A leaked German confidential report identifies Turkey as a hub for Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and various Syrian rebel groups. The document is part of a classified Interior Ministry response to a confidential question from the parliament party “Die Linke”. It accuses the Turkish government and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of supporting terrorist groups like Hamas and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. Furthermore, the Ministry assesses that statements of solidarity reveal the Turkish government’s ideological affinity with the Muslim Brotherhood. The ongoing Islamization of Turkey’s domestic and foreign policy has made the country a platform of action of Islamists in the Middle East. Although Turkey officially denies support in the form of arms deliveries to Syrian rebel groups, the Turkish press has alleged arms transfers across the border.
Until this incident the German government has never made an official statement on Turkey’s links to extremist groups and even after the leak of the document the German government did not comment on the content.
At the beginning of August, the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter published an op-ed that was obviously inspired by the killing of Father Jacques Hamel in Normandy, France, by Islamist terrorist. The article was signed by Anders Arborelius, Church of Sweden; Ute Steyer, rabbi of the synagogue in Stockholm; Nadia Marhri Lodin, Swedish Muslim Council; and Mahmoud Khalfi, head of the Swedish Imam Council. Contrary to recent events, they claim that Christians, Jews and Muslims in Europe have traditionally been living side by side peacefully.
Interestingly enough, Mahmoud Khalfi is also believed to be a senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Sweden. Thus it comes as some surpise, that leading representatives of the Church of Sweden and of the Jewish community are officially sharing a panel with a Muslim Brotherhood leader, willfully ignoring the stated goals of the MB, i.e. the worldwide implementation of Sharia Law.
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According to a document recently released by the Home Office, members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood could soon be eligible for political asylum in the UK. The document states, that “those with a high profile in the MB or who have been politically active…may be able to show that they are at risk of persecution…trial also without due process and disproportionate punishment.” The guidance seems to suggest only letting senior members of the group in, since “low-level, non-political or inactive members and supporters are not generally being targeted and it is unlikely that they will be able to demonstrate a real risk of persecution.”
The move to grant asylum to MB members might jeopardize relations with various Middle Eastern countries that have outlawed the MB or parts of the group, like Egypt, Saudi-Arabia and the UAE. Last year, Prime Minister David Cameron rejected the idea to designate the MB as a terrorist organisation, notwithstanding the fact that the Global MB supports all kinds of radical and jihadist activities in the Middle East as well as in Western countries.
Find the guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/543052/CIG_-_Egypt_-_Muslim_Brotherhood_-_v2.pdf
In Nashville, Tenn., Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall recently announced that he was partnering with the “American Muslim Advisory Council” (AMAC) to provide an instructor to teach correction officers and other prison staff about the basics of Islam. AMAC grew out of the “Muslim Rapid Response Team,” an initiative of the “Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition” (TIRRC). The initiative had been launched after a prolonged political debate about radicalization and counter-measures.
The issue also highlighted another important aspect: The influence of prison chaplains and radicalization in prisons. This development was highlighted when Warith Deen Umar, former head Islamic chaplain of the New York Department of Corrections, was exposed. In 2003, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, he called the 9/11 hijackers “heroes and martyrs”. Umar also was an official in the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), an organization that is generally regarded as one of the most important front organizations of the Muslim Brotherhood in the US. ISNA once sought to be the certifying body for Islamic prison chaplains in the US, but was rejected by the FBI because of its connection to radical organizations.
Read more at: http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/07/27/muslim-brotherhood-front-group-designated-terrorist-teach-police-islam-101/
Israeli analyst Dr. Ephraim Herrera compares the failed coup in Turkey to the terrorist attack in Nice, both happening within two days. While ISIS is clearly set on continuing their terrorist campaign to instill fear into Western societies, the Muslim Brotherhood prefers a more subtle approach. Their strategy has lately been to rely on demographic trends, i.e. the influx of more and more Muslim immigrants to Europe. Dr. Herrera points out, that the current government of Turkey is ideologically close to the Muslim Brotherhood, so that the failure of the coup might as well be good news for the Islamists. Read more at:
Democratic presidential nominee has recently announced that Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, will be her running mate in this year´s presidential elections. Kaine, a former Governor of Virginia, has a long history of embracing radical Islamists.
In 2007, Kaine chose Muslim American Society (MAS) President Esam Omeish to the state’s Immigration Commission. MAS is generally regarded as one of the most important front organizations of the Muslim Brotherhood in the US. Convicted terrorist Abdurrahman Alamoudi testified in 2012, “Everyone knows that MAS is the Muslim Brotherhood.” Facing extreme pressure, Omeish eventually had to resign from the post.
In September 2011, Kaine spoke at a “Candidates Night” dinner where a Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Jamal Barzinji, who the Global Muslim Brotherhood Watch describes as a “founding father of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.”
Barzinji had his home searched in 2003 and was vice president of the International Institute of Islamic Thought, which came under terrorism investigation also. Alas, a strange kind of “Lifetime Achievement”.
It remains the secret of Hillary Clinton why Tim Kaine should be regarded as a “strong on national security” running mate.
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According to Capt. Joseph R. John, USN (Ret), the Chairman of Combat Veterans for Congress PAC, members of the Muslim Brotherhood and its various front groups have become “a very dangerous ‘Fifth Column’ in the United States, appointed by Obama to very high and sensitive positions in the US Government agencies.” In particular, he names the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR), and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) as hardly disguised front organisations of radical islamists, not supporting the goals and values of the US constitution. For the last eighty years, the Obama administration has funneled MB supporters into various government institutions like the DHS, the CIA, DOD, the National Security Council, the White House, the State Department, every US Intelligence Agency, and the US Armed Forces. Read more at:
In a recent turn of events, Turkey is mending fences with Egypt and cutting back its support for the Muslim Brotherhood. This about-turn might be a consequence of the recent terrorist attacks in Turkey, but might also be connected to the most recent rapprochement with Israel and Russia.
In recent years, Turkey had become an important hub for the Global Muslim Brotherhood, particularly after the ousting of President Mohammed Morsi in Egypt in 2013. At the same time, Muslim Brotherhood figures expanded their influence on Islamic organisations in the US, such as the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), Council on American Muslim Relations (CAIR), American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), and Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).
Any change in Turkey’s policy to roll back support for the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East might therefore signal an about-turn for the Islamist movement’s front groups in the US. However, given Erdogan’s growing authoritarianism and his desire to play a leading role in the Middle East, Turkish foreign policy is likely to remain volatile. Rather than taking on the Muslim Brotherhood in general, Erdogan might try to put more pressure on the MB in Arab countries in order to reinforce Turkey´s leading role in the Islamist business.
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The Republican leadership is currently stalling the so called Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act although the legislation is supported by eighty members of Congress and already passed the Judiciary Committee. Patrick Poole, an expert on terrorism, observed that the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker, has not even held hearings on the legislation. In the House, Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy have not given a public indication that there will be a vote on the bill.
This can be explained by the fact that the core of the Republican Party still sticks to a policy that regards hostility to the Muslim Brotherhood as irrational with people like Bob Corker and Paul Ryan ahead who advocated the Iran Deal respectively the Arab Spring. Changes at the margins of the party should definitely be considered by the core of the establishment.
In general, worries about Islamists groups like the Muslim Brotherhood must be taken more serious.
Massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against the official website of the Muslim Brotherhood forced it to go offline. The hacker also conducted attacks against the website of the Egyptian Freedom and Justice Party that is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Furthermore, files were stolen from the movement’s database and leaked online. The information that was made public includes IP addresses, e-mails and comments.
Until now the motive behind the cyber attack is not celar yet but it is obvious that the hackers were targeting the Muslim Brotherhood, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other organizations linked to the movement.