Accountability Review Board (ARB) Chairman Thomas Pickering appears to have attended the U.S.-Islamic World Forum (IWF) in Doha, Qatar last month. This conference, co-sponsored by an arm of the left-leaning Brookings Institute, was rife with Muslim Brotherhood members and sympathizers. As Chairman of the ARB, which was commissioned by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton late last year, Pickering was tasked with leading the investigation into what happened in Benghazi on 9/11/12.
In light of increasing evidence which suggests that Ansar al-Sharia Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood, and former president of Egypt – Mohammed Mursi – may have all been involved in the Benghazi attack, Pickering’s willingness to attend the IWF warrants further scrutiny, as should the ARB’s findings.
The ARB’s report was indeed a source of controversy. Victoria Toensing, the attorney for State Department whistleblower Gregory Hicks, referred to the report as “shoddy”. Three things jump out in particular:
- Hillary Clinton was not interviewed for the ARB investigation and was only mentioned once in it.
- The ARB wrote that it “…did not find reasonable cause to determine that any individual U.S. government employee breached his or her duty.”
- The group ultimately blamed for the attack in Benghazi – Ansar al-Sharia – was not mentioned in the report one time.
Ansar al-Sharia is an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. Anyone who tells you something different is either being deceptive or is grossly misinformed. This is the same Muslim Brotherhood to which the former president of Egypt – Mohammed Mursi – belongs.
Consider the forum’s attendees aside from Pickering (the participant list for the June 9 – 11 Forum was updated as of May 24th and included Pickering’s name).
Others who attended the IWF included, via our comprehensive addendum to Ironclad: Egypt involved in Benghazi Attacks. Consider another conflict of interest issue. Remember, Hillary Clinton convened the ARB. Her longtime aid – Huma Abedin – served as an Assistant Editor on the Board of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA).
- Nihad Awad: National Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim Brotherhood group in America.
- Rashad Hussain: Obama administration’s envoy to Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) with Muslim Brotherhood ties.
- John Esposito: Georgetown University Professor who sits on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs.
- Dalia Mogahed: Muslim Brotherhood apologist and longtime colleague of Esposito.
- Mohamed Magid: President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a Muslim Brotherhood group.
- Mouaz Moustafa: Executive Director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF); works in D.C. and lobbies Congress on behalf of Syrian (Muslim Brotherhood) rebels.
- Josh Rogin: Daily Beast writer who referred to Abedin’s familial ties to the Muslim Brotherhood as a “conspiracy theor(y)”.
- Rabbi David Saperstein: A purveyor of interfaith dialogue who vouched for both Abedin and Magid.
The IMMA was founded by an al-Qaeda financier named Abdullah Omar Naseef at the urging of the Saudi Royal family.