A U.S. judge has issued a restraining order requiring the authors of a book on the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to stop publishing documents taken from CAIR offices and to return the material to CAIR. According to an Investigative Project summary:
A federal judge in Washington has ordered the authors of a damning book on the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to cease publishing documents taken from CAIR offices and to return the material to the group. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on Tuesday granted a 10-day temporary restraining order sought by CAIR. The order covers material with privacy concerns – identifying donors and employees and communication with CAIR attorneys – taken by Chris Gaubatz in pursuit of the book Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld that’s Conspiring to Islamize America that was co-authored by Gaubatz’s father David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry. The book shows how CAIR hypes its political clout by misrepresenting the size of its membership rolls and the depth of financial support from American donors. It received more attention for its claims that CAIR has a program to place interns on congressional committees dealing with the judiciary and homeland security. That allegation prompted four congressional Republicans to demand an investigation. In issuing the restraining order, Kollar-Kotelly noted that no one disputes whether Chris Gaubatz took CAIR documents. Muslim Mafia describes how Gaubatz worked as a CAIR intern in 2008 under an assumed name and used his access to remove files and make secret recordings of CAIR officials. The judge also detailed her office’s attempts to reach the defendants or their attorneys, including the message that failure to respond or appear at a hearing would be viewed as a concession on the restraining order. With the information before her, Kollar-Kotelly ruled that it appears the Gaubatz’s “have unlawfully obtained access to, and have already caused repeated public disclosure of, material containing CAIR’s proprietary, confidential and privileged information.” David Gaubatz was served with court papers Wednesday. He Gaubatz minimized the ruling in an interview with Worldnetdaily, which also published the book. “The last thing they want is more evidence of their ties to terrorists before our courts,” Gaubatz said.
An earlier post discussed a statement by Keith Ellison (D-MN), the first Muslim-American elected to Congress, criticizing House Republicans who called for an investigation of CAIR based on the book in question.
Documents released in the Holy Land Trial have revealed that the founders and current leaders of CAIR were part of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood as well as identifying the organization itself as being part of the U.S. Brotherhood. A recent post discussed an interview with the Deputy leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in which he confirms a relationship between his organization and CAIR. Investigative research posted on GMBDW had determined that CAIR had it origins in the U.S. Hamas infrastructure and is an integral part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood with a long history of support for fundamentalism, anti-Semitism, and terrorism. As discussed in previous posts, It appears that the FBI has recently ended its long-standing relationship with CAIR.
To read the order, go here.