Peaceful preaching inside, violent message outside a New York mosque - CNN headline, http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/11/05/radicals.mosque/index.html
CNN Reports on Jewish Radical Extremist dressed as a Muslim, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djzxvWV4-Js&feature=player_embedded
"Revolution Muslim" is the extremist organization (& website) in New York City run by Yousef al-Khattab (Khatab) (was Joey Cohen - Joseph Leonard Cohen), a Jew who lived in Israel and abruptly converted to Islam, (see his photo above), and Younes Abdullah Mohammed, also a convert, they link to the Islamic Thinkers Society (ITS):
Younes Abdullah Mohammed: "We're commanded to terrorize the disbelievers ... the Koran says very clearly ...'terrorize them' ... it's a command from Allah." Josef al Qatar: "I love Osama bin Laden ... I would like to see Israel wiped off the map: I would like to see a mushroom cloud over it"
Backgrounder: Revolution Muslim, Updated: February 12, 2010. Revolution Muslim (RM) is a fringe anti-Semitic Muslim organization that justifies terrorist attacks and other forms of violence against non-Muslims and seeks "the dismantlement of western, secular dominance across the world," according to its Web site. It is mostly active in New York.
While the group is not known (yet) to be involved in any terrorist activity, its statements include implicit, if not explicit, threats of violence and its radical ideology is rooted in the propagation of violence. For example, on October 7, 2009, RM posted to its Web site a poem asking God to "kill the Jews" and listing ways Jews could be hurt, including by burning "their flammable sukkos while they sleep" and throwing "liquid drain cleaner in their faces."
Reply to CNN-By Younes Abdullah Muhammad RevolutionMuslim.com (RM).
RevolutionMuslim.com's youtube account featured on CNN; yet again, the "intellectuals" at the propaganda agency CNN, a mouthpiece for globalist corporatism, have spewed direct assaults against our organization claiming that we deliberately strive to incite terrorism.
These increasingly frequent attacks by CNN are but an effort to utilize our organization to create poplar support for continued war and aggression against Islam and to encumber an already ignorant American public with more deception. The reasons for these attacks are multifaceted. Firstly, the tyrant media outlet CNN was confronted and disgruntled by our response to the interview they did with us where we called them out for being no different than Fox News and where we openly challenged Anderson Cooper to debate after he claimed we were "morons." (which they are).
Secondly, the alleged academic journalist Paul Cruickshank who appears in the video, has an agenda of securing additional funding for his work at NYU as he is deployed (albeit probably unknowingly) as an agent (RM thinks he is CIA what a moron) that may permanently alter the interpretation of freedom of expression in the United States. He is busy trying to confirm and document deliberately twisted interpretations of the process of what they term "radicalization."
Thus, he and others like him are presently analyzing the process of radicalization and seeking to elaborate on a report issued by the NYPD in August 2007 entitled, Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat.
The NYPD Report featured the Islamic Thinkers Society (ITS) as a terror threat, ITS links to Yousef al-Khattab, Younes Abdullah Muhammad and RevolutionMuslim.com.
NYPD Report; Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat (ITS);
The Al-Muhajiroun Two (ITS). Although this case did not involve any direct threat to New York City or to the U.S. homeland, it clearly involved the radicalization aspect of the homegrown phenomena. Both terrorists were homegrown in New York City. That is, both became radicalized in New York City to the point of being prepared to commit jihad.
New York City residents, Syed Hashmi and Mohammed Junaid Babar, both members of the New York City chapter of the extremist group al-Muhajiroun (ITS), traveled to the UK and joined-up with elements of al-Qaeda. Both became involved in terrorist activities overseas.
The Herald Square Plot and The Al-Muhajiroun Two;
The Environment. New York City has a diverse Muslim population of between 600,000 and 750,000 within a population of about 8 ½ million--about 40% of whom are foreign-born. Unfortunately, the City’s Muslim communities have been permeated by extremists who have and continue to sow the seeds of radicalization Muslim communities are often more vulnerable to the radicals’ agenda—an agenda that uses Islam as the center stage for spreading and justifying extremist views.
Radicalization is indiscriminate and those attracted to it include New York City citizens from all walks of life, ranging from university students, engineers, business owners, teachers, lawyers, cab drivers (yousef al-khattab) to construction workers.
The Candidates; Similar to the members of both the overseas and domestic case studies, the New York City extremists were male Muslims approximately between 20-30 years old.
Shahawar Matin Siraj was a 23 year-old Pakistani illegal immigrant at the time of his arrest. He was member of the Ismaili sect of Islam, a persecuted minority in Pakistan, prior to coming to the United States a teenager with his family in 1999. Siraj described himself as having attended Christian schools in Pakistan and having little interest in religion.
James Elshafay was a troubled young man who was looking for direction in life. He was the 19 year-old son of an Egyptian father and Irish Catholic mother. He converted to Islam at around age 12, at his Egyptian father’s insistence and dropped out of school after failing three times to complete the ninth grade. Elshafay spent his teen years drinking and taking drugs.
Twenty-six year-old Pakistani-born Syed Hashmi attended Robert Wagner High School in Long Island City and graduated from Brooklyn College in 2003 with a degree in political science. He had been described by those who knew him as a quiet, bright, and caring young man whose devotion to Islam was passionate but not overzealous.
Muhammad Junaid Babar was a 29 year-old, Pakistani-born man, whose family moved to the United States when he was two years-old. Babar spent most of his formative years in Queens (ITS).
Babar attended La Salle Military Academy, an all-boy military boarding school in Oakdale, Long Island and graduated with the rank of Second Lieutenant in 1994. He studied pharmacy at St. John's University in New York but dropped out prior to completing the curriculum.
At Brooklyn College, in 2002, Hashmi was introduced to the views of al-Muhahjiroun, an extremist organization. There he became a different person and by the time he graduated in 2003 with a degree in political science, Hashmi had become something of a magnet and powerhouse recruiter for al-Muhajiroun.
The Internet appears to have had the most significant effect on Mohammed Junaid Babar. Once he began his journey exploring Salafi ideology, Babar dropped out of St. John’s University pharmacology program and took on odd jobs, such as valet parking, with no specific career goals. The Internet introduced him to al-Muhajiroun, which, just like Hashmi, became his ideological incubator.
According to Babar, during the 1990’s "they (al-Muhajiroun) had representatives in New York. I was able to meet them on the internet. We spoke numerous times over the phone and there was also a lot of literature available on the internet I was able to see." As a result of this interaction, he became increasingly politicized and began seeking unity for the Muslim world.
Al-Muhajiroun and Islamic Thinkers Society;
Al-Muhajiroun was founded by Syrian militant Omar Bakri as an affiliate of the local branch of the transnational Hizb-ut-Tahrir movement..
The Islamic Thinkers Society (ITS) is an organization primarily composed of 2nd and 3rd generation college-age Americans of South Asian and Middle Eastern descent and espouses the same extremist worldview as al-Muhajiroun. Their ideology is underpinned by a politicized Salafi outlook that describes the United States as a nation of kuffars, or unbelievers.
They do not respect U.S. “manmade laws” but rather seek to implement sharia and restore the Caliphate. Islamic Thinkers Society claims that the worldwide Muslim community is under attack by a hostile West. It alleges that the West’s strategy to undermine Islam combines social, cultural, political, economic, and military aspects. In an effort to support its arguments, ITS posts regular statements on its website about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Kashmir, and other global issues typically important to Muslims worldwide.
In this regard, the group’s call to jihad represents a justified resistance in defense of the worldwide Muslim community. However, ITS is careful not to explicitly call for violence (as does RevolutionMuslim.com).
The group (ITS) has a Wahhabi orientation and is quick to impart “takfir” upon other Muslims who they consider apostates. ITS looks to the writings of influential Muslim ideologue Sheikh Ibn Taymiyyah, who inspired leading Islamist thinkers such as Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab and Sayyid Qutb, among others.
Imam Shamsi Ali, Deputy Imam of the Islamic Cultural Center of New York and director of the Jamaica Muslim Center in Queens, cited the Islamic Thinkers Society as a “small organization based in Queens which routinely chooses anger over constructive action.” In March 2006 their intolerance was on full display as they disrupted an annual religious Shi'a Ashura procession on Park Avenue in Manhattan.
“The mischief mongers manhandled a religious scholar, calling him an infidel, and spread materials mocking Islamic jurists they consider too moderate.” Moreover, the small knot of angry young men waved placards which read. "Shia are NOT Muslims!" and "Shia is made of superstitious elements of Judaism."
ITS and other similar organizations (revolutionmuslim.com) serve as indoctrination accelerants due to their ability to act as both incubators and proliferators of radicalization. Their use of the English language as well as the internet amplifies their message and specifically resonates with 2nd and 3rd generation Muslims in the West, many of whom speak or read little, if any Arabic. Thus, even in the virtual world, this organization (ITS) successfully recruits, indoctrinates, and trains aspiring extremists.
More info to come from CNN and Paul Cruickshank on Islaimc Thinkers Society (ITS), Yousef al-Khattab, Younes Abdullah Muhammad and http://www.revolutionmuslim.com/ .
Bill Warner Director of CSPI..Covert Surveillance by Private Investigators at WBI Inc.