NEW YORK – The controversy that developed in 2012 when Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and four other GOP members of the House sent letters to the inspector generals at the departments of Homeland Security, Justice and State asking for an investigation of the influence played by the Muslim Brotherhood on U.S. government officials in the Obama administration took on new light last week.
On the distribution list of the “smoking gun” email released in the Benghazi probe last week was a figure with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, Medhi Alhassani, who shares a similar background with Huma Abedin, the longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, reported former PLO-member and Arabic-speaking researcher Walid Shoebat.
As WND reported, Abedin had been a particular concern of Bachmann and other GOP congressmen who were calling for further investigation of the Muslim Brotherhood influence on the White House.
The email released last week in a FOIA request by Judicial Watch was from Ben Rhodes, a White House special assistant in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the National Security Council.
“It is obvious that as a Muslim Brotherhood operative, Alhassani wanted to blame the video for the violence that erupted in the Middle East,” Shoebat commented, referring to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. compound at Benghazi.
“This aligned the Muslim fundamentalists with the Obama administration in at least one respect – each had a stake in blaming the video.”
WND has reported that in criminalizing the Muslim Brotherhood and prosecuting key Muslim Brotherhood leaders, Egypt’s military government has sought to embarrass the Obama administration for the support it gave the now-deposed government of Muslim Brotherhood lead Mohamed Morsi.
WND has also reported that Egyptian terrorists with ties to the Morsi government and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt were perpetrators in the terrorist Benghazi attack.
The Muslim Student Association connection
Alhassani was the president of the Muslim Student Association, MSA, at George Washington University in 2005 and 2006. He served internships with the White House, the State Department and the Labor Department while also working for the Managed Assets Department of the financial company Ferris Baker and Watts, according to a biography published in a document titled “Participants at the Citizen Dialogue Group” posted on the website of the Islamic Institute of Boston, or IIB.
In 1981, the MSA founded the Islamic Society of Boston in conjunction with Abdurahman Alamoudi, who was subsequently convicted to federal prison for 23 years for providing funding to terrorist organizations, including al-Qaida, with the guidance of Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
Before he was sentenced to federal prison for terrorist activities, Alamoudi served as an Islamic-affairs adviser and State Department “goodwill ambassador” to Muslim nations under former President Bill Clinton. He met with senior Clinton and Bush administration officials in his capacity as the head of the American Muslim Council.
The Islamic Society of Boston is where the Boston Marathon bomber suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev worshiped.
In 2001, just after the 9/11 attacks, an article published on Scholastic.com established that Alhassani, when he was a teenager, worshiped at the Islamic Center of Boston’s mosque in Wayland, Massachusetts.
Huma Mahmood Abedin served on the board of the Muslim Student Association at George Washington University in 1997, a year after she was hired to work on Clinton’s staff.
Subsequently, Abedin served as the “body woman” to manage Hillary’s personal needs during her 2008 campaign for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.
In the first term of the Obama administration, Abedin served as deputy chief of staff for Secretary of State Clinton.
Shoebat pointed out there is “overwhelming evidence” the Muslim Student Association is a Muslim Brotherhood front.
The David Horowitz Freedom Center’s Terror Awareness Project pointed to documents seized by the FBI and entered as evidence in a Texas court showing the Muslim Student Association is “a legacy project of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
The report says the goal of the Muslim Brotherhood has always been the establishment of a world global Islamic state.
“The Brotherhood is an organization formed by Hitler-admiring Muslim named Hasan al-Bannain in Egypt in 1928. It was designed to function as the spear point of the Islamo-fascist movement and its crusade against the West. The Brotherhood spawned al-Qaida and Hamas. Its doctrines make up the core of the terrorist jihad conducted by organizations such as Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, Hamas, and the government of Iran. Its agendas have been clear since its creation: infiltration, subversion and global terror with world conquest as the goal.”
A common link between Medhi Alhassani and Huma Abedin is Indian-born Muslim Farah Pandith.
The Citizen Dialogue that posted the biography of Alhassani on the website of the Islamic Institute of Boston also lists Pandith as a member. Her biography says she was director for Middle East Regional Initiatives for the National Security Council in the White House, responsible for coordinating U.S. policy on Muslim outreach, a position she held from 2004 to 2007.
In March 2006, Pandith helped organize a conference in Belgium called “Muslim Communities Participating in Society: A Belgian-U.S. Dialogue” that brought together with their Belgian counterparts several U.S. Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated organizations, including the Islamic Society of North America, ISNA; the Council on American Islamic Relations, CAIR; the Muslim Public Affairs Council, MPAC; and the Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada, MSA.
On Sept. 15, 2009, Secretary of State Clinton presided over a State Department ceremony in which Pandith was sworn in on the Quran to her new position as State Department special representative to Muslim communities.
On Sept. 19, 2009, Pandith spoke at a White House Iftar dinner held to honor her appointment as Clinton’s representative.
At about the 3:00 mark of her speech, Pandith made reference to Abedin, explaining it was the 13th Iftar dinner “shared” by both Abedin and Clinton.
Later in the speech, Pandith pointed to Clinton as being responsible for breaking new ground by beginning Iftar dinner Eid celebrations, starting in 1999.
Clinton later corrected Pandith, saying the practice started in 1996, the same year that Abedin first joined Clinton’s Senate staff.
Shoebat published a photograph showing Pandith and another unidentified woman with Huma Abedin, taken in what appears to be a State Department office.
In September 2013, Shoebat reported that two days after the Benghazi attack in which U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed and the day before White House staffer Medhi Alhassani was copied by White House the “smoking gun” email on Benghazi written and distributed by Ben Rhodes, Pandith joined Secretary of State Clinton in the State Department’s Ben Franklin room to celebrate Eid.