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Steve King’s Plan To Defeat ISIS: Spy On Muslim Americans In Mosques


via. Think Progress

By Igor Volsky

Muslim Americans are fighting back against Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) suggestion on Thursday that the U.S. government should spy on mosques to stop the recruitment of fighters into the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“The radical Islamists have 1.3 or more billion Muslims to work with,” the Iowa congressman said on The Steve Deace Show. “Now they aren’t all supporters… but that is a huge population to draw from,” he continued, suggesting that recruiters are “certainly in the United States,” particularly in mosques in Virginia and Minneapolis. “So they have a network that they flow in. And it isn’t that all Muslims are a supporter of ISIS but the network that flows through the mosques is certainly the communications centers. We ought to be looking at this dot to dot. And we ought to have people sitting in those mosques watching to see what’s going on,” he explained.

The United States government estimates that more than 100 Americans are already fighting in Syria’s civil war and dozen of whom are part of ISIS.

But American Muslims view ISIS as an abomination to Islam and the group itself has little regard for the fundamental tenets of Islam, blowing up copies of the Qur’an, killing fellow Muslims, and slaughtering innocent youth and using rape and sexual slavery as a weapon.

Virtually every single American Muslim organization has publicly disavowed both the ideology and the practices of ISIS and just a day before King’s remarks dozens of Muslim American clerics and community leaders distanced their religion from the beliefs of the terrorist extremists. “ISIS and al Qaeda represent a warped religious ideology,” Faizal Khan, imam of the Islamic Society of America mosque in Silver Spring, said during a press conference with Muslim-American leaders from Indonesia, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Sudan and Trinidad. “Either we reject this violence in the clearest possible terms, or we allow them to become the face of Islam and the world’s perception of us for years to come.”

On Thursday, Muslims in Virginia responded directly to King’s comments. “It’s really reprehensible, red meat rhetoric being thrown out there,” Mahdi Bray of the American Muslim Alliance told the local NBC affiliate in Washington D.C. “No. we don’t need spies in mosques. I think we went through that with Hoover, with Dr. Martin Luther King and that didn’t work either, he saw a communist behind every sheet. So I don’t think there’s a need for that and actually — and, again, this goes back to my original characterization of this being un-American.”

Following the terrorist attacks of Sep. 11, 2001, the FBI routinely spied on Muslims in mosques. The New York Police Department recently disbanded a unit responsible for infiltrating and eavesdropping on New York’s Muslim communities and in San Francisco, the the FBI in San Francisco used a public relations program “to collect information on the religious views and practices of Muslims in Northern California and then shared the intelligence with other government agencies.”

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  • Mehdi

    First of all, I never exchanged with you, I don’t see why I would call you bigot, unless you were prone to put all Muslims in the same basket or make broad generalizations, not sure whether you do that or not but I won’t consider you a bigot unless I can prove that.
    Indeed the West is made up of all types of people, I don’t like to use that term as it puts too many different people in the same basket, a southern Spaniard has little in common with a Northern Swede or Scot, or someone from the midwest. Besides many regular LW commenters can be labelled as Western as they live in the US or other Western countries. I like to talk more about Western governments and relate to their actions and responsibilities.
    People can be blamed for their voting choices, but if we related people to their government’s actions, then that would mean for instance that Ilisha is guilty for the Bush administration’s actions in Iraq for instance which is crazy! Our daily lives show us how little control we have over the actions of our representatives.
    In the end, we can speak up, make up our minds about what happens, voice our criticism. This is why it’s important to still express our voices against governmental actions we disaprove (millions of people marched against the Vietnam war or the 2003 Iraq invasion and history proved them right, many people marched last summer against the Gaza massacre) similarly I’m happy to see many Muslims voice their anger against IS, that won’t appease Islamophobe bigots who will only expect Muslims to abandon their faith, but that doesn’t matter to me, if I get one open minded person to understand better what Islam is about then I’m a happy person!

  • jkings

    I may be seen as a bigot but I listen and I am open ears. You seem like a pretty level headed guy. I havent checked post for a bit so I just read this. Remember one thing is, the West is made up of all kinds of people, just like anywhere. There are people that are on the total dark side, and some that are for the light. It is very easy for us all to get so caught up in this stuff. But the fact is, if we step back and take a look, the actions of our governments, and our extremist, should not define us as individuals, Muslim and non-Muslim, Christian and non-Christian. After a long time of trying to see both sides, I can see now that its very hard for either of us to not see it the way we do. If we flipped, perhaps we would be saying what each other are saying. All of this stuff is so tiresome to me. I know that so many of us in this chat room could get along just fine, be friends and even be fine in a community. We are not extremist, we don’t want to bomb anyone. Does anyone here not want real peace? Perhaps the only way for people to see love come out of us, is for us to stop citing the bad things others have done, and only concentrate on loving one another. Anyone who reads this also, help me to do this. Every day I want to further distance myself from the strife of this world. God Bless everyone and God bless Mehdi

  • jkings

    Aye, I often hide under my own bed, in fear of my white American self.

  • Just_Stopping_By

    I feel that somehow I should provide a response that adds a new dimension to your comment, but I can’t because I agree with everything you say.

    So, just a few thoughts. First, I think it is worth having a link handy on those condemnations. At a minimum, it is a handy response to those who say that Muslims don’t condemn or rarely condemn terrorism. As one example of such a link:

    Second, I think I get the frustration with those who essentially revel in having a simple, or simplistic, view of the world — for example, “Everything I needed to know about Islam, I learned on 9/11.” Just remind yourself that those who claim that one side is essentially blameless and the other is driven solely by a xenophobic ideology that wants to take over and annihilate the non-believer are showing their own narrow-mindedness.

    Third, I still think there is a point to challenging those who claim to do something on the basis of your religion or other beliefs simply because that is the right thing to do. But, that does not mean that you have to be full-time guardian, in which whether in brightest day or blackest night, no misuse of Islam would escape your condemnation. Sometimes, you can’t go for 24 hours without having to stop and recharge your battery, so here you should do what feels right without feeling as if you are responsible for a whole sector of the Muslim world.

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    I understand your view but the problem is that what drives it is our foreign policy, and moral outrage usually related to foreign policy along with political grievances, that uses religious symbolism. And frankly it is tiring to constantly have to answer for these things when the other side usually demanding condemnation simply refuses to recognizes that foreign policy is one of the biggest contributors to this problem. And people condemned and addressed this even before it was a major issue yet to o end we keep having people ask when will you condemn x.

  • Jekyll

    “parking lot “…hope he does not dance…

  • The architects and engineers of AE911Truth that call for an independent investigation into the happenings of 911 and suggest that the three buildings were brought done by controlled demolition have nothing to do with Muslims nor do they care about defending them. What they do care about is finding out the TRUTH.

  • The greenmantle

    My aim is not to defend Islam but to defend freedom . Would it not have been easier to ask rather than assume my motives ?
    and why do you keep harping on about homosexuals ?
    In terms of what is wrong in the world what two concenting adults get up to in the privacy of their own homes worrys me less than some poor innocent child getting bombed , starving or maimed .
    Have you thought about getting a sence of proprtion ? Maybe Walmart will have some of offer .
    As for taxes universal healthcare should be a right not a privilage of the rich .

    Sir David

  • WhyTheHate

    It’s just funny that anything bad ostensibly done by Muslims is *actually* due to other people and Muslims have no responsibility whatsoever.
    *9/11 – inside job (or Osama was a US plant).
    *ISIS – 100% trained and motivated by US/Israel.
    *Boko Haram – the same, I guess.
    *Countless acts of terrorism in UK, Europe, India, etc. – those people deserved it because some Muslims have been treated badly by some of their population (though, you know, ALL religions have been treated badly at some point in time).

    This constant sense of victimhood, rather than realizing the need to reform Islam and establish better relations with non-Muslims, is actually hurting Muslims (and everyone else). If you’re willing to self-destruct just to teach others a lesson, so be it…

  • WhyTheHate

    Errr… I’m not a Zionist. Never been one. Nice try though. I guess these ad hominem attacks are to be expected for anyone who doesn’t agree with the majority view on this website. Good job promoting “tolerance” Loonwatch!

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