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U.S. Senate hearing: Witness accuses Muslim congressmen of Muslim Brotherhood ties, media in uproar

“Allegations that Ellison and Carson are secret Muslim agents with extremist leanings are usually found among fringe groups online, often discussed in dire tones on poorly designed websites. Rarely, if ever, do such sentiments get read into congressional testimony, with the imprimatur that offers.”

The media elites’ scorn for the unwashed masses is brimming over in this article: “fringe groups” who speak in “dire tones” on “poorly designed websites” couldn’t possibly be saying anything true or accurate, right? If your website design is poor, what you’re saying must ipso facto be false — not to mention “bigoted” and “Islamophobic”! And Ellison and Carson are not “secret Muslim agents with extremist leanings.” They’re just careless about appearing before groups with ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood — and why should they care, when the mainstream media so eagerly runs interference for them instead of calling them to account?

But this really shouldn’t be so hard, even for a blinkered Leftist propagandist like Sam Stein of the HuffPo. He quotes Faryal Khatri of ISNA saying: “I can definitely tell you we are not Muslim Brotherhood. We are not affiliated with them at all and never were. That much I can reassure you.” But he doesn’t tell his hapless readers that ISNA has actually admitted its ties to Hamas, which styles itself the Palestinian arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. Nor does he bother to note that it wasn’t “fringe websites” or Frank Gaffney or Ted Cruz who identified ISNA as a Muslim Brotherhood front group; this designation comes from the United States Department of Justice, which classified ISNA among entities “who are and/or were members of the US Muslim Brotherhood.”

There is still more that Stein failed to notice in his haste to excoriate Cruz for “Islamophobia” and association with “poorly designed websites”: in 2008 Ellison accepted $13,350 from the Muslim American Society (MAS) to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca. The Muslim American Society is a Muslim Brotherhood organization: “In recent years, the U.S. Brotherhood operated under the name Muslim American Society, according to documents and interviews. One of the nation’s major Islamic groups, it was incorporated in Illinois in 1993 after a contentious debate among Brotherhood members.” That’s from the Chicago Tribune in 2004, in an article that is now carried on the Muslim Brotherhood’s English-language website, Ikhwanweb.

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“Witness At Ted Cruz Hearing Accuses Congress’ Two Muslim Members Of Muslim Brotherhood Ties,” by Sam Stein, Huffington Post, June 28, 2016:

In explosive testimony Tuesday, a witness before a Senate panel about Islamic terrorism accused the two Muslim members of Congress of having attended an event organized by the Muslim Brotherhood.

The charge was leveled by Chris Gaubatz, a “national security consultant” who has moonlighted as an undercover agitator of Muslim groups that he accuses of being terrorist outfits, and it was directed at Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and André Carson (D-Ind.). At the heart of his accusation is the attendance by those two members at a 2008 convention hosted by the Islamic Society of North America — a Muslim umbrella group, which Gaubatz claims is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood.

“I attended a convention in Columbus, Ohio, in 2008, organized by Muslim Brotherhood group, ISNA, and both the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons had recruitment and outreach booths,” Gaubatz said in his testimony. “Both Congressman Keith Ellison, MN, and Andre Carson, IN, spoke at the Muslim Brotherhood event.”

Allegations that Ellison and Carson are secret Muslim agents with extremist leanings are usually found among fringe groups online, often discussed in dire tones on poorly designed websites. Rarely, if ever, do such sentiments get read into congressional testimony, with the imprimatur that offers.

Responsibility for this rare instance lies with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who oversaw the hearing as chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts and whose staff likely saw the testimonies of the witnesses.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) later addressed Tuesday’s hearing and defended Ellison.

“He is my congressman. He is a man of great patriotism,” she said, adding that he has advocated for additional funding for efforts to detect what attracts young people to join terrorist groups.

An aide to Ellison confirmed that he did attend the 2008 ISNA convention. He’s gone to a few of the group’s conventions, in fact. Carson’s office didn’t return a request for comment. But news reports show that both he and Carson led a discussion at the 2008 convention on how to mobilize Muslims politically. President Barack Obama has addressed the group as well, though only via a video recording.

Critics of ISNA have insisted that these politicians have either turned a blind eye to — or explicitly embraced — the group’s affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood, an affiliation that is based on ties some of the founding ISNA members have allegedly had to the hard-line religious organization. ISNA has long insisted that no such connection has ever existed.

“I can definitely tell you we are not Muslim Brotherhood. We are not affiliated with them at all and never were,” said Faryal Khatri, an official with ISNA. “That much I can reassure you.”

ISNA is not the only group targeted by Gaubatz. In 2009, he told Talking Points Memo that he obtained an internship with the Council on American-Islamic Relations as part of an effort to secretly collect evidence against the group to be used in a book written by his father. The book, “Muslim Mafia,” alleged that CAIR, a Muslim advocacy group that works to combat Islamophobia, was a front for the Muslim Brotherhood….

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Chris Gaubatz delivers jaw dropping details about CAIR operations at Senate Judiciary Hearing.

Senator Ted Cruz presided over a Senate Judiciary hearing Tuesday titled, Willful Blindness: Consequences of Agency Efforts to Deemphasize Radical Islam in Combating Terrorism. The panelists were equally divided, half fit the title, willfully blind, while the other half see clearly that the enemy is Islam.

gaubatzOne of the panelists was Chris Gaubatz, a national security consultant. He has every reason to be awake to the threat of the Islam since he conducted undercover research with HAMAS/Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) at their Washington, D.C. headquarters as well as in Virginia and Maryland. He worked alongside them as an intern, and was able to keep many physical files that were to be destroyed.

According to Gaubatz, HAMAS/CAIR actually,

“Discussed coordinating with Bin Laden and his associates, placed staffers and interns inside congressional offices, conspired to influence congress, (specifically judiciary, intelligence, and homeland security committees), and worked with a Muslim law enforcement officer to influence a major terrorism investigation by accessing a classified federal police database and tipping off the suspect.”

The panelist also relayed being at a convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) in which DHS and the FBI had booths set up to recruit members there. Now why would those agencies want to recruit from a group of Muslims most likely to have ties with terrorism? This sounds like another case of willful blindness.

In addition he saw Imam Siraj Wahhaj, a strong advocate for implementing Sharia Law, and also an unindicted co-conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing, actually ask for money to support HAMAS.

So much for see something say something. It appears Gaubatz has amazing evidence to support the facts that HAMAS/CAIR who is the Muslim Brotherhood in America, remains alive and well influencing our government and its national security apparatus, and not one of the senators felt the need to ask a follow-up question to his statements.

In stark contrast the opening statement by Senator Coons was equally stunning in a display of simply failing to grasp the truth of the terrorism problem we have here in America, not to mention his misunderstanding of who ISIS is.

Senator Coons stated,

“ISIS is not Islamic. It is a perverted misinterpretation of one of the world’s great religions. No religion condones the massacring of thousands of innocent people,”

It sounds as though Senator Coons may be taking a play out of the Obama playbook as he also expects some mental gymnastics to take place while we are to accept that Islamic State in Iraq and Syria isn’t Islamic. And it doesn’t seem as though the good senator has looked back into the history of Islam. Certainly if he did he would see deaths in the hundreds of millions of people throughout the peaceful Muslim history.

Two more zingers from Coons,

“The country is still trying to make sense of a tragic event in Orlando. 16 days ago a man entered the Pulse nightclub armed with dangerous weapons and massacred 49 innocent people, injuring 50 more leaving our nation and world shaken…I utterly reject the notion that there is some sort of political correctness preventing us from fighting our enemies.”

Senator Coons, if you reject the notion of political correctness then your above statement should read like this,

“16 days ago America experienced yet another Islamic terrorist attack, when an armed Muslim jihadi, swearing allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the Islamic State, entered the Pulse nightclub and killed 49 innocent people and wounded another 50. In short order, the majority of Americans knew exactly what the motive was as did the whole world, yet the Obama administration, his DHS and FBI are still to this day baffled as to his reasoning. In fact, the denial of what is clear to all with the exception of the “experts” brings shame to the leadership and makes our country even more vulnerable to Islamic attacks.

The hearing was meant to bring light to how our law enforcement agencies continue to down-play Islam’s ideology as the culprit for numerous terrorist attacks because of the political correct approach of Obama’s administration. Part of fixing a problem is identifying it, and the Obama law enforcement agencies miss clues about these Islamic terrorists within our country that would alert them to potential terror threats because the agents are not properly trained as to who the enemy is.

One thing was obvious, the senators in the chamber were given clues over and over by the expert panelists who have 20/20 vision when it comes to understanding and seeing the threat, but until our leaders remove the scales from their eyes they will miss the mark on nailing terrorists in our midst.