Police investigating an Islamic terror plot have discovered “chemical warfare protection suits” in a north London mosque, according to a report in tomorrow’s edition of Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper.
The discovery at the Finsbury Park mosque seems to confirm investigators’ worst fears – that supporters of terror kingpin Osama bin Laden have been plotting a massive biological or chemical attack on British civilians.
According to the report, both Scotland Yard and British intelligence agency MI5 had tried to conceal the discovery of the nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) suits, fearing public disclosure would spark panic in that country. Law enforcement had revealed early on the seizure of assorted weapons – including a stun gun and a gas canister – but not the existence of the protective suits. But today detectives confirmed they were having the NBC suits found in the mosque tested for traces of ricin or other toxic agents.
Incredibly, British government officials have warned recently that even suggesting the Finsbury Park mosque was involved in harboring or supporting terrorists “would have worrying racist overtones,” noted the Herald Sun.
Yet, in November, Sheik Abu Hamza, long affiliated with Finsbury Park, was caught on film urging his followers to kill non-Muslims – particularly Americans – and to commit other acts of terrorism
As WorldNetDaily reported at the time, in a tape converted to digital files and smuggled onto the Internet, Hamza tells an audience that non-believers should be killed or sold into slavery.
“If a kafir person (non-believer) goes in a Muslim country, he is like a cow,” explains Hamza. “Anybody can take him. That is the Islamic law.”
“If a kafir is walking by and you catch him, he’s booty,” he says on one tape. “You can sell him in the market. Most of them are spies. And even if they don’t do anything, if Muslims cannot take them and sell them in the market, you just kill them. It’s OK.”
Praising the al-Qaida bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people, Hamza adds: “If Muslims are having a war against these people, than yes, it is legitimate” to kill them.
He also praised attacks against ships from non-Muslim countries: “If a ship which loses its way and comes to a Muslim land, they’ll take it as booty.”
In fact, the 2000 terrorist attack on the USS Cole, which killed 17 American sailors, has been linked to Muslim militants in Britain. But Hamza has never been charged.
When confronted with such charges, Hamza scoffs, saying he can’t be accused of inciting people to commit violent acts because he’s a cleric who only preaches Muslim law. “I say the reality that’s in the Muslim books anyway. Whether I say it or not, it’s in the books.”
Despite accusations he recruits for al-Qaida, Hamza’s only punishment in Britain has been a High Court order banning him from preaching at the Finsbury Park mosque. However, when the Ottawa Citizen visited the mosque recently, worshippers had his phone number handy, the newspaper reported.
Two of Hamza’s devotees include failed suicide bombers Richard Reid – who tried to detonate a shoe bomb while flying from Paris to the US – and Zacharias Moussaoui, who the FBI claims was to have been the 20th hijacker in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington.