Of alleged Muslim terror-training camps, ‘We just don’t see it’
The Delaware County, New York, sheriff’s office does not believe there is any credible threat emanating from an Islamic commune within their jurisdiction that serves as the national headquarters for a Muslim organization previously accused of engaging in paramilitary training within the U.S.
Craig Dumont, deputy sheriff of Delaware County, appeared Sunday on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s AM 970 The Answer, where he downplayed concern about Islamberg, a 70-acre rural hamlet that is the headquarters for Muslims of the America, Inc., or MOA.
MOA was founded by controversial Pakistani Sufi cleric Mubarak Ali Gilani.
Dumont told Klein his office has been inside Islamberg on a number of occasions and that he has been “perplexed” by recent news media reports of alleged jihadist training camps.
“It’s kind of perplexing to us,” he said. “All this recent media attention in regard to potential terrorist training camps and things that are going on there. We don’t see it. We just don’t find any of that to be valid at this time. … There are no active threats that we are aware of at this time.”
Dumont said he was aware of an undated YouTube video published by the Clarion Project showing women in military fatigues carrying rifles, marching in formation and engaging in what looks to be paramilitary training. The video was said to have been filmed inside Islamberg.
Dumont, however, stated that “nothing that we have developed or had contact with has made us believe there is any credit to those videos.”
He further told Klein there is no reason to believe Gilani is currently associated with MOA’s Islamburg campus. Gilani has espoused Islamic fundamentalist beliefs and has claimed Israel was behind the 9-11 bombings.
Asked what he knows about the activities transpiring inside Islamberg, Dumont replied: “They have a group of Muslims that just appear to reside there. They participate in the local communities that surround the properties. There are a couple of different villages and towns where their kids go to school. They are members of civic organizations.”
Dumont recognized previous concern by federal law enforcement regarding the property and said his office has been monitoring the situation.
The Clarion Project reported it obtained a declassified FBI report from 2007 that states MOA members have been involved in at least 10 murders, one disappearance, three firebombings, one attempted firebombing, two explosive bombings and one attempted bombing.
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