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American Al-Qaeda By: John Perazzo
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, May 06, 2003


They are six living, breathing testaments to the horrors potentially born in the vainglorious aspirations of "religious" fanatics. They are half-a-dozen personifications of the profound ugliness that is being taught at some so-called "houses of worship" right here in the United States. Dreaming of righteous conquest and extermination, they dance to imagined visions of their own martyred spirits ascending to heaven to gaze joyfully downward upon the mounded, blood-soaked corpses of their infidel foes. Awaiting their own shining moment of opportunity to commit mass murder, they are kindred spirits to Mohammed Atta and the other 9-11 hijackers. In an affidavit recently filed in the US District Court of Oregon, these six practitioners of the most extreme brand of Islam were charged with the crimes of: Conspiracy to Levy War Against the United States, Conspiracy to Provide Material Support and Resources to al Qaeda, and Conspiracy to Contribute Services to al Qaeda and the Taliban.

The ringleader of this group, known as the "Portland Six," is a 38-year-old, Jordanian-born Palestinian named Maher Mofeid Hawash, a naturalized US citizen since 1990. His five principal accomplices include a fellow Jordanian named Habis Abdullah al Saoub, who is a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States, and four American-born black Muslims – all of them US citizens residing in Oregon. Their names are: Patrice Lumumba Ford, Ahmed Abrahim Bilal, Muhammad Ibrahim Bilal, and Jeffrey Leon Battle (who also goes by the names "Ahmad Ali" and "Abu Isa"). Battle’s wife, October Martinique Lewis, also gave support to the group’s activities. With the exception of Mr. al Saoub, whose whereabouts are unknown, Hawash and his accomplices are currently incarcerated and awaiting their trial, which is slated to begin in October of this year.

Shortly after the 9-11 attacks, the aforementioned men resolutely decided to join the war on terror – on the side of the terrorists. To prepare themselves, they underwent training in the use of shotguns, assault rifles, and semiautomatic pistols. Once the US began bombing Taliban and al Qaeda strongholds in Afghanistan in October 2001, the Portland Six traveled to China in hopes of gaining entry from there into Afghanistan, where they planned to take up arms and wage a bloody jihad against American soldiers. Miss Lewis stayed in the US, from where she repeatedly sent money – via Western Union wire transfers – to the aspiring holy warriors while they were overseas. Upon finding that they were unable to enter Afghanistan’s sealed-off borders, all but one of them returned to the US between December 2001 and February 2002. Only al Saoub actually made it into Afghanistan, thanks largely to the help of his new Pakistani wife, and he has not been heard from since.

Because some acquaintances and observers of Hawash and his associates told law-enforcement authorities about some suspicious activities in which the group seemed to be involved, investigators obtained federal search warrants to examine the suspects’ residences and belongings for material evidence of sedition. What they found was startling. At Patrice Lumumba Ford’s home, for instance, they came upon various articles from the Internet publication Taliban and Mujahideen News, as well as some additional downloaded documents with such titles as: "Taliban and Jihad Against America"; "Jihad Unspun"; "Kurdish Jihadis"; and "Every Piety: Jihad for the Cause of Allah."

At the Portland residence of Jeffrey Leon Battle and October Martinique Lewis, investigators located such books as: Jihad in Islam, The Qur’anic Concept of War, and Sacred Rage: The Wrath of Militant Islam. Moreover, they found downloaded Internet literature titled "Making the World Safe for Terrorism" and "Islam Ruling on Defending Muslim Land Under Attack."

Among Habis al Saoub’s belongings, FBI agents discovered a seventeen-page, hand-written, Arabic document entitled "A Martyr’s Will," which apparently served as inspirational reading material for al Saoub. Lamenting that the animosity and threats of other nations had brought "disgrace and humiliation" to his homeland, this document’s unnamed Afghan author exhorted his countrymen to "[keep] the jihad going." Calling Afghanistan "the land of the brave people who refuse to live in disgrace," he praised Afghan warriors for "[facing] the enemy bullets with bare chests, climbing the snowy and thorny countryside with bare feet." The author further proclaimed that although the Afghan people were obscure and unknown before the jihad, they are today renowned all over the world because of "their manly stand against the enemy." Quoting the prophet Muhammad’s seventh-century assertion that abandoning the cause of jihad is a disgraceful act tantamount to leaving the Islamic religion, he urged all the world’s Muslims follow the Afghan example and "fight the tyrants of the earth."

Personal statements made by the Portland Six only confirm that their hearts are steeped in evil intentions and Islamist hatred for "infidels." In numerous taped conversations with one FBI informer, for instance, Jeffrey Leon Battle spoke about the need for the Muslim community to fearlessly, single-mindedly carry on a jihad against the kaffirs (non-believers), as he called the American people. Stating that there could be absolutely no room for peace during jihad, he claimed that it was "stupid" for any Muslim to live in the United States. While his original intent, he said, had been to carry out terrorist acts against Americans living in the US, Mr. al Saoub had convinced him to instead join the jihad being fought against the United States in Afghanistan.

Of the 9-11 attacks and the recent bombings of two American embassies in Africa, Battle proudly said, "We accomplished a lot." He stated that those incidents had not only forced non-Muslims everywhere to take notice of Islam and the Koran, but had also caused many Muslims "to wake-up" and take a stand against the kaffirs. But alas, he lamented that because those attacks did not permanently destroy America’s financial system, they were ultimately "not enough." Expressing his wish for the establishment of a true Islamic government, he said that while he is in the United States he considers himself an "undercover" combatant working to do damage "behind enemy lines."

Among the many projects on Battle’s "to-do list" was the mass murder of Jews. Indeed he boasted that he and his cohorts had familiarized themselves with the layouts of numerous local Jewish schools and synagogues, whose occupants they planned to gun down with automatic weapons. Notably, Battle was not one who wished to become a martyr for his cause. Rather than conduct a suicide attack, he explained, he would prefer to kill as many Jews as possible and then escape – so that he could thereafter bask in the glory of his deed. He said that he would be willing to give his life in "martyrdom" if – and only if – in the process he was able to kill "at least 100 or 1,000" Jews.

Ahmed Bilal had some interesting things to say as well. Just hours after the infamous 9-11 attacks, he visited his younger brother Muhammad in order to discuss the happy events of the day. "All those Jewish people deserved to rot and die," said Ahmed. According to an informed source, during the days and weeks following 9-11 the elder Bilal became increasingly militant and openly proclaimed that the United States had gotten precisely what it deserved. Stating that the al Qaeda-led jihad was righteous and just, he expressed his fervent desire to "join them."

Notably, all of these individuals consider themselves to be religious devotees striving to do Allah’s will. Prior to their arrests, Maher Hawash and Muhammad and Ahmed Bilal regularly attended the Bilal Mosque in Beaverton, Oregon. Muhammad Bilal, according to the woman whose child he fathered, became increasingly fundamentalist and radical in his beliefs during the time period when he "worshipped" at this mosque. It seems that his brother Ahmed, for his part, was similarly involved in the "spiritual life" of the mosque, wherein he regularly attended video presentations about jihad. When he later switched his membership to the Masjid as-Sabr Mosque in Portland (the same mosque where Jeffrey Leon Battle "worshipped"), the elder Bilal began expressing an even greater desire to go to Afghanistan so he could die fighting in the jihad and become a martyr.

Thanks to many startling translations provided by organizations like the Middle East Media Research Institute, we are already well acquainted with the type of vile, hateful rhetoric that regularly spews from the mouths of radical clerics at many mosques throughout the Middle East – and unfortunately some in the United States as well. This rhetoric routinely condemns American and Jewish "infidels" and "devils." It often exhorts believers to "slaughter the Americans and the Jews," the latter of whom are frequently characterized as "the rats of the world," the "scum of the human race," and "the grandsons of monkeys and pigs." Did the Portland Six hear their religious leaders express these and similar sentiments on a regular basis? It is a question well worth asking . . . and answering. The time has come to state plainly that merely calling a moral cesspool a "house of worship" does not make it one.


John Perazzo is the Managing Editor of DiscoverTheNetworks and is the author of The Myths That Divide Us: How Lies Have Poisoned American Race Relations. For more information on his book, click here. E-mail him at WorldStudiesBooks@gmail.com



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