Flirting With Extremism
Because Keith Ellison (D-MN) wasn’t enough, the Democratic Party has added Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, General Counsel of Muslims in America (MOA) or Jamaat ul-Fuqra, to its stable of Islamist enablers.
Wadud, a 44-year-old attorney and member of the Massachusetts Council of American-Islamic Relations, announced her bid for Congress last December, she’ll be running in Massachusetts against incumbent Rep. Richard Neal this year. "Now, more than ever, we're facing a political climate that is begging for change and we're here to deliver it," Wadud said in an interview.
Wadud’s connection to MOA is conspicuously missing from her profile, and that might be because MOA has deep ties to extremism at home and abroad. Newly-released FBI documents show that MOA, also known as Jamaat ul-Fuqra or “Fuqra,” has been involved in recruiting and training Islamists in isolated communes, in the United States and Canada. An excerpt from FBI documents obtained by the Clarion Project reads:
MOA was founded by Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani in 1980, with the express purpose of bringing Islam to America and establishing “Islamic villages,” where Muslims intensively study Islam in its most fundamental form. There are two such villages in the United States, Islamberg in upstate New York and Holy Islamville in South Carolina. In 2007, the FBI warned that Fuqra “possesses an infrastructure capable of planning and mounting terrorist campaigns overseas and within the U.S.” A second excerpt from the FBI documents states:
Prisoner radicalization has been a long time issue in American penitentiaries, a fact that the MOA and the Nation of Islam benefit from. In 2009, Kevin Lamar James was sentenced to plotting a terrorist attacked against the the United States. James, along with three other men, were indicted in 2005 “for plotting to attack U.S. military facilities, Israeli government facilities and Jewish synagogues in Los Angeles.” James conceived the plans for his attack while in a California state prison.
The purpose and design of MOA is a sort of open secret, because as early as 1992 Gilani offered “Fuqra offices to provide guerilla training to aspiring jihadists,” says counter-terrorism expert Ryan Mauro. Indeed, a video exists of Gilani encouraging aspiring Islamists in America to reach out to the MOA and his International Quranic Open University for training in guerilla warfare. In 2014, Gilani declared that the United States should not have gone to war with Nazi Germany, and espoused anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that implicated Jews as responsible for Pearl Harbor and 9/11:
Wadud is taking a page out of the Linda Sarsour playbook, declaring that any negative press directed at her shall be invariably “soaked in the following values: misogyny/sexism, xenophobia and Islamophobia.” With the potential of Fuqra going mainstream on the Democratic Party platform, and with Keith Ellison being billed as the future of the party, despite his support for the BDS movement and ties to the Nation of Islam, it appears the Democrats are doubling down on enabling extremism and identity politics.
But, if the GOP under President Trump‘s leadership has become the party of infrastructure, border security, a booming economy, better trade deals, and national unity… what else is there for the Democrats to platform on?