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Authorities Investigating Link Between 5 Percenters And Sniper

According to a report from the Associated Press,

authorities are investigating whether sniper suspect John Muhammad was a member

of the 5 Percent Nation, a religious group that the report says has influenced

numerous rappers over the years, naming Brand Nubian, Wu-Tang Clan and Busta

Rhymes.

"How the f*ck they going to associate me

wit the sniper?" Busta Rhymes told AllHipHop.com. "The government

been know about the Five Percent Nation. They trying to disort the public perception

because we anti-what they are about!"

Busta has a song called "Struttin’ like

a G.O.D.," on his soon to be released album, It Aint Safe No More.

The song is about ‘empowerment’ dedicated to Malcom X, Martin Luther King Jr.,

Farrakahn and other black leaders. On that album, Busta said he has references

to the recent sniper attacks.

While it is a known fact that Muhammad was a

member of Louis Farrakhan’s Nation Of Islam, detectives said that the letter

left at the scene of one of the sniper’s shootings contained lingo that is used

by followers of the 5 Percent Nation, which was founded almost 39 years ago

as an off shoot of the Nation Of Islam. The group rejects drug use and fornication

and teaches the importance of the family.

The group teaches that black people are the original

people of the planet earth and are the fathers and mothers of civilization.

Black men are referred to as God’s (derived from the word ALLAH: Arm, Leg, Leg,

Arm, Head). They also teach that the science of "Supreme Mathematics is

the key to understanding man’s relationship to the universe."

While they are not Muslim’s, they do believe

that Islam is a way of life, however the group claims it is not a religion.

The group officially states that their intended goal is to achieve peace.

The sniper’s letter demanded that authorities

refer to him as God. Authorities are also basing their investigation into these

ties because the letter also used the phrase, "word is bond,” a very popular

that has been around for decades.

"He calls himself God and uses ‘word is

bond’, like that’s exclusive to one culture," Busta continued. "I

dont believe that it was them [the suspects]. They can push whatever they want.

They are blaming anybody because they people was not having it."

The letter also had five stars on the page, which

a detective said were similar to stars that symbolized children to followers

of the movement.

In the media frenzy that has followed the sniper

shootings, authorities are also questioning his ties to Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan,

who publicly stated that he feels authorities are going to arrest him, or that

he may even fall victim to an assassination attempt, denied his organization

supports terror or any violent activities. Farrakhan has been accused of inciting

anti-government sentiment, due to his vocal opposition to the looming war with

Iraq.

"It is horrific for us to learn that someone

who once was a part of our ranks may be involved in something as horrific as

this," Farrakhan told AllHipHop.com in a press statement. "I respectfully

say to the members of the media and to the American people, Timothy McVeigh

confessed that he was a Christian but nobody blames the church for his misconduct.

Ninety-five percent of the nearly two million inmates in the prison system in

the United States will tell you, if you ask them ‘what is your faith?’ they

will say, ‘I’m Christian.’ But no one would blame Jesus or their pastor

for their behavior that is contrary to the teachings of Jesus."

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