Mohamed Elibiary is at it again.
The Egyptian-born Muslim Brotherhood operative and former senior adviser to President Obama on Homeland Security matters is no stranger to controversy.
He resigned from Obama’s Homeland Security Advisory Council in September 2014 after catching heat for his controversial tweets and alleged leakage of classified information to reporters.
He once said the return of the Islamic caliphate is “inevitable” and that the United States was an “Islamic country.”
In 2014, he tweeted: “As I’ve said b4, inevitable that ‘Caliphate’ returns,” while also remarking that he considered the U.S. to be an “Islamic country with an Islamically compliant Constitution.”
On Sunday, he stepped back up to the plate and delivered a stinging tweet against the Middle East’s largest Christian community – the Coptic Christians of Egypt.
In its latest magazine, ISIS threatened more attacks on Egypt’s Christians.
So what was the reaction from Elibiary?
He says Egypt’s Copts have it coming:
Reading ISIS’s latest mag “otherizing” Egypt’s Copts. Subhanallah how what goes around comes around. Coptic ldrs did same to MB Egyptians.
— Mohamed Elibiary (@MohamedElibiary) May 7, 2017
“Subhanallah” is Arabic for “Glory to Allah.” So, Elibiary was offering praise to Allah for the fact that ISIS is killing Egyptian Christians, trying to claim that it amounts to retribution for Coptic leaders doing the same to members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
The tweet distorts both current events and the broad sweep of history. Egypt’s Coptic Christian community is an entirely peaceful lot that has absorbed heinous attack after heinous attack from its Muslim neighbors.
In December, Islamic terrorists bombed the St. Peter and Paul Chapel, killing 29, all but one of whom were women and girls. Then, on Palm Sunday, two separate suicide bombings killed nearly 50 worshipers at another Coptic church.
ISIS claimed responsibility for both attacks, but there’s a good chance the Muslim Brotherhood played a role, or at least signed off on the attacks. The Brotherhood, headquartered in Cairo, still holds enormous sway over Egyptian society even though it no longer controls the government.
But the outlandish claim by Elibiary follows a long history of anti-Christian comments going back years, as reported by Patrick Poole at PJ Media:
“What has Elibiary so upset? Many in the Coptic Christian community backed the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi in 2013. In his tweet, he references MB Egyptians’ – Muslim Brotherhood Egyptians,” Poole writes.
“He is drawing an analogy between being anti-Muslim Brotherhood, and mass murder.”
Elibiary was appointed by Obama to the Homeland Security Advisory Council in 2010 but has also been an official in the Texas Republican Party, having served as a delegate for Republican Sen. John McCain during his 2008 presidential race.
“Elibiary had always been brazen in his support for Islamists and the Muslim Brotherhood in particular, including featuring the Muslim Brotherhood ‘R4Bia’ symbol on his Twitter page, and publicly lauding Muslim Brotherhood ideologue Sayyid Qutb,” noted Frank Gaffney in a report for the Center for Security Policy, a nonprofit that tracks Islamists in American politics.
Elibiary was later appointed to Obama’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group.
The CVE program, with initial test pilots in Minneapolis, Boston and Los Angeles, was designed as a “new approach” to fighting terrorism, focusing not on Islam as the major catalyst but rather broadening the parameters to “extremism in all its forms.” It turned the focus of law enforcement away from the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Islamic groups and onto “right wing” extremists.
The CVE program, still in effect at the U.S. Justice Department, also sought to rehabilitate convicted terrorists and has an ongoing test case involving a Somali refugee in Minneapolis.
Through his position on the Homeland Security Advisory Board and then the CVE steering committee, Elibiary had access to intelligence information through the DHS fusion center in Texas.
He was suspected of leaking this information in 2011 to a news outlet in an effort to damage the presidential campaign of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whom he tried to characterize as an “Islamophobe.” He had his access to the confidential database revoked but says he was cleared in an “investigation” that his critics say never amounted to a serious inquest.
“He was trying to shop it around and implying the [Perry] administration’s policies were Islamophobic,” Philip Haney, a former DHS subject matter expert on Islam, told WND.
“That takes a lot of audacity to create the policies and then call it ineffective, which it was, but they’re the ones who pushed the administration to adopt it. It’s like a guy who makes all kinds of promises to a girl, and then dumps her.”
Elibiary was a board member of the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2008 terror-financing trial of the Holy Land Foundation in Dallas. CAIR has sued a WND author who exposed the group’s radical ties in a case that will soon go to trial.
He worked under Janet Napolitano during her tenure as secretary of DHS. Before that he had a group in Texas called Lonestar Intelligence LLC, a security consulting firm, and the Freedom and Justice Foundation, which consisted of a consortium of Muslim Brotherhood front groups based out of Richardson, Texas.
“He’s one of these slick operators who you saw in photo ops at the White House, working in national security while trying to undermine it at the same time,” Haney said. “There’s a lot of derogatory information on him and he should have never gotten within 100 yards of Homeland Security but, like so many others, he did.”
Elibiary is a strong supporter of the radical Islamic theologian, Qutb, who calls for “war” with the non-Muslim world and whose teachings inspired and continue to govern al-Qaida and Islamic terrorist organizations worldwide.
As WND reported, Elibiary spoke at a conference in 2004 that honored the anti-U.S. founder of the Iranian Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini.
Elibiary criticized the U.S. government’s prosecution and conviction of the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation and five former officials for providing more than $12 million to Hamas, depicting the case as a defeat for the United States.
He wrote an op-ed in the Dallas Morning News contending the convictions were part of a U.S. government policy of “denying our civil liberties and privacy at home” while pursuing anti-terror policies that have “left thousands of Americans dead, tens of thousands maimed, trillions of taxpayer dollars squandered and our homeland more vulnerable than ever.”