Unfortunately, for his Tuesday report, Islamberg: A Terror Compound In New York…Or Misunderstood Neighbors?, the reporter, Michael Y. Park didn’t actually visit the compound, unlike Dr.Paul Williams, and Doug Hagmann, (whose reports are the ones that are actually scaring the bejesus out of people) and relies heavily on the more positive quotes of local residents.
Much of the report deals with scuffles that Islamberg boys had with some of the local boys, and subsequent trouble…apparently one of the Islamberg boys “trashed” the Deposit school. One of the reports I’ve read from another source, cited a resident as saying that “the brats” had been expelled from both Deposit, and Hancock schools for bringing knives to school. But that is unsubstantiated. Currently, all the children of Islamberg go to school within the compound. Lot’s of conflicting stories. Some charges of “racism”. Okay, fine.
Then Parks rather blasély reports:
Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, the Pakistani Sufi cleric whom the Islamberg residents call their spiritual leader, has long been suspected of being one of the founders of a group called Jamaat al-Fuqra, a group that the U.S. and Pakistan say is responsible for a long list of terrorist activities around the world, including murders of rival religious figures in the U.S.Gilani also was the man American reporter Daniel Pearl was going to see when he was abducted and murdered.
Gilani has denied any connection with either Pearl’s death or with Jamaat al-Fuqra.
Oh, is that all? Suspected? And Gilani has denied the connection, so everything’s coolio?
I have to wonder how much research Parks did for this report.
From the Gates of Vienna:
Gilani is a mysterious figure in the Islamic world. He is said to be a direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammed. But for Pearl two other things set him apart. First, Gilani along with his followers have appeared on the State Department’s list of terrorist organizations. Second, and even more provocative, the sheik has thousands of disciples who live right here in the United States. Dan Rather reports.
In the [State Department] report, Gilani’s organization was described as an “Islamic sect that seeks to purify Islam through violence.” His followers, who call themselves The Muslims of America,” are based in the United States, thousands operating in 19 states across the country.
That’s all. No biggie. Just misunderstood neighbors.