Fuqra Congressional Candidates: 1 Down, 1 Remains

Sheikh Gilani (Photo of US Capitol: Stefan Zaklin/Getty Images)

Clarion Project, by Meira Svirsky, June 20, 2018:

At least two members of the jihadi cult Jamaat ul-Fuqra, also known as Muslims of the Americas, ran for office for this year.

The member running for Congress in Alaska recently ended his campaign after Clarion Project’s expose on him was published, but Fuqra’s congressional candidate in Massachusetts is still fighting to win the Democratic primary on September 4. She has garnered fawning media coverage that fails to mention the documented extremism of Fuqra, the ongoing federal investigation into the group or legitimate concerns about her ideology.

Alaskan Congressional Candidacy Ends

The Must Read Alaska website reports that Gregory Jones, an admitted member of Fuqra/Muslims of the Americas (MOA), has ended his campaign for the Democratic primary. The Alaska Division of Elections website now lists him as a withdrawn candidate.

The author of Must Read Alaska confirmed to the Clarion Project that Jones ended his candidacy after we published our expose, though there is no way to confirm a causal relationship.

Our expose included included newly-declassified FBI documents showing deep concern about MOA activity in Alaska and that a counter-terrorism investigation was launched from 2009 to 2011 and may have been revived since.

In 2016, Clarion Project broke the story that Jones, an admitted MOA member who has met with their radical leader in Pakistan, was a delegate for Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention. He also ran for the state House in District 8 and, although he lost, received 18 percent of the vote.

During that campaign, Assemblywoman Amy Demboski mentioned our research and was depicted as a state-wide villain by the Alaskan media. The Alaskan Democratic Party upheld Jones as a near martyr, victimized by Demboski’s anti-Muslim bigotry.

Our article with these documents vindicated her, but to date, not a single media outlet has reported on the revelations. Nor has anyone apologized to her.

Jones himself said that the author of Clarion’s expose, Ryan Mauro, should be prosecuted for “hate speech and harassment.” He also called Mauro “a bigot and racist.”

 

A FBI spokesperson responded to the controversy by saying it was not aware of a militant Islamist compound in Alaska, which was interpreted as a clearing of Jones’ name. In actuality, MOA itself said it was setting up an “Islamic village” in Alaska. At any rate, the status of that project had no bearing on whether the public should be concerned about Jones’ membership in MOA.

Now we know from newly-declassified FBI documents that there was a counter-terrorism investigation into MOA from 2009 to 2011 and that it may have been revived since. FBI documents made it clear that the bureau views MOA as an extremist threat, even if it could not find evidence of illegal activity to justify continuing the investigation at that time.

MOA/CAIR Congressional Candidacy in Massachusetts Marches Forward

In Massachusetts, the MOA candidacy of Tahirah Amatul-Wadud has made the ballot by collecting over 2,300 signatures for the 1st Congressional District’s Democratic Party primary on September 4. She is challenging the incumbent, Rep. Richard Neal.

Amatul-Wadud is challenging Neal from the left as a progressive, despite the extremely un-progressive ideology of MOA and her spiritual leader in Pakistan, Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani. Rep. Neal has held the seat since 1988, enabling Amatul-Wadud to benefit from the anti-establishment political environment.

Her campaign website boasts that she’s the first African-American Muslim woman to run for Congress, but makes no mention of the Islamist groups she chooses to belong to.

In November 2015, Amatul-Wadud posted an article on Facebook by Sheikh Gilani that was filled with anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and even drew moral equivalence between Hitler and his Jewish victims, suggesting that the U.S. was misled into going to war with Nazi Germany.

The article reads:

“There was no need for America to go to war against Hitler. Hitler was not the enemy of America or the American people. There was a mutual animosity between Hitler and the Jews. So, the American people paid a very heavy price for fighting someone else’s war.”

Her leader’s article then suggests that a Zionist conspiracy orchestrated the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and Al-Qaeda’s attack on 9/11 to get the U.S. to attack Muslim countries, a common theme in MOA materials.

“Many government agencies want the world to believe that Osama Bin Laden destroyed the World Trade Center…it was the job of insiders,” it says.

Amatul-Wadud is also a board member of the Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which the U.S. Justice Department has identified as an “entity” of the Muslim Brotherhood with links to Hamas.

Despite ideological differences, CAIR and MOA have been getting closer and closer.

Federal prosecutors said in a 2008 court filing:

From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists … the conspirators agreed to use deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists.

MOA responded to Clarion’s original article about Amatul-Wadud’s candidacy with an article attacking the author as an “anti-Muslim extremist.”

The local media coverage of Amatul-Wadud has been wholly positive, without ever once pressing her about why she remains loyal to Sheikh Gilani and MOA.

Voters make their choices based on an array of issues and preferences. Links to an Islamist group like MOA should be a factor in a primary voter’s mind.

In addition, a progressive voter in the primary must ask the question, “What is progressive about MOA and Sheikh Gilani?”

Listen to Clarion Project’s Ryan Mauro talk about Fuqra and the candidates on The Glenn Beck Program (Mauro comes on the show at 14:55 minutes):

State Department Confirms It Welcomed Visit from Muslim Brotherhood-Linked Group

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Breitbart, by Edwin Mora, Aug. 17, 2017:

The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a Muslim Brotherhood (MB) affiliated group, met with “working level officials” at the U.S. State Department, an administration official confirmed to Breitbart News.

On condition of anonymity, a State Department official explained, “The Department regularly hosts groups representing different constituencies in America to explain [U.S. government] policy and hear their perspective.”

“The group was interested in U.S. policy on Jerusalem given events on the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif last month, and met a cross-section of working level officials from different offices in the Department,” continued the official.

The MB affiliate boasted about its meeting with State officials, the identities of whom remains unknown.

In an August 10 statement, USCMO said:

Representatives of the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local American Muslim organizations, met yesterday with State Department officials to discuss the ongoing Al-Aqsa Mosque crisis and Israel’s denial of religious freedom in Jerusalem, which is holy to the three Abrahamic faiths.

During the meeting at the State Department, the USCMO delegation highlighted the religious significance of Jerusalem and the Al Aqsa Mosque sanctuary – one of Islam’s holiest site … Officials assured the group the United States is committed to maintaining the safety and security of worshipers in Jerusalem.

There is a factional debate reportedly under way within President Donald Trump’s administration over adding the MB itself to the State Department and Treasury lists of foreign terrorist organizations.

Several Muslim-majority countries, including U.S. allies Saudi Arabia and Egypt, have officially labeled the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. In their declarations, they urged the United States to follow suit and label both the MB and affiliates like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) terror groups. CAIR has been declared a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates and was named by federal prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas-funding operation. It is a member group of the USCMO.

On Sunday, Ryan Mauro, a national security analyst with the Clarion Project, reported that the State Department hosted the MB-affiliated group.

Mauro wrote that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is opposed to designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

“My article is just the latest in an ongoing series documenting problems arising in the Trump Administration’s policies towards Islamist extremism,” he told Breitbart News. “I’m seeing major issues with Secretary of State Tillerson’s treatment of Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood, perhaps attributable to his close ties to Qatar before joining the administration. Qatar is also on a spending spree for lobbyists, particularly those with close ties to the Trump campaign.”

In his report, Mauro described USCMO as an umbrella organization of Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups that was formed in 2014.

The national security analyst wrote that “a secret memo uncovered by federal investigators” lists several USCMO member groups among “our organizations and the organizations of our friends.” The memo also describes the MB’s work in America as a sort of “grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.”

Nevertheless, the Muslim Brotherhood-linked group met with State Department officials to encourage them to pressure Israel.

“We were encouraged by the constructive dialogue at the State Department on this important issues,” declared Oussama Jammal, the USCMO secretary general.

FUQRA FILES: Learn More on Would-Be Jihadists in the US

Clarion Project, by Ryan Mauro December 4, 2016:

National TV reports on Clarion Project’s exposé of 22 Islamist villages around the United States where members are preparing for Jihad.

Clarion Project’s national security analyst, Prof. Ryan Mauro, appears on FOX Business Network’s “Varney & Co.” to discuss his report with Martin Mawyer of Christian Action Network about a terror-linked Islamist group in America preparing for jihad in anticipation of being targeted by the Trump Administration. A new website has been created called “The Fuqra Files” to serve as an authoritative database on Jamaat ul-Fuqra/Muslims of America.

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American Islamist Group Preps for Jihad Against Trump

Khalifa Hussain Abdallah, (foreground) known as 'K1' within the group for his top ranking as an original founder, is said to be a key supervisor of these preparations for armed conflict.

Khalifa Hussain Abdallah, (foreground) known as ‘K1’ within the group for his top ranking as an original founder, is said to be a key supervisor of these preparations for armed conflict.

Clarion Project, by Ryan Mauro, November 28, 2016:

Multiple confidential sources inside of a powerful jihadist group within the United States have informed the Christian Action Network and the Clarion Project that members have been told to arm themselves in anticipation of raids by the Trump Administration.

The Pakistan-based spiritual leader of Muslims of America (MOA), Sheikh Gilani, told top MOA officials (known as “khalifas”) to order all unarmed members to obtain firearms, licenses and hunting permits in order to resist raids on the group’s approximately 22 compounds that they expect to happen under the Trump Administration. Additional “security” was also called up and assault rifles have been mentioned as desirable.

The group now expects the FBI “to reopen its cases against them as a homegrown terrorist organization,” one of the confidential sources told Martin Mawyer of the Christian Action Network and Ryan Mauro of the Clarion Project.

The sources independently stated that members across the country were told of instructions from Sheikh Gilani to “be prepared to fight.” The message reportedly relayed to members was to “hear and obey,” using language identical to the oath of allegiance members sign when they join the group. He predicted, “You will be tested.”

The members believe that President-elect Trump is part of a satanic-Zionist conspiracy to destroy Islam, and that he is fulfilling apocalyptic End Times prophecies. Any action taken against MOA is seen as part of a war on Islam, a situation that permits violent jihad.

The preparations for armed confrontation are described as “self-defense measures,” but one source cautioned that the group could decide to take “offensive” action if it believes armed conflict is imminent.

MOA, previously known as Jamaat ul-Fuqra, refers to its compounds as “Islamic villages,” with its headquarters in New York known as “Islamberg.” Clarion Project’s Ryan Mauro obtained footage of women getting guerilla training at the site, which was filmed in or around 2002. The group has a history of terrorist and criminal activity.

MOA members have a long history of terrorism, extremism and criminal activity including weapons trafficking. A 2007 FBI report obtained by Ryan Mauro of the Clarion Project states:

“The documented propensity for violence by this organization supports the belief the leadership of the MOA extols membership to pursue a policy of jihad or holy war against individuals or groups it considers enemies of Islam, which includes the US Government.”

It warned that MOA “possesses an infrastructure capable of planning and mounting terrorist campaigns within the U.S. and overseas.”

Orders were also issued for members released on parole to stay off the compounds and to minimize associations with other MOA members that live on the lands. Many members are on parole for crimes like distributing drugs, running illegal guns, fraud and counterfeiting.

Because parole officers can enter homes or come onto properties without a search warrant, MOA officials are concerned that the presence of a parolee on their land could be used for intelligence-gathering and to find a pretext for a raid.

Multiple independent sources emphasized that MOA membership is not confined to the camps and reported a peculiar scattering of members into areas of the U.S. that previously had no MOA presence.

The sources warned that some MOA members have been in violent drug gangs, sometimes in a covert capacity where the gangs are not informed of their MOA ties. They express concern that non-MOA criminals could be utilized so as to minimize traces to the group.

A public statement by Sheikh Gilani published on November 14 appears peaceful, but these sources say that the wording has frightening implications that outsiders would fail to detect.

“I foretold the disastrous results should this man be elected as the American President. He has come as a test and trial for the faithful adherents of the holy books. There is no reason to cry, weep or despair over this current difficulty,” it reads.

Gilani is referring to his prophecies that a “tyrant” would take control of the White House during the End Times, shortly before an apocalyptic battle happens that ushers in final victory for Islam (as he interprets it).

MOA believes that this “Doomsday” will happen under the reign of Gilani’s successor, known as the 7th Sultan. Gilani is understood by members to be on the cusp of death. Sources reported last month that Gilani has transferred his title of “imam of MOA” to his son in the U.S., Sultan Ahmed Gilani, who may be separate from the prophetic 7th Sultan.

muslims-of-the-americas-husain-abdallah-drivers-license-insideKhalifa Hussain Abdallah, known as “K1” within the group for his top ranking as an original founder, is said to be a key supervisor of these preparations for armed conflict.

The sources urged Mawyer and Mauro to be on alert, as MOA members believe they are responsible for the forthcoming crackdown. Law enforcement has been informed of the danger and should consider MOA the immediate suspect if any harm is done to them.

The Christian Action Network and Clarion Project challenge Sheikh Gilani to prove his alleged commitment to non-violence by publishing an unequivocal forbiddance of any violent action against Mawyer and Mauro by any MOA supporter under any circumstances.

Bombing suspect is no lone wolf, but a terrorist with a family of sympathizers

Law enforcement officials work at the scene of Chelsea bombing. Photo: Getty Images

Law enforcement officials work at the scene of Chelsea bombing. Photo: Getty Images

New York Post, by Paul Sperry, Sept. 24, 2016:

Last weekend’s NYC bombing is yet another case of terrorism and hatred for America not being isolated to a “lone wolf” but running in the family. We’ve seen this horror before, in Orlando, San Bernardino, Chattanooga and Boston — Muslim families playing dumb after their son goes on a terrorist rampage, only to find out later that the family sympathized with terrorism.

The latest evidence is damning: Two days before Ahmad Rahami allegedly planted the Chelsea bomb that injured 31, a family member’s cellphone video camera was used to film him testing bombs in the back yard of the New Jersey residence/chicken shack where he had lived and worked with his parents. After one “cylindrical” device explodes, unidentified people are overheard laughing on the recording, an FBI document reveals.

The video isn’t the only piece of evidence suggesting the fiend’s family may have known about his plot. A cellphone used as a timer to detonate the Chelsea bomb “was subscribed in the name of a family member” until 2013, FBI Special Agent Peter Licata wrote in the government’s 13-page complaint filed against Rahami.

What’s more, Rahami allegedly used the family SUV to travel to Manhattan to plant the pressure-cooker bomb. Late the next night, the FBI pulled over the same SUV occupied by five people including Rahami relatives — including three women dressed in Islamic robes — who reportedly were headed to the airport. They were questioned by joint Terrorism Task Force agents, but authorities said they were not in custody and none had been arrested.

The FBI complaint indicates that Rahami started plotting his terrorist attacks as early as June — the same month his wife left the US for Pakistan. Placed on a terror watch list, Asia Bibi Rahimi on Wednesday returned to New York where she submitted to FBI interviews. Rahami’s mother left the US for Turkey three weeks before the bombing.

Rahami’s older brother and sister appear to share the same affection for terror leaders and same hatred for America as him. Reports have linked the sister to messages posted on social media quoting the late Anwar al-Awlaki, the American al Qaeda cleric who privately ministered to some of the 9/11 hijackers. (Rahami wrote that he sought “guidance” from Awlaki in a blood-stained journal FBI agents seized from him after a shootout.)

The brother, Mohammad, who is now in custody in Pakistan, posted ISIS-related propaganda, including images of jihadists with the message: “I bring the men who desire death as ardently as you desire life.”

In the 1980s, Rahami’s father fought with the Afghan mujahideen against the Soviet Union, according to statements made by a family friend; he also opposed the U.S. war in Afghanistan. The media have portrayed him as a hero for ratting out his son as a terrorist. After the bombing, he shouted to them, “Two years ago, I call the FBI.”

In fact, the elder Mohammad Raham may have only mentioned that his son was a terrorist on a call with local police in 2014 to report a domestic fight between Rahami and a younger son involving a knife. Local police, in turn, contacted the FBI through the local Joint Terrorism Task Force out of concern Rahami had been radicalized. The FBI interviewed the father, who recanted his story about Rahami, who was never indicted for the alleged stabbing. The father let Rahami continue staying at his home and even let him run the family fried-chicken shop.

This is reminiscent of other recent homegrown terrorist cases, where extremism also runs in the family, including:

  • Orlando shooter Omar Mateen, whose father was an anti-gay Taliban booster, and whose wife’s Palestinian family proclaimed support for Hamas terrorists. His wife even drove him to sites he scouted as targets, including the gay nightclub he attacked in June and to the store where he bought ammo for the massacre.
  • San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook, whose father shared his hatred for Jews and even knew his son followed ISIS. His mother was involved in a subversive Pakistani front group and lived with her son where he and his wife made pipe bombs. Both parents were placed on a terror watch list after the 2015 massacre.
  • Chattanooga, Tenn., terrorist Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, influenced by his devout Muslim father who appeared at one point on a federal terrorist watch list. The FBI now says those close to Abdulazeez knew he had been radicalized a year before his deadly 2015 attack on two Tennessee military sites but failed to alert authorities.
  • The Boston bombers — influenced by their America-hating Muslim mother, who forced them to go to an extremist mosque and study hardcore Islamic texts. After 2013’s marathon attack, the Muslim convert wife of the older Tamerlan son expressed more sympathy for “people killed every day in Syria” than those killed and maimed by her husband.

Maybe Trump’s right. Maybe we do need to start looking more closely at the families of terrorists and holding them accountable, as well.

Paul Sperry is the author of “Infiltration” and “Muslim Mafia.”

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Clarion Project’s national security analyst, Prof. Ryan Mauro, appears on CBN News to discuss the latest with the bombings perpetrated by Ahmad Khan Rahami, targeting the Islamist ideology and the problems that come with describing terrorists as “lone wolves.”

Refuting the denial of religious motivation for Jihad

Islamic State jihadis (Photo: video screenshot)

Islamic State jihadis (Photo: video screenshot)

What Drives Foreigners to Join the Islamic State?

Clarion Project, by Ryan Mauro, Aug. 30, 2016:

Almost 15 years after the 9/11 attacks, the West is still debating the cause of such terrorism even as repeated studies and common sense points in one direction:  Islamist ideology based on certain religious interpretations.

Now we can add another study to this heap of evidence, as a new study of foreign fighters has confirmed that ideology is the primary factor.

The new study released by the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society is based on interviews with 40 foreign fighters who went overseas to join Islamist terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria and 100 other relevant players, such as their family members and online supporters.

Of these, 15 joined the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL), 12 joined Jabhat al-Nusra (Al-Qaeda’s Syrian wing), three joined the Free Syria Army and 10 joined other rebel groups, mostly jihadist in nature.

Here are five of the most important findings from the study:

The primary factor is religious interpretation.

“As our interactions with these individuals are so heavily mediated by a religious discourse, we also think that religiosity (i.e., sincere religious commitment, no matter how ill-informed or unorthodox) is a primary motivator for their actions. Religion provides the dominant frame these foreign fighters use to interpret almost every aspect of their lives.”

And:

“There is a real concern with real moral issues, with knowing and doing the right thing—again, not as determined by the seeming apathetic and corrupt surrounding society but by some higher or transcendent authority.”

This is the obvious conclusion that many observers have sought to deny, such as when former State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said ISIS is caused by unemployment and subsequently defended her comments. She was laughed out of her job, but her illogical understanding of the problem remains pervasive as many Westerners desperately seek to find a more comforting and relatable cause than Islamism for Islamist terrorism.

One Western Muslim told the authors, “The zeal of jihad always struck me when I would sit in my room and read Quran with English translation. I would wonder how jihad was fought today.”

The political gripes of the Islamist terrorists are a subset of their religious gripes.

“[Most] provided justifications for being a foreign fighter that were largely moral and religious in character, more than explicitly political.”

The researchers found that the decision to become a foreign fighter was more about rejecting Western governments and societies than a decision to combat Western foreign policy.

The common mantra that Islamist radicalization is simply a religious expression of political protests over Western “imperialism” is false. The primary factor is the adoption of the ideology and those that hold that ideology will become exponentially more infuriated over the West’s foreign policy. If you believe in resurrecting the caliphate, then you’ll rage against the West’s presence in the Middle East that stands in your way.

It’s not about inequality.

“None indicate, directly or indirectly, that forms of socio-economic marginalization played a significant role in their motivations to become a foreign fighter.”

Here we have yet another study finding no connection between Islamist radicalization and unemployment, poverty, lack of education, broken families, mental illness, etc. About half of the foreign fighters in this sample went to university and one-third graduated.

The study identified five “ecological niches of homegrown terrorism:” Late modernity (our Internet-driven society); the immigrant experience (most come from Muslim immigrant families); youthful rebellion; ideology and group dynamics.

The linkage between Islamism and lack of integration is overemphasized.

“The correlation between marginalization or lack of integration and radicalization are not as robust as commonly assumed.”

Previous studies have shown a linkage between a lack of assimilation and Islamist radicalization. For example, Marc Sageman’s pivotal study based on 400 biographies of Al-Qaeda members found that 80% “were, in some way, totally excluded from the society they lived in.”

This study doesn’t deny that a correlation exists, but rather that the correlation is played up too much. The authors refer to how some respondents described feeling out of place in the West as they saw how it conflicted with their faith. In these cases, the religious belief is prompting the individual to marginalize himself, as opposed to Western society marginalizing the individual and pushing him towards radical beliefs.

They aren’t lone wolves.

“The process of self-radicalization needs to be legitimated to be complete.”

The researchers found that, in most cases, “outside mentors” enter the Islamist’s life and guide him into becoming a foreign fighter. They are not lone wolves if they are being led, even if it is online.

The West can either craft a strategy for each Islamist terrorist group it goes up against, starting over and over with each new manifestation or it can target the common variable between all of them. This study, like others before it, finds that the common variable is Islamism and its foundational religious interpretations.

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Robert Spencer on the Obama/Clinton war against the reality of the jihad threat:

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Secure Freedom Radio with Jim Hanson Aug. 30, 2016:

SEBASTIAN GORKA, Chairman of the Threat Knowledge Group, author of “Defeating Jihad: the Winnable War”:

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