Fifth Column (2)

Posted: February 13, 2010 in Fifth Column (2), The Fight Against Jihad

The Terrorist-Certified Chaplains Who Minister To Muslim Soldiers

By PAUL SPERRYPosted 12/16/2009 07:25 PM ET

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Lost in all the coverage of accused Islamic terrorist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s penetration of the military’s officer corps is a deeper problem within the military — its radical Muslim chaplain corps.

One of the groups the Pentagon turns to for clerics to minister to its growing ranks of Muslim soldiers is the American Muslim Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Council. The group was founded by presumed “moderate” Muslim leader Abdurahman Alamoudi, who described his endeavor as “an excellent opportunity to show my community we have people who are patriotic.”

This flag-waving patriot turned out to be one of al-Qaida’s top fundraisers in the U.S., and is now serving 23 years in federal prison.

“Alamoudi placed chaplains throughout our military,” said Rep. Sue Myrick, a Republican member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. “He’s now in jail, (but) the chaplains are still in their current positions.”

Alamoudi’s group sponsored Army Muslim chaplain Yousef Yee, the formerly accused spy who ministered to more than 600 detainees at Gitmo, many of whom have been released only to return to violent jihad.

Alamoudi, who was given power of attorney by several Gitmo detainees, even persuaded the Pentagon to let an al-Qaida-tied Saudi charity fly planeloads of Muslim-American soldiers to Mecca.

The Pentagon’s other official endorser of Muslim chaplains is the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA, which the Justice Department recently blacklisted as an unindicted terrorist co-conspirator.

These two radical groups accredit chaplains trained chiefly by the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences, which is run by a radical imam also recently named an unindicted terrorist co-conspirator. After Northern Virginia-based GSISS was raided by federal agents after 9/11, the imam changed its name to Cordoba University.

It’s still churning out Muslim chaplains. In fact, 10 of the 14 Muslim chaplains serving in the military graduated from GSISS — including Navy Lt. Cmdr. Abuhena Saifulislam, who was handed the keys to the new Quantico mosque.

Saifulislam (Arabic for “Sword of Islam”) ministered to Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun before he deserted his Iraq unit, citing disapproval of the war as a Muslim. Hassoun has been charged with desertion and larceny.

Another GSISS alumnus — Army Capt. Mohammed Khan — was Sgt. Hasan Akbar’s chaplain. Akbar is the Muslim traitor who fragged fellow soldiers on the eve of the 101st Airborne’s push into Iraq. Akbar’s grenade and rifle attack killed two soldiers and wounded 14, taking out of action key personnel in charge of planning troop movements.

The military’s Muslim chaplains are backed up by more than 100 lay leaders. Most of them have been trained by the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America, which is part of Saudi Arabia’s state-run university system.

One of the institute’s former trainers happens to be Hasan’s mentor — the radical cleric Anwar Awlaki, who met privately with the hijackers and who U.S. intelligence now believes to be a top al-Qaida recruiter. Awlaki worked for the Saudi Embassy as both lecturer and hajj tour guide while leading prayers at a Washington-area mosque attended by Hasan and the hijackers.

Hasan himself acted as a lay leader at Fort Hood in the absence of a Muslim chaplain, Maj. Khalid Shabbaz, who transferred from the post just before the massacre. Shabazz’s previous stint was at Gitmo, where he was seen by guards as sympathetic to al-Qaida prisoners.

It’s not known if Hasan radicalized any of Fort Hood’s 165 Muslim soldiers. But investigators are looking closely at one of his proteges, Duane Reasoner. A substitute teacher whose parents worked at the base, he was converted to Islam by Hasan. Of the massacre victims, Reasoner said: “In the end, they were troops who were going to Afghanistan and Iraq to kill Muslims. I honestly have no pity for them.”

Lest any soldiers at Fort Hood adopt Hasan’s thinking, the Army has dispatched Muslim chaplain Maj. Dawud Agbere from Fort Leavenworth to counsel them. Where’d Agbere get his Islamic training? The radical GSISS.

Extremism isn’t confined to Fort Hood. At North Carolina’s Fort Bragg, home of the Airborne and Special Operations Forces, the post chaplain — who happens to be the same Muslim preacher who counseled Akbar — runs a Shariah-compliant mosque with a separate back entrance for “sisters.” Only men can enter through the main doors.

Are chaplains and lay leaders counseling Muslim soldiers to secretly support jihad? Are they helping mold extremist views? Brass haven’t the foggiest. They refuse to even question them and their religious accrediting bodies, claiming it would be “legally problematic” under constitutional rules separating church and state.

Meanwhile, they’re hosting Iftar dinners for them at the Pentagon, site of the worst Islamic terror in history. This year’s Ramadan celebration — held just weeks before Hasan’s alleged rampage — was the largest ever, drawing an overflow crowd of some 200 Muslims.

Who organized the event? Zadil Ansari, the Pentagon’s own Muslim prayer leader — who happens to be a protege of Alamoudi, the al-Qaida terrorist. Ansari is tied to the radical Saudi institute that trained as many as 100 of the military’s lay leaders.

The Islamist penetration of the Pentagon doesn’t stop there. It goes all the way to the top, as we’ll see in tomorrow’s final installment.

• Sperry, a Hoover Institution media fellow and former IBD Washington bureau chief, is the author of “Infiltration” and the new book “Muslim Mafia.”

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