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.