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The group’s Pakistan-based leader, Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, is ferociously anti-Semitic and so it is not surprising that he regularly states that a Zionist-Satanic conspiracy was responsible for 9/11 and not Osama bin Laden, who he describes as a “Saudi activist.” He also accuses Israel of being behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and says that Jews are “an example of human Satans.” In another writing of Gilani’s, he says “I have never seen, in the whole of my life or even in the past thousand years, a Jew who will tell the truth.”
This could just be dismissed as the rhetoric of a lunatic fringe, but the Muslims of the Americas has a large network of Muslim-only compounds around the country, some of which are dozens of acres large. The Christian Action Network, where I serve as the National Security Advisor, has obtained two of the organization’s secret videotapes showing that these sites are used for paramilitary training. In the first tape, Sheikh Gilani is seen telling his viewers that those interested in the group’s “training courses in Islamic military warfare” to come to the Muslims of the Americas sites. He and his instructors are then seen training recruits in various guerilla warfare tactics, including the hijacking of vehicles, killing guards, setting off explosives and firearms usage. This video was seen in the documentary about this group called Homegrown Jihad.
The second tape shows female members of the Muslims of the Americas receiving training at their “Islamberg” headquarters in Hancock, NY. They are seen marching in military fatigue, scaling walls, practicing combat with knives and swords, and firing guns into a lake. In a third tape, a spokesman declares that the United States is a Muslim country and they will defend it against all “foreign and domestic” enemies. He says they will never declare jihad on their country but they “will not sit idly by and let our country be destroyed by this hidden hand.”
The Department of Homeland Security has said that Muslims of the Americas is tied to Jamaat ul-Fuqra, a Pakistani terrorist group. In 1998, the State Department’s annual Patterns of Global Terrorism report warned of this connection, describing ul-Fuqra as an “Islamic sect that seeks to purify Islam through violence.” This training and solidarity with Ahmadinejad cannot be taken lightly.
This all means that a Muslim organization exists in the United States that controls large pieces of land for paramilitary training and supports the Iranian regime. Ahmadinejad’s rhetoric may be earning him enemies around the world, but in the Muslim-American community, it has won him a new extremist friend.
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