The GOP’s Muslim Brotherhood-inspired post-Orlando agenda

· June 15, 2016  
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center speaks to reporters. Scott Applewhite | AP Images

You can’t make this stuff up. Democrats respond to Islamic terrorist attacks by blaming inanimate objects. Now Republicans are planning to promote the Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda. Which response is worse?

There are many legislative options at the disposal of Republicans who control both chambers of the legislature. They could start by placing a pause on refugees as Obama brings in over 100 per day. I just checked the State Department database and found a jump in arrivals from Syria of 238 just from June 13 to June 14. Overall, 1,320 Syrian refugees have been admitted since June 1 – every one of them a Muslim. The American people overwhelmingly favor a pause instead of a refugee surge while their elected officials can properly audit the short-term and long-term effects of mass migration from the most volatile parts of the Islamic world.

Next, Republicans could bring legislation to the House and Senate floors finally designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, thereby freeing up law enforcement do expunge them from our government and go after the mosques controlled by Brotherhood front groups. This would cut to the foundation of the radicalization problem inside Muslim communities in this country. It would also remove the Muslim Brotherhood foxes guarding the hen house within our sensitive counterterrorism advisory boards for the FBI and DHS. The bill designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terror group (H.R. 3892) already passed the House Judiciary Committee in February.

But no. Republicans will have none of that. Instead, Republicans plan to package a bunch of nothingburger bills that, in best-case scenario, completely distracts from the core problem, and in the worst case, actually promotes the Muslim Brotherhood agenda.

The rough plan for now is to package a bunch of nebulous bills that passed the House under suspension over the past few months into one bill and send it over to the Senate. Here are the three bills that are preliminarily slated for the package:

  • H.R. 4407, the Counterterrorism Advisory Board Actpassed on May 16, 2016: The bill directs the DHS to establish a counter-terrorism board led by a Coordinator of Counterterrorism. “The board shall: (1) advise the Secretary of DHS on the issuance of terrorism alerts, and (2) meet on a regular basis to discuss intelligence and coordinate ongoing threat mitigation efforts and departmental activities.” Thus, we have an administration that refuses to recognize the enemy, has Muslim Brotherhood officials advising on “countering violent extremism,” and yet, we have a GOP Congress creating a new office to coordinate bad policies instead of mandating good policies or statutorily bar the use of funds for bad policies. This is tantamount to offering the arsonist a new fire truck instead of tying the hands of the arsonists and installing a real firefighter.
  • H.R. 4401, The Amplifying Local Efforts to Root Out Terror (ALERT) ActThis bill passed by voice vote (without a recorded vote) on February 29 when nobody was looking. It is literally written for the Muslim Brotherhood. It directs DHS to assess its efforts to support countering violent extremismAmong other things, it directs DHS to assist state, local, tribal, and territorial governments in countering violent extremism; a review of cooperative agreements between DHS and such governments relating to countering violent extremism; and an evaluation of DHS plans and any potential opportunities to better support such governments that are in furtherance of DHS’s countering violent extremism objectives. As readers of Conservative Review already know, Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) is not a random milquetoast phrase; it is a term of art created by the Muslim Brotherhood to control our homeland security policy and redirect its efforts towards combating generic “extremism” aka conservative groups. At a time when Republicans are criticizing Obama for not naming the enemy, not only are Republicans doing the same, they are using the Muslim Brotherhood agenda.
  • H.R. 4820, The Combating Terrorist Recruitment ActPassed April 26: This bill directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to incorporate the public statements of former “violent extremists” or their associates into its efforts to combat terrorist recruitment. Again, the Muslim Brotherhood agenda.

Rumors are also circulating that the House might consider Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul’s bill (H.R. 2899) creating an entire new office of “Countering Violent Extremism,” essentially giving CAIR its own agency within the federal government.

Hence, at a time when Republicans should be banning the Muslim Brotherhood from government offices, as the U.K. government recently did, they are incorporating their agenda into their legislative priorities and legitimizing their subversion agenda under the guise of combating terrorism. In many ways, the Muslim Brotherhood serves as a more foundational threat than the Islamic State. They are the enemy from within and are responsible for radicalizing many Muslims in America who then go on to support groups like ISIS, Nusra, Shabab, and Hezbollah.

Worse, they have penetrated every level of our homeland security agencies. The latest example is the report that one of the members of Homeland Security Advisory Council’s (HSAC) Subcommittee on Countering Violent Extremism is a Syrian immigrant who praised the 9/11 attacks. But HSAC, along with the FBI’s National Counterterrorism Center, the DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and the State Department Special Representative to Muslim Communities, have long been saturated with members of ISNA, MPAC, CAIR – all groups implicated as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation trial – participating in programs or downright drafting “homeland security” policies. I recommend everyone read Patrick Poole’s 2013 magnum opus detailing how the worst of the worst elements have been given top security clearances to help “counter violent extremism.”

Poole concludes:

After al-Qa’ida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was teaching on Islam in the Executive Dining Room of the Pentagon just weeks after three of his disciples had flown a plane into the same building; when the government had to admit that the State Department’s Muslim goodwill ambassador to the Middle East and frequent White House visitor, Abdul Rahman al-Amoudi, had been one of the top al-Qa’ida fundraisers at the same time he was certifying the Pentagon’s Muslim chaplains; and even when attorneys for Sami al-Arian went into federal court demanding discovery documents showing their client’s outreach meetings at the White House, the Department of Justice, FBI headquarters, and the House of Representatives Speakers’ Office; there was not even a moment of pause before the government picked up right where it left off.

You can read my case study of Kifah Mustapha, fundraiser for Hamas who was given security clearance to participate in a sensitive FBI community training program.

Everyone is pulling their hair out begging for a solution to our national security problems. We can start by not pouring gasoline on the fire and bringing in more Islamic immigrants and allowing terrorists to influence every facet of our homeland security policy. For Republicans to validate that agenda and pass legislation codifying the Muslim Brotherhood’s CVE agenda is the ultimate exercise in perfidy.


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Author: Daniel Horowitz

Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.