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CAIR also asked “mosques and Islamic institutions in New Jersey and nationwide to report any incidents of anti-Muslim backlash.”

CAIR is leading the legal charge for six imams who were removed from a US Airways flight in November claiming the men suffered from discrimination because of their religion.

Passengers who complained that the men were acting suspiciously are now being sued along with the airline, prompting legislative action by House Republicans to protect “John Doe” passengers from legal action for reporting suspicious activity that may foreshadow a terrorist attack.

CAIR listed contributors in its Form 990 filings with the Internal Revenue Service, but the IRS redacted all the names before releasing the documents.

In 2001, 26 contributors gave more than $1.6 million; in 2002, 26 gave more than $2.6 million; in 2003, 24 gave more than $2 million; in 2004, 20 gave more than $1.4 million; in 2005, 19 contributed $1.3 million.

The Washington Times requested from the IRS all the 990 Forms that CAIR has filed since its inception in 1994 under the law regulating tax-exempt organizations.

The first two annual forms are no longer on file pursuant to agency regulations. Tax forms for 1997 and 1998 were “unavailable” either because the group’s income was less than $25,000, was filed under a parent corporation or “the return may have been requested by another department of the Internal Revenue Service,” the IRS said.

CAIR’s papers were provided by the government agency for tax years 1996, 1999, and 2000 through 2005.

Revenue from those periods totaled more than $17.7 million, while program expenses totaled $8.5 million.

Mr. Jasser criticized CAIR “to be of little use in the war against militant Islamism. Their ideological sympathies for Islamism and inability to condemn Muslim terrorist organizations and dictatorships by name have made them a liability for a number of American Muslims who do not share their ideology.”

“All of this must impact their membership numbers,” he said.

In 2004, a federal grand jury returned a 42-count indictment against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development and seven officers for raising money for Hamas, money laundering and falsifying tax returns. The Holy Land trial begins July 16 in Dallas, and CAIR is listed among 300 new co-conspirators filed May 29 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

According to the government’s trial brief, filed May 29, CAIR is an entity “who are, and or were, members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee and/or its organization.”

Mousa Abu Marzook, a former CAIR official, “has been since 1995, a specially designated terrorist and Hamas leader,” the brief said.

Mr. Ahmed called the Justice Department’s brief “a McCarthyite political move that allows the government to smear major American Muslim groups, including hundreds of mosques representing hundreds of thousands of ordinary Muslims nationwide, without any evidence being offered in a court of law and without legal recourse for those defamed.”

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