Opinion

Terrorist Training Grounds Right Here in the United States

As many of you know, our open border policy is creating monumental problems for the United States, not the least of which is an influx of gang members and terrorists. Back in April, I wrote an article showing how MS-13 used DACA to smuggle over 2,000 footsoldiers into the U.S. Terrorist groups are doing the same. So what are the results of this “stealth jihad” and the infiltration of America? Nearly 3 million Muslims have made their way to the U.S. since 1992, and we are now seeing the results. “Domestic” terrorist training grounds and support networks are appearing all over the United States.

One such example exists in Florida, and it is terrifying. Florida is my home state, having grown up in Miami. For many, Florida has been considered the “Happiest Place on Earth.” But over the last decade, it may be considered by some to be the scariest place on earth. It is now a breeding ground for jihadists and Muslim extremists.

Consider this: the Muslim Brotherhood founded and has financed the Muslim Student Association that is alive and well and actively “recruiting” on the campus of the taxpayer-funded University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando. That normally wouldn’t be a problem, except for the fact that the stated goal of the Muslim Brotherhood is to destroy the United States and the fact that they use our own political system and open borders to advance their cause.

(Credit: Facebook/Muslim Student Association at UCF)

As cited in my article: “As reported by WND, Dr. Mark Christian, an obstetrician and former Egyptian Muslim with direct family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, has been talking about ‘stealth jihad’ a lot. He says it’s the Brotherhood’s way of exploiting liberal immigration policies while working relentlessly through various Islamic front groups to pressure government, education, and religious institutions to make concessions to Islam.

“Their plan here is to use the influence of the U.S. to further their own agenda. It has been going on for quite some time,” said Christian, who broke with the Islamic faith in 2003, converted to Christianity, and came to America two years later. He changed his name and settled in Nebraska, only to be threatened and harassed by Muslims, including some from his own family. “The Muslim Brotherhood is so big right now and so influential and so wealthy that they can do things on their own,” Christian said.

There have been many stealth operatives, terrorists, recruiters, and more who have infiltrated the United States using large immigration waves (due to war or humanitarian crises) to circumvent and bypass our security measures. This has been a direct result of our lax and unenforced immigration laws. With the help of the Muslim Brotherhood, these “stealth jihadists” then create and operate terrorist recruiting and training offices all over the United States. But let’s go back and look at Florida as just one example.

Many believe that Omar Mir Seddique, also known as Omar Mateen, was a gunman working alone. But that simply is not the case; the narrative that he was working alone is simply not true. Omar Mateen was the man who murdered 49 people in cold blood and wounded 53 more at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

“Seddique Mateen is the father of terrorist Omar Mateen. He has vocally supported the Taliban, has ties to Palestinian terrorist organizations, and announced his endorsement for Hillary Clinton. His son, Omar, killed 49 people and injured 53 others in an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016” (Credit: Facebook/Secure America Now)

According to The Guardian: “A final lesson from previous attacks involving lone wolves is that they are very rarely as alone as they look. In Europe, many who were described as ‘lone actors’ by authorities have later been found to be connected to al-Qaeda, ISIS, or other factions and splinter groups. Research has shown that a significant proportion, though far from all, of lone wolves are part of small networks…or ‘cells.'”

Moreover, there is the timing of Mateen’s attack. It came just three days after it was revealed that a pro-ISIS group had issued a threat against U.S. civilians, specifically in Florida. Terrorists (or “lone wolves”) need to be recruited, radicalized, trained, supported, and then let loose to create terror. Which brings us back to the Muslim Brotherhood and the Muslim Students Association located on the campus of the University of Central Florida.

The Muslim Student Association unapologetically invited and then hosted un-indicted terror co-conspirator Siraj Wahhaj to campus. Siraj is the Muslim convert and imam (a person who leads prayers in a mosque) who was investigated and who federal prosecutors tied to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing plot.

Wahhaj was even called as a character witness for convicted terror mastermind Omar Abdel Rahman (the Blind Sheik). Wahhaj has repeatedly called for the overthrow of America’s “constitutional government with a caliphate” so Muslims can take over. This is who was invited to campus, and yet conservative speakers are routinely banned from campus. Does anyone else see the hypocrisy or the danger here?

As reported by Michelle Malkin, “The University of Central Florida (UCF) even went so far as to fund a Muslim “da’wa” (conversion) seminar and held it on campus. The UCF went on to receive an endowment by the Saudi-supported International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) in order 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 connection? The IIIT is a Muslim Brotherhood affiliate.

But the University of Central Florida is not alone or unique. Consider what has happened at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa.

Sami al-Arian, who has been a member of the Muslim Brotherhood dating all the way back to the 1980s, was a professor of computer science at USF. To make things even more interesting, the organization he ran received at least $50,000 from the Muslim Brotherhood. Luckily for us, he pleaded guilty to a terror fundraising conspiracy charge in 2006. But it begs the question: Who is on our campuses, and what/who are they teaching/recruiting?

Indicted University of South Florida professor Sami al-Arian. (Credit: Facebook/Center for Constitutional Rights)

These revelations were first made public by Steve Emerson, who labeled the University of South Florida “Jihad U.” Yet despite the public outing, the officials at USF have done nothing.

We are now also seeing a record increase in mosques across Florida and the United States. In other words, under the guise of “religious freedoms” afforded to them under our constitution, these “religious leaders” preach the overthrow of the United States and the destruction of the very constitution that gives them their freedom to preach.

Consider that the mosque that Mateen attended in Fort Pierce, Florida was also the mosque attended by Moner Abu-Salha. Salha just happened to be a recruiter for a terrorist organization. The Palm Beach Post reported that he had posted multiple videos on Facebook regarding his hatred of homosexuals. The good news: he blew himself up in Syria sometime last year.

More connections and proof that Mateen was not working alone and that he was in fact recruited and “weaponized” exists. Consider Marcus Dwayne Robertson. Robertson is a former United States Marine who abandoned his oath and brought discredit to his country and his service. Robertson converted to Islam and became Abu Taubah, the personal bodyguard to the Blind Sheik, Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, one of the convicted co-conspirators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

So what does Robertson have to do with anything? He was the head of a mosque in Orlando, Florida and the founder of the Islamic Knowledge Seminary. It was here that he proselytized his anti-gay agenda and the holy calling that all homosexuals should be killed. Who was enrolled in his anti-gay course? You guessed it, Mateen.

The point we are trying to make here is if you do a little investigating and connect the dots, you can clearly see that there is a terrorist training ground and support structure in place in Florida, and it helped radicalize Mateen and turn him into a terrorist who killed close to 50 people.

The scary part is the fact that this is just one location in the United States. We are simply using it as an example to highlight what is happening across the country. We are losing ground. All in the name of “political correctness.”

In 2016, Hamtramck, Michigan became the first city in America with a majority Muslim population. Once they had the numbers, they voted Muslims into the city council. Within a short period of time, life changed. For example, based on a “city ordinance” it is now illegal to serve alcohol within 500 feet of a mosque. How quickly things change.

With a majority Muslim city council, how long do you think it’s going to take before more schools, “think tanks,” seminaries, or mosques appear where they will preach, initiate, and radicalize more terrorists? Radicalization in Florida giving rise to the likes of Omar Mateen is a solid example—the “proof of concept”—mirroring the political takeover in Hamtramck, Michigan.

Where else in America is this rooting?

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Rene Sotolongo

Rene is an OpsLens contributor and retired Navy Information Systems Technician Chief Petty Officer.

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