By Nines Lathem
New York Post
The head of Islamic chaplains in the New York City Department of Correction said in a recent speech that the “greatest terrorists in the world occupy the White House,” Jews control the media, and Muslims are being tortured in Manhattan jails.
The outlandish remarks were made by one of the city’s most prominent Islamic leaders, Imam Umar Abdul-Jalil, the executive director of ministerial services for the city Department of Correction. He spoke at a conference of Islamic leaders in Tucson, Ariz., and was secretly recorded by the counterterrorism organization, The Investigative Project.
The recordings capture Abdul-Jalil — speaking at two separate symposiums on Islam in America held by the Muslim Students Association on April 15 and 16 of 2005 — making incendiary charges and espousing extremist views.
Abdul-Jalil, 56, who is also imam of the Masjid Sabur mosque in Harlem, initially denied making the comments — but later admitted to The Post that the tape was most likely accurate and said his words are being “taken out of context.”
At one conference session, Abdul-Jalil charged that Muslims jailed after the 9/11 attacks were being tortured in Manhattan, according to the tape.
“They [some Muslim inmates] are not charged with anything, they are not entitled to any rights, they are interrogated. Some of them are literally tortured and we found this in the Metropolitan Correctional Facility in Manhattan. But they literally are torturing people,” Abdul-Jalil said.
Abdul-Jalil also accused the Bush administration of being terrorists, according to the tape.
“We have terrorists defining who a terrorist is, but because they have the weight of legitimacy, they get away with it… We know that the greatest terrorists in the world occupy the White House, without a doubt,” he said.
At another session, Abdul-Jalil urged American Muslims to stop allowing “the Zionists of the media to dictate what Islam is to us” and said Muslims must be “compassionate with each other” and “hard against the kufr [unbeliever].”
Abdul-Jalil, a Bronx resident who said he converted to Islam while at Attica prison in 1970.