- Missouri-based political figure who has openly speculated about Jewish involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks
- Believes that the war on terror is anti-immigrant
- Attended a 2012 presentation by Sheik Khalid Yasin, a pro-Sharia radical who supports Islamic terrorism
- Denounced the 2003 arrest of former Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami Al-Arian
M.D. Rabbi Alam was born November 20, 1974 in Khulna, Bangladesh. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1996, and a bachelor’s in political science soon thereafter—both at the Bangladesh National University. He then worked for three years as a science teacher in a high school and a divisional police school in Khulna.
In 2000, Alam immigrated to the United States and joined the U.S. Army, where he served on active duty until being honorably discharged in 2005. He then settled in Kansas City, Missouri, where he taught mathematics and personal finance at the Islamic School of Greater Kansas City and the Imagine Renaissance Academy, a charter school. Alam also worked a year as director of international business for P/Strada, a local management-consulting firm, before becoming CEO of Minority Directed Small Business in 2007.
Also in 2007, Alam earned a master’s degree in computer science at the University of Phoenix. Three years later, he received both a master’s degree in mathematics education and a teacher’s certification in secondary mathematics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
In 2008 Alam served as a “satellite campaign manager” for then-presidential candidate Barack Obama. His efforts on Obama’s behalf eventually earned Alam an invitation to the White House in December 2011.
Alam launched his own political career in 2010. After losing the Democratic primary for a seat in the Missouri House of Representatives, he ran unopposed for the office of Democratic Party committeeman for Kansas City’s 26th Ward, and began serving a two-year term in January 2011. On March 6, 2012, Alam announced that he would run for Missouri secretary of state in the November elections.
Alam has openly speculated about Jewish involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Most notably, on February 19, 2009 he made a post on a Topix.com discussion forum, asking: “Was 9/11 a conspiracy?” The post, which contained several spelling and grammatical errors, linked to a 9/11 conspiracy video titled Loose Change and continued:
“Now, I can say this much which is a big yes from my own understanding and own judgement. But there is always other side of the coin. Few question to my readers, > Why 9/11 was a official holidy for all jewish people worked in the the WTC [World Trade Center]? > Who can tell me how many of the Jewish people died on the 9/11 tragedy? > Finally, who can tell me why there was a closed-end security and dog squad was implaced at the lower level of the WTC just a block before the 9/11?”
In a subsequent interview regarding that post, Alam, citing “articles and research” that purportedly buttressed his position, said: “My question was, ‘What’s the reason not a single Jew was killed on that day? Was there a single Jew killed on that day?’”1 Further, Alam declared that commercial airliners, by themselves, could not have toppled the Twin Towers. “I have 100 percent doubts. It doesn’t add up,” he said. “My bottom line is the plane is not solely responsible for destroying the whole building.”
In February 2010, Alam stated that the “catastrophic war on terror is nothing but a horror suffering for us as an immigrant.” He added: “This country, it is true, that when you are not involved in the mainstream, you are nothing but treated yourself as a stranger.”
Later that same month, Alam attended an American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) event titled “One Year Later: Besieged Gaza—Still Standing Tall.” AMP events commonly feature extremist, anti-Semitic rhetoric.
Alam is also on record denouncing the 2003 arrest of former Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leader Sami Al-Arian. In a 2009 address to the Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City, for instance, Alam lamented that Al-Arian had been “falsely accused and victimized by [the] war on terror”—even though the latter had already pled guilty to terrorism-related charges by that time.
In addition to his political pursuits, Alam also serves as president of the North American Bangladeshi Association for Bangladesh, a nonprofit organization that works closely with the U.S. Department of Education.
1 It should be noted that the State Department long ago debunked the notion that Jewish employees in the World Trade Center, forewarned about the attacks, had skipped work on September 11, 2001. Officials estimate that 200 to 400 Jews died in the WTC that day.