Center Responds To McCain On Muslim Brotherhood; Invites Dr. Saleha Abedin To Discuss Her Policy Positions

Center for Security Policy | Jul 18, 2012

July 18, 2012,Washington, D.C.:  Senator John McCain  weighed in today on an intensifying controversy concerning the influence  being exercised within the U.S. government by Muslim  Brotherhood-associated individuals and organizations.   In his remarks,  the Arizona legislator assailed five of his House colleagues – Reps.  Michele Bachmann, Louie Gohmert, Trent Franks, Lynn Westmoreland and Tom  Rooney – and an online video curriculum produced by the Center for  Security Policy, The Muslim Brotherhood in America: The Enemy Within (www.MuslimBrotherhoodinAmerica.com).
Unfortunately, in so doing, Sen. McCain made clear that he: had not  actually reviewed the curriculum; was unfamiliar with its extensive  documentation of a stealthy “civilization jihad” being mounted against  this country, its civil society institutions and government; and  misrepresented its findings.  By contrast, with the benefit of that  resource and their own extensive research, the Representatives wrote the  State Department Inspector General, Amb. Harold Geisel, making the  factual observation that his agency has recently adopted a number of  policies that are “enormously favorable to the Muslim Brotherhood and  its interests.”  They went on to characterize those policies as ones  that are “deeply problematic and may even pose security risks for this  nation, its people and interests.”  (The five Members of Congress also  sent similar letters to the IGs of the Departments of Justice, Defense  and Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National  Intelligence.  http://bachmann.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=303218.)
The legislators requested that the Inspector General “conduct a  formal investigation or evaluation of the extent to which Muslim  Brotherhood-tied individuals and entities have helped achieve the  adoption of these State Department actions and policies or are involved  in their execution.”
One of those actions was the Secretary of State’s February 2010  visit to Dar Al-Hekma College in Jedda, Saudi Arabia.  On that occasion,  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demonstrated her support for the  views and achievements of the college’s founder, Dr. Saleha Mahmood  Abedin, the mother of Mrs. Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin.
In the interest of exploring Dr. Abedin’s policy recommendations,  the Center for Security Policy today extended to her the attached  invitation to participate in a dialogue.  A particular focus of this  dialogue would be to illuminate attitudes towards shariah espoused by  the organization with which Dr. Abedin has long been associated: the  International Islamic Committee for Woman and Child.  She has also been  identified as a leader in Saudi Arabia of the Muslim Sisterhood.
Center for Security Policy President Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. said,  “Congresswoman Bachmann and her colleagues have rendered a tremendous  public service by raising an alarm about the dangers posed by the Muslim  Brotherhood’s ‘civilization jihad.’  Far from being chastised for doing  so, by Sen. McCain or others, they should be applauded and aided in  their efforts to have the extent of Brotherhood influence operations  properly investigated by Inspectors General and/or congressional  committees.  We very much hope that a conversation with Dr. Abedin will  help inform such deliberations.”

The Center’s invitation letter to Dr. Abedin is available here.

There are some real zingers in the letter!