Thursday, June 07, 2007

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The Terrorists Next Door?

by Nava at Mystical Paths

(This article is making it's way around the Internet. At least 1 blogger who posted it had his life and is being stalked.)

The Catskills was once the summer playground for the Jews, but is now the headquarters for an outfit called Muslims of the Americas. Islamberg is a wooded, 70-acre encampment in upstate NY. It is not an ideal place for a summer vacation unless, of course, you are an exponent of the Jihad or a fan of Osama bin Laden.

Reports of gunfire and military-style physical training at the camp have led some investigators to believe that the group's members are preparing for homegrown jihad. It is widely believed to be a front for Jamaat al-Fuqra, founded by radical Pakistani cleric Mubarak Ali Gilani.

Al-Fuqra members have been suspects in assassinations and firebombings in the United States, authorities said, and an associate of the group, Rodney Hampton-el, was jailed in 1996 for plotting to bomb New York bridges and tunnels.

The founder, Gilani, is the extremist who Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was reportedly trying to meet in Pakistan when he was abducted and beheaded.

Asked whether commune members kept weapons at the camp, the resident said, "We got guns up here just like everyone else got guns. We're American citizens."

Even though Jamaat ul-Fuqra has been involved in terror attacks and sundry criminal activities, recruited thousands of members from federal and state penal systems, and appears to be operating paramilitary facilities for militant Muslims, it remains to be placed on the official US Terror Watch List. On the contrary, it continues to operate, flourish, and expand as a legitimate nonprofit, tax-deductible charity.


Source here. More info here and here.

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