Tipped off by a Muslim, Â federal agents raided a Michigan-based Christian militia after learning that members of the group were planning …uh, something…..
MUSLIM GUERRILLA TRAINING IGNORED: Â ISLAMIC MILITARY COMPOUNDS FLOURISH IN US
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Federal agents raided a Michigan-based Christian militia after learning that members of the group â€“ – known as the Hutaree â€“ – may have been plotting to kill police officers.
But the same agents have been unwilling to raid Islamberg and other compounds of Jamaat ul-Fuqra where militant Muslims engage in paramilitary training for the great Jihad against Christians and Jews.
These compounds are scattered throughout the United States. Many have been in existence for more than twenty years.
Neighbors have lodged hundreds of complaints to local law enforcement officials about the rat-tat-tat of machine gun fire and the sounds of explosions coming from these sites but no intrepid federal or state agents have been willing to conduct investigations, let alone to make arrests.
This is extraordinary since members of Jamaat ul-Fuqra, the Islamic organization that runs these compounds, have been convicted in US courts of such crimes as homicide, conspiracy to commit murder, firebombing, gun smuggling, grand theft, counterfeiting, 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.
No Islamic group, not even al Qaeda, has been responsible for more attacks on American soil.
Islamberg is located on 70 acres of dense forest at the foothills of the Catskill Mountains on the outskirts of Hancock, New York.
The hillside is blighted by rusty trailers that appear to be without power or running water and a number of outhouses. The scent of raw sewage is in the air.
The place is even off limits to the local undertaker who says that he has delivered bodies to the complex but has never been granted entrance. “They come and take the bodies from my hearse. They won’t allow me to get past the sentry post. They say that they want to prepare the bodies for burial. But I never get the bodies back. I don’t know what’s going on there but I don’t think it’s legal.”
Evidence that the reason there are no funerals in Islamberg…..is that they have only one battered, poorly constructed coffin ……and some bearded guy refuses to share it with the community. Folks are dying to die in the “community” but must wait for their turn……or for the bearded guy to vacate the box.
On the other side of the hill where few dare to go is a tiny village replete with a make-shift learning center (dubbed the “International Quranic Open University”); a trailer converted into a Laundromat; a small, green community center; a small and rather squalid grocery store; a newly constructed majid; over forty clapboard homes; and scores of additional trailers.
It is home to hundreds â€“ – all in Islamic attire, and all African-Americans. Most drive late model SUVs with license plates from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The locals say that some work as tollbooth operators for the New York State Thruway, while others are employed at a credit card processing center that maintains confidential financial records.
While it buzzing with activity during the week, the place becomes a virtual hive on weekends. The guest includes arrivals from the inner cities of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and, occasionally, white-robed dignitaries in Ray-Bans from the Middle East.
At the eastern perimeter of the property is a training course was equipped with ropes hanging from tall trees, wooden fences for scaling, a make-shift obstacle course, and a firing range.
The compound also contains vast underground bunkers.
Islamberg is benign as neither a Buddhist monastery nor a Carmelite convent. Nearly every weekend, neighbors hear sounds of gunfire. Some, including a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, have heard the bang of small explosives.
None of the neighbors wished to be identified for fear of “retaliation.” “We don’t even dare to slow down when we drive by,” one resident said. “They own the mountain and they know it and there is nothing we can do about it but move, and we can’t even do that. Who wants to buy a property near that?”
The complex serves to scare the bejeesus out of the local residents. “If you go there, you better wear body armor,” a customer at the Circle E Diner in Hancock said. “They have armed guards and if they shoot you, nobody will find your body.”
At Cousins, a watering hole in nearby Deposit, a barfly, who didn’t wish to be identified, said: “The place is dangerous. You can hear gunfire up there. I can’t understand why the FBI won’t shut it down.”
The photographs that accompany this article were shot by Paul L. Williams and his team of investigators who entered the compound to verify the reality of the threat.
Williams and his team have visited otherÂ Jamaat ul-Fuqra sites, including compounds inÂ Red House, Virginia, andÂ Commerce, Georgia.
Paramilitary training with automatic and semi-automatic weapons (including M-14s and AK-47s) takes place at all of these sites.
Many of the Muslim recruits come from the prison system.
After weeks of training in weaponry, hand-to-hand combat, and explosives, select recruits are sent to Pakistan for further training.