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Brussels “Blowback” Background: The Belgian Muslim Brotherhood (The Killer B’s)

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COMMENT: The latest jihadi attack in Brussels reminds us of a poem by Robinson Jeffers–“Be Angry at the Sun.”

That public men publish falsehoods
Is nothing new. That America must accept
Like the historical republics corruption and empire
Has been known for years.

Be angry at the sun for setting
If these things anger you. Watch the wheel slope and turn,
They are all bound on the wheel, these people, those warriors.
This republic, Europe, Asia.

Observe them gesticulating,
Observe them going down. The gang serves lies, the passionate
Man plays his part; the cold passion for truth
Hunts in no pack.

You are not Catullus, you know,
To lampoon these crude sketches of Caesar. You are far
From Dante’s feet, but even farther from his dirty
Political hatreds.

Let boys want pleasure, and men
Struggle for power, and women perhaps for fame,
And the servile to serve a Leader and the dupes to be duped.
Yours is not theirs.

Muslim Brotherhood Coat of (ahem) Arms

In many recent programs, we have highlighted the use of Muslim Brotherhood Islamic fascists as proxy warriors and soldiers for corporatist economics in various parts of The Earth Island. (Among those are: FTR #’s 862, 863, 878, 879, 880, 884, 885, 886.) We are also presenting a series of programs detailing Fara Mansoor’s landmark research about the George H.W. Bush faction’s installation of the Shiite Islamic fundamentalist government in Iran.)

Once again, the world is “shocked, shocked” at the Brussels attacks, when–once again–the ongoing strategic use of Islamic fascists blows back on the West.  The frustration of Operation Green Quest, which revealed the profound links between the Bush/Grover Norquist/Karl Rove milieu and the funding of Muslim Brotherhood-linked terrorists involved in the 9/11 attacks set the stage for other lethal blowback incidents from the use of Brotherhood proxies.  The downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 and the Boston Marathon Bombing appear to be among those blowback incidents.

The Syrian bloodbath stems from the use of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda-linked combatants backed by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar by elements of CIA to remove the Assad regime in Syria. ISIS is a direct outgrowth of the so-called Arab Spring and the Syrian covert “op.”

An examination of the Muslim Brotherhood in Belgium highlights the profound presence of that organization there, its infilatration of government and civil society and links between its leadership and the milieu of the Bank al-Taqwa and Youssef Nada. Al-Taqwa cements the Nazi/Islamist relationship that is at the heart of the power group we have analyzed.

Do not fail to note that the milieu of the Brussels bombers may have been targeting nuclear power plants in that country and that ISIS may be looking to go nuclear.

1. “The Muslim Brotherhood in Belgium” by Steve Merley; Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch; 4/14/2008.

… A 2002 report by the Intelligence Committee of the Belgian Parliament explained how the Brotherhood operates in Belgium:

“The State Security Service has been following the activities of the International Muslim Brotherhood in Belgium since 1982. The International Muslim Brotherhood has had a clandestine structure for nearly 20 years. The identity of the members is secret; they operate in the greatest discretion. They seek to spread their ideology within the Islamic community of Belgium and they aim in particular at the young people of the second and third generation of immigrants. In Belgium as in other European countries, they try to take control of the religious, social, and sports associations and establish themselves as privileged interlocutors of the national authorities in order to manage Islamic affairs. The Muslim Brotherhood assumes that the national authorities will be pressed more and more to select Muslim leaders for such management and, in this context, they try to insert within the representative bodies, individuals influenced by their ideology. With this purpose, they were very actively involved in the electoral process to carry out the election of the members of the chief body for the management of Islam in Belgium. Another aspect of this strategy is to cause or maintain tensions by positing that a Muslim or Islamic association is a victim of Western values, hence the affair over the Muslim headscarf in public schools. . . . .”

…. A January 2007 article posted on the Internet describes a Bassem Hatahet as a member of the FIOE [a Brotherhood affiliate in Belgium]. He is 43-years old and was born in Damascus, Syria, where he likely still has relatives. Various sources list a residential address for Mr. Hatahet in northwest central Brussels.

Security sources in Belgium describe Mr. Hatahet as the most important Muslim Brotherhood figure in Belgium, and a Bassem Hatahet was listed in a 1999 phonebook belonging to Youssef Nada, a self-described leader of the Muslim Brotherhood who was designated by the U.S. in 2002 as a terrorism financier. . . .

. . . . Far more successful have been the Belgian-based components of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE), particularly the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organizations (FEMYSO), which have managed to achieve official status at the UN, as well as with the Council of Europe and the European Commission. In addition, the location of the FIOE national office in Brussels has resulted in elevating the status of the Belgian branch that recently reported becoming “very active.” Leading the FIOE office in Brussels is Bassem Hatahet, whose name appears on virtually all of the paperwork associated with the Muslim Brotherhood organizations in Belgium.

This would appear to confirm Mr. Hatahet’s role as the most important figure in the Belgian Brotherhood as reported by the Belgian security services. . . .

. . . . 4. The Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organizations (FEMYSO)

Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Brussels, FEMYSO is the youth and student division of FIOE and will be discussed later in this report. . . . .

  • Hadia Himmat is the former FEMYSO Vice President and likely the daughter of Ali Ghaleb Himmat, long-time head of the IGD and Mr. El- Zayat’s predecessor and close associate of Youssef Nada, the “foreign minister” for the International Muslim Brotherhood and also a former member of the IGD. . . .

2. “Muslim Brotherhood Affiliation of Belgian Brotherhood Leader Confirmed;” Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch; 9/18/2012. 

…The website of the Syrian National Council, the umbrella group representing the opposition to the regime of Syrian President Assad, confirms the Muslim Brotherhood affiliation of one of its members as first reported by the GMBDW in 2008. The SNC website  identifies Bassem Hatahet as a member if its “Muslim Brotherhood Alliance.” Mr. Hatahet was identified as a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Belgium by a 2008 NEFA Foundation report . . . .

 

Discussion

4 comments for “Brussels “Blowback” Background: The Belgian Muslim Brotherhood (The Killer B’s)”

  1. In the years between Hitler’s rise to power and World War Two, thousands of Germans left Germany. Most of them did so to get away from Hitler. However, a small number of these people were really spies masking as freedom loving Germans fleeing Hitler. Some came with their families, other married American citizens. They and their family from Germany would would soon be as American as apple pie with no one ever guessing their true nature. I see something like this with Muslims coming to Europe, America and Canada. Most are what they seem to be: good people fleeing from evil. But not all. And that’s the problem. Bigots like Donald Trump want to blame all Muslims. While the left, is not even interested in the question of a bad Muslim. So nothing about The Muslim Brotherhood and what they are really about in the media because that would seem bigoted. So take your pick: Muslims are all good or Muslims are all bad. Never mind that Muslims are just like any other people, mostly good with a few bad apples.

    Posted by David Raisman | March 27, 2016, 5:34 pm
  2. There’s nothing quite like a terrorist attack to suddenly connect those closely-spaced dots you’ve been staring at for months

    The New York Times
    In Brussels Bombing Plot, a Trail of Dots Not Connected

    By ANDREW HIGGINS and KIMIKO DE FREYTAS-TAMURA
    MARCH 26, 2016

    BRUSSELS — The stench of chemicals emanating from the sixth-floor apartment made the owner of the building gag. Other odd happenings at the mostly empty housing block in northern Brussels prompted an anxious resident in the area to alert the police. A taxi driver who picked up three young men at the block smelled a noxious odor leaking from their curiously heavy luggage as he drove them to Brussels Airport.

    But not until 7:58 on Tuesday morning did these and other strange and, at least in retrospect, alarming dots come together to form a clear picture of what had been going on for more than two months in the dilapidated but spacious top-floor apartment at 4 Max Roos Street in the Brussels borough of Schaerbeek.

    It was then that two homemade bombs — confected from malodorous and highly volatile chemicals in the living room of the apartment — exploded in the check-in area of the airport, followed an hour later by another at a busy subway station. Together, the attacks killed 31 people.

    A third bomb was found unexploded at the airport, but the two that were detonated blew holes in the roof and maimed scores of people as they waited to check their baggage.

    On Saturday, the airport was still closed, a huge and macabre crime scene instead of a global crossroads and the main entry point to the “capital of Europe,” a city that houses the headquarters of the European Union and NATO.

    Acting with uncharacteristic — and still unexplained — swiftness, Belgian security forces sealed off the area around the apartment in Schaerbeek within 90 minutes of the airport attack. The authorities attributed their speedy reaction to a tip-off from the taxi driver.

    But the driver was said to have alerted the police only after a photograph of the suspects in the attacks was released hours later, raising questions about whether the police had perhaps already had the building in their sights but, for some reason, had not moved in and smashed through the front door to the sixth-floor apartment until it was too late.

    “There were investigations before and after the events” of Tuesday, Alexandrino Rodrigues, the owner of the building, said in an interview, suggesting that the police had suspicions before the attacks and had not entirely ignored the report from a concerned neighbor. “You can’t catch a rabbit without knowing where it lives,” he added.

    A small, idiosyncratic and proudly placid country, Belgium has none of the long and bloody entanglements in Muslim lands that have made the United States and neighboring France such obvious targets for global jihad. Yet with its large communities of often poor and poorly integrated Muslim immigrants and its own deeply rooted divisions of language, geography and politics, Belgium finds itself at the center of Europe’s struggle with terrorism and a glaring example of the obstacles blocking the way.

    How the lengthy preparations for Tuesday’s attacks — by militants who either were or should have been on the authorities’ radar and, in some cases, with ties to the November attacks in Paris — could go undetected has stirred dismay and anger from politicians and also the public, as well as from allies in Europe and beyond.

    “Why such repeated dysfunctions?” Marco Van Hees, a member of the Belgian Parliament, asked the interior minister and two other ministers who were summoned on Friday to explain the failure. “We are certainly not dealing here with just a glitch, a little bug, but a deep structural problem.”

    That Belgium has a serious problem with jihadist militancy has been clear for years, particularly since January of last year, when the police raided a terrorist hideaway in the eastern town of Verviers and foiled what the authorities said was a major plot. That success, however, masked rather than solved the problem, which exploded with brutal horror in Paris, when militants, many of them Belgians, killed 130 people with guns and with bombs made in the Brussels district of Schaerbeek, the same area that would later house the bomb-making workshop on Max Roos Street.

    How was it possible, members of Parliament asked, that two of the suicide bombers in the Brussels attacks, Ibrahim el-Bakraoui and his younger brother Khalid, both residents on Max Roos Street since the beginning of the year, had managed to go undetected for so long? And all this despite a record of violent crime in Belgium and, in the case of the older brother, a clear warning from Turkey in June that he was on his way back to Europe after being arrested as a suspected terrorist while on his way to Syria?

    And was it really true, the lawmakers demanded, that the authorities had received a precise tip in December about the possible whereabouts of Salah Abdeslam, the only known survivor among the terrorists responsible for the Paris attacks, who was finally captured in Brussels on March 18? He was found at the address cited in the December tip-off, which had not been acted on because it had not been passed up the police chain of command.

    Jan Jambon, the interior minister, told legislators that he could not comment because an inquiry was underway into who had known what and when about the possible location of Mr. Abdeslam, who until his capture on March 18 had been Europe’s most wanted man.

    At the hearing on Friday, questions were also raised about whether the Brussels attacks could have been avoided if Mr. Abdeslam had been subjected to extensive and tough questioning immediately after his arrest. Instead, he was questioned a full day later, and then only about the Paris attacks. Insisting he was only a bit player in Belgium’s jihadist network, he gave no information about any impending attack, the authorities said.

    The Belgian federal prosecutor’s office issued a statement on Friday saying that Mr. Abdeslam, who was shot in the leg during his arrest, was not questioned immediately because of his need for medical treatment.

    In a sign the Belgian authorities had the Bakraoui brothers in their sights before they carried out their attacks, interrogators presented Mr. Abdeslam with photographs of the siblings after his capture and asked if he knew them. According to excerpts from the March 19 interrogation obtained by Le Monde, Mr. Abdeslam firmly denied knowing the men who three days later would subject Brussels to its bloodiest attack since World War II. The Belgians dropped the matter.

    Whether Mr. Abdeslam knew about the attacks being planned for Brussels is still not known, but he certainly knew at least some of the militants who carried them out. The most notable was Najim Laachraoui, 24, who grew up in Schaerbeek and is thought by investigators to have run the bomb-making atelier on Max Roos Street and an earlier workshop on Henri Bergé Street where explosives were assembled for the Paris attacks.

    Mr. Laachraoui’s DNA was found on at least two suicide vests used in Paris, providing the most definitive link so far between the terrorist plots in Paris and Brussels.

    In September, while using a false identity card, he was stopped along with Mr. Abdeslam at the Hungarian-Austrian border, but was not detained. He then rented a house in Auvelais, Belgium, that was used by the Paris attackers.

    Mr. Laachraoui, like Mr. Abdeslam and the suspected architect of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, is a veteran of the conflict in Syria. He traveled there in February 2013, helping to blaze a jihadist trail that has since been taken by hundreds of other young Muslims from Belgium, Europe’s biggest source of jihadist fighters relative to population size.

    Bernard Clerfayt, the mayor of Schaerbeek, said he had known Mr. Laachraoui had gone to Syria but had been at a loss about how to respond. Thinking that Mr. Laachraoui would not return to Belgium, he said the Schaerbeek borough had struck him off the electoral roll in 2015 but had been powerless to do more.

    Unlike Molenbeek, which has been swamped by the police since the Paris attacks and was the target of raids during the hunt for Mr. Abdeslam, Schaerbeek offers a mix of wealthy and immigrant neighborhoods, a diversity that until the attacks here had spared it from intense scrutiny as a jihadist base.

    Mr. Rodrigues, the building’s owner, said he saw Mr. Laachraoui visit the building two or three times a week. Bought last year by Mr. Rodrigues, who promptly evicted the previous residents and began renovating the run-down property, it was mostly empty except for builders, meaning that young men arriving with barrels of chemicals were unlikely to arouse much suspicion.

    Mr. Rodrigues said that Ibrahim and Khalid el-Bakraoui were his first tenants, and that they had provided him with fake identity papers and bogus pay slips to obtain a one-year lease. Three others, including a man since identified as Mr. Laachraoui, visited regularly.

    The smell in their apartment was horrendous, the owner said, recalling how he had seen on the floor two large fans similar to ones found on construction sites, and an exhaust fan on the wall. Such fans would be useful in the final stages of preparing TATP, the homemade peroxide-based explosives used in the bombings on Tuesday, and also by the November suicide bombers in Paris.

    After breaking into the apartment on Tuesday morning, police officers found 30 pounds of TATP — enough for another powerful bomb — as well as nearly 40 gallons of acetone and eight gallons of hydrogen peroxide, materials used in producing TATP. They also found a suitcase full of nails and metal bolts, used to make bombs more lethal, as well as an Islamic State flag.

    Mr. Rodrigues said that whenever he visited the apartment, the door to the living room was always shut, while windows throughout the apartment were always open. Mr. Rodrigues said he would smell a “very strong chemical odor” that he could not quite put a finger on. “If it smelled like bleach or drugs, I would’ve recognized it,” he said.

    Mr. Rodrigues said that while he was mystified by the odor, he never reported anything amiss to the police.

    But at least one resident in the area did, not because of the smell but because of strange comings and goings from the building. Rachid Ghaddih, a longtime local resident who lives around the corner, said nobody in the neighborhood suspected anything related to terrorism but added that the strange goings-on at the building had been brought to the attention of the local agent de quartier, a police officer responsible for keeping a registry of residents and other tasks.

    The agent de quartier, Philippe Swinnen, declined to be interviewed. Mr. Rodrigues said the officer had stopped by the building at least twice to check whether the names of residents were properly listed, but never entered because the Bakraouis did not list their names. “It took him three months to figure out that people were living” on the top floor, Mr. Rodrigues said, adding: “But it was too late. That’s how things work in Schaerbeek.”

    “How was it possible, members of Parliament asked, that two of the suicide bombers in the Brussels attacks, Ibrahim el-Bakraoui and his younger brother Khalid, both residents on Max Roos Street since the beginning of the year, had managed to go undetected for so long? And all this despite a record of violent crime in Belgium and, in the case of the older brother, a clear warning from Turkey in June that he was on his way back to Europe after being arrested as a suspected terrorist while on his way to Syria?

    Yeah, it’s all pretty baffling, especially since…


    Acting with uncharacteristic — and still unexplained — swiftness, Belgian security forces sealed off the area around the apartment in Schaerbeek within 90 minutes of the airport attack. The authorities attributed their speedy reaction to a tip-off from the taxi driver.

    But the driver was said to have alerted the police only after a photograph of the suspects in the attacks was released hours later, raising questions about whether the police had perhaps already had the building in their sights but, for some reason, had not moved in and smashed through the front door to the sixth-floor apartment until it was too late.

    “There were investigations before and after the events” of Tuesday, Alexandrino Rodrigues, the owner of the building, said in an interview, suggesting that the police had suspicions before the attacks and had not entirely ignored the report from a concerned neighbor. “You can’t catch a rabbit without knowing where it lives,” he added.

    And was it really true, the lawmakers demanded, that the authorities had received a precise tip in December about the possible whereabouts of Salah Abdeslam, the only known survivor among the terrorists responsible for the Paris attacks, who was finally captured in Brussels on March 18? He was found at the address cited in the December tip-off, which had not been acted on because it had not been passed up the police chain of command.

    Is that really true? If so, it would appear that the one of the dots most urgently in need of connecting is the lack of dot connecting.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | March 28, 2016, 2:06 pm
  3. Its not just happening in Brussels, it is also California:
    FBI investigating reports of Middle Eastern men firing hundreds of shots in Apple Valley

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-17-men-with-guns-detained-and-released-i-20160328-story.html

    Richard WintonContact Reporter
    The FBI on Tuesday was continuing to question people after receiving reports from campers that a group of armed men in a remote part of Apple Valley fired hundreds of shots Sunday morning.

    San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies and an FBI agent responded to the area known as Deep Creek Hot Springs after reports of gunshots and chanting in the predawn hours, officials said. According to law enforcement sources, 17 men of Middle Eastern descent were detained.

    But none were arrested or charged in connection with shooting firearms and they cooperated with deputies, authorities said.

    San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller said the men were released after authorities found no evidence of a specific crime or outstanding warrants.

    “None of the persons interviewed yesterday were identified as terrorists,” she said.

    One rifle did not have a serial number because it was bought in parts, Miller said. But it was deemed to be legal in California. She said the FBI may be conducting additional interviews with the men.

    See the most-read stories this hour >>
    FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said agents are working with local authorities to determine if crimes were committed.

    A caller to 911 reported hearing more than 100 shots fired and seeing several men wearing turbans in the area of the shooting.

    With the assistance of a sheriff’s helicopter, deputies located the men walking away from a creek carrying backpacks and other items.

    A search found several handguns, a rifle and a shotgun, according to a sheriff’s statement.

    “A records check of the subjects, their weapons, and their vehicles was completed,” the statement said. “The records check revealed none of the subjects had a criminal history or outstanding warrants, the weapons were registered with the Department of Justice except for the rifle, and the vehicles were also registered.”

    Sheriff’s investigators contacted several hikers, but none witnessed the guns being fired. “There was no evidence found that a crime had been committed by any of the subjects who were detained, and they were released,” the department said.

    A photograph taken at the scene shows the men handcuffed as several deputies examine their backpacks and equipment.

    Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2016, 1:00 am
  4. The DNI indicates more ISIS cells are detected in England, Italy and Germany in this article:

    New encryption technology is aiding terrorists, intelligence director says

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/monitor_breakfast/2016/0425/New-encryption-technology-is-aiding-terrorists-intelligence-director-says

    New encryption technology is aiding terrorists, intelligence director says

    Washington — The Edward Snowden leaks have accelerated the sophistication of encryption technologies by “about seven years,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told reporters this morning.

    And that is not a development to be celebrated, he added in remarks at a breakfast hosted by The Christian Science Monitor.

    “From our standpoint, it’s not a good thing.”

    New, commercially available encryption software “had and is having major, profound effects on our ability” to collect intelligence, “particularly against terrorists,” he warned.

    That’s in large part because the Islamic State is “the most sophisticated user by far of the Internet.” They privately purchase software that “to ensure end-to-end encryption” of their communications.

    “And so that is a major inhibitor to discerning plotting, principally by ISIL and others,” Mr. Clapper said, using one acronym for the Islamic State.

    The seven year estimation comes from the National Security Agency, he said.

    It raises the issue of the tension between the need for security against cyber attacks – which as recently as February Clapper cited as a greater threat than terrorism – and the opposition to law enforcement against so-called unbreakable encryption software that, they say, could hinder their search for terrorists.

    Clapper for his part echoed President Obama’s warning against “absolutist positions” on the topic. “Somehow, we need to find a balance here,” he said. “I don’t know the technicalities of how we might arrive here, how we thread the needle” between how to “ensure privacy and security on an individual basis, as well as security in the context of what’s best for the collective good.”

    At the moment, he added, that goal “is an elusive holy grail that we’re pursuing.”

    That said, he warned that the development of unbreakable encryption, which he likened to the possibility that that it could, in essence, “give the terrorists a pass.”

    Clapper warned Monday that the group has clandestine cells that are plotting more terrorist attacks in Germany, Italy, and England.

    To this end, the United States is stepping up efforts to promote more intelligence sharing. In the meantime, since the recent IS attacks on Paris and Brussels, US intelligence officials have learned some things about the terrorist group, he said.

    For starters, they are “very op-sec conscious,” Clapper said. A former Air Force lieutenant general, he was using military parlance for “operational security.”

    It is clear that IS is also taking advantage of the migrant crisis in Europe, he added.

    And that poses a formidable challenge for Europe. There is a “fundamental conflict” between European Union incentives and drives to promote openness and free movement of people and goods with privacy, “which is in some ways in conflict with the responsibilities that each country has as a nation-state to protect the borders and securities of their nations and peoples,” Clapper said.

    Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2016, 3:43 pm

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