Last month, following complaints from the public, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher reversed her decision and withdrew the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR), a radical mosque, as a polling site for the upcoming 2016 elections. Given the extensive history of bigotry and links to terrorism at ICBR, one would think that this would spell an end to political activity within the mosque. But just one month later, the mosque is set to host a candidate forum, and the group sponsoring the event, Emerge USA, has its own extremist story.
Emerge USA is a radical Muslim group which tries to mask its Islamist agenda by claiming to be a political advocacy organization. The main individual behind Emerge is Khurrum Wahid, a South Florida attorney who has built his name on representing high profile terrorists, including members of al-Qaeda and financiers of the Taliban. The group holds events at mosques tied to terrorism. They include Tampa's al-Qassam Mosque, which was founded by Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami al-Arian, and Pembroke Pines' Darul Uloom, which has served a number of al-Qaeda operatives and which is headed by an anti-gay imam, Maulana Shafayat Mohamed.