Hagerstown Mosque discussed in “Muslim Mafia” book
Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 19, 2009
I just opened my copy of the book we reported here a few days ago: “Muslim Mafia, Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America” by David Gaubatz and Paul Spherry and learned that the FBI had an interest in the Islamic Society of Western Maryland, located in Hagerstown, near where we live.
We are interested in this information because this mosque was involved with the Muslim refugees brought to Hagerstown a few years ago by the Virginia Council of Churches.
This is a portion of Chapter 6 which I am copying verbatim because there will be people in our county who should know this happened and our local paper, The Hagerstown Herald Mail is so politically correct they won’t publish any of this.
In September 2004, a pair of agents arranged an interview with the Muslim leader of a Maryland mosque that the FBI was investigating for suspicious activity. The mosque leader alerted CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), and CAIR sent Shama Farooq, then the civil rights director for its Maryland chapter, to coach him through the interview.
Farooq wrote a detailed plan covering what Dr. Sayeed Ahmed, president of the Islamic Society of Western Maryland, should and shouldn’t say. The predominantly Pakistani mosque is controlled by ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) and the Muslim Brotherhood.
“Oftentimes, these meetings are used to get information about other community members,” she warned in the plan she devised. “It is important, first of all, not to talk about anyone else at all.” (emphasis in the original).
Farooq also insisted Ahmed turn his cell phone off, and keep it out of the sight and reach of the agents during the interview.
Finally, she advised, “You are not required to tell the which Islamic centers you attend, how many times a day you pray, who you give charity to, and which organizations you are associated with.”
“Definitely,” she stressed, “do not address any questions relating to terrorism or violence and their place in Islam.”
That was step number one. Then Farooq and Ahmed went to lunch the day of the scheduled interview with the FBI—September 1, 2004—to review her ground rules, the secret CAIR memo details. They agreed she would sit in on the meeting.
Following lunch, they went back to his office and continued to “discuss strategies,” including introducing her to the agents only as “a sister in Islam,” while not identifying her position with CAIR up front. And she again specifically advised Ahmed not to answer any questions regarding information he may know about terrorism and violence.
The agents arrived at Ahmed’s office on time, and over the course of their interview, Farooq stepped in to stop Ahmed from answering several questions she felt could “incriminate” him, even though she was not his attorney.
As a result, Ahmed withheld critical information from the FBI.
The FBI agents, who were attached to the bureau’s Pittsburgh field office and led by agent Terry Grzadzielewski, left the meeting unaware they were denied information relevant to their investigation—-thanks to CAIR’s operative running interference on behalf of the subject of their inquiry that day.
Farooq reported details of the FBI meeting, including Ahmed’s omissions, to CAIR-Maryland/Virginia chapter executive director Rizwan Mowlana, who had assigned her to spy on the FBI. A copy of the confidential memo—which is marked DO NOT RELEASE OUTSIDE CAIR—was obtained from CAIR’s internal files.
At the end of her report, Farooq recommended CAIR gather local Muslims who worship at Ahmed’s mosque in Hagerstown, Maryland, to formally train them in similar deception and obstruction tactics.
“Since the Hagerstown community seems to be a center of attention for several FBI agents,” she wrote, “I recommend CAIR conduct a know-your-rights lecture at the location with some recommendations [on] how to respond to FBI agents when approached by them.”
Of course left unanswered is why the “Hagerstown community” was of interest to the FBI in the first place!
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