The removal of Mohammed Mursi from power in Egypt has garnered some interesting reactions from individuals in the U.S. who either belong to Muslim Brotherhood groups or have expressed sympathies for them. One such individual is a Mohamed Elibiary, who has been expressing via twitter, bitter displeasure over the Egyptian military’s treatment of Mursi, a president who is also a Muslim Brotherhood leader.
Amazingly, Mohamed Elibiary was selected as a Homeland Security adviser to the Obama administration by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano in 2010. Approximately one year later, it was reported that Elibiary used his security clearance to access classified documents that he then attempted to get media outlets to use in a report to smear Texas DPS as Islamophobic. In a letter to the Acting Inspector General at DHS on June 13, 2012 (Secretary Napolitano was cc’d), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), and three other congressmen identified Elibiary – along with Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) President Mohamed Magid and Dalia Mogahed – as individuals with potential Muslim Brotherhood sympathies who worked inside the Obama administration.
A little more than one month after sending that letter, Napolitano testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee and was grilled by Rep. Gohmert about Elibiary. At about the 4:00 mark – after Napolitano denied Elibiary accessed classified documents – Gohmert asks Napolitano if she knows “what the Freedom and Justice Party is in Egypt”. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), who has a history of expressing support for Muslim Brotherhood groups and individuals, interjects and asks for “regular order” (usually a sign that someone is getting too close to the truth).
After being required to answer, Napolitano responded that she did know what the Freedom and Justice Party was – the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party in Egypt. Gohmert then asked the DHS Secretary if she was aware that Elibiary’s foundation was called The Freedom and Justice Foundation.
Napolitano simply would not answer this question and accused Gohmert of insinuating that the administration would “allow someone who is a terrorist to infiltrate the White House”.
In light of Elibiary’s rather unambiguous displeasure with the removal of Mursi, Napolitano’s refusal to answer Gohmert’s question is indeed quite telling.
By the way, Elibiary is still a Homeland Security adviser to Obama. The longer he remains in this position, the more his support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is a reflection of Obama’s support for the Brotherhood, despite the administration’s attempt to not take sides.
Keeping Elibiary as an adviser is quite telling with respect to what side the administration is taking.