Common Defense Richard Falknor on 06 Mar 2014 10:36 pm
UPDATES MARCH 17!
Investor’s Business Daily declares here “Let’s hope the good citizens of Virginia — most especially 9/11 families of Pentagon victims — loudly demand this resolution be revoked. At a minimum, it should be roundly condemned as public support of terrorism, and all those who voted for it ought to be cited for criminal negligence.” The Virginia House of Delegates has 68 Republicans and 32 Democrats. We have not heard a word from the GOP state chairman always so quick to comment on lesser matters. Party before country?
“Has the Virginia State Legislature gone mad?” Pamela Geller also declares here in Breitbart that this is not the General Assembly’s first such blunder: “not the first time the Virginia legislature has behaved as if this mosque were just another house of worship.”
UPDATE MARCH 8! Yesterday the Virginia state senate followed suit and approved here this reckless resolution. Why reckless? Because the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center can now use this “endorsement” of the Virginia General Assembly for everything from money-raising to helping justify zoning requests to intimidating critics with the help of a credulous old (and new) media. The General Assembly commendation will be a badge of respectability. John Guandolo declared here yesterday: “One has to wonder if gross ignorance among elected officials of the jihadi threat to America could get any worse – then in walks the Virginia Legislature.” Consider the details in Guandolo’s post “Virginia State House Commends Hamas”
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Virginia House of Delegates ‘Commend’ A Mosque With A Dark Past
Do the good delegates of the Old Dominion have to pass a resolution to find out what’s in it?
Yesterday by a voice vote the Virginia House of Delegates commended here the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center on its “30th anniversary.”
(Republican delegates Todd Gilbert, Terry Austin, Les Adams, and Barry Knight, however, told conservative activist Patricia Evans they voted against this mad measure. Currently there are 68 Republicans and 32 Democrats in the House of Delegates.)
Last October 22, the Investigative Project on Terrorism’s (IPT) John Rossomando reported here “ Dar al-Hijrah Imam Affirms MB Sympathies on Facebook”–
“For a guy who claims to have nothing to do with the Muslim Brotherhood, Imam Shaker Elsayed dedicates a surprising volume of his Facebook page to the Egyptian Islamist group.”
The IPT’s Rossomando reminds us–
“Elsayed’s mosque has a history of ties to radicals and has attracted repeated law enforcement attention over the years. Federal agents described Dar al-Hijrah as the subject of “numerous investigations for financing and proving (sic) aid and comfort to bad orgs and members.”
Among those bad members, American-born al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki served as an imam at Dar al-Hijrah before leaving the United States; two 9/11 hijackers attended services there, as did Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan and terrorist financier Abdurrahman Alamoudi.
Elsayed is named in a 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document detailing the group’s plan to wage a non-violent civilization jihad to destroy “Western civilization from within.” A portion of the document describes people building organizations which spread the Islamist message.” (Highlighting Forum’s)
Read all of the IPT post here.
“Dar al-Hijra was established in 1991. Not so coincidentally, that is the same year American leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood wrote an internal memorandum to their global headquarters in Egypt, explaining that they saw their work in the United States as a ‘grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.’ Echoing imam Abdul-Malik, the Brotherhood said its tactic would be ‘sabotage.’ (The memo is here, with the English translation following the original Arabic pages.)”
“Getting Dar al-Hijra built cost chump change compared with the anticipated $100 million Ground Zero mosque. It ran around $6 million. The Saudis have been underwriting the Brotherhood’s dawa efforts for decades. And thanks to [Paul] Sperry’s exacting work, we know about Dar al-Hijra what we haven’t been permitted to find out about the Ground Zero mosque: how it was financed. Turns out that it followed the standard Saudi/Brotherhood pattern.
The Falls Church land on which the complex sits was purchased in the 1980s by the North American Islamic Trust. NAIT was established by the Saudis and the Brotherhood in 1973 for just this purpose. In 2003, the Center for Security Policy’s J. Michael Waller told a Senate committee that NAIT owns or controls the physical assets of about three-fourths of American mosques — and its partner organization, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), controls their ideological content. Both ISNA and NAIT were identified as unindicted co-conspirators in the Hamas-financing case. As I mentioned in last week’s column, ISNA was behind the republication of imam Faisal Rauf’s Call to Prayer from the World Trade Center Rubble.
Dar al-Hijra has sported imams that make Johari Abdul-Malik look downright tame. Most infamous was Anwar al-Awlaki, the al-Qaeda terrorist now believed to be holed up in Yemen. [April 21, 1971 – September 30, 2011–ed]From there, Awlaki is said to have inspired Farouk Abdulmutallab, the would-be Christmas bomber who tried to blow up a plane over Detroit. But that’s just a footnote. While imam at Dar al-Hijra, Awlaki ministered to at least two of the 9/11 hijackers. And it was at Dar al-Hijra that he met U.S. army officer Nidal Hassan. Though Awlaki beat it out of town ahead of the 9/11 investigation, he kept up his correspondence with Major Hassan, who, at Fort Hood in 2009, murdered 13 of his fellow soldiers while screaming ‘Allahu Akbar!’”
Here is the full text of the House of Delegates “commendation.”
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