19 September 2013, 16:11

Another Muslim Brotherhood member served in US administration – report

Top Muslim Brotherhood official Gehad al-Haddad Muslim Brotherhood, who was arrested in Cairo on Tuesday and charged with inciting violence, had been working at the Clinton Foundation.

Before emerging as Brotherhood spokesman and adviser to Morsi, al-Haddad served for five years as a top official at the Clinton Foundation, a nonprofit group founded by former President Bill Clinton, according to The Washington Free Beacon.

Al-Haddad gained a reputation for pushing the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamist agenda in the foreign press, where he was often quoted defending the Brotherhood’s crackdown on civil liberties in Egypt.

He was raised in a family of prominent Brotherhood supporters and became the public face of the Islamist organization soon after leaving his post at the Clinton Foundation.

However, much of his official work with the Brotherhood took place while he was still claiming to be employed by the Clinton Foundation.

Al-Haddad served as the Clinton Foundation’s city director from August 2007 to August 2012, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Meanwhile Al-Haddad’s official work for the Muslim Brotherhood began in Cairo in February 2011 when he assumed control of the Renaissance Project, a Brotherhood-backed economic recovery program.

Haddad told the Independent that he applied the knowledge he learned at the Clinton Foundation to his work at the Renaissance Project.

“The Clinton Climate Initiative taught Haddad about managing an NGO and the role that civil society takes between the state and private sector, lessons he is applying to the Renaissance Project,” the report states.

El-Haddad represented the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Climate Initiative in Egypt during his overlapping tenure, according to his LinkedIn profile.

He additionally “setup the foundation’s office in Egypt and managed official registration,” “supervised policy-making workshops & presented foundations views,” and “presented projects to high-level government officials,” among many other duties.

El-Haddad left the Clinton Foundation in August 2012, two months after Morsi assumed the Egyptian presidency.

The Clinton Foundation did not respond to multiple requests for comment on Al-Haddad’s employment and arrest.

Egypt detains Brotherhood spokesman

Egypt's army-backed authorities have arrested the spokesman of the Muslim Brotherhood, the latest member of the Islamist organisation to be jailed since a July 3 coup, security sources say.

An arrest warrant had been issued for Gehad al-Haddad, who was active on social networks, as part of a crackdown that followed the military's overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

But Haddad had managed to escape arrest for weeks until police found him in a Cairo apartment along with other Islamist figures including the former governor of Qaliyubiya province Hossam Abu Bakr, the sources said.

They were seized in the Nasr City neighbourhood, where Morsi supporters for weeks had held protests demanding his reinstatement and clashed with security forces.

Many of the Brotherhood's top leaders have been detained on similar charges since the army deposed Mursi on July 3, triggering the worst spasm of violence in Egypt's modern history.

At least a thousand people have been killed since then, comprising mostly supporters of the deposed leader but also scores of members of the security forces.

Mursi, who is being held at an undisclosed location, has himself been charged with inciting killing and violence. Besides Mursi, the Brotherhood's three top leaders are also in jail, together with the head of its political party. It is the toughest crackdown on the Islamist group in decades.

Earlier on Tuesday, a court upheld an order from the prosecutor's office freezing the assets of 25 leading members of the Brotherhood and allied Islamist parties.

Haddad was arrested together with Hossam Abu Bakr, a provincial governor under Mursi, and Mahmoud Abu Zeid, a member of the group's executive board.


 Muslim Brotherhood operatives infiltrate Obama Administration

On Wednesday, the Washington, DC-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIRO), which was established as a Muslim Brotherhood front, according to FBI evidence, urged the Obama administration to restore the Muslim Brotherhood-backed regime in Egypt that was ousted in a popular revolt. CAIRO's statement has followed the release of a highly controversial but powerful video which exposed how Islamists, including the Muslim Brotherhood, are now infiltrating American government at its highest levels.

“We do believe as Muslims the East and the West will be governed by the Sharia", says Anjem Choudary.

“Indeed we believe that one day the flag of Islam will fly over the White House. There's even an oration of the Prophet where he said, ‘The day of judgment will not come until a group of Muslims will conquer the White House'", Choudary adds.

In the same manner, former NYC Mayor Rudy Guiliani says "We have someone sitting in the White House who is part of an organization that has advocated the killing of Americans. What is going on in the White House."

John Guondolo, Former FBI agent and counter terrorism expert, also adds that "Mr. Brennan, now head of the CIA, did convert to Islam when he served in an official capacity on behalf of the United States in Saudi Arabia. He has given them access to the National Security Council, The National Security Staff. He has brought known Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood Operatives into those positions of government.”

Earlier this year Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) has already claimed that "Muslim brotherhood members have great influence in President Barack Obama's administration."

"It’s very clear to everybody but this administration that radical Islam is at war against us," Gohmert said. "And I’m hoping either this administration will wake up or a new one will come in at the next election before irreparable damage is done."

"Thank God for the moderates that don’t approve of what’s being done," Gohmert continued. "But this administration has so many Muslim Brotherhood members that have influence that they just are making wrong decisions for America."

Following the same line of reasoning, an Egyptian magazine claimed that six American Islamist activists who work with the Obama administration are Muslim Brotherhood operatives who enjoy strong influence over US policy.

The story published in Egypt's Rose El-Youssef magazine at the beginning of this year suggested the six Muslim Brotherhood operatives turned the White House "from a position hostile to Islamic groups and organizations in the world to the largest and most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood."

The story is largely unsourced, but its publication is considered significant in raising the issue to Egyptian readers.

The six named people include: Arif Alikhan, assistant secretary of Homeland Security for policy development; Mohammed Elibiary, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council; Rashad Hussain, the US special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference; Salam al-Marayati, co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC); Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); and Eboo Patel, a member of President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.

Alikhan is a founder of the World Islamic Organization, which the magazine identified as a Brotherhood "subsidiary." It suggested that Alikhan was responsible for the "file of Islamic states" in the White House and that he provides the direct link between the Obama administration and the Arab Spring revolutions of 2011.

Elibiary, who has endorsed the ideas of radical Muslim Brotherhood luminary Sayyid Qutb, may have leaked secret materials contained in Department of Homeland Security databases, according to the magazine. He, however, denies having any connection with the Brotherhood.

Rashad Hussain maintained close ties with people and groups that it says comprise the Muslim Brotherhood network in America. This includes his participation in the June 2002 annual conference of the American Muslim Council, formerly headed by convicted terrorist financier Abdurahman Alamoudi.

Regarding al-Marayati, who has been among the most influential Muslim American leaders in recent years, the magazine drew connections between MPAC in the international Muslim Brotherhood infrastructure.

Magid heads ISNA, which was founded by Brotherhood members, was appointed by Obama in 2011 as an adviser to the Department of Homeland Security. The magazine said that has also given speeches and conferences on American Middle East policy at the State Department and offered advice to the FBI.

Rose El-Youssef says Patel maintains a close relationship with Hani Ramadan, the grandson of Brotherhood founder Hasan al-Banna, and is a member of the Muslim Students Association, which it identifies as "a large Brotherhood organization."

Voice of Russia, The Washington Free Beacon, Reuters, AFP

 

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