US-President Donald Trump seriously considers labeling the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization which implies that making business with the Islamist group becomes an offense under US-law. Hence, this move means a success for the conservatives who are critical towards the group’s ties to militant Islamist movements. Several countries like the United Arab Emirates, Syria or Russia banned its activities.
The Muslim Brotherhood was established in the 1920ies by the religious scholar Hassan Al-Banna and became increasingly influential in Egyptian society. In the 1950ies it was forced underground because it was blamed for violent attacks. Sayyid Qutb, one of the movement’s leaders, is known as the founder of modern jihadism. The Brotherhood’s ideology spread all over the Middle East and influenced existing groups or promoted the establishment of certain militant branches such as Hamas. The group was banned in Egypt until the revolution of 2011. In 2012, its candidate Mohammed Morsi even became president but was overthrown already one year later. The current Egyptian President, Al-Sisi, again labeled the group a terrorist organization.
The Muslim Brotherhood also has a strong presence in the USA. Ted Cruz introduced the “Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act” which seeks to add the group to a list of terrorist organizations including Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an institution with close links to the Muslim Brotherhood, argued that the bill aims at controlling Muslims in the USA and has no effect on national security. On former President Obama’s “We are the People” website a call for the US-government to designate the Brotherhood a terrorist organization was the tenth-most singed petition with more than 200,000 signatures. Notwithstanding, the former US-administration did not see evidence that the Muslim Brotherhood has renounced its commitment to non-violence and therefore did not take any concrete steps.
The organization Faith Leaders of America (FLA) urges Donald Trump to condemn Islamic terrorist Imam Mohamed Magid, one of the top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in the USA, as a dangerous Jihad practitioner. Magid delivered an Islamic prayer at the National Prayer Service in Washington one day after Trump was sworn in as president. Hence, FLA re-exposed him due to his links to jihad and leadership within militant terrorist groups. According to FLA, Magid is the Imam of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) mosque which is among the most Sharia-adherent and jihadist institutions in the USA. In addition, he is president of the Muslim Brotherhood front organization Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Furthermore, the FLA called on Trump not to allow further participation of Magid in public events organized for the US-government.
According to the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), jihadists have already infiltrated the justice system of the USA. Patrick Poole, a counter-terrorism expert and journalist, claimed already years ago that the Muslim Brotherhood has substantial influence on the US-administration. Mohamed Magid was a regular visitor to the White House when president Obama was in office and even advised the administration on international affairs and counterterrorism.
FLA is a group of 75 clerics and spiritual leaders who commit themselves to freedom of religion and speech and other liberties and therefore address threats to these values. Hence, they issued a joint statement to Donald Trump in which they support the president’s announced counter jihad actions. Notably, the FLA announced its backing for Trump’s declaration that he will designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. During his inaugural address Trump also promised to eradicate radical Islamic terrorism worldwide.
The new documentary “The Enemies Within” reveals that Islamists have already infiltrated the national security bureaucracy in the USA which endangers its citizens and the constitutional system.
A central indication is the testimony of Philip Haney who is a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security and an experienced counter-terrorism analyst. Haney claims that in some cases the government had deleted records related to terrorism cases from the system. The data in question is about the network of mosques and institutions linked to terrorist attacks like the shootings in Orlando or in San Bernardino. Government agencies even investigated Haney for doing his job because they accused him of putting records into the system although he was not authorized. These investigations took place although none of the agencies claimed that his findings were inaccurate. Therefore, Haney argues that the USA has enemies within its own administration.
Researcher Trevor Loudon also contributes insights into these hostile networks in the documentary. He describes alliances between radical Marxists and Islamic extremists who already penetrated the highest levels of the political system. Among others, Hillary Clinton is labeled a domestic threat due to her connections with dangerous Islamic movements like the Muslim Brotherhood. Haney even points out that the Muslim Brotherhood is directly responsible for sponsoring terrorism and therefore should be labeled a terrorist group. Therefore he argues that the Muslim Brotherhood and its offshoot Hamas should be shut.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s strategy is outlined in its “Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for North America” seized by the FBI in 2004. It illustrates that the work of the Brotherhood is based on the grand Jihad that aims at destroying the Western civilization from within by infiltration and sabotage. Therefore, the Muslim Brotherhood needs so called “useful idiots” who help to promote their goals.
The Middle East Forum’s Islamist Watch project has published a “Field Guide to Useful Infidels” that portrays 15 alleged pro-Islamist puppets. The most prominent names include actor Ben Affleck, Secretary of State John Kerry or CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour. The report summarizes their role in the redefinition of the Islamist threat. Some do that by arguing that ISIS killers shouldn’t be named “Muslim terrorists” to avoid the provision of religious legitimacy to their acts while others distract from the Islamist threat by pointing to non-Muslim terrorism or anti-Muslim hate crimes. Still others cooperate with Islamist groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) or deprive law enforcement of the necessary training and resources to counter Islamist threats. Another tactic is that they legitimize Islamists as only representatives of Islam in the USA.
According to the report, the list of the top “useful infidels” for Islamist groups include the following persons: actor Ben Affleck, journalist Christiane Amanpour, writer Karen Armstrong, journalist Max Blumenthal, CIA director John Brennan, politician Chris Christie, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center Morris Dees, President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace Matt Duss, Professor of Religion and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University John Esposito, Civil rights lawyer Glenn Greenwald, Secretary of State John Kerry and Activist Grover Norquist.