their action.

The brief spends a great deal of time identifying the various harms that CAIR says it has suffered as a result of being named. First, the organization says that it has been the subject of “inflammatory media reports, singling out “weblogging pundits” and “right-wing internet groups” but also mentioning that mainstream media has reported on the naming. Second, CAIR says that it has suffered both a decline in membership and donations as well as having been the recipient of hate mail and death threats, all of which having impaired their ability to function. Finally, CAIR says that the action has ” severely damaged the reputation, good name, and dignity of these uncharged individuals and organizations” as well as causing them economic damage such as preventing future employment opportunities and impacting immigration and travel rights. Also mentioned was the potential for “violence from certain segments of the American public.”

The brief sums up the aggregate impact of the naming, perhaps accurately, as follows:

Furthermore, though, the public ‘outing’ of CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator fundamentally undercuts their central mission to protect Muslim-Americans’ civil rights and foster an atmosphere of acceptance of Muslims in American society. Any message that CAIR tries to deliver to the American public, will be undercut by the insinuation that they are a criminal terrorist organization. The American public and the media which CAIR uses to deliver its message will no longer believe in the veracity of such message because CAIR will be perceived as a terrorist front organization.

The brief is the clearest indication to date that CAIR, and perhaps the other U.S. Muslim Brotherhood groups and individuals named by the Justice Department, have suffered serious damage as a result of the action by the Justice Department.

  1. Bill Schulz says:

    Should the United States be so foolish as to abandon its right to investigate those who threaten its sovereignty and citizens, simply because individuals or groups that can be traced to its proven enemies are complaining? Shall the citizens of the United States be so foolish as to abandon their right to know who these individuals and groups are? Such is the same insanity that demands that a protector be more concerned with the safety of a fleeing enemy than the safety of those whom he protects or himself. CAIR should be grateful that they remain unindicted, and if they truly were patriotic Americans, they would understand why they are being watched. If for some reason every terrorist killing Americans had the same last name and that last name were the same as mine, I would understand why I was being watched.

    • Bo Perrin says:

      Yes, CAIR is practicing taqiyya using Islamophobia to try and keep the wool over our eyes. If the government gives in then We The People must take up the slack.

      • Bill Schulz says:

        Exactly, CAIR is not concerned with naming names as they denigrate the “Tea Party” movement as an enemy of decency, when in fact the vast majority of the “Tea Party” are the most decent people one can meet. No “Tea Party Patriot” hijacked an airplane to murder innocents. No “Tea Party Patriot” blew himself up for the promise of unfettered sex with a harem of virgins. No “Tea Party Patriot” would think of building a James Earl Ray Christian Church and Community Center next to the Lorain Motel where Martin Luther King was assassinated.

        If our present government and our left streaming media will not watch and inform on our true enemies and stop labeling as enemies true patriotic Americans, then the true patriotic Americans are ready and able to stand up to do the job.

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