This is part 2 of a 3 part series about the Heritage Foundation’s endorsement of President Obama’s Countering Violent Extremism program (CVE). In the last article it was shown how CVE actually promotes the Islamist narrative of the Muslim Brotherhood in America. That alone should have made the Heritage Foundation avoid anything to do with the CVE. However, they chose to promote articles which endorse it.
The Heritage Foundation owns the Daily Signal. Josh Siegel wrote two articles for the Daily Signal promoting CVE: Houston’s Muslim Led Plan to Protect the Homeland on April 17, 2016 and How these Texas Muslims Fight Against Terror on April 18, 2016. At the center of these articles was a 42-page document that was full of references to the Muslim Brotherhood. Thus this article will concentrate on the strange bedfellows the Heritage Foundation has made by promoting Mustafah Tameez's 2014 report, Building a Resilient Community to Counter Violent Extremismto the people of America as something good.
Mr. Siegel is not alone in the blame. I personally notified one of the editors of the Daily Signal asking them to remove the stories because of their ineptness and lack of journalistic integrity in that they said nothing about the Muslim Brotherhood connection. I also tried various ways to contact the Heritage Foundation through my various professional connections. I tried three times to warn them before I published the first article. I received no response. With that said, the Heritage Foundation owns these strange bedfellows willingly, for the sole purpose of endorsing Obama’s Countering Violent Extremism program.
It should be said that by promoting Tameez's report as something good, the Heritage Foundation’s journalist, Josh Siegel for the Daily Signal apparently never looked at the people listed in this short document nor did he look at the organizations. If these ties were examined the few connections I am listing below should have been enough for Heritage Foundation to SHOUT: “NO WE DON”T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THEM. DON”T RUN THIS STORY.” But after being told that the Islamic Society of Greater Houston was Muslim Brotherhood and that the CVE program was a platform to promote Muslim Brotherhood Islamists they still found importance in backing the story.
1. Is this a Conservative stand?
2. Will this person or organization be part of protecting America or are they more interested in attacking her from within?
Strange Bedfellow #1
In the last article I provided indisputable evidence that the Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH) gave its dues paying members membership in the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) which is considered by the Muslim Brotherhood as one of its own organizations.
The North American Muslim Brotherhood’s Explanatory Memorandum was written in 1991 and it states:
Ignoring this document’s stated purpose of the Muslim Brotherhood in North America is the only way Siegel’s article can begin to smell good.
Page 2 of the document Heritage Foundation promoted through Siegel’s articles provides a list of 25 consultants. You have to wonder if the Heritage Foundation had any clue who they were promoting. Amongst these were:
Strange Bedfellow #2
Sheikh Waleed Basyouni is listed third and his position given as the Imam of the Clear Lake Islamic Center (CLIC). Patrick Poole wrote about Basyouni in 2007.
Waleed Basyouni attended the Al-Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in the Saudi capital of
the academic heart of Wahhabi Islam, where he obtained a Bachelors and a
Masters Degree. According to Basyouni’s DiscovertheNetwork.org profile, he studied
under Sheikh Abdelaziz bin Baz, who author Gilles Kepel identifies as “the
principal Wahhabite ideologist” in his book, Jihad:
The Trail of Political Islam (p.
The terrorist Osama bin Laden was a Wahhabite Muslim.
Sheikh Basyouni is also a member of the North American Imam’s Federation. Discover the Networks describes this organization as a part of the Muslim Brotherhood since its inception in 2003.
Josh Siegel wrote an additional article supporting Sheikh Waleed Basyouni on May 4th of 2016. The article spoke of how the Islamic State had placed Sheikh Waleed Basyouni on a hit list for his apostasy in refusing to recognize the self-proclaimed Caliph, which the international conglomerate of the Muslim Brotherhood has never officially accepted. This allowed Basyouni to issue a fatwa against Muslims going to the Islamic State to fight or live. Yes the fatwa he issued makes him seem moderate. However, he is far from that. In practicing Civilization Jihad, which is the term used by the Muslim Brotherhood for their war against North America, the fatwa he issued actually in truth promotes the Muslim Brotherhood agenda for North America.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) published a translation of Saudi cleric, Muhammad Al-Habdan who declared it unlawful to seek European or American citizenship instead of going to an Islamic country. This was said while it is publically known that the Saudis have refused to receive any “Syrian” “refugees.”
Strange Bedfellow #3
Shariq Ghani is listed as a founder of the Fajr Program. What is not said is that he is a former director of CAIR-Houston. CAIR has been recognized in a federal court as having ties to Hamas! Hamas was recognized as terrorist group under President Clinton. Many counter-terrorism experts say that CAIR is Hamas in America.
The Hamas’ Charter also known as the Hamas Covenant states it is a chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Strange Bedfellow #3
Hesham Ebaid is listed as the Head of the Executive Committee for the Muslim American Society (MAS) Katy Center. This is another mosque in Houston, which in the planning stages was described in the Houston Chronicle in 2012, as being a future “two-story domed prayer area of 15,000 square feet, and an attached 8,000-square-foot multipurpose hall with gymnasium and meeting space.” MAS has long been identified as part of the Muslim Brotherhood. Abdurahman Alamoudi has testified under oath that “everyone knows MAS is the Muslim Brotherhood” in 2012!
Strange Bedfellow #4
Dr. Mazhar Kazi
Dr. Mazhar Kazi is a well known Islamic scholar. Dr. Kazi was one of the founders of the Muslim Student Association in 1963, the first organization in the USA of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Dr. Khazi’s books have been promoted by the Islamic Circle of North America’s (ICNA) Young Muslims. ICNA is another group claimed by the Muslim Brotherhood as their own in the Explanatory Memorandum. The same document by Young Muslims that promotes Dr. Kazi’s book, Guidance of the Messenger also promotes books by Youssef Al-Qaradawi.
Youssef Al-Qaradawi proclaimed himself the “Mufti of martyrdom operations.” Al-Qaradawi is not allowed to visit
for several good reasons. Amongst them is this: America
Those [Muslims] killed fighting the American forces are martyrs given their good intentions since they consider these invading troops an enemy within their territories but without their will.
Young Muslims used to run camps they called “Jihad Camps” prior to 9/11.
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There are 23 companies/entities mentioned in this 42 page report. This document is clearly endorsing every one of them. Keep asking yourself: "Do these entities have a Conservative mindset?"
Muslim Students Association (MSA)
The Muslim Students’ Association started in 1963 as the first legal entity of the Muslim Brotherhood in North America. Not surprisingly this started as a student movement whose leaders later created ISNA, ICNA, the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) and many other entities which function for the purpose of promoting civilization jihad in North America.
MSA has been recognized by every major counter-terrorism entity in America as a part of the Muslim Brotherhood.One of the best resources on this topic is the Investigative Project on Terrorism. Even the FBI presented material on this in court during the Holy Land Foundation Trial which resulted in several convictions.
STRANGE BEDFELLOW#6Islamic Networks Group (ING)
Islamic Networks Group is mentioned on page 8 with a small dedicated section. ING offers public speakers for a variety of “interfaith” activities. ING was founded by Maha ElGenaidi, who serves as its Chief Executive and President. Pipe Line News states that Ms. ElGanaidi “has forged alliances with the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] and the Islamic Society of North America [ISNA], both unindicted co-conspirators in America's largest federal terror prosecution.” When a founder of an organization has found it important to forge ties to groups in the Muslim Brotherhood is that a group you want to be doing business with?
The Qalam Insititute in Dallas, Texas is referred to on page 31. The Qalam Insititute is actually located in E. Arlington, Texas a spot in between Dallas and Fort Worth. It pays to look at who they consider good instructors of Islam to understand what they are in store for when Mr. Kazi, the Khutbah Chairman for ISGH refers them.
Qalam Insititute has an entire web page devoted to one of their instructors, AbdelRahman Murphy. AbdelRahman Murphy served as an intern for the Communications Department at CAIR-Chicago in 2006. Keep in mind that CAIR is an entity with direct connections to Hamas, an organization Clinton declared a terrorist in the ‘90s. Murphy engaged in misinformation campaigns against ACT for America in 2014. The campaign give him a win and a loss not for ACT for America but for the Knox County School District in Tennessee that listened to him and CAIR. Knox County School District had to pay out “$17,500 in attorney fees, administrative costs and monetary damages tied to advertising for the event.”Qalam Institute likely has others who favor Hamas besides Murphy. This is where ISGH refers people to learn more about Islam so that they will not become radical extremists. It makes you question the intention of the program!
STRANGE BEDFELLOW #8
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The ACLU is touted as a good partner against the government on page 5. The ACLU was started by Roger Baldwin, a man whose communist connections include a trip to the USSR during Stalin’s forced collectivization which resulted in the deaths of approximately 10 million Ukrainians. The ACLU has led the fight against several conservative issues. Of late it has joined with Muslims making claims that the FBI should not be asking Muslims to act as informants against their community. Page 5 of the report states: “Community leaders believe that law abiding Muslims have been pressured into becoming informants.” One has to ask, "Why it is a bad thing to inform your government of those who are going to attack it?"
This article could go on and on about other organizations and persons that Siegel’s poor excuse for journalism has forced the Heritage Foundation to find itself with very strange bedfellows.
If Mr. Siegel actually read this document he would have found more claims by this report that they do not have a problem with “radical extremism.” Yet, they refer people to those with ties to a group several countries have recognized as international terrorist group, the Muslim Brotherhood.
Ask yourselves now:
- Is snuggling up to the strange bedfellows listed above a Conservative stand?
- Were the persons or organizations listed above willing to protect America or were they more interested in attacking America from within?
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 Rabinowitz, Beila, and William Mayer. 2008. "Islamic Networks Group - Dialogue As Da'wa." Pipe Line News. April 10. Accessed May 26, 2016. http://www.pipelinenews.org/2009/mar/12/islamic-networks-group-dialogue-as-dawa.html.
 Note: The source listed here has since been scrubbed from access: Nur Eddin Al-Uwaydidi, “Those Who Die Fighting U.S. Occupation Forces Are Martyrs: Qaradawi,” IslamOnline.net. January 27, 2003.Last accessed June 1, 2014. http://www.islamonline.net/english/news/2003-01/28/article08.shtml.