Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Feds Finally Set Sites on Islamberg

...Thanks to the Blogosphere?

When I first posted about the militant Islamic compound in the Catskills, NY, a few readers brought up the fact there was only one paper reporting the story. Not only are other news sources beginning to pick up on the story, but it seems that it's finally on the Feds' radar too:

"A remote Muslim commune nestled in the Catskill Mountains has come under the scrutiny of state and federal authorities for possible ties to terrorism, according to law-enforcement sources.

Officials say Islamberg - a wooded, 70-acre encampment in upstate Tompkins, about three hours north of the city - acts as the headquarters for an outfit called Muslims of the Americas, widely believed to be a front for Jamaat al-Fuqra, founded by radical Pakistani cleric Mubarak Ali Gilani.

Gilani is the extremist who Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was reportedly trying to meet in Pakistan when he was abducted and beheaded.

Gilani started the organization in 1980, when he came to America and began preaching at a Brooklyn mosque.

After Gilani returned to Pakistan, the American group he started entrenched itself in a number of rural outposts, according to authorities.

The feds have alleged that some group members have been sent to Pakistan and Afghanistan to receive terrorist training.." (source)

In light of all the "home-grown" would-be terrorists that have come to light in the past two months alone, it doesn't make me feel too great that it took a blogosphere blast to get people worried about this ex-con Qur'an camp. All those worried about the Patriot Act and the wiretapping should take heart --obviously it's not intrusive enough...

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