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Muslims of the Americas—Falls Church, Virginia

Location: Falls Church, VA

Website: www.IQOU-MOA.org

Falls Church, VA is a reported location of a commune run by Muslims of the Americas. The organization is headquartered at Islamberg in New York and is led by a radical cleric in Pakistan named Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani.

A 2004 report funded by the Justice Department identifies Falls Church as having a “training compound” for MOA.[1]

A 2009 Virginia State Police report confirms that the MOA’s chapter in Virginia has been involved in drug trafficking, fraud, surveillance and counter-surveillance, sale of counterfeited items and attempted government infiltration. It also said that they have held “paramilitary drills” that included firearms use and MOA-owned businesses and charities are used to fundraise for Gilani.

However, the report rated the MOA “attack capability” in VA as “low.” It states, “Current intelligence suggests the MOA attack capabilities have declined and members lack the training resources to mount a serious attack.” Another section of the report concedes that “intelligence gaps make it impossible to assess the level of criminal activity” of MOA in the state.[2]

In 2007, eight people were arrested in Virginia including multiple MOA members for a massive counterfeit clothing and movies scheme that resulted in $19 million in proceeds from December 2004 to September 2006.[3]


[1] Kane, John and April Wall. “Identifying the Links Between White-Collar Crime and Terrorism,” National White Collar Crime Center, September 2004. https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/209520.pdf

[2] “2009 Virginia Terrorism Threat Assessment,” Commonwealth of Virginia Department of State Police, Virginia Fusion Center, March 2009. Law enforcement sensitive. Hosted at InfoWars, http://www.infowars.com/media/vafusioncenterterrorassessment.pdf.

[3] “Counterfeit Ring Broken Up,” The Politics of CP, March 12, 2007. http://politicsofcp.blogspot.com/2007/03/counterfeit-ring-broken-up.html

 

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