American Wing Of Muslim Brotherhod Meets With Obama's FBI
March 24, 2009
American Wing Of Muslim Brotherhood Meets With Obama's FBI
By WILLIAM MAYER and BEILA RABINOWITZ
March 23, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Islamic Society of North America [ISNA] is widely understood to function as the American wing of the Muslim Brotherhood [see, A Rare Look at the Secretive Brotherhood in America] so it is particularly problematic that the group is actively meeting with FBI concerning the most recent radical Muslim canard that federal authorities are actively engaged - as agent provocateurs - in unwarranted surveillance of U.S. mosques.
Of note ISNA, along with other Islamic supremacy groups including CAIR, was recently named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the successful prosecution of the fraudulent Islamic charity the Holy Land Foundation, the nation's largest terror financing case.
In a March 20 press release authored by Louay Safi, the Executive Director, ISNA Leadership Development Center stated, "ISNA rejects the use of agent provocateurs, and will work diligently to ensure that such a practice is shunned by law enforcement agencies."
As these authors have opined, [see, Islam On Trial - Why Resistance To Mosque Surveillance Demonstrates The Tenuous Loyalty Of Many Muslims and Hamas Linked Group, CAIR, Decries FBI Mosque Surveillance Program] the controversy arose over the arrest of, "Ahmadullah Sais Niazi, 34, who was apprehended by the FBI at his Southern California home and charged with two counts of perjury and a single count each of naturalization fraud, misuse of a passport and making a false statement to a federal agency."
As we stated in the above referenced pieces, "the Niazi case is of special concern The FBI became aware of Niazi due to a probe of Southern California mosques which recently came to light. Niazi's background is troubling. An Afghani native, he is believed to have met with Amin al-Haq a close aid of bin-Laden's on numerous occasions while visiting the country. This is a thoroughly plausible scenario in that al-Haq is married to Niazi's sister, Hafiza, making him Niazi's brother-in-law. Al-Haq is believed to serve as al-Qaeda's security chief in Afghanistan."
Despite the abundant evidence that Niazi potentially represents a clear and present danger the investigation of Southern California mosques which led to his arrest is now being characterized by Islamic extremists such as ISNA's Safi as provocative and unjustifiable.
We believe that the FBI has no justification in meeting with ISNA and should immediately cease such contact. Much like its sister organization, the Hamas mouthpiece CAIR, ISNA represents a foreign ideology rooted in Islamic supremacy and the federal government in this outreach does nothing but grant the group unwarranted legitimacy. http://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=safiid=3.23.09%2Ehtm
MIM: The ISNA press release.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Use of Informant to Target Mosque Goers
Plainfield, IN (March 20, 2009) - Recent reports on the use of informants to target members of a mosque in Southern California have raised serious questions in the Muslim American community and have led some to propose ending all contacts with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is deeply concerned about this development, and has already contacted the FBI Headquarters to get clarification concerning the allegation of foul play on the part of the FBI informant. Representatives of ISNA met with senior FBI officers and asked the Bureau to open an investigation into the case to ensure that the civil rights of Muslim Americans are protected and the sanctity of the mosque is preserved.
ISNA believes that communications with law enforcement agencies should remain open and it is not in favor of ending contacts with the FBI. The FBI is entrusted with the protection of all citizens from any harm intended by domestic and foreign terrorists and criminals, and all Americans have a moral and legal obligation to ensure that the Bureau fulfills its mandate. Mosques and Islamic centers must do everything possible to prevent anyone with ill intention from using their facilities to harm fellow citizens or plan a terrorist or criminal operation.
ISNA is also committed to defending the constitutional rights and civil liberties of Muslim Americans, and will continue to address all issues of concern to the Muslim American community with representatives of the federal and local government. ISNA rejects the use of agent provocateurs, and will work diligently to ensure that such a practice is shunned by law enforcement agencies.
MIM: The press release above was removed from the ISNA website and replaced with the statement below. (It is still acessible via the url.)
A Call for FBI Accountability
National Muslim American organizations met with the FBI last week to voice concerns about undercover agents in mosques, to stress the need for government agencies to engage with all Muslim American groups including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and to discuss ways the FBI can continue to protect American citizens while operating with transparency. The meeting was part of an ongoing dialogue between the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), the Muslim Students Association - National (MSA National), and FBI officials.
Two decades ago, Muslim organizations demanded a place at the table with federal law enforcement in order to have a forum through which to address our concerns, our communities' experiences, and share our recommendations about fostering greater understanding between law enforcement and Muslim Americans. We collectively won our place at the table and have consistently utilized these local and national public forums to raise community concerns about profiling and stigmatization resulting from various investigations and prosecutions.
We have been and will continue to discuss these issues with the leaders of CAIR, the Muslim American Society (MAS) and many others. We will not allow for the marginalization of mainstream Muslim organizations. We have called on the FBI to re-engage with CAIR, our respected sister organization, and will continue to do so. We will continue to use our place at the table to voice our disagreements with the FBI, to demand transparency in disclosing law enforcement guidelines to address the issue of agent provocateurs, and to call for the agency to engage in dialogue with all Muslim groups rather than creating a divisive climate which alienates some and meets with others.
We will continue to call for expanded dialogue and interaction with all government agencies (not just law enforcement) and the Muslim American community. It would be a grave mistake to define civic engagement solely within the prism of law enforcement. Civic engagement runs across all aspects of civil society, including philanthropy, education, and volunteerism. As such, our stand is for more discourse, not less, with our government, with the purpose of addressing challenges facing America and its Muslim American community.
As our community continues to grow and flourish, so will our opinions and approaches. Following the example of our esteemed religious scholars, we will continue to respect and work with our fellow brothers and sisters even when our methods differ. We applaud leaders in mosques around the country who have participated in outreach with government agencies and elected officials. The mosques are our communities' most valued assets, and we will work to protect them and strengthen them.
We will continue to advocate on behalf of Muslim Americans, speaking truth to power and promoting partnerships to demonstrate the Muslim American resolve in protecting our communities and our country.