Family Security Mattersby Paul Williams, Ph.D.
Christian militias have been raided in Michigan and Ohio, their members rounded up and tossed in prison and their caches of weapons confiscated.
But a well-armed Muslim militia â€“ comprised not of American citizens but foreign militants â€“ operates under the noses of federal and state law enforcement officials.
If you don't it, pay a visit to Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, in the heart of the Pocono Mountains.
â€œThese guys use fully automatic weapons â€“ AK-47s â€“ for target practice,â€ one local businessman says. â€œWe called the FBI but nothing has been done to stop them.â€
The Muslims have been here for years,â€ another resident says. â€œTheyâ€™ve been engaged in training for guerilla warfare.â€
The Muslims in question are Turks who occupy a 45-acre compound that is owned and operated by Fethullah Gulen. Entrance to the compound is forbidden to outsiders.
Sentries remain on duty â€“ day and night â€“ at a hut before the wide metal gate. Within the hut are high definition televisions that project images from security cameras.
Residents complain of a low flying helicopter that circles their community in search of any unwanted intruders to the property. At the heart of the compound is a massive chalet that serves as Gulenâ€™s residence. Gulen has been identified as one of the worldâ€™s richest and most powerful Muslims â€“ and also as the most dangerous.
From his base in Pennsylvania, he has been responsible for the replacement of the secular government in Turkey with an Islamic regime.
With assets in excess of $30 billion, he has wielded political allegiances in Washington that have resulted in the placement of Turkish Muslims in the CIA, NSA, FBI, and other national security organizations.
He has created well-heeled lobbies to promote the cause of Islam and to develop Islamic candidates for political office.
He has formed close friendships with Bill and Hillary Clinton, former Secretaries of State James Baker and Madeleine Albright, and George W. Bush.
He has also established over 90 Islamic schools (madrassahs) throughout the United States, where studentsare indoctrinated in the tenets of political Islam. These charter schools are funded by American taxpayers.
One school â€“ Tarek ibn Zayed Academy (TiZA) in Minnesota â€“ has been so radically Islamic and subversive in nature that the Minnesota Department of Education issued two citations against it and the American Civil Liberties Union is suing it.
The purpose of every Gulen school, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute, is train Muslim students to become lawyers, accountants, and political leaders so that they can take an active part in the restoration of the Ottoman Empire and the Islamization of the Western World.
Gulen also imports thousands of graduate students from Turkey â€“ at the expense of U.S. taxpayers â€“ to study at American universities. More foreign graduate students in the U.S. hail from Turkey than from any other country.
Several of these students live at the compound and serve as guards and paramilitary officials. They do not wear skullcaps or Islamic garb but rather business suits with white shirts and ties.
One, encountered by this reporter on a recent visit, attended Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania; another studied at East Stroudsburg University, several miles from the compound.
Gulenâ€™s stated dream is to restore the Ottoman Empire and a universal caliphate.
He fled Turkey in 1999 to escape arrest for creating a terrorist organization â€“ the Fethullah Gulen Community.
He received protection from high-ranking officials of the Clinton and Bush administrations, who believed that Gulen could play a decisive role in the struggle over Central Asiaâ€™s oil and gas wealth. This belief was based on the premise that Muslims within the newly created Russia republics could be swayed away from the influence of Iran and Shiia Islam by Gulenâ€™s doctrine of Sufi Ottomanism.
With CIA aid, Gulen established hundreds of madrassahs and cemaats (Islamic communities) not only in his native Turkey but such places as Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.
Gulenâ€™s triumph over his secularTurkish foes came with the election of November 3, 2002, when the Justice and Development Party (a party which he created from his base in Pennsylvania) gained control of the Turkish government.
Turkeyâ€™s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a Gulen disciple â€“ as is Turkeyâ€™s President Abdullah Gul.
Thanks to such Islamists, Turkey has transformed from a secular state into an Islamic country with 85,000 active mosques â€“ one for every 350 citizens â€“ the highest number per capita in the world, 90,000 imams, more imams than teachers and physicians â€“ and thousands of state-run Islamic schools.
Despite the rhetoric of European Union accession, Turkey has transferred its alliance from Europe and the United States to Russia and Iran. It has moved toward friendship with Hamas, Hezbollah, and Syria and created a pervasive anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, and anti-America animus throughout the populace.
Gulen presents himself as a humanitarian, a moderate Muslim, and a proponent of interfaith dialogue.
But a visit to the compound provides an opposite impression. The property is off-limits to all visitors and intruders; it is guarded by radical Turks who seek to establish a universal caliphate whose jurisdiction will include the USA, and the Golden Generation Worship and Retreat Center, which supports interfaith relations, is a sentry hut.
But Gulen is a master of deception.
In one of his directives to his followers, Gulen proclaimed that in order to reach the ideal Muslim society â€œevery method and path is acceptable, [including] lying to people.â€
In the past five years, several attempts have been made by The Department of Homeland Security to deport him. But in 2008 a federal court ruled that Gulen was an individual with â€œextraordinary ability in the field of educationâ€ who merited permanent residence status in the U.S.
Strange to say, Gulen lacks any formal education and three of the letters attesting to his â€œextraordinary abilityâ€ came from CIA agents.
FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Paul L. Williams is the author of The Day of Islam: The Annihilation of America and the Western World, The Al Qaeda Connection, and other best-selling books. He is a frequent guest on such national news networks as ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, MSNBC, and NPR. Visit his website at http://thelastcrusade.org.