Bomb Plot Against Denver Mosque

Source: The Denver Post

On May 15, 1999, The Denver Post reported that Jack M.
Modig was charged with attempted first-degree arson of the Colorado
Muslim Society’s Islamic Center southeast of Denver. He was caught on
the night of May 12th in front of the mosque in a car that had a
“small arsenal of weapons, black clothing, tactical goggles, and
writings indicating his hatred for Muslims and his desire to bomb the
mosque.” Some Muslims were hesitant to attend services on Friday, but
others wanted to come to midday prayers in order to show that the
mosque belonged to them. Emameudin Ghiasi, a member of the Center’s
board of directors, discussed implementing increased security
measures with the board, though no decisions have been made. Ghiasi
stated that “Muslims promote peace. We don’t teach terrorism or how
to bomb and blow up buildings. If he (Modig) knew any Muslims he
wouldn’t have any hatred in his heart for us.” Modig is being held in
Arapahoe County Jail.


Bomb Plot Against Denver Mosque

Source: Los Angeles Times

On May 13, 1999, The New York Times reported on the
arrest of Jack Modig, who was quoted by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s
office as saying, “I am an enemy against the Islamic nation, and I
was going to take care of business.” Captain Phil Spence of the
Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office stated: “It is our belief, based on
our investigation, that he was going to incinerate the Islamic
Center.” The Islamic Center draws about 500 Muslims every Friday for
prayers and is the largest mosque in Colorado. The Denver area has
seen two other hate crimes against Muslims in the last 18 months, in
which gangs have killed two immigrant men who prayed at the mosque.