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IPT Exclusive: State Department Barred Inspection of Muslim Brotherhood Delegation

by Steven Emerson
IPT News
April 9, 2012

The State Department broke with normal procedures last week when it ordered the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) not to conduct a secondary inspection on members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) on their way to visit government officials and think tanks in the United States.

This happened despite the fact that one member of the delegation had been implicated – though not charged – in a U.S. child pornography investigation, the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) has learned.

Abdul Mawgoud Dardery

According to senior enforcement sources and documents reviewed by the IPT, investigators had information tying Abdul Mawgoud Dardery to the pornography investigation that was based in Pennsylvania. He was the senior member in the four-person FJP delegation which held court with academic groups and met with senior officials at the White House and State Department last week. (For more on what they said, click here.)

The FJP recently won a plurality of seats in recent elections to determine makeup of the next Egyptian Parliament.

Before returning to Egypt, Dardery lived in the United States long enough to attain legal permanent residency, known as a green card. That status lapsed after he left the country for more than six months. The child pornography investigation took place during Dardery’s time here and was noted in his immigration file. It surfaced when CBP officials learned of his pending visit.

A U.S. official familiar with immigration procedures told the IPT that extra inspection is standard operating procedure when a foreign visitor has been tied to criminal or terrorist activities. “Secondary inspections” involve going through the visitor’s baggage and viewing the contents of computers and other electronic devices to search for evidence of illicit activity. Agents would typically search other members of the party to ensure Dardery did not hand off his computer equipment to an associate to avoid detection.

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Taqiyya from Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s FJP delegation at Georgetown University

 
On Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 the Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University hosted a panel of members of the political arm of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP). The panelists included Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, a Freedom and Justice member of parliament from Luxor and a member on parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee; Hussein El-Kazzaz, an economic advisor for the Muslim Brotherhood and Freedom and Justice Party; Sondos Asem, the senior editor of the Freedom and Justice Party’s official website; and Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a foreign relations coordinator for the Freedom and Justice Party. Georgetown Professor John Esposito moderated the panel.
 
C-SPAN has a recording of the entire one hour and 15 min.event. Vlad Tepes has provided a 16 min. clip of the hard hitting question and answer segment showing some incredible taqiyya by the panel members. You can view the clip by clicking here.

Sondos Asem began by stating that the FJP delegation was in the U.S. to build bridges of understanding, given the important role of America in the region. All Egyptians suffered under Mubarak; 30 percent of Egyptians live beneath the poverty line, illiteracy is high, and there is deeply-entrenched corruption. The FJP stands by the revolution’s goals of freedom, dignity, democracy, and justice. Abdul Mawgoud Dardery continued, stating that Egypt’s revolution acted against dictatorship and corruption. It was not targeting an individual, but rather a whole regime. The FJP embraces a value system that views the family as the basis of a healthy society, Dardery said. The FJP’s faith system stands against extremism. On economic matters, the FJP supports private enterprise that promotes opportunity for all, and wants to see Egypt enter the global economy. The state should empower citizens, not control them. The FJP’s goal, Dardery said, is for all Egyptians to have access to clean water, food, schools, and hospitals. People should have no fear of speaking in opposition to the regime, and there should be a balance between society and government.

One questioner said the constitution should not be written by the majority party only, and that members of the Constituent Assembly, tasked with writing the new Egyptian constitution, should not come from within parliament.

Abdul Mawgoud Dardery replied that given the number of seats the FJP won in parliamentary elections, the FJP is actually under-represented in Assembly. Dardery also claimed that the FJP had taken a moderate position between two extremes – it was a good sign that both Al-Azhar’s representatives on the committee and the liberals were unhappy with the situation. Khaled Al-Qazzaz added that the process of selecting Assembly members was done democratically since all members were approved by parliament.

Another guest asked why the Muslim Brotherhood kept changing its position on issues, and pointed to the nomination of Brotherhood Deputy Supreme Guide Khairat al-Shater for the presidency and their expulsion of former Brotherhood Activist Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh. Hussein El-Kazzaz replied that the FJP realized that if it governed poorly or violated their promises then it would be voted out of office. The reason El-Kazzaz gave for the al-Shater’s nomination was that the party had been in discussions with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), who told the FJP that their reign in Egypt ends with the parliament – they would have no more than a symbolic role in the government ministries and cabinet positions. Because the SCAF prevented the FJP from forming a coalition government, based on their success in parliamentary elections, the party decided to run for president to ensure they would not be forced out of the executive branch. Khaled Al-Qazzaz explained that Abouel Fotouh decided to violate an official policy of the FJP and Muslim Brotherhood at the time, that this was his choice to exercise his political rights, but that the FJP also had a right to enforce its policy. El-Kazzaz added that Egypt faced a “different reality” from ten months ago.Another question involved foreign funding for political activity, and whether the FJP would make the sources of its funding available and transparent. Al-Qazzaz replied that because of the Muslim Brotherhood’s huge membership and donations from outside the party, it did not have a funding problem. Al-Qazzaz added that while foreign funding of organizations such as nongovernmental organizations was allowed, it had to be completely transparent.

Dardery affirmed that the FJP would make the sources of its funding available to the public, and that the FJP supported freedom of information generally. When asked about what the FJP was doing to promote political activity among women, Sondos Asem replied that the party was not happy about women’s representation in the parliament, and claimed that the FJP fielded more female candidates than any other party. Part of the FJP platform was researching and addressing violations of women’s rights, Asem said.Another guest brought up the issue of discrimination against Christians, pointing out that in many Muslim-majority nations Christians were oppressed, their churches burned, and restrictions placed upon the building of houses of worship. Dardery replied that both Muslims and Christians suffered under the Mubarak regime, and said that 80 percent of the Coptic Christians who voted in Luxor voted for him.

He referenced the “Spanish experience,” when Muslims ruled the Iberian peninsula over a large Christian population at the height of the Islamic empire. Professor John Esposito asked about the FJP’s desire to establish an Islamic state, and what that would entail. Dardery answered, saying that the distinction between an Islamic state and a Muslim state was “academic.” An Islamic state welcomed non-Muslims, while a Muslim state was for Muslims only. Dardery added that the FJP wanted to apply Islamic Law “principles, which were concerned with outcomes, rather than “rulings,” which were limited in time and place. Dardery affirmed that the FJP did support lifting restrictions on building churches and other houses of worship.Responding to a similar question about the Islamic “Caliphate,” al-Qazzaz said that there was a misunderstanding about what this term meant, and its meaning was closer to alliances like the European Union and the United States, which are based on common characteristics, values, and beliefs. Another question asked whether the FJP supported an individual’s right to criticize or doubt Islam. Dardery said that religion is a human choice, and that according to Islam one cannot impose that choice upon another individual. A party must be able to accept criticism in politics, which will be a constant reality. Dardery went on to say that the FJP’s goal was to present a “Muslim alternative,” and that the Egyptian experience in democracy was an experiment.

 
 
 
Abdul Mawgoud Rageh Dardery’s version of “Some of my best friends are Christian”:
 
 

Muslim Brotherhood’s ‘Perception Management Team’ to Washington, D.C.

A Muslim Brotherhood perception management team is coming to Washington, D.C. Georgetown University’s Saudi-funded Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and its Director, John Esposito, will host a delegation of Egyptian members of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party for “a discussion” on April 4, 2012.

Then, the group will join fellow Brotherhood-affiliates from Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia the next day at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for a program to be moderated by Nathan Brown, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University and a senior associate in the Middle East Program at Carnegie.

Professor John Esposito founded the Georgetown Center that now bears the name of the Saudi royal prince whose $20 million dollar endowment in 2005 bought a devoted pro-Islamic program at this Catholic university in the nation’s capital. Professor Nathan Brown, another apologist for sharia Islam, testified for the defense in the first Holy Land Foundation HAMAS terror funding trial, in which he attempted to whitewash the obligatory Islamic annual zakat tax, a portion of which according to sharia (Islamic law) must go to jihad.

Among the Egyptian Brothers welcomed to Washington by Esposito and Brown will be Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, left, a Freedom and Justice Party Member of Parliament from Luxor and a member of the party’s Foreign Relations Committee; Hussein El-Kazzaz, a businessman and advisor to the Freedom and Justice Party; a “Sister,” Sondos Asem, Senior Editor at the Brotherhood’s online website, www.Ikhwanweb.com and a member of the party’s Foreign Relations Committee; and Khaled Al-Qazzaz, the Foreign Relations Coordinator for the Freedom and Justice Party. 

After predictably sweeping some 75% of the parliamentary vote together with fellow supporters of Islamic law in the Salafist party, the Muslim Brotherhood already is beginning to clamp down on dissent from the majority, pro-sharia line.

Speaking in February 2012, Abdul Mawgoud Dardery expressed disapproval for any “type of democracy that will not bring Islamists to power…this is wrong,” he said. In this sense, it would appear that Dardery considers “democracy” a kind of mob rule in which the majority makes the rules—and the majority in Egypt today is unquestionably pro Muslim Brotherhood and pro Islamic Law.

Despite an Election Program that is liberally studded with words like “freedom,” “justice” and “equality” that would make Thomas Jefferson proud, in practice, the Freedom and Justice Party is unlikely to stray far from sharia once firmly empowered by the new Egyptian constitution it will have the lead role in writing.

The brazen misrepresentation of sharia in this election year document (aka taqiyya) should be “Exhibit A” for any who still think this revolution was about American-style democracy. Currently published as part of the Freedom and Justice Party platform, whoppers like the following won’t be around for long after June 2012:

  • “…freedom of belief and worship are rights guaranteed by the Constitution and the law, and by sharia (Islamic law)…” [“Whoever changes his religion, kill him,” said the Muslim prophet Muhammad, according to authoritative ahadith. If anyone still harbors the illusion that this commandment is irrelevant in the 21st century, the story of the Iranian Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who has been imprisoned, charged and reportedly sentenced to death on faith-based charges variously described as apostasy or insult to Islam, should be illustrative.]
  • “…our fellow Christians must not be deprived of the right to build churches” [The 9th century Pact of Umar, whose provisions are included in the book of Islamic Law called “The Reliance of the Traveller” (or ‘Umdat al-Salik) which bears the 1991 imprimatur of Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, says that “…we will not erect in our city or the suburbs any new monastery, church, cell or hermitage; that we will not repair any of such buildings that may fall into ruins, or renew those that may be situated in the Muslim quarters of the town…” The laws governing the Ahl al-dhimma, or conquered People of the Book, state that failure to keep any part of this Pact by Christians or Jews results in automatic abrogation of the Pact and immediate forfeiture of their right to life, liberty and property. In other words, their blood becomes haram (permitted)—and for the beleaguered Coptic community across much of Egypt already has.]
  • “The basic principle of Islamic law is equality between women and men…” [Qur’an Sura 4:34 says, “Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in (the husband’s) absence what Allah would have them guard. As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (Next), refuse to share their beds, (And last) beat them…”]

And finally, among the Ikhwan delegation is the lone “Sister,” Sondos Asem, (left) who is senior editor at the Brotherhood’s online website, www.Ikhwanweb.com and a member of the Party’s Foreign Relations Committee. Asem, it will be recalled, was the young 20-something who so beguiled Nicholas Kristoff, (left), during his December 2011 interview with her for the New York Times.

Apparently completely bamboozled by this articulate, well-educated mouthpiece for the Egyptian Brotherhood, the oddly naive Kristoff swallowed whole her absurd pronouncements about the equal position of women in the organization and Muslim society. The fact that, in the NYT video of the interview, Asem and her mother both wore typical Islamic garb with their heads tightly swathed while Asem’s brother, obviously the dominant figure in the family, lingered out of sight off-camera as Asem laughingly told Kristoff she “can’t talk in front of him,” seemed not to register with him in the slightest. 

This is the Ikhwan’s traveling perception management team, then, that is now headed for the U.S. Its purpose, in advance of the new constitution that the Brotherhood will be writing for Egypt in coming months, is to soothe American concerns over the coming transformation of the Egyptian government from a military dictatorship with Islamic undertones to a frankly Islamic one.

Of course, they’d like to keep the U.S. largesse flowing for as long as possible and once U.S. citizens begin to glom onto the Brotherhood’s anti-Western, anti-Christian, anti-Israel sharia agenda, that might not be so easy. The Muslim Brotherhood motto doesn’t come across so well once people know what’s in it:

Allah is our objective, Muhammad is our Prophet, the Quran is our law, Jihad is our way, and dying in the way of Allah is our highest aspiration.

They might start thinking about what the Muslim Brotherhood logo, (lef), means, too: the Arabic word at the bottom of the circle is waidu, meaning “prepare,” and comes from the first word of Qur’anic verse 8:60, which tells Muslims to “Make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into the hearts of the enemy.”                                                 

If it is possible to attend these sessions at Georgetown University or Carnegie, it is sure to be instructive in the methodology of the influence operation. The words will be perfectly calibrated to resonate with freedom-loving people who cheer to see the oppressed rise up chanting slogans about “democracy.” The reality is otherwise…but because the Brotherhood’s influence within America’s own national security leadership circles, academia, and society as a whole already is so great, it can be difficult to realize that the pre-violent jihad by stealth is far more lethal to the West than the violent jihad. The violence will come anyway (at the end), but now is the time for “civilization jihad,” unless delegations like this one are seen for what they really are and met with some pointed questions.  

Clare Lopez is a senior fellow at the Clarion Fund and a strategic policy and intelligence expert with a focus on the Middle East, national defense and counterterrorism. Lopez began her career as an operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

See also RadicalIslam.org’s related article America Rolls Out Welcome Mat for Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood.