PLOT TWIST Chapter Six: The Muslim Brotherhood in America

In 2004, FBI agents raided the home of Ismael Elbarasse, a founder of the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia. Elbarasse was a member of the Palestine Committee, which, according to the Clarion Project, the Muslim Brotherhood had created to support Hamas in the United States. 

During the raid, agents found an Arabic language document, together with an English translation, dated May 22, 1991. The document was titled ‘An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America.’

“The general strategic goal is […] Enablement of Islam in North America, meaning: establishing an effective and a stable Islamic Movement led by the Muslim Brotherhood which adopts Muslims’ causes domestically and globally, and which works to expand the observant Muslim base, aims at unifying and directing Muslims’ efforts, presents Islam as a civilization alternative, and supports the global Islamic State wherever it is.”

It continues: “The process of settlement is a ‘Civilization-Jihadist Process’ with all the word means. The Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] 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…”

“[W]e must possess a mastery of the art of ‘coalitions’, the art of ‘absorption’ and the principles of ‘cooperation.’”

The arts of coalitions, absorption and cooperation sound less sinister than they are. In reality, the recent past could be summed up in these three brilliantly deceptive strategies, for the Muslim Brotherhood and their allies in the Western States haven’t just been tinkering in the Middle East, they’ve been busy in America and Europe too, and coalitions, absorption and cooperation are how they’ve managed to hide their true agenda for so long.

The Cairo Declaration

It’s important here to note that, just seven months before the Memorandum was distributed, the world was introduced to a bizarre replacement to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

The original UDHR, enacted at the UN in 1948, was, as the name suggests, a universal response to avoid more war in a weary post-WW2 era. It promotes mutual respect for all people, along with inherent freedoms which every man, woman and child are deemed to possess. 

However, for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation — a coalition of 57 Islamic states within the United Nations — this was not good enough. They decided to replace the UDHR with their own version: the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam. 

A simple comparison between the Cairo and the Universal Declarations should set alarm bells ringing.  

The preamble to the UDHR states that the declaration has been written up in “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,” and that “it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law.” 

By contrast, the preamble to the Cairo Declaration states that the document has been written “in contribution to the efforts of mankind to assert human rights, to protect man from exploitation and persecution, and to affirm his freedom and right to a dignified life in accordance with the Islamic Shari’ah.” 

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration reads: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

Article 1 of the Cairo Declaration reads: “(a) All human beings form one family whose members are united by their subordination to Allah and descent from Adam. All men are equal in terms of basic human dignity and basic obligations and responsibilities, without any discrimination on the basis of race, colour, language, belief, sex, religion, political affiliation, social status or other considerations. The true religion is the guarantee for enhancing such dignity along the path to human integrity.

“(b) All human beings are Allah’s subjects, and the most loved by Him are those who are most beneficial to His subjects, and no one has superiority over another except on the basis of piety and good deeds.”

Article 2 of the Universal Declaration reads: “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.”

Article 2 of the Cairo Declaration reads: “(a) Life is a God-given gift and the right to life is guaranteed to every human being. It is the duty of individuals, societies and states to safeguard this right against any violation, and it is prohibited to take away life except for a shari’ah prescribed reason.

“(b) It is forbidden to resort to any means which could result in the genocidal annihilation of mankind.

“(c) The preservation of human life throughout the term of time willed by Allah is a duty prescribed by Shari’ah.

“(d) Safety from bodily harm is a guaranteed right. It is the duty of the state to safeguard it, and it is prohibited to breach it without a Shari’ah-prescribed reason.”

The final Article of the Universal Declaration (30) reads: “Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.”

The final Article of the Cairo Declaration (24) reads: “All the rights and freedoms stipulated in this Declaration are subject to the Islamic Shari’ah.”

It should concern every freedom-loving citizen that our governing bodies allowed the Cairo Declaration to be adopted unchecked. It was passed on August 5, 1990. 

It’s notable that the Cairo Declaration was passed during James Baker’s tenure as Secretary of State under President George H.W. Bush — the same James Baker who was Counsel for the Department of Justice in 2005 and testified to Congress in favour of passing the Patriot Act one day after then FBI Director Mueller testified for the same thing. 

Once again we see the same actors and same networks within the DC establishment acting in unison to progress their shared agenda. And to take us back full circle to where we began: Baker served as the FBI’s general counsel during the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation into candidate Donald Trump and his campaign, which resulted in the Muller Report. As the FBI’s general counsel, Baker was responsible for providing legal advice to senior leaders of the FBI, including Andrew McCabe, on the legal aspects of these investigations and to act as a liaison between the FBI and the DOJ. 

The Cairo Declaration was billed to the International Community as a freely adopted culturally sensitive version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, suitable for Islamic societies and their people. But no one asked the 1.8 billion people living in the countries who adopted it – from Suriname to Somalia to Saudi Arabia – whether they were happy to live under it. 

Sharia law is Islamic law, as derived from the Quran and the Hadiths. Consequently, far from emphasising the inherent equality of worth of all peoples, it prioritises: men over women, Muslim over non-Muslim. Capital and corporal punishments are deemed correct under Sharia, which hands the death penalty to blasphemers, apostates, and homosexuals, among others. 

So having effectively Islamicised a third of the world’s population, attention was turned to the non-Islamic parts of the world. And, as previously mentioned, coalitions, absorption and cooperation was how they planned to go about it. But what does that mean in practice? 

The Holy Land Trials

Back to Ismail Elbarasse. In August 2004, Elbarasse was arrested after law enforcement officers witnessed his wife videotaping footage of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay Bridge from their car while Elbarasse was driving. The video footage was found to include close up images of cables and features  “integral to the structural integrity of the bridge.”

According to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, “Elbarasse is a former board member of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) and Hamas activist. He served on the Palestine Committee, created by the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States to help Hamas politically and financially. In addition, he was an assistant to Mousa Abu Marzook when Marzook was the Hamas political director. The two shared a bank account. 

“Elbarasse also maintained a slew of internal Palestine Committee records, which federal investigators found during a 2004 search of his Virginia home. The documents were subsequently used for the prosecution of five Holy Land Foundation officials, found guilty in 2008 of funnelling money to Hamas.”

Four years later, on September 25 2008, the FBI reported the following on its website: “The FBI’s fight against terrorism funding paid a big dividend yesterday when five former leaders of a U.S.-based Muslim charity were convicted of funnelling more than $12 million to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

“Guilty verdicts on all 108 counts against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development were announced in federal court in Dallas, Texas, representing the largest victory against terrorist financing in the U.S. since the 9/11 attacks.

““For many years, the Holy Land Foundation used the guise of charity to raise and funnel millions of dollars to the infrastructure of the Hamas terror organization,” said Patrick Rowan, Assistant Attorney General for National Security. “This prosecution demonstrates our resolve to ensure that humanitarian relief efforts are not used as a mechanism to disguise and enable support for terrorist groups.”

“The FBI first got involved in the Holy Land case nearly 15 years ago. In 1994, we began looking into the organization’s financial ties to Hamas. During the investigation, our agents travelled the globe to conduct more than 100 interviews, to sort through hundreds of boxes of documents (including many Arabic documents), to view hundreds of video and audio tapes in Arabic, and to review thousands of pages of bank records.

“In December 2001, three months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the U.S. Treasury Department designated Holy Land as a “Specially Designated Terrorist” group. We raided the organization’s Texas headquarters, seized its assets, and shut down its operation. At the time, Holy Land was ranked as the country’s largest Muslim charitable organization.

“Hamas was designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. in 1995, and that made contributions to the group illegal. The 108 counts the Holy Land defendants were convicted of yesterday, including providing material support to Hamas and money laundering, carry stiff sentences. No sentencing date has been set.

“During the trial, the government presented evidence that Holy Land Foundation and the five defendants provided approximately $12.4 million in support to Hamas and its goal of creating an Islamic Palestinian state by eliminating the State of Israel through violent jihad. Evidence was also presented that several of the defendants have family members who are Hamas leaders, including Hamas’s political chief, Mousa Abu Marzook.”

The case was a watershed moment because it uncovered a wide network of organizations and individuals that were all tied to the Muslim Brotherhood through various front groups and non-governmental organizations. Many of these front groups were specifically named as “unindicted co-conspirators.” It revealed the complex web of Muslim Brotherhood organizations and their ability to coordinate their activities on a global scale, with far-reaching implications.

However, unlike the Holy Land Foundation, most of these groups have not been recognised as terrorist entities, and consequently continue to operate in America today, because the documents in Elbarasse’s possession which were successful in securing a conviction against those linked to the Holy Land Foundation failed to convince the court that the Muslim Brotherhood was also a terrorist entity. 

This despite another document, dated from 1984 and titled Ikhwan [Brotherhood] in America alleges that the Muslim Brotherhood in the US go to camps for weapons training, just as jihadis abroad do, and was engaged in counter-intelligence against the CIA and FBI. 

The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations is central to the network. USCMO is a powerful Muslim Brotherhood super-group, officially formed in March of 2014 during the peak of the northern offensive of ISIS. Essentially, USCMO is nothing short of a Muslim Brotherhood Super Political Action Group made up of CAIR and dozens of other front groups.

Their slogan is: One God, One Vision, One Voice.

Like the Cairo Declaration, the group presents itself as merely being interested in upholding the rights of Muslims to live Islamically, in UCMSO’s case, in America – which after all, confers freedom of religion on its citizens. But, again, like the Cairo Declaration, an understanding of the holistic world-view of Islam renders this ambition in wholly new light.

By stating “One God, One Vision,” UCMSO isn’t merely making a case for American Muslims to live Islamically, but is arguably agitating for all Americans to do so.

A glance at the USCMO’s official ​list of member organizations​ reveals it to include many of the same front groups named in the Holy Land trials as unindicted co-conspirators. The member groups include: the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR); the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA); the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA); The Muslim American Society (MAS); The Muslim Legal Fund of American (MLFA); The North American Islamic Trust (NAIT); and the Muslim Student Association (MSA) which was founded in 1963 at the University of Illinois, and constituted the first U.S. Chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood. The MSA is the result of a larger Saudi backed international effort to create international Islamic Organizations. 

CAIR Slips the Net

As mentioned above, one of the UCMSO’s member organisations is CAIR – The Council on American Islamic Relations. 

CAIR was ​designated as a Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group​ by the United Arab Emirates in 2014, a year before Senator Ted Cruz’s first official attempt to shut down Islamic terrorist activity in America. 

In 2017, Cruz re-introduced legislation​ to declare the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) and the Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist organizations. 

According to a press release on his website, the two bills submitted, one for each entity, would “require a report on whether these organizations meet the criteria to be designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations, and if so, will enable the U.S. to take action that could stifle the funding they receive to promote their terrorist activities.”

Cruz said: “I am proud to reintroduce these bills that would codify needed reforms in America’s war against radical Islamic terrorism. This potent threat to our civilization has intensified under the Obama administration due to the wilful blindness of politically-correct policies that hamper our safety and security. A grand détente with the Muslim Brotherhood and a blind eye to the IRGC are not pathways to peace in this struggle; they guarantee the ultimate success of our enemy. It is time to call this enemy by its name and speak with clarity and moral authority.” 

The bill named three U.S. entities as belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood: CAIR, which is regarded as a Muslim Brotherhood lobby group by Egypt; ISNA and NAIT.

According to the website GovTrack, which publishes the status of federal legislation, the bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017, and was presented on November 3, 2015. However, the bill ‘timed out’ – as the website says: “legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.”

A further attempt was made under the Trump Administration by Representative Mario Diaz-Balart. The bill would not actually designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation as only the Secretary of State can do so, but would express a “sense of Congress” that the designation ought to be made. 

However, there was pushback. An internal CIA report dated January 31, 2017, and seen by Politico stated that designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group “may fuel extremism,” and that America’s allies in the Middle East “probably worry that such a step could destabilize their internal politics, feed extremist narratives, and anger Muslims worldwide.”

“MB groups enjoy widespread support across the Near East-North Africa region and many Arabs and Muslims worldwide would view an MB designation as an affront to their core religious and societal values,” the document continued. “Moreover, a US designation would probably weaken MB leaders’ arguments against violence and provide ISIS and al-Qa’ida additional grist for propaganda to win followers and support, particularly for attacks against US interests.”

Nonetheless, as GovTrack states: “In April 2019, the Trump Administration announced it planned to officially name the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pressed President Trump to do so. However, it appears the move was never finalized.”

It further notes “Saudi Arabia has also officially designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.” – as have Russia, Syria, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain.   

The Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates in the US is still not officially recognised as a terrorist group in the US to this day. Consequently, CAIR not only operates with immunity from prosecution as a terrorist entity, but enjoys the support of a number of members of Congress. 

In 2019, more than 120 members of Congress wrote private letters of support to CAIR in recognition of its 25th anniversary. Among them were the Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairs Pramila Jayapal and Mark Poucan, prominent Democrats Ilhan Omar, Adam Schiff and Rashida Tlaib, and senators Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, who The New York Times gave a joint endorsement to as the Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 race. 

CAIR defines its mission as “to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.”

Elizabeth Warren, in her letter of support, was moved to write: “CAIR has been on the front lines of so many important fights… fighting the unconstitutional and immoral Muslim bad, protecting immigrant communities and fighting to keep families together, working to end Islamophobia and other forms of bigotry, and defending the civil rights of all people, including our American Muslim neighbours and friends. I’m glad to count on CAIR as a strong partner in these fights.”

CAIR has received particular support from Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who headlined the organisation’s gala conference in November along with activist Linda Sarsour. 

She, too, penned a supportive letter, writing: “Minnesota has a diverse Muslim population which has been vital [to] our state’s growth over the past 20 years. Unfortunately, we have witnessed an unprecedented nationwide spike in anti-Muslim bigotry and bias-incidence since 2016, with an additional increase following US President Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban.

“Thankfully, CAIR and its Minnesota chapter over the past several years have fought back against this rising tide of anti-Muslim hate and empowered the Muslim community and others to fully participate in American civic life.”

FBI statistics showed that between 2006 and 2018, more Somali Americans from Minneapolis joined or attempted to join terrorist organizations overseas than any other jurisdiction in the country. During that time, 45 Somalis joined or attempted to join ISIS or al-Shabab, Fox News reported.  

In November 2019, a Canadian businessman named Alan Bender, who had links to Saudi Arabia and Qatar, told a Florida court that both Omar and Linda Sarsour were members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Jerusalem Post reported

“They [the Qataris] called her Sister Ilhan, which is a term you only use when you’re a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. So Abdullah al-Athbah, he refers to Ilhan Omar as Sister Ilhan, and Sister Linda, which is Linda Sarsour, another activist who is now going to run for Senate,” Bender told the court.

He further alleged that Omar was handed her place in the Senate by Qatar. 

“Somebody recommended her to the Qataris. They had several names, several options to pick from, to appoint – ‘they call her winning the elections is an appointment’,” he said. 

Omar was chosen, Bender said, because her father had a history of carrying out “very violent interrogations,” as a high ranking officer in the Somalian army, “and they thought that would be very suitable because the more dirt you have on your candidate, the easier it is to control the candidate.”

Ilhan Omar: The Respectable Face of Islamic Extremism

Minnesota is home to the largest Somali community in the United States, with the majority residing in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area (Hennepin and Ramsey counties), as well as St. Cloud and Rochester. Resettlement of refugees from Somalia to the U.S. first began in 1990.

Between 2011 and 2014 the number of Somali refugee arrivals nearly tripled, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention; since then, the number has remained constant at about 9,000 a year. 

In total, between 2010 to 2016 more than 47,000 Somali refugees arrived in the United States, with the majority of arrivals under 45 years of age and roughly equal numbers of male and female. During this time, Minnesota and New York welcomed the largest numbers of Somali primary refugee arrivals, followed by Texas, Arizona, Ohio, and Washington. 

While these resettlements were happening, another odd phenomenon began to happen. More men and boys from the Somali community in Minneapolis were joining or attempting to join a foreign terrorist organization than from any other part of the country.

According to a Fox News report which named Minneapolis as the “terror recruitment capital of the US;” statistics collated by the FBI “show 45 Somalis left to join the ranks of either the Somalia-based Islamic insurgency al-Shabab, or the Iraq- and Syria-based ISIS combined. And as of 2018, a dozen more had been arrested with the intention of leaving to support ISIS.”

Both numbers are far higher than those of other ethnicities who left or attempted to leave the country from among resettled Muslim populations. Minnesota was proving to be a “rich recruiting ground,” the report noted. 

“We are very conscious that there may still be fertile ground for that, and that is could re-start at any time,” one federal official told Fox News. “Based on historical experience, we had (an uptick) in 2007 and 2008 going for al-Shabab, then a lull. Then, as ISIS came back, we saw a whole bunch of people no longer headed for Somalia. They were headed for Iraq and Syria. That really caught us off-guard, we didn’t see that coming. It didn’t make sense to us. We understood why kids were going back to Somalia but going to Syria was another we issue.”

Josh Lipowsky, Senior Research Analyst at the Counter Extremism Project told Fox News that the recruiters hooked young Somalis by playing upon the idea that “society has shunned them,” but the report noted that the Somalis appeared to have shunned America too, given that it was possible for them to remain entirely within Somali communities while in America. 

“You can buy your clothes at a Somalia mall. You can buy insurance at a Somalia insurance adjuster. You can buy real estate at a Somali real estate adjuster,” explained one U.S official. “I think that is pretty unique.”

However, there were other underlying causes. 

In November 2016, Rep Omar wrote to a judge calling for “compassion” and a “restorative approach to justice” in the case of nine Minnesota men who were charged with planning to join ISIS. 

“The best deterrent to fanaticism is a system of compassion. We must alter our attitude and approach; if we truly want to affect change, we should refocus our efforts on inclusion and rehabilitation,” she wrote. 

Similarly, Omar blamed the 2013 al-Shabaab terror attack on a Kenyan shopping mall as a reaction to America’s “involvement in other people’s affairs.” 

“When are we gonna decide or realize that terrorism is a reaction? It’s an ideology, it’s a means of things, it’s not an entity, it’s not a place, people. It’s a reaction to a situation,” host Ahmed Tharwat asked then-activist Omar, on the show “Belahdan” on Twin Cities PBS, Fox reported. 

“Yes,” she agreed. “What you’re insinuating is what nobody wants to face. Nobody wants to face how the actions of the other people that are involved in the world have contributed to the rise of radicalization and the rise of terrorist acts.”

The attack killed nearly 70 people and wounded a further 200. 

“We’ve heard variations of this argument for decades now. We hear it on 9/11, we heard it when suicide bombs go off on train stations in London or Madrid,” Robin Simcox, a national security and terrorism expert at The Heritage Foundation, told Fox News . “The problem the people who make that argument have is that you can’t possibly logically explain then why attacks take place in, for example, Cameroon or the Philippines, or Thailand, or China,”

Simcox continued. “This isn’t something dictated by facts or logic, it’s something that is an ideological position that Omar is obviously determined to take regardless of the facts.” 

Muslim Brotherhood Infiltration of US Government

Given the Muslim Brotherhood’s stated goals of infiltration of our government in order to turn America into an Islamic State, their association and support for terrorist organizations, and their engagement in criminal activities over the years, one has to question the intentions behind the open embrace the Obama gave the organization during his administration. But make no mistake, the Muslim Brotherhood’s efforts at infiltration and influence in our government did not start with President Obama’s administration. 

Warnings of the dangers of Muslim Brotherhood’s intentions to infiltrate our government were largely ignored during the Bush administration. During the Holy Land trials, prosecutors named the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA, among other well-known Muslim organizations, as ​unindicted co-conspirators​. Despite this designation, these organizations have continued to enjoy unfettered access across certain areas of our government. For example, ISNA remained one of two ecclesiastical endorsing agencies used to vet Muslim chaplain candidates for the military.

In October of 2003, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security held a hearing on ​Terrorist Recruitment and Infiltration in the United States Prisons and Military​ as an Operational Base. The opening statement from John Kyl, a US Senator from the State of Arizona reveals that the terrorist had already infiltrated America’s government: 

“There have been an increasing number of instances in which Wahhabists have successfully penetrated key U.S. institutions, such as the military and our prison system,” he said. “As several recent media reports have noted, the two groups that accredit and recommend Muslim chaplains to the military — the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Science and an organization under the umbrella of the American Muslim Foundation — have long been suspected of links to terrorist organizations by the Federal Government. 

“Another group accused of ties to Islamic extremists, the Islamic Society of North America, refers Muslim clerics to the Bureau of Prisons….one of the key architects of the U.S. military’s chaplain program, Abdurahman Alamoudi, was arrested and charged with an illegal relationship with Libya, long a state sponsor of terror. 

“Authorities have also charged Captain James Yee, a Muslim clergyman who was once stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with two counts of mishandling classified information. Additionally, the New York State prison system promoted a Muslim cleric to a position that allowed him to supervise the hiring and firing of all prison chaplains. He was later removed from his job when officials discovered he was an Al-Qaeda sympathizer who incited prisoners against America.”  

Dr. Michael Waller​, an expert in in strategic communication and unconventional conflict, also testified to the Subcommittee and clarified three points:  

1. ​     ​Foreign states and movements have been financing the promotion of radical political Islam within America’s armed forces and prisons.  

2. ​     ​Radical Islam preaches extreme intolerance and hatred of American society, culture, government, and the principles enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, and it seeks the ultimate overthrow of the Constitution.  

3. ​     ​Terrorists have exploited America’s religious tolerance, and the chaplain programs in particular, as key elements of infiltrating the military and the prisons.

In 2004, just one year after the Senate’s hearing, Department of Defense ​Inspector General Joseph Schmitz made a series of recommendations for vetting​ chaplain nominees. They were never implemented by the Defense Department. 

These questionable alliances seemed to go unnoticed for many years. In a follow up letter penned some 6 years later and sent to Sen. Diane Feinstein, the Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Schmitz outlined a number of potential risks to national security posed by the military’s current chaplain vetting system. He also argued that the 2008 Holy Land Foundation terror fundraising trial in itself should be enough to reconsider the organizations currently tasked with endorsing chaplain candidates. 

The FBI severed ties with CAIR in 2004, making the determination that the unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Trial was no longer “an appropriate liaison partner” because of evidence linking the organization and its founders to Hamas. “In light of that evidence, the FBI suspended all formal contacts between CAIR and the FBI,” Richard C. Powers, an assistant director in the FBI’s Office of Congressional Affairs, wrote in a letter to Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ). 

During the Obama administration, members of the Muslim Brotherhood were given unique access and input into government policy making and were often placed in critical positions of power. Furthermore, the Obama administration’s foreign policy appears to have been heavily influenced by Muslim Brotherhood ideals, organizations, and individuals. 

Often, the Muslim Brotherhood’s stated goals for regime change in the Middle East was indistinguishable from those of the Obama administration. This became horrifyingly obvious in the warnings our military intelligence agencies reported on in 2012 in regard to Obama’s intentional arming of “rebel groups” and the rise and fall of ISIS. 

When one examines the decisions made by the Obama administration with the benefit of hindsight, a very sinister picture emerges. While it may have been easy to view questionable decisions as failures in intelligence gathering, misunderstandings, or just plain incompetence at the time events were unfolding, a clear assessment of history makes those excuses unlikely. Rather, if the decisions were intentional, there is a case to be made that foreign powers heavily influenced US domestic and foreign policies. Just who is running our country, exactly? How deeply embedded is the Muslim Brotherhood in our institutions now? 

The Muslim Brotherhood’s sinister strategy of implementing the “art of cooperation” began before Obama’s inauguration. It wasn’t revealed until much later, thanks to ​leaked documents​, but President Obama’s transition team kept lists of Muslim and Asian candidates for job placements within his administration. The email chain revealed that in this process, Middle Eastern Christians were purposefully excluded. Interestingly, the leaked documents show that there was concern that some of the Muslims suggested would not survive media scrutiny, with one aide writing, 

“High-profile Muslim Americans tend to be the subject of a fair amount of blogger criticism, and so the individuals on this list would need to be ESPECIALLY carefully vetted.” She continues, “I suspect some of the people I list would not survive such a vet.”

The Obama administration followed through with their intended goal of placing Muslims in government positions. There are many Muslim Brotherhood operatives in key government jobs, who enjoyed strong influence over U.S. policy. The backgrounds of some of these members sheds light on the very real danger of allowing MB members to be in government positions. 

The David Horowitz Freedom Centre’s Discover the Network details the backgrounds and activities of some of these figures. 

For example: 

Rashad Hussein:

  • “Was named deputy associate counsel to President Barack Obama in 2009.
  • “Was appointed (by Obama) as a special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference in 2010.
  • “Was appointed director of the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications in 2015.”

Born in Wyoming and raised in Texas, in October 2000 Hussein: “spoke at a conference sponsored by the Association of Muslim Social Scientists and Georgetown University’s Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Titled “Islam, Pluralism, and Demoracy,” this gathering featured appearances by numerous leaders of the global Muslim Brotherhood, including such notables as Louay Safi, Jamal Barzinji, Hisham Al-Talib, and AbdulHamid AbuSulayman.

“In 2003 Hussain was a recipient of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, which was founded by, and named after, George Soros‘s older brother and sister-in-law. 

“In August 2008, Hussain published a paper (for the Brookings Institution) titled “Reformulating the Battle of ideas: Understanding the Role of Islam in Counterterrorism Policy.” A number of the paper’s recommendations were consistent with the agendas and worldviews of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. For example:

  • “Policymakers should reject the use of language that provides a religious legitimization of terrorism such as ‘Islamic terrorism’ and ‘Islamic extremist.’ They should replace such terminology with more specific and descriptive terms such as ‘Al-Qaeda terrorism.’”
  • “The United States should welcome and encourage the further development of mainstream Muslim organizations and moderate institutions.” (Specifically, Hussain’s paper references the work of the Fiqh Council of North America, which is tied to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.)
  • “The primary cause of broad-based anger and anti-Americanism is not a clash of civilizations but the perceived effect of U.S. foreign policy in the Muslim world.””

Similarly, Imam Mohamed Magid:

  • “Is the President of the Islamic Society of North America.
  • “Was named to President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2011. 
  • “Persuaded the Department of Homeland Security to erase from its “Countering Violent Extremism” curriculum any suggestion that Muslim terrorism draws its inspiration from the laws and doctrines of Islam”

Born in Sudan, Magid is the son of the Grand Mufti of Sudan. 

According to the David Horowitz centre: “The Huffington Post, for one, has dubbed him “America’s Imam.” In 2005 Time magazine published a lengthy profile of Magid, likewise depicting him as a voice of moderation who “work[s] closely with the FBI,” “regularly opens doors for [FBI] agents trying to cultivate contacts in his Muslim community,” and “alerts the bureau when suspicious persons approach his congregation.” The Time report, however, angered many of Magid’s Muslim constituents who viewed the FBI as their enemy. Consequently, Magid felt compelled to issue a “clarifying statement” explaining that his meetings with FBI personnel were intended mainly to “convey … that our Muslim community needs to be treated as partners, not as suspects,” and to “work with law enforcement to preserve our civil liberties and civil rights.” Further, Magid emphasized that he and his fellow Muslim leaders did “not use these monthly meetings to report upon the activities of our community members.””

White House visitor logs​ show that throughout the Obama Administration, officials conducted a number of meetings with groups that have close ties to Islamist terrorist groups; and that pushed the administration to reduce anti-terrorism investigations​. At least 20 such meetings occurred throughout the Obama era, according to a report by the Daily Caller, while further actions on terrorism finance cases appeared to dry up. Given the FBI’s declaration that CAIR was not an appropriate partner in 2004, one has to question the warm welcome afforded them in Obama’s White House. 

After the Holy Land trials, there was widespread expectations that further prosecutions of Muslim Brotherhood organizations and individuals for terrorist and other criminal activities, would soon follow. Those expectations died with Obama’s appointment of Attorney General Eric Holder in 2009 when further prosecutions were frozen inexplicably. 

Additionally, despite the ​FBI’s formal severance of ties with CAIR​, Attorney General Eric Holder, the highest law enforcement officer in the land, openly gave support to a terrorist linked group in Michigan by delivering a ​keynote speech​. 

Former terrorism prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, a critic of CAIR, told Politico that he was disappointed but not taken aback by the FBI’s parsing of its ban on “formal contacts” with the Muslim group. “I wish I could say I’m surprised but I’m not remotely surprised,” McCarthy said. “The last administration was guilty of it; this administration is guilty of it—they have determined it is more important to have what it can publicly hold out as ties to the Muslim community than it is to be careful about who you have the ties with.”