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Islamism Series: Soldiers of Allah

The debate rages around the country as to the balance between liberty and security. After the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11th, 2001, it became clear that two oceans and allegedly friendly northern and southern borders would no longer be enough to insulate and protect Americans in our homeland.

Numerous security measures and programs were instituted by the Bush administration in an effort to thwart any further attacks and to root out terrorists living and operating here on our home soil.

Programs and policies including taking the fight to the terrorists in the Middle East, the enactment of the PATRIOT Act, loosened surveillance requirements, and the housing and interrogation of terrorists in the detainee camp at Guantanamo Bay successfully protected our nation in the seven years following those deadly attacks.

At this website the ‘Islamism Series’, each entry of which you can read by clicking the tag at the bottom of this posting, has been an effort to better educate and inform readers on the very real threat that radical Islam continues to pose to America.

That effort grows more important now that the new Obama administration has taken office with a mandate from its followers to decrease if not dismantle those counter-terrorism efforts that have proven so successful.

The debate in America has taken on a libertarian tone asking what is more important, our liberty in the expectation of privacy that we all have in our persons, homes and properties as afforded us by the Constitution, or our need to keep the country safe from attack by entities that would use that Constitution and its protections against us to conceal and carry out their planning and actions.

It has also taken on a humanitarian tone asking whether the detaining and agressive interrogation of enemy combatants at Gitmo represents the best way to express American moral superiority in our role as the leader of the free world.

Finally it has taken on a political tone as Democrats denounce these policies and practices in an effort to redirect the funding towards more liberally social programs, while Republicans fight to maintain that basic national security must come first.

These are the kinds of arguments, debates and discussions that a democratic nation such as America makes as it moves forward. There are no such arguments among our Islamofascist enemies who continue to build organizations and operations here on our soil.

These organizations are likely to grow ever larger and bolder should the intelligence community be severely restricted at the levels that most of Obama’s ultra-liberal supporters would like to see.

Islamic organizations such as the ‘Soldiers of Allah’ are operating training camps right now, here in the United States, at locations all across the country from Virginia to Washington state.

The ‘Christian Action Network’ is a self-described grass-roots organization founded and designed to ‘protect America’s religious and moral heritage through intensive lobbying efforts’ and by taking action towards that goal. The CAN has produced a new documentary titled “Homegrown Jihad: the Terrorist Camps Around the U.S.” (which can be ordered by clicking on to the title of this blog posting.)

‘Homegrown Jihad’ was based on a 2006 Justice Department document that was never meant for release to the general public but which inevitably leaked out. The document exposed 35 suspected terrorist compounds across the United States and was meant for law enforcement use only.

All copies of an accompanying video titled “Soldiers of Allah”, a terrorist training video, were believed confiscated but one copy came to CAN and became the basis for their investigation into the 35 locations, which ultimately has become this new documentary effort.

The documentary alleges homegrown American terrorist efforts by an Islamofascist organization known as Jamaat ul-Fuqra operating at camps in and around places like Seattle, Washington and Hancock, New York.

It was the leader of this group, Sheikh Mubarak Gilani, who American journalist Daniel Pearl was enroute to interview when he was kidnapped and beheaded back in 2002. It was a member of this very group, Iyman Faris, who was plotting that same year to collapse the Brooklyn Bridge before our intel efforts thwarted his plans.

In our country the group, which is known here as ‘Muslims of America’, is believed to have more than 3,000 members operating all across the nation, and the Department of Homeland Security has predicted that they will continue attempts to strike inside the United States.

These ‘Muslims of America’ and ‘Soldiers of Allah’ are merely representative of any number of efforts that the Islamofascists continue to engage in within our very borders. They don’t need to sneak across our borders, they are already here. If you have the opportunity, order or somehow find a way to watch the CAN video.

In any event you need to keep yourself educated as to what is happening here in America, and support those who give equal consideration to our liberty and our security.

This ‘Islamism Series’ will continue as a small part of that effort to educate readers on the terms and practices of the Islamofascists, and will continue to acknowledge the efforts of others to do the same.

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Islamism Series: Infiltration of America

Steven Emerson, one of the nation’s leading terrorism experts, states it appropriately when he says that “only by knowing how the terrorists’ networks operate…can we be vigilant in detecting any new activity.

There are at least three significant foreign Islamic terror groups operating in America today: Hamas, al Qaeda, and PIJ (Palestinian Islamic Jihad.)

These groups receive support from, and give it to, countries such as Sudan, Egypt, and Afghanistan. They are here for the sole purpose of attacking America and Americans right here in our homeland, and they were getting more successful at it until the increased efforts of the Bush administration in the post-9/11 world slowed them.

But they have not stopped, they continue to plot and plan and make attempts, and without continued strong security and intelligence on our part they will succeed again, probably on an even larger scale than 9/11.

Emerson has divided the terrorists activities into four categories: recruitment, fund-raising/money-laundering, networking, and direct organization.

In recruiting, the Islamofascists love to find willing participants in Jihad who already hold American passports, at times finding these people among naturalized U.S. citizens of Middle Eastern descent. People who can generally travel freely into and out of the country, and within the country, with little suspicion.

Other recruitment, orientation, and indoctrination can come from websites and newspapers, and the terrorists actively use our freedoms against us. We cannot stop anyone from preaching violence unless a standard of “clear and present danger” is met.

As Emerson states, “We cannot stop groups from gathering to share their political views, even if one of those views is that the U.S. must be destroyed.”

In the areas of fund-raising and money-laundering, there have been conferences held right here on U.S. soil in which attendees were exhorted to directly donate at that time to fund the Jihad.

Other times, charities such as the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development have made appeals for donations to support widows and orphans of the Middle East conflict, never telling the donors that the funds would go to fight and support continued Jihadist activities.

They have smuggled contraband cigarettes for funding as well. Some have participated in sham marriages to gain citizenship.

Networking can be accomplished by using organizations such as CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) and MAYA (Muslim Arab Youth Association) among others with legitimate sounding names.

These organizations may often publicly preach one message, while their members often exhibit what Emerson calls “contrary behaviors” in collaborating and facilitating the work of terrorists. Emerson rightly feels that these organizations must take responsibility for the things that take place at their conferences.

Direct organizing has at times been accomplished by what Emerson has called “terror networks operating under their own names” such as the ARC (Advice & Reform Committee), formed under direct orders by Osama bin Laden to the man indicted in the bombing of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania back in 1998. Though ARC was never incorporated in the U.S., it kept two mailing addresses here in Denver and Kansas City.

The fact remains that the vast majority of Muslims here in America are peaceful and genuinely moderate, subscribing to what Emerson describes as “the strong Islamic tradition of tolerance and human dignity.”

And yet it is the extremists who continue to have the most influence simply because they are the most active. That activism, combined with the funding of Saudi Arabian subscribers to Wahhabism, which supports the spread of Islam through violence, has led to what a prominent cleric has stated has been a takeover of “more than 80% of the mosques that have been established in the U.S.”

It is clear that the mix of radical idealism, Saudi cash, willing naturalized recruits, and modern technology are placing America in danger.

Despite stronger intelligence capabilities thanks to efforts such as The Patriot Act, the infiltration of America is well under way. It is important that we all know this, and remain awake and aware to any emergence in our own communities through schools, mosques, community centers, and other outlets.

It is also important that we recognize the successful role that this Act and other law enforcement and intelligence efforts have played in keeping us relatively safe since 9/11, and that we continue to support these efforts and the politicians who will continue their implementation.

NOTE: all pieces in this ‘Islamism Series’ can be viewed through the below Tag