What Could it be? The Rise Of U.S. Islam. Really?
Well, Molten Eagle must confess. Time and resources are insufficient to unravel every pressing mystery, although when obvious inconsistencies slap us in our faces, we can surely bet that our representative government, comprised largely of courageous law school graduates (just kidding, they are actually competent politicians), have authorized high stakes activities in neighborhoods near you.
Be confidant and rest complacently that none of the following are actually what they are reported to be:
Radical Muslim paramilitary compound flourishes in upper New York state
Nearly every weekend, neighbors hear sounds of gunfire. Some, including a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, have heard the bang of small explosives.
Islamberg is a branch of Muslims of the Americas Inc., a tax-exempt organization formed in 1980 by Pakistani cleric Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, who refers to himself as "the sixth Sultan Ul Faqr," Gilani, has been directly linked by court documents to Jamaat ul-Fuqra or "community of the impoverished," an organization that seeks to "purify" Islam through violence.
Over the years, numerous members of Jamaat ul-Fuqra have been convicted in US courts of such crimes as conspiracy to commit murder, firebombing, gun smuggling, and workers' compensation fraud. Others remain leading suspects in criminal cases throughout the country, including ten unsolved assassinations and seventeen fire-bombings between 1979 and 1990.
Members live in hamaats or compounds, such as Islamberg, where they agree to abide by the laws of Jamaat ul-Fuqra, which are considered to be above local, state and federal authority. Additional hamaats have been established in Hyattsville, Maryland; Red House, Virginia; Falls Church, Virginia; Macon, Georgia; York, South Carolina; Dover, Tennessee; Buena Vista, Colorado; Talihina, Oklahoma; Tulane Country, California; Commerce, California; and Onalaska, Washington. Others are being built, including an expansive facility in Sherman, Pennsylvania. Source: Canada Free Press Friday, May 11, 2007 By Paul L. Williams Ph.D., (author of THE DAY OF ISLAM) with Douglas Hagmann, Bill Krayer and Michael Travis
May 10, 2007 - DEBBIE ALMONTASER, slated to be the principal of the new school:
Dhabah Almontaser & Lena Alhusseini Arab American Family Support Center joins with Khalil Gibran school. DEBBIE ALMONTASER describes herself as becoming an "activist" after 9/11
"Her next goal: to have schools recognize Muslim holidays, as they already do Christian and Jewish ones" [NPR Morning Edition, July 13, 2006, transcript below]
Has called herself a "convert" to Islam, although she was born Muslim ["Finding my religion," Colorlines Magazine, March 22, 2005]
Regarding the spring 2006 trial of the Herald Square bomb plotter, the NY Times reported:
On May 12, in the middle of the trial of Mr. Siraj, Mr. Kelly met with 150 Muslims at a youth center in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. He showed them a 25-minute video that the Police Department created to train new officers to be sensitive toward Arabs and Muslims. He said he was there to hear their "concerns about issues of public safety," according to a transcript of his speech. Only after several questions did anyone mention the trial. Debbie Almontaser, a board member of a Muslim women's organization, told Mr. Kelly that she was saddened that the police had resorted to "F.B.I. tactics," and that she thought this was polarizing the Muslim community. Applause swept the room. [Andrea Elliott, "Undercover Work Deepens Police-Muslim Tensions," NY Times, May 27, 2006] source Militant Islam Monitor
Does the grand war on global terrorism rely upon application of Islamic peer pressure against the philosophy of violent extremism? That is simply a no-brainer.