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By Lee Kaplan, investigator, communications director

The Silicon Valley-based Islamist center of Shia Association of  Bay Area (SABA Mosque) acts as a hub for approximately eight Ja’fari Mosques in the San Francisco Bay Area. Indeed, the imam, Nabi Raza Mir (a.k.a. Nabi Raza Abidi), of SABA is heavily involved with all the local Shia Islamic centers. The Mosque promotes itself in the public eye as a place where members and their children can be trained in “high moral values.”  However, SABA Mosque’s interpretation of what those “high moral values” no doubt differ from the bulk of American society, including many Muslim-Americans who  would prefer to escape the unending warmongering in their former countries of the Middle East, particularly Iran.

It is in fact self-evident that the leadership of the SABA Mosque is involved in both open and subtle support of the Khomeinist regime currently running Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah.

Moreover, at one sermon, a founding member from the Mosque, Dr. Mazhar Khan, explained how Jews had supposedly abandoned their true religion for reasons of materialism (in other words, the stingy Jews) and how Christianity that was to replace Judaism failed to have any moral compass by which people should live (no Ten Commandments?). The comments were subtle, yet were said to young people, young Muslims who meld into American society.

The former Imam of the Mosque, Rafic Labboun, is currently cooling his heels in prison, after being linked by the FBI to credit card scams that were potentially a nationwide scam conducted by Hezbollah in the US to develop funds for Hezbollah activities overseas.

If anyone doubts the SABA Mosque’s true policies of supporting Hezbollah goals though, he or she need only look as far as SABA’s newsletter. A seemingly innocent posting about the passing away of Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah last year reveals much about the sentiments of the Mosque’s leadership:

Condolence message on the sad demise of Allamah Fadlallah

It is with great regret and a profound sense of grief to receive the news of the demise of a man of knowledge, a lecturer, Marjaa (source of emulation) and great Islamic scholar, Ayatollah Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlullah. He was a personality sincerely offered invaluable service to the manifest religion and Islamic Ummah. His sincere efforts and personal endowment for serving and uplifting the truth led to Muslim unity and proximity of Islamic schools of thought.

On the occasion of the sad demise of this heavenly scholar SABA board and Hujjaul Islam Maulana Dr. Abidi convey their condolences to Grand Sources of Emulation, Islamic Seminaries and Islamic world thinkers and all his Muqalledin. We pray to Allah the Almighty to grant great status to the distinguished departed soul. Majlis program will be held on Thursday night.

So just who was Ayatollah Fadlallah? Well, he was an inspirational leader for Hezbollah and involved with the barracks bombing that killed 241 US marines in Beirut in 1983. He also was a big endorser of suicide bombings.

Here’s a quote from the late Ayatollah Fadlallah in London’s Daily Telegraph:

“I was not the one who launched the idea of so-called suicide bombings, but I have certainly argued in favor of them…. [the Palestinians] are in a state of war with Israel. They are not aiming to kill civilians but, in war, civilians do get killed… There is no other way for the Palestinians to push back those mountains, apart from martyrdom operations.”

In addition to the above, Ayatollah Fadlallah denied the Holocaust as a publicity stunt by the Jews, insisting the six million Jews murdered was an inflated number used to gain Jewish sympathy. He praised a massacre of Jewish seminary students in Jerusalem in 2008 in which eight students were murdered by a lone gunman in their classroom. Hezbollah took credit for the attack that was also shared credit with Hamas.

Al Manar, the Hezbollah television station declared Ayatollah Fadlallah “the spiritual leader of the Islamic resistance (Hezbollah) in Lebanon,” saying that “Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlullah inspired the leaders for the resistance group, and served as a highly influential beacon of truth for all the oppressed peoples of the world. Ayatollah Fadlallah was not only a Muslim reference and authority but rather one of the most prominent contemporary religious authorities in the Islamic World. His great experience in teaching jurisprudence as well as his constant monitoring of the latest trends and literature of the major religious schools have enabled him to launch his own school and to be followed by thousands of Muslim believers in Lebanon and the region.”

Khaled Meshaal , the head of Hamas based in Syria sent a letter to Ayatollah Fadlallah’s son lamenting the loss of his father that stated, “The dear deceased was one of the nation’s special and great figures, with his knowledge, grace, moderation, mediation, forgiveness and openness to others, in addition to his courageous stances regarding the nation’s issues, especially towards the Palestinian issue and the Arab-Zionist struggle. His eminence was one of the greatest symbols and scholars defending the choice of resistance and Jihad against the occupation, in support of the Palestinian strife and our people’s right to freedom, liberty and liberation. A Hamas delegation from Gaza headed was also present at the funerary services.”

But Western media, notably the British newspaper, the Telegraph’s executive foreign editor Con Coughlin was quoted as saying,  “Don’t be fooled by all the tributes that are pouring out following the death in Beirut at the weekend of Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, the so-called spiritual leader of the radical Shi’ite Muslim militia Hezbollah. The U.S. State Department’s classification of Ayatollah Fadlallah as a terrorist was spot on, and when you look back at his track record you can see he was right up there with other infamous terror masterminds, such as Abu Nidal, (the Palestinian terror group linked to Saddam Hussein) and Carlos the Jackal.” In 1983 Hezbollah was in its infant stages, but Ayatollah Fadlallah was it’s spiritual leader who called for attacks on American servicemen.

This is a man who the SABA Mosque pays tribute to in a footnote of their newsletter and services at the Mosque under the noses of the American public.

Prof. Dalit Baum (Haifa U., Beit Berl) named “New Economic Director for Palestine” by Hamas support organization Global Exchange

Beit Berl College and Haifa University permit “sabbatical” with US anti-Israel organization promoting Hamas goals to destroy Israel

By Lee Kaplan, investigator, comunications director

If Israel’s university system doesn’t feel it has done enough to embarrass itself yet by promoting an academic fifth column of so-called “educators” who actively work to destroy the Jewish state, this newest bit of news out of Haifa University and Beit Berl College should lay any such suspicions to rest.

Dalit Baum is a PhD graduate in Mathematics, with no academic expertise in Economics or research about Gender Studies other than chasing other women’s tuchases in her spare time; she has produced no significant books or research on Gender Studies other than things she can say and do to link her own homosexuality to an example of “oppression” she can then translate into activism to boycott the state of Israel and support the Jewish state’s  most vile enemies.  A loudly practicing lesbian, who likes to combine her extracurricular activities chasing other women with the role of an Israeli college professor (and, of course, the accompanying sinecure and bully pulpit that comes with such a position), Professor Baum invented for herself a new academic field for which she has no real PhD, or even academic background, yet she “teaches” at Haifa U. and Beit Berl. She likes to proclaim herself an economics expert because she has found ways to promote boycotting Israeli businesses abroad to ruin the Israeli economy at home and create joblessness among her fellow Israelis who pay taxes for her positions at two of Israel’s most distinguished  colleges.

A recent press release put out by Global Exchange described Baum as a “feminist scholar and teacher in Israel, teaching about militarism and about the global economy from a feminist perspective in the Haifa University and the Beit Berl College. This year she is visiting the U.S. as an activist in residence with Global Exchange, directing a new program titled Economic Activism for Palestine, which aims to support existing divestment campaigns in the U.S. as well as help new ones through education, training, networking and the development of dedicated tools.”

Apparently, both universities in Israel do not object to Ms, Baum using their good names to bolster her reputation working for a Marxist organization based in Northern California that openly supports Hamas, routinely breaks Israeli law by bringing money and supplies to Hamas in Gaza and in general calling for the end of the Jewish state. Her work is support of “existing divestment campaigns” in the US as well helping to “help new ones” through “education” means she’s going to tour the US university system while drawing a salary from a foreign entity that calls for the end of Israel and that openly supports the Jew killers of Hamas in any and every way they can. Global Exchange has been part of the Viva Palestina Tours and Flotilla publicity stunts to aid Hamas.

Baum has no embarrassment about using the good names of the Israeli universities that employ her:

“I’m Dalit Baum, and as a feminist anti-occupation activist teaching gender and the global economy at Haifa University and Beit Berl College in Israel, I found these questions crucial to our work for justice in Palestine. To try to answer them I helped start and have coordinated an activist research initiative called Who Profits from the Occupation within the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel. During the last four years, Who Profits has become a vital resource for dozens of campaigns around the world, providing information about corporate complicity in the occupation of Palestine.”

She continues, “The Economic Activism for Palestine project responds to the July 2005 Unified Call of Palestinian civil society for a wide variety of initiatives such as boycotts, divestment and sanctions until Israel complies with international law and universal principles of human rights. Through our new project, Global Exchange will increase its participation in a growing network of civil society initiatives around the world, dedicated to changing corporate policies and making the occupation less profitable. We will support existing campaigns for divestment and corporate accountability nationally, as well as help create new ones through education, training, networking and the development of dedicated tools. I am very excited to be part of this new project and look forward to working with you for justice in Palestine through corporate accountability.”

Notice how she refers to the words “occupation” and “Palestine.” Dalit Baum admits privately she doesn’t want Israel to exist as a Jewish state. It’s got to be Palestine. It’s “occupied” by the Jews of which she sadly was one before she became one of the darlings for the communist party and Arabs seeking to destroy Israel. In a lecture she gave in San Francisco for the benefit of the Students for Justice in Palestine(SJP), an ISM group, she explained that while some might think her campaign pertained only to the West Bank and Gaza, she really was not distinguishing any separation from the state of Israel itself when calling for the end of the “occupation.”

In the press release Dalit Baum urges those seeking to promote the boycott and divestment from Israel to contact her personally, to invite her to speak in their community and to read her article titled, “Economic Activism: Working Within” where they too can learn how to be a fifth column against Israel and the Jewish community in America and other nations outside of Israel.

Here’s a juicy concluding quote from her article:

“Thus, we can safely say that most of the Israeli economy is involved in the economy of the

occupation and, from an economic perspective, the Green Line is long gone. Choosing to call for

economic activism against Israeli corporations directly complicit in the Israeli occupation, rather

than calling for economic activism against all significant Israeli corporations, should be regarded

as a strategic decision, since this distinction is almost only a semantic one. However, tracing the

occupation involvement of corporations broadens our perspective, since, as our database shows, many of the culprit companies are international corporations.”

“Working from within” is what a fifth column does, and Dalit Baum does it well with her “Who Profits” website she runs for the virulently anti-Israel lesbian club Coalition of Women for Peace. Her listing as a “sabbatical” her employment traveling the US calling to starve the Jews out for the Arab League (after all, the Boycott and Divestment movement is really just the Arab League Boycott of 1950 warmed over) means both Haifa U, and Beit Berl are not suspending her salary and guaranteeing her sinecures at their colleges as she does “research” to enhance her expertise for her career as an academic and teacher. Sabbaticals are generally for professors to educate themselves, not to educate others in how to destroy Israel. It should be noted for American donors to these Israeli universities that Baum in her article “Working from Within” also sees as part of her responsibility to hurt the US war effort against Al Qaeda in Afghanistan as well:

“As is the case in similar global settings, such as the American military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq, with the rise of the occupation business, the corporate sector has a higher stake in maintaining the occupation.”  No doubt Ms. Baum would extend her boycott to those who recently rid the world of Osama Bin Laden, as her boycott lectures include going after the IDF and not just the US military. Her sponsors at Global Exchange sent $600,000 in aid to the “resistance” that was killing US Soldiers in Fallujah before the capture and removal of Saddam Hussein. It’s not hard to figure out whose side Dalit Baum is on in the War on Terror.

Global Exchange supports Hamas in its quest to destroy Israel and world Jewry. When Dalit Baum lectured the Berkeley SJP last year she boasted she’d cost the Israeli economy billions of dollars in Europe. She even boasted about how she interfered with checkpoint security designed to keep out terrorists who kill Israelis. Her new campaign in the United States will seek to promote the same in America, particularly in US colleges. The directors of Haifa and Beit Berl should remove Dalit Baun from her teaching positions immediately and should have done so long ago.

Meanwhile, law enforcement in the US should recognize this woman is working to promote the goals of Hamas in the US. She serves no constructive purpose being here in the US and by her own admission will work to subvert the US war effort against Al Qaeda when and where she can in service to  Global Exchange. She should be deported as an undesirable, but give Israel’s own laziness in dealing with her, this seems doubtful.

Contact them:

At Haifa U:

Rector of the University of Haifa
Prof. David Faraggi

Tel: 972-4-8240405
Fax: 972-4-8342101

Director General of Beit Berl College

Ruthie Gavri  

Phone 972-9-7476302

Federal Judge allows California Imam with suspected links to Hezbollah back into US despite Homeland Security objections

CAIR  involved in helping Imam Nabi Raza Mir return to US
By Lee Kaplan, investigator, communications director

Nabi Raza Mir (a.k.a. Nabi Raza Abidi) is the Imam of The Shia Association of the Bay Area (SABA) Mosque, an Islamic center located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, in San Jose, California. SABA’s leadership has been known to endorse the anti-American Khomeinist regime in Iran and the activities of the Lebanon-based international terrorist group Hezbollah.

The Northern California mosque’s previous imam, a man named Rafic Labboun, is currently in US prison for credit card fraud that may be linked to fund-raising activities by Hezbollah for money raised in the United States for use abroad as a part of the terrorist group’s activities. Nabi Raza Mir, who has been  Labboun’s replacement since 2002, but is not yet a US citizen, left the US temporarily with his family late December, 2010 allegedly to visit his sick mother, but was denied admittance back into the US for his return by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The United States Government did this ostensibly because of his open ties and support of the Khomeini regime in Iran. Nabi Raza Mir Rafic Labboun

So, does Nabi Raza Mir really pose a threat to national security?

It is important to understand where this mullah comes from and the movement he and his relatives espouse from the SABA Islamic Center. Mir’s first permanent residence petition (an I-360 document in U.S. Immigration parlance)  was filed by the Shia Association of the Bay Area in 2004 and was repeatedly denied up to as late as December 2006 under the Bush administration.  A second I-360 petition to grant him permanent US residence was applied for by SABA back in June of 2007, one year before President Obama took office and was denied in November of that same year. An appeal was filed by SABA and after wending its way through the US courts for three years (Mir was still practicing as the imam and running his business in the Silicon Valley Mosque during this whole time) it was denied in 2011 under the new Obama Administration. If the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Obama Administration also felt he was a security risk, there must have been more to this cleric than meets the eye.  In fact, part of this denial was based on new anti-terrorism laws designed to keep individuals with potential terrorism links out of the United States.

Needless to say, Attorney General Eric Holder’s passion for wanting to get the Gitmo detainees released should suggest that if even he also wants Mir kept out of the country there must be a good reason for it. As mentioned, Mir comes from a remote village in India called Alipur that is a Khomeinist stronghold with strong allegiances to the Iranian regime. He has been staying there pending his legal appeals along with his wife, Gulshan Zahera, and their three younger sons who were also named as plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the US government.  Judge Jeremy Fogel  handed down a stipulation agreed to by Mir’s lawyers and US Attorney Melissa S. Liebman just a few days ago that will allow the Khomeinist mullah and his family to come back to California.

The Shia Association of the Bay Area is also working hard behind the scenes to try to get Rafic Labboun released early from prison. That the Shiite Mosque would seek to import another impassioned Hezbollah activist and supporter of the Iranian regime should be alarming enough, but their attempts to release a convicted man, a criminal, with links to a terrorist organization reveal motives that go against the security of every American. Members of the Mosque even distributed a music video calling for Labboun’s release with an image of an armed Malcolm X in the visuals that is very disturbing.

The original lawsuit seeking to allow Nabi Raza Mir back into the United States was filed by the Mosque with the help of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), according to the Mosque’s website. CAIR has been accused of being a Hamas front by members of Congress and is mainly Sunni Moslem inspired. Sunnis and Shiites, as two different sects of Islam do not normally agree, but have been cooperating together in this case because of their mutual animus toward Israel and against the United States.

The legal case was filed as a writ of mandamus, a specific lawsuit that seeks to have government ministers or officials adhere to strict interpretations of the law to fulfill specific functions. In this case, Nabi Raza Mir and his family, it was alleged, were being prevented from returning to the US based on new anti-terrorism laws that Homeland Security sought to use to keep the imam out of the US as a security threat. However, the lawyers for Mir successfully argued that this clergyman should be subject to laws as they were written at the time Mir applied for residency in the United States.  Federal Judge Jeremy Fogel agreed with San Francisco attorneys Christine Brigagliano and Marc Vanderhout, both immigration attorneys from the firm representing SABA Mosque, that such was the case.
Marc Vanderhout            Christine Brigagliano

It should come as no surprise that Mr. Vanderhout and Ms. Brigagliano, Nabi Raza Mir’s attorneys,  are both members, and Vanderhout has even been a past president of, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), a radical legal organization some historians have stated  was originally started in the 1930’s  by Josef Stalin to shield the American communist party from investigations by the US government. The NLG has in the past been described as a subversive organization by authorities within the US government and the organization currently throws its support behind Palestinian terrorist groups such as Hamas and is an integral part of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a communist-anarchist front for the Palestinian revolution. The legal organization is even mentioned in ISM training manuals as a resource to be used to help bring down Israel.

The National Lawyers Guild makes as its purpose to support America’s enemies within US borders, so Vanderhout’s and Brigagliano’s affiliations with the organization should come as no surprise. This makes sense since as one prominent NLG member and Rutgers University School of Law Professor Arthur Kinoy has argued that “the role of the radical lawyer was to facilitate the coming anti-capitalist revolution by weakening the law’s ability to function effectively against law-breaking radicals.” The two attorneys representing Nabi Raza Mir and his family held that Homeland Security’s concerns for the safety of US citizens should not be enforceable based on newer counter terrorism laws because he wasn’t considered a security threat before. Judge Jeremy Fogel apparently agreed.

Sajjad Mir, another individual from the same clan as Nabi Raza Mir, is the Chairman of the Shia Association of the Bay Area and the CEO of a Silicon Valley firm called Hastest Solutions, Inc., with offices located in the same building as the Mosque in an industrial area of San Jose, California. Hastest Solutions tests the viability of products and systems of other companies and has even been involved with high security U.S. military weapons systems produced by the Raytheon Corporation. A similar case involving businesses owned by individuals who support regimes that suborn terrorism having access to sensitive government groups or projects within the US involved the SAAR Foundation prosecutions where supporters of Al Qaeda held religious offices and private businesses also in the same buildings in Northern Virginia. The difference this time, is that while the SAAR Foundation was made up of Sunni Moslems who were supporters of Hamas and Al Qaeda, some who developed relationships in the US government and FBI, the SABA Mosque is open in its support of the Shia Moslems in Iran and of Khomeini’s revolutionary government that declares the United States the “Great Satan” and Israel as the “Minor Satan.” Terrorism support entities when ultimately proven and prosecuted in the US usually follow the same patterns of behavior, infiltration, indoctrination and subversion. In the event the US goes to war with Iran, there certainly could be the possibility of some individuals indoctrinated by the SABA Mosque’s leadership joining internal cadres in the US to attack from within. Loyalty to the US is totally absent at SABA Mosque, but allegiance to the regime of Ali Khameini in Iran exists there. Reverend Jeremiah Wright isn’t the only religious leader who refuses to say, “God Bless America.”

According to a news flash on the SABA Mosque’s website newsletter , “Our beloved Leader/Imam Maulana Nabi Raza Mir (Abidi), was unfairly forced to stay in India by US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) while he was visiting his critically ill mother. SABA is filing a case in the district court to order DHS to allow him to return home to be with his family and the community.”

Speaking of family, the main allies of Nabi Raza Mir in the SABA Mosque back in Alipur are his relatives with the same physical traits and political points of view. A recent video that appears on You Tube featured one of Mir’s close relatives in Alipur giving an inflammatory speech in support of the Ali Khameini regime in Iran and screaming “Kaybar, Kaybar, Ya Yahud!” an  exhortation to exterminate the Jews referring to an historical passage in the Koran where Mohammed wiped out a Jewish community and beheaded its male population. The speaker in the video is Qayeem Abbas, who  is another imam in Alipur and a family relative of Mir’s. Another Toronto-based imam under the watch of Canadian intelligence and a known Hezbollah sympathizer, Zaki Baqri, is also related to Mir. All these men are members of the so-called “Sadat” caste as recognized back in Alipur, that openly seeks to dominate and rule the world and sees it as their right to do so. Both mullahs carry the titles “Syed” (Arabic/Persian/Urdu for “master”) and “Maulana” (Arabic for “our lord”) as evidenced by the Mosque’s newsletter. In this bizarre system, there are two classes of people: Masters and non-masters. So if these are the masters, what are they teaching the non-masters in their holy mosques to think and do?

The You Tube video, shot in Alipur that is not in English, also ends with Mir’s relations calling for the destruction of America as the Great Satan and “Death to Israel” as the Lesser Satan. It should be noted there are no Jews living in Alipur where this demonstration took place, that the call to exterminate Jews is in following with the Khomeinist regime’s programming from Tehran. Religious leaders from the SABA Mosque have been reported to have made comments disparaging of Christians and Jews at times during sermons and invitations for religious speakers who are known to be virulently anti-Semitic are the norm. Some of these have included Abdul Malik Ali, an imam from Oakland who calls for genocide against Jews on US campuses such as UC Irvine, as well as Abdul Alim Musa, a former Oakland drug lord turned Shiite Imam who converted in prison and who has stated his goal is to instill a Khomeinist regime as found in Iran here in the United States.

Nabi Raza Mir, while practicing as the imam at the SABA Mosque, before leaving for Alipur, also had expressed praise and regret at the passing of Mullah Sayyed Fallalah who was credited with ordering the bombing of the US marine barracks in Beirut in 1983, costing the lives of over 241 US military personnel in what many consider to be the  first major terror attack assignment by Hezbollah. At political and religious events in the San Jose area, SABA Mosque leaders have been photographed frequently wearing the paraphernalia of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps or of the Basij, both the military wings and enforcers of the dictatorial regime in Iran. Average Americans do not understand the symbolism of Basij scarves or keffiyehs or may think they represent the Palestinian revolution. But many exiled Iranians do know their meaning as identifiers of the secret police back in Iran or Hezbollah.

Dearborn, Michigan, is no longer the only most major center of Hezbollah activity in the United States; Nabi Raza Mir arrived back in the US on April 25th to be hosted at a special reception at the SABA Mosque on Thursday, April 28th as San Jose  now vows for that same distinction.

Hezbollah cells: Who are the basijis and IRGC?

By Lee Kaplan, Analyst,  Communications Director, Northeast Intelligence Network

The average American knows very little about Hezbollah, the Iranian terrorist proxy that appears on the evening news as operating mainly in Lebanon as a threat to Israel’s northern border. One of the purposes of this article is to explain in laymen’s terms what Hezbollah is and about its presence here in the US in what could be called “sleeper cells” that are poised to assist the Iranian regime that the US government is confronting over Iran’s nuclear and missile program. Another key purpose of this article will be to point out a Hezbollah cell operating under our noses right here in San Jose, California, heretofore unknown to the general population.

In the US, intelligence sources suggest there are least a dozen Hezbollah cells across the United States, each including a hard core of several dozen suspected terrorists. These are known to operate primarily in Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Boston including a number with military training in Hezbollah camps - plus hundreds of supporters. Indictments have been handed out primarily in Detroit that hosts one of the largest Muslim populations. The concern of US intelligence officials  is that Hezbollah - among other groups - may have implanted U.S.-based sleeper cells not only to raise money (as has already been done through credit card fraud and cigarette tax fraud), but also to orchestrate domestic terrorist attacks if the US or Israel takes military action against Iran’s nuclear program. U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials are missing the boat, however, when it comes to San Jose California’s Silicon Valley, where a Hezbollah cell is also operating but has not garnered much in the way of media attention—yet. What is also under the radar is how these cells such as the one in San Jose are also seeking to recruit from America’s minority community to swell their ranks from those who perceive themselves as part of America’s disadvantaged minorities. For now, nobody may be planning terrorist attacks, but can we count on that not changing in time of war? Or, for that matter, there being a safe house in our midst for those who do?

Hezbollah’s infrastructure within the U.S. to date  has mostly given financial and logistical support for a focused and successful guerilla war from Lebanon against Israel overseas and for a propaganda war in favor of the Palestinians here in the US. In fact, at demonstrations against Israel in the San Francisco Bay Area, most people might assume that all the demonstrators are Palestinian Arabs, not Arabs from Hezbollah operating under the control of the regime in Iran under the leadership of Iranians. As a fighting force inside America, Hezbollah’s sleepers have yet to be tested. But the first step in any security-related test should be to distinguish where those sleeper cells are so the average American, Muslim or non-Muslim, can keep an eye on them.

With the Iranian revolution that took place in 1979 under then President Jimmy Carter, the regime in Iran that took over from the Shah became known as the Velayat-e Faqih regime headed by the now deceased imam, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini whose administration also led the hostage takeover of the US embassy in Tehran. Velayat-e Faqih means “governance of the jurist,” the jurist being the late Ayatollah Khomeini.  Although this regime and the Muslims of Iran are Shias (followers of Mohammed’s son-in-law, thus keeping leadership of the Caliphate in the family of Mohammed as appointed leaders by Allah) as opposed to Sunnis (those who favored electing a new leader), the Shias began developing a strong presence in Lebanon by uniting all Arabs there in opposition to Israel and the US. Today in Lebanon, while the majority of Hezbollah are Shia Arabs, there are also some Druze and others in Hezbollah. The Shia presence though, in Lebanon, is also bolstered by Syria, whose Allawite leaders are an obscure Shia community of Muslims who rule over the much larger Sunni population in that neighboring country. It is their mutual antipathy to Israel that keeps these two factions working toward the same end. As proxies for Iran, the Hezbollah also have Iranian or Persian leaders and advisers working with them.

The late Ayatollah Khomeini

Since its takeover in Iran, the Velayat-e Faqih regime is very repressive, ultimately fascist in its policies toward the Iranian people, a policy that is also passed on to their proxy military and political force of Lebanese Arabs in Hezbollah to also be promoted abroad. Most Iranians and even many Sunni Arabs who emigrated to the US during the latter half of the 20th century did so to escape such oppressive governments and societies that persecuted Jews, women, free speech and assembly and still do to this day. But now, this fascist ideology is being inculcated among American Muslims whenever possible, and in particular among young people here who cannot relate to the repression back in the Middle East. Enforcers have been sent here to the mosques in the US to spy on both Shia expatriates from Iran or Lebanon to see what they are up to, and also to recruit among America’s younger Shias and other Muslims from within. Opposition to Israel is the glue for this program, but America is the long range target.

Few Americans know that during the riots in Iran a year ago in which the Iranian people demanded more freedoms, part of the contingents of thugs who beat up and even killed some of the protestors were Hezbollah members, notably Palestinian Arabs from Lebanon and even the West Bank, who were brought in to do the dirty work for the Velayat-e Figh regime. Working with these enforcers were the IRGC or Iranian Royal Guard Corps, a militarized group or “army within an army” of Khomeinists loyal to the Mullahs and separate from the regular Iranian Army. Another specialized group, the Basij was also involved. The Basij originated during Iran’s eight-year-long war with Iraq, when youngsters were recruited into the Basij and given plastic keys made in Hong Kong that they were told were to be their keys to Paradise in the after- life as they were sent in human waves (frequently unarmed, sometimes even with only a Koran) against Iraqi gun emplacements. Part of the Ayatollah Khomeini’s strategy back then was to make every household in Iran “bleed” so as the commit the entire country in its Holy War against Saddam Hussein, another tyrant and dictator, but a Sunni Muslim. The Basij developed into a fanatical wing of the Islamic dictatorship whose members are just as willing to self-sacrifice themselves to the Mullahs as their earlier counterparts were during the Iran-Iraq War, an effort that helped gain victory for Iran.

The Bisijis wear an easily identifiable scarf in black and while around their necks to denote who they are. They do this in both Iran and here in San Jose. When seen at demonstrations, most laymen would think the scarves symbolize the Palestinian movement because the colors are the same. However, if one looks closely they are different and to Iranian and Muslim members of the Bay Area community who fled Iran, they know what they mean.

Although both are black and white, the Basij scarf  is different from the Palestinian keffiyah on closer inspection. To most people in the US they are not distinguishable. At left above, Basij supporters celebrate Huseyn Day in San Jose, California.

Just as with the demonstrators in Iran being under the eye of the IRGC and the Basij, Hezbollah loyalists who are now operating from cells in the US are here not to flee Iran’s totalitarian system as much as to spy on and control the Iranian and Shia population here in the US. Their bases of operation for this are in the mosques.

Hezbollah support in America: Identifying Hezbollah cells & participants in the U.S.

Part One: Imam Abdul Alim Musa: A Drug Lord turned Hezbollah supporter

By Lee Kaplan, Communications director  & investigator

23 February 2011: The difference with Muslim cleric Abdul Alim Musa is he is not from the Middle East, but rather an African-American named Clarence Reams with a long criminal past. Known by his criminal nom de guerre, ” Big Hank,” instead of what he calls his “slave name,” Musa was an international drug dealer and well-known criminal personality in Oakland, California who converted to Islam while in the U.S. prison system. One source for this article has described Musa’s adoption of militant Islam as payback for the U.S. government putting him behind bars, an old adage “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” He operates a Muslim group called Sabiqun that seeks to establish an Islamic world order and is an honored guest speaking at mosques in California and anti-Israel events at colleges like UC Irvine and UCLA.

Musa has gone on record publicly stating that “Jews are the enemy of humanity” and he openly supports both Hamas and Hezbollah, the Iranian terrorist proxies. Musa is a perfect example how the militant Islamists take people from the lower classes in our society and elevate them in stature to promote an internal “revolution” against the established state. Besides lecturing at other mosques in the US besides his own, Musa lectures at universities and colleges where he is a frequent guest of the Muslims Students Associations that operate at the behest of the Saudis.

While in Oakland during the 1960s, Musa associated with H. Rap Brown, who later also adopted a radical version of Islam and became known as Imam Jamil al-Amin. Al-Amin was imprisoned after murdering an American black police officer during a traffic stop in Atlanta.

“Big Hank” was later arrested for setting up a drug dealing heroin and currency smuggling operation in Colombia, and was also charged with assaulting a federal agent. Later, he fled to Algeria, where he hooked up with several self-exiled Black Panther leaders such as the late Eldridge Cleaver. He eventually returned to the United States and turned himself in. While in prison, “Big Hank” converted to Islam and adopted his Arabic Islamic name. He became a radical and supported Khomeini’s 1979 Iranian Islamic revolution, believing, or at least wanting to believe that Khomeini’s oppressive regime would lead to global Islamic dominance as Iran is striving for today. Once Khomeini’s regime was installed in power, Musa declared his unwavering support for the new Iranian dictator and his program of anti-Americanism. He has made several visits since the 1980’s to Iran proclaiming himself the representative of American Muslims and pledging undying support for the regime. He has managed to ally himself with anti-American Muslims, both Sunni and Shia since then and encouraged unity of purpose as being the road to success for Islam against the United States.

To promote this unity Abdul Musa uses anti-Semitism. The ADL has described his statements as a theme that “propagates a radical and anti-Semitic ideology.” He accuses Jews of being responsible for the slave trade prior to the 20th century to inflame African-American passions against the Jewish community in the same manner as Louis Farrakhan does with this Black Muslims group. Musa has demanded, “Who ran the slave trade…who funded it? You’ll study and you will find out: the Jews…It was the Jewish bankers…In Vienna, with pockets full of money, funding and insuring, that’s who did it…You can’t tell us about no Holocaust. Between the African Americans and the Native Americans, everybody else’s stuff was small potatoes.”

Historically inaccurate and designed to promote Jew-hatred, his speeches are heard even on “enlightened” U.S. college campuses such as at the University of Washington under the invitation of the Black Students Commission where he proclaimed America was controlled by Jews and that “Yahuds [Jews] are the enemy of humanity.” In California he has spoken on campuses such as at UC Irvine, currently considered one of the most anti-Semitic campuses in the country by assorted civil rights organizations.

Challenged publicly on his anti-Semitism, Musa tries to claim he only opposes supporters of Israel or “Zionists” and not Jews in general, but he has drawn allusions in his sermons to “Yahuds” [Jews] even back to Mohammed’s days with them in Saudi Arabia and described them as conniving and responsible for usury.

Musa even challenged the FBI to arrest him once for funding Hamas, one of the terrorist groups funded by the Khomeini regime in Iran and similar to Hezbollah. Waving a check made out to Hamas at a demonstration in 1999, he dared the government to do something about it. The check however was never presented nor cashed.

At a national Muslim Students Association Conference at UCLA in 2001, Musa declared, “If you were to say that the Soviet Union was wiped off the face of the earth . . . people would have thought you were crazy, right? The people of Afghanistan didn’t have the intellect or historical knowledge to know that they wasn’t supposed to wipe out the Soviet Union, is that right? … We saw the fall of one so-called superpower. Old Sam [the United States] is next.”

Musa’s other statements repeated not only at U.S. mosques but at American colleges have been that Zionist American agents blew up the World Trade Center but the following:

  • Palestinian suicide bombers are heroes.
  • The U.S. government saturated American cities with heroin in the 1960s to snuff out an African-American rebellion.
  • The United States should become an Islamic state.

In a video clip broadcast by Fox News, Abdul Alim Musa stated, from behind a podium at the University of California at Irvine on Sept. 9, 2001, where quoted his colleague Jamil Al-Amin, a.k.a. H. Rap Brown, that “if you don’t stay out of our way and leave us alone, we’re going to burn America down.”

Abdul Alim Musa has also stated that “the American ship is going down. And it’s clowns like that [President George W. Bush] that’s driving it down. We don’t have to do nothing. Just step back, pray, fast, do good deeds, and stuff like that. And let that guy go … When he finishes, nobody will love, nobody will trust, and nobody will believe anything coming from the United States of America.”

In a debate with George Mason University Professor Jack Goldstone aired on Press TV, on January 5, 2010, Abdul Alim said that Muslims believe that 90% of the bombings in the world are done by the United States for the last 20 years, “…from the first World Trade Center bombing in ’93… This is our view, from those who… We said it then, and we say it now, and this is the belief in the Muslim world: 90% of the bombing plots – or this plot or that plot – we believe is done by and with the help and the aid of Mossad, and the United States government. This is our experience. We believe that whoever this guy is from Nigeria - we don’t believe he has any ties with Islam. If you talk about the World Trade Center bombing – all of these things are done… I can give you two quick reasons, and it will solve the problem. Number one - to blame these things on Muslims. You get the Patriot Act, you get the anti-terrorism bill, you get a right to what they call stop, put a freeze, on the global Islamic movement, which has been spreading, growing, and developing. You get a chance to launch missiles, to kill, and to put a freeze on the Islamic movement. But the Islamic movement is only the first target.”

He continued, “…Yes, definitely. This is our belief. We’ve said this. We have… I didn’t bring them all… ‘We have “CIA Patterns of Deception,’ ‘Zionist Control of Media,’ ‘Babylon the Great’ – these are years old – ‘Bush the Unifier’… Our belief has always been, since 1993, and we’ve done TV programs on it – that the United States government… Who do you talk about? You talk about Al-Qaeda. Where did Al-Qaeda come from? Al-Qaeda, Bin Laden, and all that – those are U.S. friends…”
Musa has been denied entry to the United Kingdom because according to that government he is “considered to be engaging in unacceptable behavior by fomenting and glorifying terrorist violence in furtherance of his particular beliefs and seeking to provoke other to terrorist acts.”

Musa is warmly received at outside mosques by local imams and has spoken about his former cocaine business to the congregations, denouncing former President George Bush, and President Obama. He has openly raised funding for anti-CIA and anti-FBI literature that gets passed out to the congregations and others with the full blessing of the Boards of Trustees, Directors, and Advisors and top dogs at many such mosques.

Musa has openly called for in flyers passed out at mosques for the overthrow of the U.S. government: “At this current stage, our quest is to emulate the life of our hero in contemporary times, the Imam Khomeini, as we strive to establish the Islamic State of North America. His story is the story of success against unbeatable odds.”

Khomeini, of course, was the one who coined the phrase of the United States as being the Great Satan to be taken over by the Islamic Revolution. The flyer goes on to urge the foundation of “geographical integrity” in the U.S. in order to achieve the goals of Imam Khomeini, which was, of course, the overthrow of the United States. At the bottom of the flyer he notes that all donations are tax deductible.

Musa and his adherents  also seek to recruit from the African-American and Latin American community whenever possible. No revolution succeeds without a perceived “oppressed” minority feeling it is part of a new revival of their situation. To this effect even the MTV generation is appealed to.

Next week: Are Hezbollah operatives operating freely in the US? : The Revolutionary Guards and the Basij right in your backyard.