A curious administration ally in the campaign against "violent extremism."
A Boston-based hub of terrorism associated with a top Islamic State propagandist and producer of hostage-beheading videos will receive the red carpet treatment at an anti-terrorism conference at the Obama White House this Wednesday.
The so-called Summit on Countering Violent Extremism comes as President Obama seeks formal authorization from Congress to wage war against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL).
The terrorist-friendly Islamic Society of Boston (ISB), which is a known front for Islamist terrorist groups, operates mosques in and around Boston.
Members of the anti-terrorist community are outraged that officials of ISB will participate in discussions of anti-terrorism best practices on Feb. 18.
In a recent Washington Times op-ed, Charles Jacobs and Ilya Feoktistov of Americans For Peace and Tolerance, warned that ISB "and its political arm, the Muslim American Society, seen as the go-to groups for civic and law enforcement partnerships, have links to many extremists who are either in jail, in flight from federal authorities, or have been killed during terrorist attacks." The group also ran a full-page ad about ISB's participation in the summit in the Washington Times under the headline, "Why is Boston a Hub For 'VIOLENT EXTREMISM?'"
Social media guru Ahmad Abousamra, who is now the chief propagandist for the Islamic State, regularly attended ISB's Cambridge mosque, according to the New York Post. His father was a vice president of the Muslim American Society of Boston. The FBI suspects Abousamra is in charge of Islamic State's slick English-language propaganda campaign that produces videos of beheadings and various atrocities. The campaign has succeeded in recruiting at least 300 American jihadists and thousands of volunteers from other Western nations.
Long before the Islamic State arrived on the world scene, the Islamic Society of Boston had already long been a hotbed of terrorist activity, according to DiscoverTheNetworks.
ISB was founded by Hamas and Hezbollah supporter Abdurahman Alamoudi, who in 2004 was sentenced to 23 years in prison on terrorism-related charges. ISB's Cambridge mosque is run by the Muslim American Society, which federal prosecutors say is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood. Saudi benefactors helped to fund a sister mosque, the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC), in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood.
Boston marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev worshiped at ISB's Cambridge mosque, as did Tarek Mehanna. Mehanna received terrorist training in Yemen and intended to use automatic weapons to inflict mass casualties in a suburban shopping mall near Boston. In 2012 Mahenna received a 17-year prison term for conspiring to aid al-Qaeda. Oussama Ziade, a benefactor of the Boston mosque, was indicted in 2009 for accepting money from al-Qaeda fundraiser Yassin Kadi.
Jacobs and Feoktistov throw some light on other ISB mosque congregants.
Yusuf Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, was a founding trustee of the ISB. He has urged the elimination of Jews and the murder of homosexuals. An INTERPOL arrest warrant is pending. Aafia Siddiqui, also known as "Lady al Qaeda," who is serving 86 years in prison for attempted murder after she opened fire on FBI agents, also attended an ISB mosque.
Hafiz Masood, a Muslim American Society religious leader deported for immigration offenses, reportedly raised funds and recruited members in Boston for his brother's terrorist group, which was responsible the massacre in Mumbai, India. ISB congregant Rezwan Ferdaus, is now serving a 17-year prison term after plotting to fly remote-controlled airplane bombs into the U.S. Capitol.
ISB Iman Abdullah Faaruuq gave the Massachusetts attorney general's office a $50,000 grant in 2010 for Muslim "sensitivity training" for the police.
"Under the program's guidelines, law enforcement officers are barred from studying radical Islamist ideology as a motive for the violent extremism that the president's program is supposed to counter," Jacobs and Feoktistov note. "Imam Faaruuq was later found on tape urging Boston Muslims to 'pick up the gun and the sword to defend Aafia 'Lady al Qaeda' Siddiqui,' who was then on trial."
The Obama White House announced the upcoming summit last month. It will "highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad to commit acts of violence, efforts made even more imperative in light of recent, tragic attacks in Ottawa, Sydney, and Paris."
The summit is supposed to build on the strategy the White House released in August 2011, "Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States," which it called the first national strategy to prevent violent extremism domestically. The U.S. is at war only with al-Qaeda and not Islamism, according to the paper.
The politically correct, largely content-free document is essentially useless, reducing all terrorist acts in the U.S. to "violent extremism." Even those organizations it singles out -- "neo-Nazis and anti-Semitic hate groups" -- it refuses to describe properly, calling them merely "misguided groups." Normal Americans would be more likely to opt for the descriptor evil but such a word will never escape the lips of the left-wing relativists of the Obama administration.
Partnering with America's Islamic enemies is nothing new for the Obama administration. From the beginning President Obama's foreign policy has been clearing the way for the rise of the Islamic Caliphate throughout North Africa and the Middle East.
Obama supported the Muslim Brotherhood regime of Mohamed Morsi in Egypt and overthrew Muammar Qaddafi in Libya which paved the way for the Islamist takeover of that country. Obama refused to support a popular uprising against the theocratic totalitarians of Iran and allowed the opposition to be crushed by the mullahs.
Obama consistently makes excuses for Muslim atrocities as the nation was reminded in his recent National Prayer Breakfast speech in which he had to reach back a millennium to the Christian Crusades of medieval times in order to bash Western civilization.
“Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ," Obama said. "In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ. …So this is not unique to one group or one religion.”
Obama supports Islamist movements all over the world. By inviting Islamist groups like ISB to the White House he's only being consistent.
*Correction: Identification of Ahmad Abousamra's father as a former member of the ISB's board of directors has been changed to identification as former vice president of the Muslim American Society of Boston.
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