Dave Gaubatz in Iraq
A Middle East expert and former Air Force special agent is set to launch a “counter-terrorism tour” across America in which he plans to visit a mosque in each state in 50 days to assess their threat to the nation’s security.
Dave Gaubatz told WND the ultimate aim of his project, which begins April 16, is to shut down Islamic centers “that advocate violence against America” and to prosecute the Islamic leaders “for sedition or treason if they are encouraging their worshippers to attack America from the ‘inside.’”
“This objective will only be met if American citizens become involved in their communities and say ‘no more,’” Gaubatz said.
He said he receives contact almost daily from citizens who complain that law enforcement officials are not listening to their concerns.
In fact, he said, intelligence on the Islamic centers he plans to visit has been provided by concerned Christian, Jewish and Muslim citizens.
Gaubatz said many law enforcement officers that understand the Islamic threat are hindered by political red tape that prevents them from conducting timely investigations.
“Most counter-terrorism intelligence collected is filed away and never shared with the public,” Gaubatz said. “An objective of this project will be to bring counter-terrorism issues to the attention of the public; and they, in turn, should demand their respective law enforcement departments and elected officials focus on protecting their families and our country.”
His assessment of each mosque will be based on available written materials, study material provided for children, discussions with Islamic leaders and observations based on his 25 years of professional training.
Dave Gaubatz in Iraq
Gaubatz, a U.S. State Department-trained Arabic linguist and counter-terrorism specialist, has more than two decades of experience in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan and Iraq. He was deployed to Nasiriyah, Iraq, in 2003, where he collected intelligence on weapons of mass destruction and espionage.
Gaubatz said he will declare his intentions at each of the pre-selected mosques in a professional manner, hand the leaders his card and confront them on any violent material he observes or on any information they distribute that advocates an Islamic state in the U.S.
“It is important to understand not all mosques and Islamic leaders advocate violence against the U.S., but initial research and intelligence obtained from sources indicate many do,” he said.
The objective of the mapping project, which stopped due to lack of funding, was to systematically classify every known mosque in the U.S. in a rigorous, scientific fashion, based on the premise that the more a mosque or community of Muslims adheres to Shariah, or Islamic law, the greater its threat to U.S. national security.
During his upcoming 50-day journey, Gaubatz plans to make any relevant information his finds available to law enforcement, and he will keep the public abreast of his travels with photos, video and audio uploaded on his website.
“The public needs this information right now,” he said. “With or without public funding, I will conduct the assessment.”
His previous charting of about 100 mosques showed “the more adherent the mosque is to Shariah, the more likely you are going to find the material to back that up.”
Gaubatz found, for example, at the Islamic Center of South Jersey in Palmyra – where three Muslims charged with terrorism regularly worshipped – a strict, Shariah-adherent leadership that eagerly distributed jihadist materials supportive of seminal Shariah proponents such as Sayid Abul Maududi, the founder of the radical Pakistani party Jamaat-e-Islami, and Syed Qutb, whose ideas shaped al-Qaida
Dave Gaubatz with Iraqi child
Gaubatz discovered that the mosque tied to the Muslim who went on a shooting rampage at Salt Lake City’s Trolley Square mall in 2007 ranked high in Shariah adherence. In Blacksburg, Va., he met the imam who was asked to pray at the nationally televised service for slain students at Virginia Tech and discovered he leads a Shariah-compliant mosque that backs the genocidal Islamist regime in Sudan.
Gaubatz contends many Islamic groups and organizations take on a legal and peaceful veneer in English-speaking settings but often preach quietly in Arabic, Farsi and Urdu “a very violent and anti-American jihad.”
Virtually all Islamic leaders in the U.S. have been particularly careful since the 9/11 attacks about what they say publicly, Gaubatz said. But many Shariah-compliant mosques and schools distribute materials supporting or calling for violent jihad.
Gaubatz has spent a considerable amount of his time investigating the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, which has enjoyed access to the White House, the State Department, Homeland Security and other branches of government despite evidence of its ties to Hamas and other radical groups.
Gaubatz noted CAIR has a campaign to put Shariah-promoting materials into American libraries.
“I’ve gone to several hundred public libraries and this material is in there,” he said. “People don’t realize what it is until you start looking at the author, and it came from Saudi Arabia, sent to CAIR. And CAIR is putting it into our public libraries.”
As WND reported, Gaubatz publicly served CAIR leaders last November with legal notice of a lawsuit on behalf of Muslims who claim the group victimized them in a fraud scheme involving a lawyer who is unqualified to practice.
Gaubatz said his group has been told by many sympathetic Muslims that to minimize the threat of another attack, authorities should ask foreigners seeking entry into the U.S. if they agree with Shariah.
“If they agree, according to the Muslims who have told us this, then they should probably not even be given entry here,” he said.
“It’s so easy. You can’t agree with Shariah law and say that you are peaceful,” Gaubatz continued. “You can’t do it. Now there are Muslims in the United States who do. They say, we don’t agree with Shariah law, we don’t want Shariah law. But then, to the pure Muslim, they are not Muslim.”
Some Muslims want to reform Islam, he said, and retain only peaceful elements.
“That’s fine, but then you are not pure Muslim,” Gaubatz said.