Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee hearing on “Ideology and Terror: Understanding the Tools, Tactics, and Techniques of Violent Extremism” featured an ex-Muslim, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and a liberal Muslim feminist, Asra Nomani, who have used their positions to argue in support of counter-terrorism policies that target Muslims.
AYYAN HIRSI ALI AND ASRA NOMANI
HUFFPOST Ali, a Somali-born former Dutch Member of Parliament, is listed as an anti-Muslim extremist by the universally discredited George Sorus-funded, Communist Southern Poverty Law Center. Ali has called Islam a “destructive, nihilistic cult of death” which needs to be “defeated” militarily. She has said that Islam is “at war with America” and that “there is no moderate Islam.”
Nomani, a Muslim-American and former reporter at the Wall Street Journal, has supported the profiling of Muslims at airports and said she was “relieved” the NYPD engaged in mass, suspicion-less surveillance of Muslims in New York. She made headlines after the election in 2016 when she declared her support for President Donald Trump, whose campaign was awash in anti-Muslim vitriol. She later went on to support Trump’s Muslim ban.
In Ali’s and Nomani’s submitted testimonies Wednesday, the pair describe mainstream American Muslim organizations like the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim Public Affairs Council as players in a worldwide conspiracy to Islamize Western countries like the U.S., replacing their laws with brutal interpretations of Sharia, or Islamic law.
Both of their testimonies raise alarm over, as Ali puts it, Muslim “subversion from within.”
Ali’s testimony speaks glowingly of efforts in Europe to shut down mosques, and calls on Congress to give President Trump the power to “identify and dismantle” Islamist groups in the U.S. In testimony today, Ayann Hirsi Ali calls
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HIRSI ALI explained that intimidation and advancing the goal of imposing Islamic law (sharia) on society are fundamental tenets of political Islam. She noted that “Islamism” is the ideology that drives political Islam and “dawa” provides the means by which it is spread, adding:
The strategy used by the United States to combat violent Islamic extremism has “failed” because it has solely focused on acts of violence while ignoring the ideology that drives jihadists and Islamists, argued Ali.
She told lawmakers, “The dominant strategy from 9/11 through the present, focusing only on Islamist violence, has failed. In focusing only on acts of violence, we have ignored the ideology that justifies, promotes, celebrates, and encourages violence, and the methods of dawa used to spread that ideology.”
In order to reverse its failure, the United States has to fight “a war of ideas against political Islam (or “Islamism”) as an ideology and against those who spread that ideology,” advised Ali.
According to one estimate, 10−15 percent of the world’s Muslims are Islamists. Out of well over 1.6 billion, or 23 percent of the globe’s population, that implies more than 160 million individuals,” mentioned Ali. “Based on survey data on attitudes toward sharia in Muslim countries, total support for Islamist activities in the world is likely significantly higher than that estimate.”
Nomani’s testimony states that “we must investigate, expose and blacklist all state and non-state sponsors” of Islamism, including “mosques, nonprofits, schools, think tanks, academic institutions and thought leaders.”
Another witness, John Lenczowski, founder and president of the Institute of World Politics, warned of “civilizational Jihad,” based on a plan called “The Project” published by the Muslim Brotherhood that details the Muslim plot to take over Western countries.
Wednesday’s hearing was the tenth held by Sen. Johnson on violent extremism, all of which have focused exclusively on radical jihadism.
After immigrating to non-Muslim countries like the U.S., Lenczowski writes in his testimony, Muslims seek to set up “parallel” societies for Sharia law, and then, “through greater birth rates than those of the native population” establish “irreversible” and “preponderate political influence.”
Lenczowski’s testimony also talked about the proliferation of “no-go zones” in Europe, with several hundredsin France, at least 55 in Sweden, and hundreds more throughout the UK and Western Europe.
In a submitted statement to the Senate Wednesday, the the extremist Muslim Public Affairs Council said it was “dismayed” that the hearing focused “almost exclusively on the Muslim community.” “The singling out of Muslims in this manner only breeds fear, cements a narrative of a cosmic war between Islam against the West, and flies in the face of actual trends of domestic violent extremism,” MPAC wrote.
MPAC also expressed concern over the selection of Ali and Nomani as panelists at Wednesday’s hearing. Johnson’s office did not respond to a HuffPost request for comment.
Below are earlier statements about the Islamic threat from Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Asra Nomani.
AYAAN HIRSI ALI