Congress Alarmed Over Muslim Brotherhood Influence Operation Within the Administration
By WILLIAM MAYER
15:54 - PDT - June 19, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On June 13, five U.S. Congressmen, Michele Bachmann [R, MN], Trent Franks [R, AZ], Louie Gohmert [R, TX], Thomas Rooney [R, FL] and Lynn Westmoreland [R, GA] sent an open letter to U.S. Deputy Inspector General, Ambassador Harold J. Geisel, expressing alarm over the administration's lack of judgment when dealing with Islamist entities, specifically the Muslim Brotherhood.1.
The letter notes:
"...information has recently come to light that raises serious questions about Department of State policies and activities that appear to be a result of influence operations conducted by individuals and organizations associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Given that the U.S government has established in federal court that the Muslim Brotherhood's mission in the United States is "destroying the Western civilization from within" - a practice the Muslim Brothers call "civilization jihad"[2. - we believe that the apparent involvement of those with such ties raises serious security concerns that warrant your urgent attention." [source, Congressional Letter of Inquiry]
As evidence of the State Department's irresponsible actions, the letter offers:
"A personal intervention by Secretary Clinton that allowed a prominent Muslim Brotherhood leader, Tariq Ramadan, to enter the United States - overturning a policy of a previous administration that precluded him from doing so. Mr. Ramadan has reportedly used the visits thus made possible to engage in what the Brotherhood calls "civilization jihad" in the United States: proselytization, recruitment, indoctrination, fundraising, and other forms of promotion of the totalitarian, supremacist Islamic doctrine known as shariah"
Additionally the Obama Administration and its representatives have repeatedly met with both the Islamic Society of North America [ISNA] and the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR]. Both of these organizations were named as unindicted co-conspirators in the largest prosecution of domestic terror funding in American history, U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. [source, Federal prosecution filing, List of Unindicted Co-Conspirators]
For example, a piece in the Daily Caller quotes George Selim, the WH Director for Community Partnerships:
"President Barack Obama's deputies are holding "hundreds" of closed-door meetings with a jihad-linked lobbying group that is widely derided by critics as a U.S. arm of the theocratic Muslim Brotherhood.
The admission of meetings with the Council on American Islamic Relations came from George Selim, the White House's new director for community partnerships, which was formed in January to ensure cooperation by law enforcement and social service agencies with Muslim identity groups in the United States.
"There is [sic] hundreds of examples of departments and agencies that meet with CAIR on a range of issues," he told The Daily Caller, after being asked if his office refuses to meet with any Muslim groups." [source, Neal Munro, Administration admits to 'hundreds' of meetings with jihad-linked group, the Daily Caller, June 8, 2012]
Regarding the Islamic Society of North America, below from one of the organization's pressers:
"On Wednesday September 29, representatives from ISNA joined interfaith leaders from the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East (NILI) at the White House and State Department. ISNA also hosted a one day strategic planning meeting for attending members of NILI at the ISNA Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances.
Representing ISNA at the White House and State Department meetings were ISNA President Elect Imam Mohamed Magid, National Director for the Office of Interfaith and Community Alliances Dr. Sayyid Syeed and Director of Community Outreach Mohamed Elsanousi...
The leaders presented a statement entitled, 'New Hope for the Peace of Jerusalem,' during Wednesday's meetings with National Security Advisor General James Jones and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on behalf of NILI. The statement recognized the current challenges to peace faced by both Israel and Palestine and called for a two-state solution and sustained U.S. leadership for peace." [source, ISNA Joins Interfaith Leaders to Support Peace in Jerusalem, http://www.isna.net/articles/News/ISNA-Joins-Interfaith-Leaders-to-Support-Peace-in-Jerusalem.aspx, ISNA website]
Please note the clever decoupling of Jerusalem from Israel in the above referenced document. Though lost on some, this is of great import since Islamist theory maintains that Jerusalem [Al-Quds, "the holy place" in Arabic] belongs to the Muslim world. The importance of this distinction must surely have been recognized by the State Department, making the event even more problematic.
Undoubtedly these official contacts between the American government and agents whose strategic goal is the overthrow of all Western democracies and eventually the establishment of a worldwide Islamic Caliphate, are a serious matter and have grave implications regarding U.S. national security.
We therefore urge Mr. Geisel to conduct a thorough and substantive investigation of this matter and report back to the letter's signatories within the stipulated [90 day] period.
1. The Muslim Brotherhood [Ikhwan in Arabic] was founded in 1928 in Egypt by Hassan al-Banna with the goal regenerating and "purifying" a then lethargic Islam into a driving force to promote, through jihad, a world-wide revolution governed by Islamic law, Shari'a. The group's motto is succinct: "Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope."
2. The following text from a key document attesting to the Muslim Brotherhood's general plan for civilizational jihad against the West, "The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions..." For the complete document, entered into evidence [government exhibit GX-85] in U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development An Explanatory Memorandum - On the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America. Main text in Arabic, English translation thereof begins on p. 17
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