By: Rachel Molschky and Y.K. Cherson
….As a result of an undercover informant in a New Jersey mosque, for example, a plan to blow up New York City landmarks was foiled. And much of the planning of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center took place in a mosque. “The recruiting went on in the mosque, a lot of the instruction went on in the mosque. We even had gun transactions in there,” according to Andy McCarthy, who was lead prosecutor on the case.
One important NYPD mosque investigation led to the foiling of a considerably dangerous plot. A Muslim undercover detective originally from Bangladesh, along with the help of a paid informant, was able to thwart a plot to bomb the Herald Square subway station. As a result of the efforts of the two, the plan was not carried out, and Shahawar Matin Siraj, a Pakistani immigrant, was found guilty of terrorism conspiracy.
The informant, an American citizen originally from Egypt, had a degree in nuclear engineering and was asked if he knew how to make a nuclear bomb. He was privy to conversations about potential terrorist attack ideas, like the possibility of bombing city bridges. The witness testified that Siraj said, “Our people’s time is coming. So let’s do it.”
He further testified that Siraj was upset over America’s policies in the Middle East and the war in Iraq, and this is what prompted the idea to attack Americans so they would stop harming Muslims. “They were hoping to take revenge against America. That’s what they were hoping — to destroy the country, the economy,” the informant stated.
This attack would likely have been perpetrated had the New York City Police Department not been proactive in its surveillance. A terrible tragedy was averted.
The FBI has also come under fire for its investigation of several California mosques, and a lawsuit against the agency was filed based on the premise that by using undercover informants, the FBI was somehow violating the mosque attendees’ civil rights. Although a judge dropped the case against the FBI in August 2012, the individual agents involved are still under fire. The Muslim complaint is that they should not be investigated if there is no reason to suspect any wrongdoing. However, if the FBI were to wait for something suspicious to happen, it would be too late.
Mosques in Europe have been proven to be worthy of investigation as well. In the summer of 2004, the Swedish radio program “Ekot,” (“The Echo”), investigated the content of Friday sermons in Swedish mosques. They secretly taped 15 different imams, and all of whom had begun their sermons with declarations that war, aggression and terrorism contradict Islam. It was something like a non-obliging preamble, after which the imams, having fulfilled their duty to feign allegiance to Swedish laws, began to preach their true intentions. One of the imams was recorded as saying, “G-d, keep Islam and Muslims high and protect Islam. G-d, humiliate the infidels. G-d, humiliate the enemies of Islam: Jews, Americans and Brits and all those who support them, who cooperate with them and who are in alliance with them. G-d, destroy them all. G-d, leave none of them alive. G-d, give victory to mujahedin everywhere.”This is what is being preached in their “houses of worship.”
The same radio program also came across anti-Semitic tapes being sold at a Stockholm mosque. One of the tapes features a sheikh saying, “Oh G-d, eradicate the Jews, oh G-d, eradicate the Jews, oh G-d, eradicate the Jews! Oh G-d, curse them and banish them and let them be whipped by suffering. Oh G-d, over heaven and earth!” Another describes “Jews as vermin, as brothers of monkeys and pigs, and that there is no solution to the Jews but a jihad – a holy war.” Solution? Solution for what exactly? Simply for being Jews? Sounds oddly familiar, like Nazi propaganda.
Remember this? PHOTO: Roberto Robanne / National September 11 Memorial & Museum (Source: http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2011/03/post_394.html)
Muslims who are offended by this surveillance would not be so angry if they thought the NYPD would find nothing. If there was nothing to fear, why then would Muslims be crying bloody murder about the “violation of their rights” and “discrimination”? I would invite the NYPD, FBI or any other government authorities to investigate all the churches, synagogues, Buddhist and Hindu temples or any other houses of worship across the country, secretly tape what goes on, what is preached, what individual attendees say, everything. Because if there is nothing to hide, why worry? Come to our houses of worship, and you will find nothing. Come to a mosque- well, that’s another story….