In 1991, the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood directed its components to “possess a mastery of the art of ‘coalitions’” in order to wage “a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.” Seemingly in fulfillment of that directive, eight Muslim groups (seven with solid Islamist records) will announce a coalition on March 12 to increase their political influence.
The new coalition will be announced at the National Press Club. Its name is the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) and one of its objectives is to develop a census that will “create a database that will be used to enhance political participation in upcoming elections.” This coalition undoubtedly will use these census results to make political candidates bend to their will.
The Secretary-General of USCMO is Oussama Jamal. Press reports have alternatively titled him as the President and Vice President of the Mosque Foundation that has extensive links to the Brotherhood and Hamas. Jamal accuses the U.S. government of following the “Zionist agenda” in its counter-terrorism investigations and has questioned whether Arabs were actually involved in the 9/11 attacks.
The coalition consists of eight Muslim organizations. The only one without an extensive Islamist record is the Mosque Cares, part of the Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed:
The formation of this coalition is an example of the Brotherhood’s own words being followed. As mentioned, its 1991 strategy document told its various fronts to “possess a mastery of the art of ‘coalitions.’”
An earlier Brotherhood document from 1982 that was captured in Switzerland stated the same thing. It told its flock to “dedicate ourselves to the establishment of an Islamic state, in parallel with gradual efforts aimed at gaining control of local power centers through institutional action.”
It repeatedly advised the Brotherhood not to overplay its hand and to work within the system of the host country. It granted “liberty to function politically in each country according to local circumstances.”
“Reconcile political engagement and the necessity of avoiding isolation on one hand, with permanent education and institutional action on the other,” the plan states.
The American Islamist groups are prohibited from formally endorsing candidates or political parties, but that doesn’t stop them from influencing campaigns. The Islamist groups entice candidates to adopt their positions by appearing as if they can lead a voting bloc and also drown out the voices of Muslim rivals.
The best example of this is the case of GOP activist Grover Norquist.
In exchange for adopting their main issue and giving them high-level access, the Islamists helped then-Governor Bush’s presidential campaign of 2000 make huge inroads into the Muslim community. CAIR even said a firm majority of the Muslim vote was won. After the Bush Administration had a falling out with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network, it steered those votes towards his opponent in 2004.
The announcement of this new American Islamist coalition shouldn't surprise us given the stated strategy of the Muslim Brotherhood. It’s just standard operating procedure.
Ryan Mauro is the ClarionProject.org’s National Security Analyst, a fellow with the Clarion Project and is frequently interviewed on top-tier TV stations as an expert on counterterrorism and Islamic extremism.