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August 27, 2008
Terrorism Financing Is Still Big Business Even If Terrorist Attacks Sometimes Are Carried Out on the Cheap

By Victor Comras

There is a common misperception that terrorism can be carried out on the cheap and that small terrorist cells simply raise their funds locally making it extremely difficult to detect. This seems to be the thesis of a number of recent articles, including one a few days ago in the Washington Post. They maintain that terrorist groups simply avoid bank transactions, making current financial controls inutile. Nothing could be further from the truth! Terrorism financing is still big business, and the sophisticated money laundering and counter-terrorism financing oversight and regulatory mechanisms we have in place remain essential tools in combating terrorism. In fact, they are among our most useful tools in identifying the sources of terrorist funding and holding them accountable, and for tracking down the terrorist cells themselves. We need to intensify these measures and have them replicated in Europe and internationally in order to place similar restraints on terrorist funding sources overseas.
CTC Sentinel, Vol 1 No. 9

August 2008

Jama`at al-Fuqara': A Domestic Terrorist Threat to the United States?

By Christopher Heffelfinger

Organized on communal compounds in the United States and Canada, surprisingly little is known about Jama`at al-Fuqara' (Community of the Impoverished)1 and its current operations. The secretive organization-it publicly operates under the name Muslims of the Americas (MOA)-has been known to law enforcement since the 1980s for dozens of violent and white collar crimes in North America. It has been described by prosecutors as advocating "the purification of the Islamic religion by means of force and violence." Yet, the group's nature and organization as a terrorist entity seems as unclear today as at any point in its history.

The current Jama`at al-Fuqara' is obscured by a vague public ideology, careful to avoid any reference to Islamist ambitions or armed struggle. MOA and its subsidiary, the International Qur'anic Open University (IQOU),2 carries out a number of public events and hosts videos and news of its activities online.3 Its Pakistan-based leader, Shaykh Mubarak Ali Gilani, and other U.S.-based leaders have done much to present a devout but always law abiding image, even organizing a Muslims Scouts wing for boys that helps the needy in their various communities. Fears persist, however, due to the group's origins as al-Fuqara', and whether the militancy present at some of its compounds could turn anti-American.
The Hamilton Spectator

Aug 21, 2008

Why can't we fight the Taliban at home?

Tahir Aslam Gora

"We are looking for a solution from people who are a cause of this problem." Such were the remarks delivered by Tarek Fatah, a progressive Muslim activist, in a recent Muslim community outreach event organized by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service in co-operation with Peel Regional Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The event was aimed at addressing the radicalization of Muslim youth. Some prominent imams and Muslim student leaders commented on the situation, and a group of progressive Muslims from Canadian Muslim Congress was also there to counter the radical thoughts.

Questions come to mind at times like this, such as: Do such events help in eradicating radicalization? I don't think so, because we don't have clear laws to handle Islamists' extremist ideologies.
Pajamas Media

August 24, 2008

An Interview With Muslim Brotherhood’s #2, Mohammed Habib
The next leader of Egypt's banned extremist Islamic group talks about Barack Obama, CAIR, and why he feels misunderstood.

by Sandmonkey
Mohammed Habib is slated to become the next Supreme Leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.

His rise to the position of deputy supreme leader became possible when his predecessor in the job was sentenced to five years in prison by an Egyptian military tribunal for financing a banned organization — alongside 25 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood — and he ascended to the position. With the advanced age of the current supreme leader, it’s quite possible that Habib will become the next leader of the organization shortly.

The PJM interview with Habib was conducted by Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey in the Leadership Office of the Muslim Brotherhood.

They discussed a wide range of topics, including the Muslim Brotherhood’s support for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir against the International Criminal Court, their relationship with Hamas, ties to CAIR, and their continuing struggle against what they view as a vast Zionist-American conspiracy. But first things first….

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