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I just read the following: Islamic Community Forms Own Government, In the USA. Seems a bit sensationalist, and further searches about this Hancock, NY compound bring up lots of similar articles, such as:

I have a hard time taking any of these articles seriously with their exclamations of terror this, terror that, and unsupported assertions of all the terrorism that's going on in there and alleged ties to more terrorism. One article even makes them sound like any old cult ("residents of the MOA believe that their top leader, Sheikh Gilani, is able to travel through space and time" and he will "turn them into a monkey").

Of course, the wikipedia page, and especially this article paint an entirely different picture, of a compound for Muslims escaping poverty, reformed criminals, or folks just looking for community.

It's hard see some of those first articles as anything more than people using the specter of "terrorism" as a thin front to their own racist xenophobia, but I also find it hard to trust the word of compound leaders. Is there actually any real evidence of any wrongdoing, or is it just more islamophobia?

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Obviously if they could be proven to be terrorist training camps, they would have been cracked down upon by one of DoHS agencies. – vartec Nov 19 '12 at 10:28
The subject had me imagining an urban legend of an iceberg-bound terrorist HQ, ostensibly led by some evil mastermind. Kind of disappointed. – mragh Nov 19 '12 at 13:06
@vartec: that's pretty much my initial reaction. The FBI is so gung-ho about plots they themselves invented, so you'd think they'd really jump on something real if they could. – Doug Kavendek Nov 19 '12 at 15:10
According to one of the comments here, some camps were actually raided and shut down. – user7920 Nov 19 '12 at 15:29
@Ryathal: which gets as back to what I've said "if they could be proven to be terrorist"... Of course if all of DoHS can't come up with proof, how would one expect a proof on Skeptics.SE :-P – vartec Nov 21 '12 at 13:43

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