Friday, November 13, 2009

Feds want to seize Muslim-owned properties

A U.S.-based terrorism expert suggests that the recent announcement by federal authorities that they intend to seize property owned by an Iranian-owned Islamic foundation is just the "tip of the iceberg."

Federal prosecutors have announced they are taking steps to seize four U.S. mosques and a New York City skyscraper owned by a nonprofit Muslim organization. The organization -- the Alavi Foundation -- has long been suspected of being under the control of the Iranian government. Prosecutors say the Foundation has been helping to illegally funnel money back to the Iranian government.

The U.S. government filed a forfeiture action in federal court in New York to seize the four mosques, which are located in that city and in Maryland, California, and Houston. The government also wants to take control of a 36-story office tower on New York's Fifth Avenue. The filing starts what could be a drawn-out legal process.

Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, views the alleged scheme as part of a much larger objective. "It's probably just the tip of the iceberg," he says. "There's massive investment of the government of Iran and other Islamic states into the United States -- and this is an important part of the jihad against the United States to ultimately gain control of our financial institutions and our finance in general."

Relinquishing financial control, he believes, would put America in peril. "[T]hat, of course, would have very, very dangerous implications for the continuing freedom of the West," says Spencer. "I certainly hope that a whole lot more of this [type of prosecution] happens, and that also law enforcement will investigate and consider the implications of Saudi funding of American mosques also."

The four mosques and the office tower will remain open while the forfeiture case works its way through court.

"It's about time! We cannot allow one more terrorist act happen on US soil. And for that matter, if the Muslims want to live in this country they had better learn to adapt to our way of life and quit expecting us to bend the rules just for them. Sharia law does not apply here."


Most Rev. Gregori said...

The feds better start going after and closing down all of the Islamist training camps that located all over the United States, and permanently shut down and and all mosques in the U.S. that preach violence.

Always On Watch said...

Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, views the alleged scheme as part of a much larger objective. "It's probably just the tip of the iceberg," he says.

Spencer is spot on with his observation.

Frankly, I want to see CAIR shut down and out of the United States.

Karen Howes said...

Well, I for one am SHOCKED!


foutsc said...

It is about time, and I find it shocking as well that it's this administration doing it. The only explanation I have is that the groundwork was laid during the Bush Administration, and prosecutors would scream blood murder (rightly so) if this were quashed.

BTW Leticia, you're still linked to my old URL. Nietzsche (unlike God) is dead!

Leticia said...

Abouna, exactly. Enough is enough.

AOW, yes! Forcibly remove them all if we have to. We will not be safe until they are all gone.

Karen, nope, me either.

Foutsc, we have the Bush administration to thank for that. And I changed the link, thanks for the heads up!

Amy Proctor said...

I think Robert Spencer is right that this is just the tip of the iceburg. The weakness of freedom is that it enables the evil and courrupt among us to do damage. Jesus said that the gates of hell would not prevail against the Church, but he didn't say that corruption from within couldn't damage it. In the same way, the 9/11 terrorists did their harm to America from within; learning to fly here, getting through the airline security.

So we need to be very aware that this is how it works and pay attention to radicals in Mosques. Many Mulims are perfectly good citizens, but the bad ones (like the Ft. Hood killer) infilitrate from within.

MK said...

Well said Leticia and all the luck to them, hope they take em' down one by one and can the money be put back to the tax payer. We all know, the taxpayer has had to cough up quite a lot in the last few years, it'll be nice if they could get some money in return.

RaDena said...

When I read about this on the Fox News website I also thought this was just the tip of the iceberg. Abouna is right. All mosques in the U.S. should be watched carefully and if they preach violence they need to be shut down immediately. That we have let it go this far is inexucable!

Leticia said...

Amy, even the good Muslims that are devout to their faith can be dangerous.

MK, it would be wonderful to see some of that money returned, yes.

RaDena, exactly all of them, especially their camps should be closely monitored.