Free men 1. jihadists 0. I bet those schmucks over at CAIR are beating themselves (think Ashoura) over how many books they inadvertently sold for Sperry and Gaubatz.
These, too, are islamic attacks on America. And while the win is self evident, the costs are astronomical. It's time for Islamic SLAPP.Oorah.
A federal judge has dismissed an attempt by the Council on American-Islamic Relations to re-file yet another lawsuit against Air Force special agent P. David Gaubatz and his son Chris, the father-and-son team that investigated and exposed the group's terrorist ties.
Defense lawyers are hailing the decision as a victory over CAIR's alleged plan to "chill" free speech critical of the organization through an avalanche of court cases and legal costs.
"We briefed, counter briefed, we spent thousands of dollars on the case," said Daniel Horowitz, one of the three lawyers for the defense. "Only then did they file this new lawsuit, which would have effectively forced us to start all over."
"But the new lawsuit didn't have anything substantively new," Horowitz told WND. "And yet, that's their whole goal. They know they can't win the case, but they can chill the First Amendment by making it so expensive to speak against them that no one can challenge Saudi-funded CAIR. In the end, they can just keep getting more and more money from overseas and burn out opposition with lawsuits."
Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, however, "denied as moot" CAIR's request to re-file the case.
"The judge looked at papers and said, 'Look, you don't have a right to do this; everything was fully briefed; you had your opportunity,'" Horowitz explained.
"In terms of the First Amendment, it's a powerful ruling," Horowitz continued, "because it recognizes that by chilling free speech, you undermine it, even if you lose the case in the end. CAIR was trying to exploit that to the max, and the judge said no."
OT: In other lawfare news, Islam is running 0 and 2. Asshats.
ST. LOUIS - A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit against an Illinois community college by an administrator who claimed he was retaliated against because of his Muslim religion and Iraqi roots, even undercutting his bid to head the school.