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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Jihadists training in rural America?

Islamic extremists in the United States have traditionally set up shop in big cities with large Muslim populations: places like New York City, Dearborn, Michigan and even Washington, DC. But one secretive group is doing just the opposite.

They call themselves Muslims of America. They've established compounds throughout the rural U.S. Members say they moved to the countryside to lead peaceful lives free of "Western decadence." But others say that doesn't tell the whole story.

"Certainly, when you're in a rural area it enables you to better escape from the prying eyes of law enforcement," said CBN News consultant David Gartenstein-Ross.

He says Muslims of America has close ties to a violent Pakistani group named Jamaat Al-Fuqra. Both groups are led by the same extremist cleric: Sheikh Mubarak Gilani.

"Sheikh Gilani is an extremist figure known to be very much involved in the jihads against India, also known to be very much anti-Semitic," Gartenstein-Ross said.

Gilani's images and messages are all over the Muslims of America Web site.

He founded the group during a visit to Brooklyn in 1980. Shoe bomber Richard Reid and Beltway sniper John Allen Muhammed are said to have been among his followers.

Another reason Gilani's name may be familiar to some of you: When Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered, he was on his way to interview Gilani.

Let's go to the videotape.


At 1:29 AM, Blogger heroyalwhyness said...

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At 6:42 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

I can testify to that. America's rural areas are millions of square miles with low levels of population and not much in the way of law enforcement. Which keeps people safe from prying eyes but not good if those people aren't friendly towards America.

At 11:28 AM, Blogger Don P said...

The thing is, as sparsely populated as some parts of America are, the thinner the population, the more likely your neighbors know what you're doing. Chances are that even locals who take a dim view of the Feds are going to take an even dimmer view of an insurgent army training in their back yard. The real problem is that too many FBI offices don't believe that Radical Islamists pose a threat.


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