Huma Abedin, Islamist Connections and Willful Blindness

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Nevertheless, it is simply a fact that, as a whole, the MSA is a bastion of the Brotherhood’s brand of Islamic supremacism and that, as night follows day, the MSA has an alarming track record of its alumni going on not only to Islamist activism but even to violent jihad. Patrick Poole’s account here is a real eye-opener. And he makes the important point that many of the MSA members who’ve gotten involved in jihadism had leadership positions in their chapters. That is, the more immersed a young Muslim becomes in this Brotherhood enterprise, the more likely it is that he or she will become a committed agent in terms of aggressively spreading Islamist ideology.

The GWU chapter in which Ms. Abedin served on the executive board has a history worth noting here. Its chaplain in 2001 was Anwar al-Awlaki, the now notorious al Qaeda figure who was, back then, ministering to some of the 9/11 hijackers.

Futhermore, at Walid Shoebat’s website, Ben Barrack has pointed out that Mohamed Omeish was also a chaplain at GWU’s MSA chapter. He headed the International Islamic Relief Organization, which has been tied to the funding of al Qaeda. Omeish’s brother, Esam, headed the Muslim American Society, which is the Muslim Brotherhood’s quasi-official branch in the United States. (The Brotherhood has many affiliated organizations in which members participate, but the MAS was actually formed to be the Brotherhood’s formal presence here – although many Brothers have been ambivalent about whether a formal presence was needed or desirable.)

The Omeish brothers were closely associated with Abdurahman Alamoudi, who was once regarded as Washington’s model Muslim moderate by many of the same bipartisan Beltway elites who’ve taken shots at Michele Bachmann and her four conservative colleagues. Of course, Alamoudi is now serving a lengthy jail sentence, and we’ve learned that he was a major financial backer of al Qaeda and Hamas. As Paul Sperry has recounted at Frontpage, it was Esam Omeish who brought Awlaki in to be the imam at the Dar al-Hijra mosque in Virginia (I’ve written about that mosque, in The Grand Jihad and in this column). Awlaki and Mohammed Omeish overlapped for a time as chaplains and advisers to the MSA chapter at GWU. And as Ben Barrack points out, citing this Fox News report, Secretary of State Clinton – with Ms. Abedin as one of her top advisers – somehow managed to invite Esam Omeish to participate in a conference call the State Department organized for the purpose of discussing relations between our government and the Muslim community. By then, as I recount in The Grand Jihad, Esam Omeish was a fairly notorious figure in Washington: He had had to resign from a Virginia immigration panel to which he’d been appointed by the state’s Democratic governor, Tim Kaine, because videos surfaced in which he had praised the Palestinians for resorting to “the jihad way” so that “Palestine” could be “liberated.”

On that score, it is worth noting that Esam Omeish, like many Islamists of the Brotherhood stripe, is also a hard Left political activist – again, see Paul Sperry’s article on Omeish, which begins with him speaking at a Cindy Sheehan antiwar rally. The alliance between Islamists and Leftists is one of the major themes of my aforementioned book, The Grand Jihad.

FP: Share with us what you know and think about the overall Brotherhood influence on our government and our society’s willful blindness about it.

McCarthy: I think our society is becoming increasingly less willfully blind about it, which is one of its major disconnects with Washington.

As far as the federal government is concerned, it is worth remembering why we have a legal concept known as “conscious avoidance” or “willful blindness” (the latter, as you’ve been kind enough to mention, is the title of my first book, a memoir of the Blind Sheikh investigation). When people irresponsibly put their head in the sand, when they go out of their way to avoid, or at least pretend to avoid, knowledge of facts that bear critically upon their actions, the law no longer accepts their claims of ignorance – they are held accountable. If someone you have every reason to know is involved in the drug business pays you to transport a package across town to someone else you have every reason to know is involved in the drug business, you don’t get off the hook by claiming, “Well, gee, I never looked inside the package, I didn’t know there was heroin in it.” That is the stage we are at with government officials.

The Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates are being consulted on counterterrorism policy – to the point that our federal agencies are purging their training materials of references to Islam. The Obama administration recently issued a visa to a member of formally designated terrorist organization (the Blind Sheikh’s “Islamic Group” – Gama’at al-Islamia) and hosted him for talks at the White House about the future of Egypt – something that would be felony material support to terrorism if an ordinary American citizen did it. When the administration was called on it, the Homeland Security Secretary responded that we can expect more of the same in the future. The government is aligning with Brotherhood organizations across the region – in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt and Syria. The administration has formed a “counterterrorism forum” with Turkey and other Islamist countries – excluding Israel (the world’s number one terrorism target) and essentially adopting the Muslim Brotherhood’s claims that terror attacks against Israel are not really “terrorism” (they are “resistance’ against an illegitimate “occupying” power). The administration is also colluding with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in an effort to impose unconstitutional restrictions on free speech that would make it difficult, if not legally impossible, to engage in frank discussions about the obvious nexus between Islamic supremacist ideology and sharia aggression (of both the violent and non-violent varieties).

The general public is much more agitated about the trajectory we are on than Washington is, and it expects the officials responsible to be held accountable. People are becoming informed, and once you’re informed, you have no tolerance for willful blindness.

FP: Andy McCarthy, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview. And thank you for your brave fight for the defense of our nation and civilization.

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  • kafir4life

    I'd still like to kow why huma of the ummah wasn't honored by her fellow mohamatans. My guess is that her perverted husband, the protege of Cheesey Chuck (you) Schumer, "reverted" to the gutter cult of islam to save her life, and give the MB access. Being Cankles Clinon's lesbian lover probably helps too. huma would line her nose with Vicks Vap-o-rub to avoid the smell of that thing that even the cheater Bill Clinton wouldn't go near.

  • ★FALCON★

    Anyone paying even a modicum of attention recognizes that Communists and Islam have alligned worldwide and are attempting to subjugate the world.

    The problem is – no one wants to be the first person to confront these sub-human neanderthals with violence. Everyone is hoping someone else does it – me included. This is how the first holocaust started.

    • john gerard

      Danish psychoanalyst Nicolai Sennels says:
      " The bystander effect makes spectators to a disaster tend to watch others’ reaction —instead of the situation itself —as a way to assess the seriousness of a situation.

      As people in many cases await each other’s reaction, rather than take the initiative, the result may be that nobody does anything —since all are waiting to see if somebody else does something.

      If the others do nothing, it is seen as a sign for the individual that the others believe that there is no need for intervention. This affects one’s own judgment, and thus one’s reaction. The majority’s response acts as a kind of “barometer” for the truth."

  • WildJew

    "In 1945 and 1946, during the Nuremberg Trials the issue of superior orders again arose: These trials gained so much attention that the "superior orders defense" has subsequently become interchangeable with the label, "Nuremberg defense". This is a legal defense that essentially states that the defendant was "only following orders" ("Befehl ist Befehl", literally "an order is an order") and is therefore not responsible for his or her crimes."

    Dempsey 'disappointed' by anti-Obama campaign by ex-military members

  • Margaret

    Wow…thank God for people like Andrew McCarhy, Patrick Poole and Jamie Glazov. We can only hope that more great American citizens wake up and clean up the sewer that is our government in November. If not, it will be only the rapture I'll be waiting for.

  • kasandra

    Although I defer to Andy McCarthy's superior knowledge, it seems to me that with this administration it is not a case of willful blindness but a case of active collaberation.

    • Rob

      I will also cast my vote that the obama administration is actively collaborating with the muslim brotherhood (and anyone else who is intent on 'fundamentally transforming America'). I believe this man hates America, so to align with an organization who wishes to overthrow our nation, is a natural fit. He is not naive. To think so would itself be very naive!

  • marios

    Sure, DNC and their leader BHO are collaborators with Islamists. Obama is Muslim by sharia law and Koran itself as his father was Muslim. He never converted to Christianity as clearly hint his spiritual mentor for 20years Rev. Wright. Muslims all the world financially supported his campaign in 2008 (I came across to Muslim's web cite where Palestinians bragged that they sent contribution to him). Leftists and Islamists have the same goal to dominate the world. So Clinton was aimed to be UN secretary, Obama's goal to become leader (caliph?) of World wide Ummah. G-d help us to have M. Romney next President!

    • Kufar Dawg

      I sincerely doubt the Arabic Muslim world would recognize the zero as their supreme Caliph. A Sultan seems more likely.

  • @BearPhoto

    This is a lie and an attempt to make someone you dislike look bad. If you have the proof why haven't you filed charges in the courts? If you have done so and they have rejected your filings they have to give you a reason why. In fact through the Information Act you can force them to tell you why? I would not be surprised if most if not all of your posters think that I am an 'outsider', well that is their right to believe what they want. God bless I have the same right at them.

  • Marvin Fox

    Willful blindness is nothing new in American politics. Willfully blind politicians are invariably willing to impose the same blindness on an unwilling American electorate.
    Being willfully blind to an enemy who has an active plan to destroy our nation, our Christian religion, our freedom, and everything about our chosen way of life is no longer willful blindness. That blindness harbours treachery with treason looming in its future.
    Thanks to Frontpage and people like Jamie Glazov and Andrew McCarthy, and many others, the American people are being informed of these critical problems at this critical time in the progress of or Republic. Keep up the good work.
    Marvin E. Fox


    Huma is married to the imbecile Anthony Weiner, the Congressman who doesn't have an ON switch for his Sanity.

  • Castrate Pisslam

    We have an incredible challenge ahead of us. To educate the blind liberals and simultaneously defeat the islamist jihad. Our future is to accept this challenge and defend our way of life at all costs.
    There is no other option.
    Death to islam!