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Florida: America's Jihad Playground

June 16, 2016 at 6:53 am 18 Commentary

The home of the “Happiest Place on Earth” has been breeding killer jihadists and Muslim zealots for years.

Omar Mateen, the cold-blooded mass murderer who gunned down 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub and wounded 53 more before police took him out late Sunday, may have worked alone. But he operated in the larger context of a teeming, terror-coddling paradise.

While tourists from around the world soak up sunshine and dreams at Disney World, Islamic extremism festers around them.

Schools: The Muslim Students Association, founded by the radical Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood whose stated purpose is to wage “grand jihad” on America, is active at the publicly funded University of Central Florida in Orlando. The group defiantly brought un-indicted terror co-conspirator Siraj Wahhaj to campus. He’s the black Muslim convert and inflammatory imam tied by federal prosecutors to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and New York City landmarks bombing plots.

Wahhaj served as a character witness for convicted terror mastermind Omar Abdel Rahman (the Blind Sheik), called for replacement of America’s “constitutional government with a caliphate” and roots for our nation to “crumble” so Muslims can take over. UCF funded a Muslims “da’wa” (conversion) seminar and with an endowment by the Saudi-supported International Institute of Islamic Thought sought to create an Islamic Studies chair to “help the Ummah regain its intellectual and cultural identity and re-affirm its presence as a dynamic civilization.”

The IIIT, also a Muslim Brotherhood affiliate, donated at least $50,000 to a “think tank” run by Sami al-Arian that served as a front group for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. While al-Arian, a Muslim Brotherhood member dating back to the 1980s, served as a computer science professor at Tampa’s University of South Florida, he toured the country raising money for terrorism overseas. Investigative reporters and the feds caught al-Arian on tape inciting his attendees against, America, Israel “and their allies until death.” The left-wing academic pleaded guilty to a terror-fundraising conspiracy charge in 2006.

Al-Arian brought Palestinian-born Ramadan Shalah to teach at USF and head his “think tank” for a spell. Shalah left the school in 1995 and resurfaced as head of Syria’s Islamic Jihad. He remains one of the FBI’s most wanted indicted terrorist fugitives.

Apologist officials at USF, first exposed by counter-jihad researcher Steve Emerson as America’s “Jihad U,” turned a blind eye to the terror helpers among them.

Mosques: Mateen’s homicidal hatred for gays didn’t exist in a vacuum. Mateen’s neighborhood mosque in nearby Fort Pierce, Florida, was also the house of worship of Moner Abu-Salha, an American jihad recruiter and suicide bomber who blew himself up in Syria last year. The Palm Beach Post reported this week that Abu-Salha had posted videos of an imam’s death-to-gays rant on Facebook.

Marcus Dwayne Robertson (a.k.a. Abu Taubah), a former U.S. Marine turned career criminal and bodyguard to the Blind Sheik, headed another mosque, Masjid Al-Ihsaam, in Orlando. He also founded the Orlando-based Fundamental Islamic Knowledge Seminary in 2008 and railed against gays and non-Muslims. Mateen was enrolled in Taubah’s course.

Just weeks before the Pulse nightclub massacre, another Orlando mosque, the Husseini Islamic Center, hosted a guest imam who had preached that “gays must die” and that Muslims should not “be embarrassed about this … let’s get rid of them now.”

Also in Orlando, the al-Rahman mosque led by Imam Muhammad Musri made headlines in 2010 after holding a fundraiser for the terrorist group Hamas.

In Tampa, Sami al-Arian founded the al-Qassam mosque named after an infamous Syrian terrorist. Last fall, the mosque — owned by the North American Islamic Trust, an un-indicted terror co-conspiracy organization — invited an exiled Muslim Brotherhood instigator and Hamas cheerleader to speak.

In South Florida, the Darul Uloom Institute mosque in Pembroke Pines counted al-Qaida jihad pilot Adnan el-Shukrijumah (allegedly killed in a raid in Waziristan by the Pakistan military in 2014) and convicted jihadist Imran Mandhai — who plotted with fellow mosque attendees Hakki Aksoy and Shueyb Jokhan to blow up power stations, synagogues and a National Guard armory — among its worshipers.

Shukrijumah’s brother still lives in Broward County near the Darul Uloom mosque and has posted social media videos condemning “moderate” Muslims, blaming 9/11 on Jews and promoting the caliphate. Darul Uloom’s imam is a gay-bashing, Christian-bashing, Jew-bashing bigot who has publicly stated that at least one of the 9/11 hijackers prayed at his mosque.

Jails: Florida’s prisons and penitentiaries are unfettered cesspools for jihad radicalization and recruitment. Convicted al-Qaida dirty bomb plotter Jose Padilla (a.k.a. Abdullah al Mujahir) was introduced to Islam while serving time for an armed road rage incident in Sunrise, Florida. The above-named Abu Taubah radicalized nearly 40 fellow inmates while behind bars on a weapons conviction. He was freed last summer by U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell after time served despite prosecutors’ pleas to add 10 years to his sentence based on enhanced terror charges.

Gun-grabbers and bleeding hearts, wake up and stop playing Mickey Mouse politics. The problem isn’t weapons. It’s the weaponized Muslim hate-mongers and jihad enablers operating openly in our midst.

Michelle Malkin is a senior editor at Conservative Review. For more articles and videos from Michelle, visit ConservativeReview.com. Her email address is malkinblog@gmail.com.



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  1. Oscar Pearson June 16, 2016 at 9:50 am

    And no FBI, DHS or DOJ for that matter doing anything about it. When Trump becomes president I hope we as Americans are allowed to put a stop to all of this. It is time for another revolution.

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    • jim_wright June 16, 2016 at 10:30 am

      They are under orders from Obama and doing exactly as directed. I especially liked the report from a former FBI agent who quit because he was directed by this administration to SANITIZE security reports on Muslims.

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    • Bobinms June 16, 2016 at 10:41 am

      There is not enough and will never be enough “police” to monitor the Islamic nuts, so this is not and will not be the solution. The problem must be attacked at the source. Limiting Muslim immigration is a solution that’s not like a dog chasing it’s tail.

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    • whatev June 16, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      I am really disappointed in the FBI. I thought Director Comey was a stand up guy, but who knows, they may have something on him or threatened him.
      What a mess we are in.

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    • mos18a June 16, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      The FBI, DHS and DOJ are not allowed to investigate known or suspected Muslim terrorist on orders of the Executive branch. Unless their appointed intermediary (who is normally a member of CAIR per Obama’s directive gives them permission). President Obama sates :”Islam is a religion of peace and there fore no violence can possible originate from a Moslem.”)
      So much for protecting the USA.

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  2. greyguy June 16, 2016 at 9:51 am

    The only thing missing here is the the Southwest version of Jihad from the South From LaRaza where they support the radical student groups present on every campus and school on the west coast that wants to create the Aztec Caliphate by returning most of the state’s on the West coast to Mexico. That is why Illegal and unsupervised immigration from the South is such a threat. Do a little reading on LaRaza and their Federal funding and IN turn who they fund. They are NOT about what their primary web site says. As usual…FOLLOW THE MONEY.

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  3. Kbuzz1 June 16, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Michelle…please…Florida is the breeding ground? I thought you got around more. Our Schools are the breeding ground…Every college/University in the USA supports and promotes a CAIR giving hand (pun intended), and even grade schools are not immune. Our legal system (DOJ) has turned a blind eye to all things ISIS or Muslim, and this Administration…well…no need to go there. Mosques are going up like weeds in every Major and even minor Cities. And the Democrats, MSM, Hollywood, Networks spectacularly fail on revealing the Truth.
    Florida is not a Jihad Playground…America is.

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    • whatev June 16, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      It starts in kindergarten. They indoctrinate in everything, including transgender now. These little heads of mush are gonna be so confused.

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  4. beckah June 16, 2016 at 10:06 am

    When did Americans “fall in love” with these terrorists? When did it become “okay” to have these dregs become employed at publicly funded education centers? It’s not just in the universities, it’s now overtaking K-12 education.

    Wake up you liberal idiots because we are NOT going to protect you from them. You brought them, YOU dance with them!

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    • jim_wright June 16, 2016 at 10:31 am

      When Obama was elected.

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  5. rockyroad June 16, 2016 at 11:55 am

    How could this happen under 17 years of republican governor’s leadership?

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    • oleteabag June 16, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      rockyroad, SURELY you have noticed the Feds have not left governors much discretion in such matters? State’s rights is virtually a concept that has faded into history. It is being FURTHER erased by the constant screed that the Civil War was about SLAVERY first, last, and ONLY, and the determined ERASING of anything ABOUT the “racist” Confederacy from our history and culture. They do not WANT us to remember anything about states having rights, much LESS any states rebelling against the Federal government in SUPPORT of them.

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  6. randy822 June 16, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    T Our Intelligence agencies need to have spies in every mosque in America and if they hear any anti-American teachings we need to force close those mosques.

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  7. Oscar Pearson June 16, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Close every last one of them now. You have to be utterly brain dead to think any of them are not supporting terrorism! Why do you think Obama is bringing them all here?

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  8. oleteabag June 16, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    “Just weeks before the Pulse nightclub massacre, another Orlando mosque, the Husseini Islamic Center, hosted a guest imam who had preached that “gays must die” and that Muslims should not “be embarrassed about this … let’s get rid of them now.”

    I hope that gays will FINALLY realize that leftists like Obama and Shrillary are in BED with the gay-hating Muslims and are NOT their friends. Oh, yeah, they PRETEND to be their friends, but their support of gay-hating and -killing ISLAM says otherwise. Hillary has taken MILLIONS OF DOLLARS in bribes/contributions from countries that routinely persecute and kill GAYS. What PART of that tells gays that she is their friend?

    I hope the PULSE Club attack will open their eyes, and they will wake up and smell the BS Obama and Shrillary have been shovelling on top of them! Christians may not approve of your lifestyle, but they won’t KILL you for it! If you have ANY sense of self-preservation at all, you’ll vote for TRUMP. The news that gays are buying guns in RECORD NUMBERS gives me hope that maybe you HAVE seen the light about Shrillary.

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  9. oleteabag June 16, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    “Gun-grabbers and bleeding hearts, wake up and stop playing Mickey Mouse politics. The problem isn’t weapons. It’s the weaponized Muslim hate-mongers and jihad enablers operating openly in our midst.”

    We ALL need to heed this! Yes, Obama DESPERATELY wants to disarm us to gather ALL POWER in the ALL-POWERFUL government. But he is ALSO using this issue as a wedge and a DISTRACTION to draw attention away from the REAL problem–his MASSIVE importation of these MURDEROUS COCKROACHES into our country! It is OUTRAGEOUS that they’ve built terrorist recruiting and training centers, AKA MOSQUES, all OVER the US, and staffed them with America-hating radical IMAMS. These people OPENLY preach hatred of America and DEATH to any group that isn’t THEM, and our government turns a blind eye. BULLDOZE these mosques! The answer isn’t “surveillance”. WHY should we spend BILLIONS keeping WATCH over these murderous COCKROACHES? THROW THEM OUT, and we won’t HAVE to look over our shoulders OR spend money watching them!

    I’m in favor of MASS DEPORTATIONS, and a TOTAL BAN on Muslim immigration, unless THEY can PROVE they have no radical ties and are NOT sympathetic to the tenets of Islam. Why should the burden of proof be on US? As a sovereign nation, we have EVERY RIGHT to decide who can, and CANNOT enter our country. And if they cannot DEMONSTRATE a sincere desire to assimilate and become AMERICANS–not undercover SEDITIONISTS–we have NO OBLIGATION to let them in.

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    • knitty19 June 17, 2016 at 10:47 am

      All Muslims are sympathetic to the tenets of Islam…so we should not let any in.

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  10. Oscar Pearson June 17, 2016 at 11:32 am

    It is kind of like calling yourself a Christian to fit in but you have no clue what being a Christian really means. Another words, you pick and choose what makes you comfortable. Same with Muslims – you either are one or denounce the atrocities your people are inflicting on the innocent.

    There is an old saying, “Put up or shut up!”

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