In April 2008, Omer Subhan, then-communications director of CAIR-Florida, stated: "[I]f any CAIR officials have done any wrong doing then they should be punished. … If they have done wrong then our government should go after them." Less than two months later, the United States Justice Department named CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) as a co-conspirator in a federal terrorism trial dealing with the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas.
In January, Fox News reported that the FBI had "severed its ties" with all CAIR chapters. Now, Parvez Ahmed, the former national chairman of CAIR's board of directors, has come out with his own thoughts on punishment for the group. Ahmed served as CAIR's national chairman from May 2005 until his resignation in June 2008. His departure was not without controversy and his parting words were not complimentary. In an interview with the Florida Times-Union, Ahmed said he became "a little burned out pushing so hard" for CAIR to be more "open and transparent."
Ahmed's time away from CAIR hasn't stopped the FBI from considering him a person of interest. Following the Fox News report, the intelligence agency paid Ahmed a visit. In an article he wrote for the Fayeteville Observer, Ahmed stated, "I was surprised to see an FBI agent stop by my office in Jacksonville, seeking reasons for my resignation as CAIR chairman."