IF anything attests to the fact that ideological blindness leads to dereliction of duty, well, the lack of due diligence from – Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT’s admins should be exemplars for prime exhibits.
NOT only that, but those in positions of authority, at MIT and other quads, surely must be held to account. They are, at the very least, guilty of crimes of omission.
READ on, if you dare.
Commentary By Adina Kutnicki
(Pay special attention to this diagram re ‘Ptech’… its relevance lies within its inextricable links to the Brotherhood’s jihadi terror base and the DIRECT path to MIT’s Muslim (terror) Chaplain Suheil Laher; an MIT educated engineer and its Chief programming architect!)
IT goes without saying, individuals who are deeply immersed in tracking and hunting the Brotherhood Mafia have a jump on those who are not similarly inclined. And since this investigative journalist is duly connected with all the pertinent aspects of the jihadi arena, suffice to state that nothing asserted within these pages is speculative and based on pure conjecture. Rather, its basis is borne out by more than open source. Much more.
WITH that being said, before we get to the Brotherhood Mafia’s embedded cesspool within MIT (all over American and Canadian campuses alike), it is imperative to give credit where it is due: unarguably, in the respective fields of scientific research, engineering and technology, it is one of the most acclaimed powerhouses in the world. This review is borne out through a qualified personal intersection; a recognition of what it means to attend this (otherwise) esteemed institution. Yes, hardly a biased assessment, and one which is shared by many world over. But make no mistake, their jihadi connection is irreparably tarring a heretofore pristine academic reputation. It is a grave situation, and it reverberates far beyond the campus quad. It is what it is.
BE that as it may, while some of the brightest students are busy absorbing material from its world class profs – highly sought after experts in their fields – how many realize that members of its Muslim Student Association (MSA) have an entirely different mission statement, a ‘higher’ calling, so to speak?
On its website, the MSA describes its emergence as spontaneous and disavows any link to foreign governments. In fact, the creation of the MSA resulted from Saudi-backed efforts to found Islamic bodies internationally in the 1960s. Alex Alexiev of the Center for Security Policy states,
The Saudis over the years set up a number of large front organizations, such as the World Muslim League, the World Assembly of Muslim Youth, the Al Haramain Foundation, and a great number of Islamic “charities.” While invariably claiming that they were private, all of these groups were tightly controlled and financed by the Saudi government and the Wahhabi clergy.
In the United States, two leading Saudi-backed organizations were the MSA and the Islamic Society of North America (the MSA’s adult counterpart), both of which received major funding, direction, and influence from Riyadh.
Personnel, money, and institutional linkages bound these organizations together from their inception, and all roads led eventually to Riyadh. Ahmad Totonji, an MSA co-founder, later served as vice-president for the notorious Saudi SAAR Foundation (a network of charities named after Saudi benefactor Sulayman ‘Abd al-‘Aziz ar-Rajhi), which closed down in 2001 after federal agents discovered links to terrorist groups. Another MSA co-founder, Ahmad Sakr, served on a number of Saudi-affiliated organizations, such as the World Council of Mosques. The MSA is very much a result of Saudi “petro-Islam” diplomacy.
Current estimates suggest that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia spends $4 billion annually on international aid, with two-thirds of that sum devoted to strictly Islamic development. Much of this largesse has ended up at Islamist organizations like MSA. Funded through private donations or through foundations and charities (only some of which the MSA officially reports), MSA offers its Saudi benefactors a powerful tool. However, until the MSA’s tax records are made public (on January 14, 2004, the Senate Finance Committee publicized a list of Islamic organizations whose financial records are sought, including the MSA), the exact extent of foreign funding for the organization cannot be known.
But even without the tax records, there is plenty of evidence for the MSA’s strident advocacy of the Saudi-style Wahhabi interpretation of Islam. In “Wahhabism: A Critical Essay,” Hamid Algar of the University of California-Berkeley writes,
Some Muslim student organizations have functioned at times as Saudi-supported channels for the propagation of Wahhabism abroad, especially in the United States … Particularly in the 1960s and 1970s, no criticism of Saudi Arabia would be tolerated at the annual conventions of the MSA. The organization has, in fact, consistently advocated theological and political positions derived from radical Islamist organizations, including the Muslim Brotherhood and Jamaati Islam.
The MSA has played a major role in spreading Wahhabism. “Its numerous local chapters,” Algar explains, “would make available at every Friday prayer large stacks of the [Mecca-based] World Muslim League’s publications, in both English and Arabic. Although the MSA progressively diversified its connections with Arab states, official approval of Wahhabism remained strong.”
Stephen Schwartz goes further, stating in his June 2003 testimony to the U.S. Senate’s Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security,
Shia and other non-Wahhabi Muslim community leaders estimate that 80 percent of American mosques out of a total ranging between an official estimate of 1,200 and an unofficial figure of 4-6,000 are under Wahhabi control … Wahhabi control over mosques means control of property, buildings, appointment of imams, training of imams, content of preaching including faxing of Friday sermons from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and of literature distributed in mosques and mosque bookstores, notices on bulletin boards, and organizational and charitable solicitation … The main organizations that have carried out this campaign are the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which originated in the Muslim Students’ Association of the U.S. and Canada (MSA), and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
The MSA reflects a prime characteristic of militant Islamic groups: a refusal to acknowledge the legitimacy of secular society and personal spirituality. The MSA’sStarters Guide contains an open call to Islamicize campus politics:
It should be the long-term goal of every MSA to Islamicize the politics of their respective university … the politicization of the MSA means to make the MSA more of a force on internal campus politics. The MSA needs to be a more “In-your-face” association.
IN light of the above disinfectant, a previous commentary comes into sharp relief. Resultant, the following bears the utmost scrutiny:
BACK in Aug. 2012, at the inception of this blog, a siren was emitted re the MSA and its absolute dangers to American security. Included within were the MSA Brotherhood/Sisterhood bonafides of Huma Abedin and several of the plotters of 9/11/01, featuring an MIT MSA leader (while a grad student), Ms. Aafia Siddiqui! (Un)holy jihad…
IN this regard, ‘Well, Whaddya Know ? Huma Abedin Was A Muslim Students Association Board Member’ places another nail in her Islamic infiltration/penetration, and the part played by the MSA!
MOVING right along to Boston’s 4/13 jihad, though a fading memory for far too many, the following was highlighted: Bomber’s Cambridge, MA mosque tied into MIT and local U’s: its front and center part played by the MSA! Poisons, if not uprooted, will continue to kill…
YET, even so, why is the MSA’s terror nest being rehashed at this juncture? After all, since the inception of this site (mid 2012), MIT’s Islamist created front arm (and the MSA in general) was expounded upon.
BUT never mind, this site welcomes other respected outlets onto the bandwagon…continue reading…
At the end of April, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology unveiled a permanent memorial to MIT Police Officer Sean Collier. Officer Collier was gunned down by the Boston Marathon bombers, Chechen refugees Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, three days after they blew up the Marathon.
It is painful to learn that in the late 1990s, there were students at MIT who helped recruit for the Chechen jihad and raised funds for Al Qaeda-affiliated groups operating in the Tsarnaevs’ homeland. It is even more painful that the man who led this fundraising effort was still on MIT’s staff when Officer Collier was gunned down.
Suheil Laher had been MIT’s Muslim chaplain for almost 20 years. Today hecontinues to preach at the Islamic Society of Boston, the extremist mosque founded by MIT students near campus, where the Tsarnaevs worshipped during their radicalization.
Americans for Peace and Tolerance have just released a mini-documentary, “Al Qaeda’s Base at MIT,” showing how MIT Muslim chaplain Suheil Laher used his leadership of the MIT Muslim Students Association as a vehicle for raising money for Al Qaeda causes around the world. We especially focus on the Al Qaeda affiliate in Chechnya, which Laher and his associates lionized, even as MIT trusted him to be its Muslim students’ spiritual guide.
Suheil Laher came to MIT as a student in 1990 and by 1998, he became the MIT Muslim chaplain. By the year 2000, he also became president of a Muslim charity based in Boston called Care International, which was founded by Osama Bin Laden’s mentor Abdullah Azzam and was originally called “Al Kifah Refugee Center.”
Care International was, in essence, a fundraising vehicle for mujahideen. After the leader of Al Kifah in Brooklyn, “the Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel-Rehman, wasconvicted for his role in the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, Boston’s Care International took over as Al Qaeda’s main base in the United States. Laher, then, was quite an important figure in Al Qaeda’s leadership here. His perch at MIT meant that he had easy access to the best American Muslim minds – and their world-class technical skills.
As a religious scholar and an engineer, Laher was both the spiritual and technological leader of Care International. He pioneered the Jihadist use of the new Internet medium to fundraise and recruit for Al Qaeda causes online. Laher’s personal website prominently featured Abdullah Azzam’s notorious call to Jihad, a tract called “Join the Caravan:”
Beloved brother! Draw your sword, climb onto the back of your horse, and wipe the blemish off your ummah. If you do not take the responsibility, who then will?
That same Jihadist tract was found on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s computer.
When the Muslim lands are being attacked, and the Muslims are being raped and killed, the only solution prescribed by Allah is jihad. Jihad is for all times. […] Jihad does not stop. Those of us who have not yet managed to go and physically help our brothers and sisters should support […] our mujahidin brethren with prayer, with money, with clothes, by taking care of their families, and at some point in person. Otherwise, we must face the wrath of Allah.
One of the MIT students who answered Laher’s call to join the Jihad in person was a bright young biologist named Aafia Siddiqui (blogger’s note: refer to ‘Scrutiny One’). She started out as a passionate and prolific fundraiser for Care International, but by the time she was arrested by the FBI in Afghanistan in 2008, she was known as“Lady Al Qaeda” and had become the most wanted woman in the world. She is now serving an 86-year prison sentence for attempting to kill the FBI agents arresting her. Her belongings upon arrest included two pounds of cyanide and plans for mass casualty attacks on New York using chemical and biological weapons, as well as literature about the Ebola virus.
While Laher’s sermons preached the general Islamic obligation to do Jihad, Care International’s website along with its newsletter “Al Hussam” (“The Sword”) promoted what Laher and his fellow Care leaders saw as the concrete performance of that responsibility. In the late 1990s, Care International focused its fundraising activity on the Russian breakaway republic of Chechnya. Specifically, Care International backed the Al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists under the leadership of Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev.
Basayev can arguably be described as one of the cruelest Islamic terrorists in modern Jihadist history. Our documentary recounts one of his cruelest acts: the Beslan School Massacre. On September 1, 2004, during a ceremony marking the first day of school, Basayev’s men surrounded the school in the town of Beslan in southern Russia and took over 1,100 people hostage, nearly eight hundred of them children. They murdered several people on the spot in front of the children and herded everyone into a sweltering gymnasium, where the hostages were kept without food or water for three days as bombs were hung up from the rafters and basketball hoops above them. On the third day, the terrorists started setting off the bombs and Russian security forces stormed the school as shell-shocked children ran the other way and were shot in the back by the terrorists. Three hundred and eighty five people were murdered, among them one hundred and eighty six children. Subsequently, Shamil Basayev bragged about his “success” at Beslan and the fact that the attack only cost him 8,000 Euros to launch. He was killed by Russian security forces in 2006.
Care International raised huge amounts of money for jihad around Boston, $1.7 million according to Federal authorities. A large portion of this money came throughchecks that were specifically earmarked for “Chechen Muslim fighters.” Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, Care International hosted dispatches and communiques from Basayev and his forces in the field. A Care International “Al Hussam” newsletterpraised a previous Basayev hostage operation against a Russian hospital’s maternity ward:
Minute by minute the whole world watched with agony, as some of the Mujahideen (not exceeding 80), under the leadership of Mujahid Shamil Basyev took 1500 Russians […] We cannot depend on anybody’s help; we have to fight evil with evil. The operation of the Mujahid Shamil Basayev is perfect proof.
How could MIT’s Muslim chaplain have led a group that applauded and funded such a savage?
In 2003, the FBI began investigating Care International for terrorism financing. At the same time, Basayev and his organization were designated as foreign terrorists. The flow of money from Boston to Chechnya stopped. After the Beslan Massacre, Basayevcomplained that the lack of funding prevented him from seizing more schools in Moscow and Leningrad. Because Basayev was not officially considered a terrorist before 2003, there was little the FBI could do to prosecute Laher and his fellow activists. Three Care leaders, including the group’s treasurer, received minor sentences for tax evasion. After being questioned by the FBI, Laher walked free and continued to influence students at MIT for more than another decade. His successor as MIT’s Muslim Chaplain, Hoda Elsharkawy, is herself closely linked through her husbandto Laher and to Islamic extremism in Boston, which will be the focus of our future reporting.
While Laher officially stepped down from his post as MIT chaplain in 2014, he continues to preach at mosques in the Boston area, including the Tsarnaev’s own mosque, the Islamic Society of Boston – giving a sermon there as recently as May 1, 2015. The ISB was founded by MIT students who purchased a building just down the street from campus and Laher regularly preached there. Beyond this, there is no evidence to indicate that Laher influenced the Tsarnaevs directly. Nevertheless, the legacy of radicalism at the Tsarnaevs’ mosque is very much tied to MIT and the Jihadist ideology that Laher preached as its Muslim Chaplain….
DOES due diligence even matter any more, especially when it comes to protecting an entire student body, let alone America in toto? Thus, MIT admins, what say you?? Besides, this site’s millions of readers await your response, as will others.
ON the upside, it is good to know that others are finally catching up to speed, even though this site’s proofs were demonstrated close to 3 years ago! Oh well.
IN any case, it must be understood that the precipitous dangers – due to the Brotherhood’s Muslim Student Association fixture-like status throughout America’s and Canada’s campuses – is beyond the wildest imagination of most folks. Therefore, readers would do well to rely on those who know this terrain very well. It is your best (and only) option.
CONCOMITANTLY, in the same manner in which this investigative journalistproved that Boston’s bombing originated from MIT’s aforementioned cesspool and its surrounding Wahhabi mosques, so too will the next blow up (via ISIS/Al-Qaeda/Brotherhood fronts) contain footprints from these same addresses.
MOST significantly, what is hatching in Cambridge and environs hardly stays static. So if things go boom in Texas et al, well, know that the ringleaders – coming out of MSA’s all over the US, in one way or another – ‘trained’ said Islamic foot soldiers in related mosques.
INHERENTLY, in the same manner in which many parents feel an enormous sense of pride and accomplishment when their offspring graduate from MIT’s ‘hallowed’ halls, similarly, Brotherhood aligned (sympathetic) parents view an education of this magnitude as a gift from Allah, one to be used in the service of jihad. Believe it.
READERS, if anything, don’t say you weren’t warned about this highly lethal national security risk!
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