Saturday, February 26, 2005

Terror Mosque

Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, assused of plotting to assassinate President Bush, attended Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, VA. The NYT has an article about the mosque and the growing and "politically active" muslim community. Here's a short list of local terrorists:
  • "Mr. Abu Ali also had clear ties to several defendants in a case involving 11 Northern Virginia Muslims accused of plotting to wage war against American forces and allied nations overseas." (9 of the 11 "were convicted last year on charges including conspiring to wage war against American allies and illegal possession of weapons.")
  • "That case was followed by the indictment of Ali al-Timimi, a charismatic leader known for his fiery sermons at a storefront mosque in Falls Church. Prosecutors say Mr. Timimi, who is awaiting trial in May on terrorism-related charges, urged his followers, including some of the men in the Virginia Jihad case, to wage holy war against the United States."
  • "In another case, Abdurahman Alamoudi, a prominent Arab-American from Falls Church, pleaded guilty last year to charges of laundering money from Libya and taking part in a foiled plot by President Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya to assassinate a Saudi prince." (Alamoudi founded the American Muslim Council, and the Veteran Affairs Council, one of two organizations approved to nominate muslim military chaplains.)
  • Ahmed Omar Abu Ali's "father works as a computer programmer at the Saudi Embassy and leads morning prayers there." (Yes, I'm including the Saudi Embassy among local terrorists. Duh.)
The recent Freedom House report "Saudi Publications on Hate Ideology Fill American Mosques" gathered its source documents from 15 mosques and Islamic centers throughout the country. Dar Al-Hijrah mosque was among those sources. (Other source document were gathered at a mosque in Herndon, VA, and two mosques in DC. More than a quarter of the sources for that report were collected in the metro area.)

This is the part where I'm supposed to say that Ahmed Omar Abu Ali is innocent until proven guilty and blah blah blah. Meanwhile in the real world, something is wrong with the "muslim community" of northern Virginia and DC. They are not all terrorists but if you count the terrorists, their accomplices and fund raisers, those inciting terror, the active supporters and the passive sympathizers, and those who simply turn a blind eye but don't notify the authorities, then really, who is left?

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