On June 21, 2016, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a self-described U.S. civil rights organization with a history of Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas connections, lost an appellate court decision and will now have to stand trial for a "massive criminal fraud." However, this development was not reported by the major U.S. news media that frequently used CAIR as a source.
As CAMERA's Special Report "The Council on American Islamic Relations: Civil Rights, or Extremism?" (July 2009) has noted, CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2009 Holy Land Foundation (HLF) retrial—the largest terrorism financing case in the country's history. At least five CAIR staff members and lay leaders have been imprisoned, indicted, arrested and/or deported on weapons or terrorism-related charges. As a result, the FBI, in a statement to members of the U.S. Congress, said that it would cease official cooperation with CAIR or its executives until it could resolve "whether there continues to be a connection between or its executives and Hamas"—a U.S.-designated terror group. As of this writing, the FBI's policy towards CAIR remains in effect.