Weapons of Mass Insurrection. (Cover Story: The Home Front)

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Revolutionary zeal unites Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam with urban street gangs and radical Muslim regimes, creating a serious threat to America's internal security.

"I am God," taunted the D.C. sniper in a message left for police during the rampage that killed 10 American citizens. This profane boast led many commentators to conclude that a Muslim extremist probably did not commit the murders, since devoted practitioners of Islam would recoil from such blasphemy. But suspected sniper John Allen Muhammad is a convert to Islam who reportedly changed his name following 9-11 as a gesture of solidarity with Osama bin Laden's terrorist cadres. Assuming that no pious Muslim would refer to himself as deity, and that Muhammad did commit the crimes, how do we account for this apparent contradiction?

One important clue is that Muhammad is not an orthodox Muslim, but rather an adherent of the Chicago-based Nation of Islam (NOI). While professing a belief in the Koran, the NOI preaches a bizarre amalgam of mysticism, science fiction, and warped theology, wrapped up in race war rhetoric. Though no evidence has emerged that any NOI member apart from Muhammad was involved in the sniper killings, this connection presents the troubling possibility that the terror war's next battlefield may be America's cities--with street gangs allied to the international terrorist network providing the foot soldiers.

The Bush administration continues to speak ominously of the potential threat of "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq, and preparations are underway for American soldiers to conduct "urban warfare" in Baghdad. But if the terror network succeeds in turning our nation's street gangs into a "weapon of mass insurrection," urban warfare on the home front will become a horrifying reality.

The Farrakhan Factor

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan burst onto the national scene as a "black leader" when he conducted his so-called "Million Man March" in 1995. A few months later, Farrakhan embarked on a "World Friendship Tour," visiting radical Muslim regimes in Iran, Nigeria, Sudan, Libya, Iraq, and Syria.

Farrakhan, while in Teheran, laid a wreath at the tomb of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who could be regarded as the Lenin of modern radical Islam. Farrakhan expressed his love and respect for Khomeini, and warned: "We will use American Muslim unity as a lever of pressure against the arrogant policies of the United States." In a separate public address, Farrakhan praised Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution while a crowd of tens of thousands chanted "death to America!"

While in Tripoli, Farrakhan was warmly received by terrorist dictator Muammar Qaddafi, who reportedly promised a large cash donation to help the Nation of Islam "mobilize oppressed minorities to play a significant role in American political life," According to Qaddafi, "Our confrontations with America used to be like confronting a fortress from outside. Today, we have found a loophole to enter the fortress and confront it within." Alluding to a decades-old, Soviet-inspired black separatist vision, Qaddafi told Farrakhan that "American blacks could set up their own state within the United States with the largest black army in the world."

This wasn't the first time Farrakhan had brokered a deal between Qaddafi and urban street gangs. Consider Jeff Fort, leader of the Black P Stone Nation gang (sometimes known as El Rukn, Arabic for "The Foundation"). He is now serving an effective life prison sentence for a 1986 conspiracy to organize terrorist acts on behalf of Libya. In the late 1960s, when the gang was known as the Blackstone Rangers, Fort took control of the outfit and "formed a 'nation' consisting of many street gangs," notes a 1995 Chicago Crime Commission report. That "nation" is active in narcotic sales, drive-by shootings, battery, assault, extortion, intimidation, and murder. …