Sunday, October 3, 2010

Diane Sawyer presents a whitewashed report on Islam on ABC News 20/20

On Friday night, ABC News ran a special report on Islam on 20/20 with Diane Sawyer. With her honey coated voice soothing away every concern and failing to mention a single bad thing about the subject of her show, Diane Sawyer demonstrated everything wrong with journalism today. Her condescending tone was an utter disgrace to her audience who wasted an hour hoping to hear something important and informative. Here is the way the subject matter should have been presented.

Major Nidal Malik Hasan, Fort Hood, Texas
Source Link: Wikipedia

When Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan took out his FN model 57 semi-automatic pistol on November 5, 2009 and walked into the Soldier Readiness Center at Fort Hood, Texas he jumped onto a desk and shouted: "Allahu Akbar!" began firing more than 100 rounds at a group of unarmed soldiers. Eventually killing 12 soldiers plus an unborn baby and its pregnant mother and wounding 30 more before being stopped. The cry "Allahu Akbar!" means God is Great in Arabic and is a frequent call used by Muslim terrorists. Major Hasan carried business cards which listed a Maryland phone number and read "Behavioral Heatlh [sic] – Mental Health – Life Skills | Nidal Hasan, MD, MPH | SoA (Subhanahu wa ta'ala) | Psychiatrist". The cryptic letters “SoA” stand for  Soldier of Allah.

The U. S. government doesn’t say it and neither does the left wing news media but the facts point out that Major Nidal Malik Hasan was, in fact, a Muslim terrorist who killed his victims in the name of his religion and for the Islamic god Allah. Diane Sawyer on ABC News 20/20 Friday night conveniently failed to mention this. Instead, Ms. Sawyer conducted a whitewash on the serious threat America faces with the spread of Islam parading one so-called moderate Muslim after another before her cameras, each telling heart-warming stories.

Hasan attended the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, in 2001, at the same time as Nawaf al-Hazmi and Hani Hanjour, two of the hijackers in the September 11 attacks. Hasan has expressed admiration for the teachings of Anwar al-Awlaki, imam at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque between 2000 and 2002. Diane Sawyer also failed to mention anything about this mosque in Falls Church, Virginia or any of the dozens of other mosques around the country that have been connected to criminal terrorist activity. Besides the FBI there is one group of people who have been keeping track of this activity and they are The Investigative Project on Terrorism.

They have an interactive map showing the names and locations of these mosques and the type of crimes and the names of the individuals involved. Another page on this web site, under the Research tab, lists of hundreds of court cases involving terrorist activity can be viewed.

Soon after the attack at Fort Hood, Anwar al-Awlaki posted praise for Hasan for the shooting on his website, and encouraged other Muslims serving in the military to "follow in the footsteps of men like Nidal." "Nidal Hasan is a hero, the fact that fighting against the U.S. army is an Islamic duty today cannot be disputed. Nidal has killed soldiers who were about to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in order to kill Muslims." Adam Yahiye Gadahn, the American-born al-Qaeda spokesman, declared Hasan a "pioneer" whose actions at Fort Hood should be followed by other Muslims.

Faisal Shahzad, Times Square Bomber
Source Link: Wikipedia

Faisal Shahzad,  born June 30, 1979) is a Muslim Pakistani-American being tried in New York City for the May 1, 2010, Times Square car bomb attempt. On June 21, 2010 in Federal District Court in Manhattan he confessed to 10 counts arising from the bombing attempt. Throughout his court appearance, Shahzad was unrepentant, and the United States attorney indicated there was no plea deal, so Shahzad faced the maximum sentence, a mandatory life term.

Shahzad was arrested approximately 53 hours after the attempt, at 11:45 p.m. EDT on May 3, 2010, by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers. He was taken into custody at John F. Kennedy International Airport, after boarding Emirates Flight 202 to Dubai. His final destination had been Islamabad, Pakistan.

Shahzad told interrogators that he was "inspired by" radical Anwar al-Awlaki to take up the cause of al-Qaeda. Shahzad made contact over the internet with al-Awlaki, the Pakistani Taliban’s Baitullah Mehsud (who was killed in a drone strike in 2009), and a web of jihadists, ABC News reported. On June 21, Shahzad pleaded guilty to all the charges against him and stated in court that he was “A Muslim soldier”. Maybe this story was also left out of the 20/20 report because they didn’t have room with all the complimentary propaganda about Islam they were spreading around.

According to a report of Al-Arabiya, Shahzad had recorded a suicide video in which he declared that he planned the attack as revenge for the U.S. war in Afghanistan. In this video, that was made before the attempted May 1 attack, Shahzad was dressed in traditional and tribal Pashtun clothing and was seen sitting with an assault rifle. “The attack on the United States will be a revenge for all the mujahedeen and oppressed Muslims,” Shahzad said in the tape, according to Al-Arabiya. “Eight years have passed since the Afghanistan war and you shall see how the Muslim war has just begun and how Islam will spread across the world.”

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Christmas Day Bomber
Source Link: Wikipedia

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (also referred to as Umar Abdul Mutallab and Omar Farooq al-Nigeri; born December 22, 1986, in Lagos, Nigeria) is a Muslim Nigerian citizen who attempted to detonate plastic explosives hidden in his underwear while on board Northwest Airlines Flight 253, en route from Amsterdam to Detroit, Michigan, on December 25, 2009. His bomb merely caught fire and failed to detonate and his plot failed.

Abdulmutallab is the youngest of the 16 children of Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, one of the richest men in Africa and the prominent former Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria and former Nigerian Federal Commissioner for Economic Development. He attended high school at the British International School in Lomé, the capital of Togo, a private school that is popular among wealthy Nigerians. Abdulmutallab was known as a devout Muslim and for preaching about Islam to his schoolmates.

Abdulmutallab began his studies at University College London in September 2005. He was president of the school's Islamic Society. From January until July 2009, he attended a master's of international business degree program at University of Wollongong in Dubai. Intelligence officials suspect al-Awlaki may have directed Abdulmutallab to Yemen for al-Qaeda training. Abdulmutallab's father agreed in July 2009 to his request to return to the San'a Institute for the Arabic Language in Yemen to study Arabic from August to September 2009. By September he routinely skipped his classes at the Institute and attended lectures at Iman University, notorious for suspected links to terrorism. “He told me his greatest wish was for sharia and Islam to be the rule of law across the world,” said one of his classmates at the Institute.

In October, Abdulmutallab sent his father a text message saying that he was no longer interested in pursuing an MBA in Dubai, and wanted instead to study sharia and Arabic in a seven-year course in Yemen. Among the other text messages he sent to his father were: "I've found a new religion, the real Islam"

A number of sources reported contacts between Abdulmutallab and Anwar al-Awlaki, a Muslim lecturer and spiritual leader who is accused of being a senior al-Qaeda talent recruiter and motivator. Al-Awlaki, previously an imam in the U.S. who more recently has lived in Yemen, also has links to three of the 9/11 hijackers, the 2005 London subway bombers, a 2006 Toronto terror cell, a 2007 Fort Dix attack plot, and the 2009 Fort Hood shooter.

If Diane Sawyer really wanted to show the objective side of good journalism in her report on Islam she could have addressed the real fears of many Americans who are aware of the involvement of so many mosques that recruit and incite Muslims to commit terrorism. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as objective journalism any more. The 20/20 show did present some valid questions from concerned Americans but they were all given candy-coated answers. Even the ever-diligent crusader Pamela Geller from Atlas Shrugs, who was interviewed for almost three hours by the 20/20 show was only shown making a few moments of concerned statements. Wikipedia has a wealth of information on the mosques, the clerics who work there and the funding behind them. It is no longer a secret that biased journalists like Diane Sawyer can keep hidden any more.

The Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia
Source Link: Wikipedia

Founded in 1982 by a group of mostly Arab university students, it is one of the first masjids to be established in Northern Virginia, near Washington, DC. It is also one of the area's largest and most influential mosques.

The Saudi-backed North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) purchased the mosque's grounds on June 19, 1983. The current building, on a 3.4 acre plot, was finished for $5 million in with financial help from the Saudi Embassy's Islamic Affairs Department.

Imams connected to the  Dar Al-Hijrah mosque

Mohammed al-Hanooti
The mosque's Imam from 1995–99 was Mohammed al-Hanooti, born in Haifa, British Mandate of Palestine. Al-Hanooti was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Anwar al-Awlaki
Anwar al-Awlaki was Imam at the mosque between January 2001 and April 2002. Fluent in English, known for giving eloquent talks on Islam, and with a mandate to attract young non-Arabic speakers, al-Awlaki "was the magic bullet," according to mosque spokesman Johari Abdul-Malik; "he had everything all in a box." "He had an allure. He was charming."

Anwar al-Awlaki has been accused of being a senior al-Qaeda recruiter and motivator linked to various terrorists, including three 9/11 hijackers, the accused Fort Hood shooter, and the accused Christmas Day 2009 bomber.

His sermons were attended by two of the 9/11 hijackers (Nawaf Al-Hazmi and Hani Hanjour; which the 9/11 Commission Report concluded "may not have been coincidental"), and by Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan.

Johari Abdul-Malik
Brooklyn-born convert-to-Islam Imam Johari Abdul-Malik has been the mosque's Director of Outreach since June 2002.

Abdul-Malik spoke up in 2003 in defense of Abdul Rahman al-Amoudi, founder of the American Muslim Council, who was indicted on charges of engaging in illegal financial transactions with Libya. However, in 2004 al-Amoudi pled guilty to financial and conspiracy charges, and was sentenced to 23 year in jail.

When Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, who worshiped and taught Islamic studies at Dar Al-Hijrah, for which he also was a camp counselor, was charged by U.S. prosecutors with plotting with members of al-Qaeda to assassinate President George W. Bush, Abdul-Malik said in February 2005: "Our whole community is under siege. They don't see this as a case of criminality. They see it as a civil rights case. As a frontal attack on their community." Abu Ali was convicted in 2005 of providing material support to the al-Qaeda terrorist network, and conspiracy to assassinate President Bush, and is serving a life sentence

Shaker Elsayed
Shaker Elsayed, a Shariah law scholar born in Cairo, Egypt, has been the resident imam at Dar Al-Hijrah since June 1, 2005. From 2000 through 2005 he was the Secretary General of the Muslim American Society.

Elsayed served as an unofficial spokesman for the family of Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, who had worshiped at Dar Al-Hijrah, and was charged with plotting to assassinate President Bush. Elsayed said the case against Abu Ali was based on a confession to Saudi authorities he termed "laughable," and Elsayed accused the Justice Department of unfairly targeting Abu Ali and other young Muslims for prosecution. Abu Ali was convicted, and sentenced to life in prison.

Board of Directors and Executive Committee

The  Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia has a 9-member board of directors that consists of the Secretary General of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the President of the Muslim Arab Youth Association (MAYA), the General Manager of the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT).

Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
Source Link: Wikipedia

ISNA was one of a number of Muslim groups investigated by US law enforcement for possible terrorist connections. In the 2007 Holy Land Foundation terrorist financing case, the United States Department of Justice named ISNA, along with Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the North American Islamic Trust, as an unindicted co-conspirator and one of a number of "entities who are and/or were members of the US Muslim Brotherhood." Court documents at the trial indicated that ISNA is "an integral part of the [Muslim] Brotherhood's efforts to wage jihad against America through non-violent means," wrote conservative Dallas Morning News columnist Rod Dreher.

ISNA has been suspended from endorsing Muslim chaplains assigned to federal prisons, pending an FBI investigation into ISNA's activities.

Muslim Arab Youth Association (MAYA).
Source Link: Wikipedia

In December 1994, about 5,000 people at an annual MAYA meeting were interrupted midway through the meeting by an announcement from the a speaker that a Palestinian had bombed a Jerusalem bus, killing himself and wounding 12 Israelis. "Allah Akhbar," roared the crowd, offering spontaneous praise.

The foundation denied it had ties to Hamas, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) disagreed. An internal memo revealed in 2001 said at a MAYA conference at a Los Angeles hotel in the mid-1990s, Sheik Muhammed Siyam, head of operations for the Hamas military wing, gave a keynote address. "Finish off the Israelis. Kill them all. Exterminate them. No peace ever," Siyam told the crowd.

After 9/11 the US government placed MAYA on its list of organizations to be investigated because they purportedly "finance terrorism or perpetuate violence". Federal prosecutors identified MAYA as part of the Muslim Brotherhood in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation terrorism trial.

North American Islamic Trust (NAIT).
Source Link: Wikipedia

The North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) is a Saudi-backed organization based in Plainfield, Indiana, that owns Islamic properties and promotes waqf (Islamic endowmenta) in North America. It is the financial arm of the Muslim Students Association.

NAIT finances and holds titles to mosques, Islamic schools, and other real estate to safeguard and pool the assets of the American Muslim community, develops financial vehicles and financial products that are compatible with both Shari'ah  and American law, publishes and distributes Islamic literature, provides legal advice to Muslim organizations, and facilitates and coordinates Islamic community projects.

In 2007, NAIT was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorist trial, as was board member Jamal Said.

NAIT offers waqf protection to properties of mosques, safeguards these community assets, and ensures their conformity to Islamic purposes. According to a report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), in 2000 NAIT funded an estimated 27% of the 1,209 mosques in the US. NAIT held title to over 320 properties as of June 2003. Title to about one in four mosques in the US are held by NAIT.

NAIT facilitates the establishment of mosques (such as the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center, the grounds of which were purchased on June 19, 1983, by NAIT) and Islamic schools by extending limited interest-free loans to needy communities from its investment venture called the Islamic Centers Cooperative Fund (ICCF). About 8% of this fund goes annually to support local communities acquiring and improving mosques. The remainder is placed in real estate and other investments.

The Islamic Academy of Florida in Hillsborough County, Florida, owned by NAIT and founded in 1992 by Sami Al-Arian, was described in a 2003 federal indictment as a base of operations and support for a terrorist cell of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a group said to be responsible for the murders of more than 100 people. The indictment said the Academy's offices were used to communicate with Islamic Jihad operatives, and a woman seeking to support the Palestinian cause was told simply to write a check to the Academy. On March 2, 2006, Al-Arian entered a guilty plea to a charge of conspiracy to help the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a "specially designated terrorist" organization. Al-Arian was sentenced to 57 months in prison, and ordered deported following his prison term.[

In August 2004 Mohammed M. Hossain and Yassin M. Aref, two leaders of a mosque owned by NAIT in Albany, were arrested in a sting operation on charges that they took part in what they thought was a plot to import a shoulder-fired missile and assassinate a Pakistani diplomat in New York City. They were convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2007.

Saudi Arabia has funded NAIT in order to spread Wahhabism, the radical fundamentalist Saudi Arabian version of Islam compatible with the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood that views other versions as heretical, in the US.  As NAIT has helped US communities build mosques, NAIT in turn has been dependent on Saudi funding. According to a September 30, 2002, Newsweek report, "NAIT money has helped the Saudi Arabian sect of Wahhabism—or Salafism, as the broader, pan-Islamic movement is called—to seize control of hundreds of mosques in the U.S. Muslim communities." US law enforcement officials have indicated that they feel the mosques supported by NAIT have especially radical agendas. Furthermore, NAIT's book service promotes the writings of the founder of Wahhabism, Muhammad ibn Abd-al-Wahhab.
There are numerous other web sites that keep track of Islamic activity across America. One web site in Ohio called Central Ohioans Against Terrorism has compiled a remarkable collection of documents, photos and videos of radical clerics operating in mosques throughout the state. It is surprising to read how many associated with these mosques have been deported for their terrorist activity but hardly a word gets into the news. Another excellent web site that explains the meaning of the passages in the Qur'an is The Religion of Peace. The information is out there and we don't need to rely on the slanted bias from the leftist mainstream news media.

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