Ever since Obama took office, we have been scratching our heads trying to understand how and why he is reaching out to hardcore jihad-supporting Muslims. I documented the dangerous partnership of ISNA with the FBI. Patrick Poole has a scathing indictment of Eric Holder's Department of Justice and ISNA. It's no accident, it's systemic. And it is sanctioned at the highest levels of government. Recently I reported on Hillary Clinton at the State Department "outreaching" to proselytizing jihadis like Mahdi Bray and Esam Omeish (whom I have blogged about and exposed at length).
The State department and Hillary Clinton know who Omeish and Bray are and know their background. They chose to conference with him nonetheless and developed talking points in case the press should query State on such seditious and idiotic moves (talking points below):
Turns out it his real name is Esam S. Omeish, and he runs a nonprofit group in Washington called the Muslim American Society, which the FBI believes is the U.S. branch of the dangerous Muslim Brotherhood, a worldwide jihadist movement that operates like the mafia. The secret Islamist society counts Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahri, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and blind sheik Omar Abdel Rahman among its members. Its motto: “The Quran is our constitution, the prophet is our guide; Death for the glory of Allah is our greatest ambition.”
On December 22, 2000, MPAC's Mahdi Bray organized a rally in Lafayette Park outside the White House to celebrate a "Worldwide Day for Jerusalem." In Arabic, the crowd responsively chanted with the emcee, "Khaybar, Khaybar oh Jews, the Army of Muhammad is coming for you!" Posters calling for "Death to Israel" and equating the Star of David with the Nazi swastika were openly displayed and anti-Semitic literature calling for the destruction of the Jews and Israel was distributed. Members of the crowd burned the Israeli flag while marching from the White House to the State Department.
Bray spoke at this rally, along with Imam Mohammed al-Asi, former director of the Islamic Education Center in Potomac, Maryland, who exhorted the crowd to violence in the name of Islam. Would Truman's State department have invited and teamed up with Nazis?
For those of you were wondering what the Department of State’s criterion was in choosing/identifying Muslim American contacts/leaders. These are the dangerous, submissive, defeated guidelines:
NEA Press Guidance
June 10, 2009
Muslims: Department of State criterion in choosing Muslim American contacts/leaders
Q: What is Department of State’s criterion in choosing/identifying Muslim American contacts/leaders?
• The Department meets with a wide range of American citizens and domestic groups who have an interest in United States foreign policy.
• We do so to hear a diverse number of opinions as well as to explain our policies to American citizens.
• We value hearing all opinions, whether people agree with U.S policies or not.
Here is the State department directive should the media press the State Department on why they would meet with Omeish and jihadis like him:
• This call was designed to amplify the President’s speech in Cairo. A general invitation was issued by the Bureau of Public Affairs to a large list of groups we have interacted with over many years. While I will not discuss the specifics of any one group or individual, Americans’ have the right to free speech, protected by the constitution.
Mr. Omeish is a candidate for representative of Virginia’s 35th District to the State House, and a doctor at Northern Virginain Community Hospital. In 2007, he had to resign from the Virginia Commission on Immigration due to comments he made regarding “Israel’s war machine” during the 2006 Israel-Hizballah conflict. He is also accused of supporting suicide attacks and violence in achieving a Palestinian state.
Mr. Mahdi Bray, MAS Executive Director, could not be on the call, Mr. Omeish took his place.
Hugh Fitzgerald over at Jihadwatch has some testimony before Congress about Mahdi Bray:
United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Terrorist Recruitment and Infiltration in the United States: Prisons and Military as an Operational Base.
Statement of J. Michael Waller
Annenberg Professor of International Communication
Institute of World Politics
Before the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security
Senate Committee on the Judiciary
14 October 2003
Appendix 2: Key Organizations Involved in Muslim Prison Recruitment
National Islamic Prison Foundation (NIPF) – Contact: Mahdi Bray; 1212 New York Ave. NW, Suite 525, Washington, DC 20005. This is the same address as the American Muslim Council (AMC).
• “Specifically organized to convert American inmates to Wahhabism.”
And at www.masboston.org, the website of the Boston chapter of the “Muslim American Society” there are quite a number of items of interest. The first is the listing of the “Trainers” of Muslim activists (“training” in how to talk to Infidels at Outreach Meetings or in the conduct of Da’wa or in dealing with inquisitive media). In fact only one “trainer” is listed: Mahdi Bray
Imam Mahdi Bray is a long time civil and human rights activist. He is currently the Executive Director of the Muslim American Society (MAS) Freedom Foundation, and the President of the Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations (CCMO). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice and the Interfaith Alliance, and also on the Advisory Board of the American Muslim Council and Muslim Public Affairs Council. He is a Washington, DC, Television and Radio Talk-Show Host.
He has served as a major consultant and a political advisor to Bonner & Associates, Washington’s largest grassroots lobbying firm, the National Center for Housing Management, Alexandria City Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Community Relations Department, The City of Norfolk, Virginia, Department of Community Improvement, and the Independent Voter League. He has also served as a Political Advisor and Strategist, to several national, state, and local political campaigns. He is also the author of, ‘The Masjid (Mosque) Voter’s Guide’ and ‘The Political Guide for Masjid (Mosque) Activists.’
Also, Imam Mahdi Bray is one of the main organizers for the No War on Iraq movement.
He has also served as a liaison between President’s White House Faith-Based Initiative Program and congressional affairs on behalf of the Muslim community.
On another page, there is an advertisement for a Muslim summer camp where students will experience “Tarbeya”:
“At MAS, the Tarbeya process is considered the most important process and the Tarbeya department is one of the permanent departments in the organization. This belief traces its origin to the teachings of Prophet Mohamed as he -- peace be upon him- --invested a lot of effort doing Tarbeya for his companions. As a result of his effort, he did not only leave a great message, the message of Islam, but also left a great generation that carried the message and spread it all over the land and moved humanity from darkness to light. Islamic history proved that whenever this process was considered, Muslims were able to succeed and Islam prevailed. Imam Hassan Al-Banna, the founder and the leader of a great Islamic movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, said ‘Whenever you find the good Muslim you find with him all means for great success.’”