Earlier this week, a number of allegedly Muslim adults, including one who is the son of an extremist Imam in New York, were arrested at a run-down ‘compound’ in New Mexico near the Colorado border. The compound was raided on suspicions that a child, abducted by his father from Georgia, was at the facility.
They didn’t find the child, but they did find a heavily armed man, a second man, three women, and eleven children between the ages of one and 15 years of age. Now, according to new reports, it appears that the claims of Ryan Mauro, a security commentator for Fox News, were correct; allegations that this was a ‘terrorist’ “training” camp appear to be true, and schools seem to have been the target. It’s also interesting to note how many mainstream media outlets tried to avoid mention of terrorism in reporting the story initially.
According to documents filed in court on Wednesday, the heavily armed men arrested by law enforcement at the compound, and father of the allegedly abducted child from Georgia, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, was training the children at the filthy compound to carry out school shootings.
Prosecutors claim that Wahhaj, 39 years of age, was providing weapons training at the compound where 11 malnourished and filthy children were found with him.
The prosecutors certainly seem to believe that he represents a risk, as they asked the judge to hold him without bail until his trial.
Perhaps most interestingly, the Wahhaj now locked up somewhere in New Mexico is related to another man, also named Siraj Wahhaj, who is an imam in Brooklyn.
The Brooklyn-resident Wahhaj, just happens to have been named by prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing, which killed six people and injured over a thousand.
Authorities in the area raided Wahhaj’s New Mexico compound after a claim that Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, a boy who went missing from Georgia last December and who has severe medical issues, might be at the compound with his father.
They did not find the child. However, they did find a child’s remains on the compound, but they have yet to positively identify the deceased.
They also found the younger Siraj Wahhaj, armed with an AR-15-type rifle, five loaded 30-round magazines, and four pistols, including one he had hidden in his pocket.
They will all face charges related to child abuse and neglect.
The compound, which appeared to be built almost entirely from garbage, was surrounded by old tires, shipping pallets, and various other debris.
According to Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe, the children they found looked like “third world country refugees” lacking fresh food, clean water, shoes, and adequate personal hygiene; they were found wearing what he described as “dirty rags” for clothing.
According to investigators, the only food that they found in the compound was a box of rice and a few potatoes.
The Taos sheriff said that it was the “ugliest looking, filthiest” living conditions he had ever seen.
In a warrant for Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, made public on Monday, it was revealed that he told the missing child’s mother that he was going to take him to get an exorcism for the child, then three-years-old, who he believed was “possessed by the devil.”
The child couldn’t walk and suffered from seizures.
Prosecuting documents claimed that he was training the children, who were as old as 15, to commit school shootings.
With 11 children between one and 15 years of age, that could have been eleven school shootings over a multiple-year period, all due to the alleged actions of one horrific person.
Particularly disturbing, however, is the discovery of the body of a child at the compound.
Could this be the child missing from Georgia since last year? Did Wahhaj take the child to some sort of Islamic exorcism and fail to care for the child’s medical needs after taking him from his mother?
Would it be better or worse if it wasn’t him? Would it be more horrific to find that there was a child from somewhere else who died, perhaps due to the atrocious conditions at the compound, and was buried there?
It’s interesting that mainstream media news outlets, like CNN, did their best to ignore the background of the Wahhaj family and to tiptoe around suggestions from experts that Islamic extremism could be any part of the story of the New Mexican compound.
Ryan Mauro, a Fox News commentator, and security analyst, suggested that this is not the only such facility in the United States. If Mauro is right, that’s even more worrying than the horrific things that were found at this site which the Federal Bureau of Investigation was allegedly surveilling at the time.
Hopefully, those malnourished and abused children are sent to decent families where they can be cared for rather than used for the political agenda of adherents to violent interpretations of a religion.