The FBI uncovered a homegrown terror training camp in Alabama Friday owned by a group of terrorists headed up by the son of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, an Imam who once caused a stir at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
This is the second domestic terror training camp in two years that the younger Wahhaj has been connected to.
According to Sinclair Broadcasting, the FBI field office in Mobile described the rundown plot of land in Macon County as a “makeshift military-style obstacle course,” on property owned by a small group of jihadists and Wahhaj.
Imam Wahhaj has a curious history and involvement within the political world and radical Islam.
“Just because you’re in a small town or a small state does not mean you might not potentially have individuals engaged in the types of activities that would call into question threats to national security,” Tim Fuhrman, Former Special Agent with the FBI field office in Mobile, said.
Breaking: The FBI has uncovered a terror training camp in Macon County, Alabama. The group responsible for the camp was led by Siraj Wahhaj. Wahhaj managed a New Mexico terror compound uncovered last year, which trained children to carry out attacks. pic.twitter.com/fGhArw02yU
— Porter Medium (@PorterMedium) May 11, 2019
The land reportedly appears similar to the terror compound found in New Mexico last year, where federal prosecutors say Wahhaj and four other suspects were teaching children how to carry out terror attacks on American soil. The remains of a child were found on the New Mexico property along with 11 malnourished children.
Nevertheless, Imam Wahhaj has a curious history and involvement within the political world and radical Islam.
In 1991 he became the first Muslim to ever offer the invocation at the start of the new session of the House of Representatives led by Democrat Speaker Tom Foley.
Two years later, however, the Brooklyn imam was alleged to be a co-conspirator to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. According to the New York Observer several members of Wahhaj’s Brooklyn mosque were also indicted and he testified in support of them.
Additionally, he testified in support of Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman—the anti-American terrorist known as the “blind sheikh.”
Despite the Brooklyn imam’s radical background throughout the years Democrats continued to include him in ceremonies where he is honored in some way.
In 2012, at the DNC Convention in Charlotte, an uproar occurred over Wahhaj when it was found that he was a speaker at what appeared to be a DNC listed event.
Following the backlash, however, a senior host committee official told NBC News, “This event, like many others on the page, was user generated.”
The official went further, “Upon further review, and because speakers for the event and statements and positions from event organizers were not appropriate and relevant to the Host Committee, Charlotte in 2012 has decided to remove the event from our events calendar.”
Two years later, though, Nassau County, New York District Attorney Kathleen Rice, now a Democrat Congresswoman from the area, found herself withdrawing from an event after it was revealed by the Observer she was to speak alongside Wahhaj.
Rice’s spokesman claimed at the time that Rice had only accepted the invitation to appear when Wahhaj was not on the guest list.
Most recently, The Washington Free Beacon reported, then- Democratic Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, now Minnesota Attorney General, quietly backed away from a December 2016 Muslim American Society’s annual conference.
He was expected to deliver the keynote address at the event at the time where the speakers included Wahhaj and Abdelfattah Mourou, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood in Tunisia.