Dec 30 2010
Activating Jihad [Excerpts]
By Ryan Mauro
The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) is reporting that two extremist groups in the U.S., Revolution Muslim and the Islamic Thinkers Society, are becoming “increasingly operational” and are violently carrying out their faith. Today’s non-violent Islamic extremists are often tomorrow’s terrorists. Groups seeking to replace democracy with Sharia-based governance are using our freedoms to create the Islamist swamp from which terrorists emerge.
“U.S. counter terror agencies have traditionally paid little attention to those groups, presumably because they represent a safe and legal outlet for the frustrations of young, aspiring Jihadists,” the IPT explains.
Captain Dean T. Olson, author of Perfect Enemy: The Law Enforcement Manual of Islamist Terrorism [said] that the activities of these groups are within the law as long as they don’t overtly help a terrorist group or lie to the authorities when questioned.
“It is not illegal in America to think about or even agitate for jihadi violence or imposition of Sharia, by peaceful means or otherwise,” Olson said.
On October 26, Abdel Hameed Shehadeh was arrested in Hawaii for trying to join the Taliban in Pakistan. Shehadeh had openly supported Al-Qaeda on his websites that were also used to promote Revolution Muslim. Several friends of the website have been arrested on terrorism-related charges. In June, one of the group’s own website writers, Zachary Chesser, was arrested after repeatedly trying to join al-Shabaab, Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia. He has pled guilty.
This is the same writer that threatened the lives of the creators of South Park after they depicted Mohammed on their animated comedy show. Revolution Muslim reacted by posting their photos and saying their lives are now in danger. The website denied calling for their murder, but the post included addresses at which Muslims could “pay them a visit” and audio from Anwar al-Awlaki preaching that those who defame Mohammed should be killed. Comedy Central reacted with appeasement and censored the episode from showing Mohammed, an act surely seen by the extremists as a vindication of their methods.