***** Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington. By Paul Sperry; published by Nelson Current, www.thomasnelson.com (Web); 352 pages; $24.99.
Paul Revere or Joseph McCarthy? That’s what readers of Paul Sperry’s Infiltration will ultimately have to decide. Is the author, who writes about a fifth column of violent jihadists in the United States, a modern-day Paul Revere, riding into town to save the day, or Joseph McCarthy, wantonly tarnishing citizens’ reputations with dubious claims?
If true, this book is terrifying. If false, it’s wildly irresponsible. Sperry writes an alarming exposé of how Muslims have been secretly infiltrating American society, government, and culture, all the while pretending to be peace-loving and patriotic, while actually supporting violent jihad to turn the United States into an Islamic state. While the premise may seem far-fetched, Sperry appears to have solid sources in the government to back his claims. He has also broken other stories in the war on terrorism that proved to be substantial such as al Qaeda’s development of a device to spread cyanide.
Sperry guides the reader through the prominent Arab community in the United States, focusing on the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Early on, Sperry identifies infiltrators, and the positions they use as cover, at the forefront of the movement. Not content with merely providing a list, Sperry describes in detail how specific people and organizations connect to terrorist groups.
Federal agencies, he says, cater to the Muslim community and go out of their way to place Muslims in high posts. The Islamic community is also involved in heavy fundraising and recruiting, for example through mosques in Albany, New York, and Dulles, Virginia, according to the author.
To get this information, Sperry talked to numerous federal agents who, he says, told him that persons with terrorist intentions have infiltrated U.S. society but remain legally outside the clutches of law enforcement.
Have al Qaeda cells really spread across America, with radicals insinuating themselves into the political system, workplace, and culture through what Sperry calls the Muslim Mafia? (The so-called Muslim Mafia includes groups such as the World Muslim League, the American Muslim Council, and the American Muslim Alliance, to name a few.) Have they set up a “Wahhabi Corridor” along Leesburg Pike in Northern Virginia? It is difficult for the average reader to assess the validity of the claims—just another of the challenges of dealing with an enemy that wears no uniform and has no one nationality.
Reviewer: Mark H. Beaudry, CPP, is a senior security professional at IBM-SWG in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a member of ASIS International.