Legal Jihad to Silence Christian Action Network? – by Ryan Mauro

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A group called the Muslims of the Americas is threatening to sue the Christian Action Network (CAN) for a YouTube video where an MOA member is confronted at the Muslim Day Parade in Washington, D.C. in September by several citizens concerned about the group’s extremism and paramilitary training of its members. (Full disclosure: I work as a national security researcher for CAN.) Unfortunately for MOA, the tape in question was made by members of the American Congress for Truth, not the Christian Action Network. The MOA is reacting to CAN’s pressure by trying to silence the organization and label them as anti-Muslim hate-mongers that are part of an evil Zionist plot.

The legal notice denounces the ACT members’ characterization of MOA’s isolated communities as “compounds” and “training camps” as being “false and defamatory” but does not deny that paramilitary training takes place at these sites. In December, CAN published a YouTube video showing excerpts of two tapes provided to me as the national security researcher for the organization by a confidential law enforcement source where MOA’s female recruits are seen receiving guerilla warfare training at their headquarters in New York called “Islamberg.”

They are seen practicing the scaling of fabricated walls, combat involving knives and swords including throat slitting, moving with stealth, marching in military formation and fatigue, and simulating ambushes culminating in firing guns into a lake. The second tape explains the meaning behind this training. Two leaders from MOA are shown declaring the United States a Muslim country and warning that they “will not stand idly by and let our country be destroyed” and they will defend it from both foreign and domestic enemies targeting Muslims.

Islamberg responded to this latest tape with a bizarre video of their own on their YouTube channel accusing CAN of “media terrorism” by using a “digitally-created Muslim hate video.”

The legal notice also tries to discredit an earlier tape uncovered by CAN showing MOA’s Pakistan-based leader, Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, giving his recruits firearms training and instruction on detonating explosives, killing guards, hijacking vehicles, and other aspects of the jihadi trade. On the tape, Gilani is seen telling his viewers that if they are interested in his “advanced training courses in Islamic military warfare,” they can contact his International Quranic Open University offices in Pakistan, the U.S. or Canada.

The MOA lawyer that wrote the notice claims that the offer to train Muslims was “computer generated” and says that everyone on this tape are part of the Kashmir Liberation Front and none are Americans. This latest video showing training at Islamberg, which was released after the legal notice was published, easily rebuts any denial that training is being offered to Americans.

On November 27, eight days after the threat to sue CAN was written, the MOA website published a rant by Sheikh Gilani that only served to further expose his extremism. He describes CAN as a “Zionist front group” that are “mere pawns of a larger, futile plot to destroy Christian-Muslim unity.” He compares CAN’s campaign against MOA to his perceived Israeli manipulation of the U.S. government to get it to invade Iraq and make it “a virtual slave of the Zionist World Order.”

He also claims that Israel was behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and that “evil, inhumane masterminds” carried out the 9/11 attacks and blamed it on Osama Bin Laden and other Saudi “activists” to facilitate the invasion of Afghanistan. He continues, saying “they sent Daniel Pearl to target me.” Gilani has previously claimed that Pearl was part of an assassination plot against him and that he is still alive. Pearl was on his way to interview Gilani when he was kidnapped and beheaded, and although Gilani was detained and released and not charged with involvement, these statements establish a motive for wanting Pearl dead.

His anti-Semitic extremism really shines through when he discusses Jews. “…I have never seen, in the whole of my life or even in the past thousand years, a Jew who will tell the truth,” he says. In one of his poems, Gilani also described Jews as “an example of human Satans.”

Gilani claims that he will be succeeded by the Mahdi, the messianic figure of Islam, who he claims to have met and even introduced to some of his disciples. “He is in his thirties and will appear to all at the age of forty,” Gilani writes, adding that the Mahdi will declare himself during the hajj in Mecca and that Jesus will arrive at the Dome of the Rock to unite Muslims and Christians after his appearance. He also says that he knows and has met Jesus in the first heaven. He finishes with saying that Muslims are not afraid of death and love martyrdom more than the Zionists “love their gold, jewelry, women and wine.”

The members of MOA believe Sheikh Gilani speaks on behalf of Allah and follow his every word. He says he is a descendant of the Prophet Mohammed. On the propaganda tape received by CAN, one of the MOA speakers says that they follow Sheikh Gilani as Catholics follow the Pope. With thousands of followers in the U.S. ready to act on Gilani’s single command, we cannot give into the threat of a legal jihad to silence us from warning about this threat.

  • braeny

    How do you know there is no struggle against them? A few days ago I read in the newspaper about a man who raised an army of 500 against the Taliban, unfortunately, he was killed. This is just one that I know, there may be more.
    http://www.goarticles.com/cgi-bin/showa.cgi?C=2

  • rnot

    American Congress for Truth is a sister organization of Act for America – the organization that I belong to.

    The Muslims are going to have to get used to things like this if they want to keep on doing nothing about their violence in Islam. It is going to get worse for them, they are their own worse enemies. I make sure to download stuff like this when I first see it because I figure that it could be censored right away. I want to make sure I have it!!

  • rnot

    There may be more. Unfortunately, 500 is a pathetic number. Where are the other Muslim countries help? Or the outrage from Muslims in the West? Or anything from Pakistanis? Pakistan takes our money and shows us the minimum effort and only spends the money on their Jihad against the Hindus in India and the Christians in Pakistan.

    I am glad to hear that at least one man had enough gonads, but it just is a paltry showing from the umma. that link you have posted is nothing but an AD.

  • Robert Bernier

    Americans WAKE-UP

    Hate to the US is part of a deep and sincere ideology.
    PMW Director Itamar Marcus spoke in the US Congress several month ago about the dangers inherent in the creation of a PA state. While US President Obama and other senior politicians have touted the creation of a PA state as beneficial to American interests, a PA state would in all likelihood ally itself with America’s enemies, he said. Among the statements quoted in the report: “Allah, take hold of the Americans and their allies… Allah, count them and kill them to the last one and don’t leave even one.” Ahmed Bahar, speaker of the PA legislative council, on PA TV in April 2007. Be correctly informed :

    http://israelagainstterror.blogspot.com/2010/01

  • Robert Bernier

    The misleading interpretations for the word “jihad”.
    From an American president who publicly defines his mission by quoting a jihadi-related verse, to American-Muslim leaders who publicly pray for the subjugation of non-Muslims (in the middle of an NYPD auditorium, no less), it is clear that the ultimate threat comes more from Western carelessness and indifference — in a word, naivety — than it does from active Islamist machinations. In short, Islamists peddling misleading interpretations for the word “jihad” is but the very tip of the iceberg as explained at :
    http://israelagainstterror.blogspot.com/2009/11

  • Robert Bernier

    Any sign of weakness is a clear call to renew Jihad.
    An agreement which contains anything beyond a limited armistice or ceasefire is null and void. The only agreement with non-believers that is permitted by Islamic law is one that enables Islam to strengthen itself, so that when the time comes it can resume Jihad in better conditions. At this time, Israel is the West's First Yard Line of defense. A strong Israel deters Jihad; a weakened Israel fuels Jihad. As to Islam to day :
    http://israelagainstterror.blogspot.com/2008/01

  • Robert Bernier

    Islamic teaching.
    Anything that deviates from the eternal truth or verities of Islamic teaching is equally degenerative, and therefore unacceptable. That is why, by definition, any Islamic movement which seeks to make Islam the basic principle of the polity does not aim at innovation but at the restoration of the ideal that has been abandoned or lost. The missing of an experience similar, or parallel, to the Renaissance, freeing the Muslim individual from external constraints of, say, religious authority in order to engage in a creative course measured and judged by rational and existential human standards, may also be a relevant consideration. The individual in the Middle East has yet to attain his independence from the wider collectivity, or to accept the proposition that he can create a political order. Check your knowledge about Islam at : http://israelagainstterror.blogspot.com/2008/07

  • http://twitter.com/Fed_Republic Federated Republic

    If they love death so much, then let's give to them in spades!!!! I have plenty of ammunition ready to send them to the Hell they all deserve!!

  • Adheeb

    This problem can only be solved by the American sportsman.

  • jacob

    May I ask what more is needed to raid ISLAMBERG than the graphic proof of what is going on there ??

    Or is it that the accursed and stupid “POLITICAL CORRECTNESS” of our govmt. demands a “smoking gun” (and its holder in a public place with a thousand witnesses that will not “refuse to get involved” ), in order to act ??

    So now, this people will drag the issue all the way to the Supreme Court and I dare bet the ruling will be the same as the one they issued years ago on the definition of pornography…

    Are we or aren't we going to hell without the basket but all by ourselves, for allowing
    this sad state of affairs to happen, knowing damned well the enemy is inside ???

  • josephwiess

    This is America and we have a freedom of speech. If Muslims don't like that, they can go back home to Iraq/Iran/Afghanistan and see how well their speech is allowed to grow.

    To anyone who would silence another. Get a life and get over it. Grow a skin, and stop being so prickly. You just go and show how immature you are.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Craig-R-Zinkoski/1399903800 Craig R. Zinkoski

    Hello all, I also belong to ACT! for America (http://www.actforamerica.org) the Sister Grassroots Organization of American Congress for Truth! Since the Sergeant stripes were put on my uniform of the U.S.M.C. I have never been more proud to serve my Beautiful Country as I am now Serving her through the mentioned groups.
    Unided We Stand, Devided We Fall!

  • andrewnitzberg

    There can be no claim by the MOA for 'defamation' because an organization cannot sue for defamation in the United States. Only actual, living people can sue for defamation under American law.

    However, Sheik Gilani has the ability to sue, if the facts support his complaint. A very big 'IF'.

  • Len Powder

    The insanity that is unfolding before us seems surreal, like a bad dream. The world seems more populated by madmen than was the case when Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini were in power. “Sheikh Gilani speaks on behalf of Allah and follows his every word,” his followers believe. The only people that could possibly transform this statement into remotely being sane are the Islamists themselves or their equally deranged political allies, the American Left. We are not dealing with people who are grounded in reality but with delusional psychopaths no different than Rosemary's Baby!

  • http://www.sharecontents.com Tommy Benkert

    Love this post! Thanks for this. I’ll be sure to come back again. P.S: I’ve bookmark your site as well.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/TopAssistant TopAssistant

    Folks, if you want to stop this, go to ACT! for America and sign our petition to have CAIR fully investigated. Next, review our STOP SHARIAH PROJECT. According to the lawsuit, filed by the conservative Christian Thomas More Law Center, at least a portion of AIG's $40 billion federal bailout has been used to support Sharia-compliant financial products. Finally, link to the ACT chapters in your state and join, if there is not one close, start one. There is a link on the website explaining how. We must have an ACT! chapter supporting each military installation in the nation. The chapters will be run by the wives, mothers, fathers, those that have a family member in the military and those of us who just love them. We must top radical Islam

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    I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that.I really enjoyed the article.