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CBN News terrorism expert Erick Stakelbeck discusses the threat that Islam poses to America.
The Watchman, by Erick Stakelbeck:
On this week’s edition of The Watchman, we’re joined by Mark Langfan, chairman of Americans for a Safe Israel, who uses his unique collection of 3-D topographic maps and graphics to show the imminent dangers Israel faces from Hamas and other surrounding terror networks and their increasingly advanced rocket stockpiles.
On this week’s episode of The Watchman, we’re joined by Brooke Goldstein, director of the Lawfare Project and the Children’s Rights Institute, to discuss the growing movement against free speech in the West and how the United Nations is helping indoctrinate Palestinian schoolchildren in anti-Semitic hate.
Plus, Middle East and intelligence expert Avi Melamed gives his insider take on the latest developments in the world’s most volatile region.
Erick Stakelbeck is an American original. A product of Northeast Philadelphia, son of a 101st Airborne Screaming Eagle vet, high school basketball champion who is now a living treasure in the American and international counter jihad community. A budding sportswriter of note following graduation from Holy Family University in Philadelphia, he had a minor epiphany after 9/11 and changed career paths. We and most Americans are glad that he did.
After 9/11 occurred in Manhattan, he decided to do something about it. He sought out Steve Emerson at The Investigative Project on Terrorism, where he served an apprenticeship learning the tools of investigative research and sharpened his writing skills with a flood of articles in some of the leading webzines. He was presented with an opportunity, at the 700 Club Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), to become a full time on-air anti-terrorism beat journalist. From his base in Washington, Stakelbeck ranged across the country and the globe with his video team exposing the leading personalities of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist communities in their plot to impose civilizational jihad on the West. They aim to supplant the Judeo-Christian ethos underlying the US Constitution with Sharia, Islamic law. He has also been a frequent commentator on Fox News, Glen Beck’s The Blaze, CNN, and The Savage Nation. He has authored articles on terrorism, Islamization of Europe, the UK and America, the Middle East, and radical Islam for the Wall Street Journal, Weekly Standard, Washington Times, New York Post, Jerusalem Post, National Review and Human Events, among others. He is a stalwart friend of the Jewish nation of Israel and the Jewish people. He is not enamored of feckless, heedless reporting and commentary from most of the mainstream media. Stakelbeck has consistently warned about the Obama Administration’s dalliance with radical Muslim groups both at home, and in the Middle East and North Africa. He deems recent developments in the latter, the Arab Winter. He is a much sought after speaker and has been invited to testify before Congressional committees on these topics. (See our interview with him in our collection, The West Speaks).
Aside from his reporting duties at Stakelbeck on Terror at CBN (renamed The Watchman, see here) he has authored two books, The Terrorist Next Door; How the Government is Deceiving You About the Islamist Threat, about the plague of homegrown terrorists in America (See our NER review, here) and his latest work, The Brotherhood: America’s Next Great Enemy.
Stakelbeck’s writing verve and style is guaranteed not to put you to sleep with pedantic turns of phrases. Quite the opposite. It is the prose of page turning thrillers, with a difference. He is not making this material up. He is reporting firsthand what drove the creation of the world wide network of the Muslim Brotherhood (“the Ikhwan”) since it was founded in 1928 by Hassan al Banna, an Egyptian teacher. The Muslim Brotherhood has more than 70 affiliates throughout the Muslim Ummah. Stakelbeck estimates that the Muslim Brotherhood has more than an estimated 100 million adherents globally. In the US the Ikhwan has a number of front groups, among them the Council of American Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, Muslim American Society, Muslim Political Action Council, Muslim Student Association, North American Islamic Trust and the Islamic Circle of North America. [Members of the American wing of the Ikhwan are part of the Obama Administration fulfilling faith based partnership, policy advisory and diplomatic roles in the Department of Homeland Security, Justice and State Departments.]
Members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood have been invited to the Obama White House. Hani Nour Eldin, a former terrorist member of the Egyptian Ikhwan was part of a delegation that met with White House staff. Eldin lobbied for the release of the blind Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman who organized the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing. In mid June 2013, just weeks before the ouster of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, Obama National Security staffers met with Sheikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah of the International Union of Muslim Scholars. He is a colleague of Egyptian Ikhwan preacher Yusuf al Qaradawi. According to a Fox News report, Sheik Ben Bayyah “has urged the U.N. to criminalize blasphemy.” His group has spoken out in favor of Hamas and in 2009 issued a fatwa barring “all forms of normalization with Israel.”
Read more about the Muslim Brotherhood at New English Review and see what Stakelbeck proposes to counter their influence.
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror-financing case, is being used regularly by the White House as a consultant on Muslim affairs. Clarion Project’s Ryan Mauro reports on CBN news.
By Billy Hallowell:
Considering the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East, Erick Stakelbeck’s new book, “The Brotherhood: America’s Next Great Enemy,” provides a fascinating lens into the Muslim Brotherhood’s history, contemporary power structures — and the level to which the journalist and national security expert believes that the Obama administration has empowered the group.
In an e-mail interview over the weekend, Stakelbeck answered some of TheBlaze’s most burning questions about the Brotherhood and why he chose to pen such a fascinating book.
Why should Americans fear the Muslim Brotherhood?
First and foremost, Americans need to understand that the Muslim Brotherhood is the granddaddy of them all when it comes to modern-day Islamic terrorist groups. Al Qaeda and Hamas are direct offshoots of the Brotherhood—and if the MB was never created in 1928 in Egypt, 9/11 would have never happened. I know that may be a stunning statement to some, but think about it. The architects of 9/11 — including Osama Bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — all belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood before they formed Al Qaeda.
As I show in the book, all of these Al Qaeda kingpins were heavily inspired and influenced by the Muslim Brotherhood’s ideology of martyrdom and jihad. The Brotherhood is where they got their start. The MB is, in essence, the gateway drug to Islamic terrorism. Every Islamic jihadist worth his suicide belt today owes a depraved debt to the Muslim Brotherhood and its leading icons like Hassan Al-Banna and Sayyid Qutb. To understand Islamic terrorism and the mess we’re in right now globally, you must first understand the Muslim Brotherhood.
What led you to write “The Brotherhood: America’s Next Great Enemy”?
I had become absolutely, positively fed up with the narrative being pushed by the Obama administration and the mainstream media that the Muslim Brotherhood is a “moderate” Islamist group that can be used to fight against Al Qaeda. First of all, as discussed previously, the Muslim Brotherhood spawned Al Qaeda. Secondly, this is an inherently anti-American, anti-Western and anti-Semitic organization at its very core. Starting with its founding motto — which reads, in part, “Jihad is our way, dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope” — the Brotherhood and its ideology and goals are fundamentally incompatible with the United States.
Brotherhood leaders openly speak of reestablishing a global Islamic caliphate, or super state, that would unite every Muslim nation economically, politically and militarily and control a good amount of the world’s oil supply as it targets Israel for elimination (with assistance on that end by the Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch, Hamas). They praise suicide bombings against American troops and have called for jihad against the Untied States. As I document in “The Brotherhood,” the MB even collaborated closely with the Nazis during World War II in an attempt to extend Hitler’s Final Solution to the Middle East.
It’s so bad that my book could easily be titled: “The Brotherhood: Even Worse Than You Think.” I’ve been tracking the MB closely for 12 years and even I was shocked by some of what I uncovered in my research for this book. This is not an organization we should be embracing: it is a blood-soaked, totalitarian death cult that we must defeat and discredit at every turn.
Read more at The Blaze
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The show focused on the unholy alliance between radical Islamists and the radical Left and what can be done to preserve Judeo-Christian, Western civilization:
Erick examines the growing trend of mega-mosques across the West, including an on-the-ground report from Cologne, Germany, where the Islamist-led Turkish government is building what will be one the largest mosques in Europe.
Video includes interviews with Gavin Boby, the man they call “The Mosquebuster,” and Joseph Farah, CEO of WND.com and author of The Tea Party Manifesto:
- What Muslim-Americans really believe (wnd.com)
The so-called Arab Spring has seen the Muslim Brotherhood rise to power in the Middle East and North Africa.
But those aren’t the only regions where the group is spreading its influence: the Brotherhood has also been active in the West for decades.
CBN News recently traveled to Europe to discover how the Muslim Brotherhood got here and what it has planned.
Sparking a Capitol Debate
It’s an issue that continues to heat up on Capitol Hill.
When Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and four other GOP House members called for an investigation recently into Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the U.S. government, they were widely criticized, even by some of their Republican colleagues.
Yet documents captured by the FBI show cleary that the Muslim Brotherhood is active in the United States.
And Egypt’s new president, Mohammed Morsi, reportedly joined the group while he was a student at the University of Southern California in the late 1970s and early 80s.
Establishing a Toehold
The Brotherhood’s presence in the West, however, goes back much further than that.
CBN News recently visited the Islamic Center of Munich, which many consider the birthplace of radical Islam in the West.
It was there that the Muslim Brotherhood first established a presence in the West and spread its tentacles throughout Europe and the United States.
“Initially, the mosque was an idea of the West Germans, who also wanted to harness Islam for its political purposes in the Cold War,” said Ian Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Mosque in Munich.
“But the project was taken over by young students, mostly members or sympathizers with the Muslim Brotherhood,” he said.
Johnson told CBN News the United States and West Germany initially supported the mosque as a buffer against Soviet communism during the Cold War.
It soon became much more than that.
“It was a refuge for senior key Brotherhood people,” Johnson explained. “The board of directors was a who’s who of radical Islam people, from Pakistan, Egypt, Syria, North Africa, and of course, Europe.”
“It really had nothing to do with Munich. It wasn’t a local mosque for local Muslims,” he continued. “It was a political entity that was trying to organize political Islam around the world.”
From Munich, and with the help of funding from Saudi Arabia, the Brotherhood soon began establishing mosques throughout Europe and America.
“People who were key members of the mosque in Munich moved to the United States and helped set-up and organize Islam there as well,” Johnson said.
Read more at CBN News
On this must-see week’s edition of the Stakelbeck on Terror show, CBN News examines the growing threat of biological terrorism on U.S. soil. From Al-Qaeda to Iran to Syria and North Korea, some of America’s greatest enemies have acquired or are working to acquire biological weapons.
Leading national security experts Chet Nagle and Clare Lopez join us to break down what a bioterror attack would look like, how it would affect America, and why our leaders are unprepared to deal with this very real threat.
Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin’s courage leading missions in war zones like Iraq, Somalia, and Panama earned him a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Yet an invitation to speak at a West Point prayer breakfast resulted in anything but a hero’s welcome.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, joined a coalition of far left groups protesting Boykin’s appearance because of his alleged “Islamophobia.”
Boykin, a strong critic of radical Islamist groups like the Brotherhood, eventually withdrew from the event.
“In consultation with the faculty and staff at West Point — who clearly wanted me to withdraw to save them the embarrassment of cancelling my invitation — I did so,” Boykin said.
CAIR, which led the charge against Boykin, has come under major scrutiny from federal authorities in recent years.
In 2007, it was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in American history.
In 2009, a federal judge ruled that “ample evidence” exists linking CAIR to the terror group Hamas.
And in a 2011 congressional testimony, FBI Director Robert Mueller said “no formal relationship” existed with CAIR because of concerns about the group’s national leadership.
Nevertheless, CAIR remains a go-to source for the mainstream media and has seen success lobbying against critics of Islamic supremacy.
“CAIR is still very influential,” Boykin told CBN News. “And the leadership in America today — and I don’t just mean at the national level but all over — is still catering to CAIR, still giving them credibility and giving them the opportunity to wield power in America.”
That power was on full display recently in New York City, where CAIR successfully pressured the New York Police Department to stop showing a documentary called “The Third Jihad” at counter-terrorism training courses.
The film, narrated by a moderate Muslim, details the rise of Muslim Brotherhood front groups in America.
“‘The Third Jihad,’ by the way, criticizes CAIR and exposes them, so of course they don’t want the NYPD to know about that,” said Ryan Mauro, a national security expert with the Clarion Fund, the group that produced “The Third Jihad.”
“The NYPD and government agencies will say, ‘Well, if we want to have cooperation with the Muslim community, we have to please CAIR,'” Mauro told CBN News.
Pleasing CAIR apparently includes shutting down testimonies of ex-Muslims like Kamal Saleem, a former Islamic terrorist who became a Christian.
Saleem told CBN News that his recent speech at a Michigan high school was cancelled after the local CAIR chapter complained.
“People like us, who are talking about their secrets, their ideology — they try to swiftly destroy,” he said.
I’m currently wrapping up a report that will air on tomorrow’s CBN’s “The 700 Club” program about the recent string of successful pressure campaigns orchestrated by the notorious Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in silencing critics of the Muslim Brotherhood.
You won’t want to miss this one, featuring Gen. Jerry Boykin, former Islamic terrorist Kamal Saleem, and others. I’ll be posting the video here on the blog tomorrow.
In the meantime, however, working on this story and observing the furor over the accidental Afghan Koran burning–and the mainstream media’s choice to scold the American military while soft-pedaling–even excusing–the deadly Islamic riots that followed–has raised a few questions in my mind that I’d like to pose to our leftist, “tolerant” and ever-faithful multi-culti chums at The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, NPR, NBC, etc. Here goes (in no particular order):
1) Why do you regularly seek out CAIR officials for quotes and soundbites in news reports as if they represent a legitimate, mainstream and moderate Muslim organization without mentioning the following facts? A) In 2007, CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in American history. B) In 2009, a federal judge ruled that “ample evidence” existed linking CAIR to the terrorist group Hamas.
2) How many of you have summoned up the intellectual curiosity to actually read the Koran and hadiths and study Islamic history? Shouldn’t you have at least a passing knowledge of the subject matter before making the knee-jerk, uneducated, wishful conclusion that Islam is, at its core, a “religion of peace?”
3) How many of you have read the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood Explanatory Memorandum that was uncovered by the FBI in 2004 in the home of a top Brotherhood operative living in northern Virginia? Talk about a huge story that the public should know about! It lays out the MB’s plan to destroy America from within and identifies several of the groups you and the U.S. government are so fond of–including the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Muslim American Public Affairs Council (MPAC)–as Brotherhood-connected entities. This document literally represents the enemy’s battle plan to take down the United States. And you are playing right into their hands. Do you even care?
4) In your rush to warn against military action against Iran’s nuclear facilites and assure us that Iran is a rational actor that can be contained, have any of you taken the time to research the apocalyptic, expansionist, Mahdi-and-martyrdom obsessed ideology of Iran’s regime? Here is a good place to start.
5) When will you admit that the so-called “Arab Spring” that you were so thrilled about has devolved into a long, dark Islamist Winter that has empowered Islamic fanatics across the Middle East and North Africa and seriously endangered the security of America and Israel?
Any MSMers who can answer these questions with a semblance of rationality, clarity and intellectual honesty will receive an American flag lapel pin that they can easily bury in their office drawers.
On this week’s edition of the Stakelbeck on Terror show, CBN News sits down with two leading legal experts to discuss their new organization, the American Freedom Law Center, and its fight against creeping Sharia and stealth jihad in the United States.
From defending Christian evangelists in the Muslim hotspot of Dearborn, Mich., to battling the Islamist pressure campaigns of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), David Yerushalmi and Robert Muise are on the front lines in the battle to preserve Judeo-Christian civilization.