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Remember when I wrote up a post on our local Muslim militia?

Well, read this from the Organized Crime in California Annual Report to the California Legislature 2005…..

Jamaat ul-Fuqra (JUF) is an international terrorist organization based in Pakistan. According to the U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) 1998 Patterns in Global Terrorism, “Jamaat ul-Fuqra was established in the United States during the early 1980’s in Brooklyn, New York, by Pakistani Suffi cleric Sheik Sayed Mubarik Ali Gilani, for the purpose of purifying Islam through violence.” The JUF has been linked to approximately 13 compounds located in 10 states across the country. Individuals from these compounds have been convicted of fraud, murder, bombings, and weapons violations. One of the compounds was located in the Central Valley, but is now closed. The compound was, at one time, advertised as a site for a chapter of an international Islamic school and a charitable organization that were both founded by Gilani. Furthermore, neighbors close to the compound reported hearing what sounded to be automatic weapons fire and explosions coming from the commune. Law enforcement authorities suspect that the compound may have been owned and occupied by individuals connected to JUF, in part, because the terrorist organization, Islamic university, and charitable organization are believed to be linked due to their crossover membership and all the groups operate under Gilani’s authority.

What does this have to do with the media?

Go read this Gates of Vienna post….

The long and the short of it is that a local news editor in Charlotte County, Virginia area is unwilling to print this type of information about a Jamaat ul-Fuqra compound near him. His original stated justification is that all the information about this group is made up by right-wing groups. He says that if any official federal government source had this type of information he would print it. When confronted with actual federal government sources, he came up with a number of different excuses that you can read about at Gates of Vienna.

Now, I don’t agree with a lot of what is said on the Gates of Vienna. For one thing, I don’t think that Jamaat ul-Fuqra is that big of a threat to this country. But I am willing to argue that position based on the facts that are easily accessible to every one with an internet connection. What Averett Jones (the editor in question) is doing is trying to cover up the facts.

We can only imagine his reasons, but I think these types of tactics are going to hurt Moslems living in America. If the mainstream media does not start covering the facts that are available to every American about Jamaat ul-Fuqra, they won’t have much credibility. And if they don’t have much credibility how can they expect to counteract those “right-wing” groups that use slander to whip up hate?

As I have said before, I live about an hour’s drive from one of these compounds. I know people who live near them. You are not going convince the people who live near these compounds that Jamaat ul-Fuqra is peaceful organization. After all, they hear the gunfire that goes on and they see how members act in person. So how about dealing with the facts?

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