Report: Egypt`s Muslim Brotherhood Infiltrated Obama AdministrationJanuary 10, 2013
President Barack Obama With Egyptian Women in Front of a Mosque in Cairo.
An Egyptian magazine has claimed that six American Islamist activists who work with the Obama administration are Muslim Brotherhood operatives who enjoy strong influence over U.S. policy.
The December 22 story was published in Egypt`s Rose El-Youssef magazine and was translated into English for the Investigative Project on Terrorism. The story suggests the six turned the White House “from a position hostile to Islamic groups and organizations in the world to the largest and most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.” The story is largely unsourced, but its publication is considered significant in raising the issue to Egyptian readers, IPT said.
The six named people include: Arif Alikhan, assistant secretary of Homeland Security for policy development; Mohammed Elibiary, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council; Rashad Hussain, the U.S. special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference; Salam al-Marayati, co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC); Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); and Eboo Patel, a member of President Obama`s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.
Alikhan is a founder of the World Islamic Organization, which the magazine identifies as a Brotherhood “subsidiary.” It suggests that Alikhan was responsible for the “file of Islamic states” in the White House and that he provides the direct link between the Obama administration and the Arab Spring revolutions of 2011.
Elibiary, who has endorsed the ideas of radical Muslim Brotherhood luminary Sayyid Qutb, may have leaked secret materials contained in Department of Homeland Security databases, according to the magazine. He, however, denies having any connection with the Brotherhood. He also played a role in defining the Obama administration`s counterterrorism strategy, and the magazine asserted that he wrote the speech Obama gave when he told former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to leave power but offers no source or evidence for the claim.
According to Rose El-Youssef, Rashad Hussain maintained close ties with people and groups that it says comprise the Muslim Brotherhood network in America. This includes his participation in the June 2002 annual conference of the American Muslim Council, formerly headed by convicted terrorist financier Abdurahman Alamoudi. He also participated in the organizing committee of the Critical Islamic Reflection along with important figures of the American Muslim Brotherhood such as Jamal Barzinji, Hisham al-Talib and Yaqub Mirza.
Regarding al-Marayati, who has been among the most influential Muslim American leaders in recent years, the magazine draws connections between MPAC in the international Muslim Brotherhood infrastructure.
Magid heads ISNA, which was founded by Brotherhood members, was appointed by Obama in 2011 as an adviser to the Department of Homeland Security. The magazine says that has also given speeches and conferences on American Middle East policy at the State Department and offered advice to the FBI.
Rose El-Youssef also said that Patel maintains a close relationship with Hani Ramadan, the grandson of Brotherhood founder Hasan al-Banna, and is a member of the Muslim Students Association, which it identifies as “a large Brotherhood organization.”
Despite the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt was voted into power on an anti-U.S. and anti-Israel platform, it is about to receive 20 F-16 fighter jets from the U.S. The jets were ordered by Mubarak, but the Muslim Brotherhood will take over the inheritance. The Obama administration has also indicated its willingness to help Egypt relieve $1 billion of its debt, as part of an American and international assistance package intended to bolster its transition to democracy.
A video released last week showed that in 2010, current Islamist President Mohammed Morsi called to boycott products made in the United States because of its support for Israel. At the time he also rejected negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and referred to Jews as “apes and pigs.” Previously exposed videos show that during his election campaign, Morsi reiterated that “Jihad is our path” and “the Koran is our constitution”.
Sheikh Mohammed Badie, the supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood and the person who some say is the true president of Egypt, has called for a jihad (holy war) to liberate Jerusalem from Israeli rule.
Denying Radical Islamism In Egypt
Investor`s Business Daily
January 10, 2013
The forces of Islamism are consolidating in Egypt under the Muslim Brotherhood`s Mohammed Morsi. But the Obama administration coddles these enemies of civilization and ignores State Department warnings.
We`ve known for years that President Obama is wedded to his notion of a “New Beginning,” pretending the Middle East`s unreconstructed Islamic ideology is compatible with Western Civilization. This week it became public that even its own diplomatic reality checks cannot shake sense into Obama`s foreign policy.
John Rossomando of the Investigative Project on Terrorism reports that a number of State Department cables years ago let the White House know that the Muslim Brotherhood, the pan-Arab group behind Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, seeks to impose Muslim Shariah laws. It is not the “moderate” or secular force the Obama administration believes.
An Oct. 21, 2009, cable warned that Coptic Christian scholar Rafik Habib, former Morsi aide and ex-member of his Brotherhood-backed party, told the U.S. embassy that some Brotherhood members are “pragmatic but cautioned that they should not be viewed as `moderates,`” according to U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Margaret Scobey. “Their goals are the same as `conservative` MB`s: a religious state where Shariah is applied to all aspects of life.”
In a Feb. 4, 2009, cable, Scobey warned “younger members of the Brotherhood were becoming increasingly Salafi-oriented” — which means fundamentalist.
A May 27, 2009, cable found Scobey telling of Muslim televangelist Moez Masoud`s fears, expressed to the embassy, of a “combination of Salafist ultra-orthodox Islam with MB political activism.” Muslim Brotherhood and radical Salafists have since announced an alliance seeking an Egyptian Islamist state.
In fact, as early as July 2007, State Department cables warned that the Brotherhood sought “to amend laws and make them accordant with Islamic Shariah.”
But there`s other evidence about Egypt`s course.
Over the weekend and without consulting opposition parties, President Morsi replaced 10 of his 24 Cabinet ministers, some of the new figures being longtime members of the Muslim Brotherhood. This comes after the embrace of a new, overtly Islamist constitution.
Egypt`s currency plummeted to a new low against the U.S. dollar this week, no doubt because the new finance minister, Al-Mursi al-Sayed Hegazy, is a specialist in “Islamic banking,” which opposes interest on loans.
Bassem Youssef, a popular satirist and TV host, is being investigated by Morsi`s government on charges of “undermining” Morsi.
Morsi could use some satirizing. In September 2010, according to translations of interviews published last week by the Middle East Media Research Institute, he told Lebanon`s Al-Quds TV that Zionist Jews were “bloodsuckers ... the descendants of apes and pigs.”
And how about Morsi on CNN Monday night asking the U.S. to release Omar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called Blind Sheikh and mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center attack, from his sentence of life imprisonment?
“He is an old sheikh and sick and blind,” Morsi said. “We need to respect that,” he said, indicating that he will raise the issue of releasing this terrorist when he next meets face-to-face with President Obama.
Morsi seems to have plenty of friends within the Obama administration who could make such an appeal for him.
The Egyptian magazine Rose El-Youssef last month named six American Islamist activists working with the Obama administration who, it claims, are for all intents and purposes Muslim Brotherhood operatives — at least two directly involved in Homeland Security.
The Obama administration has never been known for allowing reality to hinder its left-wing ambitions.
High unemployment doesn`t stop its hyper-Keynesian spending; rising health insurance premiums don`t stop its implementation of ObamaCare, which was supposed to bring premiums down.
Why should anyone expect that hearing the truth about Egypt`s new government — from his own diplomats, no less — should cause Obama to rethink sending a fortune in foreign aid or treating Egypt`s Islamist president as a U.S. ally?
© 2013 Investor`s Business Daily
Muslim Brotherhood took `billions` from Obama, Egypt lawyers allege
January 03, 2013
Egypt`s Muslim Brotherhood has been accused of taking 10 billion Egyptian pounds (U.S. $1.5 billion) from the American government, according to claims by Egyptian lawyers.
An immediate investigation into the accusation was ordered by Prosecutor General Talaat Abdallah on Thursday.
The lawyers, Mohamed Ali Abd al-Wahab and Yasser Mohamed Sayab, filed the complaint against the Muslim Brotherhood for the allegedly illegal money transaction, Egypt`s private daily Al-Masry Al-Youm reported on Jan. 3.
The complaint noted that Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for the recent U.S. presidential election, had said that $1.5 billion was given to support Egypt`s Brotherhood by the Obama administration.
In addition, the lawyers accused the Muslim Brotherhood of having armed mercenaries or a “third party,” who have instigated violence during and after the revolutionary uprising in the country.
The armed mercenaries are trained in the desert, which lies between the city of Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh in Egypt, the lawyers alleged.
© 2013 AlArabiya.net.
`The Left has become a cog in the wheel of the Islamist movement`
Weekly Sunday Times
January 06, 2013
Karachi: Kiran Nazish: You say that the Pakistani government has double crossed the US, and the US does not have the guts to stand up to it. What are those deceptions in your opinion? Why do you think the US does not stand up? What is their weakness or restraint?
Tarek Fatah: Any country that harbored and protected Osama Bin Laden for ten years while taking billions in US aid to supposedly locate the world`s most wanted jihadi terrorist, would qualify as a country that double-crossed the USA. Pakistan`s military and civilian establishment that runs the country is guilty on that count. In fact on July 19, when the US House of Representatives voted to cut US aid to Pakistan by $650 million, congressman Ted Poe (R-Texas), put it rather succinctly when he said, “Pakistan seems to be the Benedict Arnold nation in the list of countries that we call allies, they have proven to be deceptive and deceitful and a danger to the United States.”
The United States gets blackmailed time and again by Pakistani Foreign Office`s argument that any sanctions imposed on Pakistan will make things worse with Islamabad`s nuclear assets falling into the hands of radical generals committed to a worldwide jihad.
Washington has been playing a Chamberlainesque diplomacy of appeasement and it seems the US State Department is at conflict with the Department of Defence, but has the upper hand in setting US-Pakistani relations.
The influence of pro-Muslim Brotherhood officials in the US State Department and the White House may also be a reason America has not come down hard on Pakistan and is focused on Iran as its enemy.
KN: What is your definition of a fascist? Especially given that you are a Punjabi Muslim yourself, and in that, how do you deal with the fact the Punjabis are often accused of fascism in Pakistan?
TF: My definition of an Islamofascist in the 21st century is a political group that seeks its own armed militia; its own uniforms, separate social service network and a top-down hierarchal command structure political party that does not entertain any dissent. Like the Nazis and Mussolini`s men, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Jamaat-e-Islami, the various other jihadi groups of the Difa-e-Pakistan Council and the Taliban all fall into this definition to varying degrees. The one tell-tale sign of a fascist setup is its operation of state within a state with private social service networks and armed non-state armies.
My heritage as a Punjabi has been effectively destroyed in Pakistan. It`s a community ashamed of their own mother-tongue, shoe chattering middle classes are by and large ignorant of who they are and thus end up acting as if they are of Arab or Persian descent, thus making them empty vessels that become easily filled with false identities and hatred of the other.
This is a direct result of the 1947 Partition when non-Punjabi Muslims instigated Muslim Punjabis to slaughter their own neighbors and rip apart a 1,000-year-old society where Punjabi Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs flourished together. The same happened in Bengal too, but Muslim Bengalis woke up and realized their mistake. While Bengal`s Muslims walked away from the two-nation theory in 1971-72, Punjabi Muslims hang on to it and have in effect vandalized their own past and future.
KN: You talk about Muslims and Marxists who have betrayed the cause of social justice. Could you give a few specific examples of such cases?
TF: In the post 1990 world when the collapse of the USSR ended the Cold War, the Left in most of the West and communists in the developing world were left with the reality that the entire communist-socialist experiment in the Soviet Union was a farce and that Chinese Communists had overnight become the hallmark of vulgar capitalism.
The only force that emerged as anti-American were the Islamists and Jihadis who turned on to their own paymasters. A worldwide jihad against the US was launched by Muslim Brotherhood and the remnants of the Arab Afghans coalesced as Al Qaeda under the protection of the Taliban.
This fury of new anti-Americanism has met with nodding approval by what is left of the Left in the West. From Chomsky to Ken Livingstone and George Galloway, one can sense their admiration of the Islamist hostility to all things Western.
They all overlook the reactionary nature of the Islamist agenda; their misogyny, the homophobia, the racism and medieval notion of honor and tribe, and chosen to support Hamas, Hezbollah and respect the Muslim Brotherhood and even get entertained by them.
In doing so they have betrayed every aspect of their supposed vision of a future free of exploitation of man by man. The Left should have been leading the fight against medievalism. Instead it has become a mere cog in the wheel of the Islamist movement.
KN: What is your stance on the Taliban and the Pakistani state after the Malala issue, considering the Pakistani government (and civil society) took a stand?
TF: The Taliban are the same Islamofacsist purveyors of hatred and lovers of medievalism that is ingrained in their ideology. Malala on the other hand shows them for who they are and provides us with a sharp contrast that few opponents of the Taliban have been able to do.
As of today close to half a million people from around the world; from the PM of Canada to Shashi Tharoor of India; Richard Dawkins of UK to Nobel Laureate Dario Fo of Italy, people have risen to back this child. Unfortunately, not many among Pakistan`s chattering classes have risen to the occasion. Najam Sethi, Farhanaz Ispahani, Ayesha Siddiqa and Bushra Gohar aside, I see a wave of pettiness that is camouflaged as conspiracies among the elite.
KN: When you say the military establishment and civilian government are both responsible for OBL, what is your say on the Memogate inquiry? Don`t you think there are now clear differences between the two institutions? Considering Pakistan`s foreign policy is mainly the domain of the country`s military?
TF: Today there seems to be a free-for-all among both the military establishment as well as the civilian backroom operators. The carcass is too tempting to not be picked on by the vultures.
KN: Also consider that this government survived the post-OBL crisis. At another time this would have brought the government down, but it is the first time that an elected government has survived this long. Many feel that it shows that the military establishment`s hold is weakening. Do you consider that a step forward for Pakistan?
TF: Not at all. The military knows what side of the bread is buttered. The Kerry-Lugar Bill signed into law by Obama ensures the brigade remains on permanent stand-by in Islamabad.
KN: Also, if OBL was being protected by Pakistan, shouldn`t he have been captured alive to find out if it was a fact? What do you think?
TF: Only the solitary Japanese soldier still fighting the Americans of World War 2 in an Okinawa cave is not aware of the fact that OBL was protected in Pakistan by the ISI.
KN: You say there are flaws in Pakistan`s foreign policy. What are they?
TF: There is no such thing as “Pakistani Foreign Policy.” It is determined by the needs of its military establishment and their requirements. The only countries with which Pakistan`s people have common cultures - India and Afghanistan - are considered as enemies while those who treat Pakistanis like trash - Iran and Saudi Arabia - are its allies. China has massacred its Muslim population, but is Pakistan`s ally and they love China. The US where Muslims have more rights than any other country on earth, is hated by Pakistan.
KN: Do you find any hope in the people of Pakistan then, considering they have been raised by dictators yet many find the state`s democratic process generally equally deceiving? In your view, are there any good leaders in Pakistan at the moment?
TF: I am sorry, but I see little hope. As long as Pakistanis thrive on a diet of lies, they have a bleak future. Imagine, it is hard to find a single Punjabi politician (and its only Punjabis who matter in Pakistan) who is willing to acknowledge the fact that Pakistan invaded an independent State of Kalat in 1948 and that we have been occupying that land for over 65 years.
KN: How do you align Jinnah`s politics with Iqbal`s views or Sir Syed`s movement?
TF: While I have deep admiration for Sir Syed, I do not share the same feelings about Iqbal who managed in one lifetime to be all things to all people.
Both secularists and Islamist Muslims can pick and choose from his works to justify their points of view. He was a Punjabi but never wrote a single line in Punjabi language.
KN: Some people in Pakistan, including some activist groups, talk about the cause of freedom, democracy, and justice. Are these achievable in your view?
TF: Without a decentralization of power from Punjab to the provinces, Pakistan cannot give justice to its people. Without a separation of Islam and the state, Pakistan cannot afford equal citizenship to its inhabitants. Without acknowledging the truth about Balochistan, there can be no honest dialogue among the federating units.
KN: The Pakistanis who inherited freedom and did not struggle for it, it is said; are at ease to unintentionally destroy it simply out of ingratitude and convenience. What do you think can be done?
TF: The only Pakistanis who seem to have freedom belong to the upper class and their urban variety that imitates the West, yet hates it.
The urban working class and the teeming millions who live as an underclass in Karachi, Lahore and other major cities, work in near slave conditions or low wages and no hope of breaking out of their condition while the non-working upper classes have amassed fortunes beyond belief.
Sooner or later this class tension will erupt. So far the ethnic divisions among the working poor have prevented class-consciousness. Freedom for the chattering classes is not freedom for the underclass of Pakistan.
KN: Some of your detractors are critical of the fact that you were born and raised in Pakistan and you call yourself an Indian Muslim. What are your thoughts?
TF: Indian civilization is 5,000 years old and its origins are the Indus Valley. It is disgraceful for anyone born on the Indus or its tributaries to deny their Indianness. It`s as if a Frenchman says he is not European.
Even as a child and a teenager in Pakistan, I was conscious of the fact that I was a child of Asoka as much as I was a descendent of Bullay Shah and Baba Farid.
KN: Is there anything at all that you find good about Pakistan?
TF: Just the rural people of Punjab, Balochistan, Pukhtunkhwa and Sindh. Get rid of the urban lice and we will have the land of Bullay Shah and Baba Farid breathe again with chimes of Gul Khan Nasir, Ghani Khan and of course Bhittai in the background.
KN: How did you feel about recovering from cancer? What do you want to do with this new life that you did not think of before?
TF: Discovering that one has cancer is an earth-shaking event and leaves the family in a state of shock and grief. For me and my family, the shock and grief lasted no more than 5 minutes and broke into laughter when I told my wife I had a handsome life insurance policy so hire a rock band for my funeral.
In fact, we did have a musical concert in both the hospital where I was treated and at the physiotherapy center where I learnt how to walk again. What is very strange is that not once did I feel like praying for myself. I found the act a bit selfish.
While an Islamist website asked people to pray for my death, which I found sad, but funny, a Pakistani Church held a prayer for my health every Sunday. A friend who is an Imam, a convert from Barbados, would top in every week, but just to chat helped me retain my senses, but above all my wife and daughters ensured my spirits were up. Not a tear, even when the docs gave me about three months to live. When the call comes, I will go. It`s been a good innings.
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