Jihadists and their supporters dominate DoJ terror prosecutions

Posted by: Phineas on March 10, 2011 at 1:33 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Congressman Peter King (R-NY), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is opening hearings today on the threat of radicalization of American Muslims by jihadist groups. Naturally, the usual coalition of Islamist front groups and their tools on the Left have denounced these hearings as “un-American,” “McCarthyist,” and Islamophobic.

Yet, when one goes past the screams of outrageous outrage and looks at facts, one fact stands out: most terror convictions involve defendants waging jihad fi sabil Allah — “jihad for the sake of Allah:”

More than 80 percent of all convictions tied to international terrorist groups and homegrown terrorism since 9/11 involve defendants driven by a radical Islamist agenda, a review of Department of Justice statistics shows.

Though Muslims represent about 1 percent of the American population, they constitute defendants in 186 of the 228 cases DOJ lists.

On Thursday, the House Homeland Security Committee holds its first hearing into radicalization among Muslim Americans. Critics have taken issue with the focus on one religious minority, but the DOJ list shows that radical Islamists are disproportionately involved in terror-related crimes.

Al-Qaida is involved in the largest number of prosecutions, representing 30 percent of the 228 terror cases involving an identified group. Hizballah-affiliated defendants are involved in 10.5 percent of the cases and Hamas is part of 9 percent. Pakistani-based Lashkar-e-Tayyiba was involved in 6.5 percent of the cases.

The remainder involved the South Asian Tamil Tigers and Colombia’s FARC. The article’s author, the Investigative Project on Terrorism, goes on to break down the statistics by international versus domestic terror plots, and it covers significant cases not included in the Justice report. All in all, it’s an enlightening and a disturbing survey.

My own opinion is that these hearings can serve a useful purpose, because there is no doubt that Islamic-supremacist groups have targeted the United States and want to radicalize the Muslim population here. As former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy details in his excellent “The Grand Jihad,” the Muslim Brotherhood operates here through fronts such as the Muslim Students Association, the Islamic Circle of North America, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and others to spread a Salafist interpretation of Islam with the goal of replacing our constitutional government based on individual liberties with sharia law. Leading Brotherhood intellectual Sheikh Yusef al Qaradawi has called this “jihad by da’wa.” (Islamic proselytism. See also.)

The fact is that there is a continuing strong effort to radicalize Muslims in the United States to support jihad, whether that means traveling overseas to fight (as in Somalia), fighting here in America (as in Times Square), or through non-violent support. The Department of Justice statistics bear that out. While I’m disappointed Congressman King has left out important, knowledgeable witnesses such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch, and IPT’s Steve Emerson (especially since they could effectively challenge blatant apologists such as Congressman Keith Ellison), I do think these hearings can serve a valuable purpose by shedding light on efforts to radicalize Muslims in the United States. They will certainly be worth keeping an eye on.

LINKS: My blog-buddy Sister Toldjah launched a spirited defense of the hearings a couple of days ago. IPT’s Steve Emerson says the real hysteria-mongers are the Muslim-American groups attacking Congressman King. Oh, and by the way, the usual death threats from the Religion of Peace have made their appearance. An essay on “jihad fi sabil Allah.”

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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5 Responses to “Jihadists and their supporters dominate DoJ terror prosecutions”

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  1. your mama says:

    What would the left do without their lame and only argument against any and all hearings by republicans?
    The folks know this is all they have and will just press on with what needs to be done.
    And it is curious we don’t hear about the thwarted attacks by these folks.

  2. PE says:

    You got your basic race card and now, at play, you got your basic RELIGIOUS minority card, and then you got your basic profiling card and it won’t be long now, we’ll have a full deck and it will be politically wrong to do more than diddley squat about anything.

  3. Bear1909 says:

    These hearings are Congressional. They have omitted the best minds in America from testifying. King’s heart is in the right place but he is out of step with the rest of the American people who KNOW Islam is a cancer in America that will metastisize into a disaster of Pearl Harbor proportions, complete with fighting door to door in American cities.

    America is the sleeping giant that awakens slowly from the many pills and potients inflicted upon her as she slumbers. Communists, George Soros, and Moo-Chelle Obamadamadumchitz and all the rest of the whoring gangs that would drug her into a permanent sleep fail to remember that in order for the Republic to pass quietly into the night, in the face of a threat like MOSLEMS and their retrograde “religion”, all 100 million of us who KNOW the threat for what it is will have to be killed.

    The giant will awaken with all of her might and take back her role as the light of this world that is currently being run by child rapists, pedophilic European ministers, UN Sex Trade Traffickers, Sodomitic Arab Oil Potentates, and Wishful Thinking HomoSexual Political Elites.

    It is 330 a.m. in America, Mohammed. Strap your hat on because you are about to be the one losing your head again to a free people who decapitated you in the days of the Barbary Pirates, the same rag tag people who couldn’t figure out how to defeat your extortionary trade in human slavery.

    Let us not lose faith in our institutions. The current operators need to get smarter and make more important friends than the ones running their PACs. The power is outside of government bodies and elected office- the power is with us, The People.

    End Islam in America. Take pictures of the license plates of cars parked at the mosques. Profile the participants. There is freedom of religion in America and there is freedom to assemble, sightsee and take pictures. Document the faces and the places where Islam congregates. Work on the documentary on the Religion of Peace growing in your neighborhood. Oh, look at those nice immigrants being shown around town by the nice Imam….. you get my drift.

    Bear1909 out.

  4. Carlos says:

    But, but, but…everyone with half an active brain cell just KNOWS the real terror threat in America is Christians.

    And speaking of half an active brain cell, I’m sure Joy would tell you this. Or Whoopi. Or even JanNap, who obviously spends most her time tracking down these terrorists successfully because 1) you don’t see any Christians waging their equivalent of jihad on America, so she’s got a good handle on them, and 2) you don’t see her doing anything else except grabbing a few photo ops, so she (again, obviously) has to be spending most of her time on our dime hunting those vicious, murderous Christians down.

  5. Dennis Bennett says:

    The Obama administration has been largely successful in promoting a distinction between “radicals” and “peace-loving citizens”, socially, politically and now, with Islam, culturally. The problem isn’t that easily “community-organized”!
    Dr. Zuhdi Jasser makes the point, succinctly: many imams in the Muslim-American community promote a “culture that encourages a lack of cooperation and assimilation,” advising worshippers, for instance,‘Do not talk to the FBI unless you have an attorney.’ Validating his view comes easy: In one study, 75% of Islamists surveyed wanted sharia in lieu of American law”. They BELIEVE it is elemental to their existence. The consequence is straightforward. a resultant lack of willingness to integrate into the American mainstream, a foundational element setting the stage for a disruptive and violent lifestyle. To protest is one thing, resorting to Muhammad’s teachings for “law and order” are quite another.
    “It is not only that ‘all of this propaganda is being disseminated at many mosques, and we have to address that,” as Dr. Jasser has courageously pointed out, but more. I believe it is the very essence of Islam’s ideology which needs changing to co-exist peacefully with others. The long and tumultous history, birthed in segregation and violence, bears me out.
    In my view, Islam’s imams who encourage and teach their basic tenets foster segregation undermining their very claim to be a “religion of peace”, a claim made in self-defense rather than essence. Slumbering Muslims, or, those rightly afraid of their own teachings, are not peace-loving, but simply silent until the demographics change.
    Americans can teach civil obedience to their neighbor, but it won’t change the teachings in the Quran.