The Muslim Student Association (MSA) is comprised of hundreds of chapters at universities and colleges across the U.S. and Canada. Founded in 1963, with its roots in the land grant universities of the American Midwest, it now boasts chapters in every state in the country and is unquestionably the largest Muslim student group in American higher education.
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The MSA, however, has repeatedly come under scrutiny by law enforcement and the media following 9/11. But political pressure has been placed on these same law enforcement agencies to stop looking at MSA chapters as “radicalization incubators.”
Now, in at least one current court proceeding, former MSA leaders stand accused of using their campus group to recruit fighters for ISIS.
Another MSA chapter president was recently indicted for sending money to al-Qaeda in Syria. And yet another MSA chapter has seen two of its past presidents recently convicted of terrorism support. That same chapter later openly raised money for the terrorist group Hamas.
In August 2010, I published an article here at PJ Media including a lengthy list of MSA leaders who have been charged in cases related to Islamic terrorism. The list included al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who previously served as president of the MSA chapter at Colorado State University. He was killed in a September 2011 CIA drone strike in Yemen.
Two past national MSA presidents were also named, including Abdurahman Alamoudi, who is currently serving a federal prison sentence for his role in a Libyan intelligence plot to use al-Qaeda operatives in the assassination of the Saudi crown prince.
In the eight-plus years since that article, new cases of MSA leaders being charged with terrorist crimes have emerged:
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