Belinda Bee, co-organizer of the bikers’ group, told CNSNews that ride was originally planned as a response to the Million Muslim March, but that it turned into a show of patriotism on the 12th anniversary of the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Centers in New York that killed more than 3,000 Americans.
The 2 Million Bikers group and Christians who brought their own signs to the rally largely overshadowed attendees at the Million Muslim March, later renamed the Million American March Against Fear, which drew a sparse audience on the National Mall as organizers railed against the U.S. government and the news media and repeated conspiracy theories about the 9/11 attacks.
“The enemy of America is not Muslims. The enemy of America is our government,” Isa Hodge, executive director of the American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC), told Media Research Center TV while criticizing what he considers the U.S. government’s fear mongering after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Dr. Kevin Barrett, former university professor and 9/11 truth conspiracy theorist, defended Muslims in America while condemning “extremist Jews,” “leftists” and “Hispanics” as the real perpetrators of the majority of terrorist attacks in the U.S.
According to AMPAC’s website, “Since 9/11, Americans have been terrorized by the media. They have been taught to fear their neighbors.” The site also claims, “‘Al-Qaeda’ is a joke. And so is the whole ‘war on terror.’”
“Terrorism is not a statistically significant threat . . . The whole ‘terrorist threat’ is a hoax invented by fear-mongering politicians to control our minds and pick our pockets,” the website states.
Other speakers at the event questioned the motives behind the Sept. 11 attacks and condemned the “Muslim label" applied to the terrorists, claiming that New York's Twin Towers fell due to internal explosions.
“We are not problematic. We are not here to create trouble for you,” MD Rabbi Alam, chairman of AMPAC, announced at the rally. “We are here to honor the soul of people who lost their life.”
Alam, who said he is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, said the mainstream media encourages divisions among Americans.
Citing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Alam made a plea for solidarity, stating he is “pro-American” and “there is no hidden agenda.”
“We all know that what the corporate media does. They take the apple and they make orange juice. They take the orange, make apple juice, indeed, they take apple and orange and they create and produce banana juices.
"And today in America, we are drinking too much banana juices produced by our corporate media,” Alam said.