U.S. Facilitating Muslim Brotherhood’s Extremist Agenda

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens to Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu at the Global Counterterrorism Forum in Istanbul. (Photo: Reuters)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens to Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu at the Global Counterterrorism Forum in Istanbul. (Photo: Reuters)

By Clare Lopez:

The U.S. government has become an agent of influence for the Brotherhood, as it helps to establish the “International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism.”

First the U.S. allowed itself to be gulled into co-sponsoring an international “Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF)” together with Turkey that deliberately excluded Israel. Now, at the most recent GCTF conference, held December 14, 2012 in Abu Dhabi, the Muslim Brotherhood has succeeded in getting the U.S. to lend its name – and its taxpayers’ money – to the so-called “International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism.”

In this context, the only officially permitted “violent extremists” are al-Qa’eda and only al-Qa’eda. “Violent Extremism” does not include, for instance, HAMAS, Hizballah, the Muslim Brotherhood or the Taliban, all of which espouse the exact same ideology and goals as al-Qa’eda.

The GCTF, which comprises 30 members (including the U.S. and the European Union, but not Israel), bills itself as “an informal, multilateral counterterrorism (CT) platform that focuses on identifying critical civilian CT needs, mobilizing the necessary expertise and resources to address such needs and enhance global cooperation.”

One third of its members are Muslim countries, including some of those most often identified as sources of funding for jihadist organizations such as al-Qa’eda, Ansar al-Shariah and the Muslim Brotherhood. Its Plan of Action on Victims of Terrorism, developed at a July 2012 conference in Madrid, is suitably bland and, naturally, makes no mention of either Islamic terrorism (which is responsible for the vast majority of victims of terrorism), or of Jews and Israelis, who often are the target of such terrorism.

The GCTF’s ominously named “Cairo Declaration on Counterterrorism and the Rule of Law” was adopted September 22, 2011 and spawned the GCTF Criminal Justice and Rule of Law Working Group, which is co-chaired by Egypt and the U.S. At the time of the group’s inaugural meeting (held November 3-4, 2011 in Washington, D.C.), it will be recalled that Egypt had recently installed a Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohammed Morsi, who is pledged to the global imposition and enforcement of Islamic law (sharia).

Further, Egypt, as well as the other nine GCTF Islamic member countries, is also a signatory to the 1990 Cairo Declaration, which rejected the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and declared that the only human rights Islamic members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) recognize are those allowed by the sharia. Egypt is also the co-sponsor, together with the U.S., of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18, which calls on Western governments to criminalize “any advocacy of religious hatred against individuals that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence,” which is, in fact, a thinly disguised assault on the U.S.’s First Amendment free speech rights.

Hard on the heels of the Muslim Brotherhood’s blitzkrieg takeover of Egypt, the sharia-adherent Egyptian judiciary has wasted no time in moving to suppress criticism of Islam, both at home and abroad. Even before the new sharia-elevating constitution’s late December 2012 referendum, an Egyptian blogger was convicted for blasphemy and “contempt of religion” and the conviction of a Coptic Christian was upheld for “insulting the prophet” by pointing out that Muhammad had more than four wives (which is amply documented in both the Sira and ahadith). Not content to crush free speech only at home, in November 2012, an Egyptian court sentenced seven people, including an American citizen, to death on blasphemy charges for their involvement in the online video, “Innocence of Muslims.”

To date, there has been no official statement from the U.S. State Department on exactly how it intends to work on ‘Criminal Justice and Rule of Law” with a sharia champion GCTF co-chair like Egypt and reconcile that with its Constitutional obligations to the American people.

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Clare Lopez is a senior fellow at RadicalIslam.org and a strategic policy and intelligence expert with a focus on the Middle East, national defense and counterterrorism. Lopez served for 20 years as an operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

3 thoughts on “U.S. Facilitating Muslim Brotherhood’s Extremist Agenda

  1. Shariah Law

    What is Sharia law?
    Sharia is an Arabic word commonly translated as the “way” or “path to water.”

    Briefly stated, Sharia law is the wide body of Islamic religious law. It is sometimes referred to as “Islamic law” or “Muslim law.” However, because Sharia law deals with all aspects of daily life, such as family (e.g., marriage, divorce, custody, inheritance); finance, banking, and contracts (e.g., investing, forbidding the paying or charging of interest); social issues (e.g., dress, hygiene); religion; and acts which are typically known as crimes everywhere (e.g., theft, murder, rape), it is not simply legal system or form of criminal justice, but a code of living. It is one of the three most common systems of law, after common law and civil law.

    Sharia is based the Koran and the hadith (the record of the actions and sayings of the Prophet Mohammed), as well as ijma (consensus opinion of scholars) and qiyas (analogy, reasoning, precedent).

    After the death of Mohammed, five schools of law developed, four out of the Sunni sect and one out of the Shi’ite sect. Even today, Sharia law is not the same in all Islamic societies, nor do all predominantly Muslim countries follow Sharia law. For example, Saudi Arabia and Iran follow Sharia law for all areas of jurisprudence; countries like Pakistan have largely secular laws, with some Islamic provisions in family law; and Turkey doesn’t base its laws on the Koran. Meanwhile, India and the Philippines, countries with minority Muslim populations, have separate Muslim civil laws.

    While there are principles in Sharia law that Western nations would find entirely familiar, such as the idea of force majeure in contracts, the presumption of innocence, the principle of precedent in making legal decisions, the prohibition of illegal drugs, the right to privacy, the right of women to own property in their own right, there are also principles that Western nations consider contrary to human rights, and some that only some Western nations find contrary to human rights. For example, consider the Hadd (or Hudood) offences, which are a small set of crimes, punished by specific penalties, including capital punishment, flogging, or amputation of a hand or foot. One example of a Hadd offence is drinking alcohol, which is punishable by flogging; another is adultery, which is punishable by stoning; another is theft, which is punishable by having a hand or foot cut off. (Penalties for the Hadd offences are not universally applied in Islamic nations.) Western nations find stoning for adultery contrary to human rights; yet, only some Western nations find the death penalty in general contrary to human rights.

    For more information, see:

    The Council on Foreign Relations’ “Islam: Governing Under Sharia”
    The BBC’s “Religion and Ethics – Islam,” page on Sharia law

  2. Reblogged this on swissdefenceleague and commented:

    First the U.S. allowed itself to be gulled into co-sponsoring an international “Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF)” together with Turkey that deliberately excluded Israel. Now, at the most recent GCTF conference, held December 14, 2012 ”
    “One third of its members are Muslim countries, including some of those most often identified as sources of funding for jihadist organizations such as al-Qa’eda, Ansar al-Shariah and the Muslim Brotherhood ”

    “Further, Egypt, as well as the other nine GCTF Islamic member countries, is also a signatory to the 1990 Cairo Declaration, which rejected the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and declared that the only human rights Islamic members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) recognize are those allowed by the sharia ”

  3. Reblogged this on oogenhand and commented:
    The Muslim Brotherhood is allied to Qatar. Many people suspect an American conspiracy against Europe. Maybe Europe should hit back allying to Mexicans.

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