Inside the Ring: Brotherhood threat

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Islamists linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and similar groups are working to undermine the U.S. government through “civilization jihad” aimed at imposing Islamic law rule in the United States.

That is the conclusion of a new 10-part online video course produced by the Center for Security Policy (CSP), a Washington think tank, that was made public Tuesday.

The briefing-style educational video, “The Muslim Brotherhood in America: The Enemy Within,” features lectures by CSP chief Frank Gaffney.

The video includes a detailed section on “Team Obama” that identifies six people working close to or inside the Obama administration that the course says are linked to the Muslim Brotherhood or similar Islamist groups through numerous front organizations.

They include Rashad Hussein, special envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation; Huma Abedin, deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; and presidential adviser Dalia Mogahed.

The video says Mr. Hussein, the special envoy to the OIC, has “long-standing ties to Muslim Brotherhood front groups.”

A State Department spokeswoman declined to comment on the video’s claims.

The objective of the course, according to its online statement, is to deal with “a threat most Americans are unaware even exists within our country, let alone the degree of peril it represents.”

“The threat is the totalitarian, supremacist Islamic doctrine its adherents call ‘Shariah’ and the organized, disciplined and increasingly successful efforts by such adherents - most especially the Muslim Brotherhood - to bring it here,” the statement says.

The video briefing is designed to educate the public about the threat of political Islam that it says is “principally about power, not faith.”

Based on public-domain sources of information and firsthand accounts, the course seeks to provide a threat-assessment of the dangers to U.S. security posed by Islamists.

The course asserts that the Muslim Brotherhood is “not a nonviolent group.” But in most countries where it operates, the group acts in ways the CSP course identified as “a pre-violent phase.”

The Muslim Brotherhood’s strategic plan for the Islamicization of the United States is described as a “civilization-jihadist process” aimed at destroying Western civilization from within, the course says.

The Brotherhood strategy is to plant agents and subvert government and societal institutions using stealth means.

According to the course, the Brotherhood is seeking what the Pentagon calls “information dominance.”

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Bill Gertz

Bill Gertz

Bill Gertz is a national security columnist for The Washington Times and senior editor at The Washington Free Beacon ( He has been with The Times since 1985.

He is the author of six books, four of them national best-sellers. His latest book, “The Failure Factory,” on government bureaucracy and national security, was published in September 2008.

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