Meet Tucson’s (terror-linked) Muslim diaspora

Amazing piece of propaganda from taxpayer funded Arizona Public Media (a member of PBS and NPR), titled Meet Tucson’s Muslim Diaspora. Video that wouldn’t embed available at the link. Not the first time AZPM’s Luis Carrion shilled for Islam in Tucson.

No mention that numerous former members of this very mosque have links to Hamas, Osama bin Laden, and helped create al Qaeda (links and detail below). No, it’s all about Islamophobia and ignorant American Islamophobes who are portraying Islam as a religion of terror – despite nearly 20,000 acts of Islamic terrorism since 9/11. Often killing or attempting to kill Americans.

Tucson, like many cities around the U.S., is home to a growing community of Muslims. The Islamic Center of Tucson is the main mosque in the city, and regularly attracts up to 700 people. Space during Friday Prayer is often at a premium, and people spill out of the main room into the entryway.

Maqsood Ahmad is chairman of the board of trustees for ICT. He points out that this mosque, built in 1990, is unique because it serves a very diverse community of Muslims. He says historically the Tucson Muslim community has been comprised mainly of students and professors at the University of Arizona, but recently there has been a large influx of refugees from North Africa and Afghanistan.

Imam Watheq Al-Obaidi is the leader of this diverse congregation, and he says he left his role as Imam of the Abu Hanifa Mosque, one of the largest in Baghdad, when he and his family became the victims of terrorism.

“Because I was openly condemning terrorism and al-Qaeda,” he says, “my house was bombed, leaving seven of my family members dead. I lost several of my dearly beloved siblings, nephews, and nieces.”

Not a woman in site

Imam Watheq says his experience with terrorism has helped shape him as a spiritual leader, and he points out that although people here have many different backgrounds, he strives to treat all members of this diverse Muslim community equally regardless of origin or race.

“Everybody here is equal, and I represent them,” he says. “I guide them to the path of truth, rectitude, friendliness, love, and solidarity.”

Muslim-Americans say misconceptions exist about Islam, and erroneous depictions in the media can exacerbate tension within communities.

Maha Nassar is a professor of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona, as well as a member of the Islamic Center of Tucson.

She teaches a history course on Islamic thought, and she says the number of students enrolled has increased steadily in recent years. She says students recognize they are not getting accurate depictions of Muslims in the media, and seek out opportunities to learn about Islam.

Back in 2004 or so, the Arizona Daily Star ran a piece entitled, ” How Southern Arizona became home base for terror,” which is no longer available on their site but linked here as a backup.

Southern Arizona became the home to numerous radical Islamists in the early 1980s when they moved here and began raising money for Afghan freedom fighters, some experts say.

Their anger and fund-raising efforts were redirected against the United States after America ended its financial and political efforts in Afghanistan as the Cold War with the Soviet Union began to thaw.

People such as Wadi el-Hage, a personal assistant to Osama bin Laden who raised money in Tucson for the Afghan effort, did not cease raising cash because the United States withdrew its support of the Afghan mujahedeen, or holy warriors, said Harry Ellen, a Phoenix businessman and an FBI informant in the 1990s.

“That helped radicalize them not only for their cause but against us, too,” said Ellen, who met el-Hage several times. “We became a host that slapped their guest.”

El-Hage is now in federal prison for life after his conviction for conspiring to bomb two U.S. embassies in Africa.

With the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the U.S. government took notice of the radical leanings held by some Arizona Muslims.

A joint FBI-CIA analysis titled, “Arizona: Long Range Nexus for Islamic Extremists,” likely explores the history of Tucson’s rise to prominence among Muslim radicals but remains classified. Its existence was revealed in the bipartisan 9/11 commission’s final report released Thursday.

That leaves others to explore the reasons why Tucson and Arizona became a destination for Islamic fundamentalists.

…Tucson and the Phoenix area have been home to numerous al-Qaida operatives, including:

● Hani Hanjour, who attended the UA and a flight school in the Phoenix area before piloting American Airlines 77 into the Pentagon on Sept. 11.

● Mubarak al Duri, who lived in Tucson and, according to the 9/11 commission’s report, served as bin Laden’s principal procurement agent for weapons of mass destruction.

Wa’el Jelaidan, who was president of the Tucson Islamic Center in 1984-’85 and helped found al-Qaida later that decade.

Most known or suspected terrorists seem to have been drawn to Tucson and Arizona by two lures – the availability of flight schools and student visas, said David D. Van Fleet, a professor and terrorism expert in the School of Management at Arizona State University.

He said that may also explain why fund-raising organizations linked to bin Laden branched into certain U.S. cities with “little clusters” of Muslim extremists. The 9/11 commission reported that the al Khifa organization, which had branches in Tucson, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh and New York City, recruited American Muslims to fight in Afghanistan – including some who later took part in terrorist actions in the United States and against U.S. embassies in East Africa.

More from Discover the Networks, Flying imam linked to Hamas, bin Laden:

One of six Muslim imams pulled from a US Airways flight in Minneapolis last night by federal authorities is affiliated with a Hamas-linked organization and acknowledged a connection to Osama bin Laden in the 1990s.

Omar Shahin, who served as a spokesman for the clerics, is a representative of the Kind Hearts Organization, which had its assets frozen by the U.S. Treasury pending an investigation, notes Islam scholar Robert Spencer on his weblog JihadWatch

Treasury spokesman Stuart Levey in February said KindHearts “is the progeny of Holy Land Foundation and Global Relief Foundation, which attempted to mask their support for terrorism behind the façade of charitable giving.”

Shahin, identifed as being with the Tucson Islamic Center, said members of his mosque may have helped bin Laden in the early 1990s when the al-Qaida leader was fighting against the Russians.

Like many mosques in the U.S., the Tucson Islamic Center was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Muslim Students Association (MSA) – and we know that is an organization that pledges to die for Islam (video).

Your taxpayer funds don’t cover investigative reporting, just promotion of Islam.

More:

The Investigative Project on Terrorism: Islamic Center of Tucson

Between 1985 and 1993 the Islamic Center of Tucson (ICT) is alleged to have served as the de-facto Al-Qaeda headquarters in the United States.

Logan’s Warning – ICT linked to unindicted co-conspirators CAIR and ISNA

17 thoughts on “Meet Tucson’s (terror-linked) Muslim diaspora

  1. Close the PEST HOLE up. Stop all immagration from MUSLIM COUNTRIES and shut down all MUSLIM SCHOOLS started by SAUDI ARABIA who teach and preach HATE AMERICA. LOCK and LOAD.

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  3. Why would a SANE government issue “student visas” to young, Muslims? Hmmm? Why?
    Oh ya, sorry – forgot – our “politically correct” government is devoid of sanity or any common sense.

    • Why indeed. Those muslims can study about their islam or whatever they copied or translated from the west in their own horrible predominantly islamic countries. But still one never get any fair analysis from those muslims who only want to domnate unpleasantly with their inferiority.

  4. TUCSON is close to;MEXICAN BORDER.EL PASO is close to ;MEXICAN BORDER;JIHAD is close to ;MEXICAN BORDER.THE BORDER PATROL IS CLOSE TO ;MEXICAN BORDER.The BORDER PATROL is THE DOOR OPENER TO TUCSON AND EL PASO……..BUENO VISTA DIABLO;666 HOMBRES

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  7. 9/11 was an inside job. “Terrorist” did not attack the United States WTC nor did they attack WTC BLDG. #7 that miraculously fell just a few hours after the main buildings fell.

    Here is a small list of the main facts that prove this was an inside job:

    1. BYU’s explosive department found Thermite Plasma
    2. President Bush tried to declare war before we were attacked
    3. Larry Silverstein co-owner of the WTC’s and WTC BLDG 7
    4. Insurance was raised on these BLDG’s weeks before the attack
    5. NORAD’s involvement in 9/11 sending fighter jets on training
    6. The murder of top key witnesses:

    Barry Jennings

    Witnessed Event: Collapse of the Twin Towers

    On the morning of September 11, 2001, Barry Jennings, who was a housing authority official in New York City, was near the World Trade Center Towers when they were attacked. Following the incident Barry reported to the city’s command center, which was located on the 23rd floor of the 7 World Trade Center structure. After reaching the office, Jennings and a man named Michael Hess realized that the room was completely empty. In an interview taped for the Loose Change film series, Jennings discussed the moment. “There was steaming coffee and sandwiches on the tables. It seemed that the room had recently been vacated.”

    After getting word to evacuate, Jennings and Hess started to move down the staircase of 7 WTC. When the pair reached the 6th floor they were hit by a large explosion. The stairs underneath the men gave way and they were forced to climb over rubble to reach the 8th floor. While on the 8th floor Barry Jennings reported the sound of multiple loud explosions from below. Jennings and Hess were eventually saved by a collection of New York City firefighters and taken to an area called the “lobby.” The area was completely obliterated. While traveling through the lobby, Barry Jennings commented on dead bodies.

    “And the firefighter who took us down kept saying, “Do not look down.” I kept saying, “Why?” We were stepping over people. And you know when you can feel when you are stepping over people.”

    At 5:21 on the evening of September 11, 2001, the 7 World Trade Center building suffered a complete failure. The official cause of the collapse was due to damage sustained when the nearby North Tower of the WTC collapsed. The debris ignited fires, which continued to burn throughout the afternoon. The building’s internal fire suppression system lacked water pressure to fight the fires, and the building collapsed. The destruction of 7 WTC is a controversial subject among conspiracy theorists. Along with the Twin Towers, 7 WTC was the first steel building to experience a complete failure due to fire. The structure didn’t crumble as you might expect from fire damage. Instead it fell in an absolute free-fall (about 8 seconds).

    Barry Jennings finished his interview for Loose Change by saying “I’m just confused about one thing, why World Trade Center 7 went down in the first place – I’m very confused about that – I know what I heard, I heard explosions.” Barry Jennings challenged the official 9/11 report. He said that while in the building he heard multiple explosions and witnessed damage not caused by fire. For this reason, many people found the testimony of Jennings contradictory to the official story of what happened on 9/11. Barry Jennings died on August 19, 2008, from an unknown cause. He passed away only a couple days before a report was to be released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) on the collapse of 7 WTC.

    David Kelly

    Witnessed Event: Biological Warfare Research in Iraq

    David Kelly was a British scientist and expert on biological warfare. He was employed by the British Ministry of Defense, and served as a United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq. The Iraq War began on March 20, 2003. After the end of the initial ground attack, David Kelly was involved with a team attempting to find any trace of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

    After analyzing photographs of two alleged mobile weapons laboratories in Iraq, Kelly was unhappy with the presented results. In response, he organized an interview with The Observer. On June 15, 2003, the newspaper published an article using Kelly as a confidential source. It said that “a British scientist and biological weapons expert who examined the trailers in Iraq said they are not mobile germ warfare laboratories. You could not use them for making biological weapons. They do not even look like them. They are exactly what the Iraqis said they were. Facilities for the production of hydrogen gas to fill balloons.”

    On May 22, 2003, David Kelly met with Andrew Gilligan, a BBC journalist. A few weeks later, using information provided by Kelly, Gilligan published a series of articles about the British government’s dossier on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. He said that the government had “sexed up” the military capabilities of Iraq in order to bolster the argument for going to war with the country. Gilligan quoted his source, David Kelly, as identifying Alastair Campbell, the former Prime Minister’s Director of Communications and Strategy, as being responsible for the suppressions. He suggested that the claim that Iraq was able to deploy biological weapons within 45 minutes was false.

    On July 15, 2003, David Kelly was called before the parliamentary foreign affairs select committee. He was questioned aggressively about his actions. Two days later, on July 17, David Kelly went missing near his home in Oxfordshire. His body was discovered in area of woodlands known as Harrowdown Hill, about a mile away from his home. David Kelly had ingested up to 29 tablets of painkillers. He also slashed his left wrist with a knife. After an investigation, Kelly’s death was ruled a suicide. Since that time, a collection of medical experts have raised concerns over his cause of death.

    Doctors have argued that the autopsy finding of a transected ulnar artery could not have caused a degree of blood loss that would kill someone, particularly when outside in the cold. In December 2010, The Times reported that Dr. Kelly had a rare abnormality in his arteries which could have contributed to his death. On December 5, 2009, six doctors began legal action to demand a formal inquest into the death of David Kelly, saying there was “insufficient evidence to prove beyond reasonable doubt he killed himself.” In January 2010, it was disclosed that Lord Hutton had requested that all files relating to his postmortem remain secret for 70 years. Hutton explained that he had done so to protect David Kelly’s wife and daughters from the distress of further media reports.

    And my personal favorite:

    • Muslims didn’t carry out 9/11 for sure but that doesn’t make them an innocent people or religion just look at the mess they are causing in Europe at this very moment its ignorant to imply they are a peaceful people when they are the minority they act peaceful there not stupid but when they gain numbers they will attack in ruthless fashion like I said look at Europe in 20-30 years every they will be a majority in most European countries and they have already passed sharia law in the UK these people must be stopped and sent back to their Muslim lands and fight for their homes the same way we will have to fight them for our homes

    • Their prophet teaches that having multiple wife’s is okay and if they do not wear the traditional clothing for Muslim women that they are whores and it is okay to rape them for seducing and tempting Muslim men and they are commanded by their God to subjugate and terrorize the infidels (non-believers)

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