What Lies Beneath
The Politics of CP has a map showing the locations and functions of many Jamaat ul-Fuqra compounds throughout the United States, together with a table describing its criminal offenses in various localities. Most of this data has been sourced from the National White Collar Crime Center's report (published by the National Criminal Justice Reference Organization) called "Identifying the Links between White-Collar Crime and Terrorism". Happily, this report is available as a downloadable PDF here.
The Jamaat ul-Fuqra compound in Red House, Virginia was the subject of a post by the Gates of Vienna. The National White Collar Crime Center's report is itself worth reading. It persuasively argues that Jamaat ul-Fuqra provides the Jihadi movement with a powerful support capability in the United States not merely because of the compounds but because of its member's intimate knowledge of the way the dark underbelly of America works. Many of Jamaat ul-Fuqra's members were recruited in prison and know (I dare say better than most Belmont Club readers) how to commit "white collar crime" (WCC). They are the ultimate in street-smart. They used:
credit card fraud, insurance fraud, identity theft, intellectual property crime, investment fraud, money laundering, immigration fraud, computer crime, and tax evasion
Jamaat even knew how to raise "funds through fraudulent charitable organizations claiming to support a particular cause such as disaster relief or food services" and bogus Worker's Compensation claims. One of those claims was used in a multistep laundering process to buy a training property in Trout Creek Pass, Colorado. The report includes a low altitude oblique photo of a training compound in Trout Creek Pass, Colorado, which may give some indication of what Red House, Virginia (also identified as a training compound) may look like.
Dozens of Jamaat members have been indicted and convicted of crimes and they are individually listed in an appendix. The striking thing is that none of these indictments occurred prior to 9/11, though many indictments followed so closely afterward as to guarantee the crimes were committed in those halcyon days when there was 'no relationship' between organizations like these and terrorism.