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FTR #514 Interview with John Loftus about the Muslim Brotherhood

Record­ed June 12, 2005
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NB: This stream con­tains both FTRs 514 and 515 in sequence. Each is a 30 minute broad­cast.

High­light­ing and clar­i­fy­ing the sub­ject of the Islam­o­fas­cist Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, this pro­gram presents an inter­view with the hero­ic John Lof­tus, whose work has graced these pages exten­sive­ly over the years. After dis­cussing the fas­cist ori­gins of the group and its alliance with the Third Reich dur­ing World War II, Lof­tus traces the Brotherhood’s post­war spon­sor­ship by both British intel­li­gence and the CIA. In addi­tion to set­ting forth the CIA’s role in relo­cat­ing many of the Broth­er­hood from Egypt to Sau­di Ara­bia in the 1950’s, Lof­tus traces the evo­lu­tion of the Broth­er­hood into the MAK—the name giv­en the anti-Sovi­et Broth­er­hood ele­ments active in Afghanistan in the 1980’s. After the defeat of the Sovi­ets in Afghanistan, the MAK evolved into al Qae­da. Mr. Lof­tus traces the evo­lu­tion of this Islam­ic fas­cist orga­ni­za­tion from World War II right on up through its alliances with GOP heavy­weights Grover Norquist and Karl Rove.

Pro­gram High­lights Include: Dis­cus­sion of GOP king­mak­er Grover Norquist’s lob­by­ing efforts on behalf of peo­ple asso­ci­at­ed with the Broth­er­hood such as Sami al-Ari­an and Abdu­rah­man Alam­ou­di; the fail­ure of the US to pro­vide doc­u­ments to the Swiss about Bank al-Taqwa; the Bank al-Taqwa’s deep links to the Broth­er­hood and vet­er­ans of that organization’s alliance with the Nazis in World War II; Lof­tus’ role in gen­er­at­ing the 3/20/2002 Oper­a­tion Green Quest raids.

1. In a return vis­it to the “For The Record” broad­cast, John Lof­tus gives an overview on the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood. Specif­i­cal­ly, John dis­cuss­es its fas­cist ori­gins and alle­giances dur­ing World War II, its co-option by British Intel­li­gence after the war and its even­tu­al spon­sor­ship by ele­ments of the CIA. The Broth­er­hood spawned first the Afghan muja­hadin and even­tu­al­ly Al Qae­da. Hamas is an off-shoot of the Broth­er­hood, as is Pales­tin­ian Islam­ic Jihad. Broth­er­hood ele­ments fig­ure promi­nent­ly in both the first World Trade Cen­ter attack and then 9/11. Much of the dis­cus­sion can be found in the descrip­tion for FTR#473 [3]. For more back­ground on the Broth­er­hood and its links to inter­na­tion­al fas­cism through the decades, as well as its links to the GOP and the events of 9/11, see—among oth­er pro­grams—FTR#’s 343, 354, 416, 454, 455, 456, 462, 464, 515 [4].)

2. John relates his pri­ma­ry role in the inves­ti­ga­tion of Sami al-Ari­an. That inquiry led direct­ly to the 3/20/2002 Oper­a­tion Green Quest raids that tar­get­ed Mus­lim Broth­er­hood ele­ments oper­at­ing with­in a para-mil­i­tary, finan­cial and polit­i­cal milieu heav­i­ly inter­sect­ing the inter­ests around George W. Bush. Because word had been hand­ed down to keep their hands off the Saud­is, intel­li­gence and law enforce­ment ele­ments had han­dled the 555 Grove Street milieu with kid gloves. That changed when John Lof­tus filed his law­suit. As relat­ed in FTR#454 [5], after the raids of 3/20/2002, many of the Green Quest inves­ti­ga­tors were tar­get­ed by ele­ments of the FBI and CIA.

3. A major ele­ment of dis­cus­sion turns on Grover Norquist and his lob­by­ing efforts on behalf of many of the peo­ple and inter­ests tar­get­ed by the 3/20/2002 Oper­a­tion Green Quest raids. (Much of the infor­ma­tion from this part of the pro­gram may be found in FTR#435 [6], as well as FTR#454 [5]. An update on Norquist and the GOP/Islamist con­nec­tion is pre­sent­ed in FTR#515 [7].) John relates that the Norquist/Rove/Islamist axis helped to block inves­ti­ga­tion of the ter­ror­ist mon­ey trails, as well as see­ing to it that only the most extrem­ist Mus­lim ele­ments had access to the Pres­i­dent in the after­math of 9/11.

4. A stun­ning dis­clo­sure con­cerned the sus­pen­sion of the Swiss inves­ti­ga­tion into Bank al-Taqwa. (For more on this sub­ject, see FTR#513 [8].) John notes that the US author­i­ties refused to pro­vide infor­ma­tion request­ed by the Swiss! Char­ac­ter­iz­ing the al-Taqwa cast as “World War II-era Nazis” who were fund­ing Islamist ter­ror­ist groups around the world, John high­lights the con­nec­tions between al Taqwa, clients of Grover Norquist and inter­na­tion­al ter­ror­ism. Com­bined with the untime­ly death of key wit­ness Ali bin Mus­sal­im and fail­ure of both the Saud­is and al-Taqwa’s Bahamas branch to pro­vide key infor­ma­tion to the Swiss, the US refusal to dis­close key doc­u­ments has served to exon­er­ate Nada and Him­mat, to a con­sid­er­able extent.