Who are the “experts” who testify against designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group? PART 2 of a 3 part series.
The “experts” who give advice and who testify at Congressional hearings are very devious. One such “expert” compared the Muslim Brotherhood to the Boy Scouts (details below).
Many of the “experts” come from “think tanks” who pass themselves off as educational and research organizations. Often, the “trustworthy” sources that we rely on, take their “background” information from these think tanks, and this is why we often hear the same repeated lies.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Like Brookings, Carnegie “experts” often testify at hearings to sway opinions of Congress.
Marwan Muasher is vice president “for studies” at Carnegie, where he “oversees research”. In other words, he decides what information will be passed on to the media and other “researchers” at various think tanks. From 2007 to 2010, he was also senior vice president of “external affairs” at the World Bank.
When the various Arab Spring “revolutions” (i.e. attempted Islamist takeovers) began in January 2011, most all mainstream media quoted Marwan Muasher or had him on their show, spouting him as a Mid-East “expert”. Muasher emphasized that all “Arab Spring” countries must include Islamist groups in a new “democratic” government.
Regarding Syria, Muasher tried to eliminate fears about the Muslim Brotherhood, repeatedly stating that the Brotherhood gave a “very strong message that they want a secular, pluralistic Syria in which religion plays no role.”(6)
That is a lie. The Muslim Brotherhood is all about religion. They do not believe in man-made “governments” that protect a secular society. A secular society is exactly what the Brotherhood in Syria (and Egypt) wanted to oust and replace with Islam.
During the peak of “Arab Spring” transition of power to Muslim Brotherhood throughout the region and the rise of the militant “rebel” groups in Libya and Syria, George Soros hired a new spokesperson: none other than Marwan Muasher of Carnegie. Soros funded the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, of which Muasher was in charge of.(5)
A George Soros organization called the International Crisis Group (ICG) says it’s a non-profit, non-government organization (NGO) dedicated to preventing and resolving deadly conflict. But ICG was actually promoting protests, opposition parties, and violent unrest. Soros had a hand in creating “crisis”. Soros and Muasher would identify a “crisis”, demand government intervention, and then the government handed out contracts to Soros’ groups.
Terrorist groups such as the White Helmets were recipients of enormous amounts of money via this NGO system. The U.S. State Department, Dept. of Defense, and the Broadcasting Board of Governors all funded NGOs (usually under façades of being “human rights groups”). Some of these NGO’s were set up as intelligence gathering, and others to promote violent protests and anti-government activities.(6)
When Egypt discovered the truth behind the NGO’s that were placed in Egypt, laws were passed curbing their access. “Experts” from Carnegie called this “censorship”, but it was survival, not censorship. The NGO’s often entered disguised as Human Rights groups, but turned out to be aiding terrorism, backing violent unrest, or other such detrimental activity.
Because Egypt has restricted NGO activity, several of the “experts” at Brookings and at Carnegie call this “government sponsored anti-Americanism”. This, too, is propaganda to try to prevent Egypt from protecting itself from facade NGO’s.
Nathan Brown is a Senior Fellow at Carnegie’s “Middle East Program” and a professor at George Washington University. He has an enormous number of publications, books, articles, NPR and TV spots. He is against the U.S. designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. He is introduced as an “expert” on TV and gives “expert” testimony at Congressional Hearings.
On April 13, 2011, Nathan Brown gave testimony to the House Permanent Select Committee on Terrorism. But before I give excerpts of his testimony, you should know some facts.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s motto is: Allah is our objective; the Prophet is our leader; the Quran is our law; Jihad is our way; dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.
The Muslim Brotherhood emblem, the double swords and the Quran, has the word: “prepare” under the two swords. The word “prepare” refers to “prepare your swords (your weapons)” for jihad. The primary doctrine of the Quran is that it is the duty of all Muslims to enforce Islamic Law throughout the world — via jihad.
Hassan al-Banna, the creator of the Muslim Brotherhood considered Islam to be a comprehensive system of life, with the Quran as the only acceptable Constitution and source for laws. His manifesto specifically outlined the creation of Youth Groups for jihad and the implementation of Islamic Law. He advocated for a strengthening of the bonds between all Muslim majority countries in order to pave the way for a return to the Caliphate.
Banna wanted to diffuse Islam throughout the existing governments, so that all government employees would feel responsible to adhere to Islamic Law. He believed in surveillance of personal conduct of all government employees (sharia police), and an end to the private and professional realm.
The following are excerpts from the Testimony to Congress by Dr. Nathan Brown:
“In describing the Muslim Brotherhood, it is perhaps best to start with the movement’s motto imprinted on its emblem: “Be Prepared.” The resemblance with the Boy Scouts is far from coincidental. The movement’s founder, Hasan al-Banna, was aware of Scouting and wished to found an organization that was similarly devoted to fostering the personal development of the rising generation.”
“Al-Banna’s genius lay in inspiration and organization rather than in systematic thought. Indeed, from the beginning, it was clear that the Brotherhood model was based less on abstract ideas as on forging tight personal bonds around dedication to a common, but very general, vision of personal and social reform. To this day, the organization is so strong that schisms are rare; yet it is also so flexible that almost nobody is dismissed from the Brotherhood for anything he, or, in the case of associated women’s organizations, she, says or thinks.”
Brown lied about the emblem saying “be prepared”. The photo at the top of this page shows the emblem, which says “prepare”. The photo right says “be prepared”. As you can see, the Muslim Brotherhood emblem does not say “be prepared”. Brown intentionally lied to Congress to portray the Muslim Brotherhood as something is is not.
Sadly, Congress will vote whether to designate the Brotherhood a terror group based on the testimonies of people like Nathan Brown.
Additionally, the Muslim Brotherhood believe in the Quran’s version of women’s rights, which means there is no “flexibility” as Brown tries to suggest. Women are to obey their husbands (or their male family members if unmarried), no matter what women think or feel. The Muslim Brotherhood, like all Islamists, believe in child marriages and female circumcising. There is no “flexibility” in regards to women’s rights.
More from Brown’s testimony:
“In the 1940s, as other Egyptian movements created youth wings that took on a paramilitary aspect, modeled in part on European movements of the left and right during the same period, the Brotherhood formed its own.”
Here we see that Brown tried to brush off the Youth military wing as if it was a trend of the period. The Youth Militia is a primary element of Brotherhood Doctrine in order to implement Islamic Law.
More from Brown:
“In the late 1940s, it constructed a “special apparatus” that engaged in some violent activity. While that body was disbanded over half a century ago, the damage to the Brotherhood’s reputation has been ongoing. The Muslim Brotherhood has had some radical ideas develop within its ranks. It has largely rooted those out.”
Brown lied. The Muslim Brotherhood’s “Special Apparatus” did not disband. If Brown is indeed an “expert”, he knows this. The Secret Apparatus was used in Syria in the 1960’s and then again in the 1980’s when the Muslim Brotherhood conducted massacres on the Syrian Army.(7)
Brown says the Brotherhood engaged in “some violent activity.” No, the Brotherhood has engaged in ongoing violent activity and massacres throughout their history in several different countries.
As far as his statement that the Brotherhood has had some radical ideas that have been “rooted out”, that is another blatant lie. Remember the Muslim Brotherhood’s motto: the Quran is our law; Jihad is our way; dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.
Regarding the Secret Apparatus, a 1982 U.S. Intel report states that the Muslim Brotherhood “…began to expand their covert arm for political violence, the Secret Apparatus, in about 1964. This covert arm … was known as The Youth of Mohammad [and] Faithful Youth… The major setback in 1980 led to the removal of Issam Attar as Supreme Guide of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood … The new leadership consisted of Adman Said al Din as the new Supreme Guide … and Adnan Uqlah, Commander of the Secret Apparatus.(7)
Now let’s jump to 2017 and the current bill to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. Michelle Dunne, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, who often testifies at Congressional hearings, and who is against declaring the Brotherhood a terrorist organization, said this:
“Designating all Muslim Brotherhood groups worldwide, or even just the entire Egyptian Brotherhood, to be terrorists based on the actions of a few might well push the [Brotherhood’s] debate over using violence in the wrong direction… it could actually increase the threat of terrorism … rather than diminish it.”(8)
Did she really say, “Actions of a few” ?
Algeria fought a ten-year civil war with the Algerian Brotherhood who were trying to impose Islamic Law. Syria has battled the Syrian Brotherhood since the 1960’s, with an enormous wave of violence and massacres done by them in the 1980’s, and now, starting in 2011, ongoing terrorism by the Muslim Brotherhood via their creation of the ‘Free Syrian Army’. Egypt has battled Brotherhood violence since 1928, but terror attacks by the Muslim Brotherhood intensified and have been ongoing without relief since 2012.
Like Brookings, Carnegie is filled with pro-Islamist propagandists who are constantly used in mainstream media as “experts”. These liars and propagandists feed the brains of mainstream media, but also our Congress. And now, maybe even Trump.
In April 2012, like Brookings, Carnegie was having an annual conference in which top U.S. officials and media attend. Two of the panel discussions were titled: “Building New Regimes After the Uprising” and “Writing a New Constitution.” Panel members were: Abdul Mawgoud Dardery (Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood); Nahil Alkofahi (Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood); Sahbi Atig (Tunisian Muslim Brotherhood); Khaled Al-Qazzaz (Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood); Osama Al-Saghir (Tunisian Muslim Brotherhood); and, Mohamed Gaair (Libyan Muslim Brotherhood).
Why were members from Islamist parties invited and no members from other political parties — the non-religious parties? Why was it that only Islamists were there to talk to the press and U.S. officials?
Carnegie’s Marina Ottaway said the Islamist parties visiting Washington at the conference were “separate entities”, not one large, unified bloc. She said that Islamist parties in various different countries have “little contact with one another”.(9)
Ah, we have another (expert) liar.
Brown had said in his testimony of April, 2011 that the “International Brotherhood” is a “group of loosely linked, ideologically similar movements” that resemble a “group of college fraternities.”(9)(10)
Brown further testified:
“At a global level … [the Brotherhood] most closely resembles today’s alliances among various like-minded organizations like socialist or Christian Democratic parties. These are tame frameworks for a group of loosely linked, ideologically similar movements… there is no reason to fear it …(10)
Contrary to what Brown wanted Congress to believe, the International Muslim Brotherhood is unified, well structured, and definitely a force to fear. And when Carnegie’s Marina Ottaway said the Islamist parties are separate entities and have “little contact with one another”, she lied.
Originally published at CheriBerens with links to cited sources and additional photo.