Egypt Declares Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Group

Muslim-Brotherhood-Egypt-450x344The Egyptian government formally labeled the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group on Christmas, banning all of its activities including protests. The Obama Administration, advised by Brotherhood-friendly groups in the U.S., is unlikely to follow in Egypt’s footsteps in calling a spade a spade.

The announcement came after the government blamed the Brotherhood for the suicide bombing of a police station in Mansoura. No proof was offered of Brotherhood involvement. A pro-Al-Qaeda group named Ansar Jerusalem, based in the Sinai Peninsula, took credit.

That didn’t stop local protestors from immediately rallying against the Brotherhood, s effigies of the group’s leaders and attacking property owned by a Brotherhood member. The Egyptian public as a whole remains hostile to the Brotherhood and loyal to the military, with about half the population wanting the group outlawed. Another poll taken in August showed that almost 70% want it banned from politics.

The Brotherhood may or may not be involved in that specific bombing in Mansoura, but that doesn’t mean it is peaceful. It has threatened to form a rebel armed force. After the Egyptian military’s crackdown on the Brotherhood began, Egyptians outraged by the response of the U.S. government and media posted eye-opening videos showing Brotherhood members threatening violence, attacking Egyptian security forces and churches, and putting children at risk for the sake of propaganda.

In addition, Brotherhood preachers continue to instigate violence in Egypt and abroad. The organization knows what it’s doing. Why officially engage in violence when individual members and Salafist allies will do so on their own accord, leaving room for deniability?

The labeling of the group as terrorists comes as the government prosecutes former President Morsi and many other Brotherhood operatives. Morsi is accused of involvement in a “terrorist plan” begun in 2005 to send Brotherhood fighters to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip for training by Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps.

The Obama Administration has decided to swim against the regional anti-Brotherhood wave, cutting aid to Egypt’s government and siding with the Brotherhood. The result is a realignment in alliances that pushes the Arab world into the arms of Russia.

It is extremely unlikely that the U.S. State Department will similarly designate the Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, even though it meets the qualifications. It is more likely that the administration will condemn Egypt’s latest action.

The State Department says there are three criteria a group must meet to be designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

First, the group must be foreign. The Brotherhood’s home base is in Egypt. Its International Organization reportedly moved to Tunisia. Turkey has become its “regional hub” and senior leaders are hosted in Qatar. Check.

Second, it must threaten U.S. nationals or national security, including the American economy. Its regional ambitions for a Caliphate undoubtedly threaten U.S. security. As for nationals, the Brotherhood has justified attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. It also steadfastly supports the terrorism of Hamas and other groups against U.S. allies.

In August 2012, I had an intriguing exchange with the Brotherhood’s English-language Twitter account. It started off with insulting me as “delusional” and a “scaremonger.” It later posted an article arguing that it opposes violence. I asked whether there were exceptions, such as for U.S. soldiers.

“Unless if they were aggressors and invaders of our lands no matter what nationality? Of course,” was the response.

I followed up by asking if the staging country of the “aggressors and invaders” would be an acceptable target in that scenario. The answer was, “yes, according to International Law, it’s an act of war.”

Of course, the Brotherhood regularly slams the U.S. and its allies as “aggressors and invaders.” Therefore, as the Brotherhood indirectly admitted, the U.S. can be considered a legitimate target.

Thirdly, to qualify as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, the group must “engage in terrorist activity or retain the capability and intention to engage in terrorist activity or terrorism.”

That’s easy. Hamas is labeled a Foreign Terrorist Organization and Hamas’s charter states that it is the Palestinian “wing” of the Muslim Brotherhood. Hamas changed its name in December 2011 to clarify that it is a “branch” of the Brotherhood. There is even video of Hamas leaders publicly pledging allegiance to the Brotherhood and, specifically, to its jihad.

Brotherhood apologists will argue that the group is not operationally supportive of Hamas terrorism, only ideologically. This is false. For example, the Treasury Department designated the Union of Good as a terrorist entity for financing Hamas. It is led by Yousef al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Brotherhood.

Israeli aircraft have conducted numerous airstrikes on Iranian rocket shipments to the Gaza Strip through Sudan and Egypt. Hamas does not have an independent structure in Egypt. It is obvious that the Brotherhood networks in Egypt helped manage this route.

It was also proven in court that the Muslim Brotherhood infrastructure in America is guilty of terrorist activity by financing Hamas. The Holy Land Foundation was a key U.S. Muslim Brotherhood component, managed under the Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, until it was shut down in 2001 for financing Hamas.

When the Holy Land Foundation was found guilty in court in 2008, the Muslim Brotherhood was essentially found guilty. The two are one and the same.

Other U.S. Brotherhood components like the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America and the North American Islamic Trust were labeled unindicted co-conspirators in the trial. In 2009, Judge Solis upheld the labels because of “ample” evidence linking the unindicted co-conspirators to Hamas and the overall terrorism-supporting Brotherhood infrastructure.

Federal prosecutors separately confirmed the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s involvement in terrorism in a 2007 court filing. It stated:

From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists…the conspirators agreed to use deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists.

The Muslim Brotherhood fulfills all three requirements to be labeled a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. State Department.

There are three reasons why this has not happened: The Brotherhood’s lobby, ignorance and fear.

The political influence of the Brotherhood lobby is enormous. President Obama even addressed the annual convention of a U.S. Brotherhood entity in September. It continues to advise the administration, just as it did the two before it. The impact can even be seen on the Department of Homeland Security.

The lobby’s influence triggers the second factor: Ignorance. Politicians, media figures, even counter-terrorism personnel are left in the dark.

Then, there’s the third factor: Fear. Designating the Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization would be messy.

Dozens of mosques and Islamic centers would be raided and the most powerful Muslim-American organizations would be shut down or, at least, publicly investigated. The outcry of “Islamophobia” would be louder than ever as news cameras repeatedly aired footage of federal agents entering mosques.

The global Brotherhood apparatus would go into anti-American overdrive and some of those refraining from violence would reconsider. It would spark outrage from Muslim governments and organizations around the world, especially from “ally” Qatar and NATO member Turkey.

None of these excuses are acceptable. If a group qualifies as a terrorist organization, it needs to be treated as such, regardless of convenience. The facts speak for themselves: The Muslim Brotherhood is a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

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  • Elizabeth Cape Cod

    But obama and the rest of the liberal/progressives know better than anyone else. [sarcasm]

  • Lanna

    Mohammed Morsi, had the support and aid from the Obama administration. The US relied on the Muslim Brotherhood for security at the LIbyan Counselate and in effect the White House colluded with America’s worst enemies, and then lied in an attempt to cover up what really happened in Benghazi, even after the 4 embassy workers, Chris Stephens, Ty Woods, Glen Doherty, and Sean Smith ended up murdered by Islamic militants.

  • PAthen

    A Kenyan half-brother of President Barack Hussein Obama is a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. Under Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had as her aide Huma Abedin, whose family are Muslim Brotherhood and Muslim Sisterhood. See Michelle Bachmann’s views about the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. Government.

    • darioqqo948

      my Aunty Peyton got a year old Audi RS 5
      Convertible by working from the internet. he said J­a­m­2­0­.­ℂ­o­m

  • Robert_Fl

    Looks like Egypt has more sense than “we” do. Still wondering about obama’s loyalties and motivation?

    • DonA

      I don’t believe there is any reason to wonder anymore.

  • ColoursFed

    MB! But the organization continues to find safe haven
    in America, so did the IRA under Hilary Clinton! Used IRA Gunman to murder for her, and you people will elect her to be your president of murder?

  • ColoursFed

    Sands the Child killer and paid informer by MI5

    Billy Sands claiming to be Norwegian, now living in the USA, continues to find safe haven under Obama’s government, and the FBI. Confirming that he used to collect funds for the PIRA and IRA to murder English people, and their kids, brags about it, what he does not inform the media about is that he was also an informant for MI5, and paid a lot of money for informing on the people he was supporting. Billy Sands has more face then the Town Hall Clock. The UK government have never done anything about him because he was on their payroll! Clinton you low down sub human scum, you indirectly murder those kids, has did all you Americans, for allowing her to do it!

  • Kafir911

    So what if a crackdown causes an outcry of Islamophobia. It’s better to shut them down now than to have them further infiltrate our government and other institutions.

    • DonA

      So many are afraid of being called racists they would rather lie down and die than stand up for themselves. Just another example of forgetting history, recent history in this case. Dozens of attacks by black youths hitting white people, including women and the elderly, have been documented and then mostly ignored by the press. Now we have one white boy who hit an old black man, ( and I believe this to be reprehensible and he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law), and the so-called Department of Justice finally wants to pursue a hate crime prosecution. Now post 911 all we hear is Islamophobia complaints from muslim groups and forget all about the attacks on our soil. It’s going to be awfully difficult to stand up for ourselves after we’re all dead!

  • ObamaYoMoma

    It’s the ultimate insult. A hardcore jihad group that is dedicated to the establishment of Islam around the world is branded a “terrorist group” by the secular Egyptian interim government of Egypt.

    In any event, if anyone is naive enough to believe that a Western style democracy is just around the corner in Egypt now that the Muslim Brotherhood has been ousted from power, they are dreaming. It may be possible on a short-term temporary basis, but on a permanent ongoing basis it would inevitably have to become the next Israel, as it would have a permanent and perpetual jihad waged against it by the Islamic world the same way Israel has.

    The best thing the USA can do is stay out of Egypt altogether. As a matter of fact, the USA should ban and reverse mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage ASAP, because it is really nonviolent stealth and deceptive jihad for the strategic purpose of demographics conquest, confiscate the oilfields from the Saudis and the Gulf States, eradicate the nuclear weapons programs in both Iran and Pakistan, and then abandon and isolate the Islamic world. But, nevertheless, ever since the end of the Reagan administration the PC multicultural Left has held monopoly power over both the USA’s foreign and domestic policy, as both political parties since then have in reality been just two sides of the same leftwing Marxist philosophy.

    Its regional ambitions for a Caliphate undoubtedly threaten U.S. security.

    That is complete and utter garbage. Muslims aren’t waging jihad against all religions and all infidels to establish a Caliphate. Instead, they are waging jihad per the dictates of mainstream orthodox Islam to ultimately make Islam supreme throughout the world. A Caliphate is only a secondary goal.

    It also steadfastly supports the terrorism of Hamas and other groups against U.S. allies.

    Why wouldn’t they? Indeed, Hamas was spawned by the Muslim Brotherhood. However, Hamas has never been and never will be a terrorist group reacting to Israeli settlements or harsh Israelis policies. That is just leftwing PC multicultural propaganda used to minimize the threat emanating from Islam.

    Hamas, like the Muslim Brotherhood, is a jihadists group waging both violent and non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad primarily against the infidels in Israel, but also against all religions and all infidels throughout the world to ultimately make Islam supreme per the dictates of mainstream orthodox Islam.

    Moonbats like this writer like to primarily focus on the violence, but it is the non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad that is far more destructive and damaging in the long run, and part of that non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad is the promotion of the belief that Muslims are somehow victims of infidels that are provoked into perpetrating terrorist attacks exactly like extremist infidels in the West that also resort to terrorism for various political causes as well. That’s pure utter nonsense. All Muslims are jihadists waging jihad (holy war) in the cause of Allah to ultimately make Islam supreme, because waging jihad in one form or another is a fundamental holy obligation incumbent upon all Muslims. Thus, those Egyptians in Egypt that are in opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood and the imposition of Sharia, i.e., Islamic totalitarian law, aren’t Muslims at all.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The answer was, “yes, according to International Law, it’s an act of war.”

    Muslims only pretend to adhere to International Law when it suits their political interests, but International Law is law that emanates from man as opposed to Sharia that emanates divinely directly from Allah. Thus, Muslims only pretend to adhere to International Law when it is to their benefit, while in reality only strictly adhering to Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law. Indeed, it’s why, per Sharia, Muslims often target women and children in their many attacks around the world, which the PC multicultural left then confirms erroneously as being terrorism instead of what it really is: violent jihad always and only in the cause of Allah to ultimately make Islam supreme.

    The US government is totally incompetent when it comes to labeling Muslims as being terrorists. Muslims are not terrorists because they are not political extremists perpetrating terrorist attacks in response to American Imperialism in the case of the Left, or American interventionist foreign policy in the case of Ron Paul Libertarian kooks, or in response to Israelis Settlements and harsh Israelis policies in the case of Israel.

    Instead, Muslims are all jihadists in one form or another waging jihad to ultimately make Islam supreme throughout the world. Indeed, the sole fundamental purpose of mainstream orthodox Islam is the subjugation of all religions and all infidels into Islamic totalitarianism through both violent and non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad and the eventual imposition of Sharia (Islamic totalitarian law) to ultimately make Islam supreme throughout the world. If all Muslims are jihadists in one form or another, then how can they be mislabeled extremists?

    Hence, Muslims are not terrorists, because they are waging a war, i.e., a jihad (a holy war), which is far more profound and substantial a problem for the infidel world at large relative to just mere terrorism perpetrated by a few Muslim extremists here and there. As Islam is not a so-called “religion of peace” and the vast overwhelming majority of Muslims in the world are not so-called peaceful and moderate people. Indeed, that was a fraud perpetrated upon the American people by GWB that is just as false and disgraceful as the fraud Obama perpetrated upon the American people when duping the American people to support him and his Obamacare, which is just plain old very destructive Marxism.

    In reality, Islam is not even a faith-based religion, because in Islam there is no freedom of conscience to choose to believe or not to believe, as all blasphemers and apostates receive an automatic death sentence per the texts and tenets of Islam. Of course, to Muslims Islam is their so-called religion, but Muslims like the secular political Left as well, do not have the first clue what constitutes faith-based religion, much less an understanding of it.

    Thus, in reality Islam is a very totalitarian cult that aims to take over the world.

    • MLCBLOG

      Thank you. Your writing is getting more clear and the points plainer, well made. Or maybe it’s me.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists…the conspirators agreed to use deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists.

    Again, Muslims aren’t terrorists and they aren’t being provoked into perpetrating terrorism. Of course, that is what the PC multicultural Left hopes you will naively believe. The reality is ALL MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS IN THE WORLD, including the millions of Muslims that have already been allowed to migrate to America, thanks to PC multicultural leftists that comprise both Dhimmicrats and Republicans alike, are jihadists in one form or another, as waging jihad in the cause of Allah to ultimately make Islam supreme is a fundamental holy obligation incumbent upon all Muslims.

    Moreover, it’s not like Muslims have any choice in the matter either, as the freedom of conscience to choose to believe or not to believe in Islam is effectively blocked via the automatic death sentences for blasphemy and apostasy, as that particular characteristic unique to Islam alone, makes Islam a form of totalitarianism as opposed to being a faith-based religion.

    Therefore, all Muslims in the world are jihadists in one form or another, either violent jihadists (only a tiny minority of them) or non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadists (the vast overwhelming majority of them). Either that or they are otherwise blasphemous apostates that according to the texts and tenets of Islam must be executed, since in essence that makes them infidels.

  • Habbgun

    The powerful Moslem Brotherhood lobby. Interesting that. How do we boycott institutions that support it and supply it like Universities?

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The Muslim Brotherhood fulfills all three requirements to be labeled a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. State Department.

    The Muslim Brotherhood is not a Foreign Terrorist Organization. Instead, it is a group of Muslims dedicated to jihad that like all other Muslims in the world is waging jihad (holy war) in the cause of Allah against all religions and all infidels to ultimately make Islam supreme. Indeed, the USA and the greater infidel world at large are involved in a war, a very profound and substantial war, as opposed to just a few stray terrorist attacks perpetrated by Muslim extremists here and there, as this extremely gullible PC multicultural inculcated moonbat is trying to mislead you into believing.

    The political influence of the Brotherhood lobby is enormous. President Obama even addressed the annual convention of a U.S. Brotherhood entity in September.

    And GWB appointed a Muslim, Zalmay Khalilzad, ambassador of both Afghanistan and Iraq, who then enshrined both countries respective constitutions with Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law. Both major political parties in this country are totally corrupt and incompetent when it comes to protecting America from the totalitarian scourge of Islam!

  • Drakken

    I hope the Eyptian military hunts the MB down to the last man and line them all against the wall, end of story. What is Obummer really going to do? Send a strongly worded letter of protest, send commi Kerry to have some dialogue with them, it would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic.

  • chris heath

    I urge you all to read the Koran.
    You will find plenty of reasons to question the unopposed acceptance of its tenets.
    it has to have complete subservience of other religions, and peoples.
    It requires total obedience to its Sharia law.

    If you do not submit, you have to be willing to pay an exhorbitant tax – to stay alive.
    The legal requirements, open to widescale abuse – are if a young couple are touching – the woman can be stoned.
    An apostate – should be killed.
    Anyone questioning religious authority, Mohammed or the Koran , has the death penalty hanging over him.
    That’s fine for the places that have it already (though I question the legality), do we seriously want this decrepit, stoneage belief system to run our lives in the West?
    Please learn about the Koran, and its doctrine. Or search TROP

    • defcon 4

      Questioning the koran isn’t allowed in islamic states, it’s illegal. Our corrupt government will be trying to outlaw criticism of islam in the USA.

  • USARetired

    O’Bozo the ‘Dingle Barry’ must be reigned in and forced to abandon his Muslim Brotherhood of which is is an active member. The previous post, ‘PAthen’, is absolutely correct, except O’Bozo’s half brother is Finance director of the MBH.

    • justquitnow

      He what? Can you post a link please?

  • Ruthie8485

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/02/pelosi-holds-secret-fundraiser-with-islamists-hamas-linked-groups/
    ex-CIA Agent Reveals: “Muslim Brotherhood” has infiltrated Obama Adminis…: http://youtu.be/8VtAteZUs6o via @youtube
    Harvard University says Quran verse is one of the greatest expressions of justice | Morocco World News http://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2013/01/75199/harvard-university-says-quran-verse-is-one-of-the-greatest-
    MUST SEE Muslim Brotherhood Dictating White House Meetings & More!: http://youtu.be/sL6JK55ql1E via @youtube

    • Islamgottogo

      Harvard University received 20 million dollars from some Saudi prince .Who know how much many others are getting from similar sources .
      Don’t you understand ?
      We are being sold out by the very people who have been elected to protect us ,it’s that simple ..Money talks and they ..the Saudis ,Qhataris,Bahrainis,Omanis have plenty of it ..because we are sending it to them ,obviously their agenda is heinous and despicable ,
      We can talk and talk meanwhile MONEY ,all powerful MONEY is changing hands in Europe,the UK ,Dc,Asia and other places in order to favor some people and favor their immigration in our lands and distort our political system to their advantage .

  • http://www.legalmorning.com/ Michael Wood

    Wow. Someone finally gets it. Great article! The Obama Administration failing to take a stance against the Brotherhood shows its official support of terrorism.

  • Veracious_one

    This is not the first time Egypt has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization…

  • justquitnow

    “President Obama even addressed the annual convention of a U.S. Brotherhood entity in September.”

    He what? it takes a while to pick through the Clarion Project citing it’s own reports of evidence of things. Obama sent a message via videotape to the Islamic Society of North America. He did not praise the Muslim Brotherhood “entity” but this blog writer picks up the weird Clarion language.

    I guess I could also point out the continual insistence that Obama somehow cut all military funding to Egypt to try to help the Muslim Brotherhood. I mean it’s just ridiculous. The Egyptian military executed a coup and overthrew a democratically elected government. So the face-saving slap on the wrist the Egyptians military had to take has not impeded their ability to control the country or “sent them into the arms of Russia”. This “article” is a misinformation mess.

  • USARetired

    The only candidates to be successful in upcoming elections must vow to irradiate Islam in America, or we do not vote for them!

  • TopAssistant

    When will we wake up and ask every politician in office and running for office: “Is the Muslim Brotherhood in America (MB)(Ikhwan) our friend or foe? Please provide me with links to the source material that provides you with your view(s).” You can buy a copy of their plan at Amazon for only $5.00 An Explanatory Memorandum: From the Archives of the Muslim Brotherhood in America or, you can read an online copy here at The Oak Initiative website: http://www.theoakinitiative.org/pdfs/teamb/15-Shariah-The-Threat-to-America-Team-B-Report-Web-285-308.pdf

    Go to the Center for Security Policy and read the material on An Explanatory
    Memorandum: From the Archives of the Muslim Brotherhood in America http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/2013/05/25/an-explanatory-memorandum-from-the-archives-of-the-muslim-brotherhood-in-america

    We must start by asking our politicians, beginning locally with the mayor, city/town council, county supervisors, state and national House and Senate members to read an excellent article by the president of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, S. Eugene Poteat, Refusing to Identify or
    Name Our Enemies – A War That Dare Not Speak Its Name http://www.afio.com/publications/poteat_col_fallwinter2010.pdf

    Read: The Changing Face of War: Into the Fourth Generation, by William S. Lind, Marine Corps Gazette, October 1989, this groundbreaking work must be brought to light in today’s environment. http://www.mca-marines.org/files/The%20Changing%20Face%20of%20War%20-%20Into%20the%20Fourth%20Generation.pdf

  • diane flock

    I KNOW OUR GOVERNMENT IS CORRUPTED. BUT TO KNOW THAT TERRORIST HAVE FRIENDS IN OUR GOVERNMENT IS TOO MUCH TO BEAR. G-D SAVE AMERICA FROM ISLAM AND THE TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS THEY REPRESENT. THE US GOVERNMENT HAS DENIED THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD A PLACE WITH BOKO HARAM, ISIS, HAMAS. WHY?