ROCHESTER, NH—At a Trump town hall meeting, an audience member expressed anti-Muslim sentiments and the real estate mogul laughed it off asking, “We need this question? This first one?”
He told the audience he preferred to make opening remarks and open the event to their toughest questions. “Make them vicious, violent, terrible questions,” Trump said.
After the event, reporters asked Trump why he didn't challenge the questioner's assertions. Trump did not answer, but his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski told CNN that the candidate did not hear the question. "All he heard was a question about training camps, which he said we have to look into," Lewandowski said. "The media want to make this an issue about Obama, but it's about him waging a war on Christianity."
He also fielded a question from a conspiracy theorist who told him that there is a “new holocaust” in New Hampshire and that people are being loaded into boxcars and beheaded by members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
“I just wanted you to know that,” the woman said.
Trump moved on without addressing the woman’s claim.
Seems they might be out of tinfoil in the Granite State. That’s what the intellectually incurious might think.
Muslims of America operates 22 “villages” around the United States with a 70-acre compound called Islamberg as its main headquarters in New York. MOA also operates an enclave identified as Mahmoudberg in Texas and Baladullah near Badger, CA. Its members are devoted followers of Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani the Islamist whom Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was on his way to interview when he was abducted in 2002 and eventually beheaded by 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
The FBI documents obtained by Clarion Project clearly identify MOA as a terrorist organization. The Department of Homeland Security privately agreed in 2005, listing Jamaat ul-Fuqra (and specifically MOA) as a possible sponsor of a terrorist attack on the U.S.
So why is MOA/JUF allowed to operate in the country?
The answer is that the State Department has not designated MOA/Jamaat ul-Fuqra as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The group is thus permitted to organize in the U.S. until that happens. Yet, the State Department has also recognized the group’s terroristic agenda.
In 1998, the State Department’s Patterns of Global Terrorism report described Jamaat ul-Fuqra as an “Islamic sect that seeks to purify Islam through violence.” It said that Fuqra members engaged in assassinations and bombings in the U.S. in the 1980s and still live in “isolated rural compounds” in the country.
A State Department spokesperson was asked in January 2002 about why MOA stopped appearing in the Department’s annual terrorism reports. The answer was as follows:
“Jamaat ul-Fuqra has never been designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. It was included in several recent annual terrorism reports under ‘other terrorist groups,’ i.e., groups that had carried out acts of terrorism but that were not formally designated by the Secretary of State. However, because of the group's inactivity during 2000, it was not included in the most recent terrorism report covering that calendar year.”
It has not appeared since. Yet, here we have FBI documents from as late as 2007 discussing the terrorist threat posed by MOA.
It’s long past due that the State Department be forced to address this obvious threat. The State Department must designate Jamaat ul-Fuqra as a Foreign Terrorist Organization before it’s too late.