Muslim Brotherhood Leader who Visited White House to Criticize al-Qaeda after 9/11 is now Criticizing ISIS

During a recent sermon at his mosque, the former president of a Muslim Brotherhood front group in the U.S. and current religious director of the Islamic Society of Orange County (ISOC) Muzammil Siddiqi condemned ISIS and its claim of a Caliphate. A look at Siddiqi’s history might prove instructive as far as why he is saying such things.

First, have a look at the video via MEMRI:

On September 11, 2001, Siddiqi was the President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Brotherhood’s largest front in the U.S. In the days that followed, he and leaders of other such groups launched a major PR offensive. In fact, on September 14th, just three days later, Siddiqi delivered a prayer from the pulpit of the National Cathedral, as did Bush:

Siddiqi (L) and Bush (R) speak at National Cathedral on 9/14/01.

Siddiqi (L) and Bush (R) speak at National Cathedral on 9/14/01.

These Muslim leaders quickly penetrated the White House with the assistance of Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan. The purpose was to convince George W. Bush to draw a bold line of distinction between al-Qaeda and the leaders of these front groups:

ON THE AFTERNOON of September 26, George W. Bush gathered 15 prominent Muslim- and Arab-Americans at the White House. With cameras rolling, the president proclaimed that “the teachings of Islam are teachings of peace and good.” It was a critically important moment, a statement to the world that America’s Muslim leaders unambiguously reject the terror committed in Islam’s name.

Unfortunately, many of the leaders present hadn’t unambiguously rejected it. To the president’s left sat Dr. Yahya Basha, president of the American Muslim Council, an organization whose leaders have repeatedly called Hamas “freedom fighters.” Also in attendance was Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, who on the afternoon of September 11 told a Los Angeles public radio audience that “we should put the State of Israel on the suspect list.” And sitting right next to President Bush was Muzammil Siddiqi, president of the Islamic Society of North America, who last fall told a Washington crowd chanting pro-Hezbollah slogans, “America has to learn if you remain on the side of injustice, the wrath of God will come.” Days later, after a conservative activist confronted Karl Rove with dossiers about some of Bush’s new friends, Rove replied, according to the activist, “I wish I had known before the event took place.”

It worked. The Bush administration fell for the trick. Why wouldn’t Siddiqi repeat the formula now?

As al-Qaeda did in 2001, ISIS is doing in 2014; it’s crimping the Brotherhood’s style. Creating space between stealth and overt jihadists worked after 9/11. Since that time, Muslim Brotherhood front groups are ubiquitous. Muslim Brotherhood infiltrators have breached the halls of power. In fact, the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) has identified no fewer than six; one of them is none other than the same Salam al-Marayati that met with Bush in the White House on 9/26/01. Another – Mohamed Magid – serves as Siddiqi’s replacement as President of ISNA:

Al-Marayati met with George W. Bush on 9/26/01 with Magid's predecessor Siddiqi.

Al-Marayati met with George W. Bush on 9/26/01 with Magid’s predecessor Siddiqi.

Ever wonder why you never hear Karl Rove talk about Muslim Brotherhood infiltration? The why likely has as much to do with the fatally flawed post-9/11 strategy he helped to implement as it does anything else. Adding more confusion to this is why Rove’s SuperPAC would fund Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) to the tune of $26 Million in 2012, as reported.

During the recent heated debate between Bill Maher and Ben Affleck, who is a self-professed ‘good friend’ of Huma Abedin, Maher’s guest Sam Harris used the visualization of a circle. At the core of the circle are jihadists / terrorists; the next layer out from the center are Islamists, Muslims Harris said share the same goals as the terrorists but choose to operate within the existing political system. This is what stealth jihadists and Brotherhood infiltrators do.

When terrorists begin to expand their sphere of influence, the line that separates the two can become blurred or even breached. Stealth jihadists are EXTREMELY aware of this and monitor it very closely. They act extremely fast when terror attacks and terror groups begin to take hold in the collective psyche of the American people.

This is precisely what happened when Bush visited the Islamic Center of Washington six days after 9/11…

It happened again in 2007, when Bush returned to the mosque for its 50th anniversary and re-dedication:

Is it really any wonder Rove avoids the issue of Brotherhood infiltration while his mug is plastered all over the Fox News Channel incessantly?


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