How Boston Became a Center for Islamic Extremism
By Ilya I. Feoktistov
Ilya I. Feoktistov - the Executive Director of Americans for Peace and Tolerance, a Boston-based national security non-profit organization that investigates and confronts threats to civil society in America - has written a new book, TERROR in the Cradle of Liberty: How Boston Became a Center for Islamic Extremism, which describes how a foreign Islamist organization with ties to terror has built a mega-mosque in Boston, which it funded largely with Saudi money, in order to radicalize Boston's historically-moderate Muslim community.
TERROR in the Cradle of Liberty documents the rise since the 1960s of Islamist networks within New England's historically moderate and century-old Muslim community. It contains a detailed and personal account of the efforts by concerned Massachusetts citizens since 2002 to expose and counter the influence of Islamist networks in New England - even as establishment Jewish, political, and law enforcement leaders in the Bay State have decided to embrace these networks as interfaith and community allies.
In TERROR in the Cradle of Liberty, you'll learn:
TERROR in the Cradle of Liberty tries to describe why Boston's leaders welcomed this radical Islamic organization into Boston with open arms, while refusing to tell the public what they knew about its connections to terrorism. Partly out of "wokeness," and partly due to good old-fashioned Boston corruption, Boston's leaders have failed shockingly in this matter.
In April of 2002, a mosque in Cambridge, MA, run by the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) posted an appeal on its website: "Chechen refugee family needs temporary place to live until they complete their permanent refugee status in the U.S... Husband has good business knowledge, auto-mechanic experience and construction."
Contrary to the Islamic Society of Boston's claims, taken at face value by most media, that the Tsarnaev brothers only briefly and occasionally attended its Cambridge mosque over the year or so before they bombed the Boston Marathon, the Tsarnaevs were already involved with the ISB in April of 2002 - the month that they arrived in the United States. The family, which was not religious when it arrived in America, began regularly praying at the ISB mosque and turned increasingly fundamentalist. This fits an alarming pattern: Since 9/11, fourteen leaders and members of the ISB have either been imprisoned, killed by law enforcement, or declared fugitives for their involvement in Islamic terrorism.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ilya I. Feoktistov is the Executive Director of Americans for Peace and Tolerance and a practicing Massachusetts attorney. He is an expert on the history, goals, and methods of the Islamist networks in New England and other areas of the country. Mr. Feoktistov, a graduate of Dartmouth College and Boston University School of Law, has been published in the Washington Times, the Federalist, the Times of Israel, Breitbart, the Daily Caller, American Thinker, and FrontPage Magazine.