Finally, A Bill Naming the Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Organization to Hit the House Floor. What Delayed It?
It is not unusual for the House to drag their feet in bringing a proposed bill to the Floor. However, the ties that bind this bill to a recent House Scandal, which has been buried already by the MSM, are rather interesting.
FoxNews.com reports that
Lawmakers behind a House bill aimed at designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization have prepared a draft letter calling on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to designate the group as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The draft letter was signed by some two dozen congressmen and was shown to Fox News.
The draft letter, which Fox News has authenticated, calls on Tillerson to consider the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2017 that is sponsored by 63 members of Congress.
The letter gives examples of how the Muslim Brotherhood had been outlawed in Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia and says by following suit, the U.S. would be in a position to stifle those organizations by adding financial and travel restrictions and making it difficult for the group to function, while also further isolating them.
While the lawmakers support a full designation of the group, they also suggest a new strategy by which the administration could first designate country-specific organizations. It notes that chapters of the Brotherhood in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are all good examples of where a country-specific designation would work.
One Middle-East adviser closely involved in the congressional push on the Brotherhood told Fox News the designation is a “no-brainer.”
“There might be a debate over labeling the entire Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, but there’s no debate about these three branches. Our Egyptian, Saudi, and UAE allies already did the legwork uncovering all the bad behavior, and they concluded these branches support terrorism, and they are looking to us for support. Designating these branches is good politics, good policy, and – especially – good diplomacy,” the adviser said.
The letter is expected to be part of a broader legislative effort aimed at pressing the Trump administration to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as an FTO in part or in full.
The draft argues that there are precedents in designating nation-specific terrorist organizations and lists Ansar al-Shari’a, which has two groups in Libya and one in Tunisia, designated as separate FTOs.
The lawmakers concluded by calling for immediate action on the Brotherhood by the State Department, arguing that the individual designations would be an important first stage in the international fight against terrorism.
The Trump administration had reportedly considered designating the Muslim Brotherhood as an FTO back in February. Former Trump Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was said to be one of the officials pushing for the designation but lost out to other voices in the administration who were opposed.
Florida Republican congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, who is one of the co-sponsors of the House bill, told Fox News’ Eric Shawn earlier this year that the Brotherhood threatens the U.S’ national security interests and should be designated by the administration.
“You have leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood who are designated terrorists, you have organizations under the Muslim Brotherhood, like Hamas, who are designated as terrorist organizations, so I think it’s pretty much a no-brainer that this is a terrorist organization.”
Back in January, during his confirmation hearing, Tillerson said that groups like Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood were “agents of radical Islam.” The lawmakers now want him to take decisive action against the group.
I believe that I know why this process is taking so long.
But, first, just exactly who are these guys?
Founded in 1928 by the Egyptian schoolteacher/activist Hasan al-Banna (a devout admirer of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis), the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) — a Sunni entity — is one of the oldest, largest and most influential Islamist organizations in the world. While Egypt historically has been the center of the Brotherhood’s operations, the group today is active in more than 70 countries (some estimates range as high as 100+). Islam expert Robert Spencer has called MB “the parent organization of Hamas and al Qaeda.” In 2003, Richard Clarke – the chief counterterrorism advisor on the U.S. National Security Council during both the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations – told a Senate committee that Hamas, al Qaeda, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad were all “descendants of the membership and ideology of the Muslim Brothers.”
MB was established in accordance with al-Banna’s proclamation that Islam should be “given hegemony over all matters of life.” Toward that end, the Brotherhood seeks to establish an Islamic caliphate, or kingdom — first spanning all of the present-day Muslim world, and eventually the entire globe. The organization further aspires to dismantle all non-Islamic governments wherever they currently exist, and to make Islamic Law (Shari’a) the sole basis of jurisprudence everywhere on earth. This purpose is encapsulated in the Brotherhood’s militant credo: “God is our objective, the Koran is our Constitution, the Prophet is our leader, struggle [jihad] is our way, and death for the sake of God is the highest of our aspirations.”
Consistent with the foregoing credo, MB since its founding has supported the use of armed struggle, or jihad, against non-Muslim “infidels.” As al-Banna himself wrote: “Jihad is an obligation from Allah on every Muslim and cannot be ignored nor evaded.” Added al-Banna: “It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its law on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet.”
…Embracing Hasan al-Banna’s belief that Islam is destined to eventually dominate all the world, MB today is global in its reach, wielding influence in almost every country with a Muslim population. Moreover, it maintains political parties in many Middle-Eastern and African countries, including Jordan, Bahrain, Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and even Israel. Not only does the Brotherhood exist in Israel proper, but its Palestinian chapter created the terrorist organization Hamas, through which MB has supported terrorism against Israel ever since. Article II of the Hamas charter explicitly identifies Hamas as “one of the wings of Moslem Brotherhood in Palestine.” In January 2006 Hamas defeated the rival Fatah party to win the Palestinian legislative elections, thereby becoming the first branch of MB to control an official government.
Outside of the Middle East, MB exercises a strong influence in Muslim communities throughout Europe. Among the more prominent Brotherhood organizations in the region are: the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organizations, the Muslim Association of Britain, the European Council for Fatwa and Research, the Islamische Gemeinschaft Deutschland (IGD), and the Union des Organisations Islamiques de France (UOIF).
…In early February 2011, Muhammad Ghannem, a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, told the Iranian news network Al-Alam that “the people [of Egypt] should be prepared for war against Israel,” emphasizing that “the Egyptian people are prepared for anything to get rid of this regime.” That objective was entirely consistent with former MB Supreme Guide Muhammad Mahdi Othman Akef’s 2007 assertion that his organization had never recognized Israel and never would: “Our lexicon does not include anything called ‘Israel.’ The [only thing] we acknowledge is the existence of Zionist gangs that have occupied Arab lands and deported the residents. If they want to live among us, it will have to be as [residents of] Palestine.”
Now, as to the reason why Congress may be intentionally dragging their feet on designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization…
Remember the House I.T. Vendor, the Awan Brothers from Pakistan, who were caught selling top-secret information to the highest bidder?
Four months ago, TheGatewayPundit.com and Frontpage Magazine reported the following details to that story which ties it into the subject of this post…
Just when you thought the case surrounding the Awan brothers could not get any darker, a new piece of news emerges. Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer revealed to Laura Ingraham, who filled in for Tucker Carlson Thursday evening, the Pakistani IT staffers were sending sensitive information to the Muslim Brotherhood.
The explosive claim is backed up by a report in Frontpage Magazine linking the Awan brothers to the Muslim Brotherhood. The Pakistani IT staffers worked for Democrat Congressmen Andre Carson as well.
“The office of Andre Carson, the second Muslim in Congress, had employed Imran Awan. As did the offices of Jackie Speier and Debbie Wasserman Schultz; to whom the letter had been addressed.
Carson is the second Muslim in Congress and the first Muslim on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and, more critically, is the ranking member on its Emerging Threats Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Department of Defense Intelligence and Overhead Architecture Subcommittee.
The Emerging Threats Subcommittee, of which Carson is a ranking member, is responsible for much of counterterrorism oversight. It is the worst possible place for a man with Carson’s credentials.
Carson had inherited his grandmother’s seat and exploited it to promote a radical Islamist agenda. He has interfaced with a laundry list of Islamist groups from CAIR to ISNA to ICNA to MPAC. Islamists have funded Carson’s career to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars. The Center for Security Policy has put together a dossier of Carson’s connections to the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood is the parent organization of many key Islamic terror groups posing a threat to our national security including Al Qaeda and Hamas.
Andre Carson shared the stage at a CAIR banquet with Sirraj Wahaj: an unindicted co-conspirator in the World Trade Center bombing who had once declared,” You don’t get involved in politics because it’s the American thing to do. You get involved in politics because politics are a weapon to use in the cause of Islam.” CAIR itself had been named an unindicted co-conspirator in terror finance.”
It’s ironic the Awan brothers cry Islamophobia, when in all actuality, the religion they practice deserves all the scrutiny it receives. Simply put, the Awan brothers are of the Muslim faith sending sensitive information to Islamic fundamentalist group, Muslim Brotherhood.
Perhaps the reason why this “no-brainer” of a declaration has not been pushed through yet, has to do with the sensitive information sold by the Awan Brothers to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Perhaps the Democrats are still attempting to bury the story of their accidental third party collusion with the Radical Islamist Organization.
While the Democratic Party, their Propaganda Arm, The Main Stream Media, and all of their minions, paid and unpaid, spamming Social Media Political Pages, were pushing the Trump-Russia Collusion Fairy Tale 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, a very real collusion was happening under their very noses which actually threatened our sovereignty as a nation.
The Awans were funneling classified information to the Godfather of Islamic Terrorist Organizations, straight from the servers of House Democrats who served on the Intelligence, Homeland Security, and Foreign Affairs Congressional Committees!
No wonder Debbie Wasserman Schultz did not want to cooperate with authorities.
This was a huge story, which apparently the Liberal Main Stream News Outlets felt would go away, if they ignored it.
And now, perhaps they are afraid that these hearings on the Muslim Brotherhood will somehow bring back up the damage which the Democrats’ poor choice in I.T. Vendors may have caused.
Concerning their dealings with the Awans, the Democrats in the House were either
a) unconsciously naïve
b) just plain stupid,
c) treasonous, betraying the country which they were supposed to be serving and protecting for the sake of political expediency.
At this point, considering the burying of this important story by the Main Stream Media, I am going to go with
d) ALL OF THE ABOVE
Until He Comes,