CAIR And ISNA Banned By Team Trump?

November 22, 2016 - San Francisco, CA - – According to what are essentially multiple versions of the same article, including one posted on the Western Journalism website, president elect Donald Trump is seriously considering banning the Muslim Brotherhood and possibly its American front groups such as CAIR and ISNA [note the tone of the Council on American Islamic Relations poster to the left].

“Trump’s foreign policy adviser Walid Phares told the Egyptian news site Youm 7 that Trump will back a bill introduced a year ago by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and that was held up by the Obama administration due to its support for the Islamist organization.” [source, Jochanan Viser, Foreign Policy Adviser Says Trump Will Ban The Muslim Brotherhood And Its US Offshoots , Western Journalism]

The bill to which the article refers was introduced by Senator Cruz in the 1st session of the 114 Congress and is entitled, the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2015 and partially justifies its proposed actions upon the observation that the Muslim Brotherhood [Ikhwan, Arabic] has already been banned in Syria, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Russia.

In building the case that the Muslim Brotherhood deserves being designated an FTO, the bill notes that the Brotherhood’s motto is a call to wage violent jihad against all non-Muslims:

‘‘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, Allahu Akbar.”

Regarding MB affiliates, then FBI Director Robert Mueller testified before Congress in 2011 regarding the influence that the Brotherhood exerts in the United States is done through front groups.

‘I can say at the outset that elements of the Muslim Brotherhood both here and overseas have supported terrorism. To the extent that I can provide information, I would be happy to do so in closed session. But it would be difficult to do in open session.’’

The bill which has already passed the House specifically names CAIR, ISNA and the North American Islamic Trust [NAIT] all three of which have been linked to HAMAS in federal court proceedings arising out of U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation, the largest domestic prosecution of HAMAS terror funding.

We have great respect for Mr. Phares, a Maronite Christian born in Lebanon who has since becoming a U.S. citizen distinguished himself as a national security expert. Strategically it may be that the article published in Youm 7 was something of a test balloon, to assess the level of support for what would be a major and positive change in the way the United States approaches the global jihad, but one which would undoubtedly be resisted by the left.

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