Monday, February 13, 2006

Interim Report on the Investigation of Jamaat ul-Fuqra

 
Muslims of AmericaThe Politics of CP and the Northeast Intelligence Network have teamed up to produce a report on the headquarters of Jamaat ul-Fuqra near Hancock, NY, and its front organization, “The Muslims of America”. CP has done his homework and Douglas J. Hagmann has done the legwork to produce this impressive compendium of surveillance evidence and background information.

The full report (in pdf format) is here.

The report includes a history of JF, covering territory that is well-known to regular Gates of Vienna readers. It reviews the history of JF and its founder, Sheikh Gilani, going into detail on the background of its violent adherents and their criminal activities here in the USA.

The account of the surveillance of the rural New York compound reminds me of our nearby Red House version, but on a much larger scale. The guard house, armed sentries, and nervous neighbors seem all too familiar.

Surveillance was conducted using a variety of methods and from various locations. It is important to note that there appears to be men who are designated to provide “security” for the compound. One male was posted inside the guard shack at the primary entrance, while others, walking in pairs and each armed with at least one rifle, appeared to watch the open perimeters of the encampment. The men were not in any type of uniform and except for the sentry inside of the guard shack, were not readily visible from any public vantage position.

At intermittent times during the covert surveillance, investigators observed numerous Black males, all appearing to range in age from 18-40, walking throughout the compound. At least two of these individuals were armed with rifles.

But this was the most chilling piece of information:

Men of Middle Eastern origin appear to be “frequent guests” of the encampment, many attired in traditional Islamic attire. Some appear to stay at the encampment for 3-4 days or longer. During periods of these visits, activity and security at the compound is noticeably heightened.

People who live nearby are understandably frightened. No one in a marked law enforcement vehicle, or wearing a recognizable law enforcement uniform, has ever been observed entering the compound.

If I lived nearby, I’d be nervous, too.

As one resident said, “We see children – small children run around over there when they should be in school. We hear bursts of gunfire all of the time, and we know that there is military like training going on there. Those people are armed and dangerous. We get nothing but menacing looks from the people who go in and out of the camp, and sometime they yell at us to mind our own business when we are just driving by. We don’t even dare to slow down when we drive by. They own this mountain and they know it, and there is nothing we can do about it but move, and we can’t even do that. Who wants to buy property next to that?”
Sheikh Gilani Lane

See earlier Gates of Vienna posts (parts one, two, and three) for more information on the Jamaat ul-Fuqra compound in Red House, Virginia.

And for thorough investigative reporting, go to The Politics of CP and just keep scrolling.

5 comments:

Erin Bizon said...

Surely if the residents went to their Senator, Hillary Clinton this could be looked into, at least in the context of child protective services to make sure the children are in school and by the ATF to see if the weapons are legal, the heat can be kept on these animals the same way they did it to the mob in NY. You can either be afraid or you can be proactive, or as The President says on the offense.

A. Eteraz said...

hey baron, can you give me a link to where in the hell hancock exactly is? is it close to philly? if so i'll roll up.

Bill said...

erin bizon,

Senator Clinton would probably find the rights of the owners of the compound supercede the rights of children. For her, children are only useful for creating new controls on adults.

Of course I can also read what you wrote as one of the best pieces of sarcasm I have read in a long time.

Baron Bodissey said...

Eteraz,

Hancock is not far from Binghamton, close to the northeast corner of PA. There's a map in the pdf I linked to.

stickman said...

I live in Lynchburg, and I visited Red House after you reported on your visit.

Maybe it was opening day of hunting season, but I saw hunters by the dozens, all around this compound. Chevy and Ford trucks were pulled over everywhere, quite close to the compound itself.

I also noticed that Red House must have the most BAPTIST CHURCHES per capita of any place I've ever seen, and I live in LYNCHBURG, VA!

If any attack on America ends up pointing to these guys, I have no doubt that Baptists in their Chevy and Ford pickups will be the first to converge on the Muslim encampment. Maybe this is why the enclave in NY seems to be a bit more active and threatening.