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National Security Professionals Challenge ACU On Muslim Brotherhood Influence Peddling

February 12, 2014

February 12, 2014 – San Francisco, CA – – What follows is an in-depth investigation, conducted by Center For Security Policy, which alleges the most serious of charges against Mr. Grover Norquist and Mr. Suhail Khan, both senior members of the American Conservative Union [ACU], previously believed to have been organized around Constitutionalist principles.

This news source has previously written about these two individuals and feel no need to recapitulate our findings here. We therefore submit the following, extraordinarily well researched document prepared by Frank Gaffney's prestigious national security think-tank, the Center for Security Policy, for your appraisal.


Washington, D.C.: In the wake of the ominous announcement last week by the State and Homeland Security Departments that they are no longer going to enforce statutory prohibitions on granting asylum to individuals who have provided "limited" material support to terrorists, two proponents of such policies have been called to account.

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and an individual with longstanding family and personal ties to the Muslim Brotherhood,Suhail Khan, are the subject of a letter [PDF] to leaders of the American Conservative Union (ACU) signed by ten influential national security practitioners. The signers include: former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, former Clinton Director of Central Intelligence R. James Woolsey, former Congressman Allen West, former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy, former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Lieutenant General William "Jerry" Boykin and former Pentagon Inspector General Joseph Schmitz.

The joint letter [PDF] transmits a Statement of Facts that responds to, and challenges, representations made concerning Messrs. Norquist and Khan in an exculpatory memorandum to the ACU Board written in September 2011 by one of its members, attorney Cleta Mitchell. The ACU Board was moved on the basis of those representations to endorse Norquist and Khan, both of whom serve as members.

The Center for Security Policy facilitated the compilation of the forty-five pages listing eighty-seven rigorously documented facts and fifty-five endnotes. Its President, Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. was the subject of the Mitchell memo that claimed on the basis of "fairly substantial due diligence" to have found no basis for Mr. Gaffney's longstanding charges that both Messrs. Norquist and Khan have enabled Muslim Brotherhood influence operations directed at the conservative movement and Republican Party.

Upon the release of the letter to Ms. Mitchell and the rest of the ACU leadership, Mr. Gaffney observed: "The signers of this letter with its attached Statement of Facts have afforded the Board of the American Conservative Union, the conservative movement as a whole and the Republican Party of which they are important parts an opportunity to address afresh a problem many have chosen to ignore – and, thereby, allowed to continue. These accomplished national security practitioners have rendered yet another service to their country and the cause of liberty. It is deeply appreciated."

A PDF of the joint letter, Executive Summary and Statement of Facts can be viewed at:

The Islamists' - and their Enablers' - Assault on the Right:


February 11, 2014


In Cleta Mitchell's September 21, 2011 memorandum to the Board of Directors of the American Conservative Union, several representations were made that are rebutted by the attached Statement of Facts. These facts were all publicly and readily available to anyone doing, as Ms. Mitchell told the Board she had done, "fairly substantial due diligence."

And they informed the materials Center for Security Policy President Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. made available to her and others. The following (in bold) are Ms. Mitchell's representations, together with the factual information documented by the cited entries from the Statement of Facts:

I. "There was absolutely nothing contained in any of the materials that in any way linked Suhail (or Grover) to such organizations or their activities."

The Statement of Facts demonstrates that Suhail Khan and Grover Norquist have extensive ties to "various Muslim extremist organizations," individuals associated with them and their activities. These include: organizations established in federal court as prominent Muslim Brotherhood front organizations with ties to the designated terrorist organization, Hamas; two convicted terrorists, Abdurahman Alamoudi and Sami al-Arian; and efforts to deny prosecutors an important counterterrorism tool vilified by such groups and individuals as "secret evidence." [See Facts 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 61, 62, 64, 65, 68, 74, 78, 79, 80, 81, and 82.]

II. "I repeatedly asked Mr. Gaffney ‘Where is the evidence of any relationship between these organizations and Suhail Kahn?' He never provided a single fact or any documentation that would tie Suhail to any Muslim extremist organization. None."

Suhail Khan's parents, Mahboob and Malika Khan, were founders of several organizations demonstrated in federal courts to be Muslim Brotherhood fronts and associated with its Palestinian terrorist franchise, Hamas. Suhail Khan has also been involved personally with such groups, appearing at their meetings before, during and after his time in the Bush administration. In videotaped remarks at several of these meetings, Suhail Khan used standard Islamist rhetoric (e.g., "What our oppressors going to do with people like us? We love death more than they love life.") He also expressed appreciation to Abdurahman Alamoudi, whom he identified as one of those "who have been helping me keep going" and for being "very supportive of me." [See Facts 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 61, 62, 64, 65, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, and 84.]

III. "I have repeatedly asked [Mr. Gaffney] for the facts to demonstrate any link between Suhail and any extremist organization(s)….and have asked him pointedly, "if Suhail is an ‘extremist,' how did he obtain a White House security clearance?""

As a volunteer at the White House, even a full-time one, Suhail Khan is unlikely to have held a security clearance – a costly investment generally reserved for paid government and contractor employees. He was, however, cleared to work in the Executive Complex to perform outreach to the Muslim community, thanks to his ties to others who had done the same during the Bush 2000 campaign – notably, Grover Norquist and Khaled Saffuri. Suhail Khan did receive a security clearance in connection with his political appointment to a position in the office of the Secretary of Transportation in the aftermath of 9/11. Reportedly, he was moved from the White House to Transportation in response to information that a mosque in Santa Clara, California founded by Mahboob Khan had hosted a fundraising visit by Osama bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

It cannot be determined whether in this instance, Suhail Khan – an individual known to enjoy the strong support of the White House – was subjected to a thorough background check, or whether at the time his Muslim Brotherhood connections would have been deemed a disqualifier. (What has come to light recently, though, is a finding by the federal government that, since 1996, a contractor named United States Investigative Services (USIS) engaged in what it called "flushing" and "dumping" over 650,000 background investigations. According to the New York Times, the Department of Justice described this practice in a court filing as "releasing investigations that had not been completed." [See Facts 71, including Endnote 45, and Fact 84, including Endnote 52.])

IV. "After spending substantial time and effort to review Mr. Gaffney's allegations, I have concluded that there are simply no facts to support or substantiate his allegations against Suhail."

Mr. Gaffney's "allegations" tying Suhail Khan to Muslim Brotherhood front organizations, their influence operators and agendas are borne out by his own words, by those of one of the most prominent of those operators and by the reporting of others. [See Facts 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 61, 62, 64, 65, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, and 84.]

V. "With respect to Mr. Gaffney's allegations against Grover, those are purely and simply character assassination. I have reviewed everything that Mr. Gaffney has presented to substantiate his continuing venom against Grover – but it is apparent that there simply is no basis whatsoever for those attacks. If there were any such factual support, Mr. Gaffney would have produced it years ago. It doesn't exist."

As the Statement of Facts makes clear, there is abundant evidence to support Mr. Gaffney's "allegations" associating Grover Norquist with: organizations known to be Muslim Brotherhood fronts and their leaders; convicted terrorists Abdurahman Alamoudi and Sami al-Arian; the Islamic Free Market Institute, which received seed money from Alamoudi and was run by his long-time deputy, Khaled Saffuri; the penetration of Islamists into the Bush 2000 campaign and subsequent administration, especially at the sensitive moment when U.S. post-9/11 policies were being formulated; and the al-Arian initiative to repeal the statute permitting prosecutors to employ "secret evidence." [See Facts 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 61, 62, 64, 65, 68, 74, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, 86, and 87.]


The Statement of Facts establishes the following:

1. Islamist enemies of the United States, led by the Muslim Brotherhood, are engaged in a concerted effort to destroy this country and impose their supremacist doctrine of shariah worldwide.

2. The Muslim Brotherhood is using techniques it calls "civilization jihad" to "destroy Western civilization from within…by [our] hands."

3. Political influence operations are among such techniques and are being used against America's civil society institutions and government.

4. Muslim Brotherhood front groups and operatives have targeted, among others, the Republican Party and conservative movement.

5. Leaders of organizations identified by the federal government as Muslim Brotherhood fronts – and, in some cases, tied to terrorists – were involved in influence operations targeting the GOP and conservatives during the late 1990s and some or all of the decade that followed. Such leaders included, notably: Abdurahman Alamoudi, Sami al-Arian, Nihad Awad and Khaled Saffuri.

6. Over the past fifteen years, Grover Norquist has had personal, professional and/or organizational associations with each of these Muslim Brotherhood operatives.

7. Norquist's connections, organizations and personal efforts have enabled the influence operations of Islamists, including those of Iran.

8. Suhail Khan has life-long associations with Muslim Brotherhood organizations and operatives – through his family and in his own right.

9. Khan has serially lied about: demonstrable connections to Abdurahman

Alamoudi; the nature of the Muslim Brotherhood front organizations his parents founded; his own ties to those organizations; and his work on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood's agenda.

10. Representations that there is no factual basis for these conclusions are, themselves, without foundation

The Foregoing Represents Only The Executive Summary, For The Full Document Please Take This Link, THE CASE AGAINST GROVER NORQUIST AND SUHAIL KHAN February 11, 2014, Center for Security Policy Document

Signatories to this document include:

Hon. Michael B. Mukasey, 81st Attorney General of the United States

Hon. R. James Woolsey, Former Director of Central Intelligence

Hon. Allen B. West, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.), Former Member of Congress

Adm. James A. Lyons, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Former Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, U.S. Army (Ret.), Former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

Hon. Joseph E. Schmitz, Former Inspector General, Department of Defense

Andrew C. McCarthy, Esq., Former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney

Amb. Henry F. Cooper, Former Ambassador, Defense & SpaceTalks and former Director, Strategic Defense Initiative Organization

John Guandolo, Former Special Agent, FBI

Clare Lopez, Former Career CIA Officer

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