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Something Fishy at CAIR?

Politico is reporting the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has not only lost its non-profit status but is stonewalling media requests for their annual tax disclosure forms.

As the Investigative Project reported last week, CAIR was one of 275,000 previously tax-exempt groups purged by the Internal Revenue Service for failing to file annual reports detailing their donations and expenditures for three consecutive years. Those groups that had their non-profit status stripped away can apply for re-instatement.

CAIR came into existence as a political front for the Holy Land Foundation, a group that raised money for Hamas in the United States. The federal government shut down that group because fundraising for terrorists just happens to be illegal. The group was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the federal charges against the Holy Land organizers.

For more than a decade, CAIR has masqueraded as a mainstream civil rights group defending Muslims. But its pro-terror origins betray its anti-Israel agenda. It has also counseled American Muslims to refuse to cooperate with law enforcement agencies seeking to ferret out domestic terror cells and those who aid and abet them.

While CAIR wouldn’t be the first group to run afoul of government regulations for non-profits, it’s worth asking what they had to hide by refusing requests from both the Nashville Tennessean and Politico for information about their activities.

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