Paul L. Williams, PhD
Virginia Muslim Paramilitary Compound Escapes Fed Scrutiny
April 5, 2010
While nine members of a Christian militia
in Michigan have been arrested on charges of seditious conspiracy, the federal
government, under Attorney General Eric Holder, has opted to turn a
blind-eye to the Muslim militias that Jamaat ul-Fuqra, a group led by Sheik
Mubarek Gilani of Pakistan, has been established throughout the country.
One of the most troublesome of Muslim militias is headquartered in a
paramilitary compound on the outskirts of Red House, Virginia.
Prior to 9/11, the Red House compound was under federal surveillance for
stockpiling weapons. In 2003, Vincente Pierre, the leader of the compound, his
wife Tracy Upshur, and Abdullah Ben Benu were arrested for illegal arms
After 9/11, the Beltway snipers John Allen Muhammed and Lee Malvo reportedly
holed up the Red House complex between their terror attacks.
Virginia law enforcement officers have reported that the residents of the
compound remain in a state of flux – - here one day and gone the next. This
observation has led them to speculate that the shacks and trailers throughout
the compound serve as safe houses for Islamic terrorists.
Investigators from The Last Crusade paid a visit to the compound and amassed the
1) The complex, like Islamberg, contains an underground bunker system that could
be used for paramilitary training and possibly to harbor deadly weapons, even
radiological and nuclear devises, for use in the great jihad against Christians
and Jews. Twenty-four members of this Jamaat ul-Fuqra complex already have been
arrested for trafficking in illegal firearms, including the ammunition for
2) Members of the compound have been sent to Pakistan and Afghanistan for
specialized training in guerilla warfare – a fact confirmed by Thomas P.
Gallagher, a Special Agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
3) The Red House compound regularly receives visits from suspicious guests from
Egypt, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan.
4) Gunfire from automatic weapons can be heard coming from the site. Wasi, the
so-called "Mayor” of the settlement, admitted to Fox News that there are
shooting ranges within the compound and that the residents are armed. "It’s
America. It’s perfectly legal,” he said. When question about the guns at Red
House, Thomas Jones, Sheriff of Charlotte County, said: "Well if they use them
to hunt, I don’t know. But they’ve admitted they use them for target practicing.
And they are semi-automatic.”
5) With so many Muslims coming and going from the compound, law enforcement
officials are not sure who is living in the compound and who is training on the
firing range. Since ul-Fuqra has been actively engaged in recruiting prisoners,
many residents may be ex felons, who are prohibited by law from possessing
firearms and from associating with other ex-convicts. "They stay awhile,” says
Sheriff Jones, "and it’s kind of a wayside for some of them. Traveling through
from, I guess, one Muslim compound to another.”
Members of the Red House compound were recently involved in a $7 million fraud
scheme. Under the name of "Talib’s Sportswear,” they sold counterfeit-label
clothing to retail merchants throughout the country. The probe into the Talib
firm led the arrests of Ronald Gerald "Talib” Roundtree and his wives Berna
Robbin, Terri Lynn Singleton, and Keisha Janelle Simms, who reside on "Fatima
Lane” in Red House.
Also taken into custody was William Statts, a board member of the Muslims of the
First State, Inc., a newly created non-profit organization that Jamaat ul-Fuqra
associates established in Delaware. Statts has a long criminal history,
including arrests and convictions for felony thefts, possession of illegal
firearms, drug trafficking, and fraud. Also collared were Ismail Haqq, Cherubin
Pierre, and Eric Harmon of Meherrin, Virginia.
The arrests brought to light several developments that had taken place under the
radar of local law enforcement and press officials. The members of Red House are
not only engaged in criminal activity but also the practice of polygamy. The
addresses of Talib’s wives provided evidence that a host of other compounds have
been established in the wilds of southern Virginia.