By Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack
The ‘smoking gun’ email that reveals who instructed Susan Rice to blame the Benghazi attack on a video also exposes a recipient named Mehdi K. Alhassani. Alhassani was the leader of the Muslim Student Association (MSA), a Muslim Brotherhood front group and attended the sister mosque of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) mosque attended by the Boston Marathon bombers. It is a mystery how Alhassani slipped through the cracks to become a Special Assistant to the Office of the Chief of Staff, National Security Council Staff, and Executive Office of the President. It is unknown why a few hours before the Benghazi attack, Alhassani met in the White House with Samir Mayekar, a George Soros ‘fellow’ for an unscheduled visit.
It is obvious that as a Muslim Brotherhood operative, Alhassani wanted to blame the video for the violence that erupted in the Middle East. As Shoebat.com reported just two days after the attacks, these forces had been hard at work on that very agenda. This aligned the Muslim fundamentalists with the Obama administration in at least one respect – each had a stake in blaming the video.
As to Alhassani’s affiliations with Islamist groups, the proof is found in a document published by the Islamic Institute of Boston (IIB) entitled, Participants at the Citizen Dialogue Group. One of the participants of this U.S. State Department initiative was Mehdi Alhassani. In his bio, Alhassani is identified as a student of George Washington University (GWU) who was President of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) there from 2005 to 2006 and who served as an intern at both the White House and the U.S. State Department.
There is overwhelming evidence that MSA is a Muslim Brotherhood front.
The MSA branch of GWU has a checkered past. As Shoebat.com revealed, former Deputy Chief of Staff and close adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin served on the Board of GWU’s MSA in 1997, a year after she was hired by Clinton. In light of what we know now about Alhassani’s involvement and Abedin’s affiliations should put closure to the smear campaign against Rep. Michele Bachmann, who was at the forefront of bringing the issue of Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the U.S. Government. Probably more alarming is that just four years later, none other than Anwar al-Awlaki, the inspiration for Fort Hood jihadist Nidal Malik Hasan, would become a chaplain for that MSA chapter, which Alhassani later led.
It is a mystery as to why records indicate that Alhassani has used two different middle initials and is also identified as “Mehdi C. Alhassani”. In the ‘smoking gun’ email, he is identified as “Mehdi K. Alhassani”.
In addition to a work history that includes time at the State Department and White House, Alhassani has also worked at the Arab American Institute (AAI), which actively collaborates with the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) and CAIR. The AAAN was founded in Chicago by Rashid Khalidi, who was the Director of the PLO press agency at a time when the PLO was designated as a terrorist organization. Khalidi is also a friend of President Barack Obama:
When he was younger, Alhassani attended what has since become the much larger Islamic Center of Boston (ICB) in Wayland, Massachusetts. The ICB is the ‘sister mosque’ to the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB), which was founded by convicted terrorist Abdurahman Alamoudi with the active assistance of Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi. The ICB was constructed by the ISB for the purpose of ‘interfaith’ outreach. Today, the imams for both mosques serve on the Imam’s Shurah Council.
Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsaranaev attended the ISB mosque. When then FBI Director Robert Mueller was asked during a Congressional hearing if he knew that the ISB was founded by Alamoudi – a terrorist convicted and sentenced on Mueller’s watch – Mueller said no (3:45 mark to the end):
Two Muslims who joined Alhassani on the Citizen Dialogue excursion to Europe were Dr. Yahya Basha and Farah Pandith, both of whom have had access to the halls of U.S. power for years. Basha was part of delegations that had access to the Oval Office during the Bush administration in the days after 9/11 and currently sits on the board of the highly suspect Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF) with former Dar al-Hijrah mosque chairman Bassam Estwani, as reported by Shoebat.com.
Estwani approved the hiring of al-Awlaki as the Imam of his mosque, had a relationship with Alamoudi, and welcomed al-Qaradawi into his mosque, as Shoebat.com revealed.
Pandith has been photographed with Clinton’s close adviser and Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin as well as Abedin’s mother Saleha Abedin, who is a leader of the Muslim Sisterhood, as revealed by Shoebat.com:
Pandith became the State Department’s U.S. Representative to Muslim Communities during the Obama administration and was sworn in on the Qur’an. At about the time she was partnering with Alhassani, Pandith organized a conference in Belgium that brought several Muslim Brotherhood front groups together, as Shoebat.com reported.
The day before the ‘smoking gun’ email by White House Deputy Ben Rhodes was sent to Alhassani, Pandith joined Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Ben Franklin room of the State Department to celebrate a Muslim holiday. Also joining Pandith and Clinton was Libya’s Ambassador to the U.S., who one year earlier spoke at the ISNA convention and was introduced by CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director. [video here].
It is clear that a White House employee – Alhassani – with ties to groups and individuals who sought to blame the video to undermine the first amendment was one of the recipients of the ‘smoking gun’ email. As such, he was part of the Obama administration’s effort to blame the video as well.