Egypt’s Trial: True Justice will Reveal Morsi’s Alliances

20130829_MUSLIMBROTHERHOOD_MORSI_EGYPT_LARGEby ASHRAF RAMELAH:

On Monday, November 4th, an Egyptian Triple Seven elite military force helicopter transported former Egyptian president, Mohammed Morsi, out of secret hiding where he has been held in custody by authorities since July 3rd this year.  Morsi was flown to a courtroom inside Toro Police School to begin his trial for high treason and other suspected crimes. On the eve of his political career and presidential candidacy, Morsi sat in prison awaiting trial for spying against Egypt. Now he is accused of continuing these efforts during his presidency.

According to Egyptian news agencies, Morsi recently notified his family that he alone will defend himself before the judge and jury. Meanwhile, Muslim Brotherhood organizations across the world scramble to bring to Egypt lawyers from the West and East who will try to prove that Morsi is blameless and his trial unfair. This will not be easy. Egyptian attorneys are unified against foreign attorneys appearing in the courtroom on Morsi’s behalf.  In any case, proving Morsi’s innocence will be a herculean task.

In a country where no regulation or law exists to govern taping of conversations or, more aptly, where the Attorney General appointed by the President permitted secret recordings by Egyptian intelligence of the President’s meetings and phone conversations, judges dismissed by Morsi and now reinstated will be presented with tape recordings of Morsi’s discussions with Aymen Al Zawahiri of Al Qaeda.

These will show Morsi requesting the terrorist’s support. Morsi’s negotiation with the Al Qaeda leader delays application of the Iran and Taliban models for Egypt until a more receptive time and, in return for Al Zawahiri’s favor, the President agrees to immediately enforce Sharia law and release five thousand jailed terrorist-jihadists, including Aymen’s brother, Mohammed. All jihadists jailed under Mubarak were freed by Morsi within the first month of his installation to prove to Aymen Al Zawahiri that he could be trusted, according to leaked information paraphrasing the contents of the tapes.

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Rally Organizers Deny Ties with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood

by Abha Shankar
IPT News

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Definition of ‘Legitimacy’

Egypt Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohamed Morsie ”We have to admit first that legitimacy does not mean elections and democracy, but legitimacy is the Shariah … which is above all the constitutions and laws.” Ayman Al-Zawahiri

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Following the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood leader and now former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi the Muslim Brotherhood has conducted a propaganda campaign aiming at establishing themselves as the “legitimate” rulers of Egypt, wrongfully overthrown.

Indeed the very word itself, “legitimacy,” has been central in the Brotherhood’s protests and in their media outreach. Pro-Morsi activists have organized around “The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy.”

In the West, this battle of words has been interpreted primarily within the context of U.S. law and the question of whether U.S. aid to Egypt must be severed following the Muslim Brotherhood’s overthrow. Indeed, the American discussion of whether Morsi was “legitimate” has revolved almost entirely around the question of democracy and his election (which may very well not have been as fair or free as advertised).  U.S. officials halted a shipment of F-16s to the Egyptian government in July, something they had aggressively refused to do during Morsi’s rule despite reports of attacks on Coptic Christians and secular activists, and the existence of Muslim Brotherhood torture squads. The British government has also halted arms exports.

In an Islamic context, however, the Brotherhood’s insistence that they represent “legitimacy” carries with it a different meaning. As the New York Timesnotes, the Ikhwan are encouraging their supporters to use “legitimacy” as code language:

A third man said the crisis had been useful in some ways. “It has been a tough test, but it has had benefits — now we know who our true friends are,” he said. “The liberals, the Christian leaders, they stood with the old regime. It was painful to see some fellow Muslims going against us at first, but they have now seen their mistake and returned to us. The Islamic path is clear.”

The Brotherhood has made some effort to restrain that kind of talk. On a recent evening, an older man in traditional dress was angrily shouting to a reporter about a “war against Islam” led by liberals and the military, and the need for all Muslims to fight against it. Several Brotherhood members urged the man to change his tone, telling him to stick to the words “democracy” and “legitimacy,” and then tried to escort the reporter away.

The “Islamic path,” which is to say the Shariah, Islamic jurisprudence, is for the Brotherhood the ultimate evidence of their “legitimacy.” And to oppose their efforts to institute Shariah is interpreted, as the “older man in traditional dress” says, as a “war on Islam.”

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A Jihad to Free Morsi?

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Hamas has issued orders to free former Egyptian President Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood prisoners in Egypt, according to a letter allegedly written by the terrorist group’s military wing that was published in the Arab press. The stated end goal is “establishing an Islamic Caliphate;” a goal that can only be achieved by wiping Israel off the map.

A copy of the document was translated by an Egyptian-American source. It was originally published on July 14 by an Egyptian newspaper named El-Fagr, or “The Dawn.” The news agency says it was given the letter by a source inside Egypt’s Defense Ministry. It is dated July 10, 2013 and is a declaration of the Hamas military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades. It carries the watermark of a Colonel Sabry Yassin.

The source provided the following translation:

Announcement and invitation to the “General Trumpet”:’

Jihadi brothers, pure saints/commanders of brigades in Gaza, Sinai and inside Egypt,

In light of the demands of the current events that are full of severe challenges, and for what our responsibility that has been thrust upon our shoulders to fulfill the Islamic people’s dream of establishing an Islamic Caliphate;

and in light of the seriousness of the current events and the repercussions that befall our brothers and their Jihadi leaders, the Supreme Guide and members of the Muslim Brotherhood (May God be pleased with them and may He help them be victorious);

and in light of how serious and dangerous the situation facing our Grand Islamic Project and what faces our Jihadi and just President Mohammed Morsi, the imprisoned prisoner of war, the one who has been arrested by the hands of the traitors and the military, the signatories of the Camp David Accord.

For that we invite you all to unite, organize and be prepared and let the trumpets blow awaiting and declaring the house is upon us! Head towards the barracks, the center, the headquarters of the brigades to teach them a lesson and to free our prisoners from the prisons of darkness and to achieve truth and justice, to make religion victorious and to return the situation to the right path.

God is our aim, His Prophet is our example, the Koran our constitution and death in the case of God is the highest and noblest desire.

For it is a victorious Jihad/martyrdom.

Brigades of the Martyr Ezzedine al-Qassam

Wednesday, 1 Ramadan, 1434 AH

10 July, 2013 AD

The source points out that the “General Trumpet” is a reference to an angels’ blowing of a trumpet before a significant event. This should be seen as the precursor to a major confrontation. He also notes that Morsi is referred to as a “prisoner of war,” which means that Hamas now views Egypt to be in a state of war/jihad.

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We already know which side Obama is on —> America Joins the Jihad

 

Egypt’s Morsi gone, military brings hope not coup

An Egyptian man carries a portrait of Defense Minister Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi AFP

An Egyptian man carries a portrait of Defense Minister Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi AFP

Voice of the Copts, by Dr. Ashraf Ramelah:

As the country rejoices, Egyptians fear jihad will turn into civil war. The military removed and jailed President Morsi on the demands of the people, and now Morsi’s angry remnant – defenders of the dishonored, ousted Muslim Brotherhood — roam the streets in bloodthirsty revenge. Instigated by President Morsi’s June 26th and 28th speeches, the Muslim Brotherhood and their sympathizers terrorize Egyptian neighborhoods. All who are happy to have Morsi gone – ordinary citizens and Egyptian military — becomes their enemy.
Where does the United States stand on this battleground?
Now, after Morsi, Egypt’s military plays the role of transitional authority and guardian without taking power. The army has not seized power from the government or sought violence. The military has not grabbed positions, control, or command as a consequence of the people’s rebellion. Instead, it continues to support Egypt’s revolutionary democratic movement and keep law and order after removing the President. The army is facilitating the appropriate legal course and changeover in the government according to guidelines provided in Egypt’s previous constitution — correctly “freezing” Morsi’s Sharia law constitution rejected by the majority.
Egypt’s military performed dutifully toward its countrymen resolving the June 30th issue with perfect timing as it rejected the bait of “dialogue.” This resulted in a miraculous turnover for Egypt. Unlike SCAF’s dirty compromises after the overthrow of Mubarak, this army is supervising the transference of power from Morsi’s regime to the president of the High Constitutional Court, Adly Monsour, who is now the interim President of Egypt. In siding responsibly with freedom fighters Egypt’s army has forgone political empowerment.
This is the stunning part; the part that the media around the world seems to be missing.
Claiming Egypt’s military action as a military coup is dangerous for this plays into the hands of the radical views of a vindictive and deceptive Muslim Brotherhood now threatening warfare on Egypt. It is as wrong as the “Arab Spring” label before it. Some in the media even suggest that the July 3rd removal of the terror-backed, Shariah law advocate overreaching his executive powers to build a parallel Saudi-like brown squad and much worse, defies democratic principles. Even if this were true, Egypt must first clean house of democracy’s enemies in order to begin its democratic process. Innocent Egyptians are at risk if, based upon such views, the U.S. halts aid (the $1.3 billion commitment) to an Egyptian military aligned with freedom-fighters.
Why did the army act as a trustworthy steward of the people’s non-violent Tamarud (Rebel) movement, intervening and demanding Morsi comply with their petition request? It is difficult to say. There is no indication that the military, which just played the role of mediator and protector of the people, will turn the tables in a power grab nor is there evidence to the contrary. More importantly, the army remains unified against the Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt’s sequel depends on one figure, Commander-in-chief Abdel Fattah El Sisi.
While in office, Commander-in-chief Morsi moved around army officers like chess pieces securing in part loyalty to his regime in many areas as in the replacement of Mohammad Tantawi, head commander of Egyptian Armed Forces, with Abdel Fattah El Sisi on 12 August 2012. Given more time to complete his gradual plan, Morsi was to make a total overturn of military leadership to Muslim Brotherhood loyalists, including El Sisi, who was former head of military intelligence under Mubarak. Now it is El Sisi who put the army at odds with Morsi. He responded to the country’s unrest as the Tamarud petition grew with millions of signatures, making multiple requests for all political interests in Egypt to come together for talks – including freedom-fighters, Muslim Brotherhood, and Morsi. Morsi refused and no talks occurred.
Referring to the Muslim Brotherhood-backed Morsi regime, El Sisi made known his loyalties before June 30th protests when he said, “When we see that Egyptians are under threat and we are not able to defend them, it is better we die.” Finally, on behalf of Egyptians, El Sisi delivered a 48-hour notice to Morsi to leave office, which Morsi rejected. After handcuffing the President on July 3rd, the army naturally began to arrest and jail Brotherhood figures and to dismantle their power structure out of fear that certain leaders would instigate violence. This included the arrest of Khairat el-Shaiter, Vice Morshed (vice-spiritual guide) of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was declared ineligible for a 2012 presidential bid because he escaped a seven year prison sentence for money laundering to the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
Confiscating classified documents from el-Shaiter’s villa residence upon his arrest, the military received information damaging to America’s pro-democracy position. The army claims these files show the U.S. gave more than $8 billion to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood upon el-Shaiter’s White House visit in April of 2012. Now the central focus of the Egyptian army in its battle against the Muslim Brotherhood is on the U.S. administration.
Upon Morsi’s removal, the U.S. ran to Morsi’s defense by threatening the Egyptian army with cutting off U.S. aid. Unfazed, an army spokesman responded with a statement pertaining to the army’s plans to publicly unveil the contents of the incriminating documents. The Egyptian military intends to embarrass the U.S. using Egyptian TV and the international media to air court hearings concerning these documents which link U.S. interests to the rise and support of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Other hidden documents discovered by the army in Brotherhood Al Fayyum offices reveal that Morsi received fewer votes in the 2012 Presidential election than his opponent, Shafiq. Suspicion of U.S. involvement in this matter runs high among Egyptians. It has from the day Morsi was announced President. Back then the U.S. administration was silent on the issue of Egypt’s election fraud.
The U.S. also overlooked the mysterious delay in the announcement of Morsi’s win (some say America was behind it) and, without comment, accepted a reversal of opinion from the electoral judge on the issue of unopened voting polls in Coptic neighborhoods where the judge pointedly condemned it and then suddenly dismissed it as irrelevant. How is it that these items were excluded from the efforts of the Obama administration to “broaden engagement” in the Egyptian post-revolutionary scene.
The tacit U.S. of recent past is now vocal. The Obama administration asserts its influence by requesting Morsi’s return. Before June 30th, U.S. concerns tried to suppress pro-democracy freedom forces particularly through private meetings initiated by the U.S. ambassador. The U.S. now questions Egyptian protocol regarding its military. We should be doubly outraged toward America and German-led Europe in calling for the reinstatement of Morsi to lead Egyptians — who neither voted in fair elections to have him nor want him after a one-year term of anti-democratic maneuvers – for that calling of a reversal of freedom’s magnanimous feat demonstrates America’s allegiance to the lies of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Thankfully, the army looks to avoid bloodshed by keeping Morsi under house arrest protected from a disenchanted Muslim Brotherhood ready to assassinate him and spark mayhem – legitimizing violence to hold on to power. So far, the military’s power is the power of the people. We do not see a military coup in Egypt, but an Egyptian army honoring the sea of waving red cards stating “get out” – the only “weapon” wielded by freedom protesters to rid a deplorable ruler. In a soccer match, a referee pushes the red card into the face of a foul player in the field to signal him unacceptable and too dangerous to remain in the game. Now Mohammad Morsi is out of the game. He must stay that way for good.
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MEMRI – Egypt Defense Minister General Al-Sisi on Morsi’s Ouster: The People Felt Terrified and Imprisoned

Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi Investigated for Crimes

Morsi-Arrest-IMEMC-Al-JazeeraBy Adam Kredo:

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is under investigation for treason, murder, and espionage, according to regional press reports.

Morsi has not been seen in public since he was forcefully removed from office earlier this month by the Egyptian military.

Both Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood have been accused of stoking violence and worse in the weeks and days leading up to his being forced out of office June 30.

Now political activists and others have reportedly filed a series of lawsuits “accusing him of coordinating with foreign elements to spread chaos and kill Egyptians” during his term in office, according to Egypt’s Cairo-based Al-Ahram Weekly.

One Egyptian lawyer claimed over the weekend that Morsi and 13 other senior Brotherhood officials had been named in cases related to “spying and of instigating contacts with foreign elements during the January [25] Revolution and encouraging them to spread chaos by attacking Egyptian civilians,” according to the report.

Egyptian legal authorities are said to be reviewing the multiple charges, and have even frozen the assets of top Muslim Brotherhood officials in recent days.

Read more at Free Beacon

 

IPT EXCLUSIVE: Pro-Morsi Rally in D.C. A Grand Deception

by Frank Spano:

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Connection to Benghazi

By Kevin McCullough:

On Wednesday June 26, 2013 reports began to pop up across the Arabic world citing an internal Libyan government memo that has not yet been acknowledged in the American press.

The memo is pictured here:


*Photo Courtesy of Raymond Ibrahim

Multiple sources have confirmed this document details several confessions of the six Egyptians in Libyan custody for the 9.11.12 bombing of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

The document details the involvement of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi as being involved with and in the funding, support, planning, and execution of the attack.

What is unique about this document is that its content wasn’t leaked to the press in some sort of salacious move. This is simply an interdepartmental memo from the Libyan National Security offices in Tripoli to the Ministry of the Interior. Written solely as a perfunctory after-action report as the results of the Libyan investigation in the events of that night.

It was prepared by Mahmoud Ibrahim Sharif, the Director of National Security of Libya.

In his report Sharif conveys that the Libyan investigation unearthed an Egyptian (terror) cell that had been involved in the planning and execution of the attack. Six confessions from those arrested at the scene–all of them Egyptian–and all connected to the U.S. terror watch listed group Ansar al-Sharia.

Concerning the most important claim of the Libyan memo, Raymond Ibrahim, (an American research librarian, translator, and author, whose focus is Arabic history, language, and current events) indicates that “during interrogations, these Egyptian jihadi cell members ‘confessed to very serious and important information concerning the financial sources of the group and the planners of the event and the storming and burning of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi…. And among the more prominent figures whose names were mentioned by cell members during confessions: Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi…'”

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Libyan Intelligence: Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi Involved in U.S. Consulate Attack

by Raymond Ibrahim:

According to a Libyan intelligence document, the Muslim Brotherhood, including Egyptian President Morsi, were involved in the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, where several Americans, including U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, were killed.

Image of the Libyan intelligence document

On Wednesday, June 26, several Arabic websites, including Veto Gate, quoted the intelligence report, which apparently was first leaked to the Kuwaiti paper, Al Ra’i.  Prepared by Mahmoud Ibrahim Sharif, Director of National Security for Libya, the report is addressed to the nation’s Minister of Interior.

It discusses the preliminary findings of the investigation, specifically concerning an “Egyptian cell” which was involved in the consulate attack. “Based on confessions derived from some of those arrested at the scene” six people, “all of them Egyptians” from the jihad group Ansar al-Sharia (“Supporters of Islamic Law), were arrested.

According to the report, during interrogations, these Egyptian jihadi cell members “confessed to very serious and important information concerning the financial sources of the group and the planners of the event and the storming and burning of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi…. And among the more prominent figures whose names were mentioned by cell members during confessions were: Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi; preacher Safwat Hegazi; Saudi businessman Mansour Kadasa, owner of the satellite station, Al-Nas; Egyptian Sheikh Muhammad Hassan; former presidential candidate, Hazim Salih Abu Isma’il…”

It should be noted that these findings are unsurprising: the supremacism of prominent Brotherhood figure Safwat Hegazi is such that he publicly declares the Brotherhood “will rule the world“;  Saudi Mansour’s hate-mongering, pro-Brotherhood TV station repeatedly aired footage of the YouTube Muhammad movie inciting violence around the Muslim world; popular Sheikh Muhammad Hassan holds that smiling to non-Muslims is forbidden, except when trying to win them over to Islam;  and Sheikh Hazim Abu Ismail is simply an openly anti-freedom, anti-infidel religious leader.

As for President Morsi, a video made during the consulate attack records people speaking in the Egyptian dialect: as they approach the beleaguered U.S. compound, one of them yells to the besiegers, “Don’t shoot—Dr. Morsi sent us!”

 

Morsi Teams Up With Salafi Terror Group as Support Dwindles

A supporter of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (Photo: © Reuters)

A supporter of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (Photo: © Reuters)

Ahead of massive rallies June 30 that will call for Morsi’s resignation, Morsi revives the terror group that assassinated Sadat.

Tens of thousands flocked to Cairo to support Eypgt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in a march ironically dubbed “No for Violence.”

“We promise them, they [the opposition] will be crushed on this day,”thundered Tarek al-Zumar, a Salafist and member of al-Gamaa al-Islamiya, the terrorist group responsible for the assassination of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and a slew of horrific terrorist attacks. “It will be the final blow to anyone who claims that they have tens, thousands or hundreds of thousands with them,” said Zumar, referring to nationwide anti-Morsi protests set for June 30.

With his number of allies shrinking by the day, Morsi has turned to a handful of Salafy Islamist groups who see his government as the first step towards an Egypt governed by their interpretation of Islamic law.

Morsi’s Salafy allies have threatened to use violence to preserve his presidency. In a bid to show its street strength, the Muslim Brotherhood  organized a day-long rally on June 21 in Cairo’s Nasr City neighborhood.

Assem Abdel-Maged, the leader of al-Gamaa al-Islam who spent 30 years in prison for his part in Sadat’s assassination until being freed by Morsi, who received a thunderous welcome from the crowd. Abdel-Maged warned of a “purely Islamic” revolution in the event that Morsi’s legitimacy was challenged.

Read more at The Clarion Project

Egyptian Tourism Officials Stunned by Morsi Appointment

Protesters outside the governor's office in Luxor. (Photo: © Reuters)

Protesters outside the governor’s office in Luxor. (Photo: © Reuters)

IPT News: Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is drawing fire for appointing Muslim Brotherhood officials to a majority of 17 provincial governorships this week. But the appointment of a hardline Islamist to the district covering the heart of Egypt’s tourism industry is causing particular anxiety.

Hundreds of people in Luxor protested outside the governor’s office Monday after Morsi appointed Adel el-Khayat to lead the province. El-Khayat is not in the Muslim Brotherhood. Rather, he’s a part of the radical religious movement al-Gamaa al-Islamiya’s political party. Al-Gamaa members claimed credit for killing 58 tourists during a 1997 attack at a temple in Luxor.

“No to the terrorist governor!” read a protester’s sign.

In addition to the connection to the attack, el-Khayat’s Construction and Development party advocates banning alcohol sales, nightclubs and dress codes for modesty.

“Doesn’t the president know that the people of Luxor depend on tourism for their livelihoods?” asked protester Abubaker Fadel. The area is home to some of Egypt’s greatest antiquities, including King Tutankhamun’s tomb. But visitors already have fallen off since the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak’s government and the Brotherhood’s ascension to power.

Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou resigned in protest of el-Khayat’s appointment.

In response, Salafi and Muslim Brotherhood counter-demonstrators ringed the governor’s office today, hoping to clear a path for el-Khayat to enter.

The appointment struck many Egyptians as particularly tone-deaf, coming amid widespread discontent with Morsi’s leadership just a year into his term. “It’s as if the Muslim Brotherhood is reaching out to the extremists,” American University in Cairo historian Khaled Fahmy said.

In addition to el-Khayat, Morsi tapped Muslim Brotherhood officials for eight of the 17 vacant governorships. Brotherhood members now fill 10 of 27 governorships. That’s significant because, in addition to local matters, governors carry strong influence over arranging elections.

Opposition groups say Morsi is trying to monopolize power in Egypt for the Brotherhood. They hope to garner 15 million signatures on a petition calling for early elections, to be released before Morsi’s one-year anniversary in office June 30.

Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei called Morsi’s government “a surreal and absurd regime.”

Egyptian Minister Reveals Hamas Aided Brotherhood Prison Break

Mideast-Egypt-Prison-_HoroIPT:

As a direct offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas shares a similar ideological outlook and political affinity with its historical patron. Hamas has long been accused of coordinating with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood to kill protesters during the 2011 uprising, yet the Palestinian terrorist organization denies any involvement in Egypt.

Now, judicial sources claim that former Egyptian Interior Minister Mahmoud Wagdy testified that Hamas cooperated with the Muslim Brotherhood to conduct prison breaks during the outbreak of the uprising. A source said that Wagdy testified before the Appellate Court of Ismailia, asserting that Egyptian intelligence “monitored communications between the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas concerning participation in the Friday of Rage (the fourth day of the uprising and the storming of the prisons.”

This operation resulted in the release of 34 senior Brotherhood figures, including current Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi and members of Hezbollah and Hamas.

Wagdy allegedly said that the Hamas gunmen entered Egypt via secret tunnels, and that its military arm and elements of Hezbollah participated in the uprising from the outset.

Hamas spokesman, Dr. Sami Abu Zhuri, denied Hamas’ involvement in the storming of Egyptian prisons or any interference in Egypt’s domestic affairs.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood filling pro-Western military’s ranks with Islamists

egyptian military academy

By Bill Gertz:

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated government recently allowed members of the Brotherhood and hardline jihadists to join Egypt’s military academy for the first time as part of what U.S. officials say is a covert effort to impose Islamist rule in the key Middle East state.

According to U.S. officials with access to intelligence reports, the government of President Mohamed Morsi is covertly taking steps to take control over the pro-Western military and the police forces as part of a campaign to solidify Islamist control.

Egypt for decades had banned the Muslim Brotherhood and radical Islamist groups from both the military and police academies after Islamic terrorists in the military assassinated Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat in 1981.

The Egyptian military also for decades has maintained close ties to the U.S. military. Analysts in the U.S. intelligence community and the military are viewing the introduction of Islamists into the national military academy, disclosed last week, with concern.

Muslim Brotherhood members and hardline Salafi groups are regarded as dedicated first to jihad, or holy war, and other Islamist principles rather than to the country.

“Any opening of the Egyptian military to Islamist elements would be a big and complicated change,” said one U.S. official. “It’s not clear how it would be managed or how well the rank and file would absorb it.”

Read more at the Washington Times

 

The Obama Administration’s Disgraceful Muslim Brotherhood Policy

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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s Islamist Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government, which has the support of the Obama administration, has just issued arrest warrants for five activists on false charges that they allegedly used social media to incite violence against the Muslim Brotherhood.  These activists include a blogger who played a key role in the 2011 revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak.

Morsi was following through on his threat to the National Salvation Front and other opposition groups, which he issued last Sunday in the wake of clashes between protesters and the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo: “There is a president of the republic and there are emergency measures if any of them makes even the smallest of moves that undermines Egypt or the Egyptians. Their lives are worthless when it comes to the interests of Egypt and Egyptians. I am a president after a revolution, meaning that we can sacrifice a few so the country can move forward. It is absolutely no problem.”

In addition, the Muslim Brotherhood itself filed complaints against 169 opposition figures, which included a former presidential candidate who now works in television.

At the same time, sexual assaults against women have skyrocketed during the Morsi regime’s rule. And the Islamists who have been elevated into power blame the women for the violence against them. For example, an Islamist police general and lawmaker was quoted by the New York Times as proclaiming that “a girl contributes 100 percent to her own raping when she puts herself in these conditions.”

Read more at Front Page

 

Egypt: Too Big to Fail?

Mohamed-Morsi-via-AFPBy Adam Turner:

Recently, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi of Egypt, a supposed “moderate” Islamist, met with Iran’s anti-Semitic, genocidal, President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  Reportedly, they had a friendly discussion.  Perhaps, in addition to the official topics, they also conversed about their mutual anti-Semitic attitudes.  President Ahmadinejad is already well-known for his hatred of the Jews.  President Morsi’s bigotry, on the other hand, has only publicly come to light this past year.  In 2010, President Morsi delivered a speech urging Egyptians to “nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred” for Jews. Soon after, Morsi described Jews as “these bloodsuckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs.”   When confronted by U.S. Senators on his impolitic language, Morsi implied that this was only a controversy because the American media was controlled by Jews.

But the two Islamist Presidents have much more in common than just their anti-Semitism.  Both lead radical, dictatorial, and anti-American regimes.  Like the radical Iranian government has since 1979, President Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood Party continue to crack down on pro-democracy demonstrations in their country (Egypt), persecute independent members of the media, and actively pursue death sentences against Westerners or Americans engaging in Free Speech IN the West.

Unfortunately, none of this negative behavior by Egypt’s leadership seems to matter much to the U.S. government.  The administration’s immediate response – sending four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt.  A bipartisan Congress voted to support the sale.  This is all part of the $1.5 billion or so U.S. aid, most of it military, which has gone to Egypt annually since 1979.

When questioned about the consistent flow of U.S. aid to Egypt, the same argument is often made by the foreign policy elites – Egypt is the colossus of the Arab world, and it would be irrational and unwise for the U.S. to simply let it become a rogue state, or to collapse, as a failed state.  And so the U.S. money spigot must be kept consistently open, if not cracked a bit wider, regardless of how the Islamist-run Egyptian government acts.  In fact, if you persist in doubting this wisdom, sometimes you are belittled as an ignorant isolationist-like opponent of all foreign aid.

But let’s re-examine that pearl of conventional wisdom regarding U.S. aid to Egypt. It simply isn’t valid, as Egypt under the MB is already a rogue state, and it is also pretty much guaranteed to become a failed state.

The fact that Egypt is a rogue state should be patently obvious at this point.  The Egyptian MB has produced Hamas in Gaza, a well-known terrorist organization.  In fact, the MB and Hamas are so close that thousands of Hamas warriors may have been sent to Egypt to help President Morsi protect his regime by crushing Egyptian democratic protestors.  President Morsi and his MB have already shown their willingness to corrupt the democratic process, kill Egyptian demonstrators, discriminate against the Coptic Christians, allow for the harassment or rape of women, and prevent the exercise of a culture of freedom of speech among ordinary Egyptians and foreigners alike.  For more information, see here, here, here and here.  Even President Obama – in a moment of clarity – revealed that he is unsure whether Egypt’s MB regime is an ally of ours.

Read more at Front Page

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The Belly Dancing Barometer  by Thomas Friedman