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New Insights into the Muslim Brotherhood's Clandestine Nature in the United States
Thanks to my colleague Jeff Breinholt's new post we have new insights into the long-standing, clandestine nature of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States. A 1959 court case, a public record that had remained unexamined for decades, reprints the Muslim Brotherhood's constitution, found in a prison locker.

The rare document of the Ikhwan in the United States, sitting in musty but public court records since 1959, explains much about the Brotherhood and much about some of the enigmas that, to my mind, still surround the Northern Virginia Safa case and other issues.

It is important, but often forgotten, that the Brotherhood arrived here decades ago, contemporaneously with the efforts to spread Islam in Western Europe. While their activities have been successfully traced to the early 1960s, with the formation of numerous Islamist groups here at that time, this document pushes the launch date of the efforts back by several years, especially as an organized political/religious movement embedded here.

The document bears a striking resemblance to the Marxist literature of the day, defining the Brotherhood as the "vigorous, intellectual vanguard" of the global struggle to unite Islam.

It also bears a striking resemblance to the documents founding al Qaeda, with calls for the unity of Muslims and the specific design for replicating clandestine cells across the country and the world.

While Leiken and others press for a policy that focuses on the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, it is the international Muslim Brotherhood that should be of most concern here and in Europe. It is a separate, identifiable body that seeks the spread of Islam and the _caliphate_ around the world. The individual national branches are important in their individual countries, but it is the international financing, training and religious movements that pose a challenge to us on our own territory, as it does across Europe.

The deep emphasis on following the orders of the Brotherhood, without questioning why, is a key precept that, to my mind, helps explain things such as the bizarre movement of money through the Safa Group organizations in Northern Virginia, the creation and usefulness of Bank al Taqwa, and other Brotherhood milestones.

The _Ikhawan_ structures are particularly useful because those in the organization simply do as they are told, as most members of most clandestine groups do. This makes it possible to have many individuals involved in a moving money having no idea of the ultimate purpose.

Bank al Taqwa derived its usefulness not by offering great financial advise or investment opportunities, but from creating a large pot of money that the international Brotherhood could move as needed, with no outside accountability or oversight. Hence the money movements to Hamas and al Qaeda, perhaps Brotherhood members who did as they were told, no questions asked, knowing they were serving greater body than their own individual interests.

And that, to me, is precisely what makes the Brotherhood dangerous. On an international level, it has, for more than four decades, perfected its use of clandestine methods while building a cadre of well-educated, smart and dedicated individuals who view the Brotherhood goals as the highest calling of Allah.

They have learned to blend in, penetrate the power structure at key points, wield political power, wage their war under the guise of civil rights and speak our language.

What is most disturbing is that, almost 50 years after the penetration program began, we remain, on a policy level, almost completely oblivious to it. Worse, as has often been pointed out here and elsewhere, our policy makers embrace the very groups who wish to impose _sharia_ law on us and make this a Muslim nation.

The idea seems preposterous, but, looking back, so did thinking they could do what they have done the past five decades.

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