The CAIR Observatory is dedicated to documenting the activities of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as an unregistered foreign agent. CAIR bills itself as “America’s largest Muslim civil rights organization,” but CAIR was founded as an offshoot of the Hamas front group the Islamic Association for Palestine. In 2007, Department of Justice prosecutors named CAIR an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the Hamas/Holy Land Foundation terrorism finance trial. In 2008 the FBI cut all ties with CAIR. That same year CAIR was sued for fraud by Muslim, African-American and Hispanic families. Since CAIR’s founding in 1994 many of its directors have been sued or prosecuted, including four who have been convicted of felonies including terrorism.
The CAIR Observatory is meant to evoke the name of the Islamophobia Observatory maintained by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The Jeddah, Saudi Arabia-based OIC is a patron of CAIR and the two organizations are closely aligned in their ideology and activities.
Senior Research Associate
Center for Security Policy