Yesterday, I watched the Center for Security Policy briefing on the
Muslim Brotherhood by Andrew C. McCarthy, former Assistant US
Attorney for the Southern District in Manhattan and author of The
Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America. McCarthy was
the prosecutor in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing federal trial
in New York that resulted in the conviction and a life sentence for
Egyptian blind Sheikh Omar Abdel- Rahman for that plot and planned
bombings of New York City landmarks. One of the first actions by
Egypt’s recently elected Muslim Brotherhood President, Mohammed
Morsi, was to demand that Rahman be released by President Obama from
his federal Super Max prison and immediately returned home to Egypt.
McCarthy made reference to that demand from Egypt’s President Morsi
and why federal prosecutors were successful in conviction of the
blind Sheikh, a respected Islamic jurist who espoused jihad violence
and was alleged to be a leader in the Egyptian terrorist group, al
Gama’a al-Islamiyya . Al-Gama’a sought the overthrow of the Egyptian
government and replacement with an Islamic Sharia compliant state.
It was responsible for several hundred terrorist attacks in Egypt.
McCarthy offered effective rebuttal evidence to both Administration
and Congressional criticisms of the five House members´ letter sent
to Inspector Generals of several executive departments requesting
internal investigations of the Muslim Brotherhood ´presence´ in
these federal government agencies. Most notably a significant
portion of McCarthy´s remarks were devoted to the swirl of
controversy regarding Ms. Huma Abedin the personal chief of staff for
Secretary Clinton, whose family has close ties to MB leaders and
Saudi Salafists/Wahhabists. McCarthy noted the Abedin family
enterprise, The Journal of Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs
(JIMMA) is edited by Saleha Abedin, a Saudi women’s college
professor, leading member of the international MB sisterhood and
Huma’s brother Hassan. As uncovered by Andrew Bostom, until 2008,
Huma was listed as one of JIMMA’s editors. Among the luminaries on
the JIMMA board was the venerable Middle east expert and Princeton
Professor Emeritus Bernard Lewis who served from 1996 to 2006.
McCarthy addressed the Abedin family connections to Muslim
Brotherhood preacher Yusuf al Qaradawi and terrorist Group, the
Union of Good, as well as connections to the Saudi –backed World
Muslim League co-founded by Said Ramadan, son-in-law of MB founder
Hassan al-Banna. Ramadan’s son, Professor Tariq Ramadan was given a
Visa in 2009 by Secretary Clinton to teach at Notre Dame University,
after a successful appeal in the New York Federal Circuit of Appeals.
This despite evidence of funds provided to designated terrorist group
and Muslim Brotherhood affiliate in Gaza, Hamas. We posted on these
developments and previous documentation released by the Center for
Security Policy in our Iconoclast Post, “The Ties that Bind”.
Towards the end of McCarthy’s brilliant presentation, he makes the
telling argument that the Muslim Brotherhood influence campaign
should become an important, bi-partisan issue In the Presidential
election campaign. Having briefed Christian Zionists here on the
Gulf Coast in late June on the Muslim Brotherhood influence campaign
in America, I concur that average Americans will understand the grave
nature of this threat to America and its special ally in the Middle
East, the Jewish State of Israel.
Credit for this definitive rebuttal briefing by McCarthy goes to
Frank Gaffney and the team at the CSP. Gaffney introduced the
presentation noting McCarthy’s experience in prosecuting Islamic
terrorism cases and his acknowledged expertise in Shariah and the
Muslim Brotherhood campaign in America.
Here is a link to the transcript of McCarthy’s briefing published by
PJ media. Watch the C-Span You Tube video of his masterful