By Patti Pierucci
A document recently obtained by Christian Action Network sheds light on the motives, Islamic backgrounds and terrorist connections of the 2002 killers known as the Beltway Snipers.
Published by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, entitled “Terrorism Liaison Officer Proposal,” the report lists the Beltway Sniper attacks as official “domestic Islamic attacks.”
The report also says the two Snipers were members of the Islamic terror group known as Jamaat Al Fuqra, which also goes by the name of The Muslims of America (MOA).
MOA operates dozens of Islamic terrorist-training compounds throughout America. These compounds are usually located in rural areas where members have been documented engaging in guerilla-style jihadist training. Members have been convicted of and suspected of committing dozens of terrorist and criminal activity in America over the years—including murder, fire bombing, drug running, gun running, welfare fraud, worker’s compensation fraud, carrying out and plotting terrorist attacks (including the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993), tax fraud, and more.
They have also recently admitted that a member of their group ran a brothel.
Despite their known and well-documented connection to terrorist activity—including the infamous Beltway Snipers—MOA camps continue to operate unimpeded in America. The obvious question is: Why?
The Beltway Snipers consisted of John Allen Muhammad, a 41-year-old Army veteran, and his younger protégé, Lee Boyd Malvo, age 17. By the time police finally stopped the killings, 10 innocent people were shot dead, and three others wounded, in cowardly sniper attacks carried out by the killers from a small shooting hole bored through the trunk of their now-infamous Chevy Caprice. The younger Malvo, now in prison, admits to doing most of the shooting while Muhammad drove the car.
The newly acquired California report states that the Snipers joined Jamaat Al Fuqra in 1999 after leaving the Nation of Islam. It also states that the older sniper, formerly John Allen Willliams, changed his name to Muhammad in 2001. In 2002, after living with the younger Lee Boyd Malvo for at least two years, the pair began killing their way along the east coast of the United States.
The purpose of the California report, issued around 2009, is to help integrate trained Terrorism Liaison Officers into every fire department in the state to prevent terrorist attacks. One of the largest Al Fuqra compounds existed in California, but was abandoned after one of its members shot to death a deputy sheriff. Its leader was later convicted of scamming $1.6 million out of the state coffers.
Although MOA—the front group for Jamaat Al Fuqra—denies there has ever been a link between their organization and the Beltway Snipers, this new report obtained by Christian Action Network confirms what the media has known, but failed to report, since 2002. The Snipers were not just affiliated with Al Fuqra … they were members of this radical Islamic terrorist group.
A lot of information trickled out to the media in the weeks and months following the capture of the Snipers. We learned that Muhammad was undoubtedly the ringleader, having taken the teenage boy Malvo into his custody years earlier and molding him into the killing machine he later became.
A divorced father of three, Muhammad helped Malvo emigrate from Antigua using false papers provided by Williams, forgery being one of his specialties. They met up in Seattle at first, living a bizarre existence in homeless shelters and gaining a reputation as a dangerous and disturbing pair.
One seldom reported but oft-repeated assertion by their acquaintances was that they were homosexual lovers. One man quoted in The Free Republic said he saw Muhammad “put his arms around Malvo and … was seen kissing him on several occasions … He often felt the young man’s muscles after a workout and said Malvo was his pride and joy. He told the young man, ‘Allah is going to be proud of you. You must be strong to do his work.’”
During the days and weeks that followed the Snipers’ arrests in October 2002, the national media made almost no mention of “Islam,” “Muslim,” or “terrorism.” Muhammad was described as an ex-soldier, a former Army combat engineer and a Gulf War veteran who was an expert marksman. Malvo was usually described as an illegal alien from Jamaica, a misguided youth and clueless dupe of Muhammad. The news theme was that the Beltway Snipers were disenfranchised, lone serial killers unassociated with any official terrorist group.
As reports started to bubble beneath the surface that the Snipers were Muslims, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)—a Muslim Brotherhood-founded organization—issued a statement demanding that the media avoid linking Islam with the snipers. “We … ask journalists and media commentators to avoid speculation based on stereotyping or prejudice,” CAIR demanded. And amazingly, except for a few lone journalistic voices, the media cowered at the specter of being labeled “prejudiced” and obeyed their marching orders from CAIR with zealous determination.
A Los Angeles Times article theorized six different motives for Muhammad—his “stormy relationship" with his family, his “stark realization” of loss and regret, his perceived sense of abuse as an American Muslim following 9-11, his desire to “exert control” over others, his relationship with Malvo, and his attempt to make a quick dollar.
A Boston Globe article stated that “there must have been something in his social interaction—in his marriage or his military career—that pulled the trigger.” That excuse would be funny if it wasn’t for the 10 dead people that his “social interaction” left behind.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that local Muslims were upset that the Snipers “once again tarred the image of a peaceful religion.” The Commercial Appeal in Memphis said that Muslims they spoke to “agreed that it did not matter that one of the suspected Snipers had converted to Islam.”
Really? No mention of jihad … guerilla training … membership in a radical terrorist organization?
At the least, these articles were serious cases of journalistic malpractice, because the Snipers were fueled by Islamic fervor. Period. Feelings of “loss and regret” are not good reasons to become a sniper, and these so-called journalists should be ashamed for writing that tripe.
Still not convinced that the Snipers were Islamic terrorists?
The younger Malvo, from his prison cell, sketched shocking representations of terrorist activity, replete with anti-American and anti-Semitic comments. One drawing showed Malvo peering through the scope of a rifle while exclaiming “Allah Akbar” and the following verse: “Many more will have to suffer/Many more will have to die/Don’t ask me why.” Another drawing of Malvo and Muhammad together contained the inscription: “We will kill them all. Jihad.”
Malvo admitted to killing 42 people—not just the 10 murders that were solved—with Muhammad in 2002. Muhammad met a far-too-peaceful end in 2009 when he was executed by lethal injection. He went to sleep and—I am only theorizing here—he did NOT end up in the arms of 72 virgins.
In 2012 I co-authored a book with Martin Mawyer, President of Christian Action Network, which exposes the terrorist activities and history of The Muslims of America. The book, called “Twilight in America: The Untold Story of Islamic Terrorist Training Camps Inside America,” explains how the Snipers received assistance from MOA during their 2002 reign of terror. Police reports suspect them of hiding out at both the Red House, Virginia, and Commerce, Georgia, compounds of MOA in between killings. MOA also has a presence in Seattle and the Caribbean, where both Mohammad and Malvo spent time together.
So why is the Islamic group that the Snipers belonged to—a group at one time listed on the State Department’s list of terror groups, a group that aided the Snipers as they slaughtered their way into the history books in allegiance to Allah—still allowed to operate in America?
Even as late as 2009, the state of California still lists Al Fuqra as a “domestic terrorist group” and links it to the Beltway Snipers.
There really is no simple answer to the question. But the group known as Al Fuqra/MOA has spent decades taking advantage of the freedom and prosperity that America provides. In the words of its own leader, Sheikh Gilani, America provides a fertile playground for the training of jihadist soldiers:
“We pray to the beat of a submachine gun. Come join my troops and army, says our Sheikh Gilani. Prepare to sacrifice your head, a true believer is never dead. Say ‘Victory is in the air,’ the infidel’s blood will not be spared.”
The Beltway Snipers were troops in Gilani’s American army.
Patti A. Pierucci is editor-in-chief for Christian Action Network, and is an award-winning writer who spent nearly two decades as a journalist. She is also a documentary scriptwriter and has worked as a ghostwriter for a number of prominent public figures, including members of Congress. She is the co-author of the Amazon best-selling book “Twilight in America,” authored by Martin Mawyer, president and founder of Christian Action Network. The book details the activities of Islamic terrorist training camps scattered throughout the United States. It can be purchased atTwilightInAmerica.com or Amazon.com in book or Kindle version.