In 2009, CAIR-MN reacted to the recruitment of Somali Muslims in the Minneapolis area by Al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda affiliate, by urging Muslims to only talk to law enforcement with a lawyer present because the government may violate their rights. 
Local Somali Muslims were angered by CAIR-MN’s campaign, arguing that it obstructed federal investigations by making Muslims fear the authorities.
A Somali Muslim named Abdirizak Bihi, director of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center, organized a protest of about 50 demonstrators outside a CAIR-MN event and chanted, “CAIR out! Doublespeak out!” Bihi’s nephew was recruited by Al-Shabaab and died in Somalia, where the group is based.
In 2011, CAIR-MN attacked Bihi and his Muslim colleague, Omar Jamal, as “anti-Muslim” when they participated in a seminar that included teaching about Al-Shabaab. CAIR-MN was upset that their session described Al-Shabaab as an “Islamic extremist terrorist organization,” saying they did not “distinguish between Islam and terrorism.”
Bihi says that CAIR-MN has impeded his efforts to inform the U.S. government about Islamist radicalization for years by saying that he’s bigoted and doesn’t represent the Somali community.
“They say that I am a bad person, that I am anti-Muslim, and that I don’t represent a hundred percent the Somali community. They lie about my life most of the time and try to destroy my character, my capability and my trust in the community,” Bihi said.
 “Mission, Vision,” CAIR-Minnesota website, http://www.cairmn.com/about-us/mission-vision.html
 “CAIR-MN: Protect Legal Rights of Somali Muslim Students,” CAIRtv YouTube channel, April 10, 2009. http://youtu.be/_L280GPqfDA
 Shah, Allie and James Walsh. “Somalis Take to the Street to Protest Group’s Actions,” Star Tribune, June 12, 2009. http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/47883727.html
 “CAIR Slams Muslim Foes of Al-Shabaab,” IPT News, November 15, 2011. http://www.investigativeproject.org/3284/cair-slams-muslim-foes-of-al-shabaab
 Johnson, Charles C. “Somali-American Leader: ‘I Tried to Warn America’ about Homegrown Radicalization,” Daily Caller, September 23, 2013. http://dailycaller.com/2013/09/23/somali-american-leader-i-tried-to-warn-america-about-homegrown-radicalization/