The Society of the Muslim Brothers or the Muslim Brotherhood (الإخوان) is the world’s oldest and largest Islamic political group, founded in 1928 in Egypt. It is a Sunni Muslim transnational movement with the stated goal of installing a theocracy ruled by Sharia.
The Muslim Brotherhood is banned in Egypt, accused by the Egyptian government of a campaign of killings after WWII, including the assassination of the Egyptian Prime Minister in 1948 and the president of Egypt in 1981. The organization is also accused of advocating suicide bombing attacks on civilians to fight Zionism. The Brotherhood’s self-admitted Palestinian wing Hamas indiscriminately targets Jews, both civilians and the military, in Israel. In its Charter, Hamas cites The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and prophesizes the ultimate complete annihilation of Jewry. Newsweek journalists Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff also reported connections between al-Qaeda and the Brotherhood figures.
Among the Muslim Brotherhood’s more influential members was ideologue Sayyid Qutb who called for the restoration of Islam by re-establishing the Sharia and by using “physical power and Jihad for abolishing the organizations and authorities of the Jahili system,” which he believed to include the entire Muslim world. [Source]
WorldTribune – September 16, 2010
“Relying on Brotherhood operatives for ‘outreach to the Muslim community,’ let alone appointing them to influential government jobs, is a formula for disaster,” the report said. “It gives prominence and legitimacy to enemy agents engaged in covert and not-so-covert acts of sedition. It facilitates their penetration and influence over the intelligence, law enforcement and national and homeland security agencies responsible for discerning and defeating such threats.”
Titled “Shariah, The Threat to America,” the report said the Brotherhood, with headquarters in Egypt but heavily financed by Saudi Arabia, has dominated Muslim politics in the United States. The report, prepared by teams headed by former Deputy Defense Undersecretary William Boykin and former Defense Intelligence Agency director Edward Soyster, said the Brotherhood oversaw everything from Hamas fundraising to training for FBI agents assigned to the Muslim community.
“As a result of this modus operandi, the Muslim Brotherhood is not only to prevent any appreciable challenge to its efforts to dominate the Muslim-American community,” the report, released on Sept. 15, said. “It is also able to exercise effective control over nearly all the Muslim organizational infrastructure in the United States, including most of those Muslim-American groups that are nominally outside its network. In any event, the latter pale by comparison in terms of their influence to those U.S.-based Islamic groups that are Ikhwan [Brotherhood] operations.”
The report cited Abdul Rahman Al Amoudi, an Eritrean native who in the 1990s became executive director of the American Muslim Council. Under the administration of then-President Bill Clinton, Al Amoudi helped develop guidelines for government dealings with the Muslim community and often met senior White House officials, including National Security Advisor Anthony Lake.
Later Al Amoudi met George W. Bush during his successful campaign for president in 2000. In 2003, Al Amoudi was arrested and prosecuted on charges that he served as a senior financier for Al Qaida.
“His arrest and conviction should have sent shockwaves through the U.S. intelligence community, particularly its counterintelligence units, since Al Amoudi’s blown cover provided a reality check on the extent of shariah’s stealth jihad in this country, and how badly we have been penetrated,” the report said. “Here was, after all, proof that an Al Qaida and Hamas operative had enjoyed access to the most senior levels of the American government.”
Instead, the White House simply relayed high-level access to other Brotherhood leaders in the United States. The report cited a decision by the Defense Department to grant responsibility for military chaplains to the Islamic Society of North America, regarded as the largest Brotherhood front in the United States.
“In the absence of a serious effort to understand the true nature of shariah and the determined campaign being mounted to insinuate it into this country, together with an aggressive counter-intelligence operation aimed at defeating such influence and penetration operations, it is predictable that the next Al Amoudi will be able to do vastly more damage than did the original,” the report said.
The report said U.S. intelligence and security agencies have been prevented from properly analyzing the Brotherhood threat. Analysts could jeopardize their careers should they employ “accurate language to define the enemy threat doctrine,” the report said.
Under President Barack Obama, the Brotherhood was believed to have gained even greater influence. The report cited White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan, an enthusiastic supporter of Saudi Arabia who has denied any Islamic threat and called for a U.S. dialogue with the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah. “Indeed, it is hard to overstate the danger associated with the president of the United States having as his top advisor in these sensitive portfolios someone so severely compromised with respect to shariah and the threat it poses,” the report said.