A Congressional bill to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist organization passed the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday, February 25. The bill identifies three Brotherhood entities in the U.S. including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
The Muslim Brotherhood is not currently banned in the U.S. because it is not listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. Hamas, its Palestinian wing is designated as a terror group, but the group a whole is allowed to operate freely in the U.S.
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.
Read Clarion Project’s rebuttal of the Brotherhood's purported "non-violence" policy here.
The legislation explains that the Muslim Brotherhood set up secret "Palestine Committees" in countries around the world – including the U.S. — to covertly assist Hamas terrorist activity with "media, money and men."
A mountain of documentation shows that CAIR's role in the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood's Palestine Committee is media and political influence. Two of CAIR’s founders were present at a secret meeting in 1993 that was wiretapped by the FBI where they were instructed to deceive American audiences. ("War is deception," they said at the meeting.)
The vote, 17-10, was conducted down party lines, with Republicans in favor of the legislation and Democrats opposed.
Speaking in favor of the legislation before the vote, Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) quoted the Brotherhood's 1991 Explanatory Memorandum, saying, "The Brotherhood's strategic goal 'in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house from within so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions."
Goodlatte also explained that, "The Brotherhood and its leaders and affiliates, such as Hamas, have supported Islamist terrorism – directly, through fundraising, and through exhortation. Each of these activities constitutes an act of terrorism under the Immigration and Nationality Act."
The legislation gives the secretary of state 60 days to provide a detailed response as to whether the Brotherhood fits the criteria or not.
President Barack Obama has embraced the Muslim Brotherhood since assuming office. At his 2009 speech at Cairo University, he insisted that Muslim Brotherhood members were present and given front-row seats. At the time, the Brotherhood was an outlawed organization in Egypt.