President Obama at Ramadan White House Gala decries “very distorted impression” of Muslims


By Pamela Geller on June 23, 2015:

Obama said this at his Iftar gala in observance of Ramadan: “Here in America, many people personally don’t know someone who is Muslim. They mostly hear about Muslims in the news, and that can obviously lead to a very distorted impression.”


Alrighty then, let us review jihad in America in the past month alone:

Devout Muslims open fire on free speech event in Garland, Texas (Washington Times)

New Jersey: Samuel Rahamin Topaz’s arrest is the fourth terror-related arrest in the tri-state area in the past week. (NBC)

Second American Muslim arrested in ISIS-linked NYC bomb plot … Federal prosecutors charged a 21-year-old New Jersey Muslim on Thursday with attempting to help ISIS militants (CNN)

NY: The FBI arrested 21-year-old Fareed Mumuni on Wednesday as part of a larger ISIS-related terrorism investigation. (New York Magazine)

Fifth arrested in connection with Brooklyn ISIS plot (New York Post)

Muslim ISIS supporters from Minnesota arrested, feds say

Virginia teen pleads guilty to supporting ISIS (CBS)

3rd Muslim in Boston in plot to behead Pamela Geller and kill police arrested (ABC News)

Georgia Muslim pleads guilty in attempt to aid ISIS (News 12-TV)

FBI Arrests ISIS Muslim in Cleveland (Breibart)

North Carolina Muslim teen planned Islamic terror attack to kill 1,000 (Business Insider)

Ohio: Muslim Was Ready to ‘Cut Off the Head of His Non-Muslim Son’ to prove his worth as a Muslim (source)

Feds: Phoenix Muslims who attempted Muhammad cartoon mass murder considered Super Bowl attack (source)

FBI agent knife-attacked by Muslim during ISIS investigation in NYC (source)

Houston-area man charged with planning to join ISIS (KSAT, Houston)


And Patrick Poole over at PJM had this:

The arrest of two southern California men last week who were planning to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State brings the number of U.S.-based individuals involved in international terror-related cases this year to 40. (UPDATE: with the arrest of Houston-area Asher Abid Khan late Monday for supporting ISIS, the tally is now 41.)

This number highlights the metastasizing Islamic terror threat in the American homeland. At the current pace, by the end of June — halfway through 2015 — the number of cases will exceed the number from the past two years combined (48).

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Report: Al-Arian to be Deported Wednesday

IPT News
February 3, 2015

1008Sami Al-Arian, a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ)’s governing board during the 1990s, will be deported from the United States Wednesday, a Tampa radio station reports.

WUSF, a public radio affiliate at the university where Al-Arian worked as a tenured computer science professor, cites Al-Arian associates who say he is headed to Turkey.

Al-Arian agreed to leave the country as a condition of his 2006 plea agreement for conspiring to provide goods or services to the PIJ, which President Clinton first named as a terrorist organization in a 1995 executive order.

The deportation ends a 20-year saga for Al-Arian, who was first exposed as a PIJ supporter in the Polk Award winning documentary “Jihad in America” produced by IPT founder and Executive Director Steven Emerson.

Under President Tayyip Recep Erdogan, Turkey has moved closer to radical Islamic movements including the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. Several key Hamas leaders are believed to be operating in Turkey, many, like Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal, recently were asked to leave Qatar.

Al-Arian became a cause celebre among Islamists and their political allies. They ignored his documented role in PIJ leadership, and cast the law enforcement scrutiny against him as the product of an Israeli conspiracy to silence him solely for espousing his political views.

While a University of South Florida professor, Al-Arian created a charity and a think tank that operated nearby. The think tank, called the World and Islam Studies Enterprise (WISE), provided cover and refuge in Tampa to Ramadan Shallah (as Ramadan Abdullah), who emerged in Syria as the PIJ secretary general in 1995. Shallah remains in that position today.

Like Al-Arian, Shallah served on the PIJ Shura Council – essentially its board of directors – during his time in the United States. Al-Arian also helped arrange U.S. visas for two other Shura Council members – Mazen al-Najjar and Basheer Nafi – both were deported.

The charity, the Islamic Committee for Palestine (ICP), hosted annual conferences and other events from 1988-92 that featured prominent figures from PIJ and other radical groups. The PIJ’s spiritual leader, Abdelaziz Odeh, was a staple at these events. At this 1991 event in Cleveland, Al-Arian sits passively as the ICP is described as the PIJ “active arm” in America. Donations for the jihad can be sent to the ICP.

Four years later, in the wake of a double-suicide bombing that killed 21 people in Israel, Al-Arian wrote to a Kuwaiti associate soliciting money for the PIJ. Federal investigators found a copy of the letter in Al-Arian’s home during a 1995 federal raid. Al-Arian claimed he never sent the hand-written solicitation, in which he urges his acquaintance “to try to extend true support of the jihad effort in Palestine so that operations such as these can continue.”

1123But it was only after he was under federal investigation for terror support that Al-Arian developed real political clout. Casting himself as the victim of government overreach, he made contacts on Capitol Hill and was considered someone who might help steer Muslim voters toward political candidates, including George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential campaign.

His 2005 trial ended with a mix of acquittals and counts on which jurors could not unanimously reach a verdict. Rather than face a retrial, Al-Arian entered his guilty plea to one conspiracy count.

As U.S. District Judge James Moody said in sentencing Al-Arian in 2006, “The evidence was clear in this case that you were a leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. You were on the board of directors and an officer, the secretary. Directors control the actions of an organization, even the PIJ; and you were an active leader.”

His deportation was delayed after he was found in contempt and later indicted for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury in Virginia investigating terrorist financing despite a grant of immunity for his truthful testimony. That case languished for five years when U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema refused to rule on a motion to dismiss but also would not set the case for trial.

Prosecutors dropped the case last June, paving the way for Wednesday’s removal.

Fox News Showcases Emerson’s New Documentary “Jihad in America: The Grand Deception”

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Fox News Anchor Megyn Kelly: Well there’s a new film coming out that takes a look at a group called the Muslim Brotherhood and its influence around the world and here at home. The documentary is called The Grand Deception and it describes what the film makers call the dual nature of the Muslim Brotherhood. To the outside world it tries to present a moderate image, claim the film makers, all the while hiding more radical goals including goals for America. Here’s a clip from the trailer.


Nathan Garrett: The Muslim Brotherhood is an international movement the goal of which is to create an Islamic state universally all over the world.

Mamoun Fandy: In my mind the Muslim Brotherhood is the mother of all Islamic organization of the 20th century including Al Qaeda.

Abdel Malik Ali: Democracy does not equal freedom. No, we don’t want to democratize Islam, we want to Islamize democracy.

Abdur-Rahman Muhammad: They believe that Western civilization is corrupt, is evil, is decadent and they want to dismantle it.

Kelly: Joining me now is the film’s producer, Steve Emerson. He’s also the founder of the Investigative Project on Terrorism. Steve, welcome back to the program.

Emerson: Hi Megyn.

Kelly: So what is this about? Is it about the Muslim Brotherhood in America or around the world?

Emerson: Well it’s primarily about the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamic offshoots in the United States that hide under the moniker of being ‘civil rights groups’ or innocent religious groups, but in fact have an ulterior agenda and are members of the larger Muslim Brotherhood infrastructure. In fact all we did was to video secretly behind closed doors radical rallies of Muslim Brotherhood organizations in the United States and capture their statements in which they talk about supporting jihad, supporting taking over the United States, supporting terrorism, calling the United States an anti-Muslim power, and claiming that all arrests since 9/11 were fabricated. And then publicly before the news cameras, before the New York Times or on television they claim that they’re against terrorism, they claim they’re for peace and for love and that they’re for moderation. But in fact it’s a grand deception. And the reason I call the movie The Grand Deception is that it comes from actually an FBI wire tap of radical Islamic members of Hamas secretly meeting in Philadelphia in 1993 which the FBI wire tapped in which they openly talk about the use of deception to fool the American public into making the public believe that they’re actually moderate when they really are supporters of Hamas, a notorious terrorist group.

Kelly: There is a sound bite in the film from the director of the Islamic Society of North America that speaks to the points you just raised. I want to play that for the viewrs now. This is sound bite number three.


Sayyid Syeed: Our job is to change the Constitution of America.

Doug Farah: There is a systematic plan to establish an Islamist beach head in the United States with the eventual goal of watching the United States crumble from within and establishing the Islamic rule in this country.

Kelly: Is this present day, Steve?

Emerson: Absolutely. Look, they know they have to clean up their act and they did since 9/11, since the language they were using before 9/11 was too incendiary and they didn’t think anybody was watching. Now they know people are watching. But we still go behind closed doors. My organization, the Investigative Project on Terrorism, sends in dozens of informants every month to record secretly what goes on behind closed doors, and the proof is in the pudding. The man who just said we have to change the Constitution is speaking at a rally actually where the head of the American Muslim Council, a man named Mr. Alamoudi, who for 13 years was invited to the White House, the CIA, the FBI, he testified at Congress, and yet in 2003 he was arrested for a conspiracy involving Al Qaeda to murder the head of Saudi Arabia. And in the indictment, it showed that for the previous eight years while he had access to the White House, while he had access to the FBI, while he was sent abroad by the State Department, he was secretly a member of and a courier for Hamas and Al Qaeda. This is the deception.

Kelly: I want to talk to you about one of the more shocking clips in the documentary of this man who was giving the invocation before the US Congress and then shortly thereafter talks about the US being a garbage can. We’re gonna play that, discuss it next.


Siraj Wahhaj: In the name of God, most gracious, most merciful, guide the leaders of this nation who have been given a great responsibility in worldly affairs, guide them and grant them righteousness and wisdom.

Siraj Wahhaj: You want to defend this country. You know what this country is? It’s a garbage can. Filthy, filthy and sick.

Kelly: Steve Emerson back with me now, the producer of a new film that’s coming out called The Grand Deception. Who was that guy?

Emerson: Siraj Wahhaj is a major imam from Brooklyn who is actually, was the first Muslim to open the invocation in Congress in 1991, but in fact is a very, very radical militant Muslim cleric who has called for jihad, he has supported terrorism. In fact he was an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing case. And believe it or not, despite all that has come out including his unindicted status, to this very day he is still being invited to and paid for by US government agencies to speak at counterterrorism conferences. This is just one example in the film. There are dozens of other examples where radical Islamic groups, and when I say radical Islamic groups or Muslim Brotherhood groups, it’s not me defining them. We’re using the words that they themselves use –

Kelly: Excuse me for interrupting because we’re up against a hard break. But I want to just ask, is there a difference because we are told that the Muslim Brotherhood, some factions of it, are much more moderate. This I give you from the New York Times – it is at its core a middle class missionary institution led not by religious scholars but by doctors, lawyers and professionals. We were told over in Egypt that that’s what the Muslim Brotherhood looked like, not so much these radicals.

Emerson: In fact they are doctors and lawyers and engineers. They are the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood is made up mostly of its leaders – Dr. Ayman al Zawahiri, the number two of al Qaeda after the deceased Osama bin Laden, was a pediatrician, a surgeon. So in fact the Muslim Brotherhood is a totalitarian regime. There’s no doubt about it. It’s what they say themselves, what they say on their web sites, what they say in speeches that we have on the film. But then before the New York Times which pretends that they are simply political and moderate, they present themselves with a façade of being peaceful. Nothing could be further from the truth and that’s the basic essence of the film is to show the duplicity of how these groups pretend to be moderate but behind closed doors are as radical as the Ku Klux Klan.

Kelly: Steve, thanks for being here.

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An extended sequence of excerpts from the 70-minute film:

Michael Coren interviews Steve Emerson on the Muslim Brotherhood and Stealth Jihad

By Steve Emerson, IPT:

MICHAEL COREN: Steve Emerson is one of North America’s most eminent and respected commentators. He is the author of six books and his television documentary, if you haven’t seen it, you have to, “Jihad in America” won the 1994 George Polk award for best TV documentary. Very early to have covered this sort of stuff. And top prize for the best investigative reporting from Investigative Reporters and Editors. He is also the executive director of The Investigative Project on Terrorism and he frequently testifies before Congressional committees and other related organizations. A great pleasure to welcome you back on the show. How are you?

STEVEN EMERSON: Hard to answer that question. I have become a dysfunctional workaholic, working 14 hours a day, but that is normal in DC.  And the only problem is that I am reading emails until four in the morning and it gets me so stressed out that I don’t sleep till six. I’m fine, thanks.

COREN: I will take that as a, yeah, very well, thanks very much. I know because I’ve had some of the emails back from you in the middle of the night. I don’t know when you actually do sleep. Of course those who plot against us don’t sleep very much either. The real problem for me at least is not that the Muslim Brotherhood and other groups are organizing; it is that so few people in the west seem to understand it and are willing to stand up and fight back.

EMERSON: Well, it is not just willing. There is cognitive dissonance or witting collaboration. There are various motivations. They range from naiveté to our belief that if we don’t lie, others don’t lie. But the reality is that the Muslim Brotherhood is a fascist group and it is based on fascist principals founded in 1928. And even the presidential candidate Morsi, who just won; two hours before President Obama called him to congratulate him for transitioning to democracy, he stated in a speech in Cairo that the shariah will run Egypt from now on. The shariah implements second class codification for women, allows the beating of wives, allows the stoning of women, killing of apostates. And this obviously is going to cause major problems of persecution and even murder of Christians and other minorities in Egypt. Number two, in the United States and in Europe there is an equal problem, that the Muslim Brotherhood front groups, and there are many, and this was documented by the FBI in a raid in 2004 where they found a treasure trove of internal MB documents. There is a whole [Muslim Brotherhood ]structure in the United States and yet this Administration is dealing only with those [very same MB ] groups that believe that there is a “war against Islam”, that Israel should be destroyed, that  support [or rationalize] suicide bombings;  and [moreover, this Administration won’t]… don’t deal with the genuine moderate Muslims who are so courageous because they know they will get shot at when they stick their necks out of the foxhole.

COREN: The question is why because this is abundantly true. We know there are moderate Muslims, probably not as well organized, in fact certainly not as well organized, but they are crying out to be heard and they are being rejected, dismissed, by the very people that they want to help.

EMERSON: Well first of all you are right, they are not as well organized and the Saudi charities and the Islamic billion dollar charities in Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf don’t go to American Muslims for Peace Now, they go to the Muslim Brotherhood groups. In fact, the Muslim Brotherhood groups get the lion’s share of the Saudi moneys, of the Persian Gulf moneys and now they are so well endowed that they have a monopoly, not just in the Middle East, on the education system, on the media system, on the religious system but they have a monopoly here in the United States as well. And you are right. When there was just a hearing the other day by the House Committee on Homeland Security, Democrat after Democrat dissed and made outrageous insults against the three moderate Muslims who courageously testified and [who] admitted there is a problem within Islam that they want to correct; …that [stated is imperative]…  to admit that radical Islam does exist, it doesn’t mean that all Muslims are terrorists, but the [prohibition] of even uttering the term “radical Islam” is part of the edict issued by this administration.

COREN: For those out there who say well I know Muslims and they are nice people, we are not attacking Muslims. If we look at the Russian revolution, the Bolsheviks never represented more than maybe 10% at most of the population, but they controlled an entire empire eventually. The Muslim Brotherhood speaks for more than 10%. They are heavily organized, they have been working for generations now, they now have Egypt, they could well have Syria by the end of the year. This is very worrying.

EMERSON: They could have Syria, they could have Libya. Ultimately they could have Iraq. There is already a different variety [of radical Islam] that controls Iran. Look, there is another problem here. The Muslim Brotherhood is not a democratic system. We equate democracy with civil society so when we allowed elections in Gaza, they elected Hamas, a terrorist government. Democracy didn’t moderate them. The notion that we believe that direct elections and democracy are going to moderate the Muslim Brotherhood is absolutely insane. The reality is totally different. They are deceptive. They use deception. We [the Investigative Project on Terrorism] publish all the time, and so does, all of their radical statements, but no one takes them seriously and then we buy into the naiveté. In the United States, the Muslim Brotherhood infrastructure has a monopoly on the Islamic communities. Most Muslims, I don’t believe, support the radical ideas of the Muslim Brotherhood, but the Muslim Brotherhood groups themselves control the leadership of the organizations. They have infiltrated, and I am not being conspiratorial, they have penetrated the media; they have penetrated law enforcement and I can document that. In fact, [if I may],  just a plug,  [we have] a new documentary coming out in September is called “Jihad in America: Grand Deception” and it is about the stealth Jihad. That means it is about the Jihad waged legally in terms of infiltrating what they [the Muslim Brotherhood in their own documents obtained by the FBI] call a “civilizational Jihad process.” That is a quote used from an internal MB document in the U.S.

COREN: Steve, we will have to have you back on the show. In fact, I promise we will have you back on the show. Thank you so very much indeed.

EMERSON: You’re very welcome.

Video: Jihad in America – a musical parody

This video will send cold chills down your spine. Using a well known song that elicits strong feelings of patriotism and substituting jihadist ideology and imagery is extremely effective in driving the point home that we are in danger of losing our way of life if we don’t STAND UP for our Western values.