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29 Years Ago Today (9 March 1977): Muslims Take Hostages in Washington, DC
various | March 9, 2002 | n/a

Posted on 03/09/2006 12:13:41 PM PST by Pyro7480

From 25th Anniversary of Terror; March 9, 2002

It came with the suddenness of September 11: a well-coordinated terrorist attack in the heart of the nation's capital, 25 years ago today. Twelve gunmen, Hanafi Muslims heavily armed with shotguns and machetes, storming into the then District Building on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, the offices of B'nai B'rith on Rhode Island Avenue NW and the Islamic Center on Massachusetts Avenue NW. Before the terrorist assault was brought to an end two days later, Maurice Williams, a 24-year-old reporter for WHUR-FM radio, had been shot dead, and dozens more had been injured, including three wounded by gunshots. Marion Barry, then a D.C. Council member, was among the injured. All told, in a 39-hour terrorist siege in Washington, 149 innocent people had been taken hostage. We forget the lesson of March 9, 1977, at our peril. Like the victims of 9-11, the victims of the violent March 9 takeover had no relation to the motives behind the assault. The Hanafi Muslims, an orthodox Islamic group, killed and took hostages in 1977 to force the government to turn over five Black Muslims convicted of murdering seven members of a Hanafi member's family four years earlier. The Hanafi Muslims also killed and maimed to stop the showing in America of the movie "Mohammad, Messenger of God" on the grounds that it was sacrilegious. Fifteen hostages at the District Building, more than 120 hostages at the B'nai B'rith building and a dozen hostages at the Islamic Center had absolutely nothing to do with the jailed Black Muslims or the showing of "Mohammad, Messenger of God." They were innocent targets of opportunity -- a condition not exclusive, but certainly common, to people living and working in the nation's capital.

The March 9 terror changed the way we live in this city well before that horror-filled September day came along. Because of the Hanafi takeover, armed guards and metal detectors were positioned where they had never stood before. Closed-circuit television cameras, identification badges and concrete barriers are now permanent features of our local scenery. Terrorism also permanently changed the lives of its victims. Bob Pierce went to work at the District Building 25 years ago as a legal intern for a council member. The day ended with him paralyzed for life, victim of a shotgun blast to the back as he lay with his face buried in the carpet.

The deep rage, the mindless, violent assault on the innocents -- all that this city saw then and last September, and in numerous bloody international incidents in between -- are solemn reminders of the scourge that can strike a power center such as Washington at any time. "I say throughout this country it can get worse and there's nothing nobody can do about it," said Hamaas Abdul Khaalis, the Hanafi group's leader in one of his apocalyptic warnings and demands in 1977. Evil forces of that day were defeated. But the lesson taught 25 years ago, which bears repeating today, is that leaders in Washington, as they build for the future, must -- in a world where terrorism seeks its day -- do no less than always prepare for the worst.

From Hanafi Islam

A sectarian dispute in the United States was transformed into a mass hostage taking by Hanafi Muslims in Washington, DC in 1977. The Hanafi Movement in the United States was founded by Hamas Abdul Khaalis in 1968. Khaalis, formerly Ernest 2X McGee, had been the Nation of Islam's first National Secretary and a friend of Malcolm X. He had converted to orthodox Islam and founded the Hanafi Movement with money donated by Kareem Abdul-Jabar. On 09 March 1977, Khaalis and about a dozen of his followers armed with shotguns and machetes seized control of seized the District Building [city hall], the B'nai B'rith building, and the Islamic Center, in the District of Columbia. Khaalis said they were seeking revenge for the murders of Khaalis' family members by Black Muslims in 1973. They held 134 hostages for more than 39 hours, they shot Washington DC city councilman Marion Barry in the chest, and they shot a radio reporter dead. The standoff ended and the hostages were freed after ambassadors from three Islamic nations joined the negotiations. The Hanafis were convicted and sentenced to long terms in prison.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: dc; islam; muslim; terror; terrorism; washington
Though this was more about violence between different groups of black Muslim converts, this shows that Islamic violence in the United States is nothing new.
1 posted on 03/09/2006 12:13:46 PM PST by Pyro7480
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To: Pyro7480

Wow. Don't remember that incident at all.


2 posted on 03/09/2006 12:15:02 PM PST by madison10
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To: Pyro7480

And Carter did nothing


3 posted on 03/09/2006 12:15:16 PM PST by al baby (Father of the Beeber)
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To: Dajjal; Convert from ECUSA; backhoe

A little history lesson about Islam ping!


4 posted on 03/09/2006 12:17:10 PM PST by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: Pyro7480

We've learned a lot since then eh?


5 posted on 03/09/2006 12:17:23 PM PST by 359Henrie (NASA needs one more moon rock, its in Mecca.)
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To: al baby

And Carter did nothing...
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Like any good appeasing, limp-wristed, pandering liberal...


6 posted on 03/09/2006 12:17:49 PM PST by EagleUSA
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Later read - I don't remember this


7 posted on 03/09/2006 12:17:57 PM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists.. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: madison10

Yeah, I vaguely recall it; that was during the heavy drinking years.


8 posted on 03/09/2006 12:21:06 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Pyro7480

I remember when this event in '77 happened. I was a senior in college in St. Louis and heard it on the radio. I called my dad, who worked in DC, and he assured me he was safe - fortunately, he worked some distance from the incident.


9 posted on 03/09/2006 12:21:14 PM PST by Convert from ECUSA (The "religion of peace" is actually the religion of constant rage and riots.)
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To: Pyro7480

10 posted on 03/09/2006 12:22:02 PM PST by itsamelman (“Announcing your plans is a good way to hear God laugh.” -- Al Swearengen)
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To: madison10

I don't remember it, either.


11 posted on 03/09/2006 12:22:51 PM PST by mlc9852
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To: Convert from ECUSA

I lived right outside DC at this time & didn't recall it at all....but I was only 8 years old.


13 posted on 03/09/2006 12:26:38 PM PST by Feiny (I am glad to be out of touch with George Clooney!)
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To: al baby
And Carter did nothing.

No calls for immediate withdrawal of police from the area?

James "Retreat And Surrender" Carter?

14 posted on 03/09/2006 12:27:17 PM PST by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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To: Pyro7480

Bookmark


15 posted on 03/09/2006 12:27:46 PM PST by TheForceOfOne (Memogate - Dan Rathers Little Big Horn.)
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To: agrace

I don't remember this.


16 posted on 03/09/2006 12:28:14 PM PST by lightingguy (Sorry, I got distracted)
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To: agrace

I don't remember this.


17 posted on 03/09/2006 12:28:16 PM PST by lightingguy (Sorry, I got distracted)
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To: Javelina

Frank: "Ya know what I oughta do to you's two scumbags with this here pool cue?!"

Dean (thinking): Whoa daddy, I hope Frank uses the fat end...


18 posted on 03/09/2006 12:35:29 PM PST by itsamelman (“Announcing your plans is a good way to hear God laugh.” -- Al Swearengen)
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To: lightingguy; feinswinesuksass; mlc9852; Mo1; madison10; Pyro7480
Guess it's a good thing that Pyro7480 posted the article.

Personally I remember the incident well. Mayor for Life Barry was greeted as a hero as i recall.
19 posted on 03/09/2006 12:36:52 PM PST by Jimmy Valentine's brother (Crush Code Pink, see them driven before you and hear the lamentation of the womyn)
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To: Pyro7480
Lets see, we have sunni islamic terrorist, shiite islamic terrorist and hanafi islamic terrorist.....gee something must be wrong with islam as a whole and its teachings not just one little segment of islam.
20 posted on 03/09/2006 12:40:24 PM PST by Lady Heron
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To: Pyro7480
they shot Washington DC city councilman Marion Barry in the chest, and they shot a radio reporter dead.

One miss, one hit. So they're bad shots ...

21 posted on 03/09/2006 12:40:29 PM PST by IronJack
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To: Pyro7480

At the time of that incident, my office was on N St, N.W. on the top floor(3rd) of a townhouse. The townhouse was at 1707 N, second in from 17th st, so I had a pretty good view of Rhode Island Ave from my third floor balcony. The offices of B'nai B'rith were one block south of my office, so the goings on there were quite the distraction for a couple of days.


22 posted on 03/09/2006 12:41:04 PM PST by billhilly (The Democrat symbol is no longer the donkey, it's a strait Jacket.)
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

btt


23 posted on 03/09/2006 12:42:53 PM PST by Covenantor
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To: Pyro7480
The Hanafi Muslims also killed and maimed to stop the showing in America of the movie "Mohammad, Messenger of God" on the grounds that it was sacrilegious.

A movie made, I think, by a Muslim, who himself died at the hands of terrorists when a wedding party was bombed at a hotel in Jordan recently.

24 posted on 03/09/2006 12:44:19 PM PST by untenured
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To: Lady Heron

I think Hanafi Islam is a sect of Sunni Islam, just like Wahhabi Islam is.


25 posted on 03/09/2006 12:46:35 PM PST by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: EagleUSA

And Carter did nothing...
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Like any good appeasing, limp-wristed, pandering liberal...




I can't seem to remember, what was the US response to the bombing of the barracks in Beirut? I can't seem to remember who was prez then, either.


26 posted on 03/09/2006 12:48:53 PM PST by dmz
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To: untenured
A movie made, I think, by a Muslim, who himself died at the hands of terrorists when a wedding party was bombed at a hotel in Jordan recently.

You're absolutely right. Moustapha Akkad

27 posted on 03/09/2006 12:49:45 PM PST by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: madison10
Wow. Don't remember that incident at all.

Me either. But then again, I was 12 and had a poster of Bobby Sherman on my wall.
28 posted on 03/09/2006 12:54:53 PM PST by msnimje (SAMMY for SANDY --- THAT IS WHAT I CALL A GOOD TRADE!!!)
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To: itsamelman

Being Jewish, I don't think Sammy Davis, Jr. would have been part of that group.


29 posted on 03/09/2006 12:56:42 PM PST by Vor Lady (Mal, "Remember, we just want to scare him." Jayne, "Pain is scary!")
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To: Pyro7480

I was in the Honor Guard when this happened. The city busses were dispatched to surround the White House and I spent the night in some damn senate basement office. Carter did nothing but hide.


30 posted on 03/09/2006 12:59:38 PM PST by chesty_puller (USMC 70-73 3MAF VN 70-71)
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To: Pyro7480

Great find Pyro. I was born in D.C. many years ago butnever lived there.


31 posted on 03/09/2006 1:05:52 PM PST by subterfuge ("We're going to take things from you for the greater good..."---Hillary Rod-Ham Clinton)
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To: Pyro7480
If I remember right, this was really in revenge for the killing of nine people in a house owned by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. One of the dead was a baby drowned in a sink. The leader of this desperately wanted to get his hands on the perps.
32 posted on 03/09/2006 1:21:49 PM PST by AlexandriaDuke
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To: Pyro7480

Wow, I never knew about this. Thanks for posting.


33 posted on 03/09/2006 5:23:00 PM PST by MarMema (Buy Danish, support freedom)
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To: Pyro7480

I remember this incident also. It has been successfully
down-played and thrown down the memory hole by the "drive-by" PC media in Washington and the rest of the nation.


34 posted on 03/09/2006 5:36:36 PM PST by StormEye
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To: msnimje

Wow. Don't remember that incident at all.

Me either. But then again, I was 12 and had a poster of Bobby Sherman on my wall.

I was 17 and a senior, but still paid attention to current/national affairs. (I think it was an assignment) ;)

35 posted on 03/09/2006 7:43:51 PM PST by madison10
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