Oldie but goodie….
New report of radical, anti-U.S. Islamic centers confirms our 2004-05 findings
Investigative report by Douglas J. Hagmann, Director
Private undercover team exposes nationwide network of radical, anti-U.S. Islamic centers and supports our investigative findings…
Mosques and Islamic centers in the U.S. are actively teaching jihad ideology and paramilitary training in the U.S.
“I have sources – inside sources. These people at Best are armed and dangerous. They are doing paramilitary training there.”– Statement by former city council member about an Islamic Center in the city of Buffalo, NY. [Reported by Douglas J. Hagmann, director of the Northeast Intelligence Network,
“Our initial investigation has concluded there are between 400 to 500 radical Islamic centers in the U.S. In those places, they preach an extreme version of Islam that says America and the West is the enemy. They espouse violence, hatred and the need for terrorism.” –Reported by David Gaubatz, director of counterintelligence and counterterrorism for the Society of Americans for National Existence and former senior U.S. intelligence official, June 2007
Image from covert surveillance of Islamic center in Buffalo, NY. Children playing or paramilitary exercise?28 June 2007: On 27 May 2005, the Northeast Intelligence Network published an investigative report titled â€Islamic Jihad Training in America?â€ that summarized the findings of our extensive investigation and covert surveillance of mosques and Islamic centers inside the U.S. that are purportedly teaching Islamic “jihad” in the form of ideological teachings and paramilitary style training to members of such Islamic centers. The report is available by request (e-mailed in PDF format).
School bus used for target practice located at Islamic “educational” camp in Hancock, NY. Harmless shooting, or something more sinister?
The primary focus of “Part I” of our investigation was the Islamic center located in the city of Buffalo, New York, a location that could be used as a template for other locations inside the U.S. The Northeast Intelligence Network first disclosed our investigative findings exclusively on The Tom Bauerle Show, featured on WBEN 930-AM in late 2004, prior to the issuance of our written report. Our findings, based on photographic documentation and information obtained through interviews, research, and other investigative methods, suggest that the ideology and practical aspects of Islamic Jihad is being taught at mosques and Islamic centers inside the United States, and those in charge of the Islamic centers are not being truthful to the public about their teachings. [Click “read more” above to continue reading].
In addition to photographic and other documentation we obtained relevant to the Buffalo, NY Islamic Center, the Northeast Intelligence Network found instances where the Imam of the Buffalo, NY Islamic center, Ibriham MEMON, appeared to propagate hatred of non-believers of Islam in a speech he gave at an Islamic conference – statements that could serve to exemplify our findings in this brief audio clip.
Unsurprisingly, our findings were challenged by not only those who operate the Islamic centers, but by a broader spectrum of people who, in spite of the evidence presented, did not – and still do not believe such activities and teachings are taking place. The recent investigative findings of Mr. Gaubatz, a former counter-intelligence official, are consistent with the reports we issued in 2004-05, and serve to reinforce our findings. Perhaps now more people will awaken to the fact that hundreds of Islamic centers in the United States have become a hot-bed of extremist activity; they promote violence, terrorism and hatred against America.
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Shots of the Best St Compound before fortification
Muslim’s building Islamic military training camps in America
The spread of Islamic enclaves across the globe has landed in America with a vengeance.
There are known to be 19 Islamist camps spread out across the US. Additionally, there are over 1,000 Mosques-some of whom have been at the forefront of radicalizing their followers, as was the case of the Fort Hood shooter.
One of the better known “camps” is located in Buffalo New York. Coincidentally, it describes as a “Boy Scout Camp” by it’s owners. Local residents of the area have complained to the city council about the camp’s activities
“I have sources – inside sources. These people at Best are armed and dangerous. They are doing paramilitary training there.”
–Buffalo Common Council Member Charley Fisher
Google Earth and Google Interactive Maps has some startling pictures of the camp.
485 Best Street, Buffalo, NY (
Even more important, are the emerging details of “Military” training that is alleged to be occurring within the walls of the camp. [ For more details and pictures click Here )
“In Canada, Aly Hindy of the Salaheddin Islamic Centre in Toronto threatened Public Safety Minister Anne McLellan about the government “terrorizing” Muslims. “If you try to cross the line I can’t guarantee what is going to happen. Our young people, we can’t control.” When police remarked, “This is a kind of threat,” Hindy replied, “Yes, but it’s for the good of this country.””
The Pew research Agency discovered and published some interesting and startling trends
Read the full report HERE page #49
“Overall, 8% of Muslim Americans say suicide bombings against civilian targets tactics are often (1%) or sometimes (7%) justified in the defense of Islam. Muslims in France, Spain and Great Britain were twice as likely as Muslims in the U.S. to say suicide bombing can be often or sometimes justified, and acceptance of the tactic is far more widespread among Muslims in Nigeria, Jordan and Egypt.”
“Younger Muslims in the U.S. are more willing to accept suicide bombing in the defense of Islam than are their older counterparts.”
“Of the rest, a large proportion (27%) declined to express an opinion on the terrorist group, while just 5% of Muslims in the U.S. have a very (1%) or somewhat (4%) favorable view of al Qaeda.”
“For instance, fewer than half (36%) of native-born African American Muslims express a very unfavorable view of al Qaeda”
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Can America afford to continue turning a blind eye and deaf ear to these activities-considering the atrocities that were committed on the streets of Mumbai, as well as the Madrid and England bombings that claimed so many lives.
Will the “politically correct’ crowd of pansies linger on this profound issue until another terrorist attack occurs, before it stimulates the collective conscious of the agencies tasked with the job of protecting Americans-to understand the asymmetrical warfare being waged on our streets.
The demand by the current administration’s cultural and religious tolerance has resulted in terrorist using airplanes to bomb out cities, attempting to blow up the World Trade Center in 1993, and several other high profile cases of Islamic terrorists in our country plotting to slaughter more Americans.
The efforts of the FBI in tracking down and investigating these thugs are commendable. The “Men In Black” that look into the dark corners and shadows are doing an excellent job. But, the veiled secrecy behind these armed camps and radical university groups needs both attention and scrutiny.
THE LACKAWANA SIX: Perhaps most importantly, however, was the reference to the terror cell in Lackawanna, NY, where information was revealed in a U.S. government affidavit that “two of the six Muslims arrested possessed audiotapes calling for jihad and martyrdom, one of which appealed for “fighting the West and invading Europe and America with Islam.” It was also reported that Islamists in Pakistan, according to Arnaud de Borchgrave, expect that “in the next 10 years, Americans will wake up to the existence of an Islamic army in their midst–an army of jihadis who will force America to abandon imperialism and listen to the voice of Allah.”
Requests to Investigate
In late 2003 and early 2004, the Northeast Intelligence Network received several e-mails urging us to look into the activities at a large, fortress-style building located within the city of Buffalo, New York said to be owned by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). We were informed that the complex of buildings located at 485 Best Street, Buffalo, NY was at the center of controversy when, just two months after the 2001 attacks against the U.S. by Islamic fundamentalists, that building was reportedly purchased by the Islamic Society of North America through a local imam of the Darul Uloom Al Madania mosque, Imam Mohammad Ismail Memon.
Local residents and some city officials expressed concern over the intended use of the complex of buildings, which was formerly a detention center with “high walls and tight security.” We were informed that public meetings between city officials, representatives of the future Islamic school and the public were conducted, but concluded without any important questions being answered to the satisfaction of many of those present.
In the wake of the attacks in 2001 and based on the proximity of the “Lackawanna Six,” or the six Yemeni men arrested and indicted in 2002 for providing material support for a terrorist organization, concerns were understandably high and we felt the request had merit.
Our findings, in part, are outlined within this report. Whether the complex at 485 Best Street, Buffalo, NY and associated facilities are being used as represented by the owners, we will allow the readers of this report to draw their own conclusions–we will merely present the facts as developed through our independent research and investigation.
INVESTIGATION 485 BEST STREET, BUFFALO, NY
“I have sources–inside sources. These people at Best are armed and dangerous. They are doing paramilitary training there.”
–Buffalo Common Council Member Charley Fisher
Islamic Training Facility: 485 Best Street, Buffalo, NY © 2004 Northeast Intelligence Network
From the outside, it looks like some type of older prison or fortress where there are 10-foot high, concrete block walls surrounding a number of stone-built buildings encompassing an entire city block between Timon and Best Streets in an inner city neighborhood in Buffalo, New York. The framework for razor wire is noted on the top of the walls surrounding this “compound,” and entry into the compound is limited to three gated areas–one larger gate for vehicles, while two other gates are more restrictive. Guard shacks, security cameras, portions of razor wire continue to be present on the property.
The six-acre property at 485 Best Street, Buffalo, NY began as a Catholic convent in 1855 and was sold in 1968, becoming the state Division for Youth’s “youth detention center and drug treatment facility.” After the state of New York left the facility, it remained unoccupied until November 2001 when the Institute of Higher Islamic Education purchased the building under the direction of Imam Ibrahim (Mohammad) Memon, secretary of that organization. Memon, who operates a similar school on nearby Sobieski Street, said (his) school is certified by the state of New York and enrolls students who are legal residents of Canada or the United States, although many are not citizens.
Nearly a year after the property was purchased by Memon and the Institute of Higher Islamic Education, more than 100 “hostile” residents (as described by The Buffalo News) “interrogated Memon” on his actual plans for the facility in a meeting arranged by Ellicott Council member Brian C. Davis between Memon and area residents1 . During that meeting on Wednesday, September 25th, 2002, Memon said his Muslim community plans to spend “hundreds of thousands of dollars” to turn the Best Street property into a boarding school, starting with 50 boys in grades 4 to 10. Based on a search of news reports and interviews conducted by Northeast Intelligence Network investigators, some area residents seemed less than convinced about Memon’s intentions.
At the meeting in 2002, area resident Reverend Gregory Washington, pastor of Church of God Tabernacle was duly concerned about Memon’s intentions and the wall surrounding the compound. Washington stated:
“That’s a fortress at Timon and Best. There’s a reason we are concerned about the wall. No matter how much we try, we’re still under the air of 9/11. We’re not for racial profiling, but we shouldn’t be stupid, either. We need to be able to see into your property. It’s no longer a prison. There’s no better reason for that wall to come down.2 ”
In response to the questions about the high wall surrounding the facility, Memon was vague in his responses, indicating that he would “check with the board about the wall.”
At the same meeting, one woman asked of Memon: “Are you breeding children so they can be born here?” Based on a review of an archived article from The Buffalo News dated September 26, 2002, the woman never received an answer. Rather, she was “scolded” by 23 year-old Shabeed ALI, a Black Muslim and attendee of the school for asking such an inciting question.
According to a review of archives from The Buffalo News, that meeting ended without much of a resolution, and many people left in frustration for not receiving direct answers to the questions they posed.
On Wednesday, March 12th, 2003, about six-months following the first meeting between Memon and area residents, another public meeting was held so that residents could pose additional questions. It is interesting to note, however, that “fewer than a dozen residents turned out (for that meeting).3 ” Based on a review of archived news reports by Northeast Intelligence Network investigators Hagmann and Calahan, it does not appear that many questions were adequately answered at that latter meeting.
In a letter from the Community Action Information Center, Inc. to Mr. Brian Higgins, Inspector for the city of Buffalo dated March 25, 2003 and obtained by the Northeast Intelligence Network, Rosa Gibson, President of the center expressed her dissatisfaction with the meeting and her concerns for the intended use of the complex. Gibson wrote (excerpted):
“First, many of us were very disappointed with the meeting on 485 Best Street. While attendance was lower than expected, nevertheless, residents are not satisfied with the lack of forthcoming information. There is a lack of credibility as to what the site is going to finally wind up being used for.”
“I do not believe that there is any malicious intent towards this site and its owners, but we are concerned as to its intended us [sic] for a school, now and in the future. There are many unanswered questions and the unavailability of plans and a blueprint for the site obscures credibility.”
Investigation of Ownership
Research and investigation determined and confirmed that the property located at 485 Best Street, Buffalo, NY is owned by the Islamic Society of America. The mailing address for ownership, however, is listed as 182 Sobieski Street, Buffalo, NY 14212. 4 Investigation found that address to be the Masjid Zakariya, a former church property purchased in 1993 by Darul Uloom Al Madania, an Islamic religious and educational organization founded by Mohammad Ibrahim Memon. According to their website, Mohammad Ibrahim Memon is the President and Principal5 .
It is relevant to note that the Islamic mosque at 182 Sobieski Street, Buffalo, NY was completely destroyed by a fire on 22 October 2001 that was accidentally started by a plumber’s torch. The mosque reopened in October 2004 after a restoration costing more than $1 million.6 Memon is also the imam of the Masjid Zakariya.
Douglas J. Hagmann, founder & director of the Northeast Intelligence Network, and a multi-state licensed private investigative agency. Hagmann began using his investigative skills and training to fight terrorism and increase public awareness through his website. Doug can be reached at:
Maine: Two young men take turns reciting verses they have memorized from the Quran. Both were brought from a special Islamic school in Buffalo, NY to lead the special night prayer during the month of Ramadan.