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The Al-Qaeda-ISM Connection

By Lee Kaplan, Communication Director & Senior Analyst

9 June 2007: Most people have short memories, but here’s something that calls for remembering: among the less publicized details of the July 7, 2005 London bombings is the connection of one of the possible terrorists, Muhammad Sadique Khan, to the preeminent group of the pro-terrorist “solidarity” movement, the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a group that maintains a large presence here in the U.S.  The London bombings claimed 52 lives and injured hundreds.

Evidence back then showed that the explosives used in the London subway attacks were found by British and Israeli intelligence officials to be remarkably similar to those used in a 2003 bombing of the “Mike’s Place” bar in Israel. Related to this, Israel National News reported also that British and Israeli intelligence reports showed that one of the terrorists involved had a British passport, arrived in Israel on February 19, 2003, and stayed for only one day. During his stay, he may have met with Asif Hanif and Omar Sharif. Both of the men, with the assistance of Hamas, would later become suicide bombers. Hanif and Sharif traveled from Britain to Israel under the auspices of the ISM’s Alternative Tourism Group, the precursor to the ISM. Both terrorists told Israeli border police they were entering for purposes of Alternative Tourism and met with the ISM in Gaza at a memorial for Rachel Corrie where they “had tea.”

The Alternative Tourism Program, created by Ghassan Andoni, a Bir Zeit University physics professor, metastasized into the International Solidarity Movement with Andoni’s guidance and the activism work in the USA carried out by Palestinian Marxist-communists like George Rishmawi, Adam Shapiro, his wife, Huwaida Arraf and Neta Golan. The ISM, also known as the Palestine Solidarity Movement, then became active across the USA on college campuses. That started in 2001 during the Second Intifada.

The ISM began recruiting other college-aged anarchists and communists and Arab students on US campuses to become human shields for terrorists in the West Bank and Gaza. Rachel Corrie, a college-aged anarchist from Evergreen College in Washington State, died demonstrating with the ISM when she placed her body in front of an IDF bulldozer. The ISM’s long-term goal as a communist-anarchist movement is first to dismantle Israel as a capitalist democratic state for the PLO Islamists and their pan-Arab cause, and then to bring the “revolution” back here to the United States to do the same at home on our border with Mexico.

Plans are already being made with other subversive groups in the United States to do this. Groups such as La Voz De Aztlan, a Marxist irredentist group, plan on joining up with Palestinian and Arab-Muslim students and their anarchist-communist allies on US campuses to bring the same activities to our border with Mexico as are seen in the West Bank attacking the security fence in the not so distant future.

Now comes new evidence of a link between the ISM and al Qaeda.

Abed al Hadi al-Iraq, a.k.a. Abu Abdullah, 45, who is considered by the CIA as of one of Osama bin Laden’s most talented operations officers, was recently captured and should be a boon to US intelligence in the War on Terror. People now say he represents the link between Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and al Qaeda, thus justifying our presence in Iraq. But people have yet to see the link to the International Solidarity Movement.

Al Hadi is an Iraqi and uses the nom de guerre “Abu Abdallah” (father of Abdallah) in a style usually used by Palestinian terrorists. Being Iraqi, Abu Abdallah is part of the closest allies of the PLO and Hamas, the Baâ’th Party in Iraq. However, Abu Abdallah was captured crossing into Iraq from Iran. Recent intelligence reports have remarked at how the Sunnis who make up Hamas in Gaza are now getting money, weapons and training for the Shiite majority state of Iran to be used against Israel. For anyone claiming al Qaeda has nothing to do with Iraq or 9/11, the Iranian-al Qaeda connection is now obvious.

But according to an interview I had with a former veteran Iraqi national police sergeant at a recent Intelligence Summit who was introduced by terrorism expert Dave Gaubatz and who is now exiled in the United States and under the federal witness protection program and uses only the first name “Hassan,” the Iraqi police were always hamstrung in arresting many Baâ’thists who broke the law, even for murder or robbery, because they also clandestinely belonged to al Qaeda. According to the former national police officer, that included members of Iraq’s national police as well.

The Pentagon has reported that Abu Abdallah had responsibility for managing al Qaeda’s affairs and possibly even focusing on operations outside Iraq against Western targets. Interrogated by US Forces, he has now been credited with the first direct al Qaeda suicide attack on Israeli soil - an attack in which the ISM was linked to. That attack on Mike’s Place in Tel Aviv as reported earlier here at Front Page Magazine is now alleged to have been carried out on direct orders from Osama bin Laden due to the information obtained from Abu Abdallah. Three Israelis were killed, including an Israeli army officer whose family resided in Israel since 1858, and sixty people were wounded.

Al Hadi a.k.a. Abu Abdallah recruited the two British Muslims of Pakistani origin who entered the Holy Land through Jordan using Ghandoni’s Alternative Tourism as an excuse, and then proceeded directly to meeting with ISM leaders just before their attack. Both terrorists were English-speaking and had EU passports. They were recruited by Abu Abdallah at the notoriously Wahhabist Finsbury Park Mosque in London. The ISM also has a major presence, especially on college campuses, in London and the UK.

Since the explosives used in London on 7/7 could be linked to the ISM through the Mike’s Place bombing, the involvement of al Qaeda also infers how the ISM may have been the place where the terrorists picked up those explosives prior to the Tel Aviv attack, since the terrorists would have been unable to smuggle explosives in through Jordan prior to meeting “for tea” with ISM activists. Israeli intelligence reports showed the two killers only met with the ISM, an organization that has consistently called terrorist attacks “legitimate resistance.” To this day, no one knows who for certain gave them or where in Gaza the two terrorists picked up their bomb and received instructions on where to attack, but it is clear they met with the ISM and now those same two terrorists are known to be linked inextricably to al Qaeda by Abu Abdallah.

Sharif failed to detonate his bomb belt after Hanif exploded himself in the busy bar, a hangout for Americans in Tel Aviv. After fleeing the scene, Sharif was found later floating face down in the Mediterranean. Palestinian terrorists do not murder their own kind when they fail on suicide missions, knowing that the Israelis have no death penalty and that in the future they may even be released from prison in negotiations or prisoner swaps. As mentioned, Western intelligence agencies feel the capture and information from Abu Abdallah show the international terrorism network is not made up of just disparate groups with myriad goals. Al Qaeda and bin Laden can now be linked to Hamas and the PLO. The fact that Sharif, a British national, may have known too much about the ISM and al Qaeda being behind his attack may have prompted Hamas to liquidate him not just for the al Qaeda link, but for the one to the ISM as well. There was simply too much to lose, because had the connection to the ISM been established exposing the network of the terrorist-support movement that is found on so many campuses throughout the USA and most of Europe, it might have led to its demise.

Homeland Security needs to take an even deeper look into the ISM and if Abu Abdallah himself ever had contacts with ISM leadership in the USA and Europe during his operational activities for bin Laden.

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Media spotlight strong on Islamic compound

Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

8 June 2007: The media spotlight continues to grow stronger on the Islamic compound known as Islamberg - an exclusively Muslim settlement located in the western edge of the Catskill Mountains in New York State. Following the investigative report we issued in February 2006, a report that angered terrorist Sheikh Mubarek Gilani himself, New York’s Fox 5’s John Deutzman conducted an extensive investigation that aired last year. Renewed interest in the activities of the compound linked to Pakistani terrorist Gilani resulted in an updated expose of his investigation.  Mr. Deutzman remains the only journalist who gained access to the compound to date - others have been turned away by sentries posted at the entrance of this remote compound.

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As we reported earlier this week, Islamberg is merely one of more than 35 such compounds tied to the terrorist group Jamaat ul Fuqra spread over the U.S., many located in strategic areas close to locations of critical U.S. infrastructures.

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As the image above illustrates - a school bus located within the compound of Islamberg - a bus like our children ride to school, we need to be paying close attention to what is taking place inside America and in our own back yards. This bus appears to hold distinctions few other school buses have… windows that appear to have been “blown out” from the inside, and holes that resemble and appear to be bullet holes into its exterior shell.

Evidence from the JFK Airport plot proves that not only are there Islamic terrorists in this country - they are practicing for urban warfare.

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Media spotlight strong on Islamic compound

Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

8 June 2007: The media spotlight continues to grow stronger on the Islamic compound known as Islamberg - an exclusively Muslim settlement located in the western edge of the Catskill Mountains in New York State. Following the investigative report we issued in February 2006, a report that angered terrorist Sheikh Mubarek Gilani himself, New York’s Fox 5’s John Deutzman conducted an extensive investigation that aired last year. Renewed interest in the activities of the compound linked to Pakistani terrorist Gilani resulted in an updated expose of his investigation. Mr. Deutzman remains the only journalist who gained access to the compound to date - others have been turned away by sentries posted at the entrance of this remote compound.

As we reported earlier this week, Islamberg is merely one of more than 35 such compounds tied to the terrorist group Jamaat ul Fuqra spread over the U.S., many located in strategic areas close to locations of critical U.S. infrastructures.

As the image above illustrates - a school bus located within the compound of Islamberg - a bus like our children ride to school, we need to be paying close attention to what is taking place inside America and in our own back yards. This bus appears to hold distinctions few other school buses have… windows that appear to have been “blown out” from the inside, and holes that resemble and appear to be bullet holes into its exterior shell.

Evidence from the JFK Airport plot proves that not only are there Islamic terrorists in this country - they are practicing for urban warfare.

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Public Middle School parents angered over field trip to Islamic & Hindu places of worship

“It is not to promote religious understanding, it is to promote an agenda,” stated one parent to the Northeast Intelligence Network.

Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

7 June 2007: The Williamsville, NY Public School District has angered a number of parents of Mill Middle School students and stirred controversy by scheduling a field trip to a local Mosque and Islamic Center as well as a Hindu Temple. A letter obtained Tuesday by talk radio host Tom Bauerle of the Tom Bauerle Show on WBEN AM 930 (below) was sent home with the permission slips to be signed by the students’ parents on Monday, granting the students permission to attend Wednesday’s excursion to the Muslim mosque and Islamic Center and Hindu religious institutions to provide the students “a broader understanding of these religious beliefs and worship practices.”

Some parents, however, are suggesting duplicity by the school district with regard to religious exposure and are taking issue with making the students adhere to a Muslim fundamentalist dress code while visiting the mosque. Parents speaking to WBEN note that the strongly secular Williamsville School District included no plans to visit a Catholic church or Jewish Synagogue. Also, non-Muslim students were required to adhere to the strict Islamic dress code – shorts are not permitted to be worn and all female students had to bring and wear an appropriate head covering to the mosque. “It would be akin to “a Muslim student having to wear a cross to visit a church,” stated one parent to WBEN.

Dr. Cindy Beeley, a school district administrator in charge of cultural issues, defended the trip and denied that the female students were being forced to wear head scarves, adding that they do not have to enter the mosque part of the Islamic Center. “If they do, they would have to remove their shoes and women need to cover their heads,” Ms. Beeley told WBEN. And as far as visits to other religious centers, they could not be arranged due to scheduling conflicts due to an October, 2006 snow storm, she added.

One parent stated that is only partially correct, and Ms. Beeey was not being completely forthcoming with her statements, including those she made during a WBEN interview where she described the trip as an opportunity to explore other cultures. A major part of the field trip, however, involves going into the mosque, ostensibly to give students what the letter states  “broader understanding of these religious beliefs and worship practices.”

If it is truly about promoting a broader understanding of religious beliefs, where are the visits to Christian churches and Jewish Synagogues? According to Ms. Beeley, a trip to a local church could not be arranged because of last October’s winter storm. “But this trip was initially planned in April, five months after the storm” added the parent. Also, Dr. Beeley could not account for the lack of parental notice. Although the excursion had been planned for a few months, permission slips were sent home with the students only 2 days before the trip.

As for the traditional Islamic dress code, “Dr. Beeley made it sound like it was completely optional,”  added the angered parent, stating that such attire was only required if the students entered the mosque. The mosque was a major part of the trip. “What Ms. Beeley failed to disclose - lied about - was that any student who chose not to wear the headscarf or adhere to the dress code, they would be made to stay in the bus. To me, this trip is not to promote religious understanding, but to promote the agenda of a specific Middle Eastern religion,” added the parent.

“I feel that this was handled wrong,” adding another parent interviewed by the Northeast Intelligence Network, and “now they are trying to cover their backsides.”  The parent, asking not to be identified because her child attends Mill Middle School, summarized her thoughts by saying that she felt “that [the trip] was one-sided and not about cultural diversity but all about a religious agenda. Are the Muslim children scheduled to tour Christian churches and Jewish Temples? I don’t think so, I don’t think that would be tolerated by their faith, let alone taught in their Islamic school.”

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What Happened on Northwest Flight 720?

6 June 2007: “…the two, South East Asian men - acting in consort - were suspicious from the get go. “Before the flight took off, the flight attendants had to repeatedly tell the men to get in their seats.” The plane took off. Immediately after the Captain made the first announcement, Hayden told me that, “like clockwork, the first [SE Asian] guy got out of his seat and laid on the floor and started yelling. The other guy [traveling with him] stood over him, mumbling and gesturing.”

Read all about the strange events of two men aboard Northwest Flight 720 from Minneapolis to Boston at The Aviation Nation by Annie Jacobsen.

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Preparations for “Homegrown Jihad” in the U.S.?

Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

CATSKILLS SITE EYED

5 June 2007: An article published by John Mazor and and Murray Weiss in the New York Post yesterday provided more media coverage into the Islamic encampment in New York state that this agency has been reporting on for the last 18 months - Islamberg. According to the report in the New York Post, “reports of gunfire and military-style physical training at the camp have led some investigators to believe that the group’s members are preparing for homegrown jihad.” An admission by one members of the enclave was interesting, considering the background of many of the residents: “We got guns up here just like everyone else got guns.”

In addition to the guns, this investigator verified that they also have a school bus on the property - a bus like our children ride to school, except this bus appears to hold distinctions few other school buses have… windows that appear to have been “blown out” from the inside, and holes that resemble and appear to be bullet holes into its exterior shell. The bus sits idle on the property and does not appear to be operable. The fact that this bus is present on the property at all is curious, as this commune of Muslim followers of Pakistani terrorist Sheikh SyeSyed Mubarik Ali Gilani boasts of its own school program for its members.

Questions posed to the members of the compound are unwelcome, and an investigative report published by this agency in conjunction with another Internet researcher was met with the ire of Sheikh Gilani himself on his web site in a scathing statement of disapproval and accusations.

Nearly six years after the worst terrorist attacks against the U.S. in our history, it is disturbing that disrupted Muslim terror plots merit less space and placement in the print media than matters related to Paris Hilton and and other “soft news.” It is refreshing, however, to see the New York Post taking the lead in asking questions about what is taking place at Gilani-run compounds in the U.S. such as Islamberg. Considering that recent federal indictments have exposed that paramilitary training of Muslim men is taking place in the U.S. - such as those involved in the plot to attack Fort Dix - we would expect more coverage on this issue.

U.S. publications have much catching up to do, however, to our Canadian partners. To date, Judi McLeod, the founder and executive editor of Canada Free Press and her aggressive and super-competent staff of investigative reporters have blazed the trail in exposing such compounds here in the U.S. Canada Free Press has provided extensive and excellent coverage of Jamaat ul fuqra, the terrorist organization behind these compounds. Author and investigative reporter Paul Williams, the author of the new book The Day of Islam and whose reports have appeared on Canada Free Press and other Internet news sites, has also been working overtime to identify potential threats posed by encampments such as Islamberg and Jamaat ul Fuqra compounds that have become more active in the wake of the attacks on America.

With more than 35 such compounds spread over the U.S., many located in strategic areas close to locations of critical U.S. infrastructures, we need to be paying close attention to what is taking place inside America and our own back yards. And our attention span to such matters must be maintained until the threat against us - against our children and future generations, is terminated. Failure to do so could result in a school bus with blasted windows and bullet holes on a city street in America’s heartland.

With special thanks to Mr. John Mazor and Mr. Murray Weiss of the New York Post, Judi McLeod and her staff at Canada Free Press, author Dr. Paul Williams, and Fox News5.

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Preparations for “Homegrown Jihad” in the U.S.?

Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

CATSKILLS SITE EYED

5 June 2007: An article published by John Mazor and and Murray Weiss in the New York Post yesterday provided more media coverage into the Islamic encampment in New York state that this agency has been reporting on for the last 18 months - Islamberg. According to the report in the New York Post, “reports of gunfire and military-style physical training at the camp have led some investigators to believe that the group’s members are preparing for homegrown jihad.” An admission by one members of the enclave was interesting, considering the background of many of the residents: “We got guns up here just like everyone else got guns.”

In addition to the guns, this investigator verified that they also have a school bus on the property - a bus like our children ride to school, except this bus appears to hold distinctions few other school buses have… windows that appear to have been “blown out” from the inside, and holes that resemble and appear to be bullet holes into its exterior shell. The bus sits idle on the property and does not appear to be operable. The fact that this bus is present on the property at all is curious, as this commune of Muslim followers of Pakistani terrorist Sheikh SyeSyed Mubarik Ali Gilani boasts of its own school program for its members.

Questions posed to the members of the compound are unwelcome, and an investigative report published by this agency in conjunction with another Internet researcher was met with the ire of Sheikh Gilani himself on his web site in a scathing statement of disapproval and accusations.

Nearly six years after the worst terrorist attacks against the U.S. in our history, it is disturbing that disrupted Muslim terror plots merit less space and placement in the print media than matters related to Paris Hilton and and other “soft news.” It is refreshing, however, to see the New York Post taking the lead in asking questions about what is taking place at Gilani-run compounds in the U.S. such as Islamberg. Considering that recent federal indictments have exposed that paramilitary training of Muslim men is taking place in the U.S. - such as those involved in the plot to attack Fort Dix - we would expect more coverage on this issue.

U.S. publications have much catching up to do, however, to our Canadian partners. To date, Judi McLeod, the founder and executive editor of Canada Free Press and her aggressive and super-competent staff of investigative reporters have blazed the trail in exposing such compounds here in the U.S. Canada Free Press has provided extensive and excellent coverage of Jamaat ul fuqra, the terrorist organization behind these compounds. Author and investigative reporter Paul Williams, the author of the new book The Day of Islam and whose reports have appeared on Canada Free Press and other Internet news sites, has also been working overtime to identify potential threats posed by encampments such as Islamberg and Jamaat ul Fuqra compounds that have become more active in the wake of the attacks on America.

With more than 35 such compounds spread over the U.S., many located in strategic areas close to locations of critical U.S. infrastructures, we need to be paying close attention to what is taking place inside America and our own back yards. And our attention span to such matters must be maintained until the threat against us - against our children and future generations, is terminated. Failure to do so could result in a school bus with blasted windows and bullet holes on a city street in America’s heartland.

With special thanks to Mr. John Mazor and Mr. Murray Weiss of the New York Post, Judi McLeod and her staff at Canada Free Press, author Dr. Paul Williams, and Fox News5.

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Islamic Groups, including CAIR named in Hamas funding case

4 June 2007: Federal prosecutors have named three prominent Islamic organizations in America as participants in an alleged criminal conspiracy to support a Palestinian Arab terrorist group, Hamas.

Prosecutors applied the label of “unindicted co-conspirator” to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, and the North American Islamic Trust in connection with a trial planned in Texas next month for five officials of a defunct charity, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development.

Complete New York Sun article by staff reporter JOSH GERSTEIN AT THIS LINK.

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Suspected terrorists in JFK Airport plot tried to forge connection with Jamaat al-Muslimeen

By Judi McLeod, Founder, Canada Free Press

4 June 2007: Sheikh Mubarek Gilani, Adnan G. El-Shukrijumah Saturday’s foiled plot to attack New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport underscores the danger of allowing radical Islam paramilitary compounds like “Islamberg” on the outskirts of Hancock, New York to flourish below radar.

Compounds run by a Sheikh Mubarek Gilani-led Jamaat ul Fuqra actively recruit in penal institutions and convert new members by the thousands for their fanatical cause.

Complete Article: Canada Free Press

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Plot to explode fuel tanks at JFK Airport disrupted - Four Islamic terrorists arrrested

CRIMINAL COMPLAINT 33-page Indictment (PDF File)

SUSPECTS Russell Defreitas, 63, a U.S. citizen native to Guyana and former JFK employee;
Kareem Ibrihim a/k/a Emir Ibrihim;
Abdul Kadir citizen of Guyana & former member of Parliament in Guyana;
*Abdul Nur citizen of Guyana - at large & believed to be in Trinidad

TARGET: MAIN FUEL SUPPLY, JFK AIRPORT & BUCKEYE SUPPLY PIPELINE

- 32 million gallons of aviation fuel
- 50 miles underground pipe, transfers fuel through 28 separate stations from Linden, NJ through Staten Island, Queens
- Queens residential areas

**PRESS RELEASE - U.S. Department of Justice**

2 June 2007: At least 3 of 4 Muslim terrorists, one who is a former airport worker at JFK, have been arrested for plotting to blow-up fueling areas at JFK Airport in New York, potentially setting off a massive explosion at the airport and potentially crippling air travel for some time and causing a conflagration of unprecedented proportions. Although considered a “domestic terror cell” it has international dimensions as two cell members were arrested in Trinidad, one was arrested in the New York area, and one suspect is believed to be a former member of parliament or government official from Guyana.

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