2009 December 20 Sunday
Muslim Clerics Complain About FBI Spying

A bunch of Muslim clerics are complaining that the FBI spies on them and tries to recruit them for spying.

The anxiety and anger have been building all year. In March, a national coalition of Islamic organizations warned that it would cease cooperating with the F.B.I. unless the agency stopped infiltrating mosques and using “agents provocateurs to trap unsuspecting Muslim youth.”

Poor babies. Can we review some basics though? Do some Muslim clerics exhort their flocks to kill American infidels? Yes. Do some Muslim clerics serve as recruiters for terrorist groups? You bet. Do some Muslim clerics come to the United States with the intent of supporting Jihad against the United States? Yup.

The FBI wants to deny green cards to applicants who refuse to spy on relatives living overseas.

In September, a cleric in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, sued the government, claiming that the F.B.I. had threatened to scuttle his application for a green card unless he agreed to spy on relatives overseas — echoing similar claims made in recent court cases in California, Florida and Massachusetts.

I have an even better idea: stop giving green cards to foreign imams. Stop giving them visas. No need to spy on them here if they aren't here in the first place. If we allow a large Muslim subpopulation to live within the borders of a Western nation then law enforcement surveillance of that subpopulation is needed in order to foil terrorist plots.

“44 Ways to Support Jihad.”

For at least a decade, counterterrorism officials have had a wary eye on Mr. Awlaki, an American citizen now living in Yemen. His contacts with three of the Sept. 11 hijackers, at mosques where he served in San Diego and Falls Church, Va., remain a perplexing mystery about the 2001 attacks, said Philip Zelikow, who was executive director of the national 9/11 commission.

But in recent years, concerns have focused on Mr. Awlaki’s influence via his Web site, his Facebook page and many booklets and CDs carrying his message, including a text called “44 Ways to Support Jihad.”

Mr. Awlaki was consulted by the Palestinian-American Army Major Malik Hasan who went on a killing spree at Fort Hood.

This native black Muslim cleric serves as an example of the FBI's worries.

Detroit -- The leader of a Detroit mosque who allegedly espoused violence and separatism was shot and killed Wednesday in an FBI gun battle at a Dearborn warehouse.

Luqman Ameen Abdullah, imam of the Masjid Al-Haqq mosque in Detroit, was being arrested on a raft of federal charges including conspiracy, receipt of stolen goods, and firearms offenses.

Dangerous Muslim clerics in Britain and in America come with having Muslims around in the first place.

Awlaki is not an isolated case, wherein a terrorist threat has emerged from an environment where these kinds of teachings were present.

Omar abu Ali, convicted of plotting with Al-Qaeda to kill President George Bush, was a valedictorian of the Islamic Saudi Academy in Virginia. Among the teachings found in the school’s textbooks are passages promoting jihad, Anti-Semitism, and the murder of those who convert out of Islam.

Ali was also a congregant in the mosque of Sheikh Abdul Malik Johari. Sheikh Johari taught one congregation that

people see even within all of this struggle it is better to be a Muslim under these conditions than to be a kaffir [infidel] under any conditions… before Allah closes our eyes for the last time you will see Islam move from being the second largest religion in America-that’s where we are now- to being the first religion in America.

There was also Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, currently serving a life-sentence for his role in plots including the 1993 World Trade Center (WTC) bombing. Sheikh Rahman was the imam of three New York mosques where he preached a militant form of Islam. His followers would go on to commit crimes congruent with his teachings. They include several others convicted with him in the New York plots. Sayyid Nosair, who murdered Jewish Defense League founder Meir Kahane, was also a follower of the cleric.

If we hadn't allowed Omar Abdel Rahman into the United States some now dead people would still be alive.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2009 December 20 05:14 PM  Immigration Culture Clash

mrm27 said at December 21, 2009 9:23 AM:

It's a testament to America that after 9-11, the Muslim population of America were not treated in a horrible manner as expected from the American public at large. To consider that Muslims are complaining to the FBI about spying on them rather than about harassment and mistreatment from citizens is pretty interesting. I remember my university sending out Muslim students to the local population to act as ambassadors and educators that not every Muslim is a terrorist out of fear from the locals.

Michael L said at December 23, 2009 11:59 AM:

nobody expects (normal) people to become martyrs to their anger. There were violence/lynching/riot type things done in the past by middle class whites because back then there was a sense of unity between the local authorities (police and otherwise) and the middle class. Those authorities really represented the will of the locals, for good and for ill. If the locals wanted to do a pogrom, you could well have a pogrom. Today, by contrast, authorities are obedient to the government and not to the people and are sure to respond with massive retaliation against any sort of popular extremism actions. Which means that serious violence is unlikely unless the authorities either temporarily fall apart (sort of like from Katrina) or else if they essentially revolt (whether openly or by way of disobedience/sabotage) against the central power for whatever reason.

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