The Price of Media Collaboration
–Joe Bakanovic, July 24, 2012
In recent years, much has been made of what is now an established pattern of the American news media getting stories wrong and damaging innocent citizens and organizations. Sometimes these damaging stories result in a retraction and an apology, but often times, it doesn’t and, even when a retraction and/or apology is offered, it is done in such a manner as to hide it or give the impression that it is less than genuine. These stories could possibly be excused as an honest mistake f it were not for the fact that they have become common place, and, far too often, appear to have been deliberately worded and presented so as to knowingly provide an “out” when a retraction/apology become necessary. Furthermore, the information the news media gets wrong can often be obtained by a mere blogger using nothing more than her home computer and public records. Combine this with the persistent public perception that the news media has a decided leftist bent and the people being harmed by these damaging stories are consistently connected to the right and it starts to become difficult for a rational person to ignore the implications: that the media is knowingly and intentionally presenting false or even falsified stories for the purpose of harming their political opponents and furthering their own political agenda. We saw this just recently in the Colorado shooting (Brian Ross accuses shooter of having TEA Party affiliation and ABC mischaracterizes statement by shooter’s mother), and now, we are seeing it in connection to a much more sinister and threatening story: the infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood into the highest levels of the U.S. Government. While it is an American value to allow people to voice their political opinions freely, it is subversion to use the public airwaves to protect people and organizations whose stated goal is to destroy our culture and replace the U.S. Constitution with Sharia Law. The sooner the American people understand and accept that the American news media is actively participating in supporting and defending people who wish to destroy this nation as it was founded, the sooner we can start to do something about it.
This story started a long time ago. As best I can determine, it was first brought to the national attention of the American people in 2004 by David Horowitz in his book, “Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left.” Since that time, others have published additional books that have attempted to explain the connections between the Muslim Brotherhood and the American Left, and to reveal the true depth of success this movement to Islamisize America has had in penetrating even to the highest levels of our government. Andrew C. McCarthy wrote “The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America;” Paul Sperry has written “Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives have Penetrated Washington;” and Bill Siegel has written “The Control Factor: Our Struggle to See the True Threat.” All of these books have been meticulously researched and thoroughly documented: often with public sources that are readily available – if you know where to look and what you’re looking for.
These efforts were picked up and furthered by a series of stories exposing this infiltration:
The group is also making inroads closer to home, according to one expert.
“Their goal is primarily deception, manipulation and intelligence gathering,” former FBI Special Agent John Guandolo said.
Guandolo said Brotherhood operatives have infiltrated the halls of power in Washington, D.C.
“What we’re seeing not just inside the White House, but inside the government entities, the national security entities, the State Department — is a strong push by the Muslim Brotherhood to get their people not just into operational positions, but policy positions — deeper, long term, bureaucratic positions,” he told CBN News.
Chief among their operatives is the Islamic Society of North America or ISNA, according to Guandolo.
In 2007, ISNA was named as an un-indicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in American history.
Likewise, the FBI has uncovered internal Muslim Brotherhood documents naming ISNA as “one of our organizations and the organizations of our friends.”
Nevertheless, when President Obama wanted a Muslim to pray at his inauguration, his administration turned to ISNA’s then-president Ingrid Mattson.
And at a recent White House Iftar dinner, current ISNA head Mohammed Majid sat just a few feet from the president.
And a documentary by Mercury Productions:
Then there is the testimony provided by the FBI in the Holy Land Foundation trial:
Dallas–In testimony Tuesday, FBI Agent Lara Burns reported before the jury in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) trial that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was listed as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, right alongside HLF, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), and the United Association for Studies and Research (UASR). Agent Burns further testified that CAIR received money from HLF – a claim that Nihad Awad blatantly denied in a congressional testimony in September of 2003.
Burns also said that both Omar Ahmed and Nihad Awad, CAIR co-founders who today serve as CAIR’s chairman emeritus and executive director, respectively, were also listed as individual members the Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee in America.
Awad and Ahmed are further connected to the Palestine Committee based on their positions as president and public relations director of the IAP, a Hamas front group that was responsible for the dissemination of propaganda, and has since been closed down as a result of a multi-million dollar civil judgment in a trial involving the murder of an American teenager by HAMAS terrorists.
CAIR, which touts itself as America’s premier Muslim civil rights organization, was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial. Burns’ testimony so far has placed both Ahmed and Awad at a 1993 Philadelphia meeting where the HAMAS members and supporters discussed a strategy to kill the Oslo Peace Accords, which threatened to marginalize HAMAS. The group also discussed ways to improve HAMAS fundraising in America.
Government testimony regarding the role of CAIR reflects the prosecution’s attempt to prove that the HAMAS network in America was established through the Palestine Committee, or what the indictment called “a sub-group of active Muslim Brotherhood members of Palestinian origin.” The leader of this Committee was Musa Abu Marzook, a Specially Designated Terrorist since 1995, and Hamas’ current Deputy Political Bureau Chief. Through this committee, a number of organizations were established to promote HAMAS politically and financially, including HLF, IAP and UASR.
The result of this trial is that CAIR has been named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism trial in U.S. history:
A federal judge’s long-secret ruling that federal prosecutors violated the rights of three major American Islamic organizations and others named as unindicted co-conspirators in a Texas terrorism support case finally became public on Friday.
However, publication of the ruling is a mixed blessing for the groups: the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America and the North American Islamic Trust. That’s because U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Solis found that the government presented “ample evidence to establish the association” of the three organizations with Hamas, a Palestinian group that the U.S. has labeled as a terrorist organization and with a defunct charity convicted in the terrorism support case, the Holy Land Foundation.
NAIT appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to overturn Solis’s ruling and have it unsealed. The federal appeals court recently agreed that the ruling should be unsealed and suggested that parts of it went too far, but the appeals panel refused to change it.
There were several hundred individuals and organizations named as unindicted co-conspirators in this case, revealing just how broad and pervasive Islamic infiltration into the U.S. and U.S. government is:
List of Unindicted Co-conspirators – Page 1
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
It has been further explained that the list of names is not as important to establishing the factual infiltration of the people and groups listed as the evidence that was presented in the trial:
Much has been made of an appeals-court decision to expunge references to several U.S. Muslim groups from a list of unindicted co-conspirators in a terrorism-financing case. Too much, in fact.
It was never about the list. It was about what evidence unmistakably tells us: The Muslim Brotherhood and its American satellites are working to undermine the United States from within and to destroy Israel by any possible means, including terrorism. The Brotherhood can hide the list. After all, we should never have seen it in the first place. They can’t hide the evidence — no matter how much help they get from their friends in and out of government. That bell can’t be unrung.
The results of this trial and its findings have also revealed that Islamic infiltration has even reached into our law enforcement agencies:
As a result, it prompted 5 U.S. Congressmen and women to file a formal request to investigate this issue:
On June 13, five members of Congress including Michele Bachmann (MN-06), Trent Franks (AZ-02), Louie Gohmert (TX-01), Tom Rooney (FL-16) and Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03) sent distinct letters to the Inspectors General of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and the Department of State with the intention of finding out.
Each letter roughly began:
As you may know, information has recently come to light that raises serious questions about the involvement of organizations and individuals associated with the Muslim Brotherhood in [insert department] activities and policies. Given that the U.S. government has established in federal court that the Muslim Brotherhood’s mission in the United States is “destroying Western civilization from within” — a practice the Brothers call “civilization jihad” — we believe that the apparent involvement of those with such ties raises serious security concerns that warrant your urgent attention.
For which they were promptly attacked – Rep. Bachmann especially — by the Muslim Brotherhood, the News Media and even several Muslim members of Congress:
No doubt, having Republicans attack Rep. Bachmann is probably intended to make her seem to be an extremist who is unfairly attacking the Muslim Brotherhood, but all these two Republicans have done is provide indirect support for the allegations of infiltration. It must be remembered that both McCain and Boehner were opponents of the TEA Party and the American conservative movement, both of which are political enemies of the Democrat Party and American Left. So, by siding with their political enemies yet again, Boehner and McCain only strengthen the long argued assertions of Carroll Quigley that the two Parties are really one Party pretending to be two. They certainly do nothing to refute the evidence that has been presented or the court ruling that connects the Brotherhood to this infiltration. All they have done is further weaken the Republican Party in an already crucial and contentious election year.
And as for at least two of the U.S. Congressmen, they have been connected directly to the unindicted co-conspirators, making their attacks on Bachmann’s efforts questionable, if not out-right treasonous:
Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) has a history of association with a radical Muslim group that was an unindicted co-conspirator in a scheme to raise money for Hamas.
Carson is currently coming under fire for suggesting the U.S. needs to be “looking at” the madrassa model of education where the Koran serves as foundation.
The group in question, the Islamic Society of North America, was listed by the Muslim Brotherhood as a “like minded” organization that shares the goal of an Islamic nation.
Carson gave a speech in May to the convention of the Islamic Circle of North America. Clips from that speech have been playing on Fox News this week.
He stated: “America will never win the war against terrorism without help from the Muslim community. America will never tap into educational innovation and ingenuity without looking at the model that we have in our madrassas, in our schools, where innovation is encouraged, where the foundation is the Koran.”
But a mountain of evidence of his contacts with and support of Muslim Brotherhood front groups – identified as such by the U.S. Government – shows that the Muslim Brotherhood definitely knows who he is.
Rewind to 2008 when Keith Ellison went on a 16-day hajj trip to Saudi Arabia paid for by the Muslim American Society (MAS) to the tune of $13,500.
As Scott Johnson at Powerline noted at the time that Ellison had conflicting stories about who paid for the trip:
The Star Tribune first reported on Ellison’s hajj in two puff pieces by Mitch Anderson this past December. Anderson first reported the statement of Ellison spokesman Rick Jauert that Ellison had paid for the trip himself. When Anderson returned to the story, he got such deep stuff from Ellison as this: “This is just me trying to be the best person I can be.” In the second story Anderson also reported that the MAS Minnesota paid for Ellison’s trip to Mecca, though Anderson didn’t pause to note the discrepancy between his two stories on this point.
As Fox News reported on the MAS sponsorship of Ellison’s trip, Ellison returned the favor to his benefactors by speaking at the 2007 and 2008 MAS-Minnesota conventions.
But who is MAS?
Fortunately, federal prosecutors cleared up the matter back in December 2007 when they said in a court filing in the federal appeal of convicted terror operative Sabri Benkahla (page 58, footnote 13):
MAS was founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.
And there is more: now we hear of classified materials being leaked by the White House, of visits to the White House from members of known and unindicted co-conspirator terrorist groups, and that Janet Nepolitano is claiming ignorance to all of it:
Finally, when considering whether or not we should listen to the supposed and self-proclaimed experts who try to tell us there is nothing to any of these accusations – in spite of all the evidence to the contrary – or to Rep Bachmann and her fellow Representatives, we should remember the track record of those telling us there is no threat here:
[NOTE: this link provides a list of those who got things right and wrong in relation to the Muslim Brotherhood, but among those who got it wrong are: Bill Kristol; David Brooks; Dana Milbank; Will Bunch and Sen. John Kerry.]
However, if all of this is not sufficient to cause you any alarm about the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrating our government, will you accept the word of a self-described Marxist Muslim?
Instead, it’s Canadian political activist, devout Muslim and self-described liberal Marxist, Tarek Fatah. Surprised?
Back in June, Fatah appeared at Ideacity, Canada’s “Premier meeting of the minds” to share his shocking viewpoints on both mainstream and radical Islam (including the Muslim Brotherhood). During his fascinating talk, Fatah said that “the religion of Islam is being used as a tool by a fascist force.” It is important to note that Fatah is also a Muslim. Perhaps most shocking, though, were his words about the Muslim Brotherhood and its relation to the American presidency. He said:
“Instead of bringing victory over the fascist forces of the Muslim Brotherhood, we now recognize that their infiltration is right up to the American White House, but we can’t say that.”
The evidence that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated our government all the way to the Administration is very compelling and very strong, but we have been conditioned by our political leaders, media and even our schools to reject the warnings of real American patriots. We would rather hide in our politically correct ‘woobies’ than face the reality that this nation is under attack by a highly motivated, well organized, and very well funded religious movement, and that their ultimate goal is to fly the flag of Islam over the White House. Yet, in spite of everything I have just presented, there will still be those who reject the claims simply because they are cowards – or because they actually support the Muslim Brotherhood – or because they are out of touch with reality and refuse to accept the Muslim Brotherhood when it tells the world that it will fly the flag of Sharia over our capital: