The Project:Radical Islams Plan To Bring America Down
A disturbing look at Radical Islam’s plan to bring America down from within. Produced by Glen Beck. For more quality information and entertainment go to http://www.theblaze.com/
A disturbing look at Radical Islam’s plan to bring America down from within. Produced by Glen Beck. For more quality information and entertainment go to http://www.theblaze.com/
CAIRO — Three Arab countries have banned the Hollywood film “Noah” on religious grounds even before its worldwide premiere and several others are expected to follow suit, a representative of Paramount Pictures told Reuters on Saturday.
Islam frowns upon representing holy figures in art and depictions of Mohammad in European and North American media have repeatedly sparked deadly protests in Islamic countries over the last decade, fanning cultural tensions with the West.
“Censors for Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE (United Arab Emirates) officially confirmed this week that the film will not release in their countries,” a representative of Paramount Pictures, which produced the $125 million film starring Oscar-winners Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins, told Reuters.
“The official statement they offered in confirming this news is because ‘it contradicts the teachings of Islam’,” the representative said, adding the studio expected a similar ban in Egypt, Jordan and Kuwait.
The film will premiere in the United States on March 28.
Noah, who in the Bible’s Book of Genesis built the ark that saved his family and many pairs of animals from a great flood, is revered by Judaism, Christianity and Islam. An entire chapter in the Koran is devoted to him.
Cairo’s Al-Azhar, the highest authority of Sunni Islam and a main centre of Islamic teaching for over a millennium, issued a fatwa, or religious injunction, against the film on Thursday.
“Al-Azhar … renews its objection to any act depicting the messengers and prophets of God and the companions of the Prophet (Mohammad), peace be upon him,” it announced in a statement.
They “provoke the feelings of believers … and are forbidden in Islam and a clear violation of Islamic law,” the fatwa added.
Mel Gibson’s 2004 film “The Passion of the Christ” on Jesus’s crucifixion was widely screened in the Arab World, despite a flurry of objections by Muslim clerics.
A 2012 Arab miniseries “Omar” on the exploits of a seventh century Muslim ruler and companion of the Prophet Mohammad also managed to defy clerics’ objections and air on a Gulf-based satellite television channel.
The publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a Danish newspaper in 2006 touched off riots in the Middle East, Africa and Asia in which at least 50 people died.
A 2012 amateur Youtube video deriding Mohammad produced in California stoked protests throughout the region, and may have contributed to a deadly militant raid in Libya which killed the U.S. ambassador and three other American staff.
“Noah,” whose official video trailer depicts a burly Crowe wielding an axe and computer-animated geysers swamping an army of sinners hoping to board his ark, has also stoked religious controversy at home.
Jerry A. Johnson, president of a conservative National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) group, said last month he wanted to “make sure everyone who sees this impactful film knows this is an imaginative interpretation of Scripture, and not literal.”
Paramount responded by agreeing to issue a disclaimer on advertising for the film.
“While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide,” the advisory reads.
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Despite all the Obama administration’s chest-thumping and backslapping about al-Qa’ida’s defeat and retreat, the threat of an attack on our homeland, either with WMD or a strike on critical infrastructure, though temporarily contained during the Bush years, is re-emerging with a vengeance.
In his 2014 SOTU, Obama claimed “we put al-Qa’ida’s core leadership on a path to defeat,” but added, “the threat has evolved as al-Qa’ida affiliates and other extremists take root in different parts of the world.”
Indeed it has. And indeed they have.
This week, Secretary of State John Kerry issued dire warnings about “another weapon of mass destruction, perhaps even the world’s most fierce weapon of mass destruction.”
Oh, wait, in context he actually said, “Climate change can now be considered another weapon of mass destruction…” and then mocked anyone with a dissenting opinion: “President Obama and I … do not have time for a meeting anywhere of the Flat Earth Society.” (Have you noticed that Obama and company are using the catch-all term “climate change” amid the Arctic blasts hammering the nation, instead of “global warming”?)
So, with North Korea having gone nuclear, and with Iran soon to follow, and with Syria refusing to relinquish Saddam’s WMD (smuggled into Syria prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom), Kerry focuses on the weather while Obama plays golf with the rich and famous at Rancho Mirage in California.
The boundless capacity of their combined foreign policy ineptitude would be laughable if the eventual and inevitable consequences were not so dire.
So what are those consequences?
Let’s sample some of the testimony from the House and Senate annual threat-assessment hearings this past week.
In the Senate, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, a retired Air Force Lt. General, was the most learned witness among many. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, asked Gen. Clapper, “How would you characterize the probability of an al-Qa’ida-sponsored or inspired attack against the U.S. homeland today, as compared to 2001?”
Clapper responded, “I can’t say the threat is any less. … Al-Qa’ida is morphing and franchising itself … The ideological center of al-Qa’ida movement I think still remains in the FATA, but the operational locus and the locus for operational planning has dispersed. There are some five different franchises at least, and in 12 countries, that this movement has morphed into. And we see sort of chapters of it, of course, in Yemen, Somalia, in North Africa, in Syria. … And what’s going on there … is very, very worrisome. Aspirationally, the al-Nusra Front, to name one, does have aspirations for attacks on the [U.S.] homeland.” Wasn’t Obama’s “Syrian deal” supposed to cap off that “very, very worrisome” terrorist threat – you know, after all that “red line” and “game-changer” rhetoric about WMD? And where did Syria get chemical WMD?
Recall if you will that in 2002, ours was the first national publication to quote sources indicating that some of Saddam’s “non-existent” WMD went into Syria. A year later, Gen. Clapper, then the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and current director of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, confirmed that U.S. surveillance satellites captured images of vehicle traffic dispersing WMD materiel to urban locations in Iraq and moving large quantities into Syria as well.
“Those below the senior leadership saw what was coming, and I think they went to extraordinary lengths to [dispose, destroy and disperse] the evidence,” said Gen. Clapper. “By the time that we got to a lot of these facilities … there wasn’t that much there to look at. There was clearly an effort to disperse, bury and conceal certain equipment prior to inspections.” Clapper added that there was “no question” that truck convoys moved WMD materiel into Syria.
Some folks still insist Iraq had no WMD – you remember, “Bush lied and people died”?
Over in the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, CIA Director John Brennan testified that al-Qa’ida is now using camps in both Syria and Iraq to “develop capabilities” which are a direct threat to the U.S. homeland.
“We are concerned about the use of Syrian territory by the al-Qa’ida organization to recruit individuals and develop the capability … to use Syria as a launching pad,” said Brennan. “There are [training] camps inside both Iraq and Syria that are used by al-Qa’ida to develop capabilities that are applicable both in the theater as well as beyond.”
Asked by House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI), “Do you believe [they] present a real threat to the United States of America?” Brennan replied, “I do.”
So, after so much blood and treasure have been spilled and spent in Iraq and Afghanistan to contain the jihadi threat, how is it that this peril has re-emerged and is now as great a threat to our homeland as it was back on 9/11, 2001?
Primarily because Obama and his national security neophytes don’t seem to understand that the terrorist threat isn’t limited to “core al-Qa’ida,” or its “splinter groups, affiliates and franchises.” Instead, it’s about a lethal global conflict between the competing ideologies of Liberty and tyranny – a conflict that continues unabated.
Our enemy is not limited to al-Qa’ida. Instead, it involves a global network of Islamofascist groups which combine to form what we long ago coined “Jihadistan,” a borderless nation of Islamist jihadis with global reach who have their collective sights set on the U.S.
In brief, the “Islamic World” of the Q’uran recognizes no political borders. Though the “pre-Medina” suras of the Q’uran do not support acts of terrorism or mass murder, the “post-Mecca” suras of the Q’uran and the Hadith (Mohammed’s teachings) authorize jihad, or “holy war,” against all “the enemies of God.” All orthodox Muslims are bound by the combined “pre-Medina” and “post-Mecca” Q’uran. For the record, these “enemies” or “infidels” are all those who refute any teachings of Mohammed.
While Christians, Muslims and Jews can live side by side in peace, Islamists by definition will never make peace with Christians and Jews, or adherents of any other religions. This is why Arab-Israeli “peace agreements” have been signed under every administration since the formation of Israel, and why none of them have lasted more than 48 hours.
Where to from here?
Ahead of his election in 2008, Barack Obama declared, “Let me be as clear as I can be. I intend to end this war [in Iraq and Afghanistan]. My first day in office I will bring the Joint Chiefs of Staff in and I will give them a new mission and that is to end this war – responsibly, deliberately, but decisively.”
In his 2012 re-election campaign, Obama reiterated, “[W]e’ve been able to decimate al-Qa’ida. … Al-Qa’ida has been decimated, Osama bin Laden is dead.” (Of course, it was precisely this dishonest “al-Qa’ida is on the run” campaign theme that made it necessary for Obama’s political operatives to change the narrative talking points about the Benghazi terrorist attack on September 11, 2012.)
In a high-profile speech at the National Defense University last year, Obama outlined his perception of the war against Jihadistan: “This war, like all wars, must end. Al-Qa’ida in Afghanistan and Pakistan is on the path to defeat. Their remaining operatives spend more time thinking about their own safety than plotting against us.”
In his latest State of the Union, Obama congratulated himself for “ending those wars.”
But the only way to end a war “responsibly, deliberately and decisively” is by way of victory. As noted by Dennis Prager, “The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have not ended. Only America’s involvement has ended…” We have retreated from Iraq, and our retreat from Afghanistan will soon be complete.
How have these withdrawals worked out?
General Clapper concludes, “Looking back over my more than half a century in intelligence, I have not experienced a time when we’ve been beset by more crises and threats around the globe.”
Add to that assessment the emerging nuclear capabilities of the Islamic Republic of Iran, unabated by the latest “deal” Obama struck in secret to lift sanctions, ostensibly in return for Iran’s agreement to cease and desist its uranium enrichment program. “With our allies and partners,” Obama claims, “we’re engaged in negotiations to see if we can peacefully achieve a goal we all share: preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
Former UN Ambassador John Bolton characterized that deal as “abject surrender.”
Iranian foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif seems to agree: “None of the enrichment centers will be closed and Fordow and Natanz will continue their work and the Arak heavy water program will continue in its present form and no material (enriched uranium stockpiles) will be taken out of the country and all the enriched materials will remain inside the country. The current sanctions will move towards decrease, no sanctions will be imposed and Iran’s financial resources will return.”
In other words, Iran will a year from now have enough enriched uranium to provide cores for more than a few nuclear weapons. And if just one of those weapons finds its way into the hands of jihadi surrogates and is then detonated in an East Coast urban center, the horrific “American Hiroshima” vision of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri will have become reality. Some analysts argue that jihadis will not attack CONUS again because they would rather seed Islamist strongholds inside the U.S. Indeed, “Islamic Centers” are spouting like weeds across our nation, as they have across Europe – mostly in urban centers where Muslim outreach to Obama’s “disenfranchised” is progressing well.
But there is a substantial ideological divide between most of the Muslim natives and converts in the U.S., and Islamofascist jihadis. The latter understand that to bring down the infidels, they can hit infrastructure such as power grids with conventional means, or land a devastating blow as they did on 9/11.
For his part, John Kerry laments, “I am perplexed by claims … that somehow America is disengaging from the world – this myth that we are pulling back or giving up or standing down.”
Of course, that’s exactly what Obama and the rest of his “Flat Earth Society” administrators have done for the last five years. Of their relentless and delusional pursuit of a “universal peace,” James Madison noted at the dawn of our nation’s Founding that it “will never exist but in the imaginations of visionary philosophers, or in the breasts of benevolent enthusiasts.”
In his naïve quest for an unattainable peace, Obama has greatly emboldened jihadi terrorists.
As a consequence of Obama’s foreign policy folly, our next president will have a lot of cleaning up to do. Those “cleanups” will come at the high price of more blood and treasure.
(Resource: Link to The Patriot Post’s emergency preparedness page.)
Pro Deo et Constitutione – Libertas aut Mors
Semper Fortis Vigilate Paratus et Fidelis
Response to Joe Carter’s “The Dangers of Anti-Sharia Laws,” published in The Gospel Coalition Blog, and to the Council on American Islamic Relations’s (CAIR) opposition to ALAC in general.
The American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) has filed a notice of appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, seeking review of a lower court ruling that denied AFLC’s motion for a preliminary injunction which requested that the court order the King County transit authority to display an anti-terrorism bus advertisement that it censored.
The proposed advertisement (directly below), which was submitted by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and its executive directors, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, included pictures, names, and a similar message from an earlier anti-terrorism advertisement sponsored by the U.S. State Department, which was accepted for display on King County buses. The State Department advertisement depicted the “Faces of Global Terrorism” in an effort to “stop a terrorist” and “save lives.” In addition, the advertisement offered an “up to $25 million reward” for helping to capture one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists.
[State Department Advertisement]
Moreover, in the State Department advertisement (directly above), thirty out of the thirty-two listed terrorists had Muslim names or are wanted for terrorism related to organizations conducting terrorist acts in the name of Islam. After complaints from a Washington State politician and two Muslim-American advocacy groups that claimed the list of wanted global terrorists appeared to include only Muslim terrorists, the federal government terminated its “Faces of Global Terrorism” advertisement campaign.
In response to the government’s decision to remove its advertisement, AFDI created its own, similar advertisement to replace it. However, despite originally accepting the government’s advertisement, King County rejected AFDI’s ad, claiming that it was offensive to Muslims.
On January 27, 2014, David Yerushalmi, AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel, presented oral argument before Federal Judge Richard A. Jones, sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. [See video of oral argument here.] Yerushalmi argued that King County’s refusal to run the advertisement was an unconstitutional prior restraint on free speech and therefore the court should order the agency to display the advertisement immediately.
Understandingly, Judge Jones noted in his ruling on AFLC’s request for a preliminary injunction that “[t]he court is aware of potential constitutional problems when government officials are given unbridled discretion in regulating speech, including in limited public fora. . . . [and] [t]he court notes that this case presents a close question and the court has grave concerns about defendant’s Policy where application of the civility provisions appear to be somewhat of a moving target.”
Nevertheless, Judge Jones ruled that King County’s decision to reject the advertisement was “reasonable,” specifically noting that the term “jihadis,” which was displayed in AFDI’s advertisement, had “different meanings” and therefore the message could be offensive to Muslims.
David Yerushalmi, AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel, commented:
“As Judge Jones noted in his opinion, the constitutional implications in this case are significant. Unfortunately, the power of political correctness in this day and age is too often more significant than our most precious liberty—free speech. For the court to find that labeling an Islamic terrorist as a jihadist might be reasonably determined to be offensive demonstrates how far government restrictions on speech have veered from the Constitution.”
AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel Robert Muise commented:
“It is remarkable how the government is not only willing to abandon reality in the name of political correctness—the reality that sharia-adherent jihadists pose a significant threat to our national security—but that it is also willing to literally throw the First Amendment under the bus in the process. We are confident that we will get this decision ultimately reversed on appeal.”
AFLC has represented Geller, Spencer, and AFDI successfully in federal lawsuits across the country, most notably in New York and Washington, D.C., where the courts ordered the transit authorities to run AFDI’s anti-terrorism advertisements. In both of those cases, the transit authorities were forced to pay substantial legal fees to AFLC. Last year, the Chicago transit authority initially refused to run an AFDI “anti-jihad” advertisement, only to capitulate after stating in a letter that while the transit authorities considered the advertisement “morally reprehensible,” they were aware of AFLC’s successful litigation in New York and Washington. In that case, Yerushalmi commented, “the CTA has capitulated grudgingly, apparently, to the First Amendment of the Constitution.”
Shells found in the area of the Muslims of the Americas’ ‘Mahmoudberg’ enclave in Texas
A Clarion Project investigation has discovered a jihadist enclave in Texas where a deadly shooting took place in 2002. Declassified FBI documents obtained by Clarion confirm the find and show the U.S. government’s concern about its links to terrorism. The investigation was completed with help from ACT! For America Houston.
Mubarak Ali Gilani, an extremist cleric in Pakistan.
Muslims of the Americas
The organization says it has a network of 22 “villages” around the U.S., with Islamberg as its main headquarters in New York. The Clarion Project obtained secret MOA footage showing female members receiving paramilitary training at Islamberg. It was featured on the Kelly File on FOX News Channel in October. A second MOA tape released by Clarion shows its spokesman declaring the U.S. to be a Muslim-majority country.
A 2007 FBI record states that MOA members have been involved in at least 10 murders, one disappearance, three firebombings, one attempted firebombing, two explosive bombings and one attempted bombing. It states:
“The documented propensity for violence by this organization supports the belief the leadership of the MOA extols membership to pursue a policy of jihad
or holy war against individuals or groups it considers enemies of Islam, which includes the U.S. Government. Members of the MOA are encouraged to travel to Pakistan to receive religious and military/terrorist training from Sheikh Gilani.”
The document also says that, “The MOA is now an autonomous organization which possesses an infrastructure capable of planning and mounting terrorist campaigns overseas and within the U.S.”
Other FBI reports describe the MOA in similar ways, with a 2003 file stating, “Investigation of the Muslims of the Americas is based on specific and articulate facts giving justification to believe they are engaged in international terrorism…”
MOA members believe the holiest Islamic site in the country is located at their Islamville commune in South Carolina. Other MOA entities include the International Quranic Open University, United Muslim Christian Forum, Islamic Post, Muslim Veterans of America and American Muslim Medical Relief Team.
Terror Enclave: “Mahmoudberg, Texas”
The MOA compound in Texas, described by the FBI as an “enclave” and “communal living site,” is in Brazoria county along County Road 3 near Sweeny. It was discovered by the FBI due to a tip from an informant in New York.
The MOA referred to its Texas commune as “Mahmoudberg” in online instructions for a parade in New York in 2010. A posting on an Islamic message board in 2005 advertised a speaking engagement in Houston by someone from Mahmoudberg.
According to the reports, the commune is seven to 10 acres large, is in an “extremely wooded area” and two or three trailer homes moved there in December 2001. However, ACT members visited the area as part of Clarion’s investigation and interviewed one nearby local who confidently said it is closer to 25 acres in size and spoke of a presence dating back to the late 1980s.
“The area is so rural it is quite common for residents to shoot firearms for target practice or hunting on private property without interference from law enforcement,” one FBI report states.
Locals told the ACT members that they haveShells found in the area of MOA’s ‘Mahmoudberg’ enclave in Texas heard gunfire coming from the commune. Pictures of shells from the area are posted to the right:
The FBI reported in 2007 that one commune resident used to be a leader at the MOA commune in Badger, California. The site was called “Baladullah.” In March 2001, one of the Baladullah members was arrested for transporting guns between New York and South Carolina. Another was charged with murdering a police deputy that caught him breaking and entering a home.
Interviewed residents all agreed that the MOA members are private, yet when the ACT members were spotted in the area, they were immediately and repeatedly approached. At one point, a commune resident gave them a final warning to leave, despite the fact that they were not trespassing or harassing MOA members.
“It was definitely very threatening and menacing,” an ACT member told me.
Multiple sources confirmed that one resident of the commune is a police officer. According to a nearby neighbor, one of the MOA members used to drive trucks for the U.S. Army in Kuwait.
The commune is also linked to a non-profit called the Muslim Model Community of Texas. Members travel to Houston to worship at the MOA Dawah Center that is linked to another organization called First Muslims of Texas.
States where Muslims of the Americas enclaves are located
The 2002 Shooting Incident
One of the MOA members was shot and killed by another member on February 7, 2002 between 11-11:30 p.m. according to the FBI documents and a police report.
The victim was Salminma Dawood, also known as Terrance C. Davis III. His death was reportedly an accident, having been shot by another MOA member who “returned gunfire to unknown individuals who were harassing the MOA commune.”
Law enforcement reported encountering about a dozen African-American males at the scene, approximately five of whom lived at the commune. The investigators saw an estimated seven women and children who also resided there.
The police were denied access to the trailer homes and were not allowed to directly interview the women, who covered their faces in their presence. Communication with the women had to be done by passing notes through a male intermediary.
Locals told the ACT members that government investigators had visited the area a few times and the commune residents refused to talk to them. According to one local, two ambulances were denied entry earlier this year until the police intervened. A search of the Brazoria county criminal records shows that two residents of Mahmoudberg were arrested in April 2013 and charged with “interference with public duties.” The trial is pending.
More MOA Activity in Texas
The MOA presence in Texas is not limited to the Mahmoudberg commune near Sweeny. As mentioned, the MOA utilizes a dawah (outreach) center in Houston for activities. The declassified FBI documents show that the extremist group has been in Texas since the 1980s.
On October 11, 1991, a federal search warrant for three suspects was issued after a MOA/Jamaat-ul-Fuqra bomb plot in Toronto was foiled. A nearly 45-acre “compound” about 70 miles south of Dallas was raided. The location may have been near Corsicana, as another FBI document mentions that about seven MOA members purchased property in that area.
The suspects managed to flee on October 5-6 before the raid took place. Their children also suddenly disappeared from school. The feds found four mobile homes, three military, general-purpose tents and six vehicles. Loose ammunition, books on counter-terrorism techniques and weaponry and various items with “Jamaat Fuqra Land” written on them were discovered.
They also found surveillance photos of a post office building and the Greenhead Station in Los Angeles, leading authorities to suspect that attacks on these sites were planned.
MOA activities in Texas continued after the October 1991 raid. Two FBI documents from 1992 mention that MOA members in the state were using false aliases, social security numbers and birth certificates.
Why is MOA Allowed to Operate?
The FBI documents obtained by the Clarion Project clearly identify MOA as a terrorist organization. The Department of Homeland Security privately agreed in 2005, listing Jamaat ul-Fuqra (and specifically MOA) as a possible sponsor of a terrorist attack on the U.S.
So why is MOA/JUF allowed to operate in the country?
The answer is that the State Department has not designated MOA/Jamaat ul-Fuqra as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The group is thus permitted to organize in the U.S. until that happens. Yet, the State Department has also recognized the group’s terroristic agenda.
In 1998, the State Department’s Patterns of Global Terrorism report described Jamaat ul-Fuqra as an “Islamic sect that seeks to purify Islam through violence.” It said that Fuqra members engaged in assassinations and bombings in the U.S. in the 1980s and still live in “isolated rural compounds” in the country.
A State Department spokesperson was asked in January 2002 about why MOA stopped appearing in the Department’s annual terrorism reports. The answer was as follows:
“Jamaat ul-Fuqra has never been designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. It was included in several recent annual terrorism reports under ‘other terrorist groups,’ i.e., groups that had carried out acts of terrorism but that were not formally designated by the Secretary of State. However, because of the group’s inactivity during 2000, it was not included in the most recent terrorism report covering that calendar year.”
It has not appeared since. Yet, here we have FBI documents from as late as 2007 discussing the terrorist threat posed by MOA.
It’s long past due that the State Department be forced to address this obvious threat. The State Department must designate Jamaat ul-Fuqra as a Foreign Terrorist Organization before it’s too late.
Sheik Mubarak Ali Gilani
Declassified FBI documents confirm the existence of an Islamic jihadist enclave in Texas that is part of a network in the U.S. identified by the Department of Homeland Security as a terrorist organization.
The enclave belongs to the network of Muslims of the Americas, which is linked to the Pakistani-based militant group Jamaat al-Fuqra, according to an investigation by the Clarion Project and ACT! For America Houston.
Jamaat al-Fuqra was founded in New York in 1980 by Sheik Mubarak Ali Gilani, an Islamic cleric in Pakistan who at one time was in Pakistani custody in connection with the abduction of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
Muslims in America says it has a network of 22 “villages” around the U.S., with headquarters at an encampment in the Catskill Mountains near Hancock, N.Y., called Holy Islamberg, as WND reported in 2006. An investigative report at the time found neighbors of Islamberg were deeply concerned about military-style training taking place there and frustrated by an apparent lack of attention from federal authorities.
WND also reported in 2006 that Jamaat al-Fuqra has collaborated with major terrorist organizations, including Hezbollah and al-Qaida.
The FBI describes the compound in Texas, called Mahmoudberg, as an “enclave” and “communal living site.” Located in Brazoria County along County Road 3 near Sweeny, Texas, it was discovered by the FBI through a tip from an informant in New York, according to the Clairon Project.
The Texas commune, in a heavily wooded area, is estimated by a local resident who spoke to ACT researchers to encompass about 25 acres. It dates back to the late 1980s, the resident said, which is confirmed by the FBI documents.
The FBI reported in 2007 that one commune resident formerly was a leader at the Muslims of America compound in Badger, Calif., called Baladullah.
In March 2001, a Baladullah member was arrested for transporting guns between New York and South Carolina. Another was charged with murdering a police deputy that caught him breaking and entering a home.
The declassified FBI documents show that the enclave is not the only affiliate of the organization that has operated in the state.
In 1991, after a MOA/Jamaat-ul-Fuqra bomb plot in Toronto was foiled, a federal search warrant for three suspects was issued and a nearly 45-acre “compound” about 70 miles south of Dallas was raided.
The location of the compound corresponds to a reference in an FBI document obtained by the Clarion Project that says about seven MOA members purchased property near Corsicana, Texas.
The suspects fled before the raid, and the children at the compound suddenly disappeared from school. Federal officials found four mobile homes; three military, general-purpose tents; and six vehicles. Also discovered were loose ammunition, books on counter-terrorism techniques and weaponry and various items with “Jamaat Fuqra Land” written on them.
Surveillance photos of a post office building and the Greenhead Station in Los Angeles were discovered as well.
The activities of Muslims in America continued after the October 1991 raid, however. Two 1992 FBI documents say MOA members in the state were using false aliases, Social Security numbers and birth certificates.
Muslims of America is identified as a terrorist group in the FBI documents obtained by the Clarion Project.
A 2007 FBI record states members of the group have been involved in at least 10 murders, one disappearance, three firebombings, one attempted firebombing, two explosive bombings and one attempted bombing.
“The documented propensity for violence by this organization supports the belief the leadership of the MOA extols membership to pursue a policy of jihad or holy war against individuals or groups it considers enemies of Islam, which includes the U.S. Government,” the document states. “Members of the MOA are encouraged to travel to Pakistan to receive religious and military/terrorist training from Sheikh Gilani.”
The document also says Muslims of America is now “an autonomous organization which possesses an infrastructure capable of planning and mounting terrorist campaigns overseas and within the U.S.”
A 2003 FBI report states that investigation of the Muslims of the Americas “is based on specific and articulate facts giving justification to believe they are engaged in international terrorism.”
The Clarion Project said MOA members believe the holiest Islamic site in the country is at their Islamville commune in South Carolina. Along with Islamberg, other MOA entities include the International Quranic Open University, United Muslim Christian Forum, Islamic Post, Muslim Veterans of America and American Muslim Medical Relief Team.
An FBI report states the Sweeny, Texas, enclave is in an area “so rural it is quite common for residents to shoot firearms for target practice or hunting on private property without interference from law enforcement.”
ACT said that when its researchers were spotted in the area, they were immediately and repeatedly approached. At one point, a commune resident gave them a final warning to leave, despite the fact that they were not trespassing or harassing any members.
“It was definitely very threatening and menacing,” an ACT member said.
Multiple sources confirmed, according to the Clarion Project, that a resident of the commune is a police officer. Another, a neighbor has said, formerly drove trucks for the U.S. Army in Kuwait.
The commune is also linked to a nonprofit called the Muslim Model Community of Texas. Members, the Clarion Project said, travel to Houston to worship at the Muslims of America Dawah (Outreach) Center that is linked to another organization called First Muslims of Texas.
According to FBI documents and a police report, one of the MOA members was shot and killed by another member in 2002.
The report said the death of Salminma Dawood, also known as Terrance C. Davis III, was an accident. He reportedly was shot by another MOA member who “returned gunfire to unknown individuals who were harassing the MOA commune.”
Law enforcement reported they met about a dozen African-American males at the scene of the shooting. About five of the men lived at the commune, and there were an estimated seven women and children who also lived there.
Police said they were denied access to the trailer homes and were not allowed to directly interview the women, who covered their faces.
Local residents told researchers with ACT that they were aware of a few visits by government investigators to the commune. The locals said the MOA members refused to talk. One neighbor said two ambulances were denied entry into the compound until police intervened. The Clarion Project said Brazoria County criminal records show that two residents of Mahmoudberg were arrested in April 2013 and charged with “interference with public duties.” A trial is pending, the Clarion Project said.
In 2005, the Department of Homeland Security privately agreed to list Jamaat al-Fuqra and Muslims of America as a possible sponsor of a terrorist attack on the U.S.
The State Department, however, has not designated it as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, and it continues to organize in the U.S.
In 1998, the State Department’s Patterns of Global Terrorism report described Jamaat al-Fuqra as an “Islamic sect that seeks to purify Islam through violence.” It said that Fuqra members engaged in assassinations and bombings in the U.S. in the 1980s and still live in “isolated rural compounds” in the country.
A State Department spokesman was asked in January 2002 why Jamaat al-Fuqra stopped appearing in the department’s annual terrorism reports.
“Jamaat al-Fuqra has never been designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization,” the spokesman said. “It was included in several recent annual terrorism reports under ‘other terrorist groups,’ i.e., groups that had carried out acts of terrorism but that were not formally designated by the Secretary of State. However, because of the group’s inactivity during 2000, it was not included in the most recent terrorism report covering that calendar year.”
The Clarion Project noted that Jamaat al-Fuqra has not appeared since then in the annual report, yet the declassified FBI documents from as late as 2007 discuss the terrorist threat posed by Muslims of America.
Last year, Muslims of the Americas filed a lawsuit against the nonprofit Christian Action Network for defamation and libel after CAN’s publication of the book “Twilight in America: The Untold Story of Islamist Terrorist Training Camps Inside America.”
The book accuses Muslims of America of “acting as a front for the radical Islamist group Jamaat al-Fuqra.”
Much of the book is based on the investigation of a former NYPD undercover informant who spent eight years posing as a member of the group.
The authors of the book, Martin Mawyer and Patti Pierucci, told Fox News they welcome the lawsuit because it will expose the Islamic group’s activities.
Tied to Daniel Pearl abduction
The Jamaat al-Fuqra leader, Gilani, at one time was in Pakistani custody for the abduction of American journalist Daniel Pearl.
Intelligence sources determined Pearl was attempting to meet with Gilani in the days before he disappeared in Karachi in 2002 and later was beheaded. Intelligence sources also suggest a link between al-Fuqra and Richard Reid, the infamous “shoe bomber” who attempted to ignite explosives aboard a Paris-to-Miami passenger flight Dec. 22, 2001.
Beltway sniper John Muhammad also has been tied to the group, and there is circumstantial evidence that links it to Oklahoma University bomber Joel Hinrichs.
Joseph Bodansky, the former director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, has affirmed Jamaat al-Fuqra operations in the U.S. have been known to the FBI and CIA for decades.
Gilani was a close associate of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who sent convicted conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui to live with Jamaat al-Fuqra member Melvin Lattimore and attend flight school in Norman, Okla.
Children, including 10-year-old who ‘digs his own grave,’ paying costs of jihad.
Parents who “embrace radical Islam” are promoting “martyrdom” for teens and even newborn infants by posing them with grenades, pistols, ammunition and automatic weapons in images on social media, according to a startling new report from the Middle East Media Research Institute.
“Children’s deaths in fighting are being glorified in videos and photos circulated online and in social media,” MEMRI said. “In a November 2012 video, a Syrian boy, who appears to be about 10, digs his own grave and expresses his wish for ‘martyrdom.’”
The report was compiled by Steven Stalinsky, MEMRI executive director, and R. Sosnow, head editor at MEMRI.
The Muslims are taking “pride in the ‘next generation’s of al-Qaida that they are raising,” the report said. “Children are filmed praising Osama bin Laden, saying that they want to ‘conquer Rome’ and to ‘slaughter infidels.’
“Tariq ‘Abdu, the organizer of a Syrian campaign to stop al-Qaida’s recruitment and exploitation of children, says that children carrying weapons has become ‘a familiar sight,’ not only in the areas controlled by the opposition, but also in the refugee camps for Syrians in Jordan and Turkey,” MEMRI reported.
The report featured photos of very young children dressed like soldiers, children training in al-Qaida camps and schoolchildren, particularly in Syria, being taught jihad.
One image shows a baby only months old lying on his back. Two grenades are at his head and a gun is by his hand, even though he never could hope to pick it up. Another grenade is beyond the gun, and the caption is: “Breastfed pride! One of the lion cubs of #Ansar al-Sharia in Yemen”
Another shows what appears to be a young girl, maybe 2 years old, wearing a hijab and standing between camo- and black-clad adults. She is resting her hand on a gun outfitted with a shoulder stock.
The caption is; “#Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – A nice picture”
Another bears the caption: “The challenging look in the eyes of this lion cub is enough!” It shows a young child holding what appears to be an automatic rifle.
Attached to an image of a 3-year-old boy carrying a rifle is: “The cubs of #ISIL are coming to slaughter you.”
Then the images turn gruesome, with side-by-side images of “Abu Anas Al-Ansari,” who is described as “14 years old and one of the youngest mujahideen martyred.” The images are of the child alive and then dead.
MEMRI explained that it has published several reports on how Twitter is being used by al-Qaida and other jihadis for releasing news, disseminating speeches and other communiqués. But the new trend shows the high cost to children.
“Al-Qaida sheikhs are reaching out directly to Muslim youth. For example. last year, in an audio lecture released by the al-Qaida media arm Al-Sahab, emerging al-Qaida leader Sheikh Maulana Asim Umar urged even the youngest Muslims to ‘not stay with [their] parents’ and to leave the ‘luxury’ of home and ‘city life’ to wage jihad, like the Prophet Muhammad before them.”
MEMRI continued: “In fiery terms, he exhorted them: ‘A youth whose heart is filled with desire, spirit, and love for jihad does not rest in his home; do not stay with your parents and do not enjoy the luxury of home…’”
Parents, according to the instances of social media monitored, are “celebrating their teenage children’s departure to join the jihad in Syria.”
“For example, on Sept. 25, 2013, Rema Al-Jraish, the wife of Muhammad Al-Hamily, who has been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia since 2004 on terrorism-related charges, tweeted … that her son Muadh, 16, had arrived in Syria to fight with jihadi groups, and posted photos of him.
“One photo shows Muadh with an AK-47, and another shows him in front of the black flag of jihad associated with al-Qaida and its offshoots, including the Islamic State of in Iraq and Syria.”
The report said: “Online jihadis praised her and used her son’s story to encourage Muslim youths to do the same thing. In addition to huge online support for her, friends of hers threw a local celebration featuring sweets and other delicacies, marking Muadh’s arrival in Syria.”
Shortly later, according to the report, his Instagram page was covered with images of soldiers, food and several dead compatriots with their eyes still open.
Training camps and training centers – even for pre-teens – have been established “since the current situation in Syria offers a unique opportunity for extending their reach and deepening their influence.”
The effort also is within families.
“In Dec. 2013, a French two-year-old was abducted from her mother by her father and taken with him to Turkey, en route to Syria where he intended to join the al-Qaida affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra,” the report said. “According to Mazen Zaki, of the Ibn al-Waleed Studies and Field Research Center in Egypt, this so-called ‘family jihad’ could pose a serious threat in the future.”
The report dates such “training” of children in jihad back to 2000 and cites reports over the years that have confirmed some activities.
One such instance is a little boy posing with a gun, who says: “My dear Islamic nation, what I have to say to you is no light matter. Allah the Exalted said: in the revelation [Quran 33:23]: ‘Among the believers are men who upheld the covenant they made with Allah. Some of them have fulfilled their vow through death [in battle], and some are still waiting; but they have never altered in the least.’”
One of the training videos from December includes this exchange:
Al-Qaida operative: “Allah said: ‘Those who say that Jesus son of Mary is God have disbelieved. …’ Imagine we had here with us an Alawite, from al-Assad’s family or religion … What would you do to him?”
Schoolchildren: Slaughter him.”
Al-Qaida: Slaughter him. Right. Because he is an infidel … Anyone who does not believe in Islam is an infidel. Is Obama a Muslim or an infidel?”
“Schoolchildren: “An infidel.”
WND has reported on Palestinian children being taught to hate Israel and a Hamas leader affirming that mothers must train their children for martyrdom.
Further, WND has reported extensively on Al-Aqsa Television indoctrination for children in which a Mickey Mouse look-alike character who promoted jihad was beaten to death for calling another character an Israeli terrorist. A 3-year-old promptly blamed the Jews for the death.
The mouse soon was replaced by a new bee character, Nahool, who also promotes jihad for children.