Out of a 26-member advisory council, the Department of Homeland Security allowed just one advisor, Mohammed Elibiary, special access to a nationwide database that includes terror watch lists and FBI sensitive reports. Now, the Texas Muslim is being accused of leaking some of those documents to the media with the stated goal of damaging Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry. Elibiary asserts that the documents show what he calls the "Islamophobia" of Texas government agencies.
CBN News reports:
He's accused of taking confidential documents from the Texas Department of Public Safety and shopping them to the media.
"Within hours of getting access he had downloaded those documents and began marketing to these publications," investigative journalist Patrick Poole told CBN News.
"Oddly enough, Elibiary sits on the Texas Department of Public Safety Advisory Council," Poole said. "This was his own agency that he was sabotaging -- or trying to sabotage."
Even more disturbing, is that Elibiary has committed some highly dubious acts before. In 2004, he spoke at a conference honoring Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini, calling him a "great Islamic visionary," and has praised former Muslim Brotherhood leader Sayyid Qutb.
According to CBN, Elibiary has also publicly condemned the prosecution of Hamas fundraisers in the United States.
CBN's Erick Stakelbeck adds:
In a disturbing 2006 email exchange with a Dallas Morning News editor, Elibiary wrote: "Treat people as inferiors and you can expect someone to put a banana in your exhaust pipe or something."
Yet Elibiary has marketed himself as a moderate expert on Muslim de-radicalization -- and the U.S. government has taken notice.
In 2010, he was named to a working group that helped shape the Obama administration's counterterrorism strategy.
Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano later swore in Elibiary as part of her advisory council.
"You read his writings, he is defending Sayyid Qutb...a guy that Osama bin Laden referred to and studied to give him a basis for his acts of violence," Republican Congressman Louis Gohmert said.
"And (Napolitano) puts the guy on the Homeland Security Advisory Committee, gives him a secret clearance?"
Gohmert, who grilled Napolitano about Elibary at an October congressional hearing, is now calling for an investigation into the leak case.
But CBN notes an even larger problem could be at play. Gohmert told the news agency that by allowing someone like Elibiary into its inner-sanctum, the U.S. government is allowing radical Islamists an intimate look into U.S. counterterrorism operations.
"They're bringing in the Muslim Brotherhood to the inner sanctum and saying 'Look, they like us! This means peace in our time!' And what they're doing is subjecting this nation to real danger," he said.
Elibiary has not responded to CBN's request for comment.
Meanwhile, it remains unclear why Elibiary was given exclusive access to the DHS database in the first place.