• Activist Think-Tank Sounds Alarm: Growing Danger of Islamist Influence in U.S. Politics

    Surge Summary: The Middle East Forum (MEF) is a think tank devoted to monitor and counter the dangerous influence of Islamist — radical Muslim — influence in U.S. politics. 

    The think tank, founded by the widely respected terrorism expert and journalist Dr. Daniel Pipe, known as the Middle East Forum (MEF) has announced the group is initiating the Islamists in Politics (IIP) project, to launch their monitoring of — and legal actions against — growing danger of Islamist influence in U.S. politics.

    Cooperating with Muslim reformers, Islamic activists, and U.S. political leaders, IIP’s goal is to counter the growing power of suspicious Islamist groups in Washington D.C. and state capitals. The IIP project is an outgrowth out of the Forum’s Islamist Money in Politics project, which tracks Muslim campaign contributions to political candidates sympathetic to their cause. For example, they have adopted the Mao Tse Tong’s Red Book tactic of building coalitions with non-Muslim progressives (“The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”).

    IIP tracks these payments, as just one of many new and upcoming IIP initiatives. A perfect example was the 2008 presidential campaign in which a number of counter-terrorism professionals from the military and from law enforcement accused the Barack Obama presidential campaign of accepting money from suspicious donors from the radical elements of the Palestinian people. While Obama’s minions claimed their boss returned the money, the Palestinians claimed they never received any money from Obama or his campaign.

    “Of course, we all know that Obama was not sympathetic to Israel’s ongoing battle against Palestinian terrorist groups such as Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). He, and later his administration appeared to assist jihadists in Egypt, Libya and Yemen, successfully ousting Egypt’s President Mubarek and Libya’s Moamar Gadhafi but leaving only death and chaos in those nations. Obama also invited members of the Muslim Brotherhood from Egypt to visit the White House and they were given a VIP tour of the FBI Headquarters,’ said Mike Snopes, a former New York detective assigned to the Organized Crime Control Bureau (OCCB).

    “The time has come to stand up to the Islamist establishment, which for far too long has forced itself on American Muslims,” said Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.

    “Now it is working to impose its agenda on American politics. A new array of Islamist organizations, closely linked to the old ones, are fielding hundreds of candidates, organizing ‘Muslim Day’ lobbying events in state capitals, raising money through donor clubs and PACs, and drafting Islamist legislation designed to undermine democratic interests,” noted Baird

    The creation of the IIP project came about after the “Muslim Collective for Equitable Democracy” conference in Washington, D.C. The conference highlighted the growing power of Islamist political endeavors and the concerns of ordinary Muslims with these self-appointed Islamist spokespeople, politicians and lobbyists, according to MEF’s press statement.

    U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (Democrat of Minnesota) refused to denounce a Muslim activist at the conference who asked her about efforts to combat the illegal practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Several leading reformist Muslim activists have now released statements warning of the conference’s underlying Islamist agenda.

    “The Islamists’ recent political success points to the need for Islamists in Politics,” notes Shireen Qudosi, national correspondent for the Clarion Project. “IIP is precisely the kind of initiative we reform Muslims need.”

    The Middle East Forum argues that “radical Islam is the problem, moderate Islam is the solution.”

    The Middle East Forum promotes American interests in the Middle East and protects Western values from Middle Eastern threats. In the Middle East, we focus on ways to defeat radical Islam; work for Palestinian acceptance of Israel; develop strategies to contain Iran; and deal with advancing anarchy. Domestically, the Forum emphasizes the danger of lawful Islamism; protects the freedoms of anti-Islamist authors, and activists; and works to improve Middle East studies.

    CBS Sunday Morning says Daniel Pipes was “years ahead of the curve in identifying the threat of radical Islam.” “Unnoticed by most Westerners,” he wrote, for example, in 1995, “war has been unilaterally declared on Europe and the United States.” The Boston Globe states that “If Pipes’s admonitions had been heeded, there might never have been a 9/11.” The Wall Street Journal calls Mr. Pipes “an authoritative commentator on the Middle East” and the Washington Post deems him both “a prominent conservative intellectual” and “perhaps the most prominent U.S. scholar on radical Islam.” The New York Times calls him “smart and well-informed.”

    He received his A.B. (1971) and Ph.D. (1978) from Harvard University, both in history, and spent six years studying abroad, including three years in Egypt. Mr. Pipes speaks French, and reads Arabic and German. He has taught at Harvard, Pepperdine, the U.S. Naval War College, and the University of Chicago. He has been affiliated with Princeton and Stanford universities. He served in five presidential administrations between 1982 and 2005, including two presidentially-appointed positions, vice chairman of the Fulbright Board of Foreign Scholarships and board member of the U.S. Institute of Peace. He was director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, 1986-93.

    John Guandolo, a counter-terrorism expert. and former FBI agent. When with the FBI he was assigned to the counter-terrorism division which created and implemented the FBI’s first counter-terrorism training. He’s the founder of Understandingthethreat.com and author of ‘Raising a Jihadi Generation’ and co-author of ‘Sharia: The Threat to America’. Guandolo appeared on the nationally syndicated radio show “Cross Talk” and was interviewed by host Jim Schneider, a friend to Conservative Base’s editor.

    We know from historic Muslim Brotherhood documents that have been entered into evidence in federal terrorism trials that the brotherhood settled into certain areas in small groups where over time they built influence.

    According to John, it began when the Muslim Brotherhood originally settled in the middle of the U.S. in Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. That explains why Chicago is known as the hub for Hamas (the Palestinian Muslim Brotherhood), why Indiana is the home base for the Islamic Society of North America (the largest Islamic organization in North America also a Muslim Brotherhood organization), and why in Michigan, Dearborn and Detroit have seen considerable influence by Muslims.

    Muslims use the phrase ‘process of settlement’. This moving from where they are into non-Muslim lands is the way they mimic what they refer to as the hijrah that Mohammed did as he moved from Mecca to Medina when he conquered lands. The people that do this are known as Muhajirun. This process is a form of jihad or conquering. We’ve seen this taking place in areas like Sweden where thousands of women have been raped and in general, laws are disrespected.

    The Middle East Forum promotes American interests and protects Western civilization from Islamism through a unique combination of original ideas, effective activism, and funding allies. – Sam Westrop, Islamist Watch Director

    Daniel Pipes, a historian, is the president of the Middle East Forum. A former official in the U.S. departments of State and Defense, he has taught at the University of Chicago, Harvard, Pepperdine, and at the U.S. Naval War College.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge. 

    Originally posted here.

    Image by Sarah Richter from Pixabay

    Jim Kouri

    Conservative Base's editor, Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist,  and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show. He's the author of two books: "Crime Talk: Conversations with America's Top Law Enforcement Officers" and "Assume the Position: Police Science for Journalists and Screenwriters."

    Trending Now on Daily Surge

    Send this to a friend