By Judi McLeod
Monday, June 4, 2007
Saturday's foiled plot to attack New York's John F. Kennedy Airport underscores the danger of allowing radical Islam paramilitary compounds like "Islamberg" on the outskirts of Hancock, New York to flourish below radar.
Compounds run by a Sheikh Mubarek Gilani-led Jamaat ul Fuqra actively recruit in penal institutions and convert new members by the thousands for their fanatical cause.
Update on story: May 22, 2007"Islamberg" founder Sheikh Gilani blames Doug Hagmann for CFP story
Update on story: May 21, 2007 Islamberg not the only radical Muslim compound flourishing in North America
Update on story: Blogger who posted CFP Islamberg story had life threatened
The face of international terrorism has changed from foreigners to homegrown converts since it last captured world attention on 9/11.
Terrorism is alive and well under the cover of a legitimate, non-profit charity identified as Jamaat ul Fuqra, and it works tirelessly right on American soil.
"The authorities said the would-be bombers had tried to forge a connection with Jamaat al-Muslimeen, a group of converts to Islam which staged a violent coup attempt in Trinidad & Tobago in 1990." (Timesonline, June 3, 2007).
This time there was even a warning just four days before the foiled JFK plot.
"An American member of Al-Qaeda warned in an internet video that US President George W. Bush should withdraw all his troops from Muslim land or face attacks worse than September 11".
The new breed of terrorist, the convert to Islam, issued the warning.
"Adam Gadahn, a convert to Islam who has been indicted for treason by a U.S. jury, issued a list of demands and warned they were not up for negotiation."
"`Your failure to heed our demands means that you and your people...will experience things that will make you forget all about the horrors of September 11, Afghanistan and Iraq, and Virginia Tech,'" he said in the video posted last Tuesday.
Just two weeks after members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and partners of the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team arrested 12 adults--all Canadian residents, and some Canadian born--and charged them under Section 83 of the Criminal Code of Canada in a foiled terrorist attack in Toronto on June 2, 2006 Northeast Intelligence Director Doug Hagmann infiltrated and reported on Islamberg in upper state New York.
His work had a ripple halfway across the world when Jamaat ul Fuqra chief Sheikh Mubarek Gilani, one-time suspect n the abduction and murder of Daniel Pearl, posted a lengthy diatribe against Hagmann on his Pakistan-based website. (www.homelandsecurityus.com/Gilani)See Gilani's enraged rant against Hagmann here.
When author Paul Williams' findings at Islamberg were posted to Canada Free Press (CFP) on May 11, a second threat, this one by telephone was issued to Hagmann and two bloggers who picked up Williams' CFP story were issued threats.
The foiled attack at JFK Airport was already being downplayed the day after authorities moved on it.
"One law enforcement source told The New York Times that the alleged plotters had neither explosives nor money and described Russell Defreitas, 63, who was arrested in Brooklyn as "a sad sack"," (Timesonline, June 3, 2007).
One day after the foiled Toronto attack, the plot to bomb Ontario targets was already being downplayed.
"In the Toronto Star's report that Mississauga brothers-in-law Ahmad Ghany and Zakaria Amra being charged in connection with plots to attack Canadian targets, criticism is already being leveled at police." (CFP, June 3, 2007).
"However, shocked neighbours and family members say they don't believe the allegations," (Torstar Network, June 3, 2006). "I think they have it wrong. Those guys have nothing to do with (terrorism)," said Scarborough Imam Aly Hindy, a high profile critic of the RCMP and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). He has accused the federal agency of targeting Muslims who criticize the foreign policies of Western governments.
"Because they are young people, and they are Muslims, they are saying it's terrorism," Hindy told the Star.
Trinidadian newspapers have reported that the two men arrested there in connection with the JFK plot, Kareem Ibrahim and Abdul Kadir, were imams of Shia mosques in Trinidad and Guyana.
Abdul Nur, also charged by the U.S. but still at large, is also a Guyanese.
Is it really any surprise that the ever-allusive Adnan G. El-Shukrijumah, a Saudi-born al-Qaeda operative, is believed to be holed up in the same region?
Described in Paul Williams' book The Day of Islam, el Shukrijumah "possesses the uncanny ability to blend into a crowd, to alter his looks, and to assume a multitude of identities --the "proverbial Mr. Cellophane".
A $5-million reward, offered for information leading to el Shukrijumah's capture, has gone uncollected.
El Shukrijumah lived undetected in the United States for 15 years and trained as a pilot from which he takes his nickname, "Jafar the pilot". According to the FBI, he speaks perfect English and has a Guyanese passport but may try to enter the US with Saudi, Canadian or Trinidadian documents (emphasis CFP's).
Meanwhile, it's the converted Islamist wearing the cunning new face of international terrorism, and thousands of them are busy training in radical Islam paramilitary compounds on North American soil.
Don't believe that compounds like Islamberg are getting a free ride below radar?
Just report on them like Doug Hagmann and wait for the rant from one Sheikh Mubarek Gilani.
Canada Free Press founding editor Most recent by Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years experience in the print media. Her work has appeared on Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, Glenn Beck. Judi can be reached at: [email protected]