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Message found in pocket of arrested Lodi Al Qaeda 'sleeper' Hamid Hayat read ;" Lord- let us be at their throats "

Ten arrests in Lodi case with more expected
July 10, 2005

Lodi al-Qaeda Sleeper Cell Investigation Grows - "Lord Let Us Be At Their Throats"

July 9, 2005 - Lodi, CA - PipeLineNews - The investigation into the Lodi, California terrorist sleeper cell is growing, making the total number under the spotlight 10 as we go to press.

The FBI has broadened its investigating to include another 6 area Muslims as it works its way through the evidence already seized in the dragnet. It is thought that these individuals might also be connected with Pakistani terror training camps.

Because of the volume of evidence developed so far, and the need to thoroughly search government databases for additional information, the prosecution is asking that the scheduled August 28 start of the trial be postponed.

Of increasing importance and indicating intent, is a note that Federal investigators removed from Hamid Hayat's wallet upon his arrest.

The chilling message reads - "Lord let us be at their throats, and we ask you to give refuge from their evil." The note was written in Arabic.

Hamid Hayat's attorney - Wazhma Mojaddadi - interpreted the note as "a prayer you say when you're afraid for your safety, and just carrying it with you is supposed to make you feel protected." Hayat's attorney added that it "has absolutely nothing to do with the United States."

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Lodi, California Series Part I - Why Pakistan?

June 16, 2005 - Lodi, CA - PipeLineNews - Although Osama bin-Laden formed al-Qaeda in 1988 during the Russian occupation of Afghanistan, possibly of more immediate concern with regard to understanding the events as they unfold in Lodi is The International Islamic Front for Holy War Against Jews and Crusaders [IIF] which bin-Laden founded in February of 1998 as a world-wide confederation of terror groups.

The IIF immediately issued the following fatwa against the United States, the now infamous declaration of war:

"The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies, civilians, and the military, is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate al-Aqsa Mosque and the Holy Mosque from their grip and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated, and unable to threaten any Muslim. This is in accordance with the words of Almighty God, and 'fight the pagans all together as they fight you all together,' and 'fight them until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in God."

In Pakistan, five groups have been associated with the IIF:

  • The Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami [HUJI]
  • The Harkat-ul-Muhahadeen [HUM] formerly the [HAA]
  • The Jaish-e-Mohammad [JEM]
  • The he Lashkar-e-Toiba [LET]
  • The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi [LEJ]
  • According to Umer Hayat's statement in the initial FBI complaint, the one that seemed to vanish:

    "The madrassah was operated by Hamid Hayat's grandfather, and Umer Hayat's father-in-law, Qazi Saeed Ur Rehman. According to Umer Hayat, Qazi Saeed Ur Rehman sends the students from this madrassah to jihadi training camps in Pakistan. After completing his education at the madrassah, Hamid Hayat went to the Tamal training camp near Rawalpindi, Pakistan, which is operated by Maulana Fazlur Rehman. Umer Hayat stated that Maulana Fazlur Rehman is a close personal friend of Saeed Ur Rehman, Umer Hayat's father-in-law."

    This means that it was Hamid Hayat's maternal grandfather - Qazi Saeed Ur Rehman - who ran the madrassa [an Islamist religious school].

    The statement then describes a process that sees likely prospects from the madrassa then being shuttled to the terror camp, for a little post-graduate work. While the FBI complaint used the word al-Qaeda referring to the camp, we refrain from doing that here because of the nature of the Pakistani Islamist terror network, and the nature of those implicated in Islamic terror in general, who tend not to tell the truth.

    More common than merely outright lying, under interrogation these types tend to spin tales woven in and around enough facts to make them believable but ultimately deceptive.

    This is a substantial problem for the FBI and Western investigators in general because the culture from which the threat comes is alien, additionally as far as the Federal government is concerned there are always countervailing issues - diplomatic - upon which must be carefully trod. Such considerations might be the explanation for the hastily pulled first complaint.

    Several news sources, including the LA Times, have pointed out that the presence of a true al-Qaeda training camp near Rawalpindi [Tamal it is alleged], Pakistan is unlikely because that city is the headquarters of Pakistan's military and having one of bin-Laden's bases so close would present rather spectacular public relations problems for President Musharaff who is torn between acting like an ally of the United States and remaining alive.

    In the court document, the man allegedly running the camp that Hamad Hayat is said to have attended is Maulana Fazlur Rehman. It goes on to describe him as a close personal friend of Hamad's grandfather, but that seems to ignore the fact that both of their last names are Rehman which would indicate that they would have been family, not just good friends and would therefore probably not refer to each other in that manner.

    It would be much more likely - if the name of the camp operator is phonetically correct - that the camp operator might be Maulana Fazlur Rahman Khalil.

    According to our Asian correspondent, to whom we are deeply indebted for information about the Pakistani terror network:

    "Of these, the HUM, which now has an international wing called HUM - Al Alami, is a founding member of the IIF. Its then Amir, Maulana Fazlur Rahman Khalil...was a co-signatory of bin Laden's first fatwa against the US ...HUM is the most virulent anti-US organisation, which has sleeper cells in the black Muslim and Pakistani communities in the US since the early 1990s. It had been calling for attacks on US nationals and interests all over the world even before bin Laden moved to Afghanistan from the Sudan in 1996.The HUM has not only been involved in acts of jihadi terrorism in India 's Jammu & Kashmir, but has also been assisting for many years the jihadi terrorist groups of southern Philippines , particularly the Abu Sayyaf, Myanmar (the Rohingyas), Tajikistan and Chechnya. Its cadres had infiltrated into Iraq before the US-led invasion of that country in 2003." - B. Raman, SAAG

    So the thrust of the information found in the first FBI complaint might have been correct - that the Hamat's relative's madrassa indeed did serve as a recruiting school for a more substantial al-Qaeda training effort - though if it was near Rawalpindi it would have had to have been rather limited in size and scope.

    On the other hand it might have easily been a camp run by others - possibly even non al-Qaeda - but with the same intent, something not hard to imagine given Pakistan's virulent Islamist environment.

    At this point, because the substantial charges which no-doubt are coming against the Hayats have not yet been filed, the above remains speculation, but it is based upon a certain logic that might reasonably explain the presence of Pakistani sleeper cells in a bucolic Northern California community.

    Unfortunately it also underlines the insidious nature of Islamic terror and the great lengths they are willing to go in attacking the heart of Shaitan [Satan], here in America.

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    Lodi, California Series Part II - Bad Faith Exchange With Islam

    By William A. Mayer & Beila Rabinowitz

    June 27, 2005 San Francisco, CA PipeLineNews - On March 24, 2002 six religious leaders signed a Declaration of Peace in Lodi, California.

    That declaration read in part:

    "We are six people gathered for a common purpose. Among us are a Jewish Rabbi, a Christian Minister, a Muslim Imam, and a believer from each faith. We acknowledge that fanatics and extremists have, throughout history, committed acts of terror and inhumanity against us all. Together, we repudiate these acts, and declare then to be contrary to our Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths."

    Although the full import of the Lodi, California terror related prosecutions is yet to be determined, at least two of the signatories on that document - who seem to have been exploited by members of the tainted Lodi Mosque and Farooqia Islamic Center - are in full and total denial.

    To the contrary, they are seeking more of the same, as their correspondence with PipeLineNews indicates:

    Rabbi Jason Gwasdoff, of Temple Israel, Stockton.

    "I do not feel that I was taken advantage of in any way. I think the sentiments expressed in the declaration of peace were sincerely held by everyone who signed it. I do not assume the Imams are guilty of anything, and have yet to hear anything that would convince me otherwise. They are being held on immigration charges, and truthfully, if it weren't for the investigation of the Hayats I doubt they would be in jail today.

    I think it is very important that we continue the interfaith dialogue with the Muslim community. We have much to learn about each other, and I have found that by talking and establishing relationships we dispel a lot of ignorance, and build important bridges."

    Pastor Norm Mowrey, formerly of First United Methodist Church, Lodi.

    "I feel very positive about the Muslim Community in Lodi. It was wonderful journey with Jewish, Muslim and Christian friends that bought about the Declaration of Peace. That journey continues. We reject violence and terrorism now even more than before. If ever we needed to support each other it is now. I pray for my Muslim brothers and sisters in Lodi. I absolutely do not feel like I was taken advantage of in any way. Interfaith dialogue must continue. I am working here on the Monterey Peninsula to bring together Muslims, Christians (both Protestants and Catholics) and Jews. The journey will continue. We need to walk with each other during this most difficult time. This experience only points up the need for continuing understanding, trust, and friendship."

    We have little doubt that Pastor Mowrey and Rabbi Gwasdoff are sincere in seeking some sort of common ground with representatives of Islam. We have written extensively on the dangers of multiculturalism, of which Christian-Muslim interfaith dialogue is a component, and see no reason to revisit the broad outlines of that subject here.

    How Multiculturalism Kills And Why You Should CAIR - Part I

    How Multiculturalism Kills And Why You Should CAIR, Part II - Patterns Of Deception

    But this case once again proves that dialogue is not a two way street when it comes to Islam and that - good intentions aside - most Christian and Jewish clerics are poorly equipped and of an entirely too trusting nature to knowledgeably navigate that path.

    These gentle souls do not seem to be aware of expansionist nature that Islam has demonstrated from its inception and the discriminatory manner in which religious minorities are dealt with in Muslim societies - there is an entire branch of Sharia or Islamic law which details how the Majority Islamic culture deals with non-Muslim conquered populations and their status as second class citizens [Dhimmitude].

    And then there are the unique Islamic practices such as "takiyya", which is religiously-sanctioned deception to protect or promote Islam, which has its roots in the Koran and experiences of Mohammad himself.

    Imam Abu Hammid Ghazali says: "Speaking is a means to achieve objectives. If a praiseworthy aim is attainable through both telling the truth and lying, it is unlawful to accomplish through lying because there is no need for it. When it is possible to achieve such an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible." - Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri, The Reliance of the Traveler, translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller, Amana publications, 1997, page 745, Al-Ghazali is a famous and well-respected Muslim theologian.

    To put it indelicately, these Rabbis and Christian leaders simply have no understanding of - or possibly stomach for - who they may very well be dealing with and that, from our vantage point at least, the notable push by Muslims for interfaith exchange is really a self-centered quest for undeserved legitimacy and a media friendly image of moderation, which is exactly what widely publicized signings of peace declarations are.

    In visiting the Farooqia Center's website a skeptical party would have noticed that one of their 2002 fundraisers featured Imam Siraj Wahaj as a speaker.

    Farooqia Islamic Center

    Any internet search for Siraj Wahaj would reveal that he was listed by US Attorney Mary Jo White in 1995 as a potential co-conspirator in United States versus Omar Ahmad Ali Abdel Rahman, aka the Blind Sheikh who masterminded the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

    Pastor Mowrey should have been especially aware of the presence of Wahaj, because he attended the event.

    This same fundraiser featured Imam Abdul Malik from Oakland, who has offered public support for Palestinian suicide bombers. Size, vitriol of anti-Zionist rally surprises SFSU Jews

    "Jewish students at San Francisco State University were quietly commemorating Yom HaShoah on Tuesday when they were blindsided by a loud and well-attended pro-Palestinian rally on Malcolm X Plaza in which speakers justified suicide bombings, downplayed the Holocaust and claimed Americans "worship Zionists." Hillel students reported that speaker Imam Abdul Malik Ali, a spiritual leader at Oakland's Masjid Al-Islam mosque, urged the crowd of roughly 500 to 800 to "stop calling them suicide bombers. When a person commits suicide, they are oppressed, without hope, depressed. Palestinian mothers are supporting their children who are suicide bombers, saying, 'Go honey, go!'" The Muslim religious leader and SFSU graduate also was quoted by both the school newspaper and Hillel students as calling for a right of return for Palestinians, saying that Israelis ought to return "to Germany, to Poland to Russia. The Germans should hook y'all up. You should go back to Germany."

    The Farooqia website contains various links to immoderate Islamist pressure groups [ICNA & ISNA] as well as a link to the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs the world's leading force behind Wahhabism [radical Islam] - the following from the Saudi Site: Al-Jihad - The superiority of Jihad and Moslem warriors (Mujahideen), Judgment concerning Jihad ...

    All of the above could have been revealed with a small amount of due diligence, unfortunately those signing this ridiculous declaration chose to simply believe, because it's the politic thing to do.

    Now that five members of the Lodi Muslim community have been arrested, the links back to Pakistani radicalism become even clearer.

    According to Husain Haqqani a noted expert on radical Islam and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Imam Adil Khan's father - Salimullah Khan - runs a radical Islamic school - Jamia Farooqia University - in Karachi, Pakistan.

    Haqqani also states that the elder Khan is a close associate of Fazlur Rehman Khalil.

    Khalil, as noted in our first piece Why Pakistan? heads a Pakistani Islamist group [HUM] that signed on to bin-Laden's 1998 "Declaration of War" against the United States.

    Despite attempts to brush aside [by people such as Sacramento CAIR spokesman Basim Elkarra who claimed - and who has so far failed to substantiate - that the FBI was on a "witch hunt" in Lodi] the charges against those so far arrested as "technical", a cursory look at the people, their statements, associations and public record points in another direction, one far more sinister.

    We list the charges against the Imams and the applicable laws for you below:

    Mohammad Adil Khan:
    237(a)(1)(A) -- Inadmissible Alien
    237(a)(1)(C)(i) -- Nonimmigant Violator of Status or Condition of Entry
    212(a)(6)(C)(i) -- Fraud/Misrepresentation to procure a visa, documentation, or admission to the U.S.

    Shabbir Ahmed:
    237(a)(1)(B) -- In U.S. in Violation of INA

    Mohammad Hassan Adil:
    237(a)(1)(B) -- In U.S. in Violation of INA

    Applicable codes:

    237(a)(1)(A) -- Inadmissible Alien

    237 - GENERAL CLASSES OF DEPORTABLE ALIENS

    Classes of Deportable Aliens.-Any alien (including an alien crewman) in and admitted to the United States shall, upon the order of the Attorney General, be removed if the alien is within one or more of the following classes of deportable aliens:

    (1) Inadmissible at time of entry or of adjustment of status or violates status.-

    (A) Inadmissible aliens.-Any alien who at the time of entry or adjustment of status was within one or more of the classes of aliens inadmissible by the law existing at such time is deportable.

    237(a)(1)(B) -- In U.S. in Violation of INA

    (1) Inadmissible at time of entry or of adjustment of status or violates status.-

    B) 2/ Present in violation of law.-Any alien who is present in the United States in violation of this Act or any other law of the 2b/ United States, or whose nonimmigrant visa (or other documentation authorizing admission into the United States as a nonimmigrant) has been revoked under section 221(i), is deportable.

    237(a)(1)(C)(i) -- Nonimmigant Violator of Status or Condition of Entry

    (C) Violated nonimmigrant status or condition of entry.-

    (i) Nonimmigrant status violators.-Any alien who was admitted as a nonimmigrant and who has failed to maintain the nonimmigrant status in which the alien was admitted or to which it was changed under section 248, or to comply with the conditions of any such status, is deportable.

    212(a)(6)(C)(i) -- Fraud/Misrepresentation to procure a visa, documentation, or admission to the U.S.

    ACT 212 - GENERAL CLASSES OF ALIENS INELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE VISAS AND INELIGIBLE FOR ADMISSION; WAIVERS OF INADMISSIBILLITY

    (a) Classes of Aliens Ineligible for Visas or Admission.-Except as otherwise provided in this Act, aliens who are inadmissible under the following paragraphs are ineligible to receive visas and ineligible to be admitted to the United States:

    (C)Misrepresentation.-

    (i) In general.-Any alien who, by fraud or willfully misrepresenting a material fact, seeks to procure (or has sought to procure or has procured) a visa, other documentation, or admission into the United States or other benefit provided under this Act is inadmissible.

    When you add to the charges already lodged against the Imams, the allegations of participation in Pakistani jihad schools by the Hayats who are, after all members of Imam Khan's and Ahmed's "flock," the serious nature of this affair should become clear, even to those who are of a trusting nature.

    What does this say about interfaith sharing and dialogue with the Muslim community?

    In our opinion it counsels extreme caution.

    Society's multicultural blinders dictate that all religions are morally equal, yet this not so.

    "Interfaith" has no validity within Islam, it is totally a construct of the Western mind. This activity that Jews and Christians look at as faith sharing - exploration, giving and taking - is seen by Muslims in an entirely different light.

    They see it as Da'wa [i.e. activity leading to conversion to Islam] which is part of a Muslim's religious duty. The process is not an exchange, it works only one way. Muslims who convert to other religions face very harsh sentences for apostasy.

    Muslims even refer to interfaith as "jihad of the tongue."

    Sheik Yusuf Qaradawi, a leading cleric has stated that - "...eventually Islam will prevail over all other religions and a single Islamic state will rule the world." He goes on to say that some countries will fall to the armed Islamic jihad, but in others, such as the United States, victory will come through Da'wa - "We will conquer Europe, we will conquer America! Not through [the] sword, but through Da'wa."

    In the United States it is often the foreign funded Islamist pressure groups [which push interfaith dialogue while at the same time accusing Americans of religious bigotry against Muslims] who find themselves in the unenviable position of having their leaders outed as terrorists.

    Such is the case with the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR], who has had three leaders convicted on terror related charges.

    CAIR's terrorist connections:

    Ghassan Elashi, founding board member of CAIR's Texas chapter and businessman convicted of terrorism-related charges on April 14, 2005. According to AP "Ghassan and Bayan Elashi and their company were found guilty of all 21 federal counts they faced: conspiracy, money laundering and dealing in property of a terrorist...The brothers, all born in the Middle East, were convicted the same day jurors began deliberating, after nearly two weeks of testimony, and are to be sentenced Aug. 1. Prosecutors said each count carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence."

    Randall Todd "Ismail" Royer, a former communications & civil rights specialist for CAIR, according to AP "Royer...admitted helping members of the conspiracy join the militant Pakistani group Lashkar-e-Taiba in the days after the Sept. 11 attacks. He pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting use of a firearm in a crime of violence and aiding and abetting the carrying of an explosive during commission of a felony. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison."

    Bassem Khafagi former director of Community Relation for CAIR, plead guilty to bank and visa and has been deported to Egypt. According to Fox News, "The FBI said Khafagi is a founding member of the Islamic Assembly of North America, a charity that purports to promote Islam...Federal investigators said Islamic Assembly has funneled money to activities supporting terrorism and has published material advocating suicide attacks on the United States."

    Given the above, it may or may not strike some as an extreme position, but we are at this point unconvinced that any widespread faith sharing between the two true Abrahamic faiths - Judaism and Christianity - with Islam, is either warranted or desirable absent any degree of certitude that it is not being sought for ulterior motives.

    In the final analysis we feel that erring on the side of caution is by far the wisest course of action.

    It is not prejudicial in the pejorative sense to observe the nearly unanimous religious affiliation of the terrorists and that Mosques seeking outreach to Jews and Christians are at the same time harboring extremists. In the real world that certainly has to count for something and the actions that we have observed so far by those feigning moderation have not convinced us otherwise.

    This does not countenance violence or religious bigotry, it is merely common sense.

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