CHARLOTTE, NC, January 9, 2018.: From al-Qaeda to ISIS to a terror-linked Islamist cult known as the Muslims of America (MOA), Islamic extremism continues to grow. Only this time the source of an ongoing Department of Justice investigation is in North America.
For some Muslims, America is known for its "Islamic villages" which individually carry out various tasks. These include fundraising and military training. Both are seen as important to successfully achieving Islamist goals in the United States and Canada.
Previously known as Jamaal ul-Fuqra in the 1970s through the early 1990s, MOA is responsible for a series of terror attacks in the U.S.
Today, MOA claims to have 22 "villages" scattered throughout the same number of states, some of which are being used for military training.
MOA Islamic Villages in America
Of particular interest to the government is the headquarters known as "Islamberg" in Hancock, New York.
Other "villages" getting considerable scrutiny are: "Ahmadabad West" and "Ahmadabad East" in Red House and Meherrin, Virginia. "Islamville" in York County, South Carolina. "Hassanville" in Ontario, Canada, the "village" in Dover, Tennessee and another in the state of Washington.
The "Clarion Project", a non-profit organization dedicated to creating awareness of the growth of Islamic extremism, obtained a series of documents produced between 2002 and 2004 that have confirmed the concerns about MOA and its practices are valid.
Each MOA location is said to have individuals involved in scams which include worker's compensation, credit cards, insurance and illegal purchases of firearms that are both semi-automatic and fully automatic. These fundraising operations then funnel money either to "Islamberg" in New York and/or to Lahore, Pakistan.
MOA is International
According to the documents, "MOA members from all compounds travel to Pakistan for both religious education as well as military-style training and operational experience fighting in the Kashmir region of Pakistan." Also on the travel "watch list" is traffic to and from Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.
The "Clarion Project" notes that the declassified Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) documents show extensive MOA activity in Virginia's compounds, which are especially secretive. In 2004, for example, fire and power officials were denied access to the grounds for several days following a major hurricane that swept through the region.
MOA in Central Virginia
In another instance, the Virginia State Police had information showing the MOA was interested in harming state law enforcement officers if they presented any threat to MOA operations in central Virginia.
Activity at the Virginia compounds includes paramilitary training of women similar to that of videotaped training programs for woman at "Islamberg" in 2002.
Particularly frightening is the idea that many MOA members allegedly have U.S. military backgrounds. Investigators are especially concerned about the Naval Air Stations LeMoore and Fort Irwin in California. At least two long-time members of the terror group are known to have infiltrated these bases.
Another concern centers around an MOA-owned cab company that may have access to U.S. military facilities.
As the "Clarion Project" points out, "Government documents are only released after they have aged. Those who contend that MOA poses no threat point to a gap in time between an incriminating investigatory file and the time of publication. However, the U.S. government's private assessments of MOA since the 70's have been consistent."
"Clarion Project" has a website on the "Fuqra Files" that offers a comprehensive source of information about MOA/Fuqra.
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