On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, in a televised speech to the OIC a 57-country block of Islamic States, President Obama named 31-year-old Rashad Hussain as his envoy to the OIC.
“Rashad has played a key role in developing the partnerships I called for in Cairo,” Obama told the gathering in the video message. “And as a hafiz of the Koran, he is a respected member of the American Muslim community, and I thank him for carrying forward this important work.” (A hafiz is someone who has memorized the Islamic text.)
Certainly there is nothing wrong with the United States having an envoy to such a large block of countries, but the President’s selection is someone who has a history of supporting terrorists.
Mr. Hussain is an advocate of the President’s politically correct approach to terrorism, the kind that says we are not in a war against Terrorism, or Radical Islamists, but we are in a war against al Qaeda (I suppose that means Hamas and Hezbollah are off the hook).
He explains First, rather than characterizing counterterrorism efforts as “freedom and democracy versus terrorist ideology,” policymakers should instead frame the battle of ideas as a conflict between terrorist elements in the Muslim world and Islam. Almost as if we are joining the Muslim world in a civil war against terrorist elements. If its a civil war, why isn’t the Muslim world sending any soldiers to fight.
If the above was the only problem with Mr. Hussein he would be no worse than most of the other Obama Appointees, but the New OIC Envoy has a long history of associating with Terrorist Organizations and more than once and fought against America’s efforts to fight terrorism in the United States.
The Global Muslim Brotherhood Report has furnished evidence of Hussain’s long-term connections with the Muslim Brotherhood, parent organization of many of the terrorist groups we fight with today:
..in October 2000 Mr. Hussain spoke at a conference sponsored by the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) and the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University (CMCU). The conference was titled “Islam, Pluralism, and Demoracy and featured many leaders of the global Muslim Brotherhood including former German diplomat Murad Hoffman, and International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) leaders Louay Safi, Jamal Barzinji, Hisham Al-Talib, and AbdulHamid Abusylayman. The AMSS was founded in 1972 as an outgrowth of the Muslim Student Association and has long been associated with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.
In June 2002, Mr. Hussain was listed as part of a Congressional Staffers panel at the American Muslim Council’s (AMC) 11th annual convention. The AMC was headed at that time headed by Abdurahman Alamoudi, a leader in the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and currently imprisoned as part of a plot to assassinate the Saudi head of state, Crown Prince Abdullah. Other important leaders of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood such as Jamal Barzinji were also part of the AMC.
While at Yale Law School, Mr. Hussain was listed as part of the organizing committee for an April 2004 conference organized by a student organization known as the Critical Islamic Reflections (CIR) group. Among the CIR sponsors listed on the their web site was IIIT and the Fairfax Institute, the IIIT educational arm. IIIT is an important component of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and three of the key IIIT/Fairfax leaders Jamal Barzinji, Hisham Al-Talib, and Yaqub Mirza; were also associated with what has been called the SAAR network (Safa Group), a network of Islamic organizations located in Northern Virginia that was raided by the Federal government in March 2002 and which, until at least mid 2007, had been the subject of an ongoing investigation. Also listed as a CIR sponsor was ALIM, most likely referring to the American Learning Institute for Muslims and whose list of instructors includes some of the most important leaders of the U.S./global Muslim Brotherhood including Tariq Ramadan, Jamal Badawi, and Taha Al-Alwani.
In September 2004, while still a Yale law student, Mr. Hussain participated in a session at the annual conference of the Muslim Student’s Association (MSA) of the U.S. and Canada. The MSA has long been associated with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and at the session, Mr. Hussain appeared along side the daughter of Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami Al-Arian and labeled Al-Arian’s prosecution “politically motivated persecution.” According to an archived notice in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs:
A session on civil rights called “Get up, Stand up; Stand up for your Rights: The State of Contemporary Civil Liberties” was held Sept. 5 at the annual conference for the Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada, held alongside the Islamic Society of North America’s 41st annual convention in Chicago. Laila Al-Arian, daughter of civil and political rights activist and Muslim leader Sami Al-Arian, opened the session with her father’s story. She gave a heart-wrenching, emotional account of an innocent man targeted for free-speech activities, whose rights were stripped thanks in part to the PATRIOT Act. Al-Arian, who has not yet been to trial, has been held in a federal penitentiary for over a year and a half. Al-Arian’s situation is one of many “politically motivated persecutions,” claimed Rashad Hussain, a Yale law student. Such persecution, he stated, must be fought through hope, faith, and the Muslim vote.
In 2006, Al-Arian was sentenced to 57 months in prison for conspiring to violate a federal law that prohibits making or receiving contributions of funds, goods or services to, or for the benefit of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Defense of Al-Arian and accusations of politically-motivated prosecution has been a long-time U.S. Muslim Brotherhood cause.
The U.S. government designated the PIJ as a foreign terrorist organization in 1997, and in 2003, Attorney-General John Ashcroft called it “one of the most violent terrorist organizations in the world.”
Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s victims include American citizens Alisa Flatow, a 20-year-old New Jersey college student killed in a 1995 suicide bombing in Gaza, and 16-year-old Shoshana Ben-Ishai, shot dead in a bus in Jerusalem in 2001, along with over 100 innocent Israeli citizens.
When he senanced Al-Arian to the maximum, Judge James Moody of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida admonished Al-Arian, “You are a master manipulator. The evidence is clear in this case. you were a leader of the PIJ.” Commenting on Al-Arian’s level of compliance with PIJ terrorism, Moody continued, “[y]ou lifted not one finger. To the contrary, you laughed when you heard of the bombings.” Sentiments close observers of the investigation and trial have known for quite some time.
Further, Moody knocked down the defense’s position that Al-Arian was merely working on behalf of pro-Palestinian charities, telling Al-Arian: “[y]our only connection to widows and orphans was that you create them,” and blasted Al-Arian’s repeated abuses of American hospitality, stating: “[y]our children attend the finest universities in this county, while you raise money to blow up the children of others.”
But to Obama’s New OIC envoy it was simply a case of “politically motivated persecutions” being used “to Squash dissent”
In May 2009, Mr. Hussain was one of the speakers a Leadership Summit of the Council for Advancement of Muslim Professionals (CAMP). Many of the sponsoring organizations of that event are tied to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood including Islamic Relief, Amana Mutual Funds, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.
This is what our President calls fighting the war on terror? Selecting an IOC envoy, who is actively associating with the Muslim Brotherhood, and who fights trials against terrorists as politically motivated. This is the attitude that sends out the message to the world, that the US is no longer in the fight against terror.