Muslim Mafia (book)

Muslim Mafia (book)
Muslim Mafia:
Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring
to Islamize America

Front cover of Muslim Mafia
Author(s) Paul David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry
Cover artist Linda Daly
Language English
Subject(s) Islamic terrorism, Nonfiction
Publisher WND Books
Publication date October 15, 2009 (1st edition)
Media type Hardcover; electronic
Pages 448
ISBN ISBN 1935071106; ISBN 978-1935071105
Dewey Decimal 320.5/57
LC Classification BP173.7 .G38 2009

Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring to Islamize America is a 2009 book by U.S. State Department-trained Arabic linguist and former U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations special agent Paul David Gaubatz, and investigative journalist and Hoover Institute fellow Paul Sperry. According to the Charlotte Observer, it "portrays the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as a subversive organization allied with international terrorists."[1]

The book prompted endorsements from a number of conservative writers and requests by several conservative members of the United States Congress for investigations into CAIR's possible terrorist links and undue influence. It also prompted denouncements from CAIR, media outlets and other members of Congress. The manner in which its source documents were obtained led CAIR to sue one of the authors.



The book is based on a six-month undercover investigation of the Washington-based CAIR by Chris Gaubatz — son of co-author Paul David Gaubatz — who posed as a convert to Islam. The book uses documents Chris Gaubatz obtained as a CAIR intern to support the book's assertions that CAIR is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood, and that CAIR supports international jihad against the U.S.

Impact and reception


With a foreword by U.S. Congresswoman Sue Myrick (Republican, North Carolina), the book attracted endorsements from three other Congressmen — Trent Franks (Republican, Arizona), John Shadegg (Republican, Arizona), and Paul Broun (Republican, Georgia) — as well as media attention beginning with its release in mid-October 2009.[2][3][4][5]

Congresswoman Sue Myrick

The four Congressmen then wrote Attorney General Eric Holder on October 21, 2009, saying that in light of the book's claims of CAIR attempting to influence national security policy within Congress, they were very concerned about CAIR's relationships with terrorist groups, and requesting that the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) provide each Congressman a summary of DOJ's evidence and findings that led DOJ to name CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism trial.[6][7] The four Congressmen wrote House of Representatives Sergeant at Arms Wilson Livingood a letter the same day — also prompted by the book's allegations — asking that he work with members of the House Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Intelligence Committees to determine if CAIR was successful in placing interns in the committees' offices, to review Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and DOJ evidence regarding CAIR's Hamas ties, and to determine whether CAIR is a security threat.[8]

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (Democrat, California), "appalled" by the situation created by the book and the four Republican endorsements, said "I urge the rest of my colleagues to join me in denouncing this witch hunt, which is clearly intended to create fear and distrust in our Capitol Hill community."[9][10] The book and its endorsement from the four Congressmen were denounced on the House floor by Congressman Keith Ellison (Democrat, Minnesota), the first Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress, in a speech that included a statement by the House's Tri-Caucus (consisting of about 87 House members), officially entered into the Congressional Record and broadcast on C-SPAN on October 26, 2009.[11][12][13]

The four Republican Congressmen, joined by Senator Tom Coburn (Republican, Oklahoma) and Congressman Patrick McHenry (Republican, North Carolina), then wrote IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman on November 16, 2009, asking that CAIR be investigated for excessive lobbying and failing to register as a lobbying organization.[14][15]


The book and the four U.S. Congressmen's endorsements and calls for investigations of CAIR prompted news coverage by CNN,[16][17] CSPAN,[13] Fox News,[18] MSNBC,[19][20][21] CBN,[22] and Al-Jazeera.[23]

Hudson Institute columnist Steven Emerson gave an editorial endorsement of the book in a November 2, 2009, article entitled "It's Radical Islam, Stupid",[24] and Investigative Project on Terrorism, founded by Emerson (who is its Executive Director), posted other pieces related to the book.[25][26] In the wake of the Fort Hood shooting, the book received editorial endorsements from national security journalist Bill Gertz, writing in the November 12 Washington Times,[27] and former Congressman Tom Tancredo (Republican, Colorado), writing in the November 6 edition of The Denver Post.[28]

Hoover Institution Taube distinguished visiting fellow Daniel Pipes, also the Director of the Middle East Forum, wrote in World Net Daily that as a result of the book's revelations CAIR's days may be numbered.[29] Frank Gaffney, president of the think tank Center for Security Policy, and former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy, wrote that it was a "powerful" book that renders "a real public service by exposing the truth about the Muslim Brotherhood in America in a highly readable and accessible way."[30] A review of the book by Northeastern University's student-voiced Huntington News concluded: "Muslim Mafia has enough documented facts to show the dangers we face from radical Islamists and the government officials and elected representatives who kowtow to them."[31] Feminist psychologist Phyllis Chesler blogged glowingly of the book in her essay on Pajamas Media.[32]

Arab-American comedian Dean Obeidallah poked fun at the book, writing on October 14, 2009, in The Huffington Post that "a 'Muslim Mafia' does sound cool on some level. Americans love mafia shows, so this 'Muslim Mafia' could inspire the first show on US TV to star Muslims. Or maybe I like the term 'Muslim Mafia' so much because my father is Muslim and my mom is Sicilian. With this pedigree, I'm a shoe-in for a top position in the 'Muslim Mafia.'"[33] A highly critical opinion piece in Dubai's Khaleej Times opined that the book's "attack" on Muslim Congressional interns and CAIR was "probably more politically significant" than the Fort Hood shooting."[34] Bahrain's Gulf Daily News called the book "extremely biased".[35] The TPMMuckraker also reported on the book and its reception, quoting Suhail Khan, the Fellow for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Institute for Global Engagement, as saying: "Some perfectly well-meaning members — Myrick, Shadegg, Broun, and Franks, who I've met and are good people — have been really duped by this Gaubatz character."[36][37][38]

Response by CAIR

CAIR's spokesman Ibrahim Hooper was dismissive of the book, saying: "the worst thing he could say about us was we placed interns on Capitol Hill"; Hooper called the Congressmen who endorsed the book "hard core, anti-Muslim, extremists".[39][40]


In November 2009 the book received further attention when federal judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ordered several of the book's source documents removed from Gaubatz's website, after CAIR brought a federal civil lawsuit against Gaubatz and his son (who had obtained the documents as a CAIR intern) for allegedly stealing the documents.[1][41][42][43][44][45] U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly concluded that the Gaubatzs "unlawfully obtained access to, and have already caused repeated public disclosure of, material containing CAIR's proprietary, confidential and privileged information," which CAIR says included names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of CAIR employees and donors. As a result the judge ordered Gaubatz to remove certain documents from his website. Judge Kollar-Kotelly also said that CAIR's employees have reported a dramatic increase in the number of threatening communications since the release of Gaubatz's book.[1]

Gaubatz agreed in early November to return more than 12,000 pages of disputed CAIR records while the judge considered the lawsuit, but in late November before he could the U.S. Government, which previously had no role in the lawsuit, filed a motion in the case under seal, and agents from the FBI served the Gaubatzes' attorneys with a grand jury subpoena demanding the records.[46]

Daniel Horowitz, attorney for Gaubatzs, responded to CAIR's allegations regarding how the materials were obtained in a brief submitted to the court, seeking dismissal of the case. The brief concluded, "CAIR is not a valid entity and even if it were, the exposure of its inner workings is part of the price it pays for being a controversial group in a hotly contested arena. If the press or publishers had to prove the purity of their sources before publishing we would never hear about the various romances of Tiger Woods (which might be a relief), but we also would never have heard of the Pentagon Papers."[47]

Other media sources carrying commentary on the book included The Politico, which reported on CAIR's lawsuit against the Gaubatzs, noting: "In an interesting twist, despite the book's harsh claims that CAIR is part of a 'jihadist network,' the suit does not allege libel or defamation".[48]

First publication

  • Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld that's Conspiring to Islamize America, P. David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry, WND Books, October 15, 2009, 448 pages, ISBN 1935071106, ISBN 978-1935071105 (HC).


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