What’s wrong with this picture?

June 23, 2009

The United States Department of Justice is looking for volunteers from among its staff to man a booth at the national convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) over the July 4th weekend. What’s wrong with this, you ask?

ISNA is a front organization for the Muslim Brotherhood, which is dedicated to the destruction of Western civilization and the imposition of shariah law in the United States. It is an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial that found five men guilty on 108 counts of illegally transferring money to the terrorist group Hamas.

Jennifer Rubin of Pajamas Media broke this story this morning and has the details:

This is not the first time ISNA and the Justice Department have gotten into the news. In 2007, similar conduct by the Justice Department drew the attention of Sen. Tom Coburn. IPT reported:

  • In 2007, Coburn pushed an amendment to the FY 2008 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill which barred DOJ from underwriting any conferences with organizations identified “as an unindicted co-conspirator by the federal government in any criminal prosecution.” The Senate passed the provision but when the Senate and House of Representatives met to create one final bill, it was taken out.

The Washington Times reported in October 2007:

  • In a letter to then-Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, Reps. Peter Hoekstra, Michigan Republican and ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Sue Myrick, North Carolina Republican, called the Justice Department’s involvement [with ISNA] a “grave mistake.”
  • “In light of the threat that our nation … is currently facing from radical jihadists, and because of the president’s commitment to fighting the war on terror on all fronts, we believe it is a grave mistake to provide legitimacy to an organization with extremist origins, leadership and a radical agenda,” the lawmakers said.

One has to ask: In a time when we are at war with jihadists who seek our submission and even our destruction, why is a department responsible for our internal security engaging in "outreach" to a group that is nothing but a blind for a  key group allied to the jihadists? The Muslim Brotherhood itself may not engage in violent jihad in Western countries, but it uses groups such as ISNA to pursue the same goals as the violent jihadists through quiet means. Their differences with al Qaeda are over tactics and strategy, not goals. Having the Justice Department buy a booth at ISNA’s convention is like FDR’s Justice Department doing the same at a meeting of the German-American Bund.

What’s next, an exchange program between US high schools and Pakistani madrassahs, sponsored by the Department of al-Education in the name of "multicultural understanding?" Maybe they could invite them over for hot dogs, too.


LINKS: The Investigative Project on Terrorism‘s copy of the Muslim Brotherhood strategy memo that exposes ISNA and other front groups is here (PDF). The English version begins on page 16.