A new study by Citizens for National Security documents almost 150 instances where the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity, used a tactic known as "lawfare" to intimidate its opponents.
The Lawfare Project defines "lawfare" as the "abuse of Western laws and judicial systems to achieve strategic military or political ends." This includes the "negative manipulation of international and national human rights laws to accomplish purposes other than, or contrary to, those for which they were originally enacted."
The American Islamists' use of lawfare is primarily in the form of frivolous lawsuits and legal threats meant to stifle free speech. Even if the Islamists' targets have done no wrong and are sure to win any court case, the high legal costs and controversy they incur punish and potentially bankrupt them.