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FTR #663 Badjacketing Obama, Part III

MP3: 30-Minute Seg­ment
NB: This RealAu­dio stream con­tains FTRs 662 and 663 in sequence. Each is a 30 minute seg­ment.

Con­tin­u­ing For The Record’s exam­i­na­tion of attempts at dis­cred­it­ing Pres­i­dent Oba­ma, the broad­cast exam­ines sin­is­ter Mus­lim Broth­er­hood ele­ments involved with “mod­er­ate” Mus­lim out­reach to the Pres­i­dent. Some of these indi­vid­u­als fig­ured in the Oper­a­tion Green Quest raids of 3/20/2002. After not­ing econ­o­mist and colum­nist Paul Krug­man’s opin­ion that the GOP is adamant­ly opposed to a “new New Deal,” the pro­gram high­lights sin­is­ter fore­shad­ow­ing of dev­as­tat­ing ter­ror­ist inci­dents “on Oba­ma’s watch.” As not­ed by a for­mer Bush speech­writer and for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney (who recent­ly pre­dict­ed a nuclear or bio­log­i­cal ter­ror­ist inci­dent dur­ing the next five years), such an occur­rence would min­i­mize the Democ­rats’ elec­toral chances for many years to come. It would be fool­ish to dis­miss the pos­si­bil­i­ty that the GOP would love to see just such an occur­rence. In light of the links between the GOP and ele­ments of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, the pos­si­bil­i­ty that such an inci­dent might be aid­ed and/or abet­ted by Under­ground Reich ele­ments with­in the Repub­li­can Par­ty should also be seri­ous­ly con­sid­ered.

The bulk of the pro­gram con­sists of analy­sis of a very impor­tant arti­cle indi­cat­ing that GOP-con­nect­ed Mus­lim Broth­er­hood ele­ments are the so-called “mod­er­ates” reach­ing out to Oba­ma. A “mod­er­ate” involved with the AMCE is Abubak­er Ahmed al-Shingi­eti, an assis­tant to Pres­i­dent Omar al-Bashir, the geno­ci­dal head of Sudan’s Mus­lim Broth­er­hood gov­ern­ment. Two of his assis­tants are Jamar [al] Barz­in­ji and Yaqub Mirza, both cen­tral­ly involved with the milieu that was tar­get­ed by the Oper­a­tion Green Quest raids of 3/20/2002. George W. Bush and Mus­lim Broth­er­hood asso­ciate Talat Oth­man inter­ced­ed on behalf of those tar­gets, raid­ed for financ­ing Hamas, al-Qae­da and Pales­tin­ian Islam­ic Jihad.

If Oba­ma aids and abets these peo­ple, he and the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty will be thor­ough­ly dis­cred­it­ed if the U.S. is struck by anoth­er major major ter­ror inci­dent, as is being fore­shad­owed by Cheney et al.

Pro­gram High­lights Include: Review of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood links to the head­scarf inci­dent; review of the Talat Othman/George Bush/Operation Green Quest raids of 3/20/2002; review of the links between the Mus­lim Stu­dents Asso­ci­a­tion and the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood; review of the links between the MSA branch impli­cat­ed in the head­scarf inci­dent and Hizb ut-Tahrir; review of the oper­a­tional links betwee  Hizb ut-Tahrir and the NPD, the top Ger­man neo-Nazi par­ty.

1. The pro­gram begins by under­scor­ing a com­ment made by Nobel-prize win­ning econ­o­mist Paul Krug­man:

“As the debate over Pres­i­dent Obama’s eco­nom­ic stim­u­lus plan gets under way, one thing is cer­tain: many of the plan’s oppo­nents aren’t argu­ing in good faith. Con­ser­v­a­tives real­ly, real­ly don’t want to see a sec­ond New Deal, and they cer­tain­ly don’t want to see gov­ern­ment activism vin­di­cat­ed. So they are reach­ing for any stick they can find with which to beat pro­pos­als for increased gov­ern­ment spend­ing. . . .”

“Bad Faith Eco­nom­ics” by Paul Krug­man; New York Times; 1/26/2009; p. A21.

2. More omi­nous is the fore­shad­ow­ing of a major ter­ror­ist inci­dent by a Repub­li­can crit­ic.

” . . . The most insid­i­ous line of attack involves lay­ing the ground­work for blam­ing the new pres­i­dent in the event of a ter­ror­ist attack.

In a remark­ably par­ti­san op-ed piece in the Wash­ing­ton Post last Thurs­day, Marc A. Thiessen, who was a speech­writer for for­mer pres­i­dent George W. Bush, declared flat­ly: ‘If Oba­ma weak­ens any of the defens­es Bush put in place and ter­ror­ists strike our coun­try again, Amer­i­cans will hold Oba­ma respon­si­ble — and the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty could find itself une­lec­table for a gen­er­a­tion.’

This is dan­ger­ous, both sub­stan­tive­ly and polit­i­cal­ly, and it sug­gests that some of Bush’s loy­al­ists will con­tin­ue to politi­cize issues relat­ed to ter­ror­ism in their efforts to vin­di­cate the for­mer pres­i­den­t’s lega­cy. . . .”

“Repub­li­cans Bet­ting on Oba­ma’s Fail­ure” by E.J. Dionne; San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle; 1/26/2009; p. B5.

3. The above pre­dic­tion was com­pound­ed and embell­ished by Dick Cheney.

“In an inter­view two weeks after leav­ing office, for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney pre­dict­ed a ‘high prob­a­bil­i­ty’ of a nuclear or bio­log­i­cal attack in the next few years and said the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion was approach­ing a ‘tough, mean, dirty, nasty busi­ness’ of keep­ing the coun­try safe from ter­ror­ists too timid­ly.

Mr. Cheney sin­gled out Mr. Obama’s deci­sion to close the deten­tion facil­i­ty at Guan­tá­namo Bay, Cuba, and to ban coer­cive inter­ro­ga­tion meth­ods as changes in course that could make the coun­try more vul­ner­a­ble.

He also sought to jus­ti­fy the Bush ter­ror­ist sur­veil­lance pro­gram and the antiter­ror­ism leg­is­la­tion called the USA Patri­ot Act. . . .”

“Cheney Pre­dicts ‘Prob­a­bil­i­ty’ of Attack” by Michael Fal­cone; The New York Times; 2/5/2008; p. A21.

4. The bulk of the pro­gram con­sists of analy­sis of a very impor­tant arti­cle indi­cat­ing that GOP-con­nect­ed Mus­lim Broth­er­hood ele­ments are the so-called “mod­er­ates” reach­ing out to Oba­ma.

“In the 1990s, the extrem­ist Mus­lim Broth­er­hood gov­ern­ment of Sudan, led by Pres­i­dent Omar al-Bashir, was con­tin­u­ing a geno­ci­dal jihad against the Chris­t­ian and ani­mist pop­u­la­tions inhab­it­ing the south of the coun­try that killed near­ly two mil­lion peo­ple and forced anoth­er four mil­lion from their homes. In July 2008, Bashir was indict­ed by the Inter­na­tion­al Crim­i­nal Court for war crimes relat­ed to the regime’s sub­se­quent geno­cide in Dar­fur.

As Bashir was wag­ing his holo­caust against the Chris­tians dur­ing the 1990s, one of his clos­est advi­sors and top aides was Abubak­er Ahmed al-Shingi­eti, who from 1993 to 1995 served as spokesman for Bashir’s gov­ern­ment (as he was iden­ti­fied in a 1994 New York Times arti­cle). Accord­ing to al-Shingieti’s own pub­lished résumé, he lat­er served Bashir as direc­tor of pub­lic affairs for the pres­i­den­cy from 1995 to 1998, as the geno­ci­dal jihad against the Chris­tians was at its height and Sudan was the hub of the inter­na­tion­al Islam­ic ter­ror net­work. As report­ed by the New York Times, eight indi­vid­u­als charged in the New York land­marks bomb­ing plot in 1993 were trav­el­ing on Sudanese pass­ports.

As a result of those arrests, Sudan was added to the U.S. State Depart­ment list of state spon­sors of ter­ror­ism in August 1993. That was not long after al-Shingieti’s boss began shel­ter­ing Osama bin Laden, who lived in Khar­toum from 1992 to 1996. With the close advi­so­ry role that bin Laden had with the Sudanese pres­i­dent and oth­er high-rank­ing offi­cials, it is high­ly like­ly that al-Shingi­eti would have had reg­u­lar direct con­tact with bin Laden, as well as a host of oth­er ter­ror­ist lead­ers who reg­u­lar­ly vis­it­ed Khar­toum dur­ing al-Shingieti’s tenure.

This is par­tic­u­lar­ly rel­e­vant as al-Shingi­eti will be head­ing the U.S. Mus­lim out­reach to the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion as the pres­i­dent of Amer­i­can Mus­lims for Con­struc­tive Engage­ment (AMCE), a col­lab­o­ra­tive effort by U.S.-based Mus­lim Broth­er­hood front orga­ni­za­tions to infil­trate our fed­er­al gov­ern­ment. A recent open let­ter signed by al-Shingi­eti iden­ti­fies him as AMCE’s pres­i­dent. The group states its vision as:

The Unit­ed States Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty and the Unit­ed States gov­ern­ment work­ing togeth­er con­struc­tive­ly in enhanc­ing nation­al secu­ri­ty and nation­al inter­ests of the Unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca.

The lead orga­ni­za­tion in AMCE, the Inter­na­tion­al Insti­tute for Islam­ic Thought (IIIT), which al-Shingi­eti serves as region­al direc­tor, is the cur­rent focus of a fed­er­al grand jury probe into ter­ror­ist financ­ing. At least two oth­er AMCE groups, the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Islam­ic Rela­tions (CAIR) and the Islam­ic Soci­ety of North Amer­i­ca (ISNA), were named by fed­er­al pros­e­cu­tors as unin­dict­ed co-con­spir­a­tors in the recent Holy Land Foun­da­tion ter­ror­ism finance tri­al, which result­ed in con­vic­tions on all 108 counts. And the Mus­lim Amer­i­can Soci­ety (MAS) was iden­ti­fied in fed­er­al court briefs by the Depart­ment of Jus­tice as ‘the overt arm of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood in Amer­i­ca.’. . .”

“Geno­cide Hench­man Lead­ing Mus­lim Out­reach to Oba­ma” by Patrick Poole; Paja­mas Media; 1/22/2009.

5. In addi­tion to al-Shingi­eti, the AMCE fea­tures Jamal al-Barz­in­ji and Yaqub Mirza, two of the key fig­ures in the SAAR net­work and the milieu tar­get­ed by the Oper­a­tion Green Quest raids of 3/20/2002.

” . . . And doc­u­ments received this past August by the Inves­tiga­tive Project through a Free­dom of Infor­ma­tion Act request revealed that AMCE steer­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Jamal al-Barz­in­ji and AMCE advi­so­ry coun­cil mem­ber Yacub Mirza were list­ed in FBI mem­os as ‘mem­bers and lead­ers of the Ikhwan’, which is the Ara­bic term for the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood. Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­ri­ty senior agent David Kane has tes­ti­fied in a fed­er­al court affi­davit that ‘Barz­in­ji is not only close­ly asso­ci­at­ed with PIJ [Pales­tin­ian Islam­ic Jihad], but also with Hamas.’

A Decem­ber 2002 Wall Street Jour­nal arti­cle relates some addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion about the ter­ror­ist con­nec­tions of AMCE advi­so­ry coun­cil mem­ber Yacub Mirza:

Accord­ing to court records and Jus­tice Depart­ment doc­u­ments, Mr. Mirza and sev­er­al asso­ciates are sus­pect­ed of fund­ing the Pales­tin­ian Islam­ic Jihad, which tar­gets Israeli civil­ians with sui­cide bombers. U.S. offi­cials pri­vate­ly say Mr. Mirza and his asso­ciates also have con­nec­tions to al-Qae­da and to oth­er enti­ties offi­cial­ly list­ed by the U.S. as spon­sors of ter­ror­ism.

Anoth­er FBI memo obtained by the Inves­tiga­tive Project states that al-Shingieti’s orga­ni­za­tion, IIIT, was one of the “Ikhwan orga­ni­za­tions” that “are involved in orga­niz­ing polit­i­cal sup­port which involves influ­enc­ing both pub­lic opin­ion in the Unit­ed States as well as the Unit­ed States gov­ern­ment.” This polit­i­cal influ­ence cam­paign was con­sid­ered the first phase in a plan “to insti­tute the Islam­ic rev­o­lu­tion in the Unit­ed States,” accord­ing to the FBI doc­u­ment.

It is appro­pri­ate to revis­it these exten­sive con­tacts between AMCE mem­ber orga­ni­za­tions and offi­cials and the inter­na­tion­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood net­work, and even activ­i­ty by AMCE lead­ers in sup­port of Islam­ic ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions, because anoth­er Mus­lim Broth­er­hood strate­gic doc­u­ment entered into evi­dence by fed­er­al pros­e­cu­tors in the Holy Land Foun­da­tion tri­al revealed that the activ­i­ty of these orga­ni­za­tions in the U.S. is part of a “grand jihad” to destroy the West from with­in:

The process of set­tle­ment is a “civ­i­liza­tion-jihadist process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan must under­stand that their work in Amer­i­ca is a kind of grand jihad in elim­i­nat­ing and destroy­ing the West­ern civ­i­liza­tion from with­in and “sab­o­tag­ing” its mis­er­able house by their hands and the hands of the believ­ers so that it is elim­i­nat­ed and God’s reli­gion is made vic­to­ri­ous over all oth­er reli­gions.

These con­nec­tions and the Mus­lim Brotherhood’s stat­ed goal of wag­ing a “grand jihad” inside the U.S. raise par­tic­u­lar con­cerns con­sid­er­ing state­ments report­ed by the Wall Street Jour­nal made by al-Shingieti’s cur­rent boss, Jamal al-Barz­in­ji, at a fall 2001 Orga­ni­za­tion of Islam­ic Con­fer­ence meet­ing in Qatar, brag­ging how he and his asso­ciates had suc­cess­ful­ly infil­trat­ed Wash­ing­ton:

At this time, the pres­i­dent and his admin­is­tra­tion are con­tin­u­al­ly seek­ing the coun­sel and input of Amer­i­can Mus­lim lead­ers. At no oth­er time has the Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty in Amer­i­ca been more effec­tive in rela­tion to the process­es of Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment.

When con­sid­er­ing the con­cert­ed and exten­sive effort by the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood to infil­trate the U.S. gov­ern­ment, we can gain insight into how Abubak­er al-Shingi­eti has tran­si­tioned from being a top offi­cial in the geno­ci­dal Sudanese Mus­lim Broth­er­hood regime, to a top offi­cial in the U.S.-based Mus­lim Broth­er­hood net­work, to lead­ing the U.S. Mus­lim community’s out­reach to the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion as the head of Amer­i­can Mus­lims for Con­struc­tive Engage­ment. . . .”


6. Some back­ground on Barz­in­ji, Mirza and the raids of 3/20/2002–the meet­ing was one of inter­ces­sion on behalf of the indi­vid­u­als and insti­tu­tions tar­get­ed by the raids. Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Paul O’Neill–the focal point of the intercession–was dis­missed rough­ly at the end of 2002.

“Among the Mus­lim lead­ers attend­ing [the meet­ing with O’Neill] was Talat Oth­man, a long­time asso­ciate and sup­port­er of Pres­i­dent Bush’s fam­i­ly, who gave a bene­dic­tion at the Repub­li­can Nation­al Con­ven­tion in Philadel­phia in August 2000. . .But he also serves [with Barz­in­ji] on the board of Amana Mutu­al funds Trust, an invest­ment firm found­ed by M. Yac­qub Mirza, the North­ern Vir­ginia busi­ness­man who set up most of the enti­ties tar­get­ed by the Trea­sury and whose tax records were sought in the raid.

(”O’Neill Met Mus­lim Activists Tied to Char­i­ties” by Glenn R. Simp­son [with Roger Thurow]; Wall Street Jour­nal; 4/18/2002; p. A4.)

7. This milieu is part of the Norquist/Rove/Islamist nexus in the GOP.

“The case also high­lights con­flicts between the Bush administration’s domes­tic polit­i­cal goals and its war on ter­ror. GOP offi­cials began court­ing the U.S. Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty intense­ly in the late 1990’s, seek­ing to add that eth­nic bloc to the party’s polit­i­cal base.”


8. The Amana orga­ni­za­tion head­ed by Mirza has numer­ous areas of over­lap with orga­ni­za­tions described as being impli­cat­ed in ter­ror­ism and the milieu of Al Que­da.

“Two non­prof­its affil­i­at­ed with Mr. Mirza and named in the search war­rant, the SAAR Foun­da­tion Inc. and the Her­itage Edu­ca­tion Trust Inc., held large blocks of shares in Amana’s mutu­al funds in 1997, accord­ing to SEC records. The SEC doc­u­ments and oth­er records detail­ing con­nec­tions between Mr. Oth­man and the Islam­ic Insti­tute [on the board of which Mr. Oth­man serves] and the raid­ed groups were com­piled by the Nation­al Secu­ri­ty News Ser­vice, a Wash­ing­ton based non­prof­it research group.”


9. Fur­ther details have emerged about the links between Al Taqwa and the GOP/Bush admin­is­tra­tion.

“Mr. Oth­man also is on the board of Mr. Saffuri’s [and Norquist’s] Islam­ic Insti­tute, the GOP-lean­ing group that received $20,000.00 from the Safa Trust, one of the raid’s tar­gets. The pres­i­dent of the Safa Trust, Jamal Barz­in­ji, is a for­mer busi­ness asso­ciate of Switzer­land based investor Youssef Nada, whose assets were frozen last fall after the Trea­sury des­ig­nat­ed him a per­son sus­pect­ed of giv­ing aid to ter­ror­ists.”


10. Talat Oth­man is part of the slum­lord milieu with which Oba­ma was asso­ci­at­ed in Chica­go. Oth­man is also very close to George Bush.

“Mr. Oth­man has ties to the Bush fam­i­ly going back to the 1980’s, when he served with George W. Bush on the board of a Texas petro­le­um firm, Harken Oil & Gas Inc. Mr. Oth­man has vis­it­ed the White House dur­ing the admin­is­tra­tions of both Pres­i­dent Bush and his father George H.W. Bush.”


11. Clos­ing with review from FTR #656. Dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, Oba­ma was obstruct­ed by an inci­dent in which Mus­lim women wear­ing the tra­di­tion­al head­scarves were asked to leave the stage. As it devel­oped, the women both belonged to the Mus­lim Stu­dents Asso­ci­a­tion, a Mus­lim Broth­er­hood front orga­ni­za­tion. One of the women in ques­tion, Shi­maa Abdelfadeel, worked on behalf of Sami al-Ari­an, the North Amer­i­can head of Pales­tin­ian Islam­ic Jihad, a Mus­lim Broth­er­hood ter­ror­ist group. Note that al-Ari­an (whom Mr. Emory refers to as “Sam­my the Aryan”) was an ardent sup­port­er of George W. Bush dur­ing the 2000 cam­paign. It was the inves­ti­ga­tion into Sam­my the Aryan that led to the Oper­a­tion Green Quest raids of March 20, 2002. Those raids exposed the link between the GOP and Bush admin­is­tra­tion ele­ments involved with the slum­lord milieu of which Oba­ma is a part. As not­ed above, both Barz­in­ji and Mirza were focal points of the Green Quest inves­ti­ga­tion.

“LSA Senior Shi­maa Abdelfadeel is mail­ing some­thing oth­er than fruit­cakes this hol­i­day sea­son.

Abdelfadeel, polit­i­cal chair of the University’s Mus­lim Stu­dents’ Asso­ci­a­tion, has col­lect­ed about 20 let­ters of sup­port to send to Sami Al-Ari­an, an out­spo­ken pro-Pales­tin­ian activist and for­mer engi­neer­ing pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­si­ty of South Flori­da.

Fed­er­al author­i­ties jailed Al-Ari­an in 2003 on charges that he sup­port­ed a cell of Pales­tin­ian Islam­ic Jihad, a ter­ror­ist group linked to the deaths of Israelis in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Cur­rent­ly, Al-Ari­an is in a Flori­da jail. . . .”

“Stu­dents Sup­port Embat­tled Prof” by Kel­ly Fras­er; The Michi­gan Dai­ly; 12/12/2005.

12. Even more impor­tant for our analy­sis of the head­scarf inci­dent is the fact that the MSA branch at U. of Michigan/Dearborn was large­ly con­trolled by vio­lent, fascis­tic Mus­lims, who attacked and bru­tal­ized MSA mem­bers who opposed their agen­da. Note that the fol­low­ing inci­dent took place in 2004. Heb­ba Aref was in charge of Dawah in 2002–2003. Note what was con­sid­ered the norm at the MSA’s branch at U. of M. at Dear­born.

“Farhan Latif always knew it was only a mat­ter of time before the slow-burn­ing anger would erupt. His con­ser­v­a­tive Mus­lim ene­mies had made their inten­tions clear to him. They had sent threat­en­ing e‑mails and left men­ac­ing mes­sages on his cell phone. In their eyes, Farhan’s ideas were crim­i­nal. The West­ern world might call him a mod­er­ate Mus­lim, but his foes thought he was an apos­tate, lur­ing young Mus­lims away from the faith.

The day Farhan feared came in Sep­tem­ber 2004. As he was about to enter his mod­ern apart­ment in Dear­born, about one mile from his uni­ver­si­ty, three young men jumped him and pushed him to the ground. They beat and kicked him with­out say­ing a word. Farhan recog­nied one of his attackers–the guy did not both­er to hide his face under a mask. ‘Why are you doing this?’ Farhan cried, try­ing to shield his face from their blows.

The attack­ers did not reply. With­in min­utes, they got back into their car and tried to run Farhan over before they sped away. He man­aged to avoid the oncom­ing wheels by rolling away just in time.

As he rest­ed in the hos­pi­tal, nurs­ing a swollen head, sev­er­al cracked ribs and a bro­ken arm, Farhan was depressed more than shocked over the beat­ing. it was one thing to endure the dai­ly blows from the non-Mus­lims who crit­i­cized Islam. But now he was in a bat­tle with his fel­low believ­ers. ‘I fight against every­thing peo­ple say against my reli­gion every day, on tele­vi­sion, on the radio, every­where,’ Farhan remarked, reflect­ing on the inci­dent lat­er. ‘I was not so much scared when this hap­pened but sad that fel­low Mus­lims would do this.’

Months before the attack, in the spring of 2004, Farhan was elect­ed pres­i­dent of the Mus­lim Stu­dents’ Asso­ci­a­tion at the Uni­vesi­ty of Michigan’s Dear­born cam­pus. In a short time, he rev­o­lu­tion­ized the asso­ci­a­tion, mak­ing it more attrac­tive to a major­i­ty of Mus­lim stu­dents on campus–many of whom had refused to join when the con­ser­v­a­tives were in charge. [Ital­ics are mine–DE].

Farhan and the new lead­ers decid­ed there would no longer be rad­i­cal imams unleash­ing hate speech at Fri­day prayers. All lec­tur­ers would be required to fol­low cer­tain rules. They lift­ed the ban that pre­vent­ed women with­out head­scarves from join­ing the asso­ci­a­tion. [Ital­ics are mine–DE].

All Mus­lims would be wel­come, no mat­ter their polit­i­cal ideas or their sect–minority Shi­ites, often scorned for their sep­a­rate ways and dif­fer­ent approach to the faith, were just as accept­able as the Sun­ni stu­dent major­i­ty. . . . None of this sat well with mem­bers of Dearborn’s Mus­lims’ Stu­dents’ asso­ci­a­tion who were either rad­i­cal Salafis or affil­i­at­ed with the Hizb ut Tahrir al-Islami–the Par­ty of Islam­ic Lib­er­a­tion.

The move­ment (Hizb ut Tahrir al-Islami)–a clan­des­tine, rad­i­cal Sun­ni Islam­ic group that is banned in sev­er­al coun­tries around the world–advocates the replace­ment of indi­vid­ual Mus­lim gov­ern­ments with sin­gle caliphate gov­erned under a strict read­ing of the sharia. The stu­dents who are mem­bers of Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Isla­mi share a com­mon creed that calls for strict adher­ence to the Koran and the rejec­tion of apply­ing human rea­son and log­ic when inter­pret­ing the Islam­ic holy texts.

Before Farhan had arrived on the cam­pus, rad­i­cal stu­dents had turned the Mus­lim Stu­dents’ Asso­ci­a­tion into a vir­tu­al train­ing camp for con­ser­v­a­tive ide­o­logues. Under the influ­ence and guid­ance of an Imam at a Dear­born mosque, the stu­dents believed their fel­low Mus­lims were stray­ing dan­ger­ous­ly from the faith. In their eyes, being a ded­i­cat­ed Mus­lim meant that men should work to pres­sure the U.S. gov­ern­ment to change its poli­cies in the Islam­ic world, Mus­lim women should wear head­scarves and Mus­lims should have lit­tle to do with Jews and Chris­tians. [Ital­ics are mine–DE.] . . .”

“The Future of the Faith” by Geneive Abdo; The Glob­al­ist; 6/13/2008.

13. As seen above, the MSA chap­ter to which Heb­ba Aref belonged was strong­ly asso­ci­at­ed with Hizb ut-Tahrir.


14. Hizb ut-Tahrir works with  the Ger­man NDP, the top Ger­man neo-Nazi par­ty. Achmed Huber of the al-Taqwa milieu also works with the NPD.

“Hizb ut-Tahrir, which was found­ed by a Pales­tin­ian in 1953, came to the atten­tion of the Ger­man gov­ern­ment in the wake of the attacks on New York City and Wash­ing­ton on Sept. 11, 2001. Sev­er­al of the hijack­ers and oth­er fig­ures in that plot belonged to rad­i­cal Islam­ic groups in Ham­burg. It is not clear if mem­bers of Hizb ut-Tahrir are linked to Al Qae­da, but its Web site calls on its mem­bers to fight against the Unit­ed States because of what it calls America’s ‘cru­sade’ against Mus­lims. Last Octo­ber, the group staged a demon­stra­tion at the Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­si­ty of Berlin at which anti-Amer­i­can speech­es were made. In what would seem to be an odd coali­tion, the group main­tains at least some ties with a right-wing Ger­man fringe group, the Nation­al Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty, some of whose mem­bers attend­ed the Berlin ral­ly. The com­mon ground between the two groups would seem to be a hatred of Jews.”

(“Ger­man Police Raid an Islam­ic Mil­i­tant Group” by Richard Bern­stein; The New York Times; 4/11/2003; p. 1.)

Descrip­tion for FTR #408.


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  2. Back dur­ing the 2008 US pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, John McCain faced a par­tic­u­lar­ly awk­ward cam­paign moment when he took away the micro­phone from a sup­port­er at a ral­ly that had just assert­ed that “Oba­ma was an Arab” with the state­ment, “No ma’am, [Oba­ma’s] a decent fam­i­ly man, cit­i­zen, that I just hap­pen to have dis­agree­ments with on fun­da­men­tal issues.” What was also a moment that’s come to increas­ing­ly res­onates with today’s polit­i­cal dynam­ics, so let’s take a short walk down unfor­tu­nate-mem­o­ry lane:

    The Huff­in­g­ton Post

    McCain Responds to “Arab” Epi­thet at Ral­ly: “Oba­ma a Decent Fam­i­ly Man”

    The Uptake
    Post­ed: 11/10/2008 5:12 am EST Updat­ed: 05/25/2011 12:50 pm EDT

    John McCain sup­port­er Gayle Quin­nell told the crowd at a McCain Ral­ly in Min­neso­ta that “Oba­ma is an Arab.” McCain took away the micro­phone but failed to address Quin­nel­l’s unabashed big­otry or the inci­dents of anti-Arab, anti-Mus­lim and anti-African Amer­i­can big­otry that has become an increas­ing­ly reg­u­lar fea­ture of GOP ral­lies as the elec­tion draws near. “No ma’am,” he says. “[Oba­ma’s] a decent fam­i­ly man, cit­i­zen, that I just hap­pen to have dis­agree­ments with on fun­da­men­tal issues.”


    Quin­nell said she obtained the infor­ma­tion on Oba­ma being an Arab at “her local library” and from a pam­phlet obtained at a local McCain cam­paign office (pro­vid­ed by a fel­low vol­un­teer not the cam­paign itself). She has tak­en it upon her­self to redis­trib­ute the infor­ma­tion as wide­ly as pos­si­ble by mak­ing copies of the pam­phlet and send­ing it to ran­dom names in the phone book.


    Gayle Quin­nell: I went to the library in Shakopee and I got lots of ... three pages of infor­ma­tion about Oba­ma

    Adam Aign­er of NBC News: And what kind of infor­ma­tion did you get?

    Quin­nell: I got to tell you, you call me. It’s a long sto­ry. I’m afraid of what’s going to hap­pen to this coun­try.

    Aign­er: What would you think would hap­pen? Do you think it would become Mus­lim coun­try and what would that mean?

    Quin­nell: It would be bad

    Aign­er: So even though Sen­a­tor McCain told you that he did­n’t feel that was true and you ought to be more respect­ful, you still fear that?

    Quin­nell: I still do. Yeah. I’m not alone. I go to Burnsville, the main Repub­li­can head­quar­ters and I do a lot of work over there. A lot of send­ing out mail and talk­ing to peo­ple. And all the peo­ple agree with what I’m say­ing to you about Oba­ma.

    Aign­er :Then do you feel there are a lot of vol­un­teers for McCain who feel that way?

    Quin­nell: Yes. A lot of them. In fact I got a let­ter from anoth­er woman that goes over there to Burnsville and she sent me more things about Oba­ma.

    Aign­er: What was on the let­ter?

    Quin­nell: Oh all kinds of bad things about him and how, I mean I have to tell you to call me. It’s all bad.

    Reporter: Are a lot of peo­ple get­ting this let­ter and are a lot of peo­ple believe­ing it and is that turn­ing a lot of votes or sup­port for McCain?

    Quin­nell: Yeah I sent out 400 let­ters. I went to Kinkos and I got them all print­ed out. And I sent about 400 let­ters. I went in the tele­phone book and sent them out to peo­ple. So they can decide if they would want Oba­ma.


    Noah Kunin (The UpTake): Do you vol­un­teer at the Repub­li­can Par­ty Head­quar­ters or the McCain Cam­paign office over in Burnsville?

    Quin­nell: McCain. McCain Head­quar­ters in Burnsville.

    Noah: The McCain head­quar­ters.

    Quin­nell: It’s out over by , over by that post sta­tion there.

    Noah: Yeah, I know which one you’re talk­ing about. And just to be sure to make sure we got your quote OK, you called Oba­ma and Arab ter­ror­ist?

    Quin­nell: Par­don?

    Noah: You called him an Arab ter­ror­ist? Is that cor­rect? Why do you think he is an Arab?

    Quin­nell Because his dad is. If you... I’ll send you the paper.

    Female reporter: His dad is Mus­lim His dad was Mus­lim. Barack Oba­ma has nev­er been a Mus­lim.

    Quin­nell: No but he’s....

    Dana Bash of CNN: He’s a Chris­t­ian.

    Quin­nell: He’s not an Arab either, he’s a –

    Bash: His father was Mus­lim, and he’s a Chris­t­ian.

    Quin­nell: Yeah, but he’s still got Mus­lim in him. So that’s still part of him. I got all the stuff from the library and I could send you all kinds of stuff on him. In fact....


    Yes, before was had the Tea Par­ty, there was “Birtherism”:

    Noah: You called him an Arab ter­ror­ist? Is that cor­rect? Why do you think he is an Arab?

    Quin­nell Because his dad is. If you... I’ll send you the paper.

    Female reporter: His dad is Mus­lim His dad was Mus­lim. Barack Oba­ma has nev­er been a Mus­lim.

    Quin­nell: No but he’s....

    Dana Bash of CNN: He’s a Chris­t­ian.

    Quin­nell: He’s not an Arab either, he’s a –

    Bash: His father was Mus­lim, and he’s a Chris­t­ian.

    Quin­nell: Yeah, but he’s still got Mus­lim in him. So that’s still part of him. I got all the stuff from the library and I could send you all kinds of stuff on him. In fact....

    So that was then, when John McCain , and this is now:
    Don­ald Trump, who cement­ed his role as king of the ‘Birthers’ in 2011, was recent­ly crit­i­cized over his response to an audi­ence ques­tion by a man that first assert­ed that Pres­i­dent Oba­ma is a secret non-Amer­i­can Mus­lim, that Mus­lims are the prob­lem fac­ing Amer­i­ca, that there are secret Mus­lim “train­ing camps” that Oba­ma, the secret Mus­lim, isn’t deal­ing with, and then asked “When can we get rid of ‘em?”. Trump, nod­ding along in agree­ment through­out the question/assertion, respond­ed with “We’re going to be look­ing at that and plen­ty of oth­er things.”

    And fol­low­ing an out­cry over what was seen as an implic­it agree­ment by Trump with ques­tion­er, the Trump cam­paign respond­ed “The media wants to make this issue about Oba­ma. The big­ger issue is that Oba­ma is wag­ing war against Chris­tians in this coun­try. Their reli­gious lib­er­ty is at stake.”

    So it’s look­ing like the inevitable “why aren’t we wag­ing more sec­tar­i­an conflict?”-phase of the 2016 GOP pri­ma­ry is in full swing. And, pathet­i­cal­ly, it’s also look­ing like John McCain’s response to the asser­tion that Oba­ma is “an Arab” with “no, no, he’s a decent man” (imply­ing that Arabs in inher­ent­ly inde­cent) can be looked back on as “the rel­a­tive­ly good ‘ol days”:

    TPM Livewire
    Trump Says He’s Not ‘Moral­ly Oblig­at­ed’ To Defend Oba­ma

    By Caitlin Mac­Neal
    Pub­lished Sep­tem­ber 19, 2015, 9:27 AM EDT

    After he was crit­i­cized for fail­ing to cor­rect a town hall audi­ence mem­ber who said that Pres­i­dent Oba­ma is a Mus­lim and not an Amer­i­can, Don­ald Trump on Sat­ur­day morn­ing defend­ed him­self, argu­ing that it was not nec­es­sary to address state­ments made about the Pres­i­dent.


    Dur­ing a town hall in New Hamp­shire on Thurs­day night, a mem­ber of the audi­ence asked a ques­tion about “train­ing camps” for Mus­lims, adding that Oba­ma isn’t an Amer­i­can and is a Mus­lim him­self.

    Trump nod­ded along dur­ing the ques­tion, and then he replied, “We’re going to be look­ing at that and plen­ty of oth­er things.”

    Short­ly after the town hall, Trump released a state­ment to the Wash­ing­ton Post defend­ing his actions.

    “The media wants to make this issue about Oba­ma. The big­ger issue is that Oba­ma is wag­ing war against Chris­tians in this coun­try. Their reli­gious lib­er­ty is at stake,” Trump said in the state­ment.

    Fol­low­ing the town hall, both Democ­rats and Repub­li­cans crit­i­cized Trump for not stick­ing up for the Pres­i­dent. Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham (R‑SC), Trump’s fel­low pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, sug­gest­ed that Trump’s past state­ments ques­tion­ing whether Oba­ma was born in the U.S. influ­enced those who still believe Oba­ma is not an Amer­i­can.

    “Mr. Trump in many ways is respon­si­ble for this, by cre­at­ing this idea that maybe Oba­ma was born in Kenya, not Hawaii,” Gra­ham said on Fri­day. “Say­ing that most ille­gal immi­grants are rapists and drug deal­ers. He’s play­ing into this hate­ful nar­ra­tive. It’s now time for him to set it right.”

    So will cater­ing to ‘Birtherism’ get one last hur­rah before the end of the Oba­ma pres­i­den­cy? It’s cer­tain­ly look­ing like it. And will that actu­al­ly harm Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­den­tial ambi­tions? Well, it may not help with his pres­i­den­tial ambi­tions, but before that hap­pens he has to actu­al­ly get the nom­i­na­tion and when it comes to get­ting the nom­i­na­tion, ‘Birther’ dog-whis­tles and talk of secret Mus­lim para­mil­i­tary train­ing camps prob­a­bly won’t hurt, and might actu­al­ly help:

    US News & World Report
    Will Rekin­dling the Birther Debate Help or Hurt Trump?
    In declin­ing to cor­rect a sup­port­er, Trump caters to an audi­ence of unbe­liev­ers.

    By Joseph P. Williams
    Sept. 18, 2015 | 3:26 p.m. EDT

    When a sup­port­er at a town-hall meet­ing told him Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma is a Mus­lim who was born over­seas, Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial front-run­ner Don­ald Trump didn’t bat down the asser­tion, an omis­sion that touched off clash­es between his cam­paign and two cable TV news anchors and drew a rebuke from a GOP rival, as well as a Twit­ter slap from Hillary Clin­ton, the Democ­rats’ top con­tender.

    Com­ing off a dis­mal per­for­mance by their can­di­date in Tuesday’s sec­ond debate, how­ev­er, the ques­tion, and Trump’s inac­tion, has ener­gized a core Trump con­stituen­cy: so-called “birthers,” who don’t believe Oba­ma was born in the U.S.

    A recent Pub­lic Pol­i­cy Polling sur­vey shows that, six years after the 2008 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion — and four years after he pro­duced an offi­cial copy of his birth cer­tifi­cate — more than 60 per­cent of Trump back­ers don’t think the pres­i­dent is a Chris­t­ian or an Amer­i­can cit­i­zen, a notion they also link to their candidate’s call to end cit­i­zen­ship for any­one born in the U.S.

    In a state­ment to The Wash­ing­ton Post, Trump’s cam­paign walked past the issue alto­geth­er, declar­ing that the pres­i­dent “is wag­ing a war against Chris­tians in this coun­try. Chris­tians need sup­port in this coun­try. Their reli­gious lib­er­ty is at stake.”

    But as the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial cam­paign grinds on, it might not be so easy for Trump to brush off the con­tro­ver­sy — a hot-but­ton issue for the GOP grass­roots, but a turn-off for most main­stream vot­ers — espe­cial­ly when his grass­roots sup­port­ers bring it up in the pub­lic are­na.

    “It looks as if he does have a great amount of sup­port” among birthers, says Dr. Krista Jenk­ins, direc­tor of Pub­lic­Mind, a pub­lic opin­ion think tank based in Fair­leigh Dick­in­son Uni­ver­si­ty. In Jan­u­ary, Pub­lic­Mind released sim­i­lar data show­ing a third of self-iden­ti­fied Repub­li­cans believe Oba­ma was born some­where oth­er than the U.S.

    “Maybe they became aware of [Trump’s] sta­tus as a politi­cian because of his lead­er­ship in his move­ment,” Jenk­ins says, refer­ring to Trump’s 2011 clash with the White House. But since most Amer­i­cans are sat­is­fied Oba­ma was born in Amer­i­ca, she added, “It’s going to be an open ques­tion as to how he deals with peo­ple that want to raise the specter of birtherism.”

    In 2011, as he was con­sid­er­ing run­ning for the pres­i­den­cy, Trump pub­licly ques­tioned Obama’s cit­i­zen­ship, and launched a pub­lic cam­paign to force the pres­i­dent to prove he was born in the U.S. The bil­lion­aire didn’t run, but when Oba­ma released the long-form ver­sion of his birth cer­tifi­cate to silence the uproar, Trump crowed that he was “proud” he’d forced Obama’s hand.

    The issues sur­faced again in 2012, when Trump announced he’d back Mitt Rom­ney, the GOP’s nom­i­nee, against Oba­ma for pres­i­dent. As the race between Rom­ney and Oba­ma wore on, how­ev­er, the issue fad­ed into the back­ground, and hasn’t been a fac­tor in Trump’s 2016 cam­paign thus far.

    On Fri­day, the day after Obama’s cit­i­zen­ship was raised at a Trump event, the can­di­date abrupt­ly can­celed an appear­ance in South Car­oli­na, an ear­ly pri­ma­ry state. “Mr. Trump has a sig­nif­i­cant busi­ness trans­ac­tion that was expect­ed to close Thurs­day,” accord­ing to USA Today, quot­ing a cam­paign e‑mail.

    Yet it’s unlike­ly that a skipped cam­paign appear­ance will be enough to quash the con­tro­ver­sy, giv­en the results of a Pub­lic Pol­i­cy Polling sur­vey.

    Trump “is ben­e­fit­ing from a GOP elec­torate that thinks Barack Oba­ma is a Mus­lim and was born in anoth­er coun­try, and that immi­grant chil­dren should be deport­ed,” accord­ing to a PPP state­ment released with the poll.

    The polls show that “66 per­cent of Trump’s sup­port­ers believe that Oba­ma is a Mus­lim to just 12 per­cent that grant he’s a Chris­t­ian.” At the same time, “61 per­cent think Oba­ma was not born in the Unit­ed States to only 21 per­cent who accept that he was,” accord­ing to the poll.

    Mean­while, “63 per­cent want to amend the Con­sti­tu­tion to elim­i­nate birthright cit­i­zen­ship, to only 20 per­cent who want to keep things the way they are.”

    As the con­tro­ver­sy spread on Thurs­day, Trump sur­ro­gates tried to put out the fire, but at least one seemed to be using gaso­line.

    Appear­ing on MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” Tana Goertz, the campaign’s Iowa co-chair, skirt­ed ques­tions about Trump’s non-response to the man ques­tion­ing Obama’s cit­i­zen­ship. But she also pumped up notions that inves­ti­ga­tors the bil­lion­aire dis­patched to Hawaii found damn­ing evi­dence about Obama’s birth, and that Trump will reveal all “when the tim­ing is per­fect­ly strate­gic.”

    At the same time, CNN’s Ander­son Coop­er tan­gled with one of Trump’s busi­ness asso­ciates who attempt­ed to defend the real estate mogul’s posi­tion on Mus­lims and Obama’s birth. Then, Clin­ton sent out a tweet demand­ing Trump “cut it out”:


    Per­haps sens­ing an oppor­tu­ni­ty to make favor­able head­lines, New Jer­sey Gov. Chris Christie jumped into the fray on NBC’s “Today” show Fri­day morn­ing.

    “I would just tell you that if some­body at one of my town hall meet­ings said some­thing like that, I would cor­rect them and say, now, the president’s a Chris­t­ian and he was born in this coun­try,” Christie told host Matt Lauer. “Those two things are self evi­dent.”

    Fair­leigh Dickinson’s Jenk­ins says she’s not sur­prised that Trump has the birther vote, or that the con­tro­ver­sy over Obama’s cit­i­zen­ship hasn’t gone away.

    “As our data shows, there’s a par­ti­san dif­fer­ence and a media source dif­fer­ence,” she said. “The president’s oppo­nents are most like­ly to believe he isn’t a cit­i­zen. And peo­ple who are more like­ly view Fox News Net­work are more like­ly to believe he’s not a native-born cit­i­zen. Those are the two facts we can at least ground in that data.”

    And the facts, she says, don’t real­ly mat­ter to them.

    “Even though there’s cer­tain­ly an abun­dance of sources that have cor­rect­ed the record, the real­i­ty is there’s the inter­net and oth­er places where you can go where [Obama’s birth] is an open ques­tion,” she says. “I think that pro­vides you with some degree of cov­er for dis­miss­ing the accu­rate information...When a poll­ster asks you, you can ground your per­cep­tion in some­thing out there that legit­imizes your dubi­ous­ness.”

    “I hon­est­ly don’t know” if the revi­tal­iza­tion of the birth cer­tifi­cate ques­tion will hurt Trump in the polls, Jenk­ins says. “He says the things that [his sup­port­ers] believe, as we’ve seen in our data.”

    Nev­er­the­less, “any coali­tion of peo­ple who sup­port a can­di­date is more com­plex” than on the sur­face, Jenk­ins says. “I think it will alien­ate some, but oth­ers will ral­ly to his side.”

    Yes, with 2/3 Trump sup­port­ers already pret­ty sure that Oba­ma was born out­side the US, and 1/3 Repub­li­can vot­ers in gen­er­al sup­port­ing that sen­ti­ment, we prob­a­bly should­n’t be sur­prised that not only is the Trump cam­paign cater­ing to these sen­ti­ments but they’re appar­ent­ly sit­ting on new evi­dence that “when the tim­ing is per­fect­ly strate­gic”:


    As the con­tro­ver­sy spread on Thurs­day, Trump sur­ro­gates tried to put out the fire, but at least one seemed to be using gaso­line.

    Appear­ing on MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” Tana Goertz, the campaign’s Iowa co-chair, skirt­ed ques­tions about Trump’s non-response to the man ques­tion­ing Obama’s cit­i­zen­ship. But she also pumped up notions that inves­ti­ga­tors the bil­lion­aire dis­patched to Hawaii found damn­ing evi­dence about Obama’s birth, and that Trump will reveal all “when the tim­ing is per­fect­ly strate­gic.”

    So the “Sum­mer of Trump” just might end up being the “Fall of Birtherism”. That should be fun.

    But as the arti­cle below points out, what that audi­ence mem­ber brought up in his question/rant was far more than just ques­tions of Oba­ma’s reli­gion and place of birth. He was basi­cal­ly elud­ing to the same world-view held by Robert Dog­gart, the man recent­ly charged with plan­ning an armed assault on the pre­dom­i­nant­ly Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty of Islam­berg, New York over fears that the com­mu­ni­ty itself was basi­cal­ly a mil­i­tant Islamist “train­ing camp”. And if you’re some­one that holds that world­view, you just might be sup­port­ive of some sort of eth­nic cleans­ing:

    Here’s the ter­ri­fy­ing anti-Mus­lim con­spir­a­cy the­o­ry that Trump’s sup­port­er was cit­ing

    Updat­ed by Max Fish­er on Sep­tem­ber 18, 2015, 10:40 a.m. ET

    On Thurs­day night, at a town hall in New Hamp­shire, Don­ald Trump nod­ded along and even seemed agree when a sup­port­er declared, “We have a prob­lem in this coun­try, it’s called Mus­lims,” then went on to ask, “When can we get rid of ’em?” The man also declared Pres­i­dent Oba­ma to be Mus­lim.

    The sup­port­er also said some­thing else: “We have train­ing camps grow­ing where they want to kill us.”

    The ques­tion about the train­ing camps was­n’t inci­den­tal. In fact, even the Trump cam­paign is insist­ing that’s what the ques­tion was about — and that that’s what Trump was respond­ing to when he said, “We’re going to be look­ing at that and plen­ty of oth­er things.”

    The Trump sup­port­er was talk­ing about a con­spir­a­cy the­o­ry that been fes­ter­ing on the far-right fringes of Amer­i­can polit­i­cal dis­course: that Mus­lim Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ties are shel­ter­ing secret ter­ror­ist train­ing camps in the US.

    The very basics of the “Mus­lim train­ing camps” con­spir­a­cy the­o­ry

    “Fears of ‘Mus­lim train­ing camps’ have sim­mered on the far right for years, espe­cial­ly since the rise of the Islam­ic State,” Jen­na John­son writes in the Wash­ing­ton Post, adding that right-wing media some­times claim there are dozens of such camps.

    These sto­ries make it into more main­stream right-wing media as well. John­son links to a Jan­u­ary Fox News clip in which Bill O’Reil­ly host­ed a mem­ber of a far-right group who claimed that Mus­lim Amer­i­cans are orga­niz­ing secret para­mil­i­tary com­munes poised to com­mit acts of ter­ror­ism. O’Reil­ly and the guest dis­cussed the sup­posed Mus­lim train­ing camps at length. On Fox Busi­ness, also in Jan­u­ary, Lou Dobbs host­ed the same group to repeat these claims.

    This con­spir­a­cy the­o­ry has prompt­ed attempts at far-right vio­lence in the past. Just this spring, FBI arrest­ed a Ten­nessee man named Robert Dog­gart who was plot­ting to lead a far-right mili­tia on a killing spree against a heav­i­ly Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty in New York state.

    Dog­gart believed the com­mu­ni­ty was a “Mus­lim Jihadist Train­ing Camp,” accord­ing to a post he made on his web site. He wrote, “Giv­en the recent behead­ing of an Amer­i­can Jour­nal­ist by the treach­er­ous ISIS group, the Islam­ic net­work­ing that is under­way in Amer­i­ca, and the threats direct­ed at us, there is no choice but to engage this top­ic, face-to-face, on loca­tion.”

    Why this con­spir­a­cy the­o­ry is grow­ing, along with incite­ments to anti-Mus­lim vio­lence
    [see video clip of Lou Dobbs seg­ment about Mus­lim para­mil­i­tary train­ing camps ]

    The impli­ca­tion and basis of the con­spir­a­cy the­o­ry are pret­ty clear: that the 2.6 mil­lion Mus­lim Amer­i­cans in this coun­try are not equal cit­i­zens who hap­pen to fol­low a dif­fer­ent faith, but rather a fright­en­ing ene­my with­in that must be con­front­ed, vio­lent­ly if nec­es­sary. Calls for a mass eth­nic cleans­ing cam­paign against Mus­lims, like the one the Trump sup­port­er implied is nec­es­sary, are mere­ly the next step in that hor­ri­fy­ing log­ic.

    Like much of the ris­ing tide of Islam­o­pho­bia in Amer­i­ca, this con­spir­a­cy the­o­ry has been around for a while but has grown since the emer­gence of ISIS, helped along by US media cov­er­age that fre­quent­ly con­flates ISIS with all Mus­lims and sug­gests, as CNN often does, that Mus­lims are inher­ent­ly vio­lent­ly peo­ple.

    The con­spir­a­cy the­o­ry also feeds into far-right fears about demo­graph­ic change, and a belief that, as white Chris­t­ian Amer­i­cans lose their demo­graph­ic dom­i­nance, they will come under phys­i­cal threat as well.

    These fringe extrem­ists see the world as divid­ed into racial and reli­gious groups, and believe that they are already under immi­nent phys­i­cal dan­ger from peo­ple who look dif­fer­ent from them. With­in that warped world­view, pre-emp­tive vio­lence against their per­ceived ene­mies would be entire­ly jus­ti­fied.

    More media-savvy groups, such as the one Fox News has host­ed, will sim­ply point out that it’s a shame that restric­tive laws make it impos­si­ble for the FBI to arrest the peo­ple in these train­ing camps. But this is just a way of sub­tly sug­gest­ing that Amer­i­ca would be safer if we could take away the pesky civ­il lib­er­ties of the mem­bers of these “Muslin train­ing camps,” who, recall, are in fact inno­cent Mus­lim Amer­i­can fam­i­lies.

    That is what led Robert Dog­gart to plan to attack inno­cent fam­i­lies in New York, and it is what led Trump’s sup­port­er to call to “get rid of” Mus­lims. So while Trump’s cam­paign is try­ing to spin this as Trump only agree­ing with the call to “look into” Mus­lim train­ing camps, make no mis­take that when far-right groups talk about “get­ting rid” of Mus­lims or even just Mus­lim train­ing camps, what they are actu­al­ly talk­ing about is large-scale dis­crim­i­na­tion and per­haps even vio­lence against Mus­lim Amer­i­can fam­i­lies.

    This is not a prob­lem of just the far right

    The New York town that Dog­gart was plan­ning to attack, by the way, had been fea­tured promi­nent­ly in the Jan­u­ary O’Reil­ly seg­ment as a secret train­ing camp.

    This is to say that, while Trump and his sup­port­er are being cov­ered as just a wacky clown can­di­date refus­ing to con­front a wingnut sup­port­er, in fact this episode is a direct out­growth of anti-Mus­lim incite­ment and big­otry that has been pro­mot­ed for months on right-wing out­lets such as Fox News.


    “This is to say that, while Trump and his sup­port­er are being cov­ered as just a wacky clown can­di­date refus­ing to con­front a wingnut sup­port­er, in fact this episode is a direct out­growth of anti-Mus­lim incite­ment and big­otry that has been pro­mot­ed for months on right-wing out­lets such as Fox News.”

    Part of what makes the “all Mus­lims are inher­ent­ly vio­lent Jihadists” meme that’s reg­u­lar­ly pushed by folks on Fox News and the right-wing media so dis­turb­ing and unhelp­ful is that if you want­ed to devise a plan to actu­al­ly empow­er and gar­ner sym­pa­thy for the gen­uine­ly mil­i­tant and rad­i­cal Islamist move­ments and lead­ers with­in the Amer­i­can Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty, you almost could­n’t come up with a more effec­tive cam­paign than the “all Mus­lims are secret Jihadists, just like Oba­ma” memes that are not just cham­pi­oned by Trump but much of the Amer­i­can right-wing at this point. Sure, there’s no short­age of the­o­log­i­cal jus­ti­fi­ca­tions for vio­lence or author­i­tar­i­an­ism that one can find if they go look­ing for it in Islam or Chris­tian­i­ty or any oth­er major reli­gions, but, of course, it’s also the case that peo­ple have been liv­ing under var­i­ous the­olo­gies or ide­olo­gies through­out his­to­ry that can lend them­selves to the jus­ti­fi­ca­tion of all sorts of hor­ri­ble behav­iors and it would be sil­ly to assume that all of the peo­ple liv­ing in those soci­eties embraced the worst inter­pre­ta­tions of their com­mu­nal beliefs. And yet that’s basi­cal­ly the meme embraced by Trump and the larg­er right-wing media infra­struc­ture: that near­ly all Mus­lims embrace the worst aspects of con­tem­po­rary Islam.

    And part of what makes this cam­paign against all Amer­i­can Mus­lims so hor­ri­ble in the glob­al con­text is that the deeply far-right theo­crat­ic strains of fun­da­men­tal­ist Islam pro­mot­ed by groups like the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, the Islamist gov­ern­ments of the Gulf states, or the lunatic Mul­lahs of Iran real­ly do hold enor­mous pow­er in Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties around the world and the Amer­i­can Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty is prob­a­bly one of the best posi­tioned to counter that influ­ence by pro­mot­ing, by both exam­ple and edu­ca­tion, non-fun­da­men­tal­ist ver­sions of Islam that rep­re­sent a mean­ing­ful break with the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood-style luna­cy. And one of the best ways to dis­em­pow­er the mod­er­ate Amer­i­can Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty is to see a bunch of right-wing Amer­i­cans, many of whom adhere to var­i­ous forms of Chris­t­ian fun­da­men­tal­ist thought, embrace the “all Mus­lims are vio­lent and we need to ‘get rid of them’ ” meme. Rad­i­cal fun­da­men­tal­ists love call­ing them­selves “mod­er­ates”, which is exact­ly why group­ing all Mus­lim in with the rad­i­cals is so harm­ful. That’s what the fun­da­men­tal­ists want.

    But here we are, with the lead­ing GOP can­di­date, who just hap­pens to be king of the ‘Birthers’, cater­ing to “let’s get rid of the Mus­lims” crowd and responds to the crit­i­cism by say­ing, “the media wants to make this issue about Oba­ma. The big­ger issue is that Oba­ma is wag­ing war against Chris­tians in this coun­try. Their reli­gious lib­er­ty is at stake.” It’s more than a lit­tle omi­nous. Omi­nous and oh so iron­ic.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | September 19, 2015, 4:41 pm

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