Saudi “generosity” breeds radicalized Wahhabis in New Jersey

The government of Saudi Arabia, which financed the 9/11 attacks on the United States, according to the still-classified 28-pages from the congressional joint inquiry on the intelligence failures that led to the attacks, recently shocked Germany by offering to build 200 mosques for recently-arrived Muslim refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan, and other predominantly Muslim nations. What made the Saudi offer even more galling to the Germans was the fact that it was Saudi Arabia and its Wahhabist allies in the Persian Gulf region that facilitated the mass influx of refugees after the wealthy Arab potentates of Riyadh, Doha, and Abu Dhabi helped overthrow Muammar Qaddafi in Libya and initiated a rebellion against Syria’s President Bashar al Assad.

In what could spell trouble for New Jersey Governor and GOP presidential hopeful Chris Christie, Saudi Arabia has also financed a number of mosques and Islamic cultural centers in crime-ridden Camden, New Jersey. Once known as the headquarters of Campbell Soup and the RCA Victor Company, Camden, which sits across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, has become a crime-ridden ghetto city. Saudi-funded Wahhabist centers and mosques have also attracted to their membership roles a number of ex-convicts from the city’s large African-American and Latino communities. The expansion of Wahhabist influence in Camden has mainly occurred during Christie’s governorship, according to informed sources in Philadelphia and South Jersey. While Christie has condemned President Obama’s “weak” policy on Islamist terrorism, the New Jersey governor has permitted potential sources of Islamist terrorism to thrive in his own state.

Under Christie, New Jersey has become a virtual beachhead for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the deadly guerrilla group which has carried out beheadings, rape, and mass executions in the Middle East and North Africa.

In 2014, one ISIL sympathizer, 29-year old Ali Muhammad Brown, killed 19-year old college student Brendan Tevlin in a West Orange, New Jersey, intersection. Brown said he murdered Tevlin, as well as three other men in Seattle. Washington, in retaliation for U.S. military action in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Brown, an ex-con who was previously imprisoned for bank fraud, was linked by federal authorities to Saudi-connected Wahhabist centers in Seattle and New Jersey. However, during Brown’s trial for supporting terrorism, federal prosecutors failed to produce critical evidence on Brown’s financial network for fear that Saudi funding for certain Wahhabist recruiting centers in New Jersey and Seattle would be exposed.

Under Christie, there has been a flourishing of Wahhabist-influenced and financed charter schools, mosques, and campus Muslim student associations in South Jersey. Wahhabist-funded chaplains have also found significant proselytizing opportunities among prison populations in South Jersey.

While the congregants of most of the Islamist centers and mosques in South Jersey are peaceful and law-abiding citizens, deep-pocketed Saudi-financed interlocutors and infiltrators are always a problem as seen with documented links by some members of mosques in Camden and nearby Palmyra, New Jersey, to planned terrorist acts.

Christie prides himself on being tough on terrorism, both as a federal prosecutor in North Jersey and as governor. However, the record of Christie demonstrates otherwise as Camden now resembles Mogadishu thanks to the increased presence of Saudi-influenced Islamist militants in the city.

Previously published in the Wayne Madsen Report.

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Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist and nationally-distributed columnist. He is the editor and publisher of the Wayne Madsen Report (subscription required).

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