Man arrested for planned attack against New York Muslim village; Muslims falsely accuse CAN of 'goading citizens'

Robert Doggart, a former congressional candidate from Tennessee, hatched a plan to attack the Muslims of America compound in upstate New York. "We shall be Warriors who will inflict horrible numbers of casualties," he wrote on his Facebook page.

Robert Doggart, a former congressional candidate from Tennessee, hatched a plan to attack the Muslims of America compound in upstate New York. "We shall be Warriors who will inflict horrible numbers of casualties," he wrote on his Facebook page.


A plot involving a Tennessee man and militia members to attack a Muslim enclave in Hancock, N.Y., was thwarted by the FBI before the attack could be carried out. 

The ringleader, Robert Doggart, a former congressional candidate from Tennessee, wanted to burn down the buildings in the village and kill the inhabitants. 

“Our small group will soon be faced with the fight of our lives,” Doggart said in a Facebook post. “We will offer those lives as collateral to prove our commitment to our God. We shall be Warriors who will inflict horrible numbers of casualties upon the enemies of our Nation and World Peace.”

But the response from the Muslims who live in the compound, which is called Holy Islamville, was to actually blame me and my organization, Christian Action Network, for stirring up “Islamophobia” and hate against the Muslim group in an attempt to “goad citizens.”

That’s a typical response from this Muslim group, but it’s utter nonsense--and it's a reprehensible lie considering the horrific slaughter that was being planned.

We abhor the type of violence that Doggart and his militia cronies were planning against Holy Islamville. Doggart actually stated in a taped conversation that “If there’s a gun fight, well there’s a gun fight … Those guys have to be killed.”

 It was noted in court papers that Doggart had been treated for psychiatric disorders, and received disability partly due to his mental incapacity.

Doggart was arrested after being secretly recorded by federal authorities making threats against the Muslim sect. The group is known as The Muslims of America (TMOA). They are known to have up to 22 Islamic villages scattered across the United States.

One of the things that makes the group controversial is that they are ruled by a radical cleric, Sheikh Mubarak Gilani out of Pakistan, who has a terrorist background. 

The village Doggart wanted to attack is where the TMOA headquarters is located. Islamberg is an isolated Muslim village, sitting on more than 80 acres of rural land. It has its own school, mayor, deputy mayor, council members and assorted pseudo-government organizations, such as a finance department and a land development department.

Leaders of TMOA are former members of an Islamic terrorist organization called, Muslims of the Americas (MOA), also headed by Sheikh Gilani. In 2013 the group dissolved the MOA organization in order to disassociate from its history of crime and terrorism. They renamed themselves by rearranging one word in their name.

MOA has been the focus of numerous media reports, ranging from documentaries on the History Channel to stories in the National Enquirer, on CNN, FOX News, and in the Washington Times and even The New York Times.

MOA had been listed as a terrorist organization both by the FBI and the State Department during its 30-year existence in America. It was responsible for numerous fire bombings, assassinations and kidnappings inside the United States.

It gained worldwide attention in 2002 after Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was beheaded and dismembered after a planned meeting with MOA’s leader, Sheikh Gilani. MOA has denied, however, any involvement in the beheading.

Why would TMOA leaders blame me and my organization for “goading citizens” like Doggart into a mass killing at their Hancock compound? 

Because I wrote a book about MOA’s terrorist and criminal activities, called Twilight in America: The Untold Story of Islamic Terrorist Camps Inside the United States. I also produced a documentary film about MOA, called Homegrown Jihad

They do not like these resources at all! In fact, they sued us for $55 million to try to get the book banned.

In a recent press release regarding the failed Doggart attack, TMOA leaders say, “Due to people like Martin Mawyer of the Christian Action Network regurgitating the same lies, it has spawned this type of hate and now our lives are changed.”

But let’s get one thing clear about “lies.” These supposed “lies” are supported by official government documents, among other sources.  TMOA tried to prove in court that our material was filled with “lies,” but a federal judge dismissed their case. 

At Christian Action Network, we neither spawn lies nor spawn attacks on Americans. We spawn the truth—something law enforcement agencies overseeing these Islamic villages fail to do.

The person responsible for this nefarious and utterly repulsive planned attack on Islamberg is Robert Doggart—and Robert Doggart alone. 

Doggart, besides wanting to set fire to the resident mosque and their buildings, wanted to set their school on fire. We usually don’t agree with any of the fantasies that are printed by TMOA leaders, but we agree with one comment they made: 

If Doggart had been successful, it would have been a heinous act of TERRORISM.

And I’m as shocked as those at TMOA that his plea deal is so light. Doggart was released on $30,000 unsecured bond to home confinement and faces between 0 and 5 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $250,000.  

But there may be another culprit somewhat responsible for “goading citizens” to action: Law enforcement has for years denied MOA’s history of violence, crime and terrorism. Even the comments quoted by local police fit this mold:  

“It’s kind of perplexing to us,” local Police Chief Craig Dumont said recently. “All this recent media attention in regard to potential terrorist training camps and things that are going on there. We don’t see it. We just don’t find any of that to be valid at this time … There are no active threats that we are aware of at this time.” 

Oh come now! Law enforcement, especially the FBI, has known about MOA’s terrorist activities for decades, and they have been monitoring MOA for decades, as well. Our book reveals how this monitoring has taken place, and we also reveal what the group believes and how they treat their women and children. 

We understand that politics plays a part in what law enforcement can, and cannot, say—but to continue the pretense that they don't know anything about MOA's violent past is truly disingenuous … 

… and for mentally disturbed people like Robert Doggart, it was enough to send him on a killing rampage that was, thankfully, stopped just in the nick of time.

Martin Mawyer is the Founder and President of Christian Action Network, a non-profit public advocacy and education group based in Lynchburg, Virginia. He began his career as a freelance journalist and has authored several books, including “Silent Shame,” “The Pro-Family Contract With America,” “Pathways to Success,” and his most recent, “Twilight in America: The Untold Story of Islamic Terrorist Training Camps Inside America.” He has produced a number of documentary films, including Homegrown Jihad, Islam Rising, Sacrificed Survivors and America’s Islamic Threat. 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 terrorist training camps scattered throughout the United States. It can be purchased at or in book or Kindle version ©.

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