Senior Homeland Security Adviser Formerly CAIR Official

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Senior Department of Homeland Security advisor Mohamed Elibiary used to be an official of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity and unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism-financing trial in the country’s history.

Elibiary is a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council and was promoted in September. He also served on the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group and the Faith-based Security and Communications Advisory Committee.

Elibiary is also a long-time Texas Republican Party official and was a delegate for Senator John McCain in 2008.

On November 16, the Investigative Project on Terrorism tweeted a copy of the 2003 form 990 for CAIR’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter. It lists Elibiary as a board member.

That same year, the Austin American-Statesman reported that Elibiary “works on political activities for the council's Dallas-Fort Worth chapter.”

In 2007, the U.S. government labeled CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation for financing Hamas. The Foundation was a key component of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network.

Federal prosecutors said that CAIR is also an “entity” of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, specifically its secret Palestine Committee that was established to support Hamas.

In 2007, federal prosecutors said in another court case, “From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists … the conspirators agreed to use deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists.”

CAIR’s state chapter for Texas was founded by Ghassan Elashi, who was later convicted for illegal transactions to Syria and Libya and for financing Hamas.

Elashi’s company, InfoCom Corp., gave about $270,000 to senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouk through his wife up until 2001 when the Holy Land Foundation was shut down. Marzouk’s wife also made a $250,000 investment in Elashi’s company.

Elashi and two of his brothers were also convicted for illegal transactions to Syria and Libya.

According to District Judge A. Joe Fish, Elashi lashed out during the proceedings and told the jury, “This trial an extension of the Zionist conspiracy or something to that effect.”

His lawyer also alleged anti-Muslim bigotry, saying, “It’s hard times for people of Middle Eastern descent."

Elibiary, who normally engages critics on Twitter, curiously did not answer questions about his ties to CAIR and Elashi by counter-terrorism expert Patrick Poole and the Clarion Project.

The CAIR-Elibiary connection is significant itself, but if Elibiary indeed had a personal relationship with Elashi, it would be the second convicted terrorism financier he has worked with.

In September, the Clarion Project and two other organizations published a 37-page annotated interview with Elibiary. It included at least 15 disturbing facts about his record. One them is that he has known Shukri Abu Baker, the Holy Land Foundation CEO, since the age of 16.

After meeting Abu Baker, Elibiary donated monthly to the Holy Land Foundation. In a 2010 editorial, he accused the U.S. government of “using the law to force compliance with unjust foreign policies…”

He also wrote:

“[O]ur government is playing a post-9/11 script it played in the 1960s against the Mafia, but this time against a social network it calls the ‘International Muslim Brotherhood.’ People like me know of the brotherhood group in a much more personal manner than the Average White Guy, who has no more insight than what’s available in the media.”

In our interview, Elibiary said that following the Holy Land Foundation’s prosecution, he helped “safeguard” Muslim non-profits that were “targeted” by the federal government.

Revised training guidelines published by the Department of Homeland Security during Elibiary’s tenure strongly correlate with the views he expressed. The guidelines shield the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and sideline its Muslim and non-Muslim opponents.

Since the interview was published, Elibiary has praised former Egyptian President Morsi as “Egypt’s Mandela” and said the U.S. is an “Islamic country.”

It’s shocking that Elibiary was appointed as a senior Homeland Security advisor, but it’s even more shocking that he was promoted in September. By now, his Islamist associations and pro-Muslim Brotherhood rhetoric is a matter of public record for all to see.

How does someone with this record get into such a prestigious position? 


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.

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