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Muslim group sues critic for $1.35 million
World Net Daily ^ | Apr. 8, 2004

Posted on 04/08/2004 8:57:12 AM PDT by Alouette

Website calls CAIR terrorist-backer seeking Islamist regime in U.S.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has filed a $1.35 million lawsuit against the founder of a website that accuses the controversial lobby group of supporting terrorism.

The Washington, D.C.-based CAIR charges five statements made by its Internet critic, Anti-CAIR, amount to "libelous defamation."

CAIR seeks $1 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages in addition to its legal fees and interest.

Anti-CAIR's founder is Andrew Whitehead, 46, a retired Navy enlisted man in Virginia Beach, Va., who says he simply wants to see CAIR "go away."

He told the Virginian-Pilot newspaper last week he has no money, but CAIR attorney Jeremiah A. Denton III says the suit will proceed anyway, because the Islamic group's objective is to protect its reputation.

Whitehead's website says Anti-CAIR is a "group of concerned Americans dedicated to eliminating the Islamist terrorist threat to the United States Constitution. We believe that the Council on American Islamic Relations, CAIR, is a clear and present danger to our Constitution and our way of life."

The statements at issue in the lawsuit allege CAIR is tied to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

On its website, Anti-CAIR says:

CAIR claims the statements "are false, and were false when made."

The group contends further they were made "with knowledge of their falsity" and are libelous because "they impute the commission of a criminal offense."

CAIR says the statements caused injury to its "standing and reputation throughout the United States and elsewhere."

But Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes, himself a target of fierce CAIR criticism, insists there is substance to Anti-CAIR's claims and wonders if the "highly secretive" Muslim group has made a tactical error.

The legal proceedings, Pipes noted in a FrontPage Magazine column, open CAIR to the discovery process.

For Whitehead to defend himself in court, Pipes explained, "he is entitled to ask for the production of documents relating to such matters as CAIR's founding, funding, mission, and goals, then to grill persons associated with CAIR."

CAIR is a spin-off of the Islamic Association For Palestine, labeled a "front group" for Hamas by two former heads of the FBI's counterterrorism section.

The group's leaders also have provided evidence it has aims beyond civil-rights advocacy.

As WorldNetDaily reported, CAIR's chairman of the board, Omar Ahmad, was cited by a California newspaper in 1998 declaring the Quran should be America's highest authority.

He also was reported to have said Islam is not in America to be equal to any other religion but to be dominant.

Hooper himself indicated in a 1993 interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he wants to see the United States become a Muslim country.

"I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future," Hooper told the paper. "But I'm not going to do anything violent to promote that. I'm going to do it through education."

Last July, however, a member of CAIR's national staff, Randall Todd "Ismail" Royer, was among 11 men indicted for conspiring to train on American soil for a "violent jihad."

Another CAIR figure, Bassem Khafagi, was arrested in January 2003 while serving as the group's director of community relations. The previous December, Ghassan Elashi, the founder of CAIR's Texas chapter, was indicted for financial ties to Hamas leader Musa Abu Marzook.

In a statement last month, CAIR strongly condemned Israel's killing of Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin without mentioning the cleric's affiliation or his responsibility for countless terrorist attacks against Israel, which were part of his stated objective to destroy the Jewish nation.

Pipes note CAIR, "which is quick to announce its own activities to the world," also has been "curiously silent" about its lawsuit against Whitehead.

CAIR's Hooper told the Virginian-Pilot that while Whitehead is not CAIR's only critic, "he is one of the most egregious."

Whenever a group takes a civil-rights stand in the United States, Hooper said, people "will find any way they can to oppose it. That’s just life in the big city."

In December, CAIR filed a $2 million defamation suit against Rep. Cass Ballenger, R-N.C., who asserted in a newspaper interview the group is tied to terrorism.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: anticair; cair; lawsuit; muslimamerians; muslims; ropma
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1 posted on 04/08/2004 8:57:13 AM PDT by Alouette
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2 posted on 04/08/2004 8:58:26 AM PDT by Alouette (In every generation they rise up to destroy us, but the Holy One saves us from their hands)
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3 posted on 04/08/2004 8:59:36 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Don't be a nuancy boy)
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To: Alouette
But Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes, himself a target of fierce CAIR criticism, insists there is substance to Anti-CAIR's claims and wonders if the "highly secretive" Muslim group has made a tactical error.

The legal proceedings, Pipes noted in a FrontPage Magazine column, open CAIR to the discovery process.

I'm guessing this will be dropped once they figure this out!

4 posted on 04/08/2004 9:06:33 AM PDT by TheDon (John Kerry, self proclaimed war criminal, Democratic Presidential nominee)
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To: TheDon
VOTES ARE NEEDED!
5 posted on 04/08/2004 9:07:03 AM PDT by bmwcyle (<a href="http://www.johnkerry.com/" target="_blank">miserable failure)
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To: Alouette
"...CAIR attorney Jeremiah A. Denton III..."

Is he the son of former Vietnam POW and US senator from Alabama Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr., Rear Admiral - United States Navy??? The Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr who said of John Kerry

"To me, his remarks and behavior amounted to giving aid and comfort to our Vietnamese and Soviet enemies. So I was not surprised when his subsequent overall voting pattern in the Senate was consistently detrimental to our national security.

http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Printable.asp?ID=12521
6 posted on 04/08/2004 9:15:16 AM PDT by omega4412
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To: Alouette
I went and read the papers in this and have some initial questions on the suit.
Is this the initial pleading in this matter? Are lawsuits initiated n Virginia with a “Motion for Judgment”? I’ve never been admitted in VA but I have been admitted in two states, am familiar with procedure in others, and have been admitted to two federal district courts, and the Supreme Court of the United States. The initial pleading in a civil lawsuit is usually a “Complaint” and I wonder if this “Motion for Judgment” indicates it may be a matter of a Complaint having been previously filed and went unanswered and default being sought on that grounds.

Now I am loath to engage in the unlicensed practice of law anywhere buy surely some of us here can lend Mr. Whitehead a hand of some sort.

And yes, as a general principle of law, truth is a defense to libel.

James Macomber (JD)
7 posted on 04/08/2004 9:18:29 AM PDT by jim macomber (Author: "Bargained for Exchange", "Art & Part", "A Grave Breach" http://www.jamesmacomber.com)
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To: Alouette
This is a good thing!

Think "discovery" as mentioned in the middle of the article.

8 posted on 04/08/2004 9:56:02 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: Alouette
I hope ACAIR countersues before CAIR can drop it once they figure out they've made a tactical error. Also I hope some conservative legal organizations help ACAIR defend itself. I'm not sure if the Instute for Justice would tackle this.
9 posted on 04/08/2004 10:19:58 AM PDT by blanknoone (New sign for the White House front door: "No Shoes, No Entry....and flip flops are not shoes.")
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Jim =

Go to the paperwork Here ^   to see the entire document; the Complaint is attached under the Motion.

10 posted on 04/08/2004 10:44:53 AM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional.)
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To: omega4412
I was wondering the same thing...
11 posted on 04/08/2004 10:51:48 AM PDT by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: Alouette
Bumping and bookmarking.
12 posted on 04/08/2004 11:20:13 AM PDT by TruthNtegrity (I refuse to call candidates for President "Democratic" as they are NOT. Socialists, actually.)
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To: Alouette
Wonderful. Now turn over all of Cair's rocks in the discovery process.

Suckers!
13 posted on 04/08/2004 11:22:07 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: Alouette
CAIR is an "organization founded by Hamas supporters which seeks to overthrow Constitutional government in the United States and replace it with an Islamist theocracy using our own Constitution as protection."

This is the only claim Anti-CAIR might have a hard time defending. The word "overthrow" suggests an anti-Constitutional approach. CAIR leaders can claim they want to get rid of the Constitution by legal means (winning enough legislatures to amend the Constitution such that it no longer reflects secular freedoms but instead Islamic law).

But if he can show some CAIR leaders in America support violent, terrorist action against Americans, he would probably be able to back even that up.

And if he does lose the case (CAIR is probably shopping for the most liberal, America-hating judge possible), there are plenty of people who would give him free room & board for the rest of his life.

14 posted on 04/08/2004 11:30:23 AM PDT by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: brityank
Yes, that's what I looked at before, and, to be sure, the form of the pleading as a whole is what I would call a "Complaint". And the first page does make reference to an answer in 21 days which is more in line with a "Complaint". And there are variations in procedure from state to state. I just never heard of initiating suit by motion. But, ultimately, I guess it's a matter of form vs substance.
Thanks.
15 posted on 04/08/2004 12:47:19 PM PDT by jim macomber (Author: "Bargained for Exchange", "Art & Part", "A Grave Breach" http://www.jamesmacomber.com)
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To: Alouette
Anti-CAIR's founder is Andrew Whitehead, 46, a retired Navy enlisted man in Virginia Beach, Va., who says he simply wants to see CAIR "go away."

The LORD bless Andrew Whitehead and what the enemy is trying to use for evil - may HE turn to Whitehead and all those who are speaking out against this serpent for good! May this further expose the endeavors of groups like CAIR - who proclaim one thing to each other and another to the American public. I am so glad the Feds had the guts to arrest the head of this group (the main bagman)!

16 posted on 04/08/2004 12:54:10 PM PDT by TrueBeliever9 (aut viam inveniam aut faciam)
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To: Alouette
Here's the CAIR site. They are silent about islamic fueled terrorism. I have no doubt they back it. I noticed they didn't condemn the killings of the civilian guards in Iraq last week, just the mutilation of the bodies. There's also a conspicuous absence of condemnation for the pali murder bombings. They also hate Bush and are promoting commie wimps to take over the Presidency.
17 posted on 04/08/2004 1:44:50 PM PDT by spunkets
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To: Alouette
So now they are terrorizing people financially as well as physically. These CAIR people should all be arrested on Terrorism charges. Their founder is on the record saying he supports hamas and hizbullah. They have absolutley no grounds to sue anyone.
18 posted on 04/08/2004 4:16:04 PM PDT by Betaille ("Show them no mercy, for none shall be shown to you")
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To: Alouette
I love your post #1. LOL


19 posted on 04/08/2004 4:17:18 PM PDT by Jaguar Girl (Prayers for the troops fighting terrorists, the IDF and our American troops.)
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To: swarthyguy
My first thought when I read this article was "Damn, we need 'loser pays.'"

My second thought was "Ain't it great when terrorsymps shoot themselves in the foot?"

Apparently you don't need to be a homicide bomber to have a "work accident!"
20 posted on 04/08/2004 6:44:17 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Am Yisrael Chai!)
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To: Alouette
CAIR is HAMAS.

CAIR is muslim terrorism in a suit.
21 posted on 04/08/2004 7:11:52 PM PDT by tubavil
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