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Judiciary Committee Approves Muslim Brotherhood Terror Designation Bill Despite Apologists

The House Judiciary Committee approved H.R. 3892, the “Muslim Brotherhood Terrorism Designation Act” in a party line vote of 17-10 today, with all Republicans voting in favor. The bill calls for the U.S. State Department to either designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group or formally state their reasons why the group cannot be listed.

To open the hearing, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), read directly from “An Explanatory Memorandum: On the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America,” a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood strategic document seized in a terrorism raid, and submitted at the Holy Land Foundation terrorism finance trial. Goodlatte quoted the memo’s author, Mohammed Akram Adlouni, who wrote that the Brotherhood’s “Work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying 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.”

Goodlatte noted the Brotherhood’s role in extorting and materially supporting global terrorism and pointed out that designation of the Muslim Brotherhood would require the Obama Administration deny admission to foreign aliens with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Obama Administration’s willingness to admit Muslim Brotherhood members with ties to terrorism has been a point of contention with Congress. In May of 2014 the Senate Oversight Committee began an investigation  into a reported DHS “Hands Off List” which permitted high ranking Muslim Brotherhood leader Jamal Badawi to enter the country, despite terrorism ties. Early in the Obama Administration, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton personally waived a ban on entry for Tariq Ramadan, a Muslim Brotherhood leader in Europe and the grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan Al Banna. Ramadan had been banned from the U.S. under President Bush for providing funds to Hamas-linked charities.

The bill was opposed by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), who accused the bill of “Islamophobia” pushed for political purposes. Conyers took the opportunity to submit into the record statements on behalf of John L. Esposito, a Georgetown University professor, and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR.)

Perhaps ironically, both Esposito and CAIR have extensive Muslim Brotherhood ties. Esposito was a former advisory board member for the Hamas/MB think tank known as the United Association for Studies And Research (UASR), founded by Deputy Hamas Chairman Mousa abu Marzook. UASR is actually explicitly named in the bill, which makes Esposito’s statement particularly self-serving. Esposito also has ties to the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a think tank investigated for ties to Al Qaeda, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Esposito has made something of a career defending the Muslim Brotherhood from accusations of terrorism, including at the Holy Land Foundation Trial and during the UK report on the Muslim Brotherhood carried out last year at the request of Prime Minister David Cameron.

The Council on American Islamic Relations on the other hand isn’t just supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood, they are the Muslim Brotherhood, a fact noted within the text of the bill’s findings.

According to testimony of FBI agents and documents submitted as evidence in federal trial, CAIR was founded subsequent to an October 2-3, 1993 meeting in Philadelphia of the Palestine Committee,which the Department of Justice described as a covert organization established by members of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States to order to support Hamas.A 1994 Palestine Committee document submitted at Federal trial identifies CAIR as one of its “working organizations.” An FBI affidavit obtained by FOIA request identifies Omar Ahmad (a.k.a Omar Yehya) one of CAIR’s founders as a “one of the leaders of Hamas.” The same affidavit notes that Palestine Committee members “were also active US MB members.” CAIR founders Omar Ahmad and Nihad Awad were both named by the FBI during Federal trial as Palestine Committee members. Both men’s names appear in a phonebook of Palestine Committee members submitted at federal trial. In 1994, CAIR executive Director Nihad Awad was videotaped publicly announcing his support for Hamas.

Conyers himself has a long history of associating with CAIR, including attending annual banquets. According to “Islamist Money Watch”, a program of the Middle East Forum, Conyers has received thousands of dollars from individuals linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, including $2000 from Muthanna Al-Hanooti in 1998. Al-Hanooti was director of CAIR Michigan suspected of being paid with oil contracts to cooperate with Iraqi intelligence in the run up to the 2003 Iraq War. Hanooti was convicted of sanctions violations. Hanooti’s late father, Mohammed Al-Hanooti was also a major Muslim Brotherhood leader, who was reported by the FBI to have raised $6 million for Hamas.

The Muslim Brotherhood Terror Designation bill was briefly amended in order to streamline the bill by removing the bill’s “Findings” section, which provided an extensive list of facts regarding the Muslim Brotherhood and its role in Islamic terrorism around the globe, including in Egypt where it has overtly engaged in terrorist activities against the government, and in the United States, where it has conducted terrorism finance and recruitment activities.

In the House the bill is authored by Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and has 28 Co-Sponsors. In the Senate, the companion bill S.2230 is sponsored by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).

Virginia-Based MB Think Tank To Host Former MIT Imam with Terror Ties

The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a Muslim Brotherhood founded think-tank in Herndon Virginia, has worked assiduously to disguise their founders and employees shadowy past.  IIIT has so in part by touting their association with well respected U.S. Academia including Georgetown University, and George Mason University. IIIT even has a professor at the U.S. Naval Academy. But according to federal law enforcement, IIIT’s founders provided both ideological and financial support for terrorist groups including including Hamas, Palestinian Jihad and Al Qaeda.

But IIIT may be letting the mask drop by hosting an October 29th event with Imam Suheil Laher. Laher was once the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Muslim Chaplain, oversaw the MIT Muslim Students Association, and gave sermons as the Islamic Society of Boston, which has numerous documented terror ties. Laher is now an academic dean for Fawakih, which describes itself “one of the United State’s leading and most well respected Quranic Arabic programs.” Fawakih’s Herndon Virginia chapter, where Laher teaches, is held at Fairfax Institute, another name for IIIT.

Americans for Peace and Tolerance this year published a high-quality video about Laher and his history.

While in Boston, Laher served as the President of CARE International, AKA The Kifah Refugee Center, an Islamic charity founded by Al Qaeda Co-Founder Abdullah Azzam. During his time with CARE International, Laher raised funds for the Chechen terrorist group responsible for the Beslan School Massacre. Laher also openly published tracts and sermons where he called for jihad:

When the Muslim lands are being attacked, and the Muslims are being raped and killed, the only solution prescribed by Allah is jihad. Jihad is for all times. […] Jihad does not stop. Those of us who have not yet managed to go and physically help our brothers and sisters should support […] our mujahidin brethren with prayer, with money, with clothes, by taking care of their families, and at some point in person. Otherwise, we must face the wrath of Allah.

Laher would personally endorse Azzam’s call for jihad, according to a document found by the FBI in a raid on a storage facility. In the document Laher wrote:

“The martyred shaykh and mujahid, `Abdullah’ Azzam (may Allah’s mercy be upon him) dispels some common misconceptions/misgivings about the practical realization of jihad today. The extract following is from `Al-Difa’ an `Aradi al-Muslimeen’ (Defence of the Muslim Lands). Please note that the text is copyrighted. With all due respect to other shaykhs, the fatwa of a shaykh living in the midst of a situation must be given priority to someone speaking from the outside. In addition, those who perform ribat and jihad are in a spiritually sharpened state of mind, which makes their fatawa very weighty and valuable. Thus, whenever an issue was ambiguous or enigmatic for people, they would say, `Ask the people of the frontline, for they are the closest of people to Allah.'”

Laher was at MIT at the same  time as convicted Al Qaeda operative Aafia Siddiqui. Siddiqui fired on U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and was found in possession of plans for a mass casualty attack in the United States, including information regarding a radioactive “dirty bomb”. Siddiqui worked together with Laher, both at the MIT MSA and Care International. According to U.S. Prosecutors Siddiqui trained for her jihad in the United States, together with other Al-Kifah members.

Now residing in the Washington area, Laher’s bio for his IIIT presentation proudly notes his work on “The Law of Jihad” in the publication “The State We Are In,” a collection of Islamic scholars writings on terrorism, including Abdullah Bin Bayyah. Bin Bayyah is the former deputy head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, who co-signed a 2004 IUMS fatwa supporting the killing of Americans in Iraq.  Laher’s presence is yet another reminder that the willingness of today’s Western academics to hobnob with the Islamist ideologues of IIIT does not preclude their continued involvement in supporting and indoctrinating for jihad.

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Convicted Terrorist Supporter Al Arian Eulogizes MB leader Barzinji

We reported earlier this week regarding the passing of long time Muslim Brotherhood leader Jamal Barzinji, and his role in establishing numerous Muslim Brotherhood front organizations in the United States.  Now Sami Al-Arian, a Palestinian Islamic Jihad organizer convicted on charges of material support for terrorism and deported to Turkey, has eulogized Barzinji in a recent post at the leftist website Counterpunch.

Al Arian sings the praises of Barzinji, particularly in his role as a leader of the International Institute of Islamic Thought, a Muslim Brotherhood organization Barzinji founded together with other long time Muslim Brotherhood leaders. Perhaps Al Arian’s feels he owes Barzinji effusive praise, since it was evidence discovered at a law enforcement search of Sami Al Arian’s home which identified the role IIIT played in helping to support terrorism and led to a series of law enforcement raids, including on Barzinji’s home.

Indeed IIIT was the largest funder of Al Arian’s World Islamic Studies Enterprise (WISE), a front for Palestinian Islamic Jihad, according to none other than the Secretary General of Palestinian Islamic Jihad Ramadan Shallah.

Barzinji is noted by name, in a letter to Al Arian from IIIT co-founder Taha Jaber Al Alwani, when he says,

“I would like to affirm these feelings to you directly on my behalf, and on behalf of all my brothers, Drs. Abdel-Hamid [AbuSulayman], Jamal [Barzinji], Ahmad [Totonji], and Hisham [Al-Talib], and, at the same time, affirm to you that when we make a commitment to you, or try to offer, we do it as a group regardless of the party or façade you use the donation for.”

The commitment in question was a $50,000 donation to Al-Arian’s WISE.
IIIT also paid WISE for the services of PIJ co-founder Dr. Bashir Nafi, and employed Tarik Abdulmalik Hamdi, who entered the U.S. with Al Arian’s assistance. Hamdi, during his time at IIIT would be linked to Palestinian Islamic Jihad, but also Al Qaeda, including providing the satellite phone with which Osama Bin Laden would coordinate the East Africa Embassy bombings.
Even now that Jamal Barzinji has passed on, it is nice that Sami Al Arian is still identifying himself with them, in order to remind us of the close ties Barzinji and the other Muslim Brothers at IIIT had to terrorism.  Ties which may not have been discovered without Al Arian’s help.

Georgetown’s Bridge Initiative Partners with Think Tank linked to Al Qaeda, Islamic Jihad and Hamas

Georgetown University’s “Bridge Initiative” will soon be holding weekly classes to those interested in learning how to identify dreaded Islamophobes:

Students will learn about the history of the term “Islamophobia” and its earliest manifestations; its parallels with similar prejudices that have affected other groups through time; and creative ways to counter it. Classes will include a lecture that introduces basic concepts and expands on the recommended readings. The presentation will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions, engage with one another in small group conversations, and participate in group discussions to not only learn about Islamophobia, but offer ways about how to respond to and counter it. Upon completing this course, students will have a foundational understanding of Islamophobia that extends beyond daily headlines, and should feel empowered to address issues of prejudice and discrimination in their own communities and beyond.

The course will be held weekly at “The Fairfax Institute” in Northern Virginia. Despite the rather innocuous sounding name, The Fairfax Institute is in fact a school operated by a well known Muslim Brotherhood front, The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT).

As the we wrote in the Center for Security Policy’s white paper entitled, “IIIT: The Muslim Brotherhood’s Think Tank,”

“The organization was founded following an international conference of major Muslim Brotherhood figures, including Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf Al Qaradawi, in Lugano, Switzerland in 1977. The conference was held under the auspices of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS), which was its self an outgrowth of the Muslim Student’s Association, the first Muslim Brotherhood organization in the United States.”

IIIT was founded to promote an ideology of “civilizational battle” against the West, particularly in regards to western educational practice. From IIIT’s 1989 publication, “Islamization of Knowledge: General Principles and Work Plan,” written by IIIT founder, Abdulhamid AbuSulyman:

Unlike the past, the civilizational forces contending in this century can reach and overtake anyone without invasion or military occupation of his land. They can subvert his mind, convert him to their world view, neutralize and contain him as a puppet whether he is aware of it or not. Certainly these forces are contending with one another to dominate the world. And it is the decision of Muslims today whether Islam will be the victor tomorrow, whether Muslims will be the makers of history or merely the objects. Indeed, a civilizational battle now in progress in the world scene will not leave anyone unscathed.
Far from disowning AbuSulyman, IIIT continues to honor their Muslim Brotherhood founder, granting him the title President Emeritus in 2014.

In addition to promoting Muslim versus non-Muslim “civilizational battle”, IIIT has also been linked to supporting actual violence. In a sworn affidavit in support of search warrants on the IIIT property located on Grove Street (where students of the Bridge Initiative will be attending their Islamophobia course),  Special Agent David Kane noted:

“Based on the evidence in this affidavit, I know that they [IIIT’s founders] are ardent supporters of PIJ and HAMAS. They have repeatedly voiced their ideological support. I have seen repeated instances of their financial support, and believe that they have acted to conceal many other instances of their financial support.”

In addition to support Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and Hamas, IIIT also hosted an employee with ties to Al Qaeda.  IIIT:

“counted Tarik Abdulmalik Hamdi as one of its employees–entering the UnitedStates with the assistance of [convicted Palestinian Islamic Jihad organizer Sami] Al-Arian–who also provided assistance to Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Al-Qaida and Osama Bin-Laden, and used his house to hold property for Bin-Laden and other designated terrorists. He personally provided Bin Laden with the battery for the satellite phone that prosecutors at the New York trial of the East Africa Embassy bombers described as, “the phone bin Laden and others will use to carry out their war against the United States.”

The Bridge Initiative’s work to portray as islamophobic those who raise national security issues about the Muslim Brotherhood and its subversive efforts to support terrorism and wage “civilizational jihad”, would perhaps be better served if they did not themselves associate with organizations which supported terrorism, and promoted “civilizational jihad.”

IIIT: The Muslim Brotherhood’s Think Tank

Founded in 1981 following a summit by high level Muslim Brotherhood leaders, the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is the leading Islamist think tank in the world. Despite a federal investigation into its ties to Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad fundraising, members of IIIT continue to operate among the Washington policy community. This addition to the Center for Security Policy Occasional Paper Series examines the founding of IIIT, its disturbing ideology calling for “the Islamization of knowledge” and “civilizational battle,” and its troubling ties to terrorist organizations.

Read the paper at the link below.

pdf iconKyle Shideler and David Daoud: International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT): The Muslim Brotherhood’s Think Tank | Center for Security Policy Occasional Paper Series | July 28, 2014 (PDF 14 pages, 245kB)

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