Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Terrorists Close To Home

[Thanks to Dymphna at Gates of Vienna for alerting me to the article cited below]

Here is a paragaph sure to get the attention of Northern Virginia residents—except that, to my knowledge, the information hasn't appeared in the local newspapers. From the June 20, 2006 UK Times Online:
"In the Falls Plaza shopping mall, most preferred to chat about their historic city’s latest civic award for its floral displays and not its reputation as the jihad capital of America."
More from the UK Times on Line article "British Agents Trace 7/7 Terror Links to Smalltown America":
"BRITISH agents are operating in the United States to trace links with Islamic extremists from England who recruit Muslims to fight for terrorist groups abroad.

"The British-led investigation has played a part in identifying a number of US-based terrorists and helped the authorities in Washington to break up an al-Qaeda cell operating in Falls Church, Virginia.

"The agents are particularly keen to discover if the visitors included Mohammad Sidique Khan, leader of the July 7 suicide bombers, who is alleged to have travelled to America’s East Coast to meet fellow militants and stage a series of attacks on synagogues."
The article provides details about U.S.-born teacher and founder of the Falls Church Dar alArqam Center for Islamic Information Ali al-Tamimi. In January 2006, he was sentenced to life plus seventy years without possibility of parole for his role in attempting to recruit followers to go to Afghanistan to fight U.S. Forces.

The convictions go beyond that of al-Tamimi. A particular group of individuals known as "The Virginia Eleven" regularly attended the the Dar alArqam Center in Falls Church and have also been convicted of terrorism charges. A twelfth attendee of the center, Ahmed Abu Ali, member of Al-Qaeda, is serving a penitentiary term for plotting to assassinate President Bush.

Asi Asad Chandia, the most recently convicted of "The Virginia Eleven," was a teacher and personal assistant to al-Timimi. In addition, evidence appears to show that Asi Asad Chandia once worked as chauffeur to Mohammad Sidique Khan, leader of the 7/7 London bombers.

In the article, much is made of the fact that the Dar alArqam Center was a break-away from the Dar al-Hijrah Center, which we locals call "the Falls Church mosque." Sheikh Anwar al-Awlaki, the former imam of that mosque, served as spiritual mentor to two of the 9/11 hijackers; he never faced any charges and is now in Yemen. The following is his comment about The Virginia Eleven:
"'They made inappropriate and irreponsible comments,' the imam said. 'Some did go to training camps but none fired a shot in anger, and once they were in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan and saw what it was really like, they soon had a change of heart and came home. They are guilty of thought crimes.'"
No word as to whether or not they might have fired a shot as participant in the highest jihad—killing infidels in the name of Allah.

Knowing that an al-Qaeda cell local to me has been broken up is comforting. But the UK Times Online article also contains the following statement:
"After al-Tamimi’s conviction, what was left of his group abandoned the Dar al-Arqam centre, which no longer has any links with fundamentalist groups. FBI sources say they are unsure what has happened to some of his followers."
The article concludes with the following:

Among the measures suggested by the task force which have yet to be taken up:

A public inquiry into 7/7 bombings

Rapid rebuttal unit to combat Islamophobia

National resource unit for development of curricula in mosques and madrassas, and guidelines for teachers

Programmes to “upskill” current imams

Muslim “beacon centres” to help small mosques and cultural centres

Set up and fund network of Muslim safety forums to promote meaningful partnership between community and police

Ministerial review of raids, stop and search and armed police activity

Correct the “alien” image of Islam in the national curriculum
Ah, the dhimmitude!


At 6/21/2006 10:35 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

Wait a minute. Let me try to wrap my head around this one.

Correct me if I'm wrong, by all means.

A bunch of terrorists are busted a stone's throw from D.C.,and we're trying to do outreach to the places they hung out?

*bangs head into desk*

I spent about a month in Falls Church about 10 years ago, and was pretty serious with a guy who lives there, so this piqued my interest.

Thanks, AoW!

At 6/21/2006 10:46 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

I live near Falls Church and, therefore, know all the locations mentioned in the article. In fact, I once attended an open house at the "Falls Church mosque."

A bunch of terrorists are busted a stone's throw from D.C.,and we're trying to do outreach to the places they hung out?

Because of the words "national curriculum," I think the proposals have to do with the UK. But, of course, similar programs exist in the D.C. area.

In the article, some Muslims complain about NSA's monitoring of the Falls Church mosque--never mind the connection to at least two of the 9/11 mosques. Yes, there is a new imam there since 9/11, but I'd hardly call him a moderate.

And what does Rapid rebuttal unit to combat Islamophobia have to do with the jihadists? The 9/11 hijackers and the London bombers CHOSE their pathway of jihad, insofar as the brainwashed are able to choose,

Oh, how Westerners want to be that lack of assimilation (a Muslim choice as far as I can tell) is the cause of jihad! They need to check the Koran and the Hadith, particularly the Medinan verses in the Koran; those Medinan verses supersede the more peaceful Meccan verses and are the later "revelation."

At 6/21/2006 12:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, the best way to tackle the Northern Virginiastan jihad hotspot is obviously to "Correct the 'alien' image of Islam in the national curriculum" and establish a "Rapid rebuttal unit to combat Islamophobia".

Those guys from CAIR are just the people to do it:


"Addressing a press conference at the headquarters of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), Paul Findley, a former US Congressman, said that the cancer of anti-Muslim and anti-Islamic sentiments was spreading in American society and requires corrective measures to stamp out this malaise.

It was also announced that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) would be launching a massive $50 million media campaign involving television, radio and newspapers as part of its five-year program to create a better understanding of Islam and Muslims in the US."

A $50 million taqiyya campaign. Where DO they get their money from?

At 6/21/2006 2:10 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

s'ok they found some in the mosques in NY and still wont do a dang thing bout it...the terrorists have been welcome in the US with open arms.

At 6/21/2006 2:57 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

A $50 million taqiyya campaign. Where DO they [CAIR] get their money from?

Saudi and UAE? For the latter, see this recent article.

And HERE is a story about how CAIR is upset with an individual in Wisconsin, as CAIR "rebuts Islamophobia."

Our government cannot be Islamophic, you know. (sarcasm, sort of)

At 6/21/2006 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The phrase "Correct the 'alien' image of Islam in the national curriculum" is quite revealing, and points to one of the Muslims' perceived weaknesses in their da'wa (proselytizing).

Yes, Islam does seem very alien to anyone brought up in the Judeo-Christian tradition. The ethical standards are so very different, and indeed some would say repulsively so.

It's strange that Buddhism, which comes from a completely different origin and does not claim to be 'Abrahamic', has rules of ethics which are very similar to Judaism and Christianity. Buddhism seems less alien to Judeo-Christian culture than does Islam.

This Islamic drive to appear less 'alien' may be the reason for one of the odder forms of Muslim taqiyya - the attempts to rewrite the history of the West. I don't know if anyone else has noticed, but there seem to have been a spate of claims recently that Muslims invented everything; rather like the old Soviet claims that everything was invented by Russian peasants years before the West. I read somewhere that the Muslims also claim to have discovered America.

This 'search for significance' seems to be a Muslim attempt to claim some of the glory for the success of our civilization.

In fact Muslims have contributed nothing to the West for well over 500 years, and what they contributed before that was merely transmission from earlier, higher cultures that they had destroyed.

Muslims themselves have created remarkably few contributions to world culture, so without a massive taqiyya job on school and college history books, their search for significance will be in vain and Islam will continue to appear creepily and repulsively 'alien'.

At 6/21/2006 6:01 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

A little more about CAIR's funding, from this June 20, 2006 article:

...CAIR not only receives support from the UAE, but also from interests based in Saudi Arabia -- which, like the UAE, supported the Taliban and al-Qaida. Those Saudi-based entities include the Islamic Development Bank; the International Islamic Relief Organization, one of bin Laden's favorite charities; and the World Assembly of Muslim Youth, whose U.S. branch was formerly run by bin Laden's nephew, now on the terrorist watchlist. Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has also pledged donations to CAIR....

Prince Alwaleed owns a share of Fox News.

At 6/21/2006 6:06 PM, Blogger Gayle said...

Gee, I wonder just why we have an alien image of Islam? Could it possibly have anything to do with their belief that it is their job to kill the infidels?

Like Brooke said: "bangs head into desk!" This is all so absolutely frustrating. We cannot understand these people, and as for myself, I truly don't even want to try!

At 6/21/2006 6:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

CAIR is not an American organisation. It is the agency of a hostile foreign power operating within US borders with the objective of weakening, subverting and undermining the integrity of the United States. As far as I am aware, even the Soviets never managed to set up an organisation so blatant and 'in yah face'.

The nearest thing to CAIR would be the German-American Bund, which was an agency of the Nazis prior to WWII. But I doubt that the Bund was anywhere near as lavishly funded as CAIR.

What ever happened to the House Committee on Investigation of Un-American Activities?

At 6/21/2006 6:57 PM, Blogger City Troll said...

thanks for the heads up....

At 6/21/2006 7:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gayle said "We cannot understand these people, and as for myself, I truly don't even want to try!"


Sun Wu Tzu said
“Know the enemy and know yourself, and you can fight a hundred battles with no danger of defeat”

Islamic awareness is absolutely essential if the West is going to win this war. Repulsive, barbaric and alien though it might be, you have to make the effort to think yourself into the Muslim mindset before you can understand why and how they make their moves and who and what motivates them.

P.S. By 'Islamic awareness' I don't mean 'Islamic awareness' as taught to freshmen on wussie campuses. I mean ISLAMIC AWARENESS - CHURCHILL STYLE !!!

At 6/21/2006 7:17 PM, Blogger Dan Zaremba said...

Do you think the authorities (no matter where) will act in a decisive way?
From my experience they try to come out with something which resambles 'actions' and/or 'decisions' just for the appearance sake.
The biggest mistake is to tell people that we are fighting a war on terror.
The war is with Islam of course.
A day aor two ago the Canadian PM said:
Cultural diversity will help Canada defend itself against “the apostles of terror..

What does he mean by that?

At 6/21/2006 7:25 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

By "awareness," some mean empathy, some mean following the same line of thinking. Both you and Gayle will agree that both empathy and falling into twisted logic are the wrong way to go, I think.

Understanding the Islamic mindset makes my head hurt! For that reason, I sometimes take a break from delving into all the particulars--self-protection, of a sort.

At 6/21/2006 7:34 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Missing Link,
Do you think the authorities (no matter where) will act in a decisive way?

Our leaders are reactive, not proactive. Another horrific attack, and you'll see some reaction. Not that I want such an attack. God forbid! But such an attack seems to be what galvanizes SOME (if not most) leaders today. Isn't that pathetic?

A day aor two ago the Canadian PM said:
Cultural diversity will help Canada defend itself against “the apostles of terror..

What does he mean by that?

My interpretation is that he's spouting the fallacy that the erosion of Western culture and appeasement of a culture which is the antithesis will result in peaceful coexistence with Islam. The interfaith movement works in that direction, but the outcome is always the watering-down of faiths other than Islam.

The West is tolerant, Islam is not.

At 6/21/2006 7:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By 'Islamic awareness' I mean understanding Islamic thought patterns with enough intelligence to pre-eempt terrorism.

There is no way I'd want to waste my life trying to understand all the ramifications of this murderous cult.

If you find a turd in the road you avoid stepping on it, and if you are public spirited enough you get your shovel and move it so other people don't stand on it.

However a turd is a turd, and there is no need to dissect it and analyse it and taste it and smell it to confirm it's a piece of shit. Such is Islam.

P.S. Please pardon my strong language but I find it difficult to communicate my interfaith perspective on Islam without resorting to scatologiical imagery.

At 6/21/2006 7:55 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Your scatological imagery is an excellent analogy.

By 'Islamic awareness' I mean understanding Islamic thought patterns with enough intelligence to pre-eempt terrorism.

I'm for that! But our leaders are ostriches.

At 6/21/2006 7:56 PM, Blogger elmers brother said...

ML said - Cultural diversity will help Canada defend itself against “the apostles of terror..

What does he mean by that?

He means fit your wife for her burka and prepare your kids for indoctrination.

At 6/21/2006 8:09 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Yes, he means that. Have you seen the pics of Prince Charles and Camilla at DFL? Those pics were posted a while back.

At 6/21/2006 8:21 PM, Blogger Barry G. said...

Are you kidding me? This is scandalous. Could it be that all the illegal aliens from Mexico hoopla (with no action of course) is a (gasp) coverup for this travesty?

It's one thing to make Toyotas in the American South, but this would make General Lee turn over in his grave, which should be at Arlington BTW.

At 6/21/2006 8:48 PM, Blogger cube said...

I know I commented today but it wasn't approved. Did I offend you by saying that islam is a religion of peace? ;-)

At 6/21/2006 8:59 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Have you read Paul Sperry's Infiltration? The link to his web site is on my right sidebar. He also frequently writes articles for FPM.

I see that you live in Arizona. Sperry writes only about the D.C. area, where I live. Still, you'll find his material interesting because similar problems exist in other communities as well. Lodi, CA would be one example which quickly comes to my mind.

You didn't really comment here today, did you? If you did, Blogger ate the comment because I find no such comment in my email notification.

BTW, I might miss cat-Friday at your blog this week. I'm considering a short road trip.

At 6/22/2006 7:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those proposals are what really got me. I couldn't believe how lame and absolutely WRONG they were. They just don't get it.

At 6/22/2006 10:57 AM, Blogger Kiddo said...

ROP, good points. I completely agree about the Bund. They even sported uniforms. CAIR is in no way American other than their adept use of our courts and their PR campaigns. And we must stay aware. Anyone familiar with the history of Islam can easily see what is going on here, and it must be stopped. I tend to refer to these beachheads as "Trojan Horses".

As a Southerner it enrages me further to see this happening on Southern ground. I may be a Southern expatriate, but you can't take the South out of the Southerner. Of course, it bothers me anywhere in the US. But to see this in the South (as is especially irksome to me in the case of Saudis buying up large tracts of "farmland" in Georgia) is somehow a personal insult to me.

At 6/22/2006 11:46 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Pretty much summarizes the situation.

Pim's Ghost,
Saudis are buying up lots of land here in Northern Virginia as well. Some of the most valuable tracts of land have tax-free status. That includes mosques and the Islamic Saudi Academy. But some businesses manage that little scam as well.

The proposals amount to nothing more than what Mussolini said.

At 6/22/2006 11:47 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Better choice of words: exactly what Mussolini said.

At 6/23/2006 3:21 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Is Jamaat al-Fuqra in your neighborhood?


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