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CAIR Involved in Criminal Fraud – The Morris Days Affair

September 4, 2008

Press Release from Mapping Sharia.com:

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a tax exempt, so-called “public interest law firm”, which promotes itself as the “largest Muslim-American civil rights organization”, stands accused by Muslims themselves of having been involved in criminal fraud. Federal prosecutors have long-identified CAIR as a co-conspirator in the financing of international Jihad-terrorism. That seems to be just the beginning.

CAIR Threatens Muslims With $25,000 Penalty
If They Reveal CAIR Cover-up Of Morris Days’ Criminal Fraud

For more information:
David Gaubatz, Director of Operations, Mapping Shariah Project
contact@mappingsharia.us
646.262.0500

September 4, 2008 – Washington, DC: The Mapping Sharia Project, a research project sponsored by the Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE), is issuing an alert that the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a self-described public interest civil rights law firm, may have engaged in criminal fraud. Mapping Sharia calls for a full investigation by the appropriate government agencies. The victims of this fraud may also be due compensation for their losses and suffering.

Reliable sources have produced solid information that Morris Days, the Manager for Civil Rights at the CAIR MD/VA chapter, who was widely publicized by CAIR as one of its civil rights attorneys, was in fact not an attorney, and failed to provide services for Muslim American clients who came to CAIR for assistance and who paid for Days’ services. Not only has CAIR not revealed the facts about Days and his fraudulent, criminal behavior, but as of September 2, 2008, the CAIR National office in Washington, D.C. continued to post articles at its website naming Days as an attorney. This amounts to a de facto cover-up of CAIR’s involvement in this criminal affair and a perpetuation of the fraud with CAIR’s assistance.

At the same time that CAIR promoted Days as a lawyer while knowing he was not, it continued to solicit donations for its “legal” representation of Muslims in civil rights cases. Prospective plaintiffs who may have been victimized by CAIR’s fraud in the Morris Days affair, as well as any donors to CAIR who feel they have donated to CAIR under false pretenses thinking it was a legitimate and law abiding public interest law firm, should recognize that CAIR controls an extensive real estate asset portfolio, either owned directly by CAIR or by CAIR related companies. These assets are attachable and fair game for damages claims. A list of those assets, estimated at a fair market value between $6.6 million and $10 million, is provided below.

The evidence for the alert has been provided from Muslim American sources. A significant body of evidence has been obtained from these sources, which include individual citizens in several states, as well as Muslim American leaders who no longer support CAIR.

Copies of pertinent documents are provided for download as pdf files at the Mapping Sharia website and provided here as links:

CAIR promotions of Morris Days as a lawyer: http://www.mappingsharia.us/uploads/application/24.pdf

CAIR Release Form for Morris Days’ “clients”: http://www.mappingsharia.us/uploads/application/28.pdf

CAIR Real Estate Portfolio Documents (Deeds for CAIR, Greater Washington LLC and Zahara Investment Corporation):

http://www.mappingsharia.us/uploads/application/29.pdf

Background:

THE MORRIS DAYS AFFAIR

In 2007, CAIR publicized and encouraged Muslim Americans to use the services of Morris Days as an attorney (see “Meet Our Resident Attorney!” CAIR MD/VA Chapter Newsletter for March/April 2007 – http://www.mappingsharia.us/uploads/application/24.pdf ), in which CAIR stated the following:

“Days, a graduate of Temple University Law School, joined the organization in 2006. He specializes in criminal law and civil rights/social service advocacy law. He has been a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the American Bar Association since 1997. His professional achievements include receiving the Rosa Parks Wall of Tolerance Award in 2005, given by the Southern Poverty Law Center.”

None of these claims were true. Morris Days’ claims to a law degree and membership in both Bar Associations were false. Morris Days is not a lawyer and never has been.

According to sources, Days represented himself as a CAIR civil rights lawyer to Muslim Americans, who paid him directly for legal services. In late 2007, these sources allege that the CAIR MD/VA chapter executive director, Khalid Iqbal, discovered that Morris Days was receiving payments directly from Muslims seeking CAIR’s assistance, and not passing the money on to CAIR. Iqbal was Morris Days’ supervisor and had previously worked in the CAIR national office.

Iqbal did not fire Days at that time, nor is there any evidence that CAIR tried to verify Days’ legal credentials at the time. In fact, the CAIR national office posted an article describing Days as an attorney on December 24, 2007 (“Lawsuits End Citizenship Delays” – http://www.mappingsharia.us/uploads/application/24.pdf ) As of yesterday, September 2, 2008, that article was still posted at the CAIR national website, continuing to perpetuate the fraud that Morris Days was an attorney.

Days continued to work as Civil Rights Manager for CAIR MD/VA, to represent himself as an attorney, and to take money directly for legal services in 2007 and 2008. CAIR continued to employ Days through February 2008, at which time CAIR terminated his employment and shortly afterwards closed the CAIR MD/VA chapter office in Herndon, Virginia.

No evidence has been found that CAIR publicly notified any government agencies or organizations about Days’ lack of legal credentials, including Temple University, the Philadelphia, D.C. and American Bar Associations, the Southern Poverty Law Center, or governmental officials to whom Days had written on clients’ behalf at the EEOC, FBI, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Citizenship and Immigration Services, Social Security Administration or other federal, local and state offices.

CAIR did reply to some defrauded clients who had complained about providing payment to Days and not receiving services in return. Sources stated that in some cases Muslim Americans were reimbursed what they had paid only after signing statements threatening them with liquidated damages of $25,000 if they revealed any information about the Morris Days affair. Attorneys have advised us that it is possible these “release agreements” are not binding, and people who signed them should consult legal counsel to inquire about their options for pursuing further claims against CAIR. Clients were largely from the Maryland, Virginia and the Washington DC area. They had paid fees ranging from several hundred to several thousand dollars.

A copy of the CAIR Client Release Form is provided here:
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http://www.mappingsharia.us/uploads/application/28.pdf

The Release Form states in part:

“Recipient hereby agrees that at all times and not withstanding any termination or expiration of this Agreement, it will hold in strict confidence and not disclose to any third party any information regarding this Agreement or the aforesaid incident surrounding this Agreement, except as approved in writing by CAIR.

Recipient herby[sic] agrees that in the event of a breach of this Agreement CAIR will be entitled to Damages in the amount of $25,000.00 from Recipient for the purpose of conducting meetings, workshops, press releases, flyers and the like to reverse or [indecipherable] the damage to CAIR’s reputation caused by the Recipient’s Breach.”

“CAIR continues to put Muslim Americans at risk through the pretense that they represent them in any way,” said Dave Gaubatz, Director of Operations of Mapping Sharia. “CAIR is receiving support from big foreign donors, not because of their effectiveness in discrimination cases, but because of their false image in the media.”

Full documentation of property details, deeds and related filings are available at the Mapping Sharia website here: http://www.mappingsharia.us/uploads/application/29.pdf

About CAIR

The Council on American Islamic Relations, founded in 1994, has been named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial on funding for Hamas, a designated terrorist organization. Officials who have left their positions at CAIR in the last year include Ahmed Bedier (ex-Director, CAIR Florida chapter), Parvez Ahmed (ex-Board Chairman, CAIR national office), Khalid Iqbal (ex-Director of Operations, CAIR national office and ex-Executive Director, CAIR MD/VA, now deputy director at the ADAMS Center in Herndon, VA), and Asra Rasheed (ex-accountant at both CAIR national and CAIR MD/VA) and Morris Days, ex-Manager of Civil Rights, CAIR MD/VA. According to The Washington Times newspaper (“CAIR membership plummets,” June 11, 2007) CAIR’s membership has fallen from over 29,000 in 2000 to fewer than 1,700 in 2006. Complete profiles on CAIR’s associations with terrorist organizations such as Hamas can be found at
http://www.jihadwatch.org, http://www.discoverthenetworks.org,
http://www.investigativeproject.org, http://www.danielpipes.org,
http://www.anti-cair-net.org, and http://www.americansagainsthate.org/cw.

About Mapping Sharia

The Mapping Sharia project is an extensive mapping of all the mosques and Islamic day schools in the U.S. to determine which ones teach or preach Islamic law, or Sharia. Further, the mapping will scale the Sharia threat by identifying the level of Sharia adherence, the presence of literature and videos calling for violent Jihad, and whether imams and Islamic scholars advocate violent Jihad against non-believers. The project started in early 2007 and has now completed research on over 140 mosques across the United States. Dave Gaubatz, Director of Operations for the Mapping Sharia Project, is a former federal agent and counter-terrorism specialist, who has served in Iraq. The Mapping Sharia team is comprised of Muslim, Jewish and Christian researchers. For more information, visit http://www.mappingsharia.us .

TEXT OF THE CAIR CLIENT RELEASE FORM
http://www.mappingsharia.us/uploads/application/28.pdf

Voluntary Agreement and Release of Claims

This voluntary agreement and release of Claims (“Agreement”) is entered into between the Council on American Islamic Relations and [client name] (hereinafter “recipient”).
Social Security or ID No.:
Address:
Date and Location of Birth:

For the sum of [redacted dollar amount] dollars the delivery, receipt and sufficiency thereof is hereby acknowledged, recipient [redacted name] hereby completely releases and forever discharges the Council on American Islamic Relations (“CAIR”), the heirs, executors, administrators, agents and assigns, and all their other [indecipherable], firms or corporations liable or who might be claimed to be liable, none of which admit any liability to the undersigned but all expressly deny any liability, of and from any and all past, present or future claims, demands, obligations, actions, causes of action, rights, damages, costs, loss of services, expenses and compensation which the undersigned now has or which may hereafter accrue or otherwise be acquired, on account of or in any way growing out of my contacting CAIR on or about the day of [redacted date] to handle my case regarding [handwritten portion redacted].

The undersigned agree that the receipt of funds in the amount set forth in this agreement does not constitute the admission of liability, direct or vicarious, or violation of any applicable law, contract provision or any rule or regulation. Recipient hereby declares that the terms of this release have been completely read and are fully understood and voluntarily accepted for the purpose of making a full and final compromise adjustment and release of any and all claims arising out of the aforesaid incident and for the express purpose of precluding forever any further additional claims arising out of the aforesaid incident.

Recipient further states that this Release has been reviewed by Recipient’s own privately retained counsel, or that Recipient has had the opportunity to retain counsel for this purpose and knowingly and voluntarily wishes to proceed nevertheless. Moreover, Recipient represents that there has been no coercion, promise or unwarranted pressure to sign this Release on part of CAIR, its agents or assigns.

The undersigned agree that this Agreement is the only and the complete agreement between them and that no party makes any other representations or promises regarding the aforesaid incident.

Farther to the extent any prior statements or representations were made, they are hereby integrated into this Agreement and any contrary statements are superseded by this Agreement. Provided if any provision of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, either in its entirety or by virtue of its scope or application to given circumstances, the provision shall be deemed modified to the extent necessary to render it valid or not applicable to given circumstances, as the situation may require, and this Agreement shall be construed and enforced as if such prevision [sic] had been included herein as so modified in scope or application or had not been included herein, as the case may be. Provided further, that should such modification prove impossible, the invalidity of any provision(s) of this Agreement shall not affect the continued validity of the remaining provision(s) which shall remain in full force and affect.

Recipient hereby agrees that at all times and not withstanding any termination or expiration of this Agreement, it will hold in strict confidence and not disclose to any third party any information regarding this Agreement or the aforesaid incident surrounding this Agreement, except as approved in writing by CAIR.

Recipient herby[sic] agrees that in the event of a breach of this Agreement CAIR will be entitled to Damages in the amount of $25,000.00 from Recipient for the purpose of conducting meetings, workshops, press releases, flyers and the like to reverse or [indecipherable] the damage to CAIR’s reputation caused by the Recipient’s Breach.

This Agreement shall be construed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia.

This Agreement shall become effective upon execution.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF,

We have hereunto set our hands and seals
[redacted names and dates]

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