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The Muslim Students Association's Terror Problem
INVESTIGATIVE - For The Record - blog ^ | Aug 20, 2010 at 3:39 pm | n/a

Posted on 08/20/2010 11:34:59 PM PDT by Cindy

While it strives for respectability, the Muslim Students Association (MSA) has a dark side. For example, a 2007 report by the New York Police Department describes MSAs as "part of a growing trend of Salafi-based radicalization."

The report lists MSAs as an example of "Salafi Influences and Incubators," stating: "Extremists have used these university-based organizations as forums for the development and recruitment of like-minded individuals - providing a receptive platform for younger, American-born imams, to present a radical message in a way that resonates with the students."

But the organization's role in radicalizing other Muslims is just part of the problem. Patrick Poole shows how some of the organization's most senior members have been implicated in a variety of terror-related conspiracies:

"These include an MSA national president who was al-Qaeda's top financier in the U.S., as chapter president who was one of al-Qaeda's co-founders, and a former MSA faculty advisor who is currently the terrorist most wanted by the U.S. government," according to Poole. "Other MSA leaders have been recently identified in several domestic and international terror plots, and some currently are facing terrorism charges."

A few of the spotlighted by Poole include:

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TOPICS: Education; History; Reference
KEYWORDS: 1963; alqaeda; alqaida; americanjihad; americanjihadis; globaljihad; islam; jihad; msa; muslims; mwl; nypd; salafi; salafism; salafists; students; terrorism; universities; university; uofi; uofillinois

1 posted on 08/20/2010 11:35:03 PM PDT by Cindy
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2 posted on 08/20/2010 11:35:48 PM PDT by Cindy
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“The Muslim Student Association’s Terror Problem
Why do top MSA leaders keep joining terror groups and involving themselves in terror plots?”
August 20, 2010 - by Patrick Poole Page 1 of 2

SNIPPET: “The end of summer is around the corner, and students are beginning to return to college campuses across the country. That means buying textbooks, rearranging class schedules, Saturday tailgate parties, and a host of academic and extracurricular activities.

One national student group gearing up for the upcoming academic year is the Muslim Student Association (MSA). Founded in 1963 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and operated as an arm of the Saudi-funded, Muslim Brotherhood-controlled Muslim World League, the MSA is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected Islamic institutions in the country. They have chapters at more than 100 universities and colleges.

But despite its apparent respectability and polished public presentation, the MSA has a dark side.

Since its inception, the MSA has chronically been a vehicle of extremism, hatred, and incitement to violence. Its chapters host a wide variety of extremist speakers and have repeatedly raised funds for Islamic groups that have later been closed by the U.S. government for funding terrorism. For this reason, the MSA was identified in 2004 as one of 27 Islamic charities and groups in the U.S. under investigation by the Senate Finance Committee for terrorist support.

As a result of the long-time institutional extremism, the MSAs have also proved to be a fertile recruiting ground for terrorist organizations, such that a 2007 report on Islamic radicalization published by the New York City Police Department identified the MSA as one of the key “radicalization incubators” for homegrown terrorists (p. 68). This dubious distinction is not without cause.

One of the darkest secrets of the MSA, certainly never advertised by the organization or mentioned in their publications, is a rather lengthy list of top MSA leaders who have been arrested and convicted on a wide array of terrorism charges, ranging from material support of terrorist groups to being actively involved in terrorist plots.

It is important to stress that these are not fringe figures in the MSA organization, but some of its top leaders.”

3 posted on 08/20/2010 11:37:58 PM PDT by Cindy
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They are recruiting in universities AND prisons?

4 posted on 08/21/2010 12:17:00 AM PDT by Slyfox
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Universities have been target rich since 1930’s at the very least for anti-American recruiters (ie prisons and spies.)

In my opinion, the prison jihad is a rich source for recruiters to add new gang members and jihadis.

5 posted on 08/21/2010 12:22:34 AM PDT by Cindy
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Ok, half-awake...that didn’t make sense.

Correcting it...Universities have been target rich since 1930’s at the very least for anti-American recruiters (think espionage and radicals in general).

6 posted on 08/21/2010 12:25:05 AM PDT by Cindy
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