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The Little Explored Offshore Empire of the International Muslim Brotherhood

by Dou­glas Farah
Pub­lished on April 18th, 2006

Almost from the incep­tion of the mod­ern Islam­ic bank­ing struc­ture (ear­ly 1980s), the inter­na­tion­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood set up a par­al­lel and far-flung off­shore struc­ture that has become an inte­gral part of its abil­i­ty to hide and move mon­ey around the world. This net­work is lit­tle under­stood and has, so far, gar­nered lit­tle atten­tion from the intel­li­gence and law enforce­ment com­mu­ni­ties track­ing ter­ror­ist finan­cial struc­tures.

The fun­da­men­tal premise of the Broth­er­hood in set­ting up this struc­ture was that it is nec­es­sary to build a clan­des­tine struc­ture that was hid­den from non-Mus­lims and even Mus­lims who do not share the Broth­er­hood’s fun­da­men­tal objec­tive of recre­at­ing the Islam­ic caliphate and spread­ing Islam, by force and per­sua­sion, across the globe.

To this end, the Broth­er­hood’s strat­e­gy, includ­ing the con­struc­tion of its finan­cial net­work, is built on the pil­lars of “clan­des­tin­i­ty, duplic­i­ty, exclu­sion, vio­lence, prag­ma­tism and opportunism.”[1]

Among the lead­ers of the Broth­er­hood’s finan­cial efforts, based on ear­ly Broth­er­hood doc­u­ments and pub­lic records, are Ibrahim Kamel a founder of Dar al Maal al Isla­mi Bank (DMI ) and its off­shore struc­ture in Nas­sau, Bahamas; Yousef Nada, Ghal­ib Him­mat and Yusuf al-Qaradawi and the Bank al Taqwa struc­ture, in Nas­sau; and Idriss Nasred­din, with Aki­da Bank Inter­na­tion­al in Nassau.[2]

Map­ping the net­work of bank, insur­ance (tako­fol) com­pa­nies and off­shore cor­po­ra­tions — which are often used as cov­ers to open bank accounts and move mon­ey in dif­fi­cult-to-trace paths pro­tect­ed by bank secre­cy laws — should be the focus of far more atten­tion because the net­work pro­vides a mech­a­nism for fund­ing the Broth­er­hood’s lic­it and illic­it activ­i­ties around the globe.

This is of fun­da­men­tal impor­tance because the Broth­er­hood has played a cen­tral role in “pro­vid­ing both the ide­o­log­i­cal and tech­ni­cal capac­i­ties for sup­port­ing ter­ror­ist finance on a glob­al basis” the Broth­er­hood has spread both the ide­ol­o­gy of mil­i­tant pan-Islam­i­cism and became the spine upon which the fund­ing oper­a­tions for mil­i­tant pan-Islam­i­cism was built, tak­ing funds large­ly gen­er­at­ed from wealthy Gulf state elites and dis­trib­ut­ing them for ter­ror­ist edu­ca­tion, recruit­ment and oper­a­tions wide­ly dis­persed through­out the world, espe­cial­ly in areas where Mus­lims hoped to dis­place non-Mus­lim or sec­u­lar governments.[3]

Almost every major Islamist group can trace its roots to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, found­ed in 1928 by the Has­san al-Ban­na, a pan-Islam­i­cist who opposed the sec­u­lar ten­den­cies in Islam­ic nations. Hamas is a direct off­shoot of the Broth­er­hood. Has­san al-Tura­bi, who offered sanc­tu­ary in Sudan to Osama bin Laden and his al Qae­da allies, is a leader of the Broth­er­hood. He also sat on the boards of sev­er­al of the most impor­tant Islam­ic finan­cial insti­tu­tions, such as DMI.[4]

Bin Laden’s men­tor Abdul­lah Azzam was a stal­wart of the Jor­dan­ian Mus­lim Broth­er­hood. Ayman Zawahiri, al Qaeda’s chief strate­gist, was arrest­ed at age 15 in Egypt for belong­ing to the Broth­er­hood. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Ayman al-Zawahiri, “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdul-Rah­man, and chief 9–11 hijack­er Mohamed Atta, were mem­bers of the Broth­er­hood.

There has been some under­stand­ing of the Broth­er­hood’s rela­tion­ship to Islamist groups, and of those ties even in the Unit­ed States. In 2003 Richard Clarke said “the issue of ter­ror­ist financ­ing in the Unit­ed States is a fun­da­men­tal exam­ple of the shared infra­struc­ture lev­ered by Hamas, Islam­ic Jihad and al Qae­da, all of which enjoy a sig­nif­i­cant degree of coop­er­a­tion and coor­di­na­tion with­in our bor­ders. The com­mon link here is the extrem­ist Mus­lim Brotherhood—all these orga­ni­za­tions are descen­dants of the mem­ber­ship and ide­ol­o­gy of the Mus­lim Brotherhood.”[5] How­ev­er, this under­stand­ing has not tak­en root in the intel­li­gence, law enforce­ment and pol­i­cy com­mu­ni­ties, nor has the finan­cial net­work of the Broth­er­hood come under intense scruti­ny.

Pub­lic records show the Broth­er­hood’s finan­cial net­work of hold­ing com­pa­nies, sub­sidiaries, shell banks and real finan­cial insti­tu­tions stretch­es to Pana­ma, Liberia, British Vir­gin Islands, Cay­man Islands, Switzer­land, Cyprus, Nige­ria, Brazil, Argenti­na, Paraguay and beyond. Many of the enti­ties are in the names of indi­vid­u­als who, like Nada, Nasred­din, al-Qaradawi and Him­mat, have pub­licly iden­ti­fied them­selves as Broth­er­hood lead­ers.

A senior U.S. gov­ern­ment offi­cial esti­mates the total assets of the inter­na­tion­al Broth­er­hood to be between $5 bil­lion and $10 billion.[6] It is a dif­fi­cult thing to assess because some indi­vid­ual mem­bers, such as Nada and Nasred­din, have great indi­vid­ual wealth. They also joint­ly own dozens of enter­pris­es, both real and off­shore, with Ghal­ib Him­mat and oth­er Broth­er­hood lead­ers. Dis­cern­ing what is per­son­al wealth, legit­i­mate busi­ness oper­a­tions, and Broth­er­hood wealth is dif­fi­cult if not impos­si­ble. It is clear not all the mon­ey is intend­ed to finance ter­ror or even rad­i­cal Islam. But it is equal­ly clear that this net­work pro­vides the ways and means to move sig­nif­i­cant sums of cash for those oper­a­tions.

One indi­ca­tion of a com­pa­ny or cor­po­ra­tion being a Broth­er­hood activ­i­ty, rather than part of indi­vid­ual assets and wealth, is the over­lap of the same peo­ple on the direc­tor­ships of the finan­cial insti­tu­tions and com­pa­nies. For exam­ple, the Broth­er­hood net­work enti­ties estab­lished in Nas­sau, Bahamas, all reg­is­tered their address as that of the law firm –Arthur Han­na and Sons — which incor­po­rat­ed their busi­ness­es and bank­ing institutions.[7] Mem­bers of the Han­na fam­i­ly served on the boards of the banks and com­pa­nies, han­dled legal cor­re­spon­dence and rep­re­sent­ed the com­pa­nies in legal cas­es. Many of the direc­tors of the myr­i­ad com­pa­nies served as direc­tors of sev­er­al com­pa­nies simul­ta­ne­ous­ly. In turn, many of those same peo­ple served simul­ta­ne­ous­ly on the gov­ern­ing boards or sharia boards of DMI and oth­er impor­tant Broth­er­hood-dom­i­nat­ed finan­cial insti­tu­tions. The over­lap of direc­tor­ships and share­hold­ers strong­ly indi­cates the tight-knit nature of the orga­ni­za­tion and the inter-con­nect­ed­ness of the finan­cial net­work.

The most vis­i­ble part of the net­work, off­shore shell banks in the Bahamas, did mer­it some inves­ti­ga­tion imme­di­ate­ly after 9–11. The Trea­sury Depart­ment pub­licly stat­ed that Bank al Taqwa and Aki­da Bank Inter­na­tion­al were “involved in financ­ing rad­i­cal groups such as the Pales­tin­ian Hamas, Alge­ri­a’s Islam­ic Sal­va­tion Front and Armed Islam­ic Group, Tunisi­a’s An-Nah­da, and Usama bin Laden and his al-Qai­da organization.”[8]

The pri­ma­ry share­hold­ers in al Taqwa Bank were Nada, Nasred­din, mem­bers of the Bin­laden fam­i­ly and dozens of oth­er Broth­er­hood lead­ers, includ­ing Yousef al-Qaradawi, the grand mufti of the Unit­ed Arab Emirates.[9]

A clus­ter of char­i­ties based in Hern­don, Va., where many lead­ers had ties to Nada and his bank­ing activ­i­ties, is under active inves­ti­ga­tion by the FBI and the Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­ri­ty. Two of the lead­ers of the clus­ter, called the “Safa Group,” incor­po­rat­ed the al Taqwa Bank in Nas­sau, and oth­er lead­ers worked for Nada’s banks and had exten­sive finan­cial deal­ing with him. Many of the Safa Group’s lead­ers are also mem­bers of the Brotherhood.[10]

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, while the Trea­sury Depart­ment des­ig­nat­ed Bank al Taqwa and Aki­da Bank with great fan­fare in the imme­di­ate after­math of 9–11, it was large­ly the­ater. The gov­ern­ment of the Bahamas had already shut both banks down in April 2001.[11] The inves­ti­ga­tions sub­se­quent to 9–11 revealed the ter­ror­ist ties that had been sus­pect­ed, but nev­er act­ed on. Ear­li­er intel­li­gence oper­a­tions by the CIA found Bank al-Taqwa and oth­er struc­tures of the busi­ness empire were used not only to fun­nel mon­ey to al Qae­da, but also pro­vid­ed the ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion with access to Inter­net ser­vices and encrypt­ed tele­phones, and helped arrange arms shipments.[12] The Trea­sury Depart­ment, cit­ing intel­li­gence sources, said that
“As of Octo­ber 2000, Bank Al Taqwa appeared to be pro­vid­ing a clan­des­tine line of cred­it to a close asso­ciate of Usama bin Laden and as of late Sep­tem­ber 2001, Usama bin Laden and his al-Qai­da orga­ni­za­tion received finan­cial assis­tance from Youssef M. Nada.”[13]

The struc­ture of Bank al Taqwa and Aki­da Bank in Nas­sau fol­low the pat­tern of oth­er off­shore endeav­ors. The bank was a vir­tu­al bank, with only a hand­ful of employ­ees in Nas­sau man­ning com­put­ers and tele­phones. The bank was affil­i­at­ed with the al Taqwa Man­age­ment Orga­ni­za­tion, owned by anoth­er Nada enti­ty in Switzer­land. Nada owned a con­trol­ling inter­est in the bank, and Nasred­din was a direc­tor. At the same address, Nasred­din’s Aki­da Bank Pri­vate Ltd, oper­at­ed as a sub­sidiary of the Nasred­din Foun­da­tion. Nasred­din was the pres­i­dent, and Nada served on the board. The real bank­ing activ­i­ty, how­ev­er, was car­ried out through cor­re­spon­dent rela­tion­ships with Euro­pean banks.[14]

Nada and Nasred­din, along with their banks, were des­ig­nat­ed by the U.S. and the U.N. as ter­ror­ist financiers in Novem­ber 2001. In August 2002, the Unit­ed States and Italy joint­ly des­ig­nat­ed 14 more joint Nada/Nasreddin enti­ties for sup­port­ing terrorism.[15] But that was not the end of the use of shell com­pa­nies and off-shore havens by the Nada/Nasreddin group. An exam­i­na­tion of these activ­i­ties point to seri­ous short­falls in the efforts to com­bat ter­ror­ist financ­ing.

Despite the clear and com­pelling evi­dence that the off­shore net­work of the Broth­er­hood pro­vid­ed vital finan­cial and logis­ti­cal sup­port to a vari­ety of Islam­ic ter­ror­ist oper­a­tions, the only action tak­en so far has been to freeze a few more of the com­pa­nies owned by Nada and Nasred­din. There has been lit­tle or no coor­di­nat­ed, con­cert­ed effort to map out, iden­ti­fy and under­stand the rest of the Broth­er­hood struc­ture. One pos­si­ble excep­tion is the NATO project on the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, which focused on the Broth­er­hood’s activ­i­ties in Europe and has sought to iden­ti­fy the dif­fer­ent Broth­er­hood enti­ties.

Many Broth­er­hood busi­ness­es were reg­is­tered as off­shore com­pa­nies through local trusts in Liecht­en­stein, where there is no require­ment to iden­ti­fy com­pa­nies’ own­ers, and no record is kept regard­ing activ­i­ties or trans­ac­tions. On Jan. 28, 2002, Nada, in vio­la­tion of the U.N. trav­el ban he is sub­ject to, trav­eled from his home in Cam­pi­one d’I­talia, Switzer­land, to Vaduz, Liecht­en­stein. While in Vaduz, he sought to change the names of sev­er­al of the des­ig­nat­ed com­pa­nies. At the same time, he applied to put the new com­pa­nies in liq­ui­da­tion, and had him­self appoint­ed as liq­uida­tor. As off­shore enti­ties, the new­ly-named com­pa­nies main­tained no records in Liechtenstein.[16]

Attempts by des­ig­nat­ed ter­ror­ist financiers to switch com­pa­ny reg­is­tra­tions, or estab­lish new com­pa­nies with­out their vis­i­ble par­tic­i­pa­tion, is a pat­tern dis­cov­ered by U.N. and Euro­pean inves­ti­ga­tors. While some enti­ties have been detect­ed, many oth­ers are believed to have tran­spired with­out being detect­ed or blocked. The Unit­ed Nations Mon­i­tor­ing Group, which wrote a series of well-doc­u­ment­ed reports based on months of inves­ti­ga­tions around the world by a team of finan­cial experts, uncov­ered the Nada move­ments in Liecht­en­stein. The group con­clud­ed that “The Nada and Nasred­din exam­ples reflect con­tin­ued seri­ous weak­ness­es regard­ing the con­trol of busi­ness activ­i­ties and assets oth­er than bank accounts.” The group cit­ed the dif­fi­cul­ties in iden­ti­fy­ing ben­e­fi­cial own­er­ships and shared assets, and the weak­ness of the trav­el ban.[17] In fact, the pan­el found the where­abouts of the vast major­i­ty of the 272 indi­vid­u­als named as ter­ror­ist financiers by the Unit­ed Nations, remained unknown.[18]

The modus operan­di of Nada and Nasred­din is vis­i­ble else­where. Dozens of com­pa­nies of des­ig­nat­ed indi­vid­u­als remain active despite the osten­si­ble inter­na­tion­al com­mit­ment to shut­ting them down. In some cas­es, such as Pana­ma, com­pa­nies under the names of des­ig­nat­ed indi­vid­u­als remain untouched.[19] This does not include the many dozens of com­pa­nies and oth­er cor­po­rate enti­ties belong­ing to des­ig­nat­ed indi­vid­u­als, either out­right or through nom­i­nee share­hold­ers, reg­is­tered in the British Vir­gin Islands, Cay­man Islands and else­where in the Caribbean. While the Broth­er­hood reg­is­tered dozens of com­pa­nies in the 1980’s and 1990’s using Broth­er­hood lead­ers as iden­ti­fied direc­tors, this changed over time, mak­ing it more dif­fi­cult to trace the own­er­ship of the enti­ties. Begin­ning in the late 1990’s, per­haps in response to the few intel­li­gence probes that were car­ried out, many off­shore com­pa­nies have been shut down. Many appear to be re-opened under the direc­tion of nom­i­nee share­hold­ers, mak­ing the direct tie to the Broth­er­hood more dif­fi­cult to detect.

How­ev­er, it is often not nec­es­sary to take any pre­cau­tions at all because the inter­na­tion­al sanc­tions regime aimed at des­ig­nat­ed ter­ror­ist financiers is so weak. For exam­ple, Nige­ria is in fla­grant vio­la­tion of the UN sanc­tions regime by refus­ing to freeze the func­tion­ing busi­ness­es of Nasred­din. Nasred­din has done noth­ing to hide his own­er­ship of the enter­pris­es. The pri­ma­ry com­pa­ny is Nasco Invest­ment & Prop­er­ty Ltd., owned by Amana Hold­ings and Man­age­ment Inc., a still-func­tion­ing off­shore com­pa­ny reg­is­tered in Panama.[20] The com­pa­ny lists Nasred­din as its president.[21]

These issues — off­shore and shell com­pa­nies, front com­pa­nies and the inabil­i­ty to account for the vast major­i­ty of the des­ig­nat­ed al Qae­da financiers or their bil­lions — make it dif­fi­cult to ascer­tain how much of al Qaeda’s finan­cial flow has been impaired in the 4 1/2 years since 9–11. While the 9–11 Com­mis­sion’s Mono­graph on Ter­ror­ist Financ­ing states that al Qaeda’s oper­at­ing bud­get is now reduced to a few mil­lion dol­lars a year and its finan­cial needs are minimal[22], this assess­ment is not uni­ver­sal­ly shared. The U.N. Mon­i­tor­ing Group esti­mat­ed the val­ue of al Qaeda’s finan­cial port­fo­lio “at around $30 mil­lion,” includ­ing its “large port­fo­lio of osten­si­bly legit­i­mate businesses.”[23] What­ev­er the amount in the direct port­fo­lio of al Qae­da may be, it is only a small frac­tion of the port­fo­lio of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood. If al Qae­da were to run into seri­ous finan­cial dif­fi­cul­ty, its cof­fers could eas­i­ly be qui­et­ly replen­ished through the Broth­er­hood’s off­shore struc­ture with very lit­tle dan­ger of being inter­dict­ed.

If the flow of mon­ey to Islamist ter­ror­ist groups is to be cut off, and the fund­ing for the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood’s announced inten­tion of recre­at­ing the Islam­ic caliphate and the even­tu­al dom­i­na­tion of the world by a rad­i­cal Islam is to be slowed, then the off­shore struc­ture must be under­stood and steps must be tak­en to shut it down. It will be nec­es­sary to under­take the tedious task of dig­ging up cor­po­rate and finan­cial records and map­ping the com­plex and secre­tive rela­tion­ships among indi­vid­u­als, cor­po­ra­tions and finan­cial insti­tu­tions. A first, and rel­a­tive­ly easy step, would be to rein­vig­o­rate the U.N. sanc­tions regime by putting pres­sure on the most fla­grant vio­la­tors. A sec­ond would be to ded­i­cate more US gov­ern­ment resources to the mis­sion of iden­ti­fy­ing and track­ing Broth­er­hood financiers and assets. This would raise the Broth­er­hood’s cost of doing busi­ness and force the mem­bers to move away from the eas­i­est, most prof­itable ways of doing busi­ness, while also afford­ing demo­c­ra­t­ic gov­ern­ments a clear­er pic­ture of their ene­mies’ capa­bil­i­ties.

[1] Alain Chou­et, “The Asso­ci­a­tion of Mus­lim Broth­ers: Chron­i­cle of a Bar­barism Fore­told,” Euro­pean Strate­gic Intel­li­gence and Secu­ri­ty Cen­ter, April 6, 2006.

[2] Cor­po­rate records and Mus­lim Broth­er­hood writ­ings in pos­ses­sion of the author.

[3] Tes­ti­mo­ny of Jonathan Win­er, for­mer Deputy Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of State for Inter­na­tion­al Law Enforce­ment, before the Sen­ate Com­mit­tee on Gov­ern­men­tal Affairs, July 31, 2003.

[4] Doc­u­ments on al Tura­bi’s lead­er­ship of DMI in pos­ses­sion of the author.

[5] Tes­ti­mo­ny of Richard A. Clarke before the Sen­ate Bank­ing Com­mit­tee, Oct. 22, 2003. br />
[6] Con­fi­den­tial author inter­view.

[7] Doc­u­ments in pos­ses­sion of the author.

[8] “The Unit­ed States and Italy Des­ig­nate Twen­ty-Five New Financiers of Ter­ror,” U.S. Trea­sury Depart­ment, Aug. 29, 2002.

[9] 1999 List of Bank al Taqwa share­hold­ers, obtained by author.

[10] Dou­glas Farah, Blood From Stones: The Secret Finan­cial Net­work of Ter­ror, Broad­way Book, New York, 2004, pp. 155, 209.

[11] Notice of clo­sures in pos­ses­sion of the author.

[12] Hosen­ball, Perain and Skipp, op cit.

[13] “The Unit­ed States and Italy Des­ig­nate Twen­ty-Five New Financiers of Ter­ror,” U.S. Trea­sury Depart­ment, Aug. 29, 2002.

[14] Cor­po­rate records obtained by author and “The Unit­ed States and Italy Des­ig­nate Twen­ty-Five New Financiers of Ter­ror,” U.S. Trea­sury Depart­ment, Aug. 29, 2002.

[15] “The Unit­ed States and Italy Des­ig­nate Twen­ty-Five New Financiers of Ter­ror,” U.S. Trea­sury Depart­ment, Aug. 29, 2002.

[16] Sec­ond report of the Mon­i­tor­ing Group Estab­lished Pur­suant to Unit­ed Nations Secu­ri­ty Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tion 1363 (2001) and to Res­o­lu­tion 1455 (2003) on Sanc­tions Against al Qae­da, Dec. 3, 2003, para­graphs 77–80.

[17] Ibid, para­graphs 81–82.

[18] Ibid, exec­u­tive sum­ma­ry, pg. 3.

[19] Doc­u­men­ta­tion of cur­rent­ly reg­is­tered com­pa­nies by SDIs in pos­ses­sion of the author.

[20] Lisa Myers, “Alleged Ter­ror­ist Financier Oper­ates in Plain Sight,” NBC, June 30, 2005.

[21] Reg­istro Pub­li­co de Pana­ma, ficha 271559, rol­lo 38428.

[22] Nation­al Com­mis­sion on Ter­ror­ist Attacks Upon the Unit­ed States, Mono­graph on Ter­ror­ist Financ­ing, p. 28.

[23] Sec­ond report of the Mon­i­tor­ing Group Estab­lished Pur­suant to Unit­ed Nations Secu­ri­ty Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tion 1390 (2002) on Sanc­tions Against al Qae­da, Decem­ber 2002, para­graph 48.


One comment for “The Little Explored Offshore Empire of the International Muslim Brotherhood”

  1. A new report on the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood in North Amer­i­ca, with empha­sis on their activ­i­ty in Cana­da, has just been released.

    The report can be accessed here...

    Below is a sum­ma­ry of the report..


    Mus­lim Broth­er­hood in North Amer­i­ca

    Post­ed by William A. Jacob­son Tues­day, May 27, 2014 at 9:32am

    The Ter­ror­ism and Secu­ri­ty Experts of Cana­da Net­work (TSEC) has just issued a report doc­u­ment­ing Mus­lim Broth­er­hood activ­i­ty in North Amer­i­ca.

    Via Blaz­ing Cat Fur, here are the sum­ma­ry of find­ings:

    Cana­da has a sig­nif­i­cant pres­ence of Mus­lim Broth­er­hood adher­ent indi­vid­u­als and orga­ni­za­tions. Their val­ues and actions are fre­quent­ly the antithe­sis of the Cana­di­an Con­sti­tu­tion, val­ues and law. Despite state­ments to the con­trary, the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood con­sid­ers itself above local laws and nation­al con­sti­tu­tions.

    The Mus­lim Brotherhood’s use of set­tle­ment and the “process of civ­i­liza­tion jihad” has proven effec­tive. The long term aim is to glob­al­ly impose a vir­u­lent form of polit­i­cal Islam to the exclu­sion of oth­er faiths or sys­tems.

    Inter­na­tion­al­ly, the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood is realign­ing under pres­sure as old alliances crum­ble and oppor­tu­ni­ties arise. An aggres­sive pos­ture is re-emerg­ing which has used exten­sive polit­i­cal vio­lence in the past.

    The pol­i­cy and process of denial is deeply root­ed in the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood.

    Mus­lim Broth­er­hood adher­ent groups should not be giv­en gov­ern­men­tal accred­i­ta­tion, access to pub­lic grants nor should they have char­i­ty sta­tus.

    Canada’s stance against Mus­lim Broth­er­hood adher­ent orga­ni­za­tions in recent years has been more aggres­sive than the USA, espe­cial­ly in finan­cial areas.

    The CBC has picked up on the report, Mus­lim Broth­er­hood activ­i­ties need to be probed in Cana­da, report says:

    The Cana­di­an gov­ern­ment should con­sid­er inves­ti­gat­ing the activ­i­ties of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, which has entrenched itself in North Amer­i­ca and rep­re­sents a greater sys­temic threat than al-Qae­da, accord­ing to a new­ly released report on the group.

    “The aim of the group in North Amer­i­ca is to weak­en and destroy the free and open soci­eties with­in Cana­da and the U.S.A. from with­in and replace them with the heav­i­ly politi­cized views of [founder] Has­san Ban­na, Sayyid Qutb and the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood,” accord­ing to the report, enti­tled The Mus­lim Broth­er­hood in North Amer­i­ca (Canada/U.S.).

    The Nation­al Post in Cana­da also is cov­er­ing the report:

    Last month, British Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron ordered an inves­ti­ga­tion into the Brotherhood’s activ­i­ties in the U.K. and alleged links to vio­lence and extrem­ism. In Cana­da, the gov­ern­ment has not tak­en action direct­ly against the Broth­er­hood….

    The report comes a month after Pub­lic Safe­ty Min­is­ter Steven Blaney announced the Inter­na­tion­al Relief Fund for the Afflict­ed and Needy — Cana­da (IRFAN) had been placed on Ottawa’s list of banned ter­ror­ist groups. Accord­ing to the Cana­da Rev­enue Agency, IRFAN had merged with the Jerusalem Fund for Human Ser­vices, which was alleged­ly set up by a Mus­lim Broth­er­hood com­mit­tee.

    IRFAN had fun­nelled $15-mil­lion to groups linked to Hamas, the Mus­lim Brotherhood’s Pales­tin­ian branch, audi­tors claimed. IRFAN was a reg­is­tered char­i­ty at the time but has since had its sta­tus revoked. The RCMP is inves­ti­gat­ing. IRFAN denies know­ing­ly fund­ing Hamas.

    Expect CAIR and its Cana­di­an equiv­a­lent to start scream­ing in 3, 2, 1, …

    Posted by Vanfield | May 28, 2014, 9:17 am

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