By Martin Mawyer
Here we go again. More lies. More deceptions. More outrageous claims in an effort to get me killed.
An Islamic terrorist group is hosting a national conference, called “Countering Islamophobia,” at which I am the featured target. The group calls itself The Muslims of America (MOA).
The FBI has said, “MOA [exhorts] membership to pursue a policy of jihad or holy war against individuals or groups it considers enemies of Islam which includes the U.S. Government.” That should tell you enough.
Without question, I am one of those “individuals” MOA considers an enemy of Islam.
So they are holding a conference to expose my so-called “hate Islam campaign” (their words, not mine). They’ve sent out press releases. Invited the public. Tweeted it. Facebooked it. And put it on the calendar for Oct. 24 in Binghamton, NY.
Particularly humorous is how they forgot, in the press release, to tell the media where the conference is to take place. In a mosque? Civic hall? A VFW Lodge? Where are the media supposed to go?
I guess a true investigative journalist will have no problem finding the location.
Only that’s the last thing MOA wants: a true investigative reporter. A real journalist will unearth the dastardly and deadly deeds they’ve committed over the past 30 years in the United States.
Their members have been arrested for bombings, murder, illicit drug distribution and gun-running, along with less-serious offenses such as selling counterfeit goods, workers compensation scams, unemployment fraud and prostitution.
They claim they are peaceful. What’s new there? Lies are to be expected from this group. Case in point: the lie they are now spreading about me.
In the flyer being distributed about this conference, they claim that I have “organized raids with X-ray weapons.”
Okay ... what in the world is an X-ray weapon? I don’t know.
There’s nothing to back up the claim. I don’t even know what an “X-ray weapon” looks like. I’ve never bought one, looked for one online or certainly owned one. Do such weapons even exist?
Besides, if I actually organized “raids with X-ray weapons,” wouldn’t I be writing this from jail? (I’m not.)
So what’s the point in this rubbish?
It’s obvious and doesn’t need repeating, but I’ll do it anyway: They are looking for a radical, “lone wolf” Islamist who will do a dirty deed for them. They can’t do it themselves. It would be too obvious.
Because isn’t the mass targeting of Muslims with “X-ray weapons” a more fiendish attack on Islam than drawing a caricature of Muhammad?
Come to think of it, there may be some saner, less outlandish reasons they’re upset with me.
Maybe it’s because I produced a documentary film called Homegrown Jihad that exposed their terrorist background and the crimes they’ve committed in the United States.
I also wrote a book, Twilight in America, that uncovered their three-decade history in America and their nearly three dozen locations across the country, some of them serving as Islamic guerilla warfare training camps.
Our film featured a recruitment video produced by MOA, called Soldiers of Allah. The video helps train MOA members to fire weapons, kidnap, murder and set off explosions.
Prominently featured in the video is the leader of MOA, an obscure Pakistani cleric named Sheikh Mubarak Gilani. And while most Americans have never heard of this Islamic cleric before, they have heard of a Wall Street Journal reporter named Daniel Pearl.
Pearl was on his way to interview Sheikh Gilani about his connection to shoe-bomber Richard Reid when the journalist was kidnapped. He was later found beheaded.
In the MOA recruitment video, Sheikh Gilani calls his followers “Soldiers of Allah” and says he is training his youth to be like “tigers.” Should any of these “tigers” die for Gilani, he makes a promise: “I want you to understand if any calamity comes upon you in combat, you need to understand that it will be taken care of.”
He cautions his “soldiers” from turning back from combat: “You cannot leave or retreat,” he says. “Is this clear? Do you understand? You decided to work for Allah. You made promises to Allah. Now you must finish the job … We will take care of you.”
Finally, he tells them: “You are most welcome to join one of the most advanced training courses in Islamic military warfare … special training. If you wish you can get in touch with the commanders.”
Those commanders are located in Michigan, South Carolina and of course New York, where the “Countering Islamphobia” conference is being held … somewhere.
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Martin Mawyer is the Founder and President of Christian Action Network, a non-profit public advocacy and education group based in Lynchburg, Virginia since 1990. He began his career as a freelance journalist and has authored several books, including “Twilight in America: The Untold Story of Islamic Terrorist Training Camps Inside America.” He has produced a number of documentary films, including “Europe’s Last Stand – America’s Final Warning” and “Homegrown Jihad.” Mawyer has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity, Larry King Live, Pat Robertson’s 700 Club, NBC’s Today Show, Entertainment Tonight and Fox and Friends. His latest book, “Twilight in America,” co-authored by Patti A. Pierucci, details the activities of Islamic camps scattered throughout the United States operated by The Muslims of America.