Never one to be shy about confronting the threat of Islamic jihad in the face of fierce political opposition, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., plans to introduce a bill to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.
Bachmann pointed out that Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928, has designated the movement as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, and she urged the U.S. to do the same.
“The U.S. needs to defund, sanction, do everything we can to delegitimize the Muslim Brotherhood,” she said.
The Brotherhood, which rose to power in Egypt in the “Arab Spring” revolution of 2011, was formed after the demise of the Ottoman Turkish empire with the intent of restoring the Islamic caliphate and advancing Islamic rule worldwide. Its stated goal for the U.S. is “a kind of grand jihad” aimed at “eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within” so that “Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
In a State Department briefing in February, deputy spokeswoman Mari Harf affirmed the Obama administration’s stance toward the Muslim Brotherhood after the ouster of the Morsi government.
“The United States does not – has not designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization,” she affirmed. “We have been very clear in Egypt that we will work with all sides and all parties to help move an inclusive process forward. We’ve also repeatedly, both publicly and privately, called on the interim government to move forward in an inclusive manner.”
Islam and counter-terrorism analyst Walid Shoebat believes that even if Bachmann’s bill were to pass the House, it would never be brought to the Senate floor with Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., as majority leader.
That fact, Shoebat said, shows how far the U.S. is from actually confronting its enemies.
He said Muslim Brotherhood front groups in the U.S. should be stripped of their tax-exempt status. Among them, he said, are the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the Muslim American Society and the Muslim Student Association.
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Bachmann was one of five Republican Congress members who stirred bipartisan controversy in 2012 by raising concern about Muslim Brotherhood infiltration in the nation’s capital. Along with Republican Reps. Louie Gohmert, Trent Franks, Thomas Rooney and Lyn Westmoreland, she signed five letters to five separate inspectors general.
She and her colleagues pointed to Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, as a possible Muslim Brotherhood influence on U.S. policy. The lawmakers asked the inspector generals at the departments of Homeland Security, Justice and State to investigate, prompting Democrats and Republicans to rush to Abedin’s defense.
However, as WND reported, Abedin worked for an organization founded by her family that is effectively at the forefront of a grand Saudi plan to mobilize U.S. Muslim minorities to transform America into a strict Wahhabi-style Islamic state, according to an Arabic-language manifesto issued by the Saudi monarchy. Abedin also was a member of the executive board of the Muslim Student Association, which was identified as a Muslim Brotherhood front group in a 1991 document introduced into evidence during the terror-financing trial of the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation trial.
‘Shame on you, Michele!’
Republican lawmakers who rebuked Bachmann and her colleagues in 2012 were Sens. John McCain, Scott Brown and Marco Rubio, and Reps. John Boehner, James Sensenbrenner, Mike Simpson, Richard Hanna and Mike Rogers.
Former Bachmann campaign chief Ed Rollins wrote a scathing letter to her.
“As a member of Congress, with a seat on the House Intelligence Committee, Mrs. Bachmann you know better,” Rollins said. “Shame on you, Michele! You should stand on the floor of the House and apologize to Huma Abedin and to Secretary Clinton and to the millions of hard working, loyal, Muslim Americans for your wild and unsubstantiated charges.”
Rollins said that as “a devoted Christian, you need to ask forgiveness for this grievous lack of judgment and reckless behavior.”
Shoebat commented, however, evidence that has since arisen backs Bachmann’s claims.
“Since Rollins penned those irresponsible words, Bachmann’s five letters have aged like a fine wine of accuracy and foresight,” he said. “Muslim Brotherhood infiltration has become far more obvious. Yet, people like Rollins, McCain, Rogers, Boehner, et al., remain silent on the matter.”
An Egyptian magazine reported last year that six American Muslim leaders who work with the Obama administration are Muslim Brotherhood operatives who have significant influence on U.S. policy.
Egypt’s Rose El-Youssef magazine, in a Dec. 22 story, said the six men turned the White House “from a position hostile to Islamic groups and organizations in the world to the largest and most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
As WND reported, Gohmert has pressed for an investigation of the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence on the federal government, contending a probe is necessary because of the Obama administration’s “horrendous decisions” in backing the “Arab Spring” revolutions in the Middle East.
Last year, CAIR urged the Obama administration to restore the Muslim Brotherhood-backed regime in Egypt that was ousted in a popular revolt.
CAIR wanted Obama to “use the leverage of taxpayer funds being sent to that nation’s military to push for a return to democracy,” which would mean putting President Mohamed Morsi back in office.
Under its 12 months of dictatorial rule, Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood government pushed through an Islamic-law constitution, defied the courts and consolidated power to ward off opposition, prompting another revolution after the one that brought down Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
CAIR touts itself as a Muslim civil rights group, but federal prosecutors in 2007 named CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator in a plot to fund Hamas, and more than a dozen CAIR leaders have been charged or convicted of terrorism-related crimes.
FBI wiretap evidence from the Holy Land case showed CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad was at an October 1993 meeting of Hamas leaders and activists in Philadelphia. CAIR, according to the evidence, was born out of a need to give a “media twinkle” to the Muslim leaders’ agenda of supporting violent jihad abroad while slowly institutionalizing Islamic law in the U.S.
As WND reported in 2010, a federal judge later determined that the Justice Department provided “ample evidence” to designate CAIR as an unindicted terrorist co-conspirator, affirming the Muslim group has been involved in “a conspiracy to support Hamas.”
The David Horowitz Freedom Center’s Terror Awareness Project pointed to documents seized by the FBI confirming the goal of the Muslim Brotherhood has always been the establishment of a world global Islamic state.
Formed by a “Hitler-admiring Muslim named Hasan al-Bannain in Egypt in 1928,” the Muslim Brotherhood was “designed to function as the spear point of the Islamo-fascist movement and its crusade against the West, spawning terrorist groups such as al-Qaida and Hamas.
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 Morsi.
WND also reported evidence that Egyptian terrorists with ties to the Morsi government and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt were perpetrators in the terrorist Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. special mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the U.S. ambassador and their other Americans.