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FTR #358 Mein Jihad, Part VI: Islamofascism and The Wahhabi Lobby

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This pro­gram presents more infor­ma­tion about the 9/11 attacks.  Con­tin­u­ing dis­cus­sion of the inter­sec­tion between the milieux of oil, inter­na­tion­al finance, fas­cism and “Islam­o­fas­cism,” the pro­gram explores spheres of influ­ence in which the forces behind the 9/11 attacks oper­ate.  (As under­scored in pre­vi­ous pro­grams, one should not mis­un­der­stand this state­ment as char­ac­ter­iz­ing Islam as fas­cist.)  Par­tic­u­lar empha­sis is on the con­nec­tion between the Repub­li­can Par­ty’s eth­nic out­reach oper­a­tions and the Wahhabi/Islamofascist ele­ments behind Al Qae­da.  High­light­ing the influ­ence of these peo­ple and insti­tu­tions with­in the Amer­i­can Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty, the broad­cast empha­sizes the remark­able suc­cess they have enjoyed in alter­ing Amer­i­can pub­lic opin­ion.

1. The dis­cus­sion com­mences with review of a quote from “neo”-Nazi Ahmed (nee Alfred) Huber.

“The U.S. is the ally of 15 mil­lion Jews against 1.3 bil­lion Mus­lims; it is allied with 5 mil­lion Israelis against 200 mil­lion Arabs. . .We will bring down the Israel lob­by and change for­eign pol­i­cy.  We’ll do it in Amer­i­ca.  When it hap­pens, you’ll under­stand.”

(“Swiss Probe Anti‑U.S. Neo-Nazi”; San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle; 3/12/2002; p. A12.)  It should be remem­bered that Huber (among his oth­er numer­ous pro­fes­sion­al cred­its) is on the board of direc­tors of Al Taqwa.  The nature and back­ground of Al Taqwa will be reviewed lat­er in the pro­gram. Much of the rest of the broad­cast exam­ines the extent to which Huber’s com­ments have been actu­al­ized.

2. Exem­pli­fy­ing the influ­ence of the Wah­habi Lob­by on pub­lic and jour­nal­is­tic per­cep­tion of ter­ror­ism, the “spin” that domes­tic Mus­lim groups are putting on an appar­ent front for Al Qae­da oper­a­tions should be more ful­ly explored. Recent infor­ma­tion rein­forces the grow­ing body of evi­dence that ele­ments of an Islam­ic char­i­ty called Benev­o­lence Inter­na­tion­al are part of the Bin Laden net­work.  (“U.S. Charges Islam­ic Group, Head Lied Under Oath on Ter­ror Role” by Glenn R. Simp­son; The Wall Street Jour­nal; 5/1/2002; p. A4.)

3. A recent raid at the orga­ni­za­tion’s head­quar­ters in Bosnia shed light on its “char­i­ta­ble” activ­i­ties, as well as those of Mr. Arnaout.

“Some of the infor­ma­tion about the char­i­ty and Mr. Arnaout, accord­ing to the papers filed today, was also obtained in a March 19 raid of the foun­da­tion’s offices in Bosnia.  Inves­ti­ga­tors found guns and mil­i­tary man­u­als as well as pho­tos of Bin laden and of Mr. Arnaout ‘han­dling rifles, a shoul­der-fired rock­et and an anti­air­craft gun.’ ”

(“Leader of Islam­ic Char­i­ty Is Accused of Lying to Court” by Neil A. Lewis; The New York Times; 5/1/2002; p. A18.)

4. Sup­port for Enaam Ara­nout was recent­ly voiced by Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Islam­ic Rela­tions spokesman Ibrahim Hoop­er. (“Char­i­ty Leader Fund­ed Ter­ror, U.S. Alleges” by Josh Mey­er and Eric Licht­blau; The Los Ange­les Times; 5/1/2002; p. A10.)  As high­light­ed below, Hoop­er refused to con­demn Osama bin Laden after Sep­tem­ber 11.

5. A num­ber of recent, under­stand­ably alarm­ing inci­dents involv­ing Sau­di and Pak­istani air pas­sen­gers in the Unit­ed States were dis­missed as “bias” by anoth­er spokesman for the CAIR.

” ‘There’s no oth­er way to put it’ [CAIR research direc­tor Mohamed] Nimer said. ‘Some peo­ple are not com­fort­able fly­ing in an air­plane that has peo­ple of Mid­dle-East­ern, Arab or Mus­lim back­grounds.”

(“Inci­dents on Flights Cause Post-Sept. 11 Jit­ters” by Dan Eggen and Kather­ine Shaver [Wash­ing­ton Post]; San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle; 4/30/2002; p. A4.)

6. Alarm­ing­ly, the CAIR is com­ing to be seen as a viable mouth­piece for the Amer­i­can Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty.  (“Bias Inci­dents Against Mus­lims Are Soar­ing, Islam­ic Coun­cil Says;” The New York Times; 5/1/2002; p. A18.)

7. The dis­turb­ing nature of “CAIR-as-Mus­lim-Amer­i­can-civ­il-rights advo­cates” can be gleaned from the fol­low­ing pas­sage, an excerpt from FTR#357.

“The record of the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Islam­ic Rela­tions (CAIR)-which, like the AMC, sends mem­bers to meet­ings orga­nized by [GOP lumi­nar­ies] Norquist and Saf­fu­ri-is no more encour­ag­ing.  When inter­viewed by Salon’s Jake Tap­per on Sep­tem­ber 26, CAIR Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Direc­tor Ibrahim Hoop­er refused to con­demn Osama bin Laden.  CAIR founder Nihad Awad, who appeared with Bush at the Wash­ing­ton Islam­ic Cen­ter, has argued that ‘there is ample evi­dence indi­cat­ing that both the Mossad and the Egypt­ian Intel­li­gence [ser­vice] played a role in the [1993 World Trade Cen­ter] explo­sion.’  And Sir­aj Wahaj, who has served as a CAIR board mem­ber, has been described by fed­er­al pros­e­cu­tor Mary Jo White as a pos­si­ble con­spir­a­tor in the ’93 bomb­ing.”

(“Fevered Pitch” by Franklin Foer; The New Repub­lic; 11/12/2001; pp. 5–6.)

8. Many in the Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty have voiced their alarm at the anoint­ing of orga­ni­za­tions such as CAIR as offi­cial advo­cates for the Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty, here and in the Unit­ed States.

“As Har­vard pro­fes­sor of Islam­ic stud­ies Ali Asani has com­plained, ‘There is gen­er­al con­cern among Mus­lim intel­lec­tu­als about how not only CAIR, but some of these oth­er orga­ni­za­tions are claim­ing to speak in the name of the Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty, and how they’re com­ing to be rec­og­nized by the gov­ern­ment as spokes­peo­ple for the Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty in the U.S.’ ”

(Ibid.; p. 6.)

9. An Ital­ian Imam has opined that CAIR is linked to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood.

“Hisham Kab­bani cor­rect­ly iden­ti­fies the ori­gin of con­tem­po­rary rad­i­cal­ism in Wah­habism.  Kab­bani cor­rect­ly divides con­tem­po­rary rad­i­cals into two groups–‘militants’ (those who direct­ly engage in ter­ror­ism) and ‘non-mil­i­tants’ (those who indi­rect­ly sup­port ter­ror­ism while main­tain­ing a false respectabil­i­ty, so that they can get invit­ed to recep­tions at the White House‑i.e., the wolves in sheep­’s cloth­ing).  I agree with Mr. Kab­bani 100% on this issue.  I would also add that the cen­ter of world­wide rad­i­cal­ism is a sect called the ‘Mus­lim Broth­er­hood.’  This sect has sec­tions engaged in direct ter­ror­ism, such as Hamas, and sec­tions not direct­ly engaged in ter­ror­ism such as CAIR.  Although their links to Hamas are clear, CAIR is per­mit­ted to act freely in the Unit­ed States. CAIR claims to ‘rep­re­sent’ the Mus­lim Com­mu­ni­ty and launch­es hate cam­paigns against jour­nal­ists, sen­a­tors and oth­ers who inter­fere their true ter­ror­ist agen­da. . .I receive all of their press releas­es.”

(“In Defense of Steven Emer­son and Daniel Pipes” by Shaykh Prof. Abdul Hadi Palazzi [Sec­re­tary Gen­er­al, Ital­ian Mus­lim Asso­ci­a­tion (AMI); Imam, Ital­ian Islam­ic Com­mu­ni­ty-ICCII]; The Root & Branch Asso­ci­a­tion, Ltd.-Islam-Israel Fel­low­ship.)

10. In the con­text of Shaykh Palazz­i’s com­ments, one should con­sid­er the Broth­er­hood’s goal of uti­liz­ing West­ern democ­ra­cy’s civ­il lib­er­tar­i­an tra­di­tion for its own pur­pos­es.  The fol­low­ing dis­cus­sion focus­es on Hani Ramadan (son of Said Ramadan, leader of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood and the son-in-law of Broth­er­hood founder Has­san Al-Ban­na.)

“His var­i­ous activ­i­ties have led to many ‘con­fer­ences’ at the Islam­ic Cen­ter of the Eaux-Vives [Gene­va, Switzer­land], where in recent years many demon­stra­tions and open air-prayer ses­sions have been held for var­i­ous Islamist caus­es, in front of the Euro­pean seat of the Unit­ed Nations.  ‘The advan­tage of our pres­ence in Europe,’ Hani Ramadan says, ‘is that we can take advan­tage of the free­dom of the demo­c­ra­t­ic regimes.’  For exam­ple, on March 11, 1995, Ramadan spoke dur­ing a gath­er­ing that was offi­cial­ly orga­nized by the Alger­ian FIS.  The demon­stra­tion in fact brought togeth­er the Euro­pean sup­port­ers of the Armed Islam­ic Groups (GIA).  And the Cen­ter direct­ed by Ramadan, which has enough meet­ing space for some 20 peo­ple, is also used as a hub for the Euro­pean rep­re­sen­ta­tives of var­i­ous orga­ni­za­tions that are under sur­veil­lance by sev­er­al Euro­pean police forces.”

(Dol­lars for Ter­ror: The Unit­ed States and Islam; by Richard Labeviere; Copy­right 2000 [SC]; Algo­ra Pub­lish­ing; ISBN 1–892941-06–6; p. 155.)

One could safe­ly extend Mr. Ramadan’s remarks to the Unit­ed States.  It is, of course, fun­da­men­tal­ly impor­tant to main­tain the foun­da­tions of civ­il lib­er­ty in the Unit­ed States.  At the same time, it is essen­tial that this coun­try remain flex­i­ble enough to coun­ter­act the will­ful abuse of Amer­i­can polit­i­cal free­dom by its ene­mies-abuse direct­ed at destroy­ing the Unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca and its cul­ture.  Ramadan, the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, Ahmed Huber, Youssef Nada, Osama Bin Laden, the NDP, the Nation­al Alliance, the heirs to Fran­cois Genoud (him­self the heir to Hitler, Goebbels and Bor­mann) and their apol­o­gists and defend­ers at orga­ni­za­tions such as CAIR appear to be active­ly engaged in just such will­ful abuse.  If we give them Lib­er­ty, they will give us Death.

11. The pro­gram then turns to the sub­ject of Al Taqwa, an appar­ent Al Qae­da front with pro­found con­nec­tions to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood.  An arti­cle about the 9/11 mon­ey trail from a Swiss finan­cial indus­try web­site fur­ther high­light­ed the unusu­al nature of this insti­tu­tion.

“Al Taqwa had been cer­ti­fied by the Swiss Fed­er­al Bank­ing Com­mis­sion last year to be nei­ther a bank nor a finan­cial inter­me­di­ary-in oth­er words, to fall out­side the coun­try’s mon­ey laun­der­ing con­trol mech­a­nisms.  But reports in ‘Blick’ and oth­er Swiss media, alleged­ly based on for­eign secret ser­vice reports, sug­gest­ed last week that ‘mil­lions’ of Bin Laden’s funds had been through Al Taqwa.”

(“Switzer­land Con­firms Role in U.S. Anti-Ter­ror Probe” [Key­stone Archive]; 9/26/2001; p. 2.)

12. Before turn­ing to Al Taqwa founder Youssef Nada’s con­nec­tions to the Sau­di Roy­al fam­i­ly, it is worth not­ing (in the con­text of the recent blood­let­ting between the Pales­tini­ans and the Israelis) that the PLO is financed by Sau­di Ara­bia.  (This con­nec­tion should be care­ful­ly con­sid­ered in light of Ahmed Huber’s remarks, quot­ed above.)

“Sa’u­di Ara­bia is Yass­er Arafat’s prin­ci­pal finan­cial sup­port­er.  Increas­ing Sa’u­di sub­si­dies to the PLO since 1973 have giv­en the orga­ni­za­tion cur­ren­cy reserves esti­mat­ed at over a bil­lion dol­lars-larg­er than those of many Third World coun­tries-and most inhab­i­tants of the King­dom are proud that Sa’u­di oil rev­enues should be sup­port­ing the cause of their Pales­tin­ian broth­ers.  But the idea that Sa’u­di Ara­bia should lend such mas­sive sup­port to men usu­al­ly seen in the West as ‘ter­ror­ists’ is deeply offen­sive to many peo­ple out­side the Mus­lim world.  This sup­port to the Pales­tini­ans flat­ly con­tra­dicts in their eyes the word ‘mod­er­ate,’ so often used by the King­dom’s West­ern friends to describe Sa’u­di inter­na­tion­al strat­e­gy, and this con­tra­dic­tion has lain at the heart of the for­eign pol­i­cy pur­sued since 1975 by King Khalid, Crown Prince Fahad and their broth­ers.”

(The King­dom: Ara­bia and the House of Sa’ud; Robert Lacey; Copy­right 1981 [HC]; Har­court Brace Jovanovich; ISBN 0–15-147260–2; p. 446.)

13. “Chair­man” Arafat recent­ly described the Israelis as “Nazis.”  The Orwellian irony of Arafat’s com­ments should not be over­looked in light of his own Nazi/SS her­itage.  Speak­ing of SS offi­cer and Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin Al-Hus­sei­ni, author Mar­tin A. Lee describes Arafat’s lin­eage and polit­i­cal gen­e­sis.

“Among those who gath­ered at the Mufti’s home dur­ing the mid-1950’s was his dis­tant cousin, Yass­er Arafat, then an engi­neer­ing stu­dent at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cairo.”

(The Beast Reawak­ens; Mar­tin A. Lee; Copy­right 1997 [HC]; Lit­tle, Brown & Co.; ISBN 0–316-51959–6; p. 128.)  One should note that the “Gross­mufti” was the first leader of the Pales­tin­ian nation­al move­ment.  One should not fail to note that Arafat, the first Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ist groups and SS Colonel (and ODESSA leader) Otto Sko­rzeny have strong his­tor­i­cal links.

14. Mar­tin Lee describes the Arafat/Skorzeny/terrorist links.

“Sev­er­al young Pales­tin­ian refugees, includ­ing Yass­er Arafat, joined the Egypt­ian sol­diers who were learn­ing the ways and means of uncon­ven­tion­al war­fare.  Although ini­tial­ly the intend­ed tar­get was the British, the future PLO chief real­ized that rig­or­ous com­man­do exer­cis­es would help pre­pare the Pales­tin­ian mil­i­tants who were eager to renew the bat­tle for their lost home­land.  A grate­ful Arafat rec­og­nized Sko­rzeny’s abun­dant skills in this area, and the two men struck up a rela­tion­ship that last­ed for many years.  Appar­ent­ly the Pales­tin­ian leader was quite fond of the scar­faced pal­adin [Sko­rzeny].  ‘Arafat would have done any­thing for Otto!’ remarked [Otto’s wid­ow] Ilse Sko­rzeny.’ ”

(Ibid.; pp. 129–130.)

15. Prince Tur­ki resigned short­ly before the 9/11 attacks. There were alle­ga­tions that Tur­ki “ran” Osama Bin Laden.  An intrigu­ing (and detailed) piece of schol­ar­ship recent­ly linked Tur­ki, the Sau­di Roy­al fam­i­ly, the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood and Youssef Nada (Al Taqwa’s founder.)

“The inter­nal Sau­di sit­u­a­tion is com­pli­cat­ed by the fact that many very wealthy Sau­di fam­i­lies finan­cial­ly sup­port the Al Qai­da effort as part of a strat­e­gy of purg­ing the Sau­di King­dom of infi­delism and West­ern cor­rup­tion.  In many cas­es these influ­en­tial Saud­is reach into the extend­ed Roy­al fam­i­ly, includ­ing the murky fig­ure of recent­ly-fired Sau­di intel­li­gence chief, Tur­ki al-Faisal, son of the late King Faisal.  In this regard, an extreme­ly impor­tant step in the inter­na­tion­al effort to cut off the finan­cial ten­ta­cles of the Islamist ter­ror appa­ra­tus took place on Novem­ber 7. . .Sig­nif­i­cant to note, in the days imme­di­ate­ly after Sep­tem­ber 11, when inves­ti­ga­tion focused on a series of sus­pi­cious short trades in the stocks of key air­lines and insur­ance com­pa­nies such as Swiss Re, cer­tain to be neg­a­tive­ly impact­ed by the World Trade Cen­ter attack, Swiss pros­e­cu­tors inves­ti­gat­ed the like­ly role of the Lugano Al Taqwa bank, using a stock bro­ker­age in Milan.  The pres­i­dent of the Al Taqwa Bank Group is Youssef Mustapha Nada, nat­u­ral­ized Ital­ian, and a mem­ber of the Egypt­ian Mus­lim Broth­er­hood and Jamaa-al-Islamiya, which is direct­ly allied with Al Qae­da through Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, said by some intel­li­gence sources to be the brains behind bin Laden.  When the Bahamas closed Al Taqwa Bank Ltd. ear­ly this year, Swiss author­i­ties required a name change in Al Taqwa bank, which then became reg­is­tered in Switzer­land as Nada Man­age­ment Orga­ni­za­tion SA.  It is the same Al Taqwa Bank.  In 1970, Youssef Nada moved to Sau­di Ara­bia and, with help from the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, estab­lished con­tact with mem­bers of the Sau­di Roy­al fam­i­ly, and found­ed a con­struc­tion com­pa­ny in Riyadh, much the same as the Bin Laden fam­i­ly.  He remained active in Riyadh, and soon found­ed the first Islam­ic bank in Egypt, the Faisal Bank.  The Faisal Islam­ic bank of Sau­di Ara­bia is the head bank of a num­ber of affil­i­at­ed Islam­ic banks under the name across the Islam­ic world from Egypt to Pak­istan to the Emi­rates and Malaysia.  The head of Faisal Islam­ic bank of Sau­di Ara­bia is for­mer Sau­di Intel­li­gence chief, Tur­ki al-Faisal.  Faisal Islam­ic bank is direct­ly involved in run­ning accounts for bin Laden and his asso­ciates, and has been named by Lux­em­bourg bank­ing author­i­ties in this regard.”

(“The Pol­i­tics of Three-Pak­istan, Sau­di Ara­bia, Israel” by Paul W. Rasche; Stu­di­en von Zeit­fra­gen; 35.Jahrgang Inter­ne­tAus­gabe 2001.)

16. The pro­gram then reviews the Islam­o­fas­cist her­itage of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood.  One should take this her­itage into account when assess­ing the pro­pa­gan­da of relat­ed groups, such as CAIR.

“Tak­ing Italy’s choic­es under Mus­soli­ni for inspi­ra­tion, the eco­nom­ic pro­gram set three pri­or­i­ties . . . The social pol­i­cy fore­saw a new law on labor, found­ed on cor­po­ra­tions.  This eco­nom­ic pro­gram would more direct­ly reveal its rela­tion­ship to total­i­tar­i­an ide­olo­gies a few years lat­er, with the works of Mohamed Ghaz­a­li . . . . Mohamed Ghaz­a­li rec­om­mend­ed ‘an eco­nom­ic reg­i­men sim­i­lar to that which exist­ed in Nazi Ger­many and fas­cist Italy.’ . . .The moral code is also an impor­tant com­po­nent in this pro­gram, which is intend­ed to cre­ate the ‘new Mus­lim man.’ . . . The notion of the equal­i­ty of the sex­es is inher­ent­ly negat­ed by the con­cept of the suprema­cy of male social respon­si­bil­i­ties. . .the  ‘nat­ur­al’ place of the woman is in the home.”

(Dol­lars for Ter­ror: The Unit­ed States and Islam; p. 127.)

17. In addi­tion, the theo­crat­ic fas­cism of the Broth­er­hood was sum­ma­rized by the orga­ni­za­tion’s founder Has­san al-Ban­na.

” ‘Islam is doc­trine, divine wor­ship, the father­land, the nation, reli­gion, spir­i­tu­al­i­ty, the Koran and the sword.’ ”

(Ibid.; p. 126.)

18. Nada him­self is alleged to have been agent of the Abwehr, the mil­i­tary intel­li­gence ser­vice of the Third Reich.

“But Yussef Nada is even bet­ter-known to the Egypt­ian [intel­li­gence] ser­vices, who have evi­dence of his mem­ber­ship in the armed branch of the fra­ter­ni­ty of the Mus­lim Broth­ers in the 1940’s.  At that time, accord­ing to the same sources, he was work­ing for the Abwehr under Admi­ral Canaris and took part in a plot against King Farouk.  This was not the first time that the path of the Mus­lim Broth­ers crossed that of the ser­vants of the Third Reich.”

(Ibid.; 140–141.)

19. In con­clu­sion, Mr. Emory notes the recent death of a key mem­ber of the dead­ly Bor­mann orga­ni­za­tion and a res­i­dent of Lugano, Switzer­land (home of Al Taqwa and the relat­ed Ban­co del Got­tar­do).  Baron Hein­rich Thysssen-Borne­misza was old, but his (prob­a­bly nat­ur­al) death was time­ly, in light of the inves­ti­ga­tion of the Bin Laden finan­cial trail.  (“Baron Thyssen-Borne­misza, Indus­tri­al­ist Who Built Fabled Art Col­lec­tion, Dies at 81” by Jonathan Kan­dell; The New York Times; 4/2/2001; p. 39.)


One comment for “FTR #358 Mein Jihad, Part VI: Islamofascism and The Wahhabi Lobby”

  1. Bassem Khafa­ji, for­mer direc­tor of com­mu­ni­ty rela­tions at CAIR is now run­ning for pres­i­dent of Egypt, and pro­mot­ing Sharia law...


    Khafa­ji was deport­ed from the US after plead­ing guilty to bank and visa fraud.


    CAIR was recent­ly came out against Mus­lims who were opposed to Sudan’s Al-Shabaab ter­ror group as being “anti-Mus­lim”.


    Posted by Vanfield | April 3, 2012, 9:50 am

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