Man Accused of CAIR Bomb Threat Released

August 12, 2005


Wire Service: AP

On August 12, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A federal judge has allowed a 60-year-old man to be released from custody a week after he was arrested for allegedly sending an e-mail threat to bomb the headquarters of an Islamic civil liberties group... [Max] Oakley is accused of sending two angry e-mails in July to the Washington headquarters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The second of which threatened to blow up the headquarters and some mosques unless CAIR announced publicly that they were closing the headquarters, according to an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint. CAIR officials contacted the FBI and the Washington Metropolitan Police Department. Police searched the building with K-9 dogs, but did not find any evidence of explosives, prosecutors said. According to the affidavit, Oakley's name was included in the e-mail messages and when FBI agents interviewed him, he admitted he sent them. Oakley, who described himself as a Vietnam veteran being treated for post traumatic stress disorder, told authorities that he was telling CAIR that he wanted the organization to leave the country, according to the affidavit."