Senate sponsor of the bill, Ted Cruz, says, ‘We have to stop pretending that the Muslim Brotherhood and its American associates like CAIR are not responsible for the terrorism they advocate and finance.” “We have to see it for what it is: a key international organization dedicated to waging violent jihad.”
Clarion Project In what may be a seminal moment in the fight against radical Islam, presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has introduced legislation to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The impressively-detailed bill identifies three Brotherhood entities in the U.S. including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
The Justice Department labeled three U.S. groups as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land terrorist financing trial and identified them as “entities” of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s pro-Hamas operation: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR); the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT).
The Muslim Brotherhood is not currently banned in the U.S. because it is not listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. Remarkably, its Palestinian wing—Hamas—is designated, but the group a whole is allowed to operate in the U.S. You can read my thorough rebuttal of the Brotherhood’s purported “non-violence” policy here.
The legislation reviews the Brotherhood’s terrorist history and how it has been banned by the governments of Egypt, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Syria. Egypt has released videos showing the Brotherhood’s involvement in terrorism and the Egyptian government’s website warns about the Brotherhood lobby in the United States.
The bill quotes FBI director Robert Mueller as testifying in 2011 that “I can say at the outset that elements of the Muslim Brotherhood both here [in the U.S.] and overseas have supported terrorism.”
The legislation states that Congress’ assessment is that the Muslim Brotherhood qualifies for designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the State Department. It gives the secretary of state 60 days to provide a detailed response as to whether Brotherhood fits the criteria or not. (Obama’s State Dept, will never support this, nor should it matter)
Last month, GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson called on the IRS to revoke CAIR’s non-profit status for allegedly violating regulations by demanding that he end his campaign. Carson’s petition did mention CAIR’s status as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial.
Other than Ted Cruz, No other presidential candidate has explicitly called for designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. GOP presidential candidate George Pataki said he’d revoke the tax-exempt status of CAIR and other groups that support terrorist groups.
See Clarion Project’s Ryan Mauro go head to head with CAIR spokesjihadist and expose its terror links below: