Defense & National Security

FBI Partners With Jihad Groups

The FBI since the September 11 attacks has forged ties with a number of Muslim groups linked to a secretive organization that calls for the methodical takeover of the United States.

HUMAN EVENTS has obtained an eight-page memo written by Washington Field Office officials which celebrates the way the FBI, whose mission is law enforcement, has created these “partnerships.”

Critics, some within the FBI, say the bureau is increasing the statue of groups whose long-term ideological goal is to bring Islamic law to America through jihad, or struggle.

A former agent told HUMAN EVENTS the bureau is dealing with the groups that maintain an under-the-radar alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood. The ultra-secretive Muslim Brotherhood, with chapters worldwide, is the glue for a network of Islamic groups.

“The FBI leadership is relying on the Muslim leaders, who are known Muslim Brotherhood, to give them direction on how to go after the enemy in the community,” the ex-agent said. “These are the very people who have advocated overthrowing the American government.”

The former agent pointed to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood manifesto (“An Explanatory Memorandum On the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America”) discovered in 2004 in an FBI raid on a suspected Islamic extremist, Ismael Selim Elbarasse.

The document first came to light in 2007, when Justice Department prosecutors filed it in the case against the Holy Land Foundation, a Palestinian Hamas front that funneled millions of dollars to the outlaw terrorist group.

Written by a group of Brotherhood members in 1991, the paper says the group has begun “A new stage of Islamic activism stages in this continent.” It said the goals were approved four years earlier at secret conferences of Muslims in this country.

One section states it goal of taking over the United States:

“Understanding the role of the Muslim Brother in North America: The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan [Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

“All those documents in Elbarasse’s home were phenomenally important because for the first time it revealed the Muslim Brotherhood’s existence,” said Steve Emerson, who runs the Investigative Project on Terrorism and exposes radical Islam. “They disclosed the whole structure of the Muslim Brotherhood, which up until that point had not been known. It showed their agenda. That discovery was absolutely the greatest intelligence yield in 40 years.”

HUMAN EVENTS examined the Islamic groups the FBI has befriended, presented with awards, invited to agent conferences and shared the speakers platform — all under the guise of outreach to the Islamic community.

The most prevalent is the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a prominent Brotherhood member, according to Justice Department documents. The department named ISNA among scores of unindicted co-conspirators in the successful prosecution of Holy Land and its operatives.

The FBI has given awards to ISNA officials. It placed ads in its monthly publication asking Muslims to apply to become agents. “Today’s FBI. It’s for you,” the ad says.

ISNA ran an ad that says, “We congratulate the FBI on 100 years of service to our country. Here’s to continuing a shared partnership in securing the values, rights and freedoms we all hold dear as Americans.” There is no endorsement of the FBI’s counter-terrorism role.

Some FBI agents are disturbed at his outreach. They point, for example, to a panel discussion last year at Yale.

On the panel was Louay Safi, an Islamic scholar and supporter of President Obama. Joining him that day was Valerie Caproni, the FBI’s top lawyer who weighs in on whether the bureau should investigate suspected extremists. The discussion was called, “Behind the Blindfold of Justice: Security, Individual Rights, & Minority Communities After 9/11.”

Safi is a Syrian-born author who advocates Muslim American rights through his directorship of ISNA’s Leadership Development Center. He advocates direct talks between Washington and Iran’s leaders. He has spoken out against various law enforcement raids on Islamic centers.

In a 2003 publication, “Peace and the Limits of War,” Safi wrote, “The war against the apostates [non-believers of Islam] is carried out not to force them to accept Islam, but to enforce the Islamic law and maintain order.”

He also wrote, “It is up to the Muslim leadership to assess the situation and weigh the circumstances as well as the capacity of the Muslim community before deciding the appropriate type of jihad. At one stage, Muslims may find that jihad, through persuasion or peaceful resistance, is the best and most effective method to achieve just peace.”

At ISNA’s annual convention in Washington in July, one speaker, Imam Warith Deen Umar, criticized Obama for having two Jewish people — Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod — in the White House. “Why do this small number of people have control of the world?” he said, according to a IPT transcript. He said the Holocast was punishment for Jews “because they were serially disobedient to Allah.”

Emerson’s group collected literature at the convention approved for distribution by ISNA.

It said the pamphlets and books featured “numerous attempts to portray U.S. prosecution of terrorists and terror supporters as anti-Muslim bigotry; dramatic revisionist history that denied attacks by Arab nations and Palestinian terrorists against Israel; anti-Semitic tracts and hyperbolic rants about a genocide and holocaust of Palestinians.”

Asked if the FBI should sever ties with ISNA, Emerson said, “ISNA is an unindicted co-conspirator. It’s a Muslim Brotherhood group. I think in terms of legitimacy there should be certain expectations of what the group says publicly. If it continues to espouse jihad and anti-Semitism, I think it nullifies it right to have the FBI recognize it.”

But the FBI, according to the internal memo obtained by HUMAN EVENTS, actually celebrates these ties.

“This relationship is designed to share cultural, linguistic and contextual expertise between the FBI and community members for the greater protection of our country and our civil liberties,” the memo states. It adds, “The collaboration between the Arab, Muslim and Sikh Advisory Council and the FBI Washington Field Office has developed into a meaningful relationship of mutual trust and understanding and has provided significant progress regarding local religious centers.”

Another section states, “It is the mission of the FBI to balance political freedoms with security.”

When read this statement, the former agent told HUMAN EVENTS, “No it is not.”

The memo specifically lauds ISNA’s vice president, Imam Mohammed Majid. “Imam Majid has represented the voice of moderate Muslims in the DC/Northern Virginia community and has stepped forward to denounce acts of hate and terrorism,” the FBI memo says.

The FBI, under pressure from agents in the field, did sever ties with one Holy Land co-conspirator and Brotherhood Member — the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR. The FBI used CAIR representatives to teach its agents about Islam.

“It was crazy all these years with CAIR, when CAIR was telling the worst horrible stories about the FBI and was telling people not to cooperate with the FBI,” Emerson said.

John Miller, the FBI’s chief spokesman, provided this statement to HUMAN EVENTS:

“In General, the FBI conducts outreach with a number of respected groups and leaders within the Arab-American and Muslim-American communities. While we are willing to talk to many groups, when it comes to any type of formal relationship or partnership, there is a process for vetting.”

Concerning CAIR, Miller said, “As a result of evidence gathered by the FBI and presented during the Holy Land Foundation trial in Dallas, the FBI suspended all formal contacts with CAIR. Determining whether CAIR can be an appropriate liaison contact depends on addressing questions and issues raised in the trial about CAIR’s leadership . That does not affect the ability of CAIR or any member of CAIR to report any crime, suspicious activity or violation of civil rights to the FBI.”

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