Clinton VP Pick Tim Kaine’s Islamist Ties

Presumptive Democratic candidate for president Hillary Clinton with her choice for vice-president Tim Kaine.

Presumptive Democratic candidate for president Hillary Clinton with her choice for vice-president Tim Kaine.

Clarion Project, by Ryan Mauro, July 23, 2016:

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s newly-announced running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, has a history of embracing Islamists. He appointed a Hamas supporter to a state immigration commission; spoke at a dinner honoring a Muslim Brotherhood terror suspect and received donations from well-known Islamist groups.

Appointing a Muslim Brotherhood Front Leader Who Supports Hamas

In 2007, Kaine was the Governor of Virginia and, of all people chose Muslim American Society (MAS) President Esam Omeish to the state’s Immigration Commission. A Muslim organization against Islamism criticized the appointment and reckless lack of vetting.

Federal prosecutors said in a 2008 court filing that MAS was “founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.” AChicago Tribune investigation in 2004 confirmed this, as well as MAS’ crafty use of deceptive semantics to appear moderate. Convicted terrorist and admitted U.S. Muslim Brotherhood member Abdurrahman Alamoudi testified in 2012, “Everyone knows that MAS is the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Read our fully-documented profile of MAS here.

According to Omeish’s website, he was also president of the National Muslim Students Association (click there to read our profile about its Muslim Brotherhood origins) and served for two years on the national board of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which the Justice Department also labeled as a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity and unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas-financing trial.

His website says he was the vice president of Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center, a radical mosque known for its history of terror ties, including having future Al-Qaeda operative Anwar Al-Awlaki as itsimam and being frequented by two of the 9/11 hijackers and Nidal Hasan, the perpetrator of the Fort Hood shooting. Omeish’s website says he remains a board member.

Omeish’s website also says he was chairman of the board of Islamic American University, which had Hamas financier and Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef Al-Qaradawi chairman of its board until at least 2006.

Omeish was also chairman of the board for the Islamic Center of Passaic County, a New Jersey mosque with heavy terrorist ties and an imam that the Department of Homeland Security wants to deport for having links to Hamas.

Omeish directly expressed extremism before Kaine appointed him. He claimed the Brotherhood is “moderate” and admitted that he and MAS are influenced by the Islamist movement.

In 2004, Omeish praised the Hamas spiritual leader as “our belovedSheikh Ahmed Yassin.” Videotape from 2000 also surfaced where Omeish pledged to help Palestinians who understand “the jihad way is the way to liberate your land” (he denied this was an endorsement of violence).

When a state delegate wrote a letter to then-Governor Kaine warning him that the MAS has “questionable origins,” a Kaine spokesperson said the charge was bigotry.

Kaine obviously failed to do any kind of basic background checking in Omeish.

Omeish resigned under heavy pressure, and Kaine acknowledged that his statements “concerned” him. But, apparently, they didn’t concern him enough to actually learn about the Muslim Brotherhood network in his state and to take greater precautions in the future.

Speaking at a Dinner Honoring Muslim Brotherhood Terror Suspect

In September 2011, Kaine spoke at a “Candidates Night” dinnerorganized by the New Dominion PAC that presented a Lifetime Achievement Award for Jamal Barzinji, who the Global Muslim Brotherhood Watch describes as a “founding father of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.”

He first came on to the FBI’s radar in 1987-1988 when an informant inside the Brotherhood identified Barzinji and his associated groupsas being part of a network of Brotherhood fronts to “institute the Islamic Revolution in the United States.” The source said Barzinji and his colleagues were “organizing political support which involves influencing both public opinion in the United States as well as the United States Government” using “political action front groups with no traceable ties.”

Barzinji had his home searched as part of a terrorism investigation in 2003. U.S. Customs Service Senior Special Agent David Kane said in a sworn affidavit that Barzinji and the network of entities he led were investigated because he “is not only closed associated with PIJ [Palestinian Islamic Jihad]…but also with Hamas.”  Counter-terrorism reporter Patrick Poole broke the story that Barzinji was nearly prosecuted but the Obama Justice Department dropped plans for indictment.

Barzinji played a major role in nearly every Brotherhood front in the U.S. and was vice president of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), which came under terrorism investigation also. Barzinji’s group was so close to Palestinian Islamic Jihad operative Sami Al-Arian that IIIT’s President considered his group and Al-Arian’s to be essentially one entity.

The indictment of Al-Arian and his colleagues says that they “would and did seek to obtain support from influential individuals, in the United States under the guise of promoting and protecting Arab rights (emphasis mine).”

The quotes about Brotherhood operative Barzinji’s aspirations to use civil rights advocacy as a means to influence politicians are especially relevant when you consider that video from the event honoring Barzinji shows Kaine saying that it was his fourth time at the annual dinner and thanked his “friends” that organized it for helping him in his campaign for lieutenant-governor and governor and asked them to help his Senate campaign.

Islamist Financial Support

Barzinji’s organization, IIIT, donated $10,000 in 2011 to the New Dominion PAC, the organization that held the event honoring Barzinji that Kaine spoke at. The Barzinji-tied New Dominion PAC donated $43,050 to Kaine’s gubernatorial campaign between 2003 and 2005. That figure doesn’t even include other political recipients that assisted Kaine’s campaign.

The PAC has very strong ties to the Democratic Party in Virginia, with the Virginia Public Access Project tallying almost $257,000 in donations. This likely explains why Barzinji’s grandson served in Governor McAuliffe’s administration and then became the Obama Administration’s liaison to the Muslim-American community.

The Middle East Forum’s Islamist Money in Politics database shows another $4,300 donated to Kaine’s Senate campaign in 2011-2012 by officials from U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entities Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Another $3,500 came from Hisham Al-Talib, a leader from Barzinji’s IIIT organization.

It’s worth noting that Barzinji’s IIIT donated $3,500 to Esam Omeish’s 2009 campaign delegate campaign, tying together the cadre of Muslim Brotherhood-linked leaders who got into Kaine’s orbit.

Conclusion

Kaine has no excuse. If he has an Internet connection, then he and his staff should have known about their backgrounds. They were either extremely careless (something Kaine would have in commonwith the top of the ticket) or knew and looked the other way in the hopes of earning donations and votes.

Clinton’s choice of Kaine is widely seen as a way of strengthening her campaign’s national security credentials. Yet, Clinton is asking us to trust a candidate on national security who appoints a Hamas supporter to an immigration commission and speaks at a dinner honoring a Muslim Brotherhood terror suspect.

And she is asking us to trust her, who chose such a candidate.

New Islamophobia Report: Authors Linked to Hamas

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The new CAIR-AMP “Islamophobia Network” report could be used as an example of the phenomena of projection in a psychology class.

Clarion Project, by Ryan Mauro, July 21, 2016:

A new report on the so-called “Islamophobia Network” has been released, authored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the leader of American Muslims for Palestine — two groups with ties to Hamas financiers and a vivid history of extremism, slander and deception.

 

Here are three facts about the authors:

Both are linked to Hamas financiers based on prosecutions by the U.S. government.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), as explained in our factsheet, has a history of Islamist extremism including links to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. In fact, the Justice Department labeled CAIR an “unindicted co-conspirator” in a Hamas-financing trial and listed CAIR as a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity.

More specifically, CAIR was listed by the Justice Department as a part of the Brotherhood’s covert “Palestine Committee” to support Hamas in the United States.

The other official author is the University of California-Berkeley Center for Race and Gender. If you look more closely, you’ll see that the responsible section of the center is the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project. So, who was the real author from the University’s staff?

The aforementioned project is led by Dr. Hatem Bazian, chairman of American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), co-founder of Zaytuna College and co-founder of Students for Justice in Palestine. Click either of those two links to learn about the history of Bazian and his organization.

Bazian’s AMP has extensive links to the same Brotherhood/Hamas circle that CAIR does. Congressional testimony from Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, a terrorism finance analyst for the Treasury Department from 2004 to 2007, is damning.

Schanzer outlines how AMP is intertwined with three now-defunct organizations known to have been fronts for financing Hamas. Though he did not accuse AMP of illegal activity, it is apparent that AMP is run by a collection of officials from the Hamas support network in the United States.

Bazian also promotes modernized versions of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion-type conspiracy theories that have been referenced by Islamists for decades. In his narrative it’s always about wealthy hidden hands that puppeteer the most powerful institutions from behind a curtain. He has taught his students at Zaytuna College that this “Islamophobia Industry” is a creation of a war-seeking, military-industrial complex that wants to kill Muslims for profit.

 

It is their financing that is suspect.

It is CAIR and AMP, not the “Islamophobia Network,” that is closely associated with extremist and even terrorist financing. As Clarion Project has reported, CAIR has raised money from dubious foreign sources in possible violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, in addition to their apparent violation of their tax-exempt status. There are also detailed reports outlining alleged money-laundering by CAIR to disguise its donors.

Clarion Project also reported the little-noticed fact that CAIR sued two adversaries and “was so desperate to keep their records hidden from the American public that they voluntarily dismissed the case and dropped the lawsuit regarding those charges.”

As for AMP, NGO Monitor found that it is incorporated in Illinois but not as a 501 (c)3. For whatever reason, AMP receives its funding through a separate tax-exempt organization with the same address named “Americans for Justice in Palestine Educational Foundation.” Neither organization’s filings can be found on Internet websites like Guidestar.

 

They believe in lying and media manipulation.

 

Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas lie all the time. Islamist texts regularly justify or even mandate deception, particularly when dealing with perceived adversaries of the Muslim world (as they surely view the “Islamophobia Network”).

Two of CAIR’s founders, including its current executive director, were at a secret Hamas/Muslim Brotherhood meeting in Philadelphia in 1993. The transcripts show the participants, including one of CAIR’s co-founders, emphasizing using deception to influence American public opinion and how to play tricks with semantics. There was no room for interpretation.

Federal prosecutors said in a court filing:

From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists…the conspirators agreed to use deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists.

CAIR has even coached supporters on how to manipulate media coverage.

The new CAIR-AMP “Islamophobia Network” report could be used as an example of the phenomena of projection in a psychology class. They are accusing their adversaries of running a well-funded, deceptive, interconnected network. They assume their opponents are doing this because that is exactly what they are doing.

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Liberal Christian Denominations Susceptible to Islamist Agenda

Presbyterian_Church_U.S.A.CounterJihad, by Bruce Cornibe, July 12, 2016:

We have seen how Muslim Brotherhood affiliated organizations like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) are using leftist venues to propagate their stealthy Islamism. The liberal Christian church is one of those venues. Islamists use ‘interfaith dialogue’ to advance their victimhood narrative, even using it for da’wah (advocating Islam).

Wajdi Said, co-founder of the Muslim Educational Trust (MET), used an ‘interfaith’ opportunity for just that (preaching Islam) at the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Said brazenly exhorted the crowd to follow Islam during prayer saying, “Allah bless us and bless our families and bless our Lord. Lead us on the straight path — the path of all the prophets: Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.” It’s clear this ‘interfaith’ encounter was being used by Said to espouse Islam, not to “…create opportunities for mutual dialogue and bridge-building[.]”

Said is the same guy who has stated, “There is no verse in the Quran that condones fighting any peaceful non-Muslim on the sole ground that he or she is a non-Muslim[.]” Seems like Said might have missed a couple of verses from the Quran, such as:

[Remember] when your Lord inspired to the angels, “I am with you, so strengthen those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved, so strike [them] upon the necks and strike from them every fingertip.” –Quran 8:12

Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture – [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled. –Quran 9:29

O Prophet, fight against the disbelievers and the hypocrites and be harsh upon them. And their refuge is Hell, and wretched is the destination. –Quran 9:73

Of course, Islamists who believe that these types of verses are still valid today would likely argue “peaceful non-Muslim” essentially means individuals submitted to Sharia law, not those who publicly oppose Islamic beliefs and the like. A commitment to living free – including the right to leave Islam if you wish, including a right to preach against it if your conscience calls you to do that – is not compatible with this “peaceful” submission.

So how are Islamists such as those from the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), CAIR, and others able to lobby for their cause at churches including the Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ, among others? Let’s take a look at the Presbyterian Church (USA). Their membership is slightly under 1.6 million as of May 2016 via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The church“…lost 6 percent of its membership in 2015, and that came after three consecutive years of 5 percent declines[,]” and an alleged internal document expects the church to lose more than 400,000 members from 2015 through 2020. The church has progressively gotten more liberal in its doctrine, such as in 2015 by changing the definition of marriage from between “a man and a woman” to “two people.”

Perversely, given that radical Islam is extremely hostile to these left-leaning opinions, altering theology and doctrine to align with left-wing politics has furthered opened the church to Islamist influences. For instance, in 2014 the church accepted the divestment from Caterpillar Inc., Motorola Solutions, and Hewlett-Packard because they allegedly “…supply Israel with equipment used in the occupation of Palestinian territory.” Besides helping the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement’s (BDS) cause, and supporting a number of other anti-Israel measures, some Presbyterian Church USA congregations are active in promoting the ‘Islamophobia’ narrative Islamists use to try and silence any criticism of Islam. Furthermore, the Clarion Project’s Ryan Mauro highlights some disturbing connections between this denomination and Islamists such as:

…The Presbyterian Church USA is an official interfaith partner of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity and unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in American history…

…In July 2012, the Presbyterian Church Office of Public Witness blasted Rep. Michele Bachmann and four other members of Congress as essentially being bigoted “Joseph McCarthys.” The legistalors’ offense was requesting a review of the Muslim Brotherhood-linked organizations’ involvement with the U.S. government. The Church passionately defended ISNA, the Muslim Public Affairs Council and Huma Abedin

Worse yet, Mauro reveals some of the church’s past relations with the terrorist group Hezbollah:

…In 2004, the PCUSA’s [Presbyterian Church USA] Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy sent a delegation of two dozen representatives to Beirut, Lebanon to meet with Hezbollah. The terrorist group had a field day with it, showing the meeting on its Al-Manar propaganda station. The clips included one delegate praising Hezbollah.

“We treasure the precious words of Hezbollah and your expression of goodwill towards the American people,” Elder Ronald Stone of East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh said

…Yet, in 2005, another PCUSA delegation met with Hezbollahin Lebanon. It was sponsored by the PCUSA’s Middle East Task Force…

…The PCUSA spokesman for the trip was Robert Worley, a former professor at a Presbyterian seminary. He was quotedin the Lebanese media regurgitating Hezbollah’s propaganda:

“The Americans hear in the Western media that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization, and they do not hear any other opinion. They know nothing about the party’s concern for the people of the south.”…

Other liberal Christian mainline denominations are either moving in the direction of PCUSA or already have, such as the United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, Episcopalian Church, among others. The type of social justice activism these churches are giving into are not only leading to their decline in membership rates.  It is also causing them to support jihadist forces that despise both their Christian faith and their left wing political stances.  PCUSA needs to re-evaluate the direction its organization is heading before it’s too late.

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CAIR Met With Congress 325 Times in 2016

CAIR founder and executive director Nihad Awad (right) with Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director and spokesperson.

CAIR founder and executive director Nihad Awad (right) with Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director and spokesperson.

Clarion Project, by Ryan Mauro, July 13, 2016:

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a group identified by the Justice Department as a Muslim Brotherhood entity and designated as terrorists by the United Arab Emirates, boasts of having 325 meetings with members of Congress or their staff over the last year.

The group says it also enjoyed $3 million worth free advertising through media appearances this year alone, resulting in 50 million views of its work.

A 2007 court filing by federal prosecutors notes how two of CAIR’s founders were wiretapped at a secret Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas meeting in Philadelphia in 1993, where they participated in a robust discussion of how to use deception to influence American public opinion in a direction favorable to the Islamist cause. It states:

From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists … the conspirators agreed to use deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists.

CAIR’s fundraising video boasts that there were 14,000 mentions of CAIR on radio or television this year alone, and that it has a database of 1.6 million media contacts to use. The organization said it has 65 trained spokespeople, 29 offices and 35 full-time lawyers.

The White House’s director of community partnerships said in 2012 that there had been “hundreds” of meetings between U.S. government agencies and CAIR. However, CAIR was curiously left out of President Obama’s Countering Violent Extremism Summit in 2015, even though other Islamists were invited.

After participants were made known, CAIR attacked President Obama’s event as Islamophobic.

CAIR’s power can give the impression that it is the leader of the Muslim-American community, but it is, in reality, the manifestation of a well-funded and well-organized Brotherhood network that has been building up its presence in the U.S. since the 1960s. CAIR was born out of this network in 1994 and has prospered with plentiful foreign financing.

A 2011 Gallup poll found that CAIR is most popular Muslim-American organization but only about 12% of Muslim-Americans say CAIR is the organization that most represents them, despite its strong name recognition, media presence and infrastructure.

CAIR’s boasts are a reminder of its power to intimidate, pressure and influence. However, since close to 90 percent of the Muslim-American community says CAIR does not represent them, there is a leadership gap that can be filled by a non-Islamist Muslim group whose values and record more closely reflect those of the Muslim-American community.

Muslims who are against Islamism have a steep hill to climb in competing with CAIR and its allies, but we must remember that they have low name identification and are attacked and excluded by their Islamist competitors who have had much more time and resources to develop.

If CAIR can accomplish all this, then imagine what a genuinely moderate organization could accomplish with time and resources.

Dallas Shooting: Time to Hold Nation of Islam Accountable

Louis Farrakan, leader of the Nation of Islam, preaches "retaliation" against white people. "Don’t let this white man tell you that violence is wrong," he says.

Louis Farrakan, leader of the Nation of Islam, preaches “retaliation” against white people. “Don’t let this white man tell you that violence is wrong,” he says.

Clarion Project, by Ryan Mauro, July 11, 2016:

Micah Johnson, the perpetrator of the shooting of police officers in Dallas, Texas, is now suspected of having been radicalized online (at least partially), as he followed anti-police extremist groups online, including the jihad-supporting Nation of Islam, whose leader has been encouraging violence against police with a heightened fury since the Ferguson controversy.

Only hours before the attack, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan was publishing racist endorsements of violence. He preached, “When you are willing and not afraid anymore to pay the price for freedom—don’t let this white man tell you that violence is wrong…He’s doing it as we speak, and then he has the nerve to come and tell us that violence and hatred won’t get it.” He also said that white people are “worthy to be hated.”

Around the time of the Ferguson riots, Farrakhan preached about the “law of retaliation” in regards to police, encouraged followers to “die for something” and said parents should teach their children how to fight and throw Molotov cocktails. He threatened, “We’ll tear this goddamn country apart!”

In front of 2,000 attendees in Maryland, he happily proclaimed, “They know an explosion is going to come.” The reaction was not shock or a worried silence. It was cheers.

Farrakhan has reportedly told African-Americans to rise up against the U.S. government as the Palestinians have risen up against Israel. In August, he justified the terrorism of Hamas against Israel and compared it to the struggle of blacks in America.

Micah Johnson is not known to have been a Muslim but non-Muslims can still be impacted by Islamist incitement that goes beyond reasonable discourse about police and racism and into dehumanization and advocacy for violence. Proof of this intersection comes in the form of a Facebook cartoon using ISIS propaganda to support killing police that Micah Johnson wrote a rant under.

He also was a member of the New Black Panther Party, an extremist group that is not exclusively Islamic but formed as a split from the Nation of Islam. He also “liked” an organization called the P. Newton Gun Club, run by an official of a group named the People’s New Black Panther Party. That official reacted to the Dallas attacks by saying, “Micah just got five of the bastards.”

Anti-police bigotry is part of the radicalization process for different kinds of extremist ideologies and Islamism is one of them. Islamism benefits because the ideology sees secular-democracies as inherently unjust and oppressive, a commonality with those who reflexively demonize U.S. government agencies and dangerously paint police as bloodthirsty.

The Islamic State recognized this and tried to spin the Ferguson riots to its advantage. Other non-violent Islamist groups also saw it as an opportunity to position themselves favorably.

At the time, I discussed the intersection between anti-police bigotry and radical ideologies including Islamism on FOX News Channel:

It’s time for the Nation of Islam and groups like it to be held accountable for the inevitable results of their incitement. A starting point would be denying government financial aid like farm subsidies that have been awarded to Nation of Islam-linked entities.

Non-profit organizations that explicitly endorse criminal activity that directly harms others, such as violence against police, don’t deserve their non-profit statuses.

Legal professionals should also be consulted with to discuss possible prosecution under laws related to treason, sedition and subversive activities.

When you counter anti-police extremism, you target a key part of the Islamist worldview. When you challenge Islamist propaganda, you challenge an ideology that promotes anti-police bigotry. The two are linked.

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In a 2014 interview, conservative Republican radio host Charles Butler said he would physically attack Prof. Ryan Mauro after Mauro disputed his anti-police bigotry. Butler also showed that he does not know what anecdotal evidence is.

CAIR: Supporters of Gun Control Bill Are Anti-Muslim

CAIR's Founder and Executive Director Nihad Awad (R); National Communications Director and Spokesperson Ibrahim Hooper (L). Awad was present at the 1993 secret meeting of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Palestine Committee in Philadelphia that was wiretapped by the FBI. Participants of the meeting discussed how to support Hamas and, in the words of U.S. District Court Judge Solis the “goals, strategies and American perceptions of the Muslim Brotherhood.” (Photo: © Reuters)

CAIR’s Founder and Executive Director Nihad Awad (R); National Communications Director and Spokesperson Ibrahim Hooper (L). Awad was present at the 1993 secret meeting of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Palestine Committee in Philadelphia that was wiretapped by the FBI. Participants of the meeting discussed how to support Hamas and, in the words of U.S. District Court Judge Solis the “goals, strategies and American perceptions of the Muslim Brotherhood.” (Photo: © Reuters)

Clarion Project, by Ryan Mauro, June 26, 2016:

If left-wing politicians thought they were immune from ridiculous accusations of anti-Muslim bigotry by treating the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) with kid gloves, they are in for a surprise.

In declaring its opposition to the latest bi-partisan bill to prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns, the sordid group has accused the Democrats and Republicans of trying to suppress Muslims’ civil liberties.

CAIR is, according to the Justice Department, a front for the U.S.Muslim Brotherhood and has links to Hamas. The Muslim country of the United Arab Emirates, which previously funded CAIR, designatedCAIR as a terrorist organization when it cracked down on Islamist extremism.

Gun control is an intense debate in the United States with reasonable supporters on each side, but CAIR is polluting the political dialogue with (yet again) ridiculous cries of Islamophobia—and this latest round is exceptionally over-the-top.

The Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act of 2016 aims to stop suspected terrorists whose names are on the no-fly list or the “selectee” list for extra scrutiny from buying guns. There are multiple cases of people who are obviously not terrorists who have ended up on the no-fly listand there are legitimate questions about the bill’s compatibility with the U.S. Constitution, but that’s not the respectable dialogue CAIR is promoting.

Rather, CAIR claimed that the bipartisan group of Senators secretly wants the gun control because it only impacts Muslims:

“We oppose the Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act of 2016 because it appears to limit the ban on firearms purchases to American Muslims…”

“It would seem the Senate is willing to only apply constitutional limitations on the American Muslim community, which is disproportionately impacted by federal watch lists.”

Absolutely nothing in the bill would separate the Muslims from the non-Muslims on the terror watch lists so the former could be blocked and the latter be permitted. Much of the negative media attention surrounding the watch lists is from non-Muslims being inappropriately placed on them.

CAIR’s gotten away with the Islamophobia card for so long that they didn’t even bother pairing this propaganda with any semblance of logic.

Speaking of disproportionality, the disproportionate hysteria of CAIR’s rhetoric is plain to see when the actual facts and context are presented.

The broad term of “watch lists” refers to the consolidation of lists within the Terrorist Screening Center. Its database has about one million names—not one million Americans—one million names of individuals around the globe. Out of  a world-wide population of 7.4 billion people, only 5-15,000 names on the list are Americans (although it reached 25,000 citizens and permanent residents in 2013).

According to the FBI, of the more than 23 million background checks made in connection with gun purchases last year, 244 of those checks were on people on the terror watch lists. Over 90% of those on the terror watch list who wanted a gun were allowed to buy it (and presumably did). Only 21 were blocked.

That means 223 suspected terrorists were allowed to buy guns in one year.

Those that were blocked were stopped not because they were on a terror watch list. They were stopped because other regulations got in the way, such as being a convict or because of substance abuse.

The “anti-Muslim” legislation that CAIR is attacking doesn’t even use the entire database. The Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act of 2016uses two: the No-Fly List and the Selectee List (for additional screening). That means about 900,000 foreigners and 2,000 Americans on the terror watch list are still allowed to buy guns under this proposal.

The No-Fly List has 81,000 names. The FBI says only about 1,000 Americans—1,000 out of the total U.S. population of 320 million—are on this list and would be blocked from getting a gun if a proposal like this was adopted.

The Selectee List has 28,000 names. Less than 1,700 are Americans.

For the Terrorist Screening Center, a government agency submits a name and evidence justifying why they believe there is a reasonable suspicion that they are linked to terrorism. The National Counterterrorism Center looks at it and, about 90% of the time, agrees and adds the name.

Names are also frequently removed, at a rate of about 16,500 per year.  The standard for inclusion is high enough that Orlando shooter Omar Mateen was on the list and taken off, despite plenty of evidence he could be a threat.

Names cannot be added on the basis of activity permitted under the First Amendment. And anyone (even a non-citizen) who has experienced difficulty traveling and believe it is because their name is on a watchlist can follow the redress process with the Department of Homeland Security so a review happens.

While this process can take far too long and needs to be fixed, removal is possible. Ask the terror-linked Islamists who have used lawsuits to get themselves removed from the list.

The bill includes a provision that individuals who believe their rights have been violated can appeal to a federal court and, if they win, the government pays their attorney’s fee.

There is understandable concern about the bill’s provision that the government can present secret evidence to the court for security reasons. If the secret evidence is used, the court is responsible for releasing as much information as possible in order to respect due process. Senator Collins’ factsheet says this is done in other criminal proceedings and is not unusual.

While there are logical reasons to oppose the bill, Islamophobia isn’t one of them. Progressives who have looked the other way when CAIR exploits anti-Muslim sentiment by playing the Islamophobia card should learn a lesson from this.

This deceitful attack on the integrity of Senators (including top Democrats) who support this gun control bill is just as unacceptable as the deceitful personal attacks on anti-Islamist voices seen (fairly or unfairly) as conservative.

There’s a common thread between this cry of Islamophobia and

Let this be a wake-up call for more progressives to see CAIR for what it really is: A Muslim Brotherhood-linked group that uses bullying and deception to pollute productive dialogue about anything related to national security, Islamism and anti-Muslim discrimination.

Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org’s national security analyst, a fellow with Clarion Project and an adjunct professor of homeland security. Mauro is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio. Read more, contact or arrange a speaking engagement.

GOP Leaders Stall Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Act

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Clarion Project, by Ryan Mauro, June 23, 2016:

Eighty members of Congress, including two Democrats, now support the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act, with one more congressman and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee signing up since the last update. There’s only one problem: The Republican leadership is stalling it, even though the House version passed the Judiciary Committee.

The two new cosponsors are Senator David Perdue (R-GA) and Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA). The former is especially significant because he is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee where it is held up. A list of cosponsors and opponents is available at the bottom of this article.

Terrorism expert Patrick Poole writes that the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker (R-TN), has not even held hearings on the bill, much less arranged for it to be voted on. Corker is reportedly being vetted as a potential running mate for Donald Trump.

The story is even more discouraging in the House, where support for the bill was proven when it passed the Judiciary Committee. Yet, Speaker Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy have not given any public indication that he’ll have the House vote on it.

“There really is no good reason why GOP leadership should continue blocking these bills from coming to the floor. Our closest allies, namely Egypt, Israel and Jordan, are taking action against the Muslim Brotherhood. As the Brotherhood rank-and-file in Egypt escalate terror attacks, and Brotherhood militias openly ally with Ansar al-Sharia in Libya and other affiliates across the Middle East become more militant, we should not be giving them aid and refuge while our allies actively fight them,” Poole told Clarion Project.

Four organizations representing persecuted Christians are also pushing for the bill. A prominent Kurdish Muslim activist is also supporting the bill.

You can make a difference in less than one minute. Ask your representative to take a stand by using our easy online form.

Numerous congressional staff members have told us about how much of an impact our readers are having on Capitol Hill—many arehearing you, but the voices must be persistent and louder.

Even if the act does not pass, this is a unique opportunity to find out which members of Congress pay attention to this issue, and where they stand on the Muslim Brotherhood and its U.S.-based affiliates. The legislation outlines the evidence linking the Brotherhood and Hamas to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT).

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Number of Refugees Arrested for Terror Higher than Reported

Tsarnaev brothersClarion Project, by Ryan Mauro, June 23, 2016:

New data from the Senate Judiciary Committee reveals that 40 refugees have been arrested on terrorism-related charges since 9/11; a number far higher than the State Department’s previous estimate of a dozen.

Clarion Project reported in November 2015 that a little-noticed poll showed that 13% of Syrian refugees express favorable feelings towards the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL). The Obama Administration plans to resettle between 8,000 and 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of this year. It is about half way towards that goal, having resettled about 4,000.

The new congressional numbers show that 580 individuals have been convicted on terrorism-related charges since 9/11, with 131 convictions happening since early 2014 when ISIS burst onto the scene.

Of the 580, at least 40 are refugees (a little less than 7 percent of the total) and 380 are foreign-born (65.5% of the total). The top countries of origin are Pakistan (by far), followed far behind by Somalia, Yemen, Colombia and Iraq.

The convicts are most commonly associated with Al-Qaeda or one of its branches. The second most common allegiance is to Hezbollah, followed by the Colombian FARC narco-terrorist group; Hamas; Lashker-a-Taiba; the Taliban (if you combine the Afghan and Pakistani branches); the Tamil Tigers; the United Self-Defense Forces of Columbia; ISIS and Jaish-e-Mohammed.

The obvious conclusion from the fresh data is that counter-terrorism efforts should be laser-focused on immigration and screening policies, particularly in regards to Muslim countries that are terror hotbeds, since over 65% of cases involved foreigners who came to the United States.

That number doesn’t include convicts whose parents came into the U.S. and may have brought ideas that helped radicalize their children. A clear example is Orlando shooter Omar Mateen’s father, who has praised the Taliban and is now known to have served as an official in a Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islamist organization in 1997.

The Washington Post has also addressed some misconceptions and semantics games when it comes to the security issues surrounding the estimated 800,000 refugees who have come into America since 9/11. Counts of terror-linked refugees may not include asylum-seekers and their families who are in the U.S. but have not yet acquired the refugee label.

The Post mentions that the Tsarnaev brothers who committed the Boston bombings were in the U.S. because their father is an asylum-seeker and they are not included in the counts.

In addition, the aforementioned numbers do not include information about those arrested but not convicted and those under investigation. A senior FBI official said in 2013 that there are dozens of counter-terrorism investigations into refugee suspects. That was before the dramatic spike in radicalization sparked by the success of ISIS and its declaration of a caliphate.

As Clarion explained, the U.S. can benefit from accepting some properly-vetted Muslim refugees, including those from Syria. A ban on all Muslim immigration isn’t feasible (putting aside the moral question), but a vetting process aimed at detecting Islamists is. Such ideological vetting can help genuine moderate Muslims by identifying them and possibly expediting their processing.

Homeland Security whistleblower Philip Haney had great success in detecting extremists by tracking associations with Islamist movements and institutions until the overlapping extremism of political correctness and Islamism stopped him from continuing. Almost every time someone is arrested on terror-related charges, we hear about previous signs of extremism such as attending a radical mosque or a social media posting.

The new data shows that the majority of terrorist convicts come from foreign countries, and a small but worrisome percentage are refugees. It isn’t Islamophobic or bigoted to recognize the intersection between national security and immigration and make proper adjustments to reflect reality.

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NEW INFO: Cruz, Sessions Warn Obama of Refugee Terror Threat (insider.foxnews.com)

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CAIR Slanders Police, Professor Ryan Mauro

counterterrorism_Unh5LIoThe New York Tactical Officers Association (@nytoa) represents some of the nation’s finest police officers.

BY CounterJihad · @CounterjihadUS | April 22, 2016

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Hamas-linked mouthpiece that is a named terror organization in the UAE, is painting an upcoming law-enforcement conference in New York as anti-Muslim.  They charge that the keynote speaker, Professor Ryan Mauro, is evidence of the bent of this “shadowy” group that represents police officers who specialize in tactical operations like SWAT teams.

Far from being ‘shadowy,’ the group is composed of members of the thin blue line who handle some of the most dangerous threats facing Americans today.  It is entirely appropriate that they should consider threats facing their member officers, to include terrorist threats posed by radical Islamic groups.  This is how describe themselves:

The New York Tactical Officers Association [@nytoaisand @nytoa_chairman] a not for profit corporation established to promote training, professionalism and the exchange of information between members of law enforcement, tactical units and crisis negotiation teams within, and surrounding, New York State. The association strives to advance individual and team knowledge by providing a network to share best practices, sound tactics, training and operational experiences. The association works to foster the highest professional standards and levels of competence by providing high quality instruction to its members.

Being invited to speak before such a group is a distinction befitting Professor Mauro.  He is a noted national security analyst who frequently appears on both left- and right-wing news programs.  He has twice appeared before the International Intelligence Summit.  He had the distinction of having his biography from that conference recovered from Osama bin Laden’s compound during the Navy SEAL raid that ended the life of the terrorist mastermind.

Law enforcement organizations have been one of CAIR’s major targets for its influence operations.  They have been successful, especially at the Federal level, in enforcing silence about the threat from radical Islamic groups.  For example, they got the FBI to strip references to Islam from one of its training programs. Nevertheless, its stature has diminished sufficiently that in recent years the American left-wing has fractured in supporting them.  The FBI broke off formal cooperation with CAIR after theHoly Land Foundation trial named them as an unindicted co-conspirator.  Senator Barbara Boxer, for example, rescinded an award given to a man in California after his ties to CAIR became known to her.  The Anti-Defamation League continues to support calls for investigations to establish just how functional the connection between CAIR and terrorist groups like Hamas or the Muslim Brotherhood happens to be.

A bill currently before the US Senate names CAIR as part of the Muslim Brotherhood’s network, and calls for the executive branch to add the Brotherhood to the list of named terrorist organizations.  Here at CounterJihad, we support the passage of this bill and urge everyone to sign our petition.

Support for Bill Naming Brotherhood Terrorist Org. Grows

CAIR's Founder and Executive Director Nihad Awad (R); National Communications Director and Spokesperson Ibrahim Hooper (L). Awad was present at the 1993 secret meeting of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Palestine Committee in Philadelphia that was wiretapped by the FBI. Participants of the meeting discussed how to support Hamas and, in the words of U.S. District Court Judge Solis “goals, strategies and American perceptions of the Muslim Brotherhood.” (Photo: © Reuters)

CAIR’s Founder and Executive Director Nihad Awad (R); National Communications Director and Spokesperson Ibrahim Hooper (L). Awad was present at the 1993 secret meeting of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Palestine Committee in Philadelphia that was wiretapped by the FBI. Participants of the meeting discussed how to support Hamas and, in the words of U.S. District Court Judge Solis “goals, strategies and American perceptions of the Muslim Brotherhood.” (Photo: © Reuters)

Clarion Project, by Ryan Mauro, April 19, 2016:

Seven more congressmen have signed on to cosponsor the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act after the Clarion Project letter campaign was launched. You can tell your representatives to support the legislation in less than one minute by using our online form.

The seven new supporters are Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), Rep. Charlie J. Fleischmann (R-TN), Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA), Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX) and Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC).

Over 60 members of Congress are cosponsoring the bill or have voted in its favor. It now has bipartisan support and has passed the House Judiciary Committee. Four organizations representing persecuted Christians are also pushing for the bill.

The next steps are for it to come to a vote in the House of Representatives and to be approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where it is currently stalled.

Regardless of whether it passes or not, the legislation is an unprecedented opportunity to educate congressmen about the Muslim Brotherhood’s involvement in terrorism. The legislation also outlines how the Brotherhood is linked to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT).

See below for a list of members of Congress who have endorsed the legislation, those who have declared opposition to it and those on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who have yet to take a position.

If passed, the bill would state that Congress believes that the Muslim Brotherhood meets the criteria of a Foreign Terrorist Organization under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1189).

It gives the Secretary of State a period of 60 days to provide a detailed report explaining whether the Brotherhood meets the standard for Foreign Terrorist Organization designation and why. The legislation contains a mountain of evidence in support of designation.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Members Without a Stated Position

Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

John Barrasso (R-WY)

Ben Cardin (D-MD); Ranking Member

Christopher Coons (D-DE)

Bob Corker (R-TN); Chairman

Jeff Flake (R-AZ)

Cory Gardner (R-CO)

Johnny Isakson (R-GA)

Tim Kaine (D-VA)

Edward Markey (D-WA)

Bob Menendez (D-NJ)

Chris Murphy (D-CT)

Rand Paul (R-KY)

David Perdue (R-GA)

James Risch (R-ID)

Marco Rubio (R-FL)

Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

Tom Udall (D-NM)

 

Senators in Support of the Act

Ted Cruz (R-TX) Original Sponsor
Orrin Hatch (R-UT)  
Ron Johnson (R-WI) Foreign Relations Committee member

 

Representatives in Support of the Act (Cosponsors and/or Voted Yay)

 

Mike Bishop (R-MI) Diane Black (R-TN)
Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) Jim Bridenstine (R-OK)
Ken Buck (R-CO) Ken Calvert (R-CA)
Steve Chabot (R-OH) Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)
Curt Clawson (R-FL) Doug Collins (R-GA)
Charlie W. Dent (R-PA) Ron DeSantis (R-FL)
Scott DesJerlais (R-TN) Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
Blake Farenthold (R-TX) J. Randy Forbes (R-VA)
Trent Franks (R-AZ) Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) Trey Gowdy (R-SC)
Kay Granger (R-TX) Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)
Darrell Issa (R-CA) Bill Johnson (R-OH)
Jim Jordan (R-OH) David P. Joyce (R-OH)
Steve King (R-IA) Barry Loudermilk (R-GA)
Tom Marino (R-PA) John L. Mica (R-FL)
Steven Palazzo (R-MS) Colin C. Peterson (D-MN)
Ted Poe (R-TX) Mike Pompeo (R-KS)
Bill Posey (R-FL) John Ratcliffe (R-TX)
Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
David Rouzer (R-NC) Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)
Lamar Smith (R-TX) Steve Stivers (R-OH)
David A. Trott (R-MI) Mimi Walters (R-CA)
Randy Weber (R-TX) Mike Kelly (R-PA)
Duncan Hunter (R-CA) Candice S. Miller (R-MI)
James B. Renacci (R-OH) Daniel Webster (R-FL)
Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) Tim Huelskamp (R-KS
Charlie J. Fleischmann (R-TN) Jeff Duncan (R-SC)
Dave Brat (R-VA) Todd Rokita (R-IN)
Kenny Marchant (R-TX) Robert Pittenger (R-NC)

 

 

Representatives Opposed to the Act

Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA)
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)
Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) Rep. Pedro Pierluisi (D-Puerto Rico)

Click here to easily contact your representatives!

Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org’s national security analyst, a fellow with Clarion Project and an adjunct professor of homeland security. Mauro is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio. Read more, contact or arrange a speaking engagement.

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Full court press is on to pressure congress into passing this bill. CounterJihad.com has a petition you should sign and while you are there check out their impressive timeline of the Muslim Brotherhood from it’s founding until today.

Tom Trento of The United  West is getting in on the act with his usual “in your face” approach: (that’s CAIR headquarters in DC)

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And Brigitte Gabriel of ACT for America has prepared letters in their Action Center for you to send to your representatives in the House and Senate.

Muslim Brotherhood 101: Why the State Dept Should Ban Them

Muslim Brotherhood supporters. (Photo: © Reuters)

Muslim Brotherhood supporters. (Photo: © Reuters)

Clarion Project launches a new campaign to demand the Muslim Brotherhood be designated a terrorist entity in the United States.

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Who is the Muslim Brotherhood?

The Muslim Brotherhood (Al-Ihkwan al-Muslimun) is a Sunni, pan-Islamic organization based in Cairo, Egypt whose ultimate aim is the re-establishment of the global Islamic caliphate and the implementation of sharia as state law. Founded in Egypt in 1928 it is the oldest Islamist group in the world and along with Jamaat e-Islami in Pakistan and India, the most influential.

During World War II they backed the Nazis against the British. They were provided with a printing press by the Third Reich to print Arabic copies of Hitler’s book Mein Kampf and the notorious anti-Semitic forgery Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

They see Islam as a holistic system of life that must be implemented at every level. This includes the brutal hudud punishments such as amputations and the death penalty for adultery and blasphemy. However, they are aware that such ideas are unpopular so they seek first to Islamize the society through education. Although the group officially renounced violence in 1971, that seems to have been a practical decision. The group still believes that armed jihad is a legitimate way to achieve its goals when the time is right.

Following that they would implement their policies step-by-step, under their doctrine of gradualism. After the Egyptian revolution the group came to power in an election which attempted to implement this vision. It was deposed after one year because of their tyrannical policies.

They have branches in approximately 80 countries worldwide including the United States.

Is the Muslim Brotherhood Involved in Terrorism?

They have been the leading source of inspiration behind terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda and its offshoot the Islamic State. Founder Hassan al-Banna and ideologue Sayyid Qutb wrote extensively on the importance of armed jihad. Qutb is also credited with the idea of modern political understanding of jahilliya, which holds that any government which does not implement sharia as state law is in a state of un-Islamic ignorance and should be opposed.

Osama bin Laden’s mentor, Abdullah Azzam, and the mastermind of 9/11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, were both members of the Muslim Brotherhood before they joined al-Qaeda.

The Muslim Brotherhood branch in Gaza, Hamas, is a terrorist organization which glorifies attacks on civilians and seeks to violently eradicate the state of Israel and commit massacres against the Jews living there.

Muslim-Brotherhood-linked entities in America and other countries have raised money for Hamas. The most famous case of this was the Holy Land Foundation Trial in 2007.

What are other governments doing about the Muslim Brotherhood?

The Muslim Brotherhood has been banned in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as a terrorist organization. The UAE ban included U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entities the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society (MAS) as well as Islamic Relief Worldwide, which has sent money to Hamas.

Israel has also banned Islamic Relief Worldwide for funding Hamas.

The UK commissioned a report into the Muslim Brotherhood. While it stopped short of banning it as a terrorist organization, the British government rejected the myth that the Brotherhood is “moderate” along with the patently false notion that it is “non-violent.” The UK will keep the Muslim Brotherhood under review.

Which US Organizations Are Included in This Bill

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR); the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT).

Read our profiles of each group’s extremism by clicking on the links

Click here to send a letter to your congressman and support our campaign.

To learn more about the Muslim Brotherhood see our detailed Special Report: The Muslim Brotherhood

Do Radicalized Islamic Communities Exist in the U.S.?

The entrance to Islamberg in New York state

The entrance to Islamberg in New York state

Jamaat ul-Fuqra, a Pakistani militant group that has rebranded itself as Muslims of the Americas, says it has 22 “Islamic villages” in the U.S.

Clarion Project, by Ryan Mauro, March 31, 2016:

GOP presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz’s call for patrolling of Muslim communities with signs of extremism is being bashed as pandering to anti-Muslim voters, with critics saying there aren’t even Islamist communities in the U.S. to begin with.

They are wrong. They exist — and newly-published documents show that they’ve boasted of enforcing Islamic sharia law, even going so far as to whip children.

Jamaat ul-Fuqra, a Pakistani militant group that has rebranded itself as Muslims of the Americas, says it has Sheikh Gilani, who they believe is in constant contact with Allah and the Prophet Mohammed and a miracle worker chosen by Allah to lead Islam to victory.

Of course, they state they are against criminality and terrorism (despite being extensively engaged in it) and tout a twisted version of patriotism. Part of the plan is ensuring the spiritual purity of the Fuqra/MOA members by enforcing sharia law in their villages.

“The majority of the Sheikh’s [American] followers purchased land in areas away from urban metropolis and developed small villages, where they could raise their children in a wholesome environment and live a life of pure Islam, free from the decadence of a godless society,” their book states.

Small picture to the left of the print shows a whipping being prepared.

Small picture to the left of the print shows a whipping being prepared.

That sounds innocent enough until you look at the picture above. The caption reads, “American Muslims have established their own villages where Islamic Law has been enforced. Here a wrongdoer is voluntarily accepting punishment.” The unclear picture shows a man sitting on a chair, with his back facing a group of Muslims in prayer as a man stands over him. The image is identical to what a former Fuqra member described to the Clarion Project as the procedure for brutal whippings.

An issue of the group’s newspaper, the Islamic Chronicle, from the 1980s has an article about its purchases of land in America and explains: “Sheikh Jilani explained that this will be a territory to set-up a model for Jammah for the practice in its simple and austere manner under the Shariat (Law)…”

Taazarat being administered

Taazarat being administered

Another issue, this one from 1983, (above) has a picture of a man bent over as a man stands over him apparently about to strike him. The caption reads, “Ta’azerat being administered.” The article next to the picture explains that enforcement of sharia law in the villages in America is necessary to protect Muslims from falling into legal sins like gambling, adultery and alcohol consumption.

“The Jammat ul Fuqra has been able to establish justice according to Islamic Law, not only in the United States, but wherever Muslims are living under un-Islamic laws. According to the Holy Q’uran, a Muslim is not allowed to follow laws other than the law of the Holy Qu’ran…This so-called ‘freedom’ is actually enslavement by the kufaar [non-Muslims] and Shaitan [Satan]…”

It continues:

“On these sites where Islamic Law is enforced as much as possible, anyone who commits a crime against the Law of Allah is punished according to Ta’azerat….Here you see one person receiving twenty lashes in one [Sharia] court in South America. He was found guilty of violating the honor of a Muslim lady, a crime for which he received a hard punishment with patience and faith.”

The article says that the hudud punishments, such as execution and severing of hands and feet, cannot be enforced in kuffar (infidel) lands like the U.S. Notice that this isn’t a stand against sharia‘s brutal hudud punishments; just that they aren’t implementable at this time.

One of Fuqra’s newspaper articles announces the formation of America’s first Islamic court, arguing that it is in compliance with the country’s religious freedom. Judges have been trained and appointed by Sheikh Gilani.

The Clarion Project has obtained a copy of the Islamic Court’s letterhead (above), which was originally found by law enforcement personnel during a raid on a Colorado “village” in 1992 where tunnels filled with weapons were found, as well as proof of criminal fundraising and terror plots.

But one document (see below) found by law enforcement is harrowing in its disclosure about the enforcement of sharia in these villages.

It is difficult to read but its words can be mostly understood with a close look. It is a note written in July 1992 to a Fuqra member that reads, “Stop taking your frustrations out on the children! Some whippings you give ARE UNNECESSARY!” [emphasis original].

Complaint about unnecessary whipping of childrenComplaint about unnecessary whipping of children

Heartbreaking stories from former Fuqra members told to theClarion Project include child abuse, desperate poverty, domestic violence and severe beatings of young boys for minor infractions ofsharia law, such as watching an American children’s show without approval.

Polygamy is commonplace. One story is about a mother who ferociously protested the forced homeschooling of her child. She was punished so harshly that it can accurately be described as torture.

ALthough these stories are from the early 1990s, but the organization and its villages are still around. The leadership is the same. The membership is mostly the same. The cultish, radical ideology is the same, albeit cleaned up a bit to cope with the negative attention. More recent testimony has come forth that shows that the abuses under sharia continue.

A former high-level member of Fuqra spied for the NYPD and came forward in a book titled Twilight in America by Martin Mawyer. His biggest concern was the treatment of the women and kids. He spoke of illiterate, unhealthy and indoctrinated children who he saw being beaten.

“If somebody breaks a command you could be tied to a tree and hit with sticks,” he explained, including one case of a 50-year old woman which he witnessed. The punishments were for watching unapproved material, cursing, fornication, lying to the MOA officials and other perceived sins against Allah.

“You have to understand this—these kids, all they have been living for their whole lives is they want to fight a holy war. These are kids,” he emphasized.

“You got all these young kids there, you walk up to them, ask them, ‘what do you want to do?’ ‘I want to fight for Gilani.’ That’s what they want. It’s not good.”

The spin from Fuqra now is that their version of sharia law is not to be feared, for it is not much different than the U.S. Constitution. Its current newspaper (above), the Islamic Post, tries to defend its interpretation of sharia law but, in so doing, delegitimizes the existence of the United States and states the group’s desire to punish its opponents:

“Sharia governs Muslims in how they must deal with each other, as well as non-Muslims. So why are some Americans worried about Sharia? Perhaps the “anti-sharia” hate-mongers are afraid of the fact that it would give those cheated and abused in the past the right to prosecute those who had wronged them — whether by destruction of their properties, physical harm that was rendered, and/or wealth that was usurped. Under Sharia, a person’s lands, if taken unjustly, would have to be given back to them. Following Sharia, the U.S. would owe its very existence to Native American tribes.

“Americans have no reason to fear Sharia. Muslims are quite content with the current state of American Sharia Law. Establishing Sharia in America is not a concern for Muslims. Especially since it’s already here.”

The documents published here by Clarion Project show that—at least in saying sharia is “already here”–Fuqra/MOA is telling the truth. But it isn’t rosy and non-threatening like they’d have you believe.

Terror Coming to U.S. — or Already Here?

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Polizette, by Brendan Kirby, March 23, 2016:

Sheer numbers of radicalized Muslims make Europe an easier target for terrorism, but the United States faces a real and growing threat from “sleeper cells” and lone wolves, according to security experts.

Europe has become a hotbed for radical Islam over the last two decades, as immigrants hole up in hovels outside major cities. Molenbeek is one such slum, in the outskirts of Brussels — home to the terrorists who attacked Tuesday, killing at least 30 and wounding hundreds. Militant Muslims are also in the ghettos outside Paris — the perpetrators of the massive attack that killed 130 this year were traced there. And Germany is battling a huge influx of Muslims; many Germans now fear attacks from radicalized Islamists.

The United States has no clear counterpoints to Europe, but there are cities with large Muslim populations, like Detroit, Minneapolis and New York City. Last year, the FBI probed an area of Phoenix, and reports emerged the agency was investigating reports that the area had become a hotbed for terrorist recruitment at an ISIS level.

All five presidential candidates on Tuesday weighed in on the Brussels terror attacks, but Ted Cruz went a step further, saying U.S. law enforcement should step up efforts to secure the homeland.

“We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized,” Cruz said. “We know what is happening with these isolated Muslim neighborhoods in Europe. If we want to prevent it from happening here, it is going to require an empowered, visible law enforcement presence that will both identify problem spots and partner with non-radical Americans who want to protect their homes,” the Cruz campaign said in a statement.

While the United States has not experienced the level of terrorism over the past couple of years that has afflicted Europe, Kyle Shideler, director of the Threat Information Office at the Center for Security Policy, said the number of plots uncovered by law enforcement officials indicates that the threat remains high.

“We’ve been fortunate so far,” he said. “The FBI has been rolling people up in the ones and twos pretty much every week … Clearly, we do not have the problem Europe does, just in terms of the numbers being far higher.”

Ryan Mauro, a Liberty University professor and national security analyst at the Clarion Project, said European countries have seen a huge, rapid increase in Muslims coming from the epicenter of Islamic terrorism. But he said there is no shortage of potential threats in the United States, pointing to three recent studies estimating that 70 percent to 80 percent of U.S. mosques have ties to radical Islam, either from the textbooks they use or the content of the sermons that imams preach.

Terrorism expert Steven Emerson, in his 2003 book “American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us,” tracked mosques with radical ties and found the cities with the most mosques with links to terrorism groups were in New York, Detroit, Houston and the Dallas-Forth Worth area.

Researchers from the University of Maryland and University of Massachusetts at Boston in 2012 identified 65 counties as terrorist “hot spots,” where six or more acts or attempted acts of terrorism had occurred from 1970 to 2008. The report, which examined all motivations for terrorism — not just Islamic terror — found the counties with the most incidents were Manhattan (343) Los Angeles (156), Miami-Dade (103), San Francisco (99), Washington, D.C. (79), Cook County, Illinois (68) and Alameda, California (64).

Mauro and Shideler both agreed that the risk is growing in the United States. The prospect of sleeper cells has worried U.S. authorities at the highest levels for some time.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein said on CNN in January 2015 that she believes are sleeper cells “not only in France, but certainly in other countries, and yes, even in our own.” In September, the House Homeland Security Committee issued a report concluding that the “unprecedented speed at which Americans are being radicalized” was straining law enforcement resources.

Shideler said organized terrorism networks undoubtedly are embedded in American society. He said terrorist groups like Hezbollah often engage in cigarette smuggling and other illegal activity has a means of funding operations in the Middle East but also are ready to strike within the United States should they receive such orders.

Beyond sleeper cells, Shideler said, the United States has a growing problem with “individual jihad,” one or two people carrying out terrorism on their own after becoming radicalized. The attack on a holiday party in San Bernardino, California, in December falls into this category.

“That makes them, actually, a lot more difficult to track,” he said.

Then there is an emerging “hybrid” threat that combines both elements, Shideler said. This refers to terrorists coming into the United States and recruiting like-minded peopled to the cause. Terrorists like that might receive instructions and encouragement from foreign-based organizations but not financial or material support and would have a great deal of autonomy in picking targets.

“I think it’s coming,” he said. “We saw a little bit of that with the Boston Marathon bombing.”

Refugees are another potential source of terrorism. According to the most available statistics, the United States accepted 955 Syrian refugees between the start of fiscal year 2016 on Oct. 1 and the end of February. Consistent with President Obama’s commitment to increase assistance to Syrians fleeing civil war, that is a pace that would far exceed the 1,682 who came in fiscal year 2015 and the 105 who came the year before that.

Mauro said there are easier ways into the United States for terrorists other than posing as refugees. But he said an increase Syrian refugees could still pose a risk by increasing the pool of radicalized Muslims available for recruitment in the United States. He pointed to a 2014 survey indicating that 13 percent of people in refugee camps in Lebanon Jordan and Turkey had a favorable view of ISIS.

Zuhdi Jasser, founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, said on “The Laura Ingraham Show” that many Muslims who come to American share anti-American views.

“They may not be violent and preaching jihadism, per se, but they’re swimming in that same anti-Americanism, anti-Semitic cesspool of ideology,” he said.

ACTION ALERT: Urge Your Senators to Support Muslim Brotherhood Bill

Muslim-Brotherhood-historyFrom Brigitte Gabriel at Act for America:

Send an email or make a phone call to your U.S. Senator in support of this bill.

Last week, we sent out an email asking you to contact your Senators and Representatives in support of S.2230 and H.R. 3892, Senate and House bills stating that Congress believes the Muslim Brotherhood meets the criteria of a Foreign Terrorist Organization under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1189).

H.R. 3892, the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act, has been introduced by Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL). S.2230, the companion bill under the same name, has been introduced by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).  At this time, the Senate bill has only two cosponsors, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Ron Johnson (R-WI).

If you have already contacted your elected officials in support of these bills, thank you.  Due to the efforts of our members, H. R. 3892 now has bipartisan support in the House, with Representative Colin C. Peterson (D-MN) signing on as a cosponsor.

The legislation lists U.S. groups that include the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) as groups under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Again, the Senate bill only has two current cosponsors.  Below, please see the list of Senators on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (the Committee with jurisdiction over the legislation) who have yet to take a position on S. 2230.

If your Senator is on the list below, we urge you to contact him/her to ask for support in the form of co-sponsorship of S.2230! (Note: “supporting” a bill is not enough.  We need these Senators to cosponsor the bill!)

  • Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
  • John Barrasso (R-WY)
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Obama Says Islam Needs Modernist Reformation

U.S. President Barack Obama makes a point at a National Security Council meeting in February 2016. (Photo: Pete Souza/White House)

U.S. President Barack Obama makes a point at a National Security Council meeting in February 2016. (Photo: Pete Souza/White House)

Clarion Project, by Ryan Mauro, March 15, 2016:

For the first time, President Obama said that Islam needs a modernist reformation. This is what was missing from his speech at a Maryland mosque (see video below) on February 3, which presented a critical opportunity where Obama could have had his “tear down this wall” moment.

In a comprehensive interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, Obama referred to his speech in Cairo at Al-Azhar University in 2009, saying:

“I was hoping that my speech could trigger a discussion, could create space for Muslims to address the real problems they are confronting—problems of governance, and the fact that some currents of Islam have not gone through a reformation that would help people adapt their religious doctrines to modernity.”

Obama also said, “There is a need for Islam as a whole to challenge that interpretation of Islam, to isolate it, and to undergo a vigorous discussion within their community about how Islam works as part of a peaceful, modern society.”

The Cairo speech was written to chip away at two boulders standing in the way of such a reformation, he explained: The scapegoating of Israel, which serves to distract Muslims from self-reflection and concerns about wholesale negative impressions of Muslims.

“I do not persuade peaceful, tolerant Muslims to engage in that debate if I’m not sensitive to their concern that they are being tagged with a broad brush,” Obama argued.

Here, a word of caution is due: Not every “reformation” is equal. As Raymond Ibrahim explains, the hardline Islamic movements that President Obama wants swept away actually are a reformation movement. In fact, Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna and “Wahhabism” founder Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab styled their movements as “reformist.”

President Obama’s qualifier of a modernist reformation is helpful in guarding against these types of reformers. But again, another word of caution: Democratic elections are not necessarily the engines of this modernist reformation, since Islamist movements like the Muslim Brotherhood participate in them.

One interesting point in the interview is when Jeffrey Goldberg reflects on President Obama’s early closeness to the democratically-elected Islamist leader of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (who was then prime minister and is now president of Turkey).

Goldberg writes that Obama now “considers him a failure and an authoritarian.” Obama’s mistaken hope in Erdogan and his deceitful “moderate Islamism” should be a hard-earned lesson.

An equally surprising part of the interview is when Goldberg explains how President Obama has noticed Indonesia “move from a relaxed, syncretistic Islam to a more fundamentalist, unforgiving interpretation” (Goldberg’s words). Obama saw the proliferation of the hijab in Indonesia as indicative of this trend he is concerned about and for which he largely blames Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states.

Obama’s statements about the need for an Islamic modernist reformation are certainly welcome, but the right goal can only be achieved with the right strategy.

Similarly, the right reformation can only be achieved with the right reformers. And we have no reason to believe that the current administration has picked them, much less come up with a strategy to empower them.

Watch President Obama’s Baltimore mosque speech:

Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org’s national security analyst, a fellow with Clarion Project and an adjunct professor of homeland security. Mauro is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio. Read more, contact or arrange a speaking engagement.