Book: CAIR chief gave thousands to cop-killing jihad cell leader
Already under increased scrutiny after revelations in a new book, the Council on American-Islamic Relations now is defending itself against documented links to a federal case that drew national attention this week when an indicted Detroit imam was killed in an FBI raid.
Internal documents from an undercover investigation by the authors of "Muslim Mafia" show CAIR helped finance the legal appeal of Muslim cop-killer Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, who is named in the Detroit criminal complaint as the spiritual leader of a radical group that calls for violent action to establish a sovereign Islamic state within the U.S.
The federal complaint also states one of the 11 indicted followers of the imam who was killed in an exchange of gunfire with the FBI Wednesday, Luqman Ameen Abdullah, attended a mosque "affiliated with CAIR" in Windsor, Ontario, just across the Canadian border from Detroit.
The criminal complaint suggests CAIR literature supporting Al-Amin incited Abdullah to violence.
"CAIR and everybody send me all of this stuff. I get sick," he was recorded as saying. "I got some soldiers with me. ... Brothers that I know would, you know, if I say 'Let's go, we going to go and do something.'"
Abdullah and his "soldiers" trained with weapons and explosives to carry out a plot to "take down" the U.S. government in violent jihad, according to the complaint.
Al-Amin, the complaint adds, has been designated by the "nationwide radical fundamentalist Sunni group" led by Abdullah to be the ruler of the future Islamic state.
Formerly a leader of the Black Panther Party known as H. Rap Brown, Al-Amin is serving a life sentence at the Florence, Colo., Supermax prison for shooting two police officers in Georgia and murdering one of them.
As revealed in a confidential letter obtained by the authors of "Muslim Mafia," P. David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry, CAIR made an "additional contribution" of $9,000 in April 2007 to Al-Amin's legal appeal.
The letter of thanks addressed by the cop-killer's lawyer-wife to CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad, which indicated CAIR had made previous contributions, passed on "greetings" from the imprisoned imam.
Attorney Karima Al-Amin wrote:
On behalf of the Justice Fund, we extend appreciation to you and CAIR for the additional contribution of $9,000.00 to be used for legal expenses relative to Imam Jamil Al-Amin's case. The contribution particularly was needed to defray the cost of the recent habeas hearing held in Reidsville, Georgia. We certainly were delighted that you responded to our request in a timely manner.
As always, Imam Jamil sends his greetings and appreciation for the assistance.
Attorney at Law
Al-Amin, a black convert to Islam, shot two Atlanta deputies in 2000 who were trying to arrest him for failing to appear before a judge on auto theft charges. One deputy was shot in both legs, the left arm and the chest.
The other, Fulton County Deputy Ricky Kinchen, died after Al-Amin pumped him with six bullets. A jury convicted Al-Amin in 2002 and sentenced him to life in prison, but CAIR jumped to his defense, celebrating him as a martyr.