Imagine my surprise when I opened my email and see CAIR officials were served with subpoenas. Last night during the annual banquet, CAIR national director Nihad Awad was served a summons to appear in court.
Dave Gaubatz head of the “Mapping Sharia Project” personally served Nihad Awad with his subpoena. The dramatic moment caught on tape as Congressman Larry Shaw (NC-D) was addressing the crowd in Arlington VA.
Four CAIR clients have filed a federal civil complaint alleging criminal fraud and racketeering against CAIR, a self-described public interest civil rights law firm. The lawsuit also names CAIR's national leadership as individual defendants.
The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, alleges that Morris Days, the "resident attorney" and "manager for civil rights" at the now defunct CAIR MD/VA chapter in Herndon, Va., was in fact not an attorney and that he failed to provide legal services for clients who came to CAIR for assistance and who had paid for CAIR legal services.
The suit charges CAIR officials purposefully concealed the truth about Days from their clients, law enforcement, the Virginia and D.C. state bar associations and the media. When CAIR got irate calls from clients about Days' failure to provide competent legal services, CAIR is charged with fraudulently deceiving clients about Days' relationship to CAIR, concealing the fact that CAIR had fired him for criminal fraud.
Now I must add in the interest of full disclosure, a couple months ago Dinah Lord forwarded an email to me regarding donations made to CAIR. Later I was contacted by Andrew Whitehead of Anti-CAIR asking if I had donated to CAIR, either money or time, between a specific time period earlier this year. I replied that I had “donated” to CAIR in an attempt to receive a “free” koran along with the date and the donation amount. A few days later I was asked if my information could be forwarded and used, to which I had no objection.
I'm sure CAIR HQ is buzzing this morning, the spin doctors are in overdrive and 'real' lawyers are trying to turn this to their advantage. I'll post the whine-o-gram response when it's sent.