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Mosque Used By 9/11 Attackers Is Closed

From an outraged Associated Press:

A passerby is walking in front of the police-sealed door of the former Al-Quds-mosque, now named Taiba mosque, in Hamburg, northern Germany, on Monday, Aug 9, 2010.

German mosque used by Sept. 11 attackers shut down

By Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press Writer
August 9, 2010

BERLIN – A small Hamburg mosque once frequented by Sept. 11 attackers was shut down and searched Monday because German authorities believed the prayer house was again being used as a meeting point for Islamic radicals.

The Taiba mosque was closed and the cultural association that runs it was banned, officials in the northern German city of Hamburg said.

"We have closed the mosque because it was a recruiting and meeting point for Islamic radicals who wanted to participate in so-called jihad or holy war," said Frank Reschreiter, a spokesman for the Hamburg state interior ministry.

He said 20 police officers were searching the building and had confiscated material, including several computers. He said he had no information about any arrests.

The homes of leading members of the cultural association were also searched and the group’s assets were confiscated, Hamburg’s state government said in a statement.

The prayer house, until two years ago known as the al-Quds mosque, was a meeting and recruiting point years ago for some of the Sept. 11 attackers before they moved to the United States, authorities say. Sept. 11 ringleader Mohamed Atta as well as attackers Marwan al-Shehhi and Ziad Jarrah had studied in Hamburg and frequented the al-Quds mosque.

Reschreiter said the mosque had been under observation by local intelligence officers for "quite a long time" and this was the first time it had been closed. The local interior ministry said about 45 supporters of jihad live in the Hamburg area and around 200 people regularly attend Friday prayers at the Taiba mosque.

The ministry also said that over the years, the mosque also became a magnet for so-called jihad tourists — Muslims from out of town who bragged about having worshipped at the same mosque were once the Sept. 11 terrorists gathered for prayer.

The banned group’s home page on the Web had been taken down by Monday and it was not possible to reach any members directly.

A 2009 report by the Hamburg branch of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency said the mosque had again become the "center of attraction for the jihad scene" in the northern port city…

A spokesman for an association of 30 mosques in Hamburg condemned the authorities’ closure of Taiba mosque.

"I think this was a wrong move," Norbert Mueller of the Schura Association of Islamic Communities in Hamburg told The Associated Press. "Closing mosques does not make jihadists disappear."

Don’t worry, CAIR and the ACLU. It can’t happen here.

You’ve got friends in high places.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 9th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Mosque Used By 9/11 Attackers Is Closed”

  1. beautyofreason says:

    “Closing mosques does not make jihadists disappear.”

    Hmm. To take this quote seriously I have to begin with the assumption that “Norbert” (name change?) of the the “Islamic communities in Hamburg” cares about the country in which he / she resides.

    His quote is the half-heart argument that you see for people who are in favor of something absolutely atrocious but they stick to minor technicalities to ease out of an argument. Take illegal aliens, for instance. Napolitano says we can’t completely keep people out of the border. Whoop – tee – do. Or when the Feds says Arizona is interfering with federal law, but amnesty cities are fine. Or when an illegal advocate says that a Mexican family of “undocumented immigrants” on welfare is not the same thing as a drug cartel or terrorist (technically true), but NONE of these arguments detract from the central idea of enforcing the law and securing the country.

    So what can we read into the mosque quote? I think Norbert is saying that he is not necessarily against Islamic radicals. The Muslims want the mosque to stay open no matter how extreme it is, and his excuse is that you can technically have a jihad group that meets somewhere other than a mosque. Yes, let’s probe a random bridge and see what turns up. Forget that 90% of them are radicalized in mosques.

    I’m sick of these psychological cowards.

  2. NoNeoCommies says:

    Just closing the mosque does not work completely.
    That is why the Muslims first close Christian churches, then harass, intimidate, and kill the Christians until they are gone (one way or another).

    • jobeth says:

      Sounds like a great plan…in reverse!….Well, it’s still ok to dream.

      (Just harmless sarcasm to all you lefties out there, so relax.)

  3. proreason says:

    “”We have closed the mosque because it was a recruiting and meeting point for Islamic radicals who wanted to participate in so-called jihad or holy war,”

    Their specialties are barbarism and sadism, not brainwork.

  4. canary says:

    Obama’s father & African aunt traveled to Germany, London.
    That mecca visit by step-granny & relatives, and the muslim funeral for Obama Sr.

    Glenn Beck today (I think he’s on again tonight 2a.m. eastern time talked about Obama’s book, and showed an article that Obama Sr. wrote showing he was a socialist and these were the dreams of Obama Sr. and how his mother was unhappy when she learned his step-father went back from school in Hawaii to Indonesia because he was ordered to, to serve the military which was going after communists.

    The article by Obama Sr. was titled Problems Facing our Socialism.

    Anyways, as Obama writes it, his mother did not want the growing closeness of his step-father whose family had gone through WWII running the Dutch communist takeover. Obama remembers was like a true father even before they went to Indonesia, but his mother could never forgive Lilo, for serving in the Indonesia military as a geologist, instead of staying illegally in the U.S. with no VISA.

    Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama 1994

    (excerpt from pg 50)

    ~”…she was a lonely witness for secular humanism, a soldier for New Deal, Peace Corps, position-paper liberalism.
    She had only one ally in all this, and that was the distant authority of my father…..He had led his life according to principles that demanded a different kind of toughness, principles that promised a higher form of power. I would follow his example, my mother decided. I had no choice. It was in the genes.
    “You have me to thank for your eyebrows…your father has these wispy eyebrows that don’t amount to much. But your brains, your character, you got from him.” ~

    His white grandparents raised him. He slandered his grandmother in front of her country, right before her death. All for a White & Jew hating church of people & leaders. Obama abandoned those that raised him, when two abandoned him. He then abandoned an individual who groomed him, for the good of his own personal power.

    Problems Facing our Socialism. July 1965 East Africa Journal

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