A retired federal source with direct experience in dealing with a jihadist cult in America known as Muslims of the Americas (Jamaat ul-Fuqra) states that law enforcement remains â€œvery concernedâ€ about the groupâ€™s activity, despite MOAâ€™s proclaimed moderation and supportive comments made by some local sheriffs.
Muslims of the Americas (MOA) was know as Jamaat ul-Fuqra (a group that was listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department) until they went underground and began changing their name and creating more fronts.
MOA is led by a radical cleric in Pakistan, Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, and is best known for claiming to have 22 â€œIslamic villagesâ€ around the country including its 70-acre â€œIslambergâ€ headquarters in upstate New York. We released video of guerilla training of female members at Islamberg filmed in 2001-2002.
The source took issue with claims that law enforcement no longer had concerns about MOA, saying:
â€œI was briefed, in detail, multiple times about MOA while assigned to national security missions in the proximity of MOA compounds and areas where MOA members are employed. These briefings took place after 2009.
â€œI know thereâ€™s an anonymous source claiming that the threat from MOA was neutralized and members disarmed by 2009, but these briefings took place years after that.
â€œThe intelligence briefings consisted of information about MOAâ€™s tactical capabilities with an emphasis on the tactical training that women and children participated in, as well as weaponsâ€™ capabilities and the legal purchases of weapons by MOA members who are not felons.
â€œIt was known that MOA would use non-felons to get guns for those who are felons. It was strongly suspected that this was still happening.
â€œThe problem that law enforcement had is that itâ€™s not against the law to train with weapons on private property or to legally purchase weapons, even if you are affiliated with an Islamic extremist group. The concern was that these tactical capabilities could be used in a coordinated action against U.S. citizens and/or interests.
â€œThe concern about MOA was not shared with everyone. Federal agencies are compartmentalized. I was never told that the concern was real until I had a real need to know. Others who raised the topic were told to leave the subject alone and the conversations ended. It even happened to me after I completed my duties that required me to be briefed on them.
â€œMOA will activate in a moment if Sheikh Gilani commands it. Ryan Mauro and the Clarion Project are providing the American public with credible and vital information about the group.
â€œFuqraFiles.com has more than enough evidence for any objective person to see that the group is hiding its extremism and those who defend the group arenâ€™t doing their research well or have been misinformed by authorities.â€
The Clarion Project launched Fuqra Files in November 2016, the most comprehensive website regarding the organization that includes a mountain of government documentation.
In December, Clarion released a 2003 FBI document stating that the group has links to Al-Qaeda, sends select members to Pakistan for paramilitary training and MOA has an extensive criminal and terrorist history.