“Exclusive: FBI Confirms Jihadi Training Camps in America,” by Ryan Mauro, Clarion Project, January 31, 2018:
Newly-released FBI documents obtained by Clarion Project confirm Clarion’s reports that Jamaat ul-Fuqra is training members in isolated communes across America and Canada.
The group’s “Islamberg” headquarters in upstate New York is its most well-known “Islamic village.”
Fuqra, which now goes by the name of the Muslims of the Americas (MOA) among other titles, is a cultish Islamist group with a history of crime and terrorism. The group is led by Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani in Pakistan.
Gilani’s name appeared in headlines in 2002 when Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was abducted and beheaded on his way to interview Gilani, though the radical cleric was never accused of an involvement in those crimes.
The first FBI document is dated November 27, 2009 and labels the Muslims of the Americas, Inc. as “armed and dangerous.” It begins by summarizing the group’s consistent history of extremism, terrorism and crime:
“Jamaat ul-Fuqra, aka Muslims of the Americas (MOA), have a history of violence and/or violent acts. Use extreme caution when dealing with confirmed members or individuals who are believed to be associated with this group”
The report says that Sheikh Gilani is “thought to be supportive of al-Qaeda,” perhaps referring to the group’s links to al-Qaeda affiliates like Hizbul Mujahideen, to which Fuqra has a history of ties and publicly supports even today.
FBI documents from 2003 that Clarion released in December 2016 mentioned Fuqra’s links to al-Qaeda in Pakistan and use of fronts like security companies in America.
Another newly-released document from December 2010 explicitly refers to “the Muslims of the Americas [aka Fuqra] terrorist organization” and states:
“The MOA [Fuqra] is composed primarily of black American Muslim converts, many who converted to Islam while in prison. Many MOA members reside in rural communities (jamaats) to live and worship free from non-Muslim influence.
The MOA jamaats are located on land that has been privately owned or rented by members. Each jamaat usually has numerous trailers where members reside, a mosque, and a guard post, some with armed guards, at the entrance to the properties. These communities, similar to commune type facilities, have women and children residing in them with the children being homeschooled.
Organized training is also conducted to include weapons training, tactics, hand-to-hand combat, rappelling, and live-fire exercises.”
Fuqra has a documented history of conducting basic paramilitary training in America and elsewhere, including more advanced training in Pakistan and Kashmir.
Gilani appeared in a secret video in the early 1990s offering to use Fuqra offices to provide guerilla training to aspiring jihadists. Clarion Project also released a video from 2001-2002 showing women in military attire getting training at Islamberg.
One of Fuqra’s terrorist-training camps, a 101-acre tract of land in Colorado, was raided in 1992. It was subsequently abandoned by the group, as reported in this recent KRDO news report with Heather Skold. You can see pictures from the investigation into the Colorado Fuqra camp on the Fuqra Files website.
Fuqra fugitives from the training camp were even the subject of an episode of America’s Most Wanted in 1994.
Although these FBI documents from 2009-2011 state that Fuqra has about a dozen “jamaats” in America, the group itself claims to have 22 “Islamic villages” in America alone. The locations for these “Islamic villages” are identified as “Islamberg” in New York, as well as other villages in Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, Michigan, Canada and Trinidad and Tobago.
The group also has operations in Pakistan, Kashmir, Canada, Trinidad, Venezuela and elsewhere (Fuqra has a history of being secretive and deceptive about its locations).
FBI reports from a 2003-2007 investigation in Texas warned, “The MOA [Fuqra] is now an autonomous organization which possesses an infrastructure capable of planning and mounting terrorist campaigns overseas and within the U.S.”…
Sean Fine, Justice writer for the Globe and Mail reported that Ontario’s Divisional Court (3 – 0) decided that doctors in Ontario, who oppose killing their patients, must provide an effective referral to a physician who will kill their patient. Click here to view the decision.
Effective referral means a referral for the purpose of the act. Fine reported that Justice Herman Wilton-Siegal wrote that:
“The evidence in the record establishes a real risk of a deprivation of equitable access to health care, particularly on the part of the more vulnerable members of our society, in the absence of the effective referral requirements,”
Paula Loriggio reporting for the Canadian Press stated:
the divisional court said that though the policy does limit doctors’ religious freedom, the breach is justified.
Fine reported that Albertos Polizogopoulos, an Ottawa lawyer representing 4700 doctors who were challenging the Ontario regulations argued that the effective referral mandate violates the freedom of conscience and religion protected in Section 2 of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms:
“Our position is doctors who opposed assisted suicide or physician-assisted death are put in a position now where they either need to violate their conscience and their religious and moral belief or face being disciplined by the college – and that’s not a good place to be,”
…most provinces do not require referrals to willing physicians. Alberta, for example, co-ordinates requests and referrals through a centre that patients can call on their own. The faith groups do not object to referring patients to the centre. Manitoba has a team of physicians willing to help the severely ill end their lives. Ontario has now set up a co-ordinating centre but faith doctors say they are still concerned that they are responsible for an “effective referral.”
Fine reported that this case is the first to test the constitutional rights of doctors who object to assisted death on grounds of conscience. and the decision comes as doctors opposing assisted suicide struggle to find a middle ground. Some hospitals run by Catholic, Jewish or other religious groups have declined to offer assisted dying. In those cases, patients are transferred to other facilities.
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Fine reported that, as of December 31, Ontario’s chief coroner has recorded 1,030 deaths by physician-assisted death in Ontario.
The Supreme Court of Canada struck down the previous law on assisted dying in February 2015. The court said nothing in its ruling compelled physicians to provide assistance in dying. It added that it was up to governments and regulatory colleges to reconcile the Charter rights of patients and physicians.
Parliament legalized assisted death on June 17, 2017. The legislation stated in its preamble that doctors have a right to freedom of conscience, and are not required to perform or assist in the provision of an assisted death.
The decision by Ontario’s Divisional Court will need to be appealed.