Egypt Arrests US Embassy Employee in Charge of Political Islam

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To be clear, we are talking about an Egyptian employee. Things haven’t gotten so bad that Egypt is arresting US diplomats. Yet.

CAIRO: National Security arrested a local employee on Jan. 25 who works for the U.S. embassy in Cairo, the embassy confirmed Tuesday.

“We confirm that one of our local employees was arrested on Jan. 25. According to our information, there are no charges against him so far,” said Mofid al-Deek, Media Attaché and the spokesperson of the U.S. embassy in Cairo.

Deek said the embassy is communicating with the Egyptian government to understand the reason for the employee’s detention.

A security source reported National Security arrested Ahmed A., a U.S embassy employee in charge of the political Islam file. The source added that the employee was in constant contact with Khairat el-Shater, First Deputy of the General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, when the group ruled the country.

The suspect was arrested while participating with others in marches and riots in Giza Governorate. He is being investigated by the National Security Agency to determine the dimensions of his activity.

It wouldn’t be too surprising to learn that the US embassy did indeed hire a Muslim Brotherhood member to serve as its connection with Islamist groups.

Are There Muslim Brotherhood Sleeper Cells Operating in U.S. Congress?

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In a report published by Egyptian daily al Watan, investigative journalist Ahmad al Taheri wrote that sources have uncovered that Muslim Brotherhood lobbies are operating within the Congress to build up ties between members and the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt and Syria, and the Jihadists in Libya, as well as mobilizing public opinion to support a military strike against the regime of Bashar Assad in Syria. The report said these lobbies particularly targeted Senator McCain and his colleagues convincing them to align themselves with radical and extremist forces throughout the Arab Spring. These positions do not come from void, but as a result of the these efforts by the Islamist lobbies. The report cited Mr Muaz Mustafa from Palestinian descent as advising or assisting Senator McCain, and said Mustafa has ties to Hamas. al Watan added that Mustafa played a major role in building relationships between the deputy chief of the banned Muslim Brotherhood movement in Egypt, Khairat al Shater and Senator McCain during the crisis pertaining to the funding of the civil society NGOs in Egypt.

The report unveiled that this episode, (the NGO crisis, including the IRI issue) was the beginning of McCain’s engagement with the international Muslim Brotherhood organization. According to al Watan, Mustafa oversaw the Senator’s visit to Syria last May and his meetings with General Selim Idriss, chief of staff of the Free Syria Army. The report also revealed that Muaz Mustafa is highly active with the Council on American Islamic Relations CAIR who participated in the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi. Mustafa also attacked Egypt’s June 30 revolution and criticized the removal of Mohammed Morsi on his Twitter Account.

The report also said another activist in the group named Elizabeth O’Bagy was questioned by US media for her inaccurate statements about receiving a Ph.D from Georgetown University, which she hasn’t received. Media also questioned her article in the Wall Street calling for a strike on Syria, cited by politicians in the Administration and in Congress. al Watan added that many questions were raised about Mustafa and O’Bagy for their activities at the Syria Task Force, which support military factions in Syria.” 

This is Ahmad Taher’s article in Al Watan, re-posted by the editors.

Source: Family Security Matters

 

Supreme leader of Muslim Brotherhood detained, Egyptian security officials say

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CAIRO –  Egyptian security officials detained the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood early Tuesday, state media reported.

Officials said Mohammed Badie, 70, was captured  in an apartment in the eastern Cairo district of Nasr City, the same place supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi held a six-week sit-in protest that was cleared by security forces last Wednesday. Morsi is a longtime leader of the Brotherhood.

Badie’s detention came “after information came to the security apparatus locating his place of hiding,” Reuters quoted the state news agency as saying.

The Associated Press described his arrest as a serious blow to the group at a time when authorities are cracking down on its leaders and mid-ranking officials, detaining scores of them across the country.

Badie, known as the Brotherhood’s General Guide, and his powerful deputy Khairat el-Shater, who is in custody, go on trial later this month for their alleged role in the killing of eight protesters outside the Brotherhood’s Cairo headquarters in June.

The Facebook page of the Interior Ministry showed a picture of Badie, with dark rings under his eyes, sitting in a car between two men in black body armor with a caption confirming his arrest, Reuters reported.

“Carrying out the decisions of the public prosecutor to arrest and bring forward the general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badie, and through collected information and observation of movements it was possible for the criminal search apparatus under the direction of Cairo’s security (services) to arrest him,” the caption said.

”The necessary legal measures are being taken,” Reuters quoted the page as saying.

In other developments, a court ruling Monday raised the possibility of jailed ex-president Hosni Mubarak walking free soon, a move that would fuel the unrest roiling the country after the autocratic leader’s successor was removed in a military coup.

Underscoring the growing anger over Morsi’s ouster, suspected Islamic militants ambushed two minibuses carrying off-duty policemen in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, forcing the men to lie on the sand and shooting 25 of them dead.

“They were marked in advance by the attackers,” said Ashraf Abdullah, who heads the police branch the victims belonged to. He said the assailants checked the IDs of the men, who were not in uniform, to ensure they were policemen before opening fire.

The brazen daylight attack raised fears that the strategic desert region bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip could be plunged into a full-fledged insurgency.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Evidence that Morsi Actually Lost the Egyptian Presidency

by Daniel Pipes:

Just days after his apparent victory, Cynthia Farahat and I expressed our skepticism about the validity of these election returns:

SCAF exploits the Muslim Brotherhood and other proxies as its civilian fronts, a role they are happy to play, by permitting Islamists to garner an outsized percentage of the parliamentary vote, then to win the presidency. During the suspicious week-long delay before the presidential votes were announced, SCAF met with the Muslim Brotherhood’s real leader, Khairat El-Shater, and reached a deal whereby Morsi became president but SCAF still governs.

Earlier, we had doubted two earlier rounds of elections (see “Egypt’s Sham Election” and “Don’t Ignore Electoral Fraud in Egypt.”)

Though few analysts have embraced this version, there have been recent hints of it:

(1) On July 31, 2013, Josh Goodman and James Parks wrote in “Morsi Was Neither Democratically Nor Duly Elected” that

hailing Morsi as the democratically elected representative of the Egyptian people appears to be based on a rather loose understanding of “democracy.” The Brotherhood has been accused of bribing and intimidating voters and rigging ballots during the 2012 elections. The election suffered from abysmally poor voter turnout (43.4% of registered voters), which is especially troubling given the ostensibly historic nature of the race. Out of 23 million voters in the first round of elections, 12 million did not vote for either of the two candidates ultimately placed in the run-off vote. Capping this all off was a blatant power grab from the military, which changed the constitution mid-election to limit the power of the newly elected President.

(2) On Aug. 3, 2013, Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sisi gave an interview in which he both denied having rigged Morsi’s election and (more interestingly) asserted that he could have done so had he wanted to.

Q: So you were giving the president advice on Ethiopia and the Sinai, for example, and he was ignoring you?

A: We were very keen and predetermined on his success. If we wanted to oppose or not allow them to come to rule Egypt, we would have done things with the elections, as elections used to be rigged in the past.

Now comes a testimonial from an un-named Egyptian official via the Israeli politician Yossi Beilin in “Morsi didn’t win the elections” that

Ahmed Shafik, the former air force commander and former president Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister, actually won the race by a narrow margin. But the army generals—wanting to ensure that law and order would be upheld following the elections—feared that if Morsi was defeated, the Muslim Brotherhood would refuse to recognize the results and would end up conducting themselves just as they are now.

The official results, 51.73 percent for Morsi and 48.27% for Shafik, were almost the exact reversal of what actually happened at the polls. After the results were published, we barely heard any calls for protest or opposition among the secular-liberals, while on the religious side—loyal either to the Muslim Brotherhood or the Salafi parties—voters were happy with their achievement.

 

Shafik and Morsi went through the obligatory ritual of voting.

Beilin goes on to explain that military officers expected the inexperienced Morsi to respect the army but he did not. Gen. Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi came under pressure from fellow generals some months ago but Sisi gave Morsi a chance to make amends.

Comments:

(1) This makes eminently good sense.

(2) Rather than endlessly repeat that Morsi won a majority of the vote in the presidential election, it’s time for the MSM to go back to the events of spring 2012 and look more closely at what happened. (August 18, 2013)

Crush the Muslim Brotherhood

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Like all terrorist organizations, the Muslim Brotherhood has only one commodity to trade in. Blood.

In the war of ideas for the future of Egypt, the Brotherhood had nothing to offer but the blood of its followers and victims. It has no new ideas. It has no record of accomplishments. It has no vision for the future except the same old corruption and authoritarianism cloaked in a deceptive Islamist garb.

The outcome of any interaction with the Brotherhood could have been predicted from its motto; “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”

In the streets of Egyptian cities, Muslim Brotherhood activists achieved their highest hope. They died in their Jihad against the liberal opposition and the military, fighting against human rights for women and Christians, against multi-party rule, freedom of speech, museums, libraries and the future in the way that the armies of Allah have died for over a thousand years.

Some died trying to kill Egyptian soldiers and police officers. Others were killed by their own people in order to maximize the death toll and spread shock and horror through the international community.

Like their Hamas outlet in Gaza, like their Syrian brigades who have wrecked entire cities and filled them with corpses, and like Al Qaeda, whose leaders have always been Muslim Brotherhood members; the Brotherhood does not care whose blood it spills.

When your highest hope is dying for Allah, then everything else is a detail. The Muslim Brotherhood’s leaders, men like Morsi and Khairat el-Shater, are far less eager to die for Allah. Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Brotherhood’s mad genocidal preacher, is still hiding out in Qatar and spewing calls for violence from under the skirts of the equally cowardly Qatari Emir, who finances the Brotherhood’s wave of death and terror in the region while living it up in his palaces.

In his final speech, Morsi boasted of his willingness to sacrifice his blood for power. The Brotherhood’s preacher of hate, Qaradawi, urged Jihadists from around the world to come and be martyred in Egypt.

For the wealthy titans of the Brotherhood, their followers are pawns to be disposed of, human shields for their political ambitions. The Muslim Brotherhood spent their blood generously during the clashes with Egyptian police the same way that Hamas and Hezbollah spill the blood of their own people.

What it bought with their blood is the outrage of the world. Terrorist organizations are one-trick ponies. They unleash horrifying violence, blame it on the brutality of the authorities and wait for the world to step in and apply pressure on whatever government they are trying to overthrow.

The Brotherhood’s leaders knew that. Their speeches amping up their followers for a deadly struggle created the tension that exploded into brutal violence.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s leaders followed the oldest traditions of Islam by offering their followers paradise and atonement in exchange for unleashing their darkest passions. That the unleashing should have ended in hundreds of deaths is not at all unprecedented in the many wars and conflicts of Islam.

What any normal person would consider a massacre, the Muslim Brotherhood considers an opportunity.

The Muslim Brotherhood used the blood of its followers as currency to buy international outrage that will be used to pressure Egypt into releasing Brotherhood leaders like Morsi and and Khairat el-Shater. It wanted the clashes to be as ugly and bloody as possible. It wanted to outrage the world because it knew that was the speediest way of getting its leaders out of their prison cells and back into power.

These murderous tactics would be useless if the United States and Europe weren’t full of useful idiots and fellow travelers, in and out of the media, gasping at the carnage and demanding an immediate halt to the violence. There is only one way to halt the violence and that is to crush the Muslim Brotherhood.

Read more at Front Page

 

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Charge: Passport links Muslim Brotherhood to Benghazi

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A very serious charge was confidently made by a very credible Egyptian television host whose work we’ve used in prior reports. During the compelling segment on Tahrir TV, host Ahmed Moussa publicly announced the name of a new figure in the Benghazi attacks. The charge is that the passport of Christopher Stevens’ “assassin” was found in the home of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairat Al-Shater in Cairo. This would provide a direct and tangible link between the attacks in Benghazi and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

Ahmed Moussa: Passport implicates Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

Ahmed Moussa: Passport implicates Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

In a story posted to the Fox News website, Cynthia Farahat translates the relevant portion of Moussa’s segment, during which the latter calls out U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson. This is quite explosive:

Ambassador Stevens was killed in Benghazi, and you know who killed him, the U.S. administration knows who killed him, and you know how he was killed and it was a major strike against the U.S. administration, and all of you.

The assassin is now present at Rabia Al-Adawiya [mosque protest] His name is, do you know it or you would like me to inform you? He’s affiliated with Al Qaeda in Libya, his name is Mohsen Al-Azazi, his passport was found in the house of Khairat El-Shater.

That killer is in Rabia Al-Adawiya now, with Safwat Hegazy and Mohammed El-Beltagy, whom you and your administration support and aid. Your administration aids terrorism. {emphasis ours}

If Moussa is correct, this revelation has huge implications. It could mean, as we have been reporting, that an act of war was perpetrated against the U.S. by a nation state – Egypt – led at the time by the Muslim Brotherhood. Khairat Al-Shater was the Muslim Brotherhood’s leading candidate for president in Egypt last year until Mohammed Mursi replaced him. Al-Shater, however, remains a leading figure within the group; he is the deputy to the Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide in Egypt, Mohamed Badie.

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BREAKING: Brotherhood second-in-command refuses meeting with foreign mediators

Deal offered by US, UAE, and Qatari envoys to Khairat El-Shater included new cabinet, replacement of interim PM, and dispersal of pro-Morsi sit-ins

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El-Shater, Burns, El-Sisi and Morsi

By Dina Ezzat:

UAE foreign minister Abdullah bin Zayed, his Qatari counterpart Khalid Al-Attiyah, and US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns were scheduled to visit the Muslim Brotherhood’s second-man Khairat El-Shatar in Tora Prison on Sunday night, government sources told Ahram Online.

The trilateral delegation had aimed to present the Islamist leader with an initiative to at break the political deadlock and circle of violence that engulfed the country since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi.

However, El-Shater, who has been detained on charges of inciting to kill protesters since mid-August, has refused to meet with the US, UAE, and Qatari officials to discuss the deal, Al Jazeera TV reported.

“Mohamed Morsi is the legitimate president of Egypt. They should go talk to Morsi,” declared El-Shater according to the Qatari based network.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s interior ministry said late on Sunday that no delegation from the United States or the European Union visited El-Shater in prison.

Ahram Online has learned that the trio’s deal calls for the replacement of Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi, who Morsi supporters harshly criticise and accuse of bias, with a premier that is viewed as more independent and objective. However, no specific figure was offered as El-Beblawi’s potential successor.

The deal also proposes the formation of a new cabinet, which would include three ministers from the Muslim Brotherhood in addition to two Salafist ministers. The incumbent government does not include any Islamist figures, as the Brotherhood and other Islamist forces have refused participation in protest of Morsi’s ouster.

Furthermore, the deal entails a Brotherhood-orchestrated dispersal of the pro-Morsi sit-ins held in Cairo. Tens of thousands of Morsi loyalists are maintaining three sit-ins; one near Nasr City’s Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque, a second in Giza’s Nahda Square, and a third in Heliopolis’ Alf Maskan area.

The trio proposes that the 2012 constitution, which was frozen as part of the armed forces’ political roadmap, be amended as planned, with Islamists included in the 50-man committee tasked with drafting the amendments. Islamist figures would also participate in drafting the law regulating the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Should the deal be accepted by all sides, the Muslim Brotherhood, founded in 1928, would not be disbanded. The law regulating political parties would not exclude religious parties, such as the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party or the Salafist Nour Party.

The deal guarantees that charges leveled against a number of Islamist figures “will not be politicised,” and be subject instead to independent investigation by the judiciary.

Read more at  Ahram Online

“Egypt Authorities Scrutinise Muslim Brotherhood Businesses”

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Khairat Al-Shater

By gmbwatch:

The Financial Times has published an article titled ”Egypt Authorities Scrutinise Muslim Brotherhood Businesses” that looks at the crackdown by Egypt’s current military rulers on the business interests of Muslim Brotherhood leaders. According to the article, among the top targets of the effort is Khairat El-Shater, a former presidential candidate and architect of the Brotherhood’s political strategy:

 

Egyptian authorities have widened their crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood to include scrutiny of its members’ business interests in the wake of the military-backed overthrow of the Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, former leader of the group.

Jurists say dozens of cases alleging corruption against officials associated with the Brotherhood are now being pursued. ‘A huge number of claims had been already submitted, but the investigations started after Mohamed Morsi had been overthrown from power,’ said Mohamed Aboul Fotouh, a Cairo attorney with knowledge of the cases.

Among the top targets are Khairat al-Shater, the deputy leader of the Brotherhood who is a high profile businessman in Egypt, and Hassan Malek, head of the Egyptian Business Development Association, a trade lobby with ties to the Islamist group, jurists and Brotherhood officials said.

The clampdown on business interests, along with the arrests of Brotherhood leaders and alleged violence against its rank and file, has raised worries that Mr Morsi’s overthrow has prompted a revenge campaign by elements of the so-called ‘deep state’ – including members of the judiciary and the security services – against the Islamist group.

‘There are members of the old regime that are very pleased and are trying to take advantage,’ said H.A. Hellyer, an Egypt expert at the Brookings Institute.

The judiciary has already taken action against the businesses of Mr Shater, a real estate and textiles mogul who is considered the architect of the Brotherhood’s political strategy. ‘The authorities have attacked the companies of Mr Shater and they have closed his trade offices,’ said Mourad Ali, a Brotherhood official.

In addition, shadowy vigilantes have launched physical attacks on businesses associated with Brotherhood leaders. Gehad Haddad, a spokesman for the Brotherhood described a ‘vicious campaign targeting private offices of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and ransacking them’. Among the victims was leading Brotherhood figure Medhat Assem, a surgeon whose clinic in Cairo was attacked, he wrote in a Twitter statement.

Throughout its nine decades, the Brotherhood has encouraged its members to enter the professions and commerce. A number of them have built up huge fortunes in the real estate, food, textile and health sectors. The formation of EBDA shortly after the revolution was seen as an attempt to bolster the status of their businessmen.

Read the rest here.

In April 2012, Ahram Online posted an article titled “Muslims Inc: How rich is Khairat El-Shater?” which examined the finances of Mr. El-Shater.

The Hudson Institute has translated of a lecture given by Mr. El-Shater on April 21, 2011 and titled is “Features of Nahda: Gains of the Revolution and the Horizons for Developing.” The preface to the translation correctly characterizes the lecture as “perhaps the single most important elaboration to date of not only Al-Shater’s worldview and politics, but of the MB’s plan for the future of Egypt and the region more generally in the post-Mubarak era.”

For a profile of Al-Shater, go here.

Obama Gives Cold Shoulder to Egyptian Secular Democrats

Michael Meunier

Michael Meunier

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by Michael Meunier

When Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Egypt last July, she was met with widespread protest from Coptic Christians and secular activists objecting to what they all believed was the Obama administration’s role in helping the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) ascend to power in Egypt.

The secretary asked to meet with 10 Christian leaders, myself included. All of those invited refused to meet with her and boycotted her visit. Most of us had been both publically and privately warning members of Congress and the administration of the danger the Muslims Brotherhood poses and about their desire to turn Egypt into a theocratic Islamic fascist country. Yet we were ignored.

Going back to April 2007, Democrats made special efforts to link up with the MB when visiting then-House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., met with Saad el-Katatni, the MB’s parliamentary leader, at former U.S. Ambassador Francis Ricciardone’s home, at a time when then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has publically refused to meet with the Brotherhood.

Mr. Ricciardone, who I can call a friend, once told me that his friendship with another MB leader, Essam El- Erian, extended for close to 30 years. Perhaps that was the catalyst for this meeting and subsequent meetings that took place at his residence.

A stream of meetings, as well as public and private contacts, followed between current U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson and Brotherhood members since her arrival in Egypt shortly after the revolution. The ambassador seemed to favor the Brotherhood and the hard line Salafis over the rest of the secular players in Egypt.

In fact, she has turned down requests for meetings from heads of political parties and other secular politicians, myself included, who oppose the Brotherhood.

Other U.S. officials such as Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Sen. John Kerry made the pilgrimage to MB headquarters and made sure to meet with their shadowy influential leader, Khairat El-Shater, at times even publicly praising him Kerry did. Those visits were made during a time where no political group had emerged as a leader in post-revolution Egypt.

The MB used these high-level meetings to tell the Egyptian people that the U.S. is supporting them and does not object to their rule. Many of us reached out to U.S. officials at the State Department and complained that the U.S. policy regarding the MB was putting the secular forces in Egypt at a disadvantage because it seemed to be propping the MB, but our concerns were dismissed.

We warned of the MB’s desire to impose Sharia law once in power and the grim effect it would have on the rights of the millions of Christians and moderate Muslims, and on women and children, yet all of our warnings were dismissed. It seems that a policy decision was made to bring the MB to power in Egypt at all costs, and it happened.

After less than six months in office, President Mohamed Morsi issued an edict exempting his decrees from judicial review, and he is now forcing Egyptians to vote on a constitution that would impose Sharia law, violate human rights and religious freedom of Christians, degrade women, regulate child labor and kill the tourism industry for violating Islamic Sharia.

Youth and large portions of the Egyptian population responded to the president’s new powers and draft of the constitution by taking to the streets and surrounding the presidential palace in protest.

Morsi then sent his own armed militia to attack the protesters with numerous weapons including shotguns, swords and firebombs.

The Brotherhood militia killed 10 people, wounded hundreds and kidnapped top youth activists, and tortured them inside the presidential palace for two days before turning them over to the police.

As the Supreme Constitutional Court was poised to dissolve the constitutional assembly, Morsi again sent his Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi militias to besiege the courthouse and prevent the judges from entering the building.

Upon arrival, the judges were turned away by the militia after their lives had been threatened, and to this day the militias are still surrounding the courthouse preventing the judges from meeting.

The president wanted to prevent the court from dissolving the assembly until after he pushes the referendum through and the constitution becomes effective.

Morsi again sent his armed militia to burn down the opposition Al-Wafd Party headquarters in response to the opposition and media stepping up their protests and criticism of the constitution, which large numbers of Egyptians reject and view as a setback for freedom.

They demolished cars and fired shots at the Al-Wafd Party, which is the oldest secular party in Egypt. Another set of Morsi’s militia besieged “Media City” where most of the independent TV channels are located. The militia attacked TV anchors known to disagree with Morsi and prevented TV guests who are known to oppose Morsi from entering the city, so they could not appear on TV and criticize the referendum.

Simultaneously, another group of the Morsi’s militia attacked the headquarters of newspapers knowing to oppose Morsi and the referendum. The Al-Watan newspaper was among the newspapers whose editor-in-chief went on TV to appeal to the president to stop his militia from attacking reporters and the newspaper building.

Through this all, President Obama’s position amounts to, “This is an internal matter and we leave to the Egyptian people to sort out!!”

What the Brotherhood is doing in Egypt is holding a gun to the head of its opposition trying to pass a constitution that so far failed to garner a greater support among Egyptians.

Once that becomes the law of the land, the race is on to turn Egypt into another theocracy headed by an Islamist fascist regime that soon after will threaten the security of the free world. At the heart of it is the Obama administration and its failed foreign policy, and what I see as the desire to destroy moderate Egypt and turn it over to the fanatic elements of the society, creating a monster that will turn on its creator.

Michael Meunier is the President of Al Haya Party in Egypt. He is the founder of the U.S. Copts Association and a democracy, human rights and religious freedom activist.

Obama Funds the Egyptian Government

Andrew C. McCarthy at FSM:

In October 2010, on the eve of the Islamic revolution that the media fancies as “the Arab Spring,” the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood called for jihad against the United States.
You might think that this all but unnoticed bombshell would be of some importance to policymakers in Washington. It was not. It is not. This week, the Obama administration quietly released $1.5 billion in foreign aid to the new Egyptian government, now dominated by a Brotherhood-led coalition in parliament — soon to be joined by an Ikhwan (i.e., Brotherhood) luminary as president.
It is not easy to find the announcement. With the legacy media having joined the Obama reelection campaign, we must turn for such news to outlets like the Kuwait News Agency. There, we learn that, having dug our nation into a $16 trillion debt hole, President Obama has nevertheless decided to borrow more money from unfriendly powers like China so he can give it to an outfit that views the United States as an enemy to be destroyed.
This pot of gold for Islamic supremacists is the spoils of a Brotherhood charm offensive. Given the organization’s unabashed goals and hostility towards the West, it was U.S. policy, until recently, to avoid formal contacts with the Brotherhood — although agents of the intelligence community and the State Department have long engaged in off-line communications with individual MB members. By contrast, the Obama administration from its first days has embraced the Ikhwan — both the mothership, whose leaders were invited to attend Obama’s 2009 speech in Cairo despite its then-status as a banned organization under Egyptian law, and the Brotherhood’s American satellites, which have been invited to advise administration policymakers despite their notorious record of championing violent jihadists and repressive sharia.
Obama has overlooked the MB’s intimate ties to Hamas, which self-identifies as the Ikhwan’s Palestinian branch and is formally designated a terrorist organization under American law. Administration officials have absurdly portrayed the Brothers as “secular” and “moderate,” although the organization, from its founding in the 1920s, has never retreated an inch from its professed mission to establish Islam’s global hegemony.