This will come as no surprise to anyone who is aware of the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood memorandum about that organization’s “grand jihad” in the United States; Sheikh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani’s 1999 testimony about 80% of mosques in America being under the leadership of extremists; and the 2005 Center for Religious Freedom report about the massive distribution of hateful jihadist and Islamic supremacist material in mosques in this country. It will come as no surprise to those of us who have noted the utter failure of the Muslim community in America to do anything to teach against the jihad ideology.
“Undercover city detective finds hints of danger among mosques,” by Patrice O’Shaughnessy for the New York Daily News, July 5 (thanks to all who sent this in):
A young undercover city detective spent four years in the shadowy world of terrorist wanna-bes – taking part in jihadist discussions and training in parks in the dead of night – to get a handle on the homegrown threat.
At great personal risk, he participated in everything from prayers at a mosque to martial arts training under cover of darkness to watching jihadist videos, with many of the activities laced with talk of killing, according to a source familiar with the undercover’s investigations.
His experiences paint a vivid portrait of the potential for local terror. While the picture is in no way indicative of the city’s Muslim population as a whole, it provides insight into its most radical element.
The detective spent his time interacting with informal groups of youths and men who shared extremist views – and his experiences illustrate what police say is the potential for radicalization of some elements in the community.
He reported that after prayers at a neighborhood mosque, there were often private classes that included discussions about bombing different areas.
The men discussed violent jihad in bookstores, private houses and on buses en route to paintball and shooting-range events.
He was invited to join in “bonding” activities like working out at a gym and martial arts training in parks at night, during which the group discussed ideological justifications for killing Westerners.
He also watched military movies and jihadist videos with groups of young men in private homes. During one such evening, one man got so excited he punched a wall.
The detective reported that some youths became extremists after they traveled to their home countries; others went on the hajj – the pilgrimage to Mecca – and came back fired up by imams who encouraged violence as a religious obligation.
This will come as a surprise to Dinesh D’Souza, who can always be relied on to come to the exactly wrong analysis of the jihad threat. But much more important than D’Souza are the multitudes who will continue to assume that this agent is exaggerating, or that he happened upon a jihadist cell while the overwhelming majority of Muslims reject the jihad ideology. That is false. The overwhelming majority of Muslims is not doing anything to further the jihad ideology. But that is not, unfortunately, the same thing as rejecting it.