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.
Nearly 80 senators and representatives support a legislation known as the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act by co-sponsoring the bill or voting in its favor. Recently, three new congressmen, Jeff Miller, Robert J. Dold and Carlos Curbelo came out in favor of the legislation. The bill has bipartisan support and already passed the House Judiciary Committee. The next step is a vote in the House of Representatives and its approval by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Regardless the outcome of the vote, the introduction of the bill provides an important opportunity to inform congressmen as well as the public about the Muslim Brotherhood’s links to terrorism. Furthermore, the legislation provides insides into the relations between the Muslim Brotherhood and groups such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
According to Philip Haney, a former Department of Homeland Security official, the current US-administration deliberately changed records of Muslims with links to terrorism. Before and after an attempted terror attack on a flight from the Netherlands to Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, Haney was supposedly ordered by a superior to erase information on nearly 850 records about individuals and organizations connected to the Muslim Brotherhood network that could have assisted in avoiding such an oversight.
Furthermore, Haney said that the so called Holy Land trial of 2008 proved that these people and front groups belong to a network that supports Hamas. He also confirmed that ties between members of the US-administration and Muslim Brotherhood members might have had an influence on top administration officials to overlook potential terror threats.
The Obama administration even made people with links to terrorism part of its bodies. High-ranked members of the Countering Violent Extremism Steering Committee, who are supposed to represent Muslim communities in the USA at a summit in 2015, publicly renounced the program they actually helped to initiate because they considered it as discriminatory.
Ben Rhodes, President Barack Obama’s foreign policy expert, allegedly apologized to Muslim Brotherhood associates for the Obama administration’s Syria policy in the context of the latest political deal with Iran.
The Muslim Brotherhood actually relies on Obama’s efforts in favor of regime changes in the Middle East that enable the Brotherhood to take over power. Although such political coups had already taken place in Egypt and several other countries, they were all rolled back. While the Brotherhood was able to gain some power in Morocco, its efforts in Libya, Syria and Yemen were rather unsuccessful. Especially in Syria the Brotherhood has been outmaneuvered by ISIS and Al-Qaeda. Furthermore, the latest Iran deal shows that Obama has changed his strategy from backing Sunni Jihadist groups to supporting Iran and Shiite Jihadists.
Syrian-American activists with links to the Muslim Brotherhood claimed that Ben Rhodes mentioned in a meeting that he is not proud of the Syria policy of the Obama administration. According to the activists he further explained that there had been no other options at that point. A spokesman of the National Security Council meanwhile disputed the activists‘statements about the conversation with Rhodes and said that Rhodes had never distanced himself from the US-policy.
The news about the airplane crash of EgyptAir Flight MS-804 on its way from Paris to Cairo with 66 casualties immediately led to speculations about a terrorist attack. And indeed, US intelligence agencies claimed that there were indications of an explosion. Experts hint to the fact that there is not only Islamist terrorist activity in France but even much more in Egypt. Since the plane crashed during a return flight to Cairo and it was only on the ground in Paris for one hour, there is a possibility that Egyptian terrorists are behind an eventual attack.
According to Dr. Mark Christian, the president of the Global Faith Institute, a US-think tank specialized on Islamic terrorism, admits that the Muslim Brotherhood has most to gain from terror attacks. Recently there has been a series of terror attacks in Egypt including the killing of security forces or setting fire at tourist sites. In addition, the economic situation of the country is very bad and the recent government of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi is already regarded as vulnerable. Al-Sisi promised Egyptians prosperity and safety but has not been able to convert that into reality. Hence, the Muslim Brotherhood can only profit from further destabilization that will sooner or later lead to his overthrow. Christian said that the Muslim Brotherhood has a secret militant wing that is involved in terrorist attacks all over the Middle East.
In case a bomb had been placed in the plane already before its departure in Cairo, this would indicate that terrorists applied a totally new strategy. First, this means that airport personal was involved in the attack and second, it shows that a timed bomb can explode at any place in the world and therefore poses a global threat.
However, until now there is no evidence that the Muslim Brotherhood was involved in this airplane crash but it cannot be ruled out that the organization would be ready to apply this kind of violence in order to enhance its political position within Egypt.