This past Labor Day weekend, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), held its 51st annual convention in Detroit. This is the largest annual Muslim Brotherhood event in the U.S.
ISNA is listed in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood strategic plan for North America and was also a named unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror financing prosecution. ISNA was founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s first U.S. organization, the Muslim Students Association (MSA). Many of ISNA’s leaders were active in their respective college MSAs.
A look at ISNA’s website, leadership, annual convention speakers and partners shows why ISNA supports the BDS goal of destroying Israel as the Jewish homeland. ISNA supports Hamas, the armed branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is dedicated to the destruction of Israel. Hamas is a U.S. designated terrorist organization.
The Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) warranty deed lists the same mailing address as ISNA. Why do the Nashville’s Family of Abraham apologists for Islam turn a blind eye to ISNA’s end goals? Is it because they think the same way?
ISNA’s 2014 conference
This year’s event theme made the absurd claim that Muslims living the U.S. constitute the next civil rights movement. Tennessee’s Muslim American Center for Outreach (ACO) tried a similar propaganda tactic during the 2013 “Black History Month.”
The biggest irony with ISNA’s choice of theme, is that this country’s most respected and powerful black American civil rights leader, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., defended Israel’s need for security and spoke against anti-Semitism.
Speakers at the conference included the regular group of named unindicted co-conspirators from the terrorism financing prosecution who also happen to be regular speakers in Tennessee, including Syyid Syeed, Jamal Badawi, Nihad Awad, Zaid Shakir, Hamza Yusuf, Louay Safi and Siraj Wahajj.
And no large gathering of sharia advocates would be complete without Memphis Tennessee imam Yasir Qadhi.
And no Muslim Brotherhood inspired event would be complete without high profile representatives of anti-Israel Jew-hater organizations like CAIR-Hamas and Hatem Bazian, founder of Students for Justice in Palestine.
The highest profile speakers included former President Jimmy Carter, (author of “Apartheid Israel”), Rep. Keith Ellison and Michigan Governor, Republican Rick Snyder.
Governors Snyder and Haslam: two sides of the same coin?
In 2011 Michigan Gov. Snyder spoke at an event sponsored by CAIR-Hamas. Like ISNA, CAIR was identified as a Muslim Brotherhood organization and named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing prosecution. A letter campaign shortly thereafter “cautioned [Snyder] about Muslim Brotherhood influence operations.”
Either Snyder wasn’t listening or wanted to believe the “moderate Muslim Brotherhood” fantasy. Or that ISNA’s interfaith outreach with Jews is somehow complimentary to ISNA’s support for the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) and delegitimization movement against Israel. Why else would Snyder choose the ISNA convention to remind his audience of Israel’s right to exist? ISNA promptly issued an action alert against the Governor for his “insensitive remarks.”
Like Snyder, Haslam has his Department of Homeland Security interface with the state’s Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) even though AMAC board members publicly assert their allegiance to known Muslim Brotherhood and lead pro-Hamas rallies. Would Haslam speak at an AMAC conference if asked? What about a CAIR conference? What if ISNA decided to use the new Nashville Convention Center? Any different than speaking at a KKK rally?
Haslam probably would show up and welcome the Islamists to his state. Just like he welcomed the sharia observant Mwafaq Aljabbary into the Republican political fold.
Would Haslam also show his support for Israel? It’s questionable.
Shortly after sharia finance specialist Samar Ali was hired by the Haslam administration, Commissioner Hagerty said that Samar was hired after a phone call from her father, Subhi Ali. Did it matter that Subhi Ali’s organization the Jerusalem Fund, wants to destroy Israel? When questioned about why he hired a Muslim with a sharia finance background, Haslam defended his choice citing “freedom of religion.” Obviously Haslam doesn’t understand the “politics” of Islam and its sharia finance which sends money to support jihadis like Hamas or ISIS.
Just like Gov. Snyder, Islamists in Tennessee have ties to former President Jimmy Carter. Would it concern Haslam to know that Samar accompanied former President Jimmy Carter and his Carter Center team to witness the Presidential Elections in Egypt when the Muslim Brotherhood candidate was elected?
The same former President who is the author of “Apartheid Israel,” whose Carter Center took $1 million from the Bin Laden family, and donations in the range of $10,000 to $24,999 from Samar’s father and mother?
What should Haslam do?
He should start by being educated about the Muslim Brotherhood presence in Tennessee including the Pleasant View Islamic school in Memphis. He should find out why Anoor Academy in his hometown is teaching its children lies about Jews and Christians. He should learn more about why the pro-sharia advocates like Remziya Suleyman and her ACO organization are teaming up with CAIR-Hamas and Samar Ali.
He might even want to find out why his Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security Bill Gibbons wasn’t truthful about his promotion of the American Muslim Advisory Council in Tennessee. Instead of keeping Tennessee’s law enforcement ignorant about Islamist activity in Tennessee, he should make sure they are properly and thoroughly trained.
Haslam should look more carefully at the Israel and Jew-hating group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) that has established itself at UT Knoxville, and he should question why Tennessee has witnessed pro-Hamas rallies in Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville.
Could Haslam be counted on to do what he should do? Not based on past evidence he won’t.
There is no end to what the Haslam money can buy, even a joint venture between Tennessee’s elitist right and its neighborhood left.
Starting its second year, “Leadership Tennessee” is a 10-month leadership education program hosted by Lipscomb University. The program was founded and funded in part by The Haslam Foundation, Haslam family’s Flying Pilot J, the Hyde Family Foundation and the Cornerstone Foundation of Knoxville whose board at one time included Haslam.
Leadership Tennessee says it brings people together to “find the common good.” Is this Haslam’s way of practicing the“reach across the aisle” that RHINOs in D.C. do so well?
It is ironic that Haslam would be funding a leadership program since increasingly, he’s the “leader” that nobody wants to follow, least of all growing segments of the general assembly.
The Program “Team” includes:
Tom Ingram – advisor to Republican and Democrat politicians including Haslam, Lamar and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. His vision of the program is that it “will represent middle, east and west Tennessee across all sectors.” Class participants include some Tennessee politicians currently in office such as Lipscomb alumnus, Speaker Beth Harwell. Would the program ever include conservative politicians like the ones Haslam tried to unseat? Aren’t they part of coming together for the “common good?”
Cathy Cate – executive director of Leadership Tennessee is the wife of Haslam Chief of Staff Mark Cate who just happens to be in this year’s Leadership class.
Linda Peek Schacht – her impressive credentials reflect complete dedication to the Democrat party, including a position with the (Israel-hating) Carter White House and communications director for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee.
Randolph Lowry – President of Lipscomb University who has moved the university to more liberal, socially progressive positions. For example, in 2008, Lowry announced Lipscomb’s new scholarships reserved for Latino students. One Lipscomb Master’s project described the “Lipscomb University model for welcoming, enrolling and graduating the 1.5 Generation, undocumented young people brought to this country as children who would be covered by the Dream Act.”
At Lipscomb University, breaking the country’s immigration laws is not a bar to a college education. Would Lowry also condone an unemployed man stealing to feed his family?
Lipscomb partners with TIRRC (TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition) in their annual “Welcoming Events.” TIRRC addresses the issue of illegal immigration in the code of open border advocates who call it “reuniting families” or advocating for “ the Dreamers.”
The university also hosts pro-sharia propaganda events and anti-Israel propaganda films like “5 Broken Cameras.”
TN Leadership first year’s class included Sen. Corker’s chief of staff, mayors from select cities, representatives from big business, leaders and non-profit representatives like Renata Soto from the leftist organization Conexion Americas, and SCORE’s Executive Director Jamie Woodson, the biggest lobbyist and most well-financed lobbyist for Common Core in Tennessee next to the Chamber of Commerce.
This year’s class includes a BlueCross BlueShield executive, Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Speaker Beth Harwell, lawyers from big law firms, Knox County’s school superintendent, another representative from Conexion Americas and CAIR-Hamas collaborator, Remziya Suleyman from the American Center for Outreach (ACO).
Captive audience for Haslam’s agenda
Leadership TN says it is about “collaborative leadership.” Last year SCORE was highlighted as a “terrific example of collaboration in action….SCORE has been the catalyst for transforming Tennessee into a national leader in education reform.” According to Rocky Top Politics, SCORE and several of its board members helped finance Haslam’s recent attack on conservative primary candidates.
This year’s class includes Calvin Anderson, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs for BlueCross BlueShield of TN. Haslam’s communications director Alexa Poe (who used to work for Democrat Nashville Mayor Karl Dean) said that Haslam will not show his new plan for Medicaid expansion to his state legislators until after he gets the federal government to approve it.
What are the chances this year’s Leadership TN will be discussing the need for Medicaid expansion?
The Real Payoff for Leadership TN participants: Networking and deal-making
Two of the biggest benefactors of this program will be Suleyman and Jose Gonzalez, finance director for Conexion Americas. ACO, the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) and TIRRC all work together with Conexion Americas and have their offices in Casa Azafran, the building owned by Conexion Americas.
Gonzalez can guilt trip the others about how without amnesty, families are separated and illegals have to live in the shadows. Obviously, he thinks U.S. law means nothing.
Suleyman will tell her usual embellished story about how she came as a refugee and works tirelessly as a human rights activist to defend the victimized Muslims of Tennessee. She’ll tell them about her interfaith work but probably won’t tell them that her close friend and her organization’s Civic Engagement Coordinator was a lead organizer of pro-Hamas rallies in Nashville and regularly tweets out Jew hatred. Suleyman will probably not disclose her close association with and promotion of CAIR-Hamas and her personal relationship with its director, Nihad Awad. Or that she brought anti-Semitic Michigan CAIR director to train Muslim high school students in political activism.
And she probably won’t tell them that despite her pro-sharia advocacy, she admitted “she never knew the concept of sharia.”
For Haslam, Leadership TN is an opportunity to buy support and be able to cast himself as a “consensus leader,” like the kind Sen. Bob Corker says we need for the next Republican presidential candidate. Haslam can show the participants that it doesn’t violate Republican principles to agree with Obama – amnesty, entitlements, pro-Islam, and driver licenses for illegal immigrants. He can show them that Republican principles won’t drive his politics. He can show them that it’s okay to reach back and forth “across the aisle” because in the end, we are all the same whether Democrat or Republican.
Ever since he took office, Gov. Haslam has been aggressively promoting the Chamber of Commerce’s political agenda, an agenda that looks like it came straight from Obama:
Common Core – we must have it or Tennessee’s kids will never get jobs
Refugee resettlement – we need to bring in cheap serf labor because we don’t have enough workers
Promote Islamists – Muslim Brotherhood and sharia law are not obstacles to business
Medicaid expansion – Tennessee will like it if they would only try it
Amnesty – this is a must otherwise Republicans will never get the Latino vote
Despite the overwhelming rejection of Common Core across the state from parents, educators and legislators, Haslam is doing anything and everything not to concede defeat. He even staged a pro- Common Core rally on September 18th. Haslam continues to insist that this is the only way Tennessee students will become college and career competent even though the standards are untested and are being challenged by content experts.
The U.S., Tennessee included, pays to bring refugees to live in America who are later recruited to perform jihad. Aggressive recruitment of Islamists by the Islamic State (IS), has forced the American public to finally acknowledge that the jihad threat on American soil from returning jihadists, is real. Syrians will now be arriving through the refugee resettlement program. We have known since at least 2010 that jihadists have crossed our unsecured Southern border. And now we are told that ISIS is operating in Mexico. The threat to our security is real.
The federal refugee resettlement program is voluntary and Tennessee does not have to participate or assume the cost of the federal program. The cost of the federal program to the state cannot be validated because of absent data and unsupported guesstimates by the legislature’s fiscal review office. What Haslam hasn’t factored into additional federal costs forced on state taxpayers, is that the new job growth he is boasting is not employing native born Tennesseeans. The jobs are going to legal and illegal immigrants.
Haslam has never indicated that he would put business interests aside to address legitimate fiscal and security concerns.
This says nothing of course about the illegal immigrants living and working in Tennessee. Nor does it address the added costs of the illegal immigrant children that have arrived to join their illegally – present relatives. The 760 children deposited in Tennessee as of July is now up to 909 and likely to increase.
Between late 2011 and early 2012, Haslam and his Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security Bill Gibbons, supported and collaborated with the formation of the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC). Gibbons has supported the AMAC’s participation in training state safety and law enforcement personnel.
Haslam hired sharia finance specialist, Samar Ali. When questioned about Ali’s hiring, apologist for Islam Haslam, ignored the linkage between sharia finance and terrorism and said “everyone has a right to freedom of religion.” He probably also agrees with Obama that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam.
Haslam Communications Director Alexa Poe (former development chief for Democrat Mayor Karl Dean), says that Haslam will not share his Medicaid expansion plan with the State’s legislators at the same time he submits it for the Obama administration’s approval. Is it because he doesn’t want both the federal government and his state’s government telling him what he can and cannot do?
Unlike other governors, Haslam was silent in 2012 when Obama unilaterally gave work authorization and temporary legal presence through DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) to certain illegal immigrants. Instead, Haslam is campaigning with his pro-amnesty crony Sen. Lamar Alexander. Any horse-trading between Lamar and Haslam? Lamar’s son, Will Alexander received a Chief of Staff position with Haslam’s Department of Economic & Community Development (ECD) in exchange for…..?
So, what does Haslam get for selling out Tennessee?
The August 2014 Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) analysis can tell you who isn’t working in Tennessee. Their conclusion based on the same data the federal government uses to determine labor market participation shows that the jobs in Tennessee are going to legal and illegal immigrants:
“Tennessee’s working-age immigrant population grew 176 percent from 2000 to 2014, one of the highest of any state in the nation. Yet the number of natives working in 2014 was actually lower in 2000.”
With Chamber of Commerce support for both amnesty and refugee resettlement, this should come as no surprise.
Bridge Refugee Services is a refugee resettlement agency in Knoxville. It partners with Church World Services (CWS), one of the nine national resettlement organizations. A volunteer refugee advocacy group has posted the complaints they received about Bridge’s treatment of refugees. One post addresses four reported worksite injuries in over eight months that the refugees claimed Bridge did not help them address. The volunteer that works with the refugees opined that the “agency even sided with the temporary employment agency that placed the refugees, and is more concerned about keeping up their employment placements than they are with the refugees’ welfare.”
In the federal resettlement contracting business, employment numbers are very important, however illusory they may be, as exposed by a former Bridge Refugee Service caseworker. Despite any reported problems, Bridge continues to receive federal grant money. The last publicly available report in 2010 shows $902,445 in taxpayer funds.
“We come for the jobs”
So says Mohamed-Shukri Hassan, a Somali refugee who was resettled in Tennessee. After working for the TN Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) and CAIR-Hamas promoting American Center for Outreach (ACO), Hassan now works as the Program Director for the TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC). All three organizations stress non-assimilation in favor of multicultural accommodations.
Shukri also served on the board of NICE (Nashville International Center for Empowerment), an organization that started out just assisting refugees with government money but which grew into a full-fledged refugee resettlement agency. NICE’s new status brought much more public money into its accounts. In 2013 it received over $800,000 in taxpayer money to fund its operations. Representatives from Dell and Toshiba also serve on NICE’s board.
And not to be left out, Will Alexander, Sen. Lamar Alexander’s son who is now the chief of staff of Gov. Haslam’s Department of Economic and Community Development, has also served on NICE’s board. Crony is as crony does.
One stream of NICE’s public money comes under the heading of the “Match Grant” program. This program allows public money to flow into resettlement agencies by matching public dollars with cash and in-kind donations for which the agency sets the dollar value of the donated goods. This particular program is supposed to offer an alternative to cash welfare.
The U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement places such a high premium on shifting refugee healthcare costs to states, that its FY2013 Match Grant written guidelines advises resettlement agencies to use vouchers if necessary to avoid having weekly cash payments that make refugee clients income ineligible for food stamps and Medicaid.
Flower Foods: has Bridge Refugee Services knocked on their door?
In March, 2014, Governor Haslam and ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced the opening of Flower Foods bakery operation in Knox County. (see detailed announcement here.)
Food processing and manufacturing plants seem to be a popular source of jobs for refugees. Tysons Foods is known to be a big supporter of refugee labor. In fact, Tyson’s HR Manager was a board member of CRIT (Center for Refugees and Immigrants of TN, an organization with an “interesting” history.)
Knoxville’s Flower Foods can look closer to home to find refugee employees. In fact, they can look in-house to John Swale, Director of Outsourced Services. Swale serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Refugees (IAFR) based in Minnesota. He also served for 10 years as a Field Director for Refugee and Ethnic Minority Ministries.
Companies more like Flower Foods such as Creative Snack also looks to Church World Service to “find its employees.” CWS is the same resettlement organization that partners with Bridge in Knoxville and Chattanooga.
Diane’s Desserts in Minnesota offers an instructive object lesson for Flower Foods. In 2012 resettled refugee Somali workers at Diane’s Desserts in Le Center, Minnesota, walked off the job to protest a new company policy about skirt length which was issued after a worker’s long skirt got caught in machinery. Even though the female workers could still cover their legs with pants, it was unacceptable to the Somali workers.
Predictably, CAIR-Hamas stepped in to help the workers that quit their jobs file complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Accommodating religious demands like dress and prayer time are just some of the trade-offs crony capitalists have to make for cheap labor.
So, are you wondering who’s working in Tennessee?
An August 2014 Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) analysis of Tennessee’s employment growth since 2000 shows that the jobs have gone to legal and illegal immigrants.
“Tennessee’s working-age immigrant population grew 176 percent from 2000 to 2014, one of the highest of any state in the nation. Yet the number of natives working in 2014 was actually lower in 2000.”
CIS used the same data the government uses to determine labor market participation.
Who are legal immigrants in Tennessee?
Refugees are legal immigrants that are brought to Tennessee by federal contractors like Catholic Charities. They come with work authorization and access to all forms of public assistance including TennCare, SSI and cash welfare, if they meet the eligibility requirements. Federal contractors like Catholic Charities always say that the federal government pays the full cost of the resettlement program. That is not true. The federal government has admitted many times that they have shifted the bulk of the program’s cost to the States.
The FY2015 “Key Indicators for Refugee Placement” is a report providing information to help the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement and its federal contractors decide where to send refugees in the coming year. In the report is information about whether a state has decided to expand its Medicaid program because this is a program with high refugee enrollment.
Federal contractor, Tennessee Office for Refugees (TOR), a department of Catholic Charities of TN, has run the refugee resettlement program in Tennessee since late 2008. During the first 3 years TOR ran the program, they brought approximately 4,500 refugees to the state so TennCare enrollment within this group more than doubled.
In November 2013, Haslam admitted that increased TennCare costs “threaten to gobble up to 60% of all new revenue in the state’s upcoming 2015 budget.”
Another “key indicator” included in the report is refugee employment data by state. Federal
contractors uniformly report that a high percentage of their refugee clients are employed within the first 3 – 6 months of having arrived and become economically self-sufficient shortly thereafter. The following Tennessee employment data was reported:
- out of 1809 refugees brought to Tennessee by contractors, only 52% were eligible for employment
- of the 952 eligible for employment, only 2/3, or about 618 entered employment
- 90 days after entering employment, about 506 were still employed
Federal contractors are supposed to report 90 and 180 day employment retention outcomes to the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement ORR). This report did not include the 180 day employment retention information. “Friends of Refugees,” is a non-partisan volunteer watchdog group that includes former refugee resettlement agency volunteers. A recent story about Tennessee federal contractor Bridge that resettles refugees in Knoxville and Chattanooga, says the employment data is not accurate:
“A former case manager also sent us information about the agency and pointed out that the refugee employment figures are dishonest as most of the refuges have only temporary employment that does not help them to pay rent and be self-sufficient. The nature of the temp jobs also means that the refugees will be unemployed just a short time after the agency reports them employed to the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) at 90 days and 180 days.”
Economic self-sufficiency is supposed to be a guiding principle of the U.S. refugee resettlement program. But federal law says that refugees can use every public assistance program such as Medicaid, food stamps, SSI, and public housing, and still be considered “economically self-sufficient” as long as they don’t receive cash welfare.
“Welfare use is staggering among refugees. Welfare usage is never counted by officials as part of the cost of the program. Yet, when it is included, the total cost of the refugee program soars to at least 10-20 billion a year”. (see Fact Sheet)
Of 58,238 refugees resettled in the U.S.,the 2012 ORR report to Congress shows that the unemployment rate is the highest it has been since 2007, 73% receive food stamps, 24% use public housing, 19% are on SSI, 46.5% receive cash welfare and 60% are enrolled in Medicaid or have received 8 months of medical assistance if non-Medicaid eligible.
The Chamber of Commerce Inside and Outside the Governor’s office
In 2001 the Nashville Chamber of Commerce took money from the ORR for the “Building the New American Community” pilot program of ‘gateway’ refugee resettlement. The US Chamber of Commerce and its member chambers like the Nashville and Tennessee Chambers, support refugee resettlement. So while crony capitalists exploit ‘serf’ labor from other countries, U.S. and Tennessee citizens can line up for work.
The TN Chamber of Commerce also supports Medicaid expansion and can work the inside track to the Governor’s office. Leslie Hafner, Haslam’s director for legislation is also the business partner of the Chamber’s chief lobbyist, David McMahan.
So whose economic interests does Governor Haslam really represent? Unemployed Tennessee citizens or the imported refugee “serf” labor? Who eneded up with the 170,000 new jobs?
Part 2 to come.
Who decides what information and training the state’s law enforcement personnel need so they can do their jobs? What happens when the officers aren’t trained to recognize contemporary threats like Americans returning from training and fighting jihad in places like Yemen, Somalia and Syria?
In a state like Tennessee that has a significant Muslim Brotherhood presence, active CAIR affiliations, and at least one high profile Memphis jihadi killer, has the state’s top law enforcement administration been provided with the right type of training? Probably not.
Back in December 2011, when asked, Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security, Bill Gibbons denied a relationship with or even knowledge about the newly formed TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) even though his Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) Regional Advisor James Cotter had been helping the Council form since June 2011.
Gibbons probably just “forgot” that he had written a letter dated November 7, 2011, thanking the AMAC for their partnership with the state and the DHS and his support for “long-term trusted relationships.” He also “forgot” that the DHS included AMAC in a December 2011 law enforcement training.
AMAC has stated very clearly that their “mission is to build bridges between the Muslim community and federal, state and local law enforcement…” AMAC is a political influence operation.
Is this sheriff in the picture, aware that AMAC Board member Drost Kokoye helped organize and lead pro-Hamas rallies in Nashville?
Is this sheriff aware that AMAC Board member Sabina Mohyuddin relies on two Muslim Brotherhood organizations, the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), to “help American Muslims stay true to their religious values [sharia law?] while being uniquely American.”
Will AMAC tell the sheriff about the Muslim Brotherhood’s Explanatory 1991 Memorandum which details the many ways Islamists are waging civilization jihad on the West?
“Anything that they do over there can happen here, and will”
That is what then DHS Regional Advisor James Cotter said in 2009 regarding “foreign threats” and the implied Islamist issue. Mr. Cotter stated: Shortly after helping to form the AMAC Cotter was promoted to State Training Advisor and now is a Supervising Intelligence Office with the Tennessee Fusion Center.
AMAC and its sister organization the American Center for Outreach (ACO), have solidified their relationships with various levels of law enforcement from the state and local level to the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI. ACO Director Remziya Suleyman’s brother is on the Metro Nashville police force. Will he be a conduit for information and influence by the AMAC and ACO over the police force trainings?
FBI agent Ken Moore who spoke at last year’s AMAC forum in Manchester, is the same FBI agent who helped purge FBI training materials about the Muslim Brotherhood and sharia. Terms like “sharia” “jihad” along with other materials deemed offensive to Muslims were removed even though they are the same terms and doctrine used by terrorists like al-Qaeda and Hamas.
Is agent Moore aware that Tennessee’s Islamists have been working with CAIR-Hamas? Surely he knows that the FBI won’t work with CAIR because of CAIR’s ties to Hamas.
Suleyman is an active participant and promoter of CAIR. Last summer she brought Dawud Walid, CAIR director from Michigan, to train Muslim students in political activism. Walid regularly warns students not to cooperate with the FBI because he says they are “agent provocateurs” that target Muslims. He also casually downplays the Somali al-Qaeda affiliate, al-Shabaab.
The FBI has prosecuted some, but not all Somalis who have left Minnesota to fight jihad, in Somalia and more recently, Syria. “Since 2007, at least 22 young men have left Minnesota to join al-Shabaab in Somalia. Some have died there, and some were even praised as ‘Minnesota Martyrs in an elaborate video released last year.”
Recently, Douglas McArthur McCain from California died in Syria fighting with ISIS (Islamic State) and Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha from Florida died in a suicide bombing attack on Syrian government troops. Counterterrorism and intelligence agencies are not sure how many of the estimated 12,000 foreign fighters in Syria might bring their jihad to the U.S.
Memphis native and Muslim convert Carlos Bledsoe was radicalized in Nashville, trained in Yemen, and returned to the U.S. where he committed his jihad at the Army recruiting center in Little Rock, Arkansas. His story is told in the “Losing Our Sons” video.
Should We Feel Protected in Tennessee?
AMAC and ACO say they should help train Tennessee law enforcement and they object to any training that runs counter to their scripted presentations.
In addition to the December 2011 training, AMAC was included in a 2012 terrorism conference sponsored by the Middle Tennessee U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Nashville Joint Terrorism Task Force. It was held at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Attendees included the FBI’s Continuing Education and Professional Development Unit, the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security, and the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.
No information about this conference or its contents was ever made available to the public or uninvited officials.
More recently, ACO Suleyman’s signed onto another letter to the President’s Assistant for Homeland Security demanding extensive and rigorous materials purging and retraining of personnel across government agencies. Unindicted co-conspirator CAIR-Hamas also signed the letter.
Haslam, AMAC and ACO – denying TN law enforcement the information needed to make our state safer in the face of Islamic jihad.