Brotherhood Torture Chambers (Finally) Exposed

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a CBN News contributor. He is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). 


trtSome time ago, Fox News published a report titled “Egyptian mosque turned into house of torture for Christians after Muslim Brotherhood protest.”   The report opens by explaining how

Islamic hard-liners stormed a mosque in suburban Cairo, turning it into [a] torture chamber for Christians who had been demonstrating against the ruling Muslim Brotherhood in the latest case of violent persecution that experts fear will only get worse.  Such stories have become increasingly common as tensions between Egypt’s Muslims and Copts mount, but in the latest case, mosque officials corroborated much of the account and even filed a police report. Demonstrators, some of whom were Muslim, say they were taken from the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in suburban Cairo to a nearby mosque on Friday and tortured for hours by hard-line militia members.

While it is good that Fox News reported on the Brotherhood’s “torture chambers,” its report is also a reminder of how much the American public is often kept in the dark concerning what happens to Christians in Muslim countries—indeed, about what happens in the Muslim world in general.

The fact is, months earlier, numerous reports, not to mention pictures and videos, circulated in the Arabic media about the Muslim Brotherhood’s “torture chambers.”

On January 6—nearly three months before the Fox News report appeared, I wrote the following words in a FrontPage Magazine article, concerning how several Muslim Brotherhood affiliated clerics had

issued fatwas, or Islamic decrees, that all such protesters [against Morsi] are to be fought and killed, regardless of whether they are fellow Muslims, leading to the violent attacks and killings during the uprisings against Morsi, including the “Muslim Brotherhood’s Torture Rooms.”

I linked the phrase “Muslim Brotherhood’s Torture Rooms” back to a December report published by the Arabic-language newspaper Al Masry Al Youm, titled (in translation) “Inside the Brotherhood’s Torture Rooms.”  The report explained in detail the “torture strategy” the Brotherhood was using against protesters (scroll down beneath the Arabic text to see graphic images of some of those tortured). Coptic Solidarity translated and summarized the report as follows:

A recent Al Masry Al Youm report, titled “Inside the Brotherhood Torture Rooms at Itihadiya [one of the presidential palaces]” written during last week’s protests indicates how Egyptian police appear paralyzed before the Muslim Brotherhood’s violence and how the attacks on Mina Philip—who was stripped naked and violently beat—were part of a planned and organized attack by the Brotherhood.  Reporters spent 3 hours inside the Muslim Brotherhood “torture chambers” next to the Itihadiya Palace.  “We were able to enter after an introduction was made by a Brotherhood channel.”  According to the report, the main room has about 15 Muslim Brotherhood well-built men, along with policemen and 3 Brotherhood men in suits; the men in suits decide who gets to be in the room at all times. The process starts with the capture of a protestor opposed to President Morsi or one [who] is suspected of being a demonstrator.  The Brotherhood members start beating the person up as a group all over his body then they drag him to a nearby chamber where they take off his shirt and take his wallet, money and phone.  They later start interrogating him while beating him up and accusing him of receiving funds from opposition members.  They sometimes call their channel to film the “capture of thugs.”  Later, he is taken to the main room where he is beaten up again and his clothes are torn.  His ID is given to a Brotherhood lawyer who takes down his information.  Later, the lawyer would give the person’s ID to the police officer on the scene.

Thus, while Fox News should be commended for its report, that these “torture chambers”—reports of which flooded the Egyptian media— were finally exposed to the American mainstream three months later is a reminder of how woefully in the dark most Americans are when it comes to the truth about the Islamic world.

To a large extent, much of this is caused by Western reporters who simply cannot transcend their own epistemology, who find it hard to believe—and thus report on—the anachronistic absurdities they hear.  Indeed, Fox News seems only to have reported on the Brotherhood’s torture chambers because Muslim mosque leaders—not Egyptian Christians or secularists whose accounts are often dismissed as biased against the Brotherhood—confirmed it, as found in the report’s two opening sentences: “Such stories [of torture chambers] have become increasingly common as tensions between Egypt’s Muslims and Copts mount, but in the latest case, mosque officials corroborated much of the account and even filed a police report”—hence apparently why Fox deemed it legitimate enough to report on.

If Fox News reported on the Brotherhood’s torture chambers only after mosque officials verified it—always a rarity, especially considering that it is mosque leaders who habitually radicalize and incite Muslims against Christians, and cover it up—one can only imagine the la-la-land of make believe the viewers of CNN, BBC, etc., are repeatedly subjected to.

Update: One need not try to imagine anymore.  The narrative being relayed by Western mainstream media concerning events in Egypt—which is very much based on the pro-Brotherhood Al Jazeera’s distortions and lies, which portray as victim the aggressors—has so little to do with reality, especially in comparison to what is being reported by independent Egyptian reporters.  But it does fit the Obama administration’s agenda.  More on this later.

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  • Everett Vulgamore

    you probably wont see this subject matter on the likes of CNN or MSNBC for some time, if ever

    • Chris Behme

      It might cast an unfavorable light on the worlds most decapitative religion.
      And that would make imam Barry very very angry.

  • Tut Ankh Amon

    ———This is child abuse———-

    The Muslim Brothers are using children, they made them to wear burial shrouds with their name and project martyr written on it.

    They are paraded in front of foreign media like sacrificed animals.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BQYm_-LCcAAuxG1.jpg:large

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BQYk9nGCEAAm1oL.jpg:large

    This’s why Morsi and the MB public speech and culture of hate and death had to go.

  • Esther

    Come on Raymond, why are you surprised? When it comes to Fox News and Christian persecution, all their stuff is stolen from your website and articles anyway. Saudia grand mufti church destruction, forced coversions of copts, church bombings, all that I’ve seen reported on Fox about Christian persecution always follows your lead. That’s why they’re always late reporting, they’re waiting on you to break the new first! There’s a feather in your cap.

  • wildman

    kill the mooslimes-let allah sort the pigs out

  • MLCross

    Oh, they’re only beating people up? OK, good. I thought they were REALLY torturing people by waterboarding them or stacking them in naked pyramids – you know, stuff that causes real, permanent, physical damage.

    • Chris Behme

      At least they aren’t forcing them to wear ladies underwear on their head.
      That is truly barbaric.

      • MLCross

        Seriously. I know a guy that still can’t see straight, has horrible headaches and his nose is permanently disfigured from being tortured like that. I tend to believe that he wouldn’t have been so horribly disfigured if the ladies underwear he was wearing had been his wife’s underwear but that’s just speculation.

        • Chris Behme

          I think i know who you’re talking about. But I didn’t know Bill Clinton had bad headaches.

        • anotherjoeblogs

          why was he tortured ? was he on holiday in afghanistan or doing charity work there ? was he openly gay in ‘ muslim land ‘ ?

  • A.R Momen

    These two images show how the brotherhood demonstrators make a chain to protect a church in Aljeezeh district ,while in the other image some protesters – usually vagabonds paid by Sawirus men ,who are anti brotherhood – are attacking a mosque in Alexandria ,a massacre has been avoided after successive SOS pleads reached to the Police department and finally agreed to evacuate the innocent prayers -mostly women – by police vehicles .

    • Leyla Maker

      the person who is showing the picture that the brothers are protecting a church is totally false, this picture shown the Salafi surrounding the church in protest because there were Muslims who go to this church and they were demonstrating against the church.

  • mounaz

    Not only christians, but moslems are victims too as long as they are not supporting the MB.

  • profpatt

    Is it really possible that American media is as cravenly biased as alleged in this article? – Prof Patt, http://gvnet.com/torture/

  • William James Ward

    This is what is being imported into America by Obama and the
    idiots on the left……………….William

  • bj affordable

    That’s how the Soviet Union formed.

  • RLJR1

    these are obama’s friends and supporters now we hear that obama sent 8 billion to the muslum brotherhood not egypt guess thats why he wants christians out of the military and on the terrorist watch lists, wow this guys out of control and not one, one elected congressman or senator is doing a thing about the currupt commie, terrorist in our whitehouse, very sad world we are living in when he can shred the constituation and nobody cares