Children of Linda Sarsour’s mentor arrested for terrorist training camp in New Mexico

· August 9, 2018  
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The son and two daughters of Linda Sarsour’s mentor have been busted by authorities for setting up an Islamic extremist terrorist training camp on American soil.

This week, police raided an Islamic extremist compound in New Mexico, where its leaders were reportedly training children to become school shooters.

The leader of the terrorist training camp, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, was arrested by police during the raid. He and two of his sisters, along with his brother-in-law, were also arrested by authorities. Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe described the arrested parties as “most likely heavily armed and considered extremist of the Muslim belief.”

Wahhaj and his sisters are the children of controversial Brooklyn Imam Siraj Wahhaj, who was once listed as a co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings. Imam Wahhaj is a high-profile individual in the American Islamist community. He often keynotes conferences held by fringe groups such as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), two entities that were founded as part of the global Muslim Brotherhood network.

Imam Wahhaj is also the chief mentor to Women’s March co-founder Linda Sarsour. She regularly showers praise on Wahhaj. At an ISNA conference last year, Linda Sarsour began her speech thanking her “favorite person in this room … Imam Siraj Wahhaj, who has been a mentor, motivator, and encourager of mine. Someone who has taught me to speak truth to power & not worry about the consequences.”

Sarsour’s Twitter page is rife with continuous affection for the radical Imam.

Not only does Sarsour praise the Imam wherever she goes, they often share a platform at Islamist conferences and conventions throughout the United States.

Wahhaj’s defenders like Sarsour have crafted a narrative claiming that he is a mere social justice activist who happens to be an imam. This could not be further from the truth. Wahhaj is a radical’s radical.

The 1993 World Trade Center bombing co-conspirator has advocated for the establishment of an Islamic state inside the United States. He served as a character witness for the “Blind Sheik,” Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was given a life sentence for being the mastermind behind terrorist plots in the United States. Wahhaj also claims that homosexuality is a “disease” created by American society and has recommended that LGBT individuals should face execution.

Wahhaj has not said a word publicly since his family was arrested for the Islamic extremist plot.


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Author: Jordan Schachtel

Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for Conservative Review and editor of The Dossier for CRTV. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel.