Iowa's Camp Muhammad
This seems strange that it is not getting much of a reaction from the ICLU.
Will there be separate beaches?
Here is more on the proposed Muslim Camp on Federal lands from the Militant Islam Monitor:
The problem centers around Bill Aossey, who was previously mentioned as a MYCA Representative.
Bill is the President of the Midamar Corporation, located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Midamar is an international distributor of Halal meats, or meats that have been prepared according to Islamic law. On its website, www.midamar.com, it is stated that Midamar is a “Trusted Halal food supplier and sponsor for the annual conferences and conventions hosted by ISNA, CAIR, AMC, ICNA, and MAS, and W.D. Muhammad.” Every one of these organizations have had dealings with Islamic extremist and/or hate groups.
Bill’s name is found on the Board of Directors of the American Muslim Council (AMC), one of the groups he does business with at Midamar. According to Jon Levin, a researcher at the Investigative Project, the “AMC has consistently opposed U.S. counterterrorism efforts, and has defended terrorists.” In October of 2000, the AMC’s longtime Executive Director, Abdurahman Alamoudi, at a rally outside the White House, shouted, “We are all supporters of Hamas…I am also a supporter of Hezbollah.” And in February of 2003, recent AMC Executive Director, Eric Erfan Vickers, was castigated by a United States Congressman for suggesting that the “loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia and its entire crew was an act of divine retribution against Israel.”
Bill Aossey attends the Cedar Rapids Islamic Center. The website for the center contains numerous extremist and hate links, including a link to Al Haramain, the foundation that was one of the “principal players in charity-based financing of al-Qaeda” (December 20, 2002, National Review On-Line).
Bill was a featured speaker at the 2002 and 2003 Iowa Muslim Student Association Annual Conferences. At the 2002 Conference, he gave a speech entitled “Martyrdom in Islam.” Martyrdom is considered a code word for suicide bombings. Also speaking at the 2002 Conference was Siraj Wahhaj, an individual that is alleged to have been a co-conspirator of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. At the 2003 Conference, Bill was joined by feature speaker Nihad Awad. Awad is the Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and an ex-member of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), a front group for the terrorist organization Hamas. It has been reported that MYCA plans to rent out its proposed convention center in the off-season. Is it possible that the 2004 Conference will be held there?
Judgement day for the final decision on the camp/conference center is set for Friday, July 11. According to the Daily Iowan, “Authority to approve or reject the camp proposal lies with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers…The decision to build or not to build falls squarely on Col. William Bayles’ shoulders.”
Jalel Aossey, Bill’s son, who is listed on the Iowa Secretary of State Corporate Registry as the Registered Agent for MYCA, says that this would be the first Muslim camp in the United States to lease federal land, and that he envisions the camp as the first in a nationwide network. Will Col. Bayles give in to this vision of federally provided camps with radical connections or will he exercise restraint? I don’t know what his answer will be, but I do know which way I would vote.
It seems a bit strange that the ACLU would be fighting the Boy Scouts with all they’ve got down in San Diego for being on government land and at the same time endorse this Muslim camp in Iowa.