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The Liberal Media's Hostility to Moderate Muslims

by Manda Zand Ervin

When a group of us -- American Muslims -- went to New York City to voice the concerns of the silent majority and support the law enforcement there, we were confronted by the mainstream media's unabashed hostility.

I was surprised at how some of them practically harassed us, rather than wanting to know our opinions.  They were argumentative and seemed to resent us for siding with the NYPD; they clearly had a highly suspicious attitude toward us Muslims, who were not falling in line with the pronouncements of those who echo the edict handed down from their local pulpit and did not represent those Muslims who prefer to represent themselves as perpetual victims. 

In reality, a large majority of American Muslims want to live in peace and not be the bearers of some outdated Cold-War anti-American agenda.  That silent majority, whose voices have been hijacked and misrepresented by Islamists, have no problem with law enforcement and have never been spied on or harassed by anyone.  And even if they were vetted, one has to realize that at a time of war, if one has nothing to hide, these are the norms that under the rule of law need to be respected or observed.  Organizations that are known lobbies of the Islamists' formula, like CAIR, MPAC, ISNA, NIAC, etc., promote themselves and claim to speak for that silent majority.

As a matter of fact, the only time I had two policemen come to my house was when an Islamist woman had sent them.  I had told her, in the shopping center parking lot, not to beat up on her little girl and not to force her to wear hijab.

When I saw The Five on March 6, I was amazed at Bob Beckel's rejection of our group and message.  "There were only 43 people, that was a complete set up, it was a public relations move, brining these guys," Beckel said with a dismissive attitude.

What this arbiter of political correctness is clearly unaware of is that his labels are irrelevant here and that he cannot use us to rationalize his weltanshauung.  We were not set up, and we were not just hired extras.  We are all educated and thinking people who will not be used by either Mr. Beckel or the hijackers of Islam in order to fit into a prefab social and ideological pigeonhole.  Thanks to the U.S. Constitution, we are free to speak our minds in America and organize genuine grassroots organization that celebrates the diverse American Muslim community, and counters those very Islamists and their apologists who reject the heterogeneity of Muslims, rather than some runaway unilateral dominion run by elitist insiders.

I suggest that Mr. Beckel and the rest of the media who disagree with our position do some research on the crowd that was purportedly  "set up by NYPD," as Beckel put it.  Visit our site and read our biographies and get to know the real patriotic American Muslims.

If it is acceptable for Mr. Beckel to confront or take issue with the American ultra-conservative Christian establishment, then why are we as Muslims prohibited from arguing that very point in the Muslim community?  Our question is: can't Muslims be progressives or intellectuals?  Can't there be any secular, non-practicing, or liberal Muslims?  Must we all be extremist radicals at war with the Western culture and way of life?  Can't there be any gays among the Muslim men and women?  Can't there be patriotic Muslims who are not totally submissive to or defined entirely by their religion, and who have a palpable appreciation for freedom, democracy, and the civil rule of law?  And we should all go along with the propaganda war that has been perpetrated by the petro-funded Islamist organizations and their media supporters. 

We have come to America from three different continents, 57 different countries, many different races of people, different languages, different cultures and historical backgrounds and many different sects of Islam.  American Muslims are as diverse as American Christians are.

Muslims have come to America for the same reasons as other immigrants: economic prosperity and freedom.  Many of us have fled the same radical Islamists who are now here with the same anti-American agendas, and this democracy has given them the power to speak.

American Muslims are Democrats, Republicans, or independents.  They are mostly educated and fiercely independent, and no one can set them up.  We came to America to get away from the Islamist dictatorships, and we now want to be left alone.

This article was published originally in American Thinker

Wed, March 21, 2012 21st Century Trojan Horse: Sharia Rolls into American Education, Court Systems

by: 
Meira Svirsky

The “Islamophic” card continues to be played in trump by Muslim organizations pushing their agenda in the American educational and legal systems. This time, a public interest law center is under attack by Islamic news agencies for pointing out that Muslim students are being given religious privileges not enjoyed by other religions in U.S. public schools.

In recent days, the Ahlul Bayt News Agency and the International Islamic News Agency, among others, have attacked the Thomas More Law Center, one of the first advocacy groups in the nation to take legal action against the double standard in public schools that favors Islam over other religions.

While the news agencies bemoaned the lack of facilities and, hence, the “unfair treatment” of Muslims in public schools, Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel at the law center, said, “What (school officials) are doing … is to give Muslim students religious benefits that they do not give any other religion right now.”

“Islam is more than a religion,” continued Thompson (right). “It is a political ideology that regulates every aspect of human existence, and calls for the Islamic domination of the world. Since radical Muslims know they can never defeat our military on the battlefield, they devised the strategy of internal subversion.”

The founder of the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Omar Ahmad, said to a group of American Muslims in 1998, “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Quran should be the highest authority in America and Islam the only accepted religion on earth”

Omar Ahmad, (left), founder of CAIR and an officer of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) was captured on an FBI surveillance tape at a Hamas meeting in 1993 explaining that the IAP could not, for political reasons, admit its support for Hamas. He then discussed how the Hamas agenda could be cloaked and advanced. Ahmad’s airfare and hotel bills for this meeting were paid for by the Holy Land Foundation.

 

“Like the ancient Trojan Horse welcomed within the city’s gates, Islam has entered America disguised as a religion," Thompson continued. "But its ultimate objective is political: Destroy America and establish an Islamic nation under Sharia Law.  So while America sleeps, they are awake and subverting our government, as well as our public schools and universities.  And we will not be deterred from our efforts to stop them.” 

In 2002, the center filed a federal lawsuit against the Byron Union School District in California for a three-week course in the Islamic faith for its seventh-grade students which used the workbook, Islam, A simulation of Islamic history and culture.

The center contended that the course was nothing short of religious indoctrination, prohibited by the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The 12-year old students were told:                                                                    

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a ruling marked “Not for Publication,” decided that the Islamic program was not “overt religious exercises” that violated the Establishment Clause.

The Establishment Clause states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. It is generally interpreted to forbid the establishment of a national religion for the United States as well as a preference by the U.S. government of one religion over another.

The Establishment Clause guarantees Americans a separation of religion and state but allows the government to accommodate the free exercise of religion. However, because the court forbid the publication of its ruling, it was not possible for the law center to use the case as a precedent to establish similar classes to educate students about other religions.

The law center reports that the kindergarten through grade 12 textbooks contain “sugarcoated versions of Islam promoted by the Council on Islamic Education.”  The textbooks fail to mention kidnappings, beheadings, slave trading, savage murder, persecution of non-Muslims and the repression of women common in Islamic countries that follow Islamic (sharia) law.

In another case, the Poway School District ordered math teacher Bradley Johnson, to take down banners (which he had been displaying for 25 years) which said “In God We Trust” (a phrase found on all U.S. paper money), and “One Nation Under God” (a phrase from the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance) because they promoted a Judeo-Christian message and might offend a Muslim student. 

The case was appealed and in September, 2011, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court ruled that the banners, because of their large size, were promoting a “particular viewpoint.” The three-judge panel argued that an employer – in this case Johnson’s principal and school board -- has a right to place limits on employees’ speech.

Other large displays in the same school were allowed, including a 40-foot string of Tibetan prayer flags with a poster of Hindu leader Mahatma Gandhi’s “7 Social Sins,” a poster of Muslim leader Malcolm X and a poster of the Dali Lama, a Buddhist religious leader.

The law center, which does not charge for its legal services, decided to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it is pending.

Law center head Thompson says the attack on him is in response to comments he made about Muslims coercing public schools into giving Islamic students special accommodations that are not afforded to Christian students, which he sees as an insinuation of Islam into the American public school system.

"You have this double standard where schools will bend over backwards to accommodate Islamic students and the Islamic message under the guise of multiculturalism or diversity," he explained. "They won't apply the Establishment Clause rules that they apply to Christian symbols, and Christians are being relegated to second-class citizens."

Despite the attacks on him, Thompson says the law center will not be backing down. "You're going to get flack if you're on target, and I think we're on target," Thompson said. "There is that double standard, and the Thomas More Law Center is going to continue to voice their concern and do what they can do right this wrong that's going on."

 Meira Svirsky is the content coordinator of RadicalIslam.org, the former managing editor of The Daily Texan and the former editor of UTmost magazine.

Newt Gingrich: Ban Shariah in America [with VIDEO]

By Robert Spencer

Just before his stunning victory in the South Carolina primary, Newt Gingrich drew the ire of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the deceptive Islamic supremacist group that bamboozles many with its pose as a neutral civil rights organization.  Gingrich, fumed a CAIR spokesman, was "one of the nation's worst promoters of anti-Muslim bigotry."  How did Gingrich earn this dubious honor?  By telling the truth about Islamic law, and making clear his determination to resist it.

 

It all started last Tuesday, when Gingrich took a question about whether he would ever endorse a Muslim for President.  "It would depend,” Gingrich answered, “entirely on whether they would commit in public to give up Sharia,” the Islamic legal code that mandates stonings, amputations, and restrictions on the freedom of speech and freedom of conscience, and institutionalized discrimination against women and non-Muslims.

"A truly modern person who happened to worship Allah would not be a threat,” Gingrich continued, but “a person who belonged to any kind of belief in Sharia, any effort to impose it on the rest of us, would be a mortal threat."   He even came out in favor of a federal law banning the use of Sharia in American courtrooms.

Gingrich also displayed an admirable grasp of the realities of Sharia, noting that the “rising Islamization of Turkey has been accompanied by a 1,400% increase in women being killed,” and pointing out other negative manifestations of Sharia:  “The application of Sharia in places like Iran … churches being burned in Nigeria and Egypt, and … the decline of Christians in Iraq from a million, 200 thousand, when the Americans arrived, to about 500,000 today.”

Gingrich concluded:  "I think the time has come for us to have an honest conversation about Islamic radicalism.  I don't think we should be intimidated by our political elites, and I don't think we should be intimidated by universities who have been accepting money from the Saudis and who, therefore, now have people who are apologists for the very people who want to kill us."

This isn’t the first time Gingrich has challenged politically correct pieties so directly, and spoken so forthrightly about the realities of Islamic law.  In August 2010, Gingrich made a point that our political elites of both the Left and the Right have still largely failed to grasp:  “This is not a war on terrorism.  Terrorism is an activity. This is a struggle with radical Islamists in both their militant and their stealth form. … One of the things I am going to suggest today is a federal law, which says no court anywhere in the United States under any circumstance is allowed to consider Sharia as a replacement for American law.”

In response to his statements last week, CAIR, which has several of its former officials imprisoned for various terror-related activities, thundered that Gingrich's “outdated political ideas look backward to a time when Catholics and Jews were vilified and their faiths called a threat."

There is just one problem with this:  Catholic and Jewish immigrants to the U.S. never had a political and social system that they considered superior to the American model.  Catholic and Jewish organizations were never working to undermine the American system in the manner of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is dedicated, in its own words, to “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house.”

Gingrich would be foolish to ignore that threat or bow to CAIR’s demands to ascribe concern about it to “bigotry.”  CAIR characterized Sharia as teaching “marital fidelity, generous charity and a thirst for knowledge," but left out the unpleasant bits.  Anyone who wants to see what Sharia is like can look to the states where it is implemented, such as Saudi Arabia and Iran.  Western apologists for Sharia claim that it is so multiform that it has no particular character that anyone can point to.  In reality, wherever and whenever Sharia has been implemented, historically and today, it has looked pretty much the same, and has contained elements absolutely inimical to Western notions of freedom and human rights.

Newt Gingrich is one of the few major politicians to acknowledge that the problem America faces today from Islamic jihadists is not simply one of terrorism, but of a larger attempt to insinuate elements of Sharia into American society and to assert the principle that where Sharia and American law conflict, it is American law that must give way.  Gingrich is determined not to allow this principle to advance.  Bravo.

This article originally appear in Jihad Watch.

Tue, April 7, 2015 Pressure on University of South Dakota to Cancel Honor Diaries

Heavy pressure is being exerted on the University of South Dakota (USD) to cancel a screening of Clarion Project’s award-winning interfaith film Honor Diaries.

In the past strong pressure against Honor Diaries has come from the Muslim Brotherhood affiliated Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as well as faculty members.

 


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One screening has already been cancelled in mysterious circumstances but another is scheduled for April 10. It will be shown as part of USD’s annual women and gender conference.

CAIR was designated as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates. It was also listed by the US government as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, the largest terrorism financing trial in American History.

CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper has called the film "Islamophobic," attempting to label Clarion Project "anti-Muslim bigots."

"We're talking the worst form of anti-Muslim bigotry couched in terms of a legitimate issue," he said.

Although he stated that one could talk about these issues, he posited that Honor Diaries was not the appropriate vehicle, despite the fact that the film was made in part by Muslims and in partnership with a coalition of women’s rights groups.

"You don't have to help promote the agenda of Islam haters," he said. "That's what you do when you promote this film."

Migdela Sternadori, the women and gender studies coordinator is refusing to cancel the film despite the pressure.

"It's just the wrong thing to do to censor a movie," she said.

Cindy Struckman-Johnson, a professor of psychology and one of the original founders of the women and gender conference which started in the mid-1980s said she had never experienced such pressure to cancel any event at the conference in the past.

"I'm just absolutely stunned," Struckman-Johnson said. "I just couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe that a chair of a committee would be literally bullied. They kept saying, 'It's not censorship,' and we kept saying, 'Yes it is.'"

According to the local newspaper Argus Leader, a complaint against the Honor Diaries screening was initially lodged by a professor in the health department, Musheera Anis Abdellatif who alleged that the film violates USD’s policy of “inclusive excellence.”

A student group called the Association for Advancement of Women’s Rights originally sponsored the screening but later pulled its support after being pressured.

 

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Previously Clarion Project reported that CAIR led the pressure on the University of South Dakota to cancel Honor Diaries. While CAIR has carried out such campaigns in the past we have not confirmed CAIR's involvement at USD. We have edited the piece accordingly. 

Sun, April 5, 2015 Bush Was to Meet Muslim Brotherhood Affiliates on 9/11

by: 
Ryan Mauro

The Clarion Project has received White House documents that show that President Bush was scheduled to meet with Islamists linked to the Muslim Brotherhood on September 11, 2001. In a remarkably ironic turn of events, it was Islamist terrorism that stopped the meeting with Islamist radicals at the White House from happening.

We have published a lengthy expose based on the Bush White House documents and how it relates to the controversy over anti-tax activist Grover Norquist's involvement with Islamists. Below is a summary of the findings.

The never-before-published documents substantiate the assertions that the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood gained access to the highest levels of the Bush Administration and the Republican party, partly due to the help of Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist. The files help tell a shocking story of an Islamist political influence operation that reached the highest levels of the U.S. government.

Convicted terrorists and Muslim Brotherhood operatives Sami al-Arian and Abdurrahman Alamoudi were advancing the Islamist cause by enticing the GOP and the Bush presidential campaign with promises of winning the Muslim and Arab vote. Their main demand was an end to the use of classified evidence to detain immigrants on national security grounds. This practice was responsible for the detainment of Al-Arian's brother-in-law and fellow Palestinian Islamic Jihad member, Mazen Al-Najjar.

The Bush campaign adopted the cause and won the support of this Islamist lobby. The allies of Al-Arian and Alamoudi were to follow-up on the topics of classified evidence, racial profiling and Middle East policy in a private meeting with President Bush in the White House on September 11, 2001 after he arrived from Florida.

The documents show that President Bush was due to meet with a select group of six Muslim and Arab "supporters" for 15 minutes in the White House. Every single one of these six had strong connections to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. Two of them were from Norquist's Islamic Free Market Institute that had extensive ties to the Islamist lobby, including Alamoudi and Al-Arian.

That would have been followed by a larger meeting with 16 activists (including the original six) that the documents describe as representatives of the dozen top Muslim and Arab organizations.

This included the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Both were later designated by the Justice Department as unindicted co-conspirators in a trial related to Brotherhood financing of Hamas. The federal prosecutors specifically listed them as U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entities.

It also included Alamoudi's American Muslim Council and the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a group founded by two Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood members. Altogether, 14 of the 16 activists represented Brotherhood-linked groups and 8 had organizational ties to Al-Arian and Alamoudi.

An additional 7 White House officials would attend the larger meeting. Three of them were officials from Norquist's Islamic Free Market Institute, in addition to the three attendees from his group.

The story of what happened after the meetings were cancelled is also very startling. Norquist's group shared office space with the Center for Security Policy. Two CSP officials, President Frank Gaffney and Dr. J. Michael Waller, recall seeing a group of Muslims enter Norquist's office on that day, including some of those who were to attend the meeting with Bush.

Waller's office had a common wall with the conference room where Norquist held his Wednesday meetings with conservative activists. Waller pushed the ceiling tiles up to listen in on this meeting on 9/11, which he described as a "damage-control" meeting to put the Brotherhood groups in the most positive light. Waller explained:

"Part of the discussion included how to condemn the 9/11 attacks and how not to condemn them because some of the people present wanted to justify some of the attacks; refused to condemn the attack on the Pentagon because it was a 'military target.'

The general consensus was that they would condemn the attacks on innocent civilians with the implicit unstated understanding that this was not condemning the attack on the Pentagon."

The Islamist lobby would present itself as the invaluable "moderates" whose involvement was required for fighting the War on Terror, in addition to delivering Republican Party political success.

The post-9/11 policies of the Bush Administration severely strained the relationship, particularly due to the federal investigations and prosecutions of this Islamist lobby. The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood demonized the administration as persecuting innocent Muslims and waging a war on Islam; pushing the same inflammatory narratives these "moderates" claimed they'd counter.

This is similar to what we see today where the Obama Administration includes Islamists in its "Countering Violent Extremism" initiatives. The Islamist ideology and its propaganda create problems that Islamists then purport to be the answer for. And when their demands are not met, they accuse their opponents of "Islamophobia"—Democrat and Republican; Muslim and non-Muslim.

There is a bi-partisan problem when it comes to mistaking Islamists for "moderates." The fight against Islamic extremism requires that those who made such mistakes wake up and act to correct their errors by challenging Islamism.

The treatment of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists as treasured "moderates" must come to an end.

This is a summary of the Clarion Project's expose based on the Bush White House documents. The entire expose can be read here.

 

Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org’s national security analyst, a fellow with Clarion Project and an adjunct professor of homeland security. Mauro is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio. Read more, contact or arrange a speaking engagement.

Thu, April 2, 2015 Bush was to Meet Muslim Brotherhood Affiliates on 9/11

by: 
Ryan Mauro

The Clarion Project has received White House documents that show that President Bush was scheduled to meet with Islamists linked to the Muslim Brotherhood on September 11, 2001. In a remarkably ironic turn of events, it was Islamist terrorism that stopped the meeting with Islamist radicals at the White House from happening.

The never-before-published documents substantiate the assertions that the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood gained access to the highest levels of the Bush Administration and the Republican Party, partly due to the help of Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. The files help tell a shocking story of an Islamist political influence operation that reached the highest levels of the U.S. government.

The Center for Security Policy has a meticulously documented dossier on the topic, including first-hand testimony from the think-tank's president. The Clarion Project has also told the story, including the history of Norquist's Islamic Free Market Institute and its links to Islamists including the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.

The White House documents show that President George W. Bush was scheduled to fly to Washington D.C. from Florida and meet with U.S.-based Islamists on September 11, 2001. A previous meeting with this group on March 5 was cancelled.

Bush and Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham would meet privately with a select group of six Muslim and Arab "supporters" at 3:05 PM in the White House Oval Office, including two officials from Norquist's Islamic Free Market Institute. Every single one of those six has strong connections to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.

This would be followed by a larger meeting with 16 activists who are described as representatives of the top 12 Muslim and Arab organizations, including four created by the Muslim Brotherhood. Also in attendance would have been 7 additional White House officials; three of which have served as officials with Norquist's Islamic Free Market Institute.

We will examine the activists with this treasured high-level access in a moment. The purpose of the scheduled meetings with President Bush on 9/11 must first be understood to appreciate their significance.

 

Islamist Engagement with the GOP and Bush Campaign

The topics to be addressed in this meeting and with the larger group were classified evidence, racial profiling and the Middle East conflict. The agenda also emphasized that Muslims and Arabs are victimized by negative stereotypes, showing that the Islamists’ "Islamophobia" strategy was well underway before the 9/11 attacks.

The reference to "classified evidence" is important to be put into context.

Sami Al-Arian and the Islamist lobby successfully pressured the Bush presidential campaign and the Republican party into opposing the Clinton Administration's use of classified evidence to detain immigrants on national security grounds. Al-Arian was later convicted of being a secret Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist operative. The practice was responsible for the detainment of Al-Arian's brother-in-law and fellow Palestinian Islamic Jihad operative, Mazen al-Najjar.

 

Al-Arian was described as a "master manipulator" by the judge during his trial. The indictment of Al-Arian says he and his co-conspirators "did seek to obtain support from influential individuals, in the United States under the guise of promoting and protecting Arab rights."

A document in his possession shows he ordered colleagues to "collect information from those relatives and friends who work in sensitive positions in government.”

Al-Arian's operation, by his own admission, was essentially one with the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity whose offices were raided in 2002 as part of a terrorism investigation. He later refused to testify to a grand jury investigating the group.

The FBI was warned in 1987 by an informant in the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood that IIIT was secretly working through "political action front groups" and planned "to peacefully get inside the United States government and also American universities." According to former IIIT member Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, the group decided that accusations of "Islamophobia" would be thrown at opponents standing in their way.

IIIT is linked to the Islamic Free Market Institute founded by Grover Norquist. The St. Petersburg Times observed that “more than 50 targets of the raid were people and organizations connected to Norquist and the Islamic Institute.” 

Al-Arian honored prominent Republicans including Norquist for joining his political causes including a ban on the classified evidence practice. Al-Arian repeatedly met with Norquist's group, had a photo-op with then-Governor Bush during the 2000 presidential campaign and visited the White House.

The other key player was Abdurrahman Alamoudi, founder and board member of the American Muslim Council (AMC) that also lobbied heavily for Al-Arian's cause. Alamoudi was later convicted on terrorism-related charges and was specifically linked to a Libyan regime plot to assassinate the king of Saudi Arabia.

AMC was part of a coalition named the American Muslim Political Coordination Council-Political Action Committee that endorsed Bush's candidacy. The coalition said Bush "promised to address Muslim concerns on domestic and foreign policy issues." It said one of the major reasons for the endorsement was the "accessibility" they had and his adoption of their position on the secret evidence issue.

The Bush presidential campaign returned a $1,000 donation from Alamoudi after he was videotaped declaring his support for the Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist groups. He later wrote in a letter from prison that  was featured in the Grand Deception documentary that, "I am, I hopestill a member of the Muslim Brotherhood organization in the U.S.A."

You can read more about the story of Islamist-GOP engagement and the Islamic Free Market Institute during this period here.

 

Bush’s First Meeting with Six "Supporters"

The Bush Administration documents do not specify what qualified the six attendees at the 3:05 meeting as "supporters" but presumably it was their work for the presidential campaign. The Islamist Money in Politics project shows that the Islamist lobby financially favored the Bush candidacy in 2000.

 

The following are the six individuals invited to meet with President Bush at the first meeting.

 

Dr. Muzzamil Siddiqui, President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) as its president from 1996 to 2000 and member of its board of directors. One of ISNA's founders was Sami al-Arian and Alamoudi led ISNA's political action committee in 1987.

ISNA has a history of Islamist extremism. A 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood strategy memo lists ISNA as the first of its "organizations and the organizations of our friends" to "work in America as a kind of grand jihad…in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within."

The Justice Department designated ISNA as an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation, a Muslim Brotherhood front prosecuted for financing Hamas. ISNA was listed as an "entity" of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. A federal judge said in 2009 that the Holy Land Foundation "operated from within" ISNA. The leader of the Foundation emphasized using deception and interconnected networks to influence policy.

Siddiqui was a top Muslim World League official from 1976 to 1980. The organization is based in Saudi Arabia and is known as one of the major promoters of Wahhabism, a radical version of Islam responsible for inspiring terrorism. 

In 1992, Siddiqui mosque featured the "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdel Rahman as a guest speaker and Siddiqui acted as his translator. Rahman spoke about the need for violent jihad and raised money from the audience. Rahman was later convicted for his involvement in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Siddiqui has preached in support of the elimination of Israel and instituting Sharia governance gradually throughout the world.

According to the Islamist Money in Politics project, two ISNA-linked officials donated $800 to Abraham's Senate campaign in 1998 and 2000 and a third donated $300 to the National Republican Congressional Committee in 2001.

ISNA also attended the press conference where the American Muslim Political Coordination Council-Political Action Committee endorsed Bush for president.

 

Khaled Saffuri, a co-founder of Norquist's Islamic Free Market Institute in 1998. The White House biography for him calls him a "veteran political insider" and former director for Government Affairs for the American Muslim Council (AMC).

Saffuri worked for Alamoudi since 1993 and he is also closely linked to IIIT founder and Vice President Jamal Barzinji. Federal authorities raided an interconnected network of Islamist entities in 2002 linked to Barzinji and IIIT. The affidavit said Barzinji is "closely associated" with Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas. The Justice Department reportedly dropped a planned indictment of Barzinji.

Alamoudi, IIIT and other entities linked to Barzinji donated tens of thousands of dollars to the Islamic Free Market Institute, as did sources in Saudi Arabia and the Brotherhood-sponsoring government of Qatar. The Islamic Institute complained to the Treasury Secretary over the investigation into IIIT and the Barzinji-linked network in 2002.

 

Talat Othman, chairman of the Islamic Free Market Institute. He gave the invocation at the Republican National Convention in 2000.

He is the chairman of the board of trustees at Amana Mutual Funds. Barzinji is one of the founders and trustees of Amana. The federal investigation into IIIT found that another trustee is Iqbal Unus, another top IIIT official and former secretary-general of ISNA.

Another trustee of Amana is IIIT co-founder Yaqub Mirza. An FBI informant in 1988 identified Mirza and Barzinji as secret Muslim Brotherhood operatives. Mirza is an associate of senior Muslim Brotherhood member Yousef al-Nada. In 2012, Mirza met with Mohammed Morsi, the Egyptian president when the Muslim Brotherhood took over.

Barzinji, Mirza and Unus all had their homes raided in 2002 as part of a terrorism investigation, but no indictment followed. Al-Arian refused to testify about their organization.

 

Dr. Yahya Basha, president of the aforementioned American Muslim Council and former board member of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a group founded by two Muslim Brotherhood members with a history of Islamist extremism. The White House's biography of Basha states that the AMC is seeking the end of the "secret evidence" measure.

The document highlights how his AMC hosted Imam Siraj Wahhaj in 1991 when he made the first Islamic invocation before the House of Representatives. The White House was apparently unaware of Wahhaj's long record of anti-American extremism and how that reflects upon AMC and Basha.

He has also had strong ties to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity with links to Hamas.

Basha donated at least $1,000 to the Bush presidential campaign in 2000 and $2,750 to the Senate campaign of Bush Administration Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham in 1998-1999. Abraham was scheduled to attend both meetings on 9/11.

Basha is today on the board of the Syrian Emergency Task Force. There is strong evidence that its executive director is a supporter of Hamas and has tweeted that he views Al-Qaeda less negatively than Israel. Several other officials are linked to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.

 

Dr. Amanullah Khan is listed as representing the Association of Pakistani Physicians but he was also Vice Chairman of the AMC. Khan met President Bush again on November 28, 2001 and complained about the detention of Sami al-Arian's brother-in-law, according to an AMC press release. The statement claimed that Bush promised to review the case.

 

George R. Salem, President of the Arab-American Institute. The White House's biography for him says he was chairman of Arab-Americans for President George H.W. Bush's 1988 and 1992 presidential campaigns. He also led Arab-American outreach for the George W. Bush presidential campaign in 2000.

Salem was the lawyer for the Holy Land Foundation, the aforementioned U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity that was shut down for financing Hamas later that year.

The leader of the Foundation, Shukri Abu Baker, was recorded by the FBI at a secret Brotherhood/Hamas meeting urging colleagues to hide their agenda using deception. In the words of one participant, their objective was “forming the public opinion or coming up with a policy to influence…the way the Americans deal with the Islamists, for instance.”

The Islamist group's immediate response to its prosecution was to blame it on an Israeli conspiracy and warn the Bush Administration that the action "could create the impression that there has been a shift from a war on terrorism to an attack on Islam."

 

Friends on the Inside: The White House Participants

President Bush was to finish the first meeting at 3:20 and move to the Roosevelt Room. The next 30 minutes would be spent meeting with a larger group of 16 Muslim and Arab activists, including the original six.

An additional seven White House officials would also participate:

  • Senior adviser Karl Rove
  • Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives John DiIulio
  • Office of Cabinet Affairs Associate Director Ali Tulbah
  • Office of Public Liaison official Suhail Khan
  • Office of the Vice President Deputy Assistant for Domestic Policy Nina Shokraii Rees
  • Energy Secretary Counselor Randa Fahmy Hudome

 

The makeup of the White House side displays the influence of Norquist's Islamic Free Market Institute. The organization's filings show that three of them have served as Institute officials.

 

Suhail Khan was a senior official at the Islamic Free Market Institute from 2000 to 2003, apparently serving simultaneously in the White House and in this Islamist-connected group.

He has strong familial connections to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, with his father being a founder and board member of ISNA and his mother serving on the board of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' branch in California. Khan worked for Republican Rep. Tom Campbell from 1995 to 1999 and fought for a ban on secret evidence in immigration courts, going so far as to visit Sami Al-Arian's detained relative.

Khan still speaks at major events for the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, including ISNA's 2013 convention that was filled with extremist speakers. In one speech he gave at an ISNA conference in 1999, he called on the audience to emulate Mohammed’s early followers that prevailed in combat:

“The earliest defenders of Islam would defend their more numerous and better equipped oppressors, because the early Muslims loved death, dying for the sake of almighty Allah, more than the oppressors of Muslims loved life. This must be the case where we – when we are fighting life’s other battles. … [W]hat are our oppressors going to do with people like us? We’re prepared to give our lives for the cause of Islam.”

Khan mentioned specific battlefields where Muslims must unite to defeat the “oppressors” of Islam: Palestine, Bosnia, Iraq and Kashmir. He also told Muslims that they were under siege in America from the government and society, claiming that harassment was commonplace and that mosques and Islamic centers were being burned and desecrated.

U.S. Muslim Brotherhood operative and later convicted terrorist Abdurrahman Alamoudi was so proud of Khan’s work that he presented him with an award in June 2001. In a prediction that would soon be fulfilled, Alamoudi said, “Some of you saw [Khan] in today the White House but inshallah [Allah willing], soon you [will] see him in better places in the White House.” Khan thanked Alamoudi and others who have been "very supportive" and knew his father.

Khan would later make the revealing and deceptive statement on video at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in 2011 that "there is no Muslim Brotherhood in the United States." He also said on the Sean Hannity radio show that ISNA "is not a front for the Muslim Brotherhood" and denied having ever known Alamoudi.

By this time, the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood was well known and plenty of articles had been written about Khan's affiliations with it. He appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show to denounce his critics and opponents of the "Ground Zero Mosque" project, falsely claiming that they feel "that being Muslim should be made illegal and a federal crime."

 

Nina Shokraii Rees was a policy analyst for Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform prior to 1997. The Islamic Free Market Institute listed her as an official in 2000.

 

Randa Fahmy Hudome is also listed as an Islamic Free Market Institute official in 2000. She was also Foreign Policy Counselor for Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham when he was a Michigan senator.

She was hired as a lobbyist by the Libyan regime from 2004 to 2007. She defended the relationship by saying it was compatible with U.S. interests and contributed to improvements in Libyan behavior.

She was a vice chair and board member of American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA). ANERA has been accused of spreading anti-Israel propaganda while exempting Hamas and the Palestinian Authority from criticism for their human rights abuses. In 2007, federal funding for ANERA came under scrutiny because it partnered with Intel to build an "IT Center of Excellence" at the Hamas-run University of Gaza.

 

The Chosen 16 Muslim and Arab Activists

President Bush was scheduled to with 16 Muslim and Arab activists including the six "supporters" for a half-hour on September 11, 2001. The additional 10 listed on the schedule are as follows:

 

Abdulwahab Alkebsi, executive director of the Islamic Free Market Institute.

In 2007, Alkebsi said that democracy-promotion campaigns should include "moderate Islamists" because "you can't have a democracy movement without Islamists in the Arab world." The article quoting him is tellingly republished on the official Muslim Brotherhood website.

Omar Ahmad, co-founder and chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) He was previously president of the now-defunct Islamic Association for Palestine, a pro-Hamas group that Muslim Brotherhood documents clearly identify as one of its fronts.

Ahmad's former group is listed in a 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memo that says its network's goal is to "work in America as a kind of grand jihad…in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within." It lays out a non-violent strategy to influence U.S. policy.

Ahmad was at the secret 1993 Brotherhood/Hamas meeting that was wiretapped by the FBI, along with fellow CAIR co-founder Nihad Awad. Ahmad was recorded discussing how to use deceptive semantics to appear "moderate" while promoting the Islamist agenda to destroy Israel. A federal judge's ruling said that the meeting was to discuss "goals, strategies and American perceptions of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

In 1998, a reporter attended a speaking engagement where Ahmad said Muslims should be "open to [American] society without melting (into it)." The reporter paraphrased Ahmad as saying, "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth."

In 2007, the Justice Department designated CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation and listed it as an "entity" of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood's secret Palestine Committee that was set up to advance the Hamas agenda. Ahmad is also personally named as a member of the Palestine Committee. Significant evidence links him to Hamas financing.

In another case, federal prosecutors said, "From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists … the conspirators agreed to use deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists.”

Last year, the United Arab Emirates banned CAIR as a terrorist group because of its links to the Brotherhood, promotion of terrorist groups, incitement and alleged links to terrorism financing.

CAIR belonged to the Islamist coalition that endorsed Bush's campaign and Ahmad spoke at the press conference. The Islamist Money in Politics project finds that CAIR-linked officials donated at least $3,000 to the Bush presidential campaign and $5,000 to Abraham's Senate campaign.

 

Dr. Maher Hathout, the late co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). He and three of his colleagues were jailed in Egypt because of their membership in the Muslim Brotherhood. His brother and MPAC co-founder, Hassan, described himself as a “close disciple” of Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna and that he came to America to spread the "Islamic Movement" he inspired.

MPAC's former political director was Mahdi Bray. He later became a top official in the Muslim American Society, which federal prosecutors said in a 2008 court filing was "founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America." Alamoudi confirmed, "Everyone knows that MAS is the Muslim Brotherhood."

Bray accused Israel of "state-sponsored terrorism" after killing the spiritual leader of the Hamas terror organization in 2004 and said that the U.S. is waging a "war on Islam." In February 2008, Bray traveled to Egypt to stand in solidarity with Brotherhood members being prosecuted by the ruling government.

MPAC had a history of extremism, including signing a statement pledging to work for the elimination of Israel. Hathout said on May 6, 2001 that "the United States in under Israeli occupation." MPAC also criticized the U.S. designations of Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist groups.

MPAC staunchly defended Alamoudi and Al-Arian and characterized their prosecutions as political persecution. MPAC sponsored the rally in 2000 where Alamoudi told a cheering audience that "we are all supporters of Hamas," as well as Hezbollah.

Bray stood behind him, enthusiastically gesturing his agreement as the audience responded positively. Maher Hathout also spoke and predicted that a “general intifada” would result in Arab governments “flushed down in the cesspools of history of treason.” He described Israel as “butchers” and “an apartheid state against every fiber of the modern world."

MPAC was a member of the coalition that endorsed the Bush presidential campaign.

 

Salam Al-Marayati, President of MPAC. He said in 1999 that Hezbollah’s attacks on Israeli soldiers are “legitimate resistance."

On 9/11, al-Marayati immediately cast suspicion on Israel:

"If we’re going to look at suspects, we should look to the groups that benefit the most from these kinds of incidents, and I think we should put the state of Israel on the suspect list because I think this diverts attention from what’s happening in the Palestinian territories so that they can go on with their aggression and occupation and apartheid policies," he said.

In 2012, MPAC President Al-Marayati was challenged in a radio debate to take an active stance against the Muslim Brotherhood. He replied that it was a “ridiculous suggestion” and “it’s not worth our time."

MPAC and Al-Marayati's public stances have changed significantly in recent years. Al-Marayati now criticizes Islamism as a "failed response" and the organization congratulated the Egyptian people when President Morsi (a Brotherhood leader) was overthrown.

However, it continues to slander U.S. Brotherhood opponents as bigots. Al-Marayati told a church audience in 2013 that there is an anti-Muslim network that is part of a "larger machine" of special interests that 'want more contracts for more weapons to countries that only use these weapons against their own people or against civilians.”

MPAC also sponsored a conference in 2013 by American Muslims for Palestine, a radical group strongly connected to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood that hosts Islamist speakers. Its leaders have expressed support for Hamas, destroying Israel and even calling for an "intifada" in America in 2004.

Al-Marayati's wife, Laila, is the chairwoman of KinderUSA, a charity for Palestinian children.

Its advisory board includes Adam Shapiro and Huwaida Araf of the terror-linked International Solidarity Movement. KinderUSA briefly suspended operations in late 2004 due to an FBI investigation. Two of its co-founders were Holy Land Foundation officials and formed KinderUSA after the U.S. government shut it down.

In 2002, KinderUSA received $20,000 from the Hamas-linked KindHearts organization. After KindHearts had its assets frozen by the U.S. government, Al-Marayati wrote that "the Treasury Department is playing target practice with American Muslim charities."

Salam Al-Marayati spoke at the Islamist press conference announcing the endorsement of then-Governor Bush for President.

 

Azizah Al-Hibri, founder of Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. She was a board member of the American Muslim Council from 1991 to 1998. She's been a consultant to the government of Qatar's Supreme Council on Foreign Affairs. Qatar is a primary promoter of Islamism, including the Muslim Brotherhood.

Al-Hibri was a prominent activist in the cause against classified evidence and argued that those convicted of involvement in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing were victimized by the U.S. government.

After the 9/11 attacks, Al-Hibri defended the preaching of Muslim Brotherhood ideologue Sayyid Qutb. Her organization protested the post-9/11 investigations into the Brotherhood network in Virginia linked to Al-Arian, Alamoudi and IIIT. She said they were being targeted because of their faith.

In 2007, Al-Hibri said, "I think that Islamic fiqh is deeper and better than Western codes of law. I don’t prefer that the state codifies Islamic law because it would depend on and enforce one school of Islamic teachings."

Laila Al-Marayati, the wife of MPAC's President, was the Secretary of al-Hibri's organization from 1996-1997.

 

Dr. Agha Saeed, chairman of the American Muslim Political Coordinating Council Political Action Committee that endorsed George W. Bush for President. He is also chairman of the American Muslim Alliance.

Agha Saeed has been under surveillance as part of the U.S. government's counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence efforts. His emails were monitored by the FBI from June 2007 until at least May 2008. Saeed believes it is because of his political activism and friendship with Sami Al-Arian.

In 1999, Saeed spoke at an ISNA conference and said in his speech that the “United Nations has a resolution…which says… people in Palestine have the right to resist their oppression by using all means including armed resistance.” He stood by his position that Palestinians "have the right to resist by armed force" against Israel when peaceful methods fail.

The statements caused Hillary Clinton to return a $50,000 donation from one of Saeed’s organizations during her Senate race in 2000. She said his speech was “offensive and outrageous.”

 

Eric Vickers, board member of the American Muslim Alliance (AMA). AMA is a member of the Islamist coalition that endorsed Bush's presidential campaign, and he spoke at the press conference.

 

Ziad Asali, President of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

ADC was founded in 1980 by James Abourezk, the first Arab-American senator. He touts conspiracy theories that the U.S. government has been “bought off by the Israel lobby.” He has called Hamas and Hezbollah terrorists “resistance fighters,” a sentiment he reiterated in an interview with Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television station in August 2007. In the same interview, he stated that Zionists were behind the 9/11 attacks and that he “marveled” at the “courage and bravery” of Hezbollah during its war with Israel in 2006.

In 1994, then-President of ADC, Hamzi Moghrabi, said he didn’t consider Hamas to be a terrorist group because “I know many people in Hamas. They are very respectable…I don’t believe Hamas, as an organization, is a violent organization.” His successor, Hala Maksoud, said he was “shocked” that the U.S. considers Hezbollah a terrorist group. In 2000, Hussein Ibish, then ADC spokesman, described Hezbollah as a “disciplined and responsible liberation force.”

ADC does not have Muslim Brotherhood origins but works in concert with groups that do. ADC recently began working with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to register voters. ADC often depicts the prosecution of Brotherhood-tied individuals as acts of political persecution, sometimes deceiving its audience by leaving out key facts and names. It honored columnist Helen Thomas with an award after she told Jews to “get the hell out of Palestine” and saying “Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall Street are owned by the Zionists.”

 

W. Deen Mohammed of the American Society of Muslims. He is listed on the White House document as the leader of the Muslim American Society; not to be confused with the Muslim Brotherhood affiliate of the same name. Mohammed's group splintered away from the Nation of Islam and its black nationalistic form of Islamism.

 

Peter Tanous, President of the American Task Force for Lebanon.

 

The chosen 16 Muslim and Arab activists were, in the words of the White House documents, "the top 12 Muslim- and Arab-American public policy and political organizations."

Of the 12, 10 have pro-Islamist extremist records and/or belonged to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. Six were directly involved with Alamoudi and Al-Arian.

Of the 16 activists, 14 were part of the Islamist lobby and 8 had organizational ties to Alamoudi and Al-Arian.

The Islamist lobby spearheaded by Sami Al-Arian, Abdurrahman Alamoudi and the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network had succeeded in convincing the Bush Administration that it was the legitimate representatives of the Muslim and Arab communities. And it was believed this community, led by these representatives, brought victory to the Bush campaign.

“Bush was elected President of the United States of America because of the Muslim vote,” Norquist said.

And now the Islamist lobby wanted to cash in. The three agenda items for their meeting with President George W. Bush were the promised end to using classified evidence in immigration court (thereby freeing Al-Arian's relative), racial profiling and the conflict in the Middle East.

Unfortunately for the Islamist terrorists of Al-Arian, Alamoudi and the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, the meeting would be spoiled by another group of Islamist terrorists: Al-Qaeda. The meetings were cancelled when the country came under violent Islamist attack.

 

The 9/11 Strategy Meeting

What happened after the meetings were cancelled is the subject of much controversy.

Frank Gaffney, President of the Center for Security Policy and Reagan Administration Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, originally broke the story of a planned meeting on September 11, 2001 between President Bush and Norquist's Islamist allies.

He's been attacked countless times for this claim over the years. The Bush White House documents obtained by the Clarion Project verify his account and substantiate the broader concerns about Islamist campaigns to influence the Republican party with Norquist's organization playing a critical part.

But the story does not end with the meetings being cancelled. Gaffney shared office space with Norquist at the time. He and his colleague J. Michael Waller claim they saw Norquist and Suhail Khan with a group of Islamists after the meeting was cancelled. Norquist denies even being at his office on that day.

Waller's office had a common wall with the conference room where Norquist held his Wednesday meetings with conservative activists. Waller pushed the ceiling tiles up to listen in on this meeting on 9/11, which he described as a "damage-control" meeting to put the Brotherhood groups in the most positive light. Waller explained:

"Part of the discussion included how to condemn the 9/11 attacks and how not to condemn them because some of the people present wanted to justify some of the attacks; refused to condemn the attack on the Pentagon because it was a 'military target.'

The general consensus was that they would condemn the attacks on innocent civilians with the implicit unstated understanding that this was not condemning the attack on the Pentagon."

The Islamist lobby would present itself as the invaluable "moderates" whose involvement was required for fighting the War on Terror, in addition to delivering Republican party political success.

The post-9/11 policies of the Bush Administration severely strained the relationship, particularly due to the federal investigations and prosecutions of this Islamist lobby. The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood demonized the administration as persecuting innocent Muslims and waging a war on Islam; pushing the same inflammatory narratives these "moderates" claimed they'd counter.

This is similar to what we see today where the Obama Administration includes Islamists in its "Countering Violent Extremism" initiatives. The Islamist ideology and its propaganda create problems that Islamists then purport to be the answer for. And when their demands are not met, they accuse their opponents of "Islamophobia"— Democrat and Republican; Muslim and non-Muslim.

 

Today's Controversy

Norquist's involvement in all of this has triggered an internal investigation by the National Rifle Association into his membership on their board.

Norquist has written several letters this year attacking Gaffney as a "stalker" whose claim has sparked death threats. Norquist describes those who believe Gaffney as "hopefully harmless idiots."

Norquist denies being at the Americans For Tax Reform/Islamic Free Market Institute offices that day and refers to a speaking engagement in San Diego the day prior as evidence. Gaffney and Waller stand by their testimony and note that Norquist's timeline does not preclude him from having taken a flight from San Diego to Washington D.C. for the meeting.

One other piece of context is necessary. The documents do not show that Norquist was scheduled to meet with President Bush, but that has no bearing on the Gaffney-Norquist dispute or on the overall issue. The meetings were exclusively for Arab and Muslim activists. This fact does not diminish the significance of the meetings and the role of Norquist's organization.

None of Norquist's letters express regret about working with the Islamists or even acknowledge legitimate concerns about the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood's influence.

In fact, one of the letters reinforces the case that Norquist is responsible for elevating the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood's influence. He points to how former Islamic Free Market Institute official Suhail Khan organized a trip to Auschwitz in 2010 that resulted in imams denouncing anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.

 

At least five of the eight signatories to the statement belong to this same U.S. Muslim Brotherhood lobby. It includes:

  • The aforementioned Muzzamil Siddiqi, chairman of the Islamist-dominated Fiqh Council of North America;
  • Imam Mohammed Magid, Vice President of ISNA and leader of the ADAMS Center in Virginia that was investigated with IIIT;
  • Sayyid Syeed, former ISNA secretary-general who said in 2006 that "our job is to change the constitution of America;"
  • Imam Suhaib Webb, a former leader of the radical Islamic Society of Boston directly linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and founded by Alamoudi. Webb has also made various extremist statements;
  • Yasir Qadhi, a Salafist radical who preaches that Islam "demolishes" American capitalism.

 

Siddiqi, Magid and Qadi also signed the letter that condemns ISIS but endorses Sharia governance (including its heinous hudud punishments), rebuilding the caliphate and jihad against Israel. The signatories include many figures connected to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, providing yet another example of the "moderate Islamist" strategy in work.

Norquist also boasts that his Islamic Free Market Institute organized two conferences in Qatar, whose government is a terrorism-sponsoring Muslim Brotherhood ally and heavily financed his organization. He praised Qatar as an ally after 9/11 that has made "great strides" on human rights. His lobbying firm reportedly tried to publish op-eds putting a positive spin on the Qatari government.

 

Conclusion

The Bush White House documents obtained by the Clarion Project are shocking in how they display the historical irony of President Bush's scheduled meeting with terrorist-allied Islamists on 9/11 of all days, but there are equally-shocking broader conclusions to be made.

The episode is reflective of a successful Islamist political influence operation and a seriously flawed vetting process that continues until present, with the Islamists at President Obama's Countering Violent Extremism Summit and the choice of Muslim Brotherhood promoter Mohamed Elibiary as a senior Department of Homeland Security advisor serving as two examples.

The conclusion should not be that everyone involved is a secret Islamist conspirator or terrorist. It's that skillful Islamists use relationships with persons of influence in both parties to promote themselves, advance their causes and impact policy.

On the Glenn Beck Show on March 26, Norquist said he formed the Institute to promote a progressive reformation in Islam that is more pro-American and against Sharia governance. Yet, it worked closely with the Islamists who are the exact opposite of that.

Norquist said he probably didn't even know what the Muslim Brotherhood was at the time. It's very hard to believe that anyone involved in Islamic issues would be ignorant of that very basic fact. The Islamism of many of Norquist's partners was already public knowledge then and was almost definitely expressed in their private dealings.

If Norquist was ignorant then, he certainly he is not now. Unknowing partners of these Islamists should renounce them and detail their dealings so as to prevent them in the future. They should thank those who exposed them and make up for their errors by embracing Muslim activists who stand against Islamism.

To this day, Norquist has not expressed regret about working with the Islamists. He has not even conceded that their histories are unsettling. He acts as if the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood doesn't even exist and ridicules those who say it does.

There is a bi-partisan problem when it comes to mistaking Islamists for "moderates." The fight against Islamic extremism requires that those who made such mistakes wake up and act to correct their errors by challenging Islamism.

The treatment of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists as treasured "moderates" must come to an end.

Fri, March 13, 2015 Chicago Tribune Ignores Own Reports on Islamist Group

by: 
Ryan Mauro

The Chicago Tribune printed a story on March 12 dismissing the Clarion Project's reporting on an Islamist group in Oak Brook, Illinois named the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). The Chicago Tribune could have found the truth about NAIT's Islamism by checking out a critical source: Its own archives.

The article was published in reaction to a segment on The O'Reilly Factor in January that featured the Clarion Project's research, including a map that shows an Islamist organization in Oak Brook, Illinois. The organization is the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) and you can see our fully-documented profile of the group here.

The Chicago Tribune article implies that the Clarion Project was evasive when questioned about NAIT, reporting that Oak Brook Village Manager Rick Ginex emailed me to inform me that the FBI found that no extremist group exists in the area.

I received no such email from Ginex nor did I receive a message from anyone identifying himself as being from the Chicago Tribune. Neither seems to have taken the logical first step of searching our website, where they would have easily found the widely-known facts about NAIT.

The irony in this reporting is that it was this same Chicago Tribune that published a blockbuster series of articles about Islamist groups in America, including the organization in question.

On September 19, 2004, the Chicago Tribune published an intriguing article titled "A Rare Look at Secretive Brotherhood in America."

The expose is about the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood including Ahmed Elkadi, who led it from 1984 to 1994. The Brotherhood is an Islamist extremist group rejected by many Muslims and banned as a terrorist group in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It deceptively presents itself as a moderate movement that rejects terrorism.

In fact, the Tribune itself writes in its 2004 expose:

"While separation of church and state is a bedrock principle of American democracy, the international Brotherhood preaches that religion and politics cannot be separated and that governments eventually should be Islamic. The group also champions martyrdom and jihad, or holy war, as a means of self-defense and has provided the philosophical underpinnings for Muslim militants worldwide."

The Tribune report says that Elkadi served as president of NAIT and that groups set up by the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood promote Islamist texts that many Muslims in the area found objectionable.

On February 8, 2004, the Chicago Tribune published an article titled, "Hard-liners Won Battle for Bridgeview Mosque."

It describes a battle between Islamists and anti-Islamist moderates for control of the  Mosque Foundation, which was brought under the control of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network.

A turning point in that battle came when the deed was handed over to NAIT in 1981 despite how "the old-timers did not want the mosque turned over to an outside group with a growing reputation for fundamentalism." 

One of the Muslim moderates interviewed by the Chicago Tribune recalled it "was like a broken heart" when that happened. These Muslims tried to sign up new members in order to vote out the Islamist leaders before their mosque went to the radicals.

One flier that was sent around as part of the campaign warned that "the essence of NAIT is the [Muslim] Brotherhood." It accused the Brotherhood of using "deliberate and distorted means of dividing the community and tearing down what we have been attempting to build for one-half of a century."

Another flier from the opposition declared that their faith "is the Islam of flexibility and commitment to faith rather than fundamentalism and tension."

The women's group at the mosque responded to the signing of the deed to NAIT with a lawsuit accusing the leaders of having deceived their way into power. It did not work and, in the words of the Chicago Tribune, "the hard-liners were now firmly in control." The rest of the article makes it clear that these hardliners have not lost their grip.

The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood listed NAIT as one of "our organizations and the organizations of our friends" in a once-secret explanatory memorandum from 1991. The objective of these organizations, according to the memorandum, is to "work in America as a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within…"

The March 12 article by the Tribune quotes Oak Brook Police Chief James Kruger as saying, "They [the FBI] said it is a legitimate place of business; there are no threats or other concerns in the village."

The FBI is a branch of the Justice Department and the Justice Department designated NAIT as an unindicted co-conspirator in a trial related to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood's secret financing of the Hamas terrorist group. NAIT is listed in section VII of a Justice Department’s document submitted to the Dallas district court as an entity of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.

A federal judge upheld the designation in 2009 because of "ample" evidence linking NAIT and related organizations to the Hamas-financing scheme. Federal prosecutors noted that money for Hamas was routed through a NAIT bank account.

Two declassified FBI reports show that an informant inside the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood was warning about NAIT as far back as 1987-1988.  

The first documents that the confidential informant is "convinced that this organization has a secret agenda which includes the spread of the Islamic Revolution to all non-Islamic governments in the world which does include the United States."

The second documents the intelligence that NAIT is receiving a flood of foreign financing and its leaders "have also indicated their support of terrorism in the U.S. to further the revolution." It says that NAIT's "support of jihad" includes the distribution of anti-Western propaganda and organizing political rallies.

There is plenty of more documentation of NAIT's Islamist extremism in our profile, but some of the best news reports exposing NAIT came from the Chicago Tribune itself. They are free for anyone to access—obviously including Chicago Tribune reporters themselves.

 

Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org’s national security analyst, a fellow with Clarion Project and an adjunct professor of homeland security. Mauro is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio. Read more, contact or arrange a speaking engagement.

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