The FBI knows of at least 22 Islamic paramilitary training camps in the United States and isn’t doing anything about them, according to a report by World Net Daily.
The camps are run by Pakistan group Jamaat al-Fuqra through its U.S. face company, Muslims of the Americas. The camps are spread across rural areas in 16 states.
Jamaat al-Fuqra is not officially considered a terrorist organization by the State Department, but it was listed as a terrorist group in a 1999 State Department report, Patterns of Global Terrorism.
Members of the group in the U.S. have been involved in various acts of violence, including attempted assassinations and bombings, going back to at least the 1980s.
“Shoe bomber” Richard Reid and “Washington sniper” John Allen Muhammad are believed by some officials to be linked to al-Fuqra, but evidence was not conclusive. The group was involved in a planned bombing of a Hindu temple in Toronto in 1991. The group has been banned in Pakistan.
About 10 years ago, the FBI “discovered” a Muslims of the Americas training camp in Texas thanks to an informant’s tip.
A 2003 investigative summary by the FBI states, “The captioned investigation of the Muslims of America is based upon specific and articulate facts giving justification to believe they are engaged in international terrorism or activities in preparation thereof.”
The camps run by MOA pose as simple peace-loving communes, and the group has operated in the U.S. more or less freely since the time of Ronald Reagan despite a long history of members running into trouble with the law.
In 1991, after the Toronto bomb plot was foiled, feds raided an MOA camp south of Dallas and found military tents, vehicles and ammunition.
A different compound in Buena Vista, Colorado, was raided and shut down by state law officials in 1992. Since that time, however, there seems to have been no more raids on MOA camps.
The group’s leader, Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, was investigated by Pakistani officials for suspected involvement in the murder of Daniel Pearl, and a 2007 FBI report says that members have been involved in “10 murders, one disappearance, three firebombings, one attempted firebombing, two explosive bombings and one attempted bombing,” according to the WND article.
The same report says MOA is “an autonomous organization which possesses an infrastructure capable of planning and mounting terrorist campaigns overseas and within the U.S.”
A map that accompanies the WND article shows the United States with the 22 known MOA camps, as well as terrorist bomb attacks. The map’s accuracy is unverified, but it seems to show bombings and other violent incidents clustering around the areas where camps are located.
The obvious question about this information is why isn’t the federal government uprooting these sorts of groups, but unfortunately the answer is also obvious.
Aside from a general PC fear of being called a Islamophobic, government officials tend to cut Muslims a lot of slack. This is true of all administrations, but especially true of the current one, in which Obama has made Muslim outreach a key policy.
This is just another in a long list of examples how the people we pay to protect us are simply taking our tax money and not doing their jobs.