by Jerry Gordon
A media event occurred at Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International Airport this afternoon. Two teenage boys, Noor and Maboob Kahn, who had spent four years illegally, at a Deobandi Madrassa in Karachi arrived back in America. We posted on this story when Texas Congressman, Michael McCaul (R-10th District) dramatically met with Pakistan President Musharraf and the new civilian government and requested that these boys be released from the extremist Jamia Binoria (JB) madrassa. The BJ headmaster Mufti Muhammed Naeem came to the US under an H-1-visa as a 'clergyman' to recruit more than 80 Americans to become indoctrinated in Taliban fundamentalism. The Kahn boys were sent by their father to BJ in late 2004. Thus, began a four year saga.
The person most responsible for the return of the Kahn boys is Imran Raza, the director and executive producer of the documentary, "Karachi Kids". The film was shown in mid-June to the Anti-Terror Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives headed by US. Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), author of the "Wake Up America" agenda directed at curbing the threat of Islamic radicalism in this country. Raza, a talented musician, poet and filmmaker, is a graduate of the famed University of Southern California Film School. He was in London on July 7, 2005, doing a shoot for the BBC when the subway/bus terrorist attack occurred. When he found out that several of the 7/7 perpetrators were British born graduates of Pakistani Madrassas he went on a mission there to learn more. While filming at BJ, he chanced upon the Kahn boys who indicated that they wanted to return home to the US.
The film he created "Karachi Kids" depicts the transformation of these American youngsters into Taliban 'robots'. While at BJ Raza found 78 other American Muslim teens, whom Mufti Naeem had recruited. In the film, "Karachi Kids", he interviews the Mufti and these American Madrassa students. The common thread among them is that they reject that Islamic terrorism was responsible for 9/11, instead blaming it on Jews and the US government, which they contend engages in terrorism. More than 600 other American Muslim children have been 'processed' in extremist Deobandi Mosques in Pakistan. Raza told me that there are over 20,000 madrassas in Pakistan with students from all over the Muslim ummah.
Raza had these comments today after the Kahn boys arrived back in Atlanta:
I am grateful for the safe return of the two American children from Atlanta from a Taliban- backed madrassa but the mullah claims to have up to 78 more in his institution. The headmaster comes to the United States once a year and personally recruits American children to enroll in his madrassa.
The remaining 78 children must be returned to the United States. This pipeline to jihad must be closed.
Let me be clear - these children do not learn math, or science, or liberal arts. They learn one thing - they memorize over the course of seven years every verse of the Koran coupled with the radical interpretation of their teachers.
This is just the first step in integrating these children back to American society. I am proud we did our part so we could say 'Welcome Home."
It is imperative that Members of Congress and the State Department undertake an accounting of just how many Americans are in the other 20,000 madrassas in Pakistan. Hundreds remain behind.
When I spoke with Raza his concern about the Kahn boys was how would they be re-integrated into our American society. He noted that they were returning to a father who had sent them to BJ. Further, he said, 'it would probably cost the US government more to 'monitor them' than 'deprogramming' and 'reintegrating them". But there is no federal government assistance available to accomplish this.
Watch a trailer to the film "Karachi Kids", here.
Imran Raza can be seen on the "Geraldo Rivera at Large" program on FoxNews Cable TV on Sunday, July 12th at 8 and 11PM EDST. Check you local listings for viewing times.