German police have shut down the Hamburg mosque where the 9/11 hijackers met before their suicide attacks on the US in 2001. What took so long?
Every one of the 15,803 Islamic attacks since 911 has the imprimatur of an Islamic cleric. Every act of jihad is in the service of allah. And behind every act of jihad, there is a mosque.
Gary Berntsen, a Republican hoping to unseat Sen. Chuck Schumer, told Capitol Confidential earlier this month, "Militants are using these mosques. They are using front organizations against us. They are using the west’s respect and tolerance for all religions against us... We would not have allowed a Shinto shrine to be placed at the front gate of Pearl Harbor."Claudia Rosett reports that Imam Rauf in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Qatar for Ground Zero Mosque money.
Most troubling is the story I broke at Atlas on July 31st: Rauf's involvement with the Saudi-based conglomerate Xenel Industries, which has ties to Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. Xenel is a funder of Imam Rauf's Cordoba Initiative and ASMA (American Society of Muslim Advancement).
Mosques must be monitored. Look at this US terror history map painstakingly produced by the Investigative Project on Terrorism. The mosques and Islamic centers that are listed were at one time home to radical clerics or to conspirators in a terrorism-related investigation, or had other connections to radical individuals or terrorist organizations.
German police have shut down the Hamburg mosque where the 9/11 hijackers met before their suicide attacks on the US in 2001.
Police said they believed the Taiba mosque was again being used as a meeting point for extremists.
The cultural association that runs the mosque has also been banned.
A German intelligence report last year said radical Muslims had travelled to military training camps in Uzbekistan after associating at the mosque.
"We have closed the mosque because it was a recruiting and meeting point for Islamic radicals who wanted to participate in so-called jihad or holy war," said Frank Reschreiter, a spokesman for Hamburg's state interior ministry.
He said 20 police officers had been searching the building and had confiscated material, including several computers, the Associated Press reported.