JoshuaPundit: The Islamic Society of Boston has an interesting history.
It runs the mosque of choice of, among others convicted jihadis Tarek Mehanna and Aafia Siddiqui as well as the Tsarnaev brothers of Boston Marathon fame. The mosque itself is very much Muslim Brotherhood oriented, and claims the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader Sheik Yusef al-Qaradawi as it’s major influence and spiritual guide. Qaradawi openly advocates a world-wide Islamist caliphate under sharia law, including the beating of ‘disobediant’ women, female genital mutilation , death for homosexuals and apostates and a second Holocaust against Jews.
The Society used Qaradiwi’s name in their fundraising, and are suspected of receiving Muslim Brotherhood funds to help build the mosque. He is actually listed as an honorary member of the board.
And it isn’t just Qaradawi. One of the Islamic Society of Boston’s eight founding members was Abdurahman Alamoudi, who was jailed for 23 years in 2004 for material support of Islamist terrorism and money laundering.
And speaking of back door deals, the mosque itself was built on publicly owned land belonging to the City of Boston worth $1.2 million that was mysteriously gifted to the Islamic Society of Boston free of charge by Boston’s Mayor, Democrat Tom Menino.
You might think that with this kind of history and the Boston Marathon bombing still fresh in people’s minds, you might think local politicians would call for an investigation of this mosque and what’s being taught there.You might think that at the very least, they would distance themselves a little.
Guess again, infidel!
Yes, that’s Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who worked directly with the Islamic Society of Boston to produce the state’s first ever Eid ul-Adha greetings, less than a year after the Boston attack.
But let’s move on to another American city that you’d think might be a little wary of associating too closely with the Brotherhood and jihadis…New York City.
The Big Apple is electing a new mayor, and the man most likely to win is Democrat Bill de Blasio. He’s an interesting fellow, who describes himself as a ‘democratic Socialist’. That’s not surprising, seeing as back in the 1990’s he was a major activist for the Sadinistas, Nicaragua’s hard line Marxist dictators. He’s said publicly on more than one occasion that he remains proud of his association with them.
That might perhaps give thought to some of New York City’s Jews, given that the Sadinistas were vociferously anti-Semitic, seizing the main synagogue in Managua, forcing the president of the synagogue to humiliate himself by publicly sweeping the streets and transforming it into a Sandinista youth center decorated with Anti-Zionist posters. The Jewish community of Nicaragua, most of whom had their property ‘liberated’ by the regime fled to fled to Miami, Israel and Costa Rica.
But what might make New York city’s population uneasy in general is his stand on terrorism.
New York City has been the site of a lot of terrorist attacks, and even more that have been foiled due to an active counter-intelligence program originally started by former mayor Rudy Giuliani.
For instance, back in 2009, four Muslims were arrested by the FBI and charged with, among other things, plotting to blow up local buildings associated with New York’s Jewish community. Their planned targets included the Riverdale Jewish Community Center and the Riverdale Temple.
In 2011, two Muslim men were also arrested by the NYPD for plotting to do the same thing, and they reportedly already had the explosives to do it.
What stopped these and other attacks on New Yorkers was the NYPD’s counter intelligence operation, using active surveillance and confidential informants willing to work with the police to bust jihadis.
Bill de Blasio has his way, that will no longer be something that the NYPD will be able to do. He is promising New York’s Muslims that he will end the program.
Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio told a group of Muslim supporters Wednesday that they won’t have to live in fear of being under constant surveillance if he’s elected mayor.
As WCBS 880′s Jim Smith reported, de Blasio, the front-runner in the Nov. 5 general election, said that, on his watch, NYPD surveillance tactics would only be authorized to follow up on specific leads and that the police force would be under the supervision of a new inspector general.
“The efforts of surveillance have to be based on specifically specific information, and obviously you need to go through a careful vetting process,” de Blasio said during a rally at Columbus Park in Downtown Brooklyn.
Actually, for the most part the NYPD has concentrated on individuals, and on infiltrating certain mosques and Muslim groups where they’re quite aware of what’s being preached and taught…often after tips by confidential informants on the inside.
Like Stop and Frisk, another program de Blasio says he’ll eliminate, this is an example of proactive policing that has been credited with lowering New York City’s crime rate.
Equally interesting is the woman de Blasio is pictured cuddling up to above, Linda Sarsour. She’s the head of the Muslim Democratic Club in New York City and the director of the Arab American Association of New York , and a well connected and frequent visitor to the Obama White House.
She has referred to Zionism as racism repeatedly,is a prominent anti-Israel activist in the city, is on record as a frequent defender of Muslim terrorism suspects, frequently advances the viewpoint that America ‘is at war with Islam’ and is also known for peddling conspiracy theories, like claiming that the Underwear Bomber was a CIA agent. I’ve also heard but not confirmed independently that she’s a 9/11 truther.
And she’s a major supporter of de Blasio, who is wooing her support with pledges to radically change how the NYPD protest the city.
What do these two scenarios have in common? Here we have two American cities, both victimized by Islamist terrorism, whom you would think would have learned something from the experience and would be a lot more careful about whom they elected to be in charge.
And in both cases, it appears that the electorate, rather than screaming bloody murder is opting for leadership with the same head in the sand attitude that caused so much grief, pain and destruction before. We never seem to learn.
(h/t, Jihad Watch)