Close ties between Muslim Brotherhood and Obama Administration
December 30, 2012
The Egyptian magazine Rose El-Youssef published on December 22 that at least six Muslim Brotherhood operatives work closely with the Obama administration, enjoying strong influence over US policy. Sources of the report are not clear but it was clearly intended to raise the issue with Egyptian readers.
The persons named include: Arif Alikhan, assistant secretary of Homeland Security for policy development; Mohammed Elibiary, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council; Rashad Hussain, the U.S. special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference; Salam al-Marayati, co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC); Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); and Eboo Patel, a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships. All of these fields are influential in providing strong support for Obama’s policy.
Alikhan is a founder of the World Islamic Organization, which is known as a Brotherhood subsidiary. Alikhan was allegedly responsible for the “file of Islamic states” in the White House, providing the direct link between the Obama administration and the Arab Spring revolutions of 2011.
Elibiary, who is a supporter of former Muslim Brotherhood radical Sayyid Qutb, allegedly has leaked secret materials contained in Department of Homeland Security databases, to the Brotherhood. Elibiary was influential in defining the Obama administration’s counterterrorism strategy, trying to turn it away from Muslim Brotherhood terrorism.
According to Rose El-Youssef, Rashad Hussain maintained close ties with the Muslim Brotherhood network in the USA. This includes his participation in the June 2002 annual conference of the American Muslim Council, formerly headed by convicted terrorist financier Abdurahman Alamoudi. He also participated in the organizing committee of the Critical Islamic Reflection along with important figures of the American Muslim Brotherhood such as Jamal Barzinji, Hisham al-Talib and Yaqub Mirza.
Salam al-Marayati has been among the most influential Muslim American leaders in recent years, with direct connections to the international Muslim Brotherhood infrastructure.
Magid heads the Brotherhood subsidiary ISNA, and was appointed by Obama in 2011 as an adviser to the Department of Homeland Security. He has given speeches and conferences on American Middle East policy at the State Department and offered advice to the FBI.
Patel maintains a close relationship with Hani Ramadan, the grandson of Brotherhood founder Hasan al-Banna, and is a member of the Muslim Students Association, a well-known Brotherhood organization.
An interesting result of these close ties is the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt is about to receive 20 F-16 fighter jets from the USA., which had been ordered by Mubarak. Moreover, the Obama administration is willing to support the Brotherhood regime in Egypt with a $1 billion package – in spite of the huge deficit at home – as part of an international assistance package enabling the Brotherhood to further enforce their rule by force in Egypt.
Back in 2010 current Islamist President Mohammed Morsi had called to boycott products made in the United States because of its support for Israel. At the same time Morsi rejected negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and referred to Jews as “apes and pigs”.
During his election campaign, Morsi reiterated that Jihad is our path and the Koran is our constitution, being supported by Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie who called for a jihad to liberate Jerusalem. High ranking Brotherhood hardliners influencing the weak US president are obviously part of this strategy.
(Abd al Insaf)