Our review is forthcoming, but Jeffrey Imm does a great job. He was there last night, below is his article.
Bottom line, it is a documentary whose jaw dropping power compels action. It provides facts, not feelings. These are our weapons, consider yourself armed, now act-buy a copy, support their legislation, stay informed, inform a friend, and stay active, we will soon be issuing a coordinated call to action on the soft Jihad against GMU (see here and here). You are isolated but not alone, now get out there and fight.
Washington DC: 150 Attend Anti-Jihad Event
by Jeffrey Imm
Anti-Jihad League of America
February 12, 2009
On Wednesday night, February 11, over 150 Washington DC area residents attended the premiere screening of the film “Homegrown Jihad: The Terrorist Camps Around U.S.” at a Washington DC theater. The film screening was sponsored by the Christian Action Network that co-produced the film along with PRB films, directed by Christian Action Network president Martin Mawyer. The film documents the activities of the Jamaat ul-Fuqra organization and its front organization “Muslims of America,” led by Pakistani Islamic cleric Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, and their 35 camps around the United States. The documentary references a 2006 Regional Organized Crime Information Center report that states that Ali Gilani is “known as an international terrorist” and that Jamaat ul-Fuqra has “more than 3,000 members spread across the United States, all in support of one goal: the purification of Islam through violence.”
The film shows segments from an internal terrorist training video by Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, entitled “Soldiers of Allah.” As the Christian Action Network documentary explains, the “Soldiers of Allah” “Islamic military warfare” training video “teaches American students how to operate AK-47 rifles, rocket launchers, and machine guns; how to kidnap Americans and then kill them; how to conduct sabotage and subversive operations; and how to use mortars and explosives.” As shown in the documentary, Ali Gilani tells his members “We are fighting to destroy the enemy. We are dealing with evil at its roots and its roots are America.”
The Christian Action Network documentary then proceeds to document the terrorist and criminal activities of individuals associated with Ali Gilani’s Jamaat ul-Fuqra organization, linked to 10 assassinations and 17 firebombings. The documentary states that Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was on his way to a meeting with Ali Gilani in Pakistan, when he was abducted and killed. The film also describes the involvement of Jamaat ul-Fuqra members in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
The documentary makers investigate Ali Gilani’s “Muslims of America” camps at locations around the United States, soliciting feedback from members on Ali Gilani’s “Soldiers of Allah” video, which many refuse to acknowledge, some accept as necessary, and others respond to with threats and violence to the Christian Action Network documentary makers. The film includes interviews with state and local law enforcement struggling to prosecute Jamaat ul-Fuqra individuals and their frustration with a lack of federal law enforcement support, as well as local individuals concerned for their safety living near one of Ali Gilani’s “Muslims of America” camps.
After the film, Christian Action Network’s Martin Mawyer, Christian Action Network’s Jason Campbell, and the Higgins Counter-Terrorism Research Center’s Dr. Peter Leitner had a question and answer session with the audience. Mr. Mawyer explained how the :Homegrown Jihad” film had taken three years to produce, and told the audience that the Christian Action Network’s next objective was to develop a similar documentary about the growth of Sharia law in Europe. Mr. Mawyer also pointed out how his organization provided this documentary to the FBI and to Congressional representatives. The audience gave special applause for Jason Campbell’s fearlessness in approaching hostile members of the “Muslims of America” camps in the documentary. Dr. Leitner addressed counterterrorism and law-enforcement questions posed by the audience.
The Washington DC audience was invited to attend the premiere screening by the Christian Action Network through emails, promotion of the event by anti-jihad web sites and organizations, and local radio promotion by Washington DC area’s WAVA-FM radio host Don Kroah. Local activist groups also promoted the anti-jihad event, with attendance by DC area activist leaders Catherine Martin (ACT!For America — Northern Virginia & DC Metro Chapter), John Cosgrove (United American Committee, Virginia Chapter), and Jeffrey Imm (Anti-Jihad League of America), among others. A number in the audience expressed interest in further follow-on activities to bring the war of ideas to the America public.