Is anyone going to apologize to Michele Bachmann now?
The congresswoman took a lot of heat from the media, not to mention House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. John McCain, for asking tough questions about how Huma Abedin got so close to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a long record of intimate, family relations with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Just last weekend, Barack Obama called her an “American patriot.”
Yet new questions about her associations continue to arise.
It turns out that she was an assistant editor for a dozen years for the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs for the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs. What is this institute? It was founded by her late father and is directed by her mother – both Muslim Brotherhood leaders.
A 2002 Saudi manifesto shows a key strategy of “Muslim Minority Affairs” is the mobilizing of Muslim communities in the U.S. to spread Islam instead of assimilating into the population, with the goal of establishing Islamic rule in America and a global Shariah, or Islamic law, “in our modern times.”
Thank the intrepid ex-terrorist turned Christian Walid Shoebat for the discovery.
The “Muslim Minority Affairs” agenda, the manifesto says, works “under the umbrella of the Muslim World League and the International Islamic Relief Organization and World Association of Muslim Youth and others.”
The document notes the king “declared from the first day that the Kingdom (of Saudi Arabia) was formed that its purpose was to spread the Shariah throughout the world, as it had been revealed in the Quran and the sunnah,” the sayings and deeds of Muhammad.
“The greatest challenge that faces Muslims in the United States and Canada are the Jews who take advantage of their material ability and their media to distort the image of Islam and Muslims thereby spreading their lies and distortions in the minds of the people in these countries,” explains the manifesto.
Was this a job Abedin had 20 years ago as a schoolgirl? No. She was listed as an assistant editor from 1996 through 2008, just before she became Hillary Clinton’s top aide and before marrying former Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York.
But it gets worse. There’s even an al-Qaida connection here.
Huma’s father, Sayed Zaynul Abedin, founded the Institute for Minority Affairs in 1979. Huma’s mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, is a member of the Muslim Sisterhood, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. Shoebat documents that Huma’s brother, Hassan Abedin, has worked with Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi and Omar Naseef, former secretary general of the Muslim World League and founder of a group reputed to fund terrorists, including al-Qaida.
President Bush issued an executive order shortly after 9/11 designating Naseef’s Rabita Trust, a subsidiary of the Muslim World League, a Specially Designated Global Terrorist Entity, and the Treasury Department froze its assets.
Saleha Abedin also is vice dean at Dar El-Hekma College in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She helped found the school with Yaseen Abdullah Kadi, a designated terrorist by the U.S. and a member of the bin Laden family. Two years ago, Huma Abedin arranged for Clinton to speak at the school alongside Saleha and another member of the Muslim Sisterhood, Suheir Qureshi.
It’s worth noting the Saudis have funneled millions of dollars to Bill Clinton since he left office.
Advocates for an investigation of the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence on the U.S. government argue a simple reading of security clearance guidelines in reference to Huma Abedin’s family would warrant investigation.
Security clearance guidelines for federal employees state a “security risk may exist when an individual’s immediate family, including cohabitants and other persons to whom he or she may be bound by affection, influence, or obligation are not citizens of the United States or may be subject to duress.”
So how did Huma rise to such a close relationship with Hillary Clinton?
If one dares ask such a question, he or she is pilloried as a racist and a McCarthyite.
Just last Friday night, Obama praised Huma Abedin at a White House dinner as “nothing less than extraordinary in representing our country and the democratic values that we hold dear.”
Shoebat noted that the head of the Islamic Society of North America, a Muslim Brotherhood-backed group mentioned as an important player in the 2002 manifesto, was sitting across from Abedin at the White House Iftar dinner.
In his remarks, Obama said that among the “American women serving with distinction in government” are his “good friend, Huma Abedin, who has worked tirelessly” in the White House, U.S. Senate and “most exhaustingly, at the State Department.”
“Senator Clinton has relied on her expertise, and so have I,” Obama said.
Shoebat believes the Islamic doctrine of Maruna has allowed Huma Abedin to marry former Rep. Wiener, a Jew, who resigned his office in disgrace after he was found to have engaged in illicit Internet communications with other women.
Islamic law bars a Muslim woman from marrying a Jew. But Shoebat argues the marriage is “one more reason for suspicion,” since Huma’s mother, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, never denounced it.