The news out of Taos County, New Mexico, concerning a strange compound built in the middle of nowhere near the Colorado border, has been worrying for many. Reports of a group of Islamic extremists, including one, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj Jr., with ties to a known extremist with alleged ties to terrorism, teaching children to shoot up schools, are enough to worry any reasonable person.
Apparently, however, the extremist Muslims running this ramshackle compound in the middle of nowhere, including one who was armed when law enforcement officer showed up, don’t represent enough of a danger to warrant being held without bond, or on a reasonable bond for people accused of such horrific acts. That was the decision of the democrat judge, at least, who laid out minor bond and release stipulations for the five adults charged with horrific crimes, saying the state didn’t prove the case for detainment, and the trainers presented “no danger to the community,” ignoring new details about the horrific camp.
Judge Backus said that although she was concerned by “troubling facts,” prosecutors didn’t mention any specific threat they posed to the community.
Prosecutors claimed that the men were training the children to shoot up schools, and the women were driving them across state lines to received ‘advanced’ training.
When officers arrived to arrest Wahhaj Jr., they found him armed with an AR-15 patterned rifle and four handguns, including one hidden in his pocket.
They were all accused of child abuse and related charges, due to the 11 malnourished children they were keeping at the compound.
Wahhaj Jr. is also accused of abducting his son, who was in the legal custody of the mother, from Clayton County, Georgia, in December 2017, though that charge is in Georgia and was seemingly not considered in this local case.
The child, Abdul-ghani Wahhaj, is dead. His remains were identified found buried on the property.
According to the deceased child’s mother, Siraj Wahhaj Jr. said he was going to take his son to have an exorcism.
According to his public defender, the father tried to heal the child, who had numerous health issues, by reading passages from the Quran.
On the other hand, Taos County prosecutors pointed out that he was denying his child medicine.
The prosecutors also said that the malnourished children rescued at the camp stated that the child died in February, and that they were told by the adults at the camp that Abdul-ghani Wahhaj would be resurrected as Jesus and would guide them concerning which “corrupt institutions” to attack.
Siraj Wahhaj is also related to Imam Siraj Ibn Wahhaj Sr., his father, who is a Brooklyn-area ‘Muslim leader’ with political ties to the Democrat Party and to a number of Islamic organizations, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Wahhaj Sr. is also an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center Bombings, which killed six and injured more than 1,000.
Still, the defense claimed that the prosecutor was ‘unfairly’ painting the defendants as extremist Muslim militants.
They also received better treatment than foreign students arrested during an Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid at a Christian school in southeast Georgia did.
Those students, some of whom were from other countries like Venezuela and the Dominican Republic, were split up; some were handed over to their host families, but eight students at the Faith Baptist Christian Academy under the age of 18 were held by officials, and eventually released to family or returned to their countries of origin.
It’s interesting that David Hogg and other leftists concerned about school shootings (or who certainly pretended to be after the carnage at Parkland, Florida) haven’t weighed in on the fact that five adults who were training children to carry out school shootings had their bail set so low.
It almost seems like some sort of selective outrage, where somehow Islamic militants are allowed to allegedly teach children to utilize AR-15s to shoot school children, but rifles legally bought by decent citizens must be banned?
Frankly, the idea that people with terrorist ties, accused of teaching starving children to kill people in schools, do not represent some sort of threat to local communities is an absurd one.
That ignores the fact that one of them abducted a child who has since been allegedly identified as the remains found on the premises, who the children at the camp said have been dead since February, and who was the subject of a ritual which Taos County Prosecutor John Lovelace said was intended to “cast out demonic spirits” from Abdul-ghani Wahhaj.
The decision to allow them out for $20,000 each, so long as they wear ankle monitors and have once-weekly contact with their attorneys, is causing outrage.