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The government has expressed certainty that these groups and individuals are part of a Muslim Brotherhood network with the objective of assisting Hamas. In December 2007, a federal court filing flatly stated, “From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists” and “the conspirators agreed to use deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists.”
Efforts by CAIR, ISNA and NAIT to get their designations as unindicted co-conspirators have failed. On July 1, 2009, U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis ruled that “The government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with HLF [Holy Land Foundation], the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP), and with Hamas.” The IAP is another charity that was shut down for acting as a Brotherhood-created front for Hamas.
Poole’s Justice Department source explained the decision not to prosecute Ahmad and the others involved. “These individuals who were going to be prosecuted are still the administration’s interfaith allies. Not only would these Muslim groups and their friends in the media be screaming ‘Islamophobia’ at the top of their lungs and that this is a war against Islam, but the administration would look like absolute fools,” the source said.
It isn’t hard to find out how close the Obama Administration has been to these groups and their defenders. The “most influential Muslim” in the White House is Dalia Mogahed, who sits on his Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She is a close colleague of John Esposito, a staunch defender of the Muslim Brotherhood and a witness for the defense during the Holy Land Foundation trial. Officials from the Obama Administration, like the Bush Administration, have made a concerted effort to court these Brotherhood affiliates, including senior advisor Valerie Jarrett; chief counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan; Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano; Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough and many other lower-level government officials that have sought to engage them as part of their outreach to the Muslim-American community.
David Rusin told FrontPage that there is “some hope” that public pressure will force the Obama Administration to change course. However, he thinks it is more likely that a major political battle is brewing as Attorney General Eric Holder could be “shown to have quashed prosecutions for political gain.”
“The major obstacle is that Democrats have so much to lose, given their long history of pandering to these groups and promoting the narrative of rampant anti-Muslim prejudice,” he said. “Thus, expect the party to pull out all the stops to ensure that such a day never comes.”
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