Congressional Muslim Brotherhood Hearing Reveals Danger of Not Speaking Truth About Islam

Understanding the Threat, by John Guandolo, July 12, 2018:

This is, as UTT has made clear in the past, an important line of operation in this war and one which should be pursued with great vigor.

However, statements made during the hearing raise serious concerns of a continued gross lack of understanding of the threat by drawing broad distinctions between Muslim Brotherhood doctrine and “true Islam.”

Since the “true Islam” referred to during the hearings does not exist, and in fact the “version” of Islam articulated by the International Muslim Brotherhood – as well as Al Qaeda, ISIS, and others – is core Islamic doctrine, the difference between the two is a fantasy and is no place to try to build strategies for victory.

Testimonies Raising Concern

The testimony of Dr. Hillel Fradkin from the Hudson Institute agreed the Muslim Brotherhood’s goal is to establish an Islamic State, yet placed the root of this idea at the feet of the Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al Banna, and did not acknowledge Muslim Brotherhood doctrine is core Islamic doctrine.

Fradkin went on to say that “This approach entailed the gradual transformation of society to Brotherhood principles before the seizure of political power, in Egypt and elsewhere.”  Dr. Fradkin attributed this “gradualist” approach as an invention of al Banna.

In reality this “approach” comes from core Islamic doctrine.  It is progressive revelation, and simply reaffirms the exact same methods used by Islam’s perfect man, Islam’s prophet Mohammad, to implement Islam in society.

In his testimony,  Jonathan Schanzer from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies stated, “Many Muslim Brotherhood branches subject their members to rigid indoctrination processes and vet their
members for their commitment to the organization’s ultimate goal, which is to empower the Brotherhood’s politicized and deeply intolerant interpretation of Islam.”

The question must be asked, since this comment was made in testimony on Capital Hill, how is the “Brotherhood’s politicized and deeply intolerant interpretation of Islam” different from what 12 year old muslims are taught in U.S. Islamic schools?  How does it differ from what the highest authority in Islamic jurisprudence – Al Azhar – teaches Islamic scholars?

It does not.

Mr. Schanzer went on to say, “Factions of the Brotherhood without a history of violence or terrorism finance do not warrant scrutiny,” and recommended the U.S. should “Designate the violent actors while keeping a close eye on non-violent ones.”

Since the global Islamic Movement’s primary  road to victory is in the non-violent realm, to focus primarily on the violence – as the enemy wants us to do – is to lose the war.

Zuhdi Jasser, a muslim doctor from Arizona identified himself as a “devout muslim” in his testimony.

In his statement, Dr. Jasser said, “Neither Islam nor Muslims are monolithic and should not be treated as such by anyone.”

The problem with this statement is two-fold.  First, it is untrue.  The thing that binds the Islamic world together is the obligation, under penalty of death, for muslims to obey sharia and work to impose it on the world.  There is no “version” of Islam that does not require this.

Secondly, the statement that Islam is not monolithic and very hard to understand, is something UTT teaches its students to repel with the truth.  It is on UTT’s radar because it has been a talking point for the Islamic Movement for over 20 years.

Dr. Jasser also asserted, “For us (muslims) it is a very personal mission to leave our American Muslim children a legacy that their faith is based in the unalienable right to liberty and to teach them that the principles that founded America do not contradict their faith but strengthen it.”

In fact, there is no book of Islamic law or any Islamic school text used in the United States – or elsewhere for that matter – which teaches muslims to adhere to America’s founding principles.  In fact, the most widely used text book in U.S. Islamic schools, What Islam is All About, reads:  “The duty of muslim citizens is to be loyal to the Islamic State.”

In the end, Dr. Jasser recommends the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood gradually beginning with a few Islamic nations overseas, but NOT in the United States.

The testimony of Ambassador Daniel Benjamin denied the clarity of the International Muslim Brotherhood’s objectives and their controlling doctrine (sharia) when he testified, “There is no singular, monolithic Muslim Brotherhood…there is no central administration linking these disparate groups.  In character and matters of doctrine, they vary greatly…Does the Muslim Brotherhood constitute a global threat?  Here too, I would answer that it does not.  Most of the groups that are said to be Muslim Brotherhood affiliates or franchises support democracy and abjure violence.”

Setting aside the fact the leadership of the International Muslim Brotherhood hosts regular meetings to discuss strategy and assess their progress, these comments leave listeners/readers with the idea that different levels of sharia implementation in different Islamic nations by the Muslim Brotherhood is synonymous with a lack of unified doctrine or modus operandi, which is demonstrably untrue.

To say the MB rejects violence is to be wrong.  See their by-laws here.

The Brotherhood calls for the implementation of sharia on the planet.

It is all about sharia.  That is what links the entire global Islamic Movement together.

Notable are the comments by Congressman Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts during the hearing which reveal a continued lack of understanding of the Islamic threat by major components of the U.S. government.  After listing examples of violence advocated and perpetrated by the Muslim Brotherhood, Mr. Lynch said, in part, “Meanwhile, democratically elected political parties that also fall within the Muslims Brotherhood umbrella represent a significant voting block in the Parliaments and government coalitions of some of our key counterterrorism allies in the middle east and north Africa…the State department lists Tunisia along with Jordan and Morocco as our committed partners in the coalition to defeat the Islamic State.”

And therein lies the problem.  Tunisia, Jordan, and Morocco are all parties to the OIC which served the “Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam” to the United Nations in 1993 which states how all 57 Islamic states on the planet view the rest of the world and how non-muslims are to be treated – through the lens of sharia.

The Enemy’s Unified Objective

The enemy in this war unambiguously and unanimously identifies itself as “muslims waging jihad in the cause of Allah to establish an Islamic State under sharia.”

Different elements of the enemy’s army have different roles and different methods to get to the same end – an Islamic State under sharia.

Every Islamic nation on earth is a party to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which calls for sharia on the earth.

Al Qaeda, ISIS, and thousands of violent jihadi organizations on the earth state their objective is an Islamic State under sharia.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s By-Laws state their purpose is to establish an Islamic State under sharia.

All Islamic doctrine (sharia) requires muslims to wage war against non-muslims, in accordance with sharia, until an Islamic State is established under sharia.

Enemy’s Main Line of Operation:  Non-Violent Action

The idea the U.S. should only focus on groups or individuals engaged in violence is the same failed idea bringing the U.S. closer to defeat in this war.

The enemy’s line of operation that continues to be wildly successful against the non-muslim world is their ability to create the optical illusion that one part of their forces is pitted against another part and, therefore, friendly to us.

For instance, when suit-wearing jihadis from Hamas doing business as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) stepped in front of television cameras and condemned the killings in San Bernardino, they appeared reasonable and “moderate” relative to the two jihadis and the dead bodies they left behind.

As the Islamic Movement moves forward and gains ground, they are increasingly willing to hold out the Muslim Brotherhood as the problem so long as it keep U.S. leaders from ever identifying Islam as the problem.

The concern UTT continues to voice is this:  time is growing short.

Leaders in the Islamic Movement know they need to keep us off target just a little bit longer.  So the closer American’s get to the truth, the more finely Islamic leaders parse the truth.

U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leaders have kept this administration from designating the MB terrorists for over a year and a half.  As there is a growing consensus to designate them, the calls now come for a partial designation because – we are told – people who want to non-violently overthrow America’s Constitutional Republic and replace it with a barbaric system which enslaves human beings (sharia/Islam) – should not be the focus of U.S. efforts against the Brotherhood.

In focusing primarily on the violent elements of the Islamic Movement, the United States is in grave danger of losing a war it could easily win if it simply identified the threat – sharia adherent muslims.

Coda

Yesterday’s hearing did a good thing by moving the ball forward in America’s effort to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.  As government officials move forward in their efforts to protect and defend this Republic, they will do well to remember that TRUTH is the standard to which national security professionals must cling if victory is still the objective.

Our objective, not the enemy’s.

Desantis Hearing Establishes the Muslim Brotherhood Must Be Designated as a Terrorist Organization – the Sooner, the Better

Center for Security Policy, 

NEWS RELEASE, July 11, 2018

For more information contact:

Deborah Hamilton, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, 610.584.1096, ext. 102, or Patrick Benner, 610.584.1096, ext. 104.

DESANTIS HEARING ESTABLISHES THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD MUST BE DESIGNATED AS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION – THE SOONER, THE BETTER 

Washington, DC:  It is no longer a question of whether the United States will designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization. It is only a matter of when and how.

That’s the principal take-away from a congressional national security panel this morning that addressed “The Muslim Brotherhood’s Global Threat” and what the US should do about it.

“This hearing is an opportunity to discuss what the United States’ next step should be in combatting the Muslim Brotherhood’s threat,” said Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL), chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security of the House oversight committee.

“The Muslim Brotherhood is a militant Islamist organization with affiliates in over 70 countries,” DeSantis said. “There’s no question that the Muslim Brotherhood’s affiliates are involved in terrorism.”

The historic hearing follows a June 28 Center for Security Policy Decision Brief that called on the Trump Administration to declare the entire Muslim Brotherhood and its fronts and affiliates as terrorist organizations.

“Thankfully the Trump Administration has discarded the Obama-era policy of treating the Brotherhood as a potential ally,” DeSantis said. “Now, the questions are focused on how expansive to make the terror designation, and whether it should be done through the State Department or Treasury Department.” 

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and a longtime associate of the Center for Security Policy, was one of the four witnesses who testified. He was the only Muslim witness, and made the case powerfully for Center-recommended policy of designating the entire Muslim Brotherhood and its fronts as terrorist entities.

In the course of his testimony, Dr. Jasser rebutted characterizations by the Brotherhood’s apologists and enablers of its critics as “haters” and “Islamophobes”:

Nothing would be more pro-Muslim than the marginalization of the Muslim Brotherhood and its direct affiliates. Making the Muslim Brotherhood radioactive would allow the light to shine upon their most potent antagonists in Muslim communities – those who reject political Islam and believe in liberty and the separation of mosque and state.

He also discussed national security risks associated with failing to designate the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates as terrorist entities. One of them is censorship of jihadist terminology in U.S. government agencies.  Dr. Jasser correctly observed that such censorship impedes analysts’ ability to protect the nation:

To think that these words and concepts, and others are off limits in the freest nation on earth, censored [in] our agencies, is just incredulous considering the growing threat we face today from violent Islamism.  It smacks of a bizarre invocation of blasphemy laws in America. It is groups like the Muslim Brotherhood that have benefited from our refusal to discuss these elements of Islam and Islamism.

The three other witnesses – Hillel Fradkin of the Hudson Institute, Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and Daniel Benjamin of the Qatar-funded Brookings Institution – agreed to varying degrees that the Muslim Brotherhood constitutes a threat.  They recommended, however, more narrow terrorist designations of specific Muslim Brotherhood entities.

Chairman DeSantis observed: “It is clear that the Brotherhood constitutes a real threat to the national security interests of the United States.  We can debate the best way to counter this threat, but simply ignoring the threat is not an acceptable answer.”

The Center for Security Policy has submitted a statement for the hearing recordendorsing Rep. DeSantis’ assessment and laying out the factual basis for designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

Center President Frank J. Gaffney urged legislators, executive branch officials, the media and the public at large to examine particularly compelling evidence of the threat the Brotherhood poses: Its 1991 Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal of the Group in North America– a secret plan for “destroying Western civilization from within” written by a top Muslim Brotherhood operative, Mohammed Akram, and introduced by the federal government into evidence in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation et.al. v. United States terrorism financing trial.

Congress Renews Push to Designate Muslim Brotherhood as Terror Group

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood / Getty Images

Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo, July 11, 2018:

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are renewing a years-long push to designate the international Muslim Brotherhood organization as a terrorist organization due to its support for terror organizations that threaten U.S. security interests across the globe, according to conversations with U.S. officials spearheading the effort.

The congressional effort to target the Muslim Brotherhood will kick off early Wednesday, when lawmakers on the House’s Subcommittee on National Security gather for a hearing to “examine the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates pose to the United States and its interests and how to most effectively counter it, including potential next steps for U.S. policy,” according to the committee.

The hearing is expected to set the stage for Congress to follow through on efforts that begun in 2015to convince the Obama administration to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terror group following its violent, and eventually failed, takeover in Egypt.

The State Department has opposed formal designation of the Brotherhood for some time due to efforts by the Obama administration to make diplomatic overtures to the group, particularly during its coup in Egypt. Although the Trump administration has designated various offshoots of the Brotherhood as global terror groups, the organization as a whole has escaped U.S. scrutiny.

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.), the National Security Subcommittee’s chair, told the Washington Free Beacon that U.S. policy has failed to address the Brotherhood’s radical behavior and support for terror groups. Multiple countries, such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, have already designated the Brotherhood as a terror group.

“The Muslim Brotherhood is a malevolent force, and American policy needs to reflect this truth,” DeSantis told the Free Beacon. “Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization is overdue.”

Key U.S. allies such as Turkey and Qatar continue to work alongside the Muslim Brotherhood, sparking concern among lawmakers such as DeSantis who view these countries as working at a crossroads with the Trump administration as it works to eradicate radical forces in the Middle East.

“The Muslim Brotherhood is a radical Islamist organization that has generated a network of affiliates in over 70 countries,” the House committee notes on its website promoting the upcoming hearing.

In addition to hearing from Muslim Brotherhood experts on the group’s ongoing support for radical terror groups, lawmakers participating in the hearing will keep a close eye on exposing the roles that both Qatar and Turkey play in bolstering the group’s radical ideology, according to those briefed on the hearing.

While the Trump administration, as early as January 2017, indicated that it was considering a terror designation for the entire Muslim Brotherhood, little action has been taken, motivating Congress to lead the charge.

Past efforts to designate the Muslim Brotherhood failed to gain traction during the Obama administration due to its explicit policy of working with the group in Egypt, a policy that was met with much protest in the region.

U.S. Muslim advocacy organizations such as the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, have galvanized their supporters to oppose a Muslim Brotherhood designation.

In early 2017, groups affiliated with CAIR and its supporters launched a series of attacks on Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), who, at the time, was pushing his own effort to formally designate the Brotherhood as a terror entity.

THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD’S GLOBAL THREAT

(Image source: Courtesy of the Investigative Project on Terrorism)

HEARING DATE: JULY 11, 2018 10:00 AM 2154 RAYBURN HOB

PURPOSE:
  • To examine the threat of Muslim Brotherhood to the United States and its interests and how to effectively counter it.
BACKGROUND:
  • The Muslim Brotherhood is a radical Islamist organization that has generated a network of affiliates in over 70 countries. The Brotherhood has been designated as a terrorist organization by multiple countries including Eygpt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The United States has designated multiple Muslim Brotherhood affiliates as terrorist organizations, including Hamas.
  • On January 31, 2018, the State Department designated Muslim Brotherhood-affiliates HASM and Liwa al-Thawra, and Hamas’ political leader Ismail Haniyeh, as Specifically Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) under an executive order.

WITNESSES AND TESTIMONIES

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Dr. Hillel Fradkin, Ph.D. Senior Fellow Hudson Institute Document
Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, Ph.D. Senior Vice President Foundation for Defense of Democracies Document
M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D. President & Founder American Islamic Forum for Democracy Document
The Honorable Daniel Benjamin Norman E. McCulloch Jr. Director John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth University

Extremists Headline Houston Convention

Linda Sarsour (Photo: Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

Clarion Project, by Ryan Mauro and Alex Vanness, July 10, 2018:

The 55th Annual Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Convention is scheduled to take place in Houston from August 31 to September 3 and, as in years past, its appealing moderate theme is contradicted by its choice of extremist speakers.

ISNA was identified as an “entity” of the Muslim Brotherhood by the Justice Department during the trial of the Holy Land Foundation, a Brotherhood front that was shut down for financing Hamas. ISNA was labeled as an “unindicted co-conspirator” during that trial, partially because the Holy Land Foundation “operated from within ISNA.”

ISNA says it condemns all terrorism, including acts committed by Islamist terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah, and has a stated mission “to foster…interfaith relations.” Yet, far from turning over a new leaf, ISNA is still booking extremist speakers with a history of promoting anti-Semitism and using inflammatory rhetoric.

Here are just a few examples of disturbing viewpoints expressed by some of the speakers:

Hatem Bazian

Hatem Bazian is the chairman of American Muslims for Palestine and founder of Students for Justice in Palestine.

He is also a professor at the University of California-Berkeley’s Department of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies and a founder and board member of Zaytuna College.

Bazian was recorded in 2004 praising the “intifada in Iraq,” which targeted U.S. soldiers, and the “intifada in Palestine” and urging Muslim-Americans to begin an “intifada in this country that change[s] fundamentally the political dynamics in here.” At least five AMP officials previously served with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s pro-Hamas Palestine Committee.

Bazian taught students that the Islamists’ opponents and critics of Islam generally are puppets of a war-seeking, Zionist conspiracy to victimize Muslims that has succeeded in seizing the United States’ major institutions. This conspiracy theory—essentially a modernized version of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion—is used to silence adversaries through demonization.

video of a 2012 lecture at Zaytuna College shows him teaching that the “Islamophobic production industry” is a product of the malicious “military-industrial complex” seeking to profit off victimizing Muslims at home and abroad.

In November 2017, Bazian was caught retweeting blatantly anti-Semitic photos mocking Jews as entitled people who “kill, rape, smuggle organs & steal the land of Palestinians.  Another photo placed a yarmulke on top of North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un’s head with a caption of “NOW MY NUKES ARE LEGAL.

John Esposito

Esposito served as a defense expert in the Hamas-financing trial against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development and continues to consider Palestinian Islamic Jihad member Sami Al-Arian a close friend.

The Holy Land Foundation was found guilty of funding terrorist groups in the largest terror-funding trial in U.S. history.  Along with the seven named defendants, the U.S. government released a list of approximately 300 “unindicted co-conspirators”  including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

At a 2007 fundraising event for CAIR, Exposito stated, “[I am here] to show solidarity not only with the Holy Land Fund [sic, Holy Land Foundation], but also with CAIR.” This was stated during the Holy Land Foundation trial that connected HLF with Hamas.

In an interview on National Public Radio in 1994, Esposito described Hamas as “a community-focused group that engages in “honey, cheese-making, and home-based clothing manufacture.”

Zahra Billoo

Zahra Billoo is the executive director of the Northern California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).  Recently, the interfaith organization People Acting in Community Together (PACT) rescinded an award honoring her.

In a series of tweets, Billoo blamed the loss of the award on her “vocal support of Palestinian human rights” and claimed there was pressure to rescind the award from Jewish members of the organization who opposed her criticism of Israel.

In the past, Billoo praised the terrorist group Hezbollah, tweeting “AH [All Hail] for Hezbollah having the courage to do what the Arab governments won’t” and likened the anti-Semitic terrorist group Hamas to a victim of rape implying her support of Hamas rockets being fired into the civilian population of Israel.

She questioned whether fallen U.S. soldiers should be honored on Memorial Day, sparking outrage from other Muslims. She attributed criticism of her comment to sexism, racism and anti-Muslim bigotry. She doubled-down and characterized U.S. soldiers as war criminals committing genocide.

She also equated Israel with ISIS.

Recently, a tweet of hers from 2009 received a lot of attention. In the tweet, she casually mentions that she is listening to the sermon of the noted anti-Semitic hate preacher Louis Farrakhan while at the gym. Farrakhan regularly calls Jews “Satanic” and claims they “control everything and mostly everybody.”

Linda Sarsour

Activist and Woman’s March organizer Linda Sarsour has a very sordid history with regards to anti-Semitism.

Sarsour associates with the organization Al-Awda and its co-founder (an open and unapologetic Hezbollah supporter) Abbas Hamideh. Sarsour and Hamideh playfully joked around with each other about the Jewish connections to Israel. She attended numerous rallies sponsored by Al-Awda; promoted and solicited donations for their events; spoke at their rallies. She has distanced herself a bit from Al-Awda, though she has never denounced the organization.

Sarsour also called for people to show solidarity with Muhammad Allan, a member of the terrorist group, Islamic Jihad. Allan has a history of recruiting suicide bombers. She supports the discriminatory and terror-tied BDS Movement and claimed “nothing is creepier” than Zionism.

Sarsour said despite what the “Jewish Media” might tell you, Farrakhan is not an existential threat to Jews. Days after Sarsour sat on an Anti-Semitism panel to downplay Louis Farrakhan’s Jew hatred, she went to help raise money for an organization with ties to Hamas.

Suhaib Webb

Suhaib Webb is the former imam of the Islamic Society of Boston, a mosque with extensive extremist ties and a history of radical preaching.

Webb has a history of preaching intolerance. In the past, Webb preached that “effeminate” men are “cursed” and that he “understands” Muslims who “have animosity” toward “the Jews.”

In 2001, according to FBI surveillance documents, Webb appeared alongside al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki to raise $100,000 for Jamil Abdullah al-Amin, who was convicted of shooting two U.S. police officers and killing one of them. His preaching is rabidly anti-American and endorses violence.

Azhar Azeez

Azhar Azeez is the President of ISNA and the Senior National Director of Islamic Relief USA, a group with extensive ties to Islamist extremists and terrorist entities that Clarion Project and others have exposed. The Middle East Forum recently published a large dossier documenting these links.

The Israeli government has long accused Islamic Relief of having ties to Hamas and other terrorists. The United Arab Emirates—a Muslim country—banned Islamic Relief as a terrorist entity in 2014.

The charity has strong ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and massive fundraising capabilities. The charity awards grants to other organizations, such as a jihadist organization in Turkey. The leadership is particularly close to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.

Muzammil Siddiqi

Siddiqi is the chairman of ISNA’s Fiqh Council of North America, the body that issues the authoritative religious rulings for the group.

He is also on the executive board of the International Assembly of the Council of Ulama’ in Mecca, Saudi Arabia and the Supreme Council of Mosques in Mecca. In other words, he’s part of the Saudi Wahhabist establishment.

Given that background, it is unsurprising that he preached that Muslims should implement sharia in the U.S. using the Brotherhood doctrine of “gradualism.” He taught that participation in the democratic process was a means to this end.

Zaid Shakir

Zaid Shakir is an imam with a history of radicalism and a founder of Zaytuna College.

Shakir equated school shootings with the actions of the U.S. and Israeli militaries. He also preached that Muslims must work towards establishing a caliphate so it can wage jihad against the enemies of Islam.

Last year, he preached that the U.S. Constitution is inferior to sharia because it grants equality to Muslims and non-Muslims. His writings depict the U.S. military in the worst of ways and The New York Timesreported in 2006 that “he said he still hoped that one day the United States will be ruled by Islamic law.”

He taught that Hezbollah’s bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Lebanon does not qualify as an act of terrorism and legitimized the violence. While promoting anti-Americanism among his fans and vilifying the U.S. military, Shakir told Muslims not to “vilify” the extremely radical Hizb ut-Tahrir group.

Yasir Qadhi

Yasir Qadhi is a Salafist preacher from the Al-Maghrib Institute. He says “Allah destroys this [American] version of capitalism” and the U.S. economic system enslaves millions. He also preaches against man-made law and in favor of sharia law.

He is on the faculty of Islamic Online University, a radical institution founded by the influential extremist Bilal Phillips. Qadhi contributes educational material that the students use to learn about their faith.

The school’s education is hostile to progressive Muslim reformers and teaches an Islamist supremacist version of the religion. Clarion Project is aware of this directly because the director of the Clarion Intelligence Network, Ryan Mauro, enrolled in the school and earned a certificate in Islamic Studies from the organization.

DECISION BRIEF: Designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization

Center for Security Policy, June 28, 2018:

Decision: Under Section 219 of the Immigration and Naturalization Act, the United States should immediately designate the Muslim Brotherhood and its components as foreign terrorist organizations.

Reason: The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) is an international Islamist organization and network founded in 1928 in Egypt, and an ideological precursor of modern jihadist terrorist groups. The MB’s strategic goal of creating a global Caliphate, which requires the overthrow of the US Constitution, is identical to that of ISIS and al Qaeda. The MB tactically shifts between approving and not approving violent extremism, depending on place and circumstance.

Background: Historically, the MB has established and maintained the ability to wage terroristic violence, from its “Special Apparatus” terrorist cells in the 1930s to the present. Beginning in the 1980s, the MB established an Islamist Palestinian terrorist group, resulting in the formation of Hamas in 1987. President Clinton designated Hamas as a terrorist organization in 1995 under Executive Order 12947, which formed the basis for creation of the State Department’s Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) list. Following the ouster of the MB-led regime in Egypt, the MB again displayed its will to engage in violence, including the formation of two armed groups. The US has designated both as terrorist organizations. Earlier this year, the MB called for an “uprising” against the US in response to the relocation of the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, threatening US interests worldwide.

Pushback: Expect pushback from across the government. The previous administration’s Presidential Study Directive 11, which remains classified, appears to have provided a basis for US support for the Muslim Brotherhood as a “moderate” ally against “violent extremism.”

Governing Laws and Regulations:The authority to designate an organization as an FTO resides with the Secretary of State, under 8 US Code § 1189(a), and requires satisfaction on three points: the organization is foreign; engages in terrorism activity as defined by section 1182(a)(3)(B) of Titleor terrorism as defined by section 2656f(d)(2) of title 22OR retains the capability and intent to engage in terrorist activity or terrorism; andthat the terrorist activity threatens “the national defense, foreign relations, or economic interests of the United States;” or threatens US nationals.

Section 1182(a)(3)(B)defines “engage in terrorist activity” to include: inciting, preparing, planning or gathering intelligence on targets of, or material support for, terrorist activities. Both section 1182(a)(3)(B) of Title8and section 2656f(d)(2) of title 22define “terrorist groups” to include organizations with a sub-group that engages in terrorist activity. The USG successfully demonstrated during US v Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Developmentthat MB members and organizations engaged in terrorist activity so defined – specifically providing material support for terrorism. The USG has already designated multiple MB sub-groups as FTO or Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs), as noted above. Finally, multiple MB leaders or groups have directly incited terrorist violence against US persons and US interests inside and outside American territory.

Rebuttal of Policy Objections: The Bush-Obama Global War on Terror/CVE approach was to treat the MB as a “moderate” ally against “violent extremists,” while ignoring the Brother’s long history of subversion and terrorism. Professionals will argue that designating the MB will undermine US counterterrorism efforts by alienating the Brotherhood, when in fact the MB has stymied them. Many will argue that MB penetration of/participation in friendly Middle Eastern governments would harm those governments and needlessly compromise relations with them, when in fact the USG maintains relations and cooperative agreements with other nations whose governments contain members of designated terrorist organizations, including Lebanon and Iraq. In addition, multiple regional allies, including Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, have themselves designated the MB or parts thereof as terrorist.

The Bottom Line:The Muslim Brotherhood is not a “moderate” organization or movement, but a terrorist one. The President should instruct the Secretary of State immediately to designate the Muslim Brotherhood, its fronts and controlled organizations, as Foreign Terrorist Organizations and Specially Designated Global Terrorists.

Decision Brief 001.2 – Muslim Brotherhood Designation

To Win This War Americans Must Know Sharia

Understanding the Threat, by Stephanie Ameiss, June 26, 2018:

U.S. warfighting doctrine states that to professionally analyze a threat, you begin with how the threat defines itself and why the threat states it is fighting you.

From Al Qaeda and the Islamic State to the 9/11 attackers to the Boston Marathon bombers and jihadis killed or captured in Europe and the United States, the Islamic enemy unanimously states they are “muslims waging jihad to establish an Islamic state (caliphate) under sharia (Islamic law).”

To date, the U.S. intelligence and military community has yet to do a professional analysis of our enemy.

They have failed to read, study, and teach sharia.

This is why we are losing the war.

Sharia is the blueprint for how the Global Islamic Movement is fighting the war and it is the thing which the enemy seeks to impose on the world.

They tell us sharia is their goal everyday. They hold up signs, put up billboards, and put it out on television and social media. They say it in open court, they scream it in public, and thousands of speeches by Islamic scholars and leaders can be seen at places like MEMRI where they are constantly and clearly calling for warfare against non-muslims (JIHAD) until the world is under the rule of sharia.

Therefore, the professional response by U.S. military, law enforcement, intelligence professionals and leaders is to simply read Islamic law.

When a person does this they will quickly learn Al Qaeda and ISIS have never misquoted sharia to support their actions.

Crucifixion, beheading, stoning, rape, and other behaviors are all legal under sharia. But you have to read sharia to know it.

When you read sharia you will learn it is a capital crime for muslims to teach other muslims anything incorrect about Islam, and it is obligatory for muslims to lie to non-muslims when the goal is obligatory…like jihad.

Therefore, to be professional you must read authoritative books of Islamic law written by Islamic authorities for muslim audiences.

Reliance of the Traveller or The Islamic Law of Nations are a couple good places to start.

Understanding the Threat’s 3 day program for police, first responders, national guard, military, and others – “Understanding and Investigating the Jihadi Threat” – rocks people’s world because on Day 1 we lay out what sharia is, its authority in Islam, and what it says.

We use the very books and materials found in U.S. Islamic schools and mosques that muslims use to teach other muslims about Islam.

The reaction of the attendees of this training, including senior military and intelligence officials, as well as FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force agents and officers is always the same – they have never been taught the information, yet they believe it is critical to protecting their community.

Once this information is known, and professionals learn about the Muslim Brotherhood’s jihadi network in America, they put all of their experiences into perspective and can see the magnitude of the threat we face from the Islamic Movement.

Those educated about sharia and the jihadi network realize that when Islamic leaders make demands from TSA or police departments or from prisons or from local communities, they are not asking for “religious accommodations” they are demanding adherence to sharia.

Understanding the Threat is the only organization in America doing what we do.

Here are three things you can do to help grow the counter-jihad movement:

1. Use UTT resources to educate yourself and others on this threat.

2. Bring UTT’s 3-day “Understanding and Investigating the Jihadi Threat” to your area. Discuss it with your sheriff and police chief.

3. Consider for yourself or others UTT’s Train the Trainer program. This unique week-long program gives graduates the ability to teach others about the threat and defend the information from attacks from detractors.

For more information, please contact us at info@understandingthethreat.com.