Gilani is lead terrorist in a handful of radical Muslim paramilitary compounds flourishing on North American soil, including the infamous Islamberg.
Even though it was author/reporter Paul Williams, who outlined the details of Islamberg nestled in dense forest at the foothills of the Catskill Mountains on the outskirts of Hancock, N.Y., in a Canada Free Press (CFP) cover story, it is Hagmann upon whom Gilani is declaring Jihad.
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"It is you who is responsible for the war declared against the Muslims in the United States and worldwide," a male identifying himself as the assistant to the chancellor of the International Quaranic Open University, Muslims of The Americas barked at Hagmann in a mostly one-sided telephone call today. "You are an agent provocateur of the imperialist regime of George W. Bush."
Hagmann, who scouted out the Islamberg compound along with Williams, Michael Travis and Bill Krayer last summer, isn't surprised to find himself on Gilani's radar screen--as he's never been off it since March 2006.
"Now upset with the recent coverage propagated from Canada Free Press about Islamberg, he's blaming me for starting a new round of hatred and racism against peace-loving residents of his compounds," Hagmann told CFP.
No small potatoes in the world of radical Islam, Gilani has rubbed shoulders with various members of the terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah, their mullah backers, and even Osama bin Laden himself. He has trained fighters for the battlefields of Kashmir, Chechnya and Bosnia. Gilani was in Pakistani custody for the abduction of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl, but was released.
Official sources in Pakistan indicated that Daniel Pearl was attempting to meet Gilani in the days before he disappeared in Karachi. Pakistani police arrested Gilani in Rawalpindi on January 30, 2002 and shifted him to Karachi for questioning. Although he denied any link to the abduction, police also detained several of his colleagues. Consequent to his arrest, he reportedly told his interrogators that he had links with the Pakistani intelligence agencies.
Hagmann stands front and center among infidels on Gilani's hit list.
Indeed, Gilani devotes an entire portion of his website to Hagmann.
Excerpted from Gilani's website: "In this regard I am going to prove that Douglas J. Hagman (sic) and his group are the actual perpetrators of international terrorism, and racial and religious bigotry and their ceaseless campaign of hate, is more damaging to the U.S. than any other country. The U.S. has become a pawn of hidden hands that use America's wealth and the innocent blood of their sons and daughters to wage their wars against Muslims…"
"Gilani also holds me personally accountable for the damage done to his philanthropic organization," Hagmann said.
In his CFP cover story, Williams, author of the newly released The Day of Islam, digs deep.
During his uninvited visit to Islamberg, he took photos on site, posing in front of the camera himself at various compound attractions, which he subsequently had published in CFP.
Although many Americans and Canadians are totally unaware of their existence, radical Muslim paramilitary compounds have had a long history in North America.
(At least once such compound flourishes on Canadian soil).
"Fuqra has had a disturbing U.S. presence for more than 20 years." (The Weekly Standard, March 18, 2002). "Today half a dozen Fuqra residential compounds in rural hamlets across the country shelter hundreds of members some of whom, according to intelligence sources have been trained in the use of weapons and explosives in Pakistan."
By the 1990s, Fuqra's communes were being touted as havens where Muslim converts–many of them inner-city blacks–sometimes recruited in prison could find new direction for their lives.
As for Doug Hagmann, he can't help but wonder when next the Sheikh will speak.