Just before Christmas, the Egyptian government declared the Muslim Brotherhood a “Terrorist Organization.” In a public statement, Egypt’s interim Deputy Prime Minister Hossam Eissa stated all those “taking part in the the Muslim Brotherhood activities or promoting those activities by word or action or any other form” will be considered a part of this designation. Simply being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood is a violation of the law now.
This is a tremendous step forward in crushing the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. The West, especially America, should take note.
As usual, however, the U.S. State Department continues its pattern of aiding and abetting jihadis around the world, specifically in this case, the Muslim Brotherhood.
In response to the announcement by the Egyptian government, the U.S. State Department via spokeswoman Jen Psaki voiced concern about Egypt’s aggressive stance towards the Brotherhood by stating,
“We think it is essential for Egypt to have an inclusive political process; it is the best means of restoring the stability that the Egyptian people want and that is necessary to the country’s economic recovery. There needs to be dialogue and political participation across the political spectrum.”
The State Department believes the government of Egypt should negotiate with the very force that previously violently overthrew the legitimate Egyptian government – the Mubarak Regime.
This comes from the same Administration which has consistently supported the MB in Egypt and provided and continues to provide direct support to Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya and Syria, This administration materially supports Hamas organizations like the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Hamas support organizations like the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and gives leaders of these organizations access to senior U.S. intelligence information and leadership. Evidence in the largest terrorism financing and Hamas trial ever successfully prosecuted in American history – US v Holy Land Foundation – demonstrated that ISNA is the “nucleus” for the Brotherhood’s Movement here and financially and organizationally supports Hamas, a designated terrorist organization.
The former Vice President of ISNA, now the President of ISNA, Imam Mohamed Magid, sits on the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council, briefs National Security staffs, has been publicly lauded as a helpful patriot by the President’s Deputy National Security Advisor, works directly with the current and previous Secretaries of State, has been given awards by the FBI, moderates panels on terrorism at CIA headquarters, and has wide access inside government spaces across the board.
This can only be described as insane behavior which puts the lives of Americans at grave risk by giving the wolf the keys to the hen house.
In 2006, when I created the first training program in the U.S. government detailing the Muslim Brotherhood’s Movement here, I invited the FBI’s Assistant Deputy Director for Counterterrorism – the FBI’s number two man for all CT issues – Phil Mudd, to speak to the students. Approximately 50 professionals from local, state, and federal police units, as well as FBI, CIA, NSA, CT analysts from the Department of Justice and even one Assistant U.S. attorney sat through the two week course. At the conclusion of his 50 minute remarks, students asked Mr. Mudd why the FBI was not pushing for the Muslim Brotherhood to be designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). He responded by saying “We will never do that.” When pressed further, he exited the building, got in his car and drove away.
Not much has changed.
With courageous leadership in the United States, we could designate the MB as an FTO and arrest and prosecute the hundreds of known Muslim Brotherhood leaders here. Once designated a terrorist organization, the U.S. government could seize all MB property and finances, and shut down the most prominent Islamic organizations in America, all of which are controlled by the MB or a derivative thereof.
Since there seems to be an absence of courage and a stomach for this fight at the federal level, save for a very few, the solution lies at the state and local level to deal with this issue. The sooner states and counties realize this, the better chance we have for victory.
As a nation, we must ask ourselves “What is more important: appeasing and pacifying our enemies or protecting Americans from an easily identifiable threat?”