Muslims Say Author Spied & Trespassed
WASHINGTON (CN) - The author of a book called "Muslim Mafia" had his son use an alias to get an internship with the Council on American-Islam Relations (CAIR), and use his position to steal thousands of sensitive documents and record meetings, CAIR claims in Federal Court. CAIR claims that Paul Gaubatz conspired with his son Chris Gaubatz to hatch what he calls in his book - "Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring to Islamize America" - "a 6-month counter-intelligence operation."
Chris Gaubatz told CAIR that he was a Muslim named David Marshall, a student at Ferrum College, and that his father was in the construction business, according to the complaint. As David Marshall, he signed confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements.
While an intern, Chris Gaubatz routinely filled the trunk of his car with boxes of sensitive documents - more than 12,000 of them, CAIR claims.
The allegedly stolen documents included budget reports, real estate records, board meeting minutes, strategy papers, agendas and bank statements. Gaubatz reproduced in whole or in part at least 19 of these documents in his book, CAIR says. And he used his blog to post documents, emails and company memos along with clandestine audio and visual recordings of private meetings, according to the complaint.
CAIR says Gaubatz also published names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of former CAIR employees, and the names of people who donated to CAIR.
CAIR seeks punitive damages for trespass, breach of contract, conversion, and breach of fiduciary duty. It also seeks an injunction against publishing the documents, which it wants returned. CAIR is represented by Daniel Marmo with Luque Geragos.