More on Mohammed Junaid Babar, from WND (thanks to Margelfand). He turns out to be the Muhammad Junaid who was widely reported after 9/11 to be on his way to Afghanistan to fight against Americans, even though his mother had survived the World Trade Center attack. I tried to track him down then, but since the “Babar” part of his name wasn’t reported, I couldn’t find him. Others who followed the same dead end suggested that that whole story had been fabricated. Well, it turns out it was all too real.
Al-Muhajiroun, of course, is the radical British group that is working toward the day when the “black flag of Islam,” that is, the jihad flag, flies from #10 Downing Street.
A U.S.-based leader of Al-Muhajiroun who operates openly in Queens told WND on condition of anonymity: “I’ve known Junaid [Babar] for a long time. I met him about seven years ago in a local Mosque in Queens before we both became involved with Muhajiroun.”
The leader would not comment on Babar’s involvement with his group, except to say Babar was involved in “organizational operations” in Queens and later in Pakistan, where he traveled after leaving a $70,000-a-year computer job because he wanted to join the jihad in Afghanistan. …
Al-Muhajiroun’s branch in Queens claims to be involved in “only peaceful activities.” The group holds closed-door meetings and study sessions at a mosque in Jackson Heights, Queens, led by an older spiritual cleric identified as a Sheikh Choudray. …
At one Al-Muhajiroun event at Queensborough Community College sponsored by the MSA and attended by WND, a Muhajiroun speaker working with Yousuf said, “We reject the U.N., reject America, reject all law and order. Don’t lobby Congress or protest because we don’t recognize Congress! The only relationship you should have with America is to topple it!”
The speaker continued, “The so-called terrorists are the only people who truly fear Allah. … They are the only worthy causes, and the mighty superpower only fears them.”
In a private interview with WND, a Queens based Al-Muhajiroun leader said he would be “absolutely honored” to give up his life in a “martyr operation” against American civilians. The leader warned that “a jihad is coming to America because of the moves of the Bush administration.” …
In custody, Babar reportedly told investigators al-Qaida is planning more attacks in the United States, and he allegedly revealed a detailed plan to smuggle al-Qaida agents across the Mexican border.
Babar’s assertions were reportedly part of the intelligence that led to recent warnings about a summer threat from the terror network.
Babar first appeared on the FBI’s radar and was put on a terror watch list after he made anti-U.S. remarks to a Canadian news reporter in Pakistan following the Sept. 11 attacks.
He said that despite the fact his mother had escaped from the ninth floor of one of the World Trade Center towers, his loyalty was “to the Muslims, not the Americans.” He also announced his intention to fight with the Taliban against U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
WND was told an Al-Muhajiroun leader in Pakistan, who appeared behind Babar in a British documentary aired on ITN television network in November, 2001, may have been instrumental in arranging for Babar to travel there.
“I’m willing to kill Americans,” Babar said in the television interview, adding that he had no plans to return to New York.