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An In-Depth Look at Why the FBI and Others Should Cut Contact with Muslim Brotherhood Groups
While the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated Islamist groups debate whether to cut off contact with the FBI and other US government institutions, the Hudson Institute has just published a comprehensive report that makes it clear why such ties are not healthy.

It is worth remembering that the FBI, as the Investigative Project reported, cut off contact with CAIR, the primary MB legacy organization amid mounting concern about the Muslim advocacy group's roots in a Hamas-support network.

The decision to end contacts with CAIR was made quietly last summer as federal prosecutors prepared for a second trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), an Islamic charity accused of providing money and political support to the terrorist group Hamas, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

CAIR and its chairman emeritus, Omar Ahmad, were named un-indicted co-conspirators in the HLF case. Both Ahmad and CAIR's current national executive director, Nihad Awad, were revealed on government wiretaps as having been active participants in early Hamas-related organizational meetings in the United States. During testimony, FBI agent Lara Burns described CAIR as a front organization.

The FBI cutoff badly hurt CAIR and other legacy groups, because their main currency in collecting money and portraying themselves as the voice of the Muslim community in the United States, depends almost entirely on trumpeting its access to the U.S. government.

Now, Steven Merley's piece explores both the origin of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States, as well as its ties to the European Brotherhood.

It is a good and timely reminder (and should be widely read by policy makers in the Obama administration, as well as gatekeepers across the government) of why cutting off CAIR's access was long overdue.

Any group (or network of groups, as is the case with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations) that advocates hollowing the U.S. out from within, the establishment of global Caliphate that grants Allah, through Muslims, ultimate temporal power to impose divine law, and has given birth to groups like Hamas (an integral part of the Muslim Brotherhood), should not be granted the status of the voice of the Muslim community.

While past works ( including my report for the NEFA Foundation have examined the court documents from the Holy Land Foundation trial, the Hudson piece draws on a broader array of documents, interviews and historical information to place the MB groups in the United States in a broader context.

In conclusion, Merely notes clearly the most important elements that give lie to the MB leaders' defence that the current groups have no ties to the Brotherhood structure:

(A)lmost all of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations continue to exist in their original form, often led by their founders and/or family members. No attempt appears to have been made to "clean house" by bringing in new and untainted leadership. Second, no public attempt appears to have been made by any U.S. Brotherhood organization or leader to acknowledge the history of the Brotherhood in the U.S. Only disingenuous denials have been issued when damaging documents come to light such
as those examined in this report. Finally, where detailed investigations have been made of U.S. Brotherhood organizations, they have revealed an extensive history of support for Islamic fundamentalism, anti-Semitism, and support for terrorism that has included ideological, financial, and legal support, particularly for Hamas and other Palestinian terror organizations. For example, many of the individuals and organizations identified in this report have either been convicted or named as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation Hamas terrorism financing case. Given the stated intent of the U.S. MB to conduct an organizational jihad" in order destroy the U.S. from within and the extensive Brotherhood infrastructure existing within the U.S., the burden of proof must shift to the Brotherhood to prove it is anything other than what it says it is.

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