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News Analysis

Million March Against Fear on 9/11 Linked to Islamist Radicals

Thu, August 22, 2013

March organizer MD Rabbi Alam (l), march speaker Imam Mahdi Bray (r)

March organizer MD Rabbi Alam (l), march speaker Imam Mahdi Bray (r)

by: 
Ryan Mauro

In multiple media appearances, the organizers of the Million American March Against Fear (formerly the Million Muslim March), which will be held on September 11, claim that the march is being held to battle fear, discrimination and human rights violations.

Yet the organizers of the march are linked to Islamists promoting a sharia agenda for America and the West as well as conspiracy-promoting 9/11 "truthers." (In fact, according to one of the organizers, the name of the march was changed to accommodate non-Muslim 9/11 conspiracy theory groups.)

The march is being organized by American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC).  On its website, AMPAC says:

  • “'Al-Qaeda’ is a joke. And so is the whole ‘war on terror.’”
  • ?“Whether or not Al-Qaeda is completely mythical, the so-called ‘Islamic terrorist threat’ is pure hallucination.” 
  • “Muslims, too, live in fear—of being dragged off into the night to Guantanamo and tortured, simply for the crime of being Muslim in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

A number of Muslim organizations have signed on for the Million American March Against Fear on 9/11. These include: 

  • Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity 
  • Muslim American Society, a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity 
  • American Muslim Alliance 
  • American Muslim Task Force 
  • Muslims for Liberty 
  • Muslim March Against Terrorism 
  • Mosque Care (North Carolina)
  • Muslim American PAC (NJ)
  • North American Bangladeshi Association for Bangladesh
  • South Asian Chamber of Commerce

The rally’s website also claims support from a number of non-Muslim political groups including Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth Movement, DC Area 9/11 Truth Movement, March Against Drones and the Occupy Wall Street Movement.

AMPAC, the organization behind the march, is headed by MD Rabbi Alam, a controversial figure who is a documented 9/11 “Truther.”  Last July, the Clarion Project discovered that Alam is personally associated with the pro-Hamas Islamist group Viva Palestina (VP) and that a number of Alam’s officials have served in official capacities for VP.

The Investigative Project on Terrorism  says “[T]he Viva Palestina campaign is more about supporting and legitimizing Hamas than it is about providing aid to the needy … They treat Hamas leaders as the legitimate representatives of the Palestinian people and provide both material and political support to the terrorist organization.”

Viva Palestina is led by anti-American British politician George Galloway. VP was investigated by the British government in 2009 and is currently under investigation again. Canada has banned Galloway from entering the country because of his support for the Hamas terrorist group, which includes publicly handing a bag of cash to a Hamas minister.

Alam attended a fundraiser headlined by George Galloway on July 2, 2009 that brought in $103,000 for “medical relief for Palestinians in Gaza.” There is a photo of him sitting in the front row. The Gaza Strip is controlled by Hamas, a terrorist organization (as designated by the U.S. government) and the Palestinian wing of the Brotherhood. Other participants in the fundraiser included two Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups, Muslim American Society and American Muslims for Palestine. (See below for more documentation linking Alam to Viva Palestina.)

Alam is a documented 9/11 “Truther,” who claimed that no Jews were killed on 9/11 until he was confronted with the facts (he then apologized). In a video of a speech he prepared for an American Muslims for Palestine event, now blocked from the public, Alam says, “[T]his country, it is true, that when you are not involved in the mainstream, you are nothing but treated yourself as a stranger. It is as simple as it is.”

Alam also heads two other organizations that are also involved in organizing the march, the Missouri Democratic Party Asian American Caucus (MDPAAC) and the National Democratic Party Asian American Caucus.

 

March Speaker Imam Mahdi Bray: The U.S. Is Waging a War on Islam

One of the listed speakers is Imam Mahdi Bray, identified as an official of the Muslim American Society. In 2008, federal prosecutors said MAS was “founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.” Secret U.S. Muslim Brotherhood member and convicted terrorist Abdurrahman Alamoudi said in 2012 that “everyone knows that MAS is the Muslim Brotherhood.” In 2000, Bray was on stage with Abdurrahman Alamoudi when he praised Hamas and Hezbollah.

Bray gave an approving gesture and the audience cheered when the statement was made. Bray later condemned the Israeli assassination of Hamas’ spiritual leader as “state-sponsored terrorism.” He has also accused the U.S. of waging a “war on Islam.” In February 2008, Bray traveled to Egypt to stand in solidarity with Brotherhood members being prosecuted by the ruling government.

 

March Organizer Isa Hodge: You Can See Sharia Law in the Constitution Itself

Isa Hodge is the Chief of Operations of the rally on September 11 and the Executive Director of AMPAC. He is also a former Executive Member of MDPAAC.

On January 4, Hodge was on the AMPAC Internet show when he said, “You can actually see Sharia Law in the Constitution itself” and that “Muslims have been in this country long before the white man ever touched the shore.”  He accused the U.S. government of a 9/11 cover-up in the same interview.

 

March Organizer Dr. Kevin Barrett: U.S. Gov’t Is Secretly Controlled by Zionist Conspiracy

Dr. Kevin Barrett is the Director of Media and Outreach of the rally on September 11 and National Communications Director of AMPAC. He has appeared on Iranian state TV and states emphatically that the U.S. government is secretly controlled by a Zionist conspiracy and 9/11 attacks were carried out by Israel. He is the founder of the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9/11 Truth.

 

More Documentation Linking Alam to Viva Palestina

Alam’s other organization, MDPAAC, has other links to Viva Palestina. The former Campaign Director, Fadi Banyalmarjeh, is a Syrian and was listed as a contact for a 2009 fundraiser featuring Galloway. He has also “liked” Galloway on his Facebook page. He also served as treasurer for Alam’s failed campaign for Secretary of State.

Banyalmarjeh’s profile now has photos supportive of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood. There is also an Internet post that appears to be written by Banyalmarjeh that quotes Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Banyalmarjeh’s name was removed from MDPAAC’s website shortly after our article was published.

MDPAAC also deleted the name of Mohamed El-Housiny as its Youth Coordinator. He was described in 2009 as a “Viva Palestina volunteer event coordinator” and took part in a VP convoy to Gaza in July 2009. He was also a member of a VP convoy that tried to break the Israeli blockade through Egypt in January 2010. He was injured in a clash with Egyptian security personnel. He spoke at an American Muslims for Palestine event on February 7, 2010 and an event about VP on February 15, 2010.

Another name removed from MDPAAC’s website is Adnan Bayazid, who was listed as Director of Fundraising. He is still listed as a National Delegate on the Facebook page of the MDPAAC-linked National Democratic Party Asian American Caucus.

He was the imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City, which is linked to Alam and Banyalmarjeh. According to Congressional testimony in 2006, he spoke at the Kansas City Art Institute in 2002 and told students that the 9/11 attacks were orchestrated by the U.S. and Israel and that no Jews showed up for work at the World Trade Center.

 

Ryan Mauro is the ClarionProject.org’s National Security Analyst, a fellow with the Clarion Project and is frequently interviewed on Fox News.