Islamic terrorist-training camps have been operating in the United States for 30 years and pose a "very dangerous" threat, says Martin Mawyer, president of the Christian Action Network.
"The group is called Muslims of the Americas and their leader is called Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani," Mawyer said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"They frequently want to play the card that they're just peaceful Muslims trying to raise their own kids, grow their own agriculture and live a sustainable Muslim life. Anybody that doubts that … [can] come to their property and take a look."
But when the Christian Action Network, armed with a video camera, attempted to put that to the test, they were ordered to get out.
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"Their first words are there are armed guards, gates, security guards and people who hit you with a cane if you come," said Mawyer, author of "Twilight in America: The Untold Story of Islamic Terrorist Training Camps Inside America,"
written with Patti Pierucci and published by PRB Publishing.
"Although, most people are unfamiliar with them, they are familiar with the Wall Street Journal's Daniel Pearl. Pearl was on his way to Pakistan to interview the leader of these American-based terrorist scams when he was later kidnapped and then beheaded," Mawyer said.
"This is a very dangerous group, they have had years of terrorist acts inside the United States from bombings to assassinations to cold brutal murder and operations including infiltration.
"These camps are located in more than a dozen states in this country from New York to Pennsylvania to Florida to South Carolina to Georgia to Virginia to Texas and to California. These are true no-go zones."
Shutting down the camps is tough to do, however, he said.
"Every time I talk to law enforcement they can't crack down on the particular group itself. They can only crack down on individuals that are arrested inside the group that are committing these crimes," he said.
In one case, though, it did happen.
"They did shut one of the camps down in Buena Vista, Colorado. They raided the camp and found all kinds of weapons, all kinds of information about how to kill FBI agents, how to set off bombs at military centers and a lot of those individuals went to jail," Mawyer said.
"After that, what they learned to do is rather than having the people who committed these crimes living on their camps, they train them on the camps, then they put them out to the general community.
"So when they're caught, the camp people can say they kicked them off the camp a number of years ago or six months ago because they were a bad seed and didn't want them on the property any longer."
The Christian Action Network is a Virginia-based public advocacy and education organization based on "biblical principles, values, traditions and American ideals."
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