… we wonder how much of the security funding will be used to hinder counter-terror and law enforcement efforts.
A recent announcement from the Islamic Society of Baltimore (ISB) / Masjid Al-Rahmah advised that it will be receiving a grant from the Nonprofit Security Grant Program administered through the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA):
ISB will be receiving $74,675.00 which will go towards upgrading, enhancing and adding to our security infrastructure. Over the next several months you will see contractors on-site conducting these security enhancements.
The Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) is nationwide and overseen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Part of DHS’s Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), it has been in effect since 2005. To be eligible the organization must be, ” determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security to be at high risk of terrorist attack due to their ideology, beliefs, or mission”. For fiscal year 2014, $13,000,000 was set aside for NSGP. The maximum amount that can be awarded to a single group is $75,000.
Since 2007, CAIR has urged Muslim non-profits to apply for the federal security grants. From the CAIR website:
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/17/14) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is urging mosques and Muslim institutions nationwide to consider applying for funds available through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP).
The program is designed to assist nonprofit organizations that are vulnerable to terrorist attacks with procuring and installing security equipment to enhance safety.
As for the ISB, it has received several federal security grants in the past:
With the 2014 $74k+ amount, that totals out to over $212,000 in the last nine years – $147,000 just in the last two years.
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: The Islamic Society of Baltimore (ISB) is only one of several mosques that have received past security grants but mosques are not the only groups having tax dollars awarded for security. A 2011 Judicial Watch report noted that the majority of 2011 grants for ‘target hardening” went to Jewish centers and added:
All 30 of the grants distributed in Illinois went to Chicago-area nonprofits, including a politically-connected college foundation with more than $5 million in assets and several Catholic hospitals.
With the current Islamist push towards establishing mosques as “safe places“, we wonder how much of the security funding will be used to hinder counter-terror and law enforcement efforts.
“Yes, it could be much worse. It could be another Oldham, Bradford, Luton, Tower Hamlets, etc. At least there isn’t the rampant radicalism as in those places. But it’s a process, and if there’s complacency then in a generation’s time it could be the same or even worse.” – Paul Wilkinson, How Nottingham Has Changed in the Last 15 Years
Nottingham Rejoices First Minaret Mosque
By: OnIslam & Newspapers, Wednesday, 02 April 2014
CAIRO – Joyful Muslim community in the central British city of Nottingham has been preparing for the inauguration of their city’s first mosque with a minaret next week, seeing it a symbol of Islam in the old city.
“I’m very proud and anxious that it opens,” mosque chairman Aurangzeb Khan, 79, of Carlton, told Nottingham Post on Wednesday, April 2.
“We’ve wanted it for the last four or five years and we’re really pleased with it.”
The new Jamia Masjid Sultania mosque in Sneinton Dale will host afternoon prayers for the first time from 2pm on Sunday, April 13.
The building, costing around £1.2m, was granted planning permission by Nottingham City Council in 2011.
The 47ft high (14 metre) glass fibre minaret was added that the end of February as one of the final pieces to be added to the Jamia Masjid Sultania mosque, in Sneinton.
The minaret can be used for Adhan, call to prayer, only after taking a planning permission
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: When I originally came across the above article, my first intention was to provide comments and links to how the influx of Muslim immigrants has changed the Nottingham UK landscape. Being a firm believer in not wasting time “reinventing the wheel” my online research brought me to writings penned by Paul Wilkinson on the blogging site, chersonandmolschky.com.
Wilkinson’s personal account covers the changes he’s seen over the last 15 years in his home city of Nottingham. It’s a reflection of what is occurring in many English communities as well as those in the U.S. and Canada. I strongly encourage you to read his perspective on the above mosque article as well.
Paul “Dave” Gaubatz, former Federal Agent, U.S. State Department-trained Arabic linguist and counterterrorism specialist, reports on the efforts of a San Antonio, TX mosque to convert airman at Lackland AFB, TX. According to Gaubatz, the military is even facilitating the program.
“While the U.S. military has clamped down on military members having any connection to the Christian and Jewish faith, or speaking to one another about their religious beliefs, the military leaders are encouraging and demanding non Muslim USAF members attend Islamic services.”
Exposed: Muslim Recruiting Station on Lackland Air Force Base, TX
By Paul “Dave” Gaubatz, August 26, 2013
A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to visit the Islamic Center of San Antonio, SanAntonio, TX. The research findings were typical of most Sunni mosques around America. This is a Salafist (Wahabi) mosque. Inside were the typical violent materials such as Fiqh Us Sunnan, Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Riyadh Al Salheen, and more.
The research findings were not a surprise since I have seen this type mosque hundreds of times during my research. What was interesting is the Islamic Center is near Lackland AFB. This is one of the U.S. Military largest training bases. All USAF personnel must conduct their initial training on this base. Here is what I discovered:
1. The Imam is Yousef Said, Ph D. Most of the worshippers are from Pakistan/Sunni-Salafist.
2. They had all the materials that identify them as supporting Al Qaeda, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.
3. Very strict Sharia adherence. Many of the young girls were completely veiled.
4. The Center has a strong security team on the grounds 24 hours a day.
5. I met several men, the Imam, custodians, and their head of security.
6. The Islamic Center is closely linked to Masjid Beit El Magdes, 7627 Culebra Rd., San Antonio. They are also behind the Mosque on Lackland AFB. A Brother Jeffrey is the Imam at the Lackland mosque. I was informed the new USAF recruits at Lackland must study Islam and attend the mosque on base. Brother Jeffrey has a goal of recruiting/converting at least 3 Airmen per week. Thus far they have had no problem doing this.
7. There were brochures of Imam Siraj Wahhaj coming to San Antonio on 8 June 2013. Remember I have always said Wahhaj is America’s most dangerous Islamic leader. The meeting is open for all and will be held at the Crossroads Mall Wonderland of America, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 7pm – 10pm.
8. A former U.S. military member Terry Holdbrooks assigned to GITMO was converted by three GITMO prisoners. Holdbrooks now speaks at mosques. He was in San Antonio on 24 May 2013.
9. The Islamic Center has close ties with CAIR National.
Lackland Air Force Base is also home to a large number of Saudi Military. They attend training at this base for various aircraft related fields of study. Over the years there have been Saudi military that suddenly disappear into the American landscape. Many are part of the underground Islamic sleeper cell community.
Lackland AFB has a mosque and what I found disturbing was that non Muslims AF trainees at Lackland attend Islamic services at the mosque. The Islamic leaders at the Islamic Center of San Antonio informed me that new AF recruits must attend Islamic services at the mosque.
COMMENTS/ANALYSIS: This is another example playing the “we are misunderstood” and “victimization” cards to gain inroads on policy making within western nations. To avoid the stigma of being labeled “islamaphobes” political and military leaders will go to extremes to appease Islamic special interest groups, even at the risk of national security.
Note the below related article from 2011.
- Promoting Islam at Lackland Air Force Base