Over the past few months, the Blaze has explored the Muslim Brotherhood's increasing influence here in America and abroad. This week, CBN's Erick Stakelbeck produced a new report that touts the shocking allegation that the radical group has already begun working its way into the American government.
Stakelbeck describes the Brotherhood as "the first modern terrorists and the forerunner of al-Qaeda." Following 9/11, the al-Qaeda became somewhat of a household name in the United States. But while most Americans are familiar with the infamous radical Islamic cohort, many likely don't know a great deal about the Brotherhood.
Below, watch Stakelbeck's most recent news report, which makes a number of startling claims about the group's apparent goals and mission here in America:
Following the Arab Spring, which has led to intense turmoil as well as the uprooting of governmental structures in the Middle East, the Brotherhood has purportedly used unrest to gain precedence in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria and Jordan. In his report, Stakelbeck discussed the notion that America is on the list of governmental targets that the Islamist group seeks to infiltrate.
Former FBI Special Agent John Guandolo explains that the Brotherhood is already ensuring that its influence and power seeps into American government. "Their goal is primarily deception, manipulation and intelligence gathering," Guandolo says. He continues:
"What we're seeing not just inside the White House, but inside the government entities, the national security entities, the State Department -- is a strong push by the Muslim Brotherhood to get their people not just into operational positions, but policy positions -- deeper, long term, bureaucratic positions."
According to Guandalo, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is one of the operatives working here in America. As Stakelbeck reports:
In 2007, ISNA was named as an un-indicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in American history.
Likewise, the FBI has uncovered internal Muslim Brotherhood documents naming ISNA as "one of our organizations and the organizations of our friends."
If true, this would certainly be concerning. At his inauguration, President Barack Obama asked former ISNA president Ingrid Mattson to deliver a prayer. Additionally, at a recent White House dinner, Stakelbeck writes that the current head of ISNA, Mohammed Majid, sat only feet away from the president. Oddly, Patrick Poole of Pajamas Media claims that Majid's name was subsequently missing from the White House list of attendees.
CBN and Stakelbeck have covered the Brotherhood and its thirst for power before. Last month, the network did a special, which included interviews with both Guandolo and Poole. Watch the video, below:
As the Blaze has been reporting for months, the Brotherhood is seeking a prominent role in Egyptian politics following the fall of Hosni Mubarak. Some who are associated with the political party have also been calling for Israel to be punished. Glenn Beck, among others, has warned about the Brotherhood’s potential exploitation of the situation in the Middle East many times before.
Back in June, the Blaze reported on the Obama administration's outreach to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Though it has been described as "limited" in nature, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has said that the administration wants to engage every group in the region, so long as they espouse nonviolence.
And in August, the Blaze brought you self-described liberal Marxist Tarek Fatah's warning about the group's attempt to embed itself in American government. He said, "Instead of bringing victory over the fascist forces of the Muslim Brotherhood, we now recognize that their infiltration is right up to the American White House, but we can’t say that.”
We will continue to explore this issue.