De­bate con­tin­ues to sur­round Mus­lim Brother­hood doc­u­ment as one man’s wish vs. group plot

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For over a year, I’ve been telling The Calvert Recorder read­ers of a Mus­lim Brother­hood mem­o­ran­dum out­lin­ing a plan to pen­e­trate key U.S. govern­ment agen­cies and in­doc­tri­nate Amer­i­can K-12 stu­dents.

Based in Richard­son, Texas, with of­fices in sev­eral states, the Holy Land Foun­da­tion pro­vided funds to a front group cre­ated by the Mus­lim Brother­hood to fun­nel money to Ha­mas.

The char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions the group’s lit­er­a­ture claimed were be­ing used to pro­vide hu­man­i­tar­ian aid were ac­tu­ally be­ing used to fi­nance sui­cide at­tacks against Is­raeli civil­ians.

The re­port was seized dur­ing a 2004 search of Is­mael El­brasse’s An­nan­dale, Va., home.

HLF pres­i­dent Shukri Abu Baker was sen­tenced to 65 years in fed­eral prison for money laun­der­ing and aid­ing ter­ror­ism by U.S. District Judge Jorge So­lis on May 27, 2009. Four other de­fen­dants re­ceived sen­tences rang­ing from 15 to 65 years. The ap­peals were de­nied in De­cem­ber 2011.

The Bridge Ini­tia­tive, an on­line pub­li­ca­tion of Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity’s Cen­ter for Mus­lim-Chris­tian Un­der­stand­ing, funded by Saudi Prince Al­waleed bin Tatal, por­trays the doc­u­ment as a wish fan­tasy on the part of the Brother­hood’s Mo­hamed Akram Ad­louni.

The ar­ti­cle ac­cuses Ben Car­son of “ped­dling a con­spir­acy the­ory” and Frank Gaffney of “mis­char­ac­ter­iz­ing” Akram Ad­louni’s words as a plan to take over North Amer­ica when it’s re­ally only one man’s Utopian vi­sion (http://bridge. ge­orge­town.edu/civ­i­liza­tion-ji­had-de­bunk­ing-the-con­spir­acy-the­ory/).

The South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter has aligned it­self with The Bridge, call­ing the doc­u­ment a “fan­tasy” (https://www. spl­cen­ter.org/fight­ing-hate/ex­trem­ist-files/in­di­vid­ual/frankgaffney-jr).

A re­cent re­port in the Wash­ing­ton Free Bea­con cited 2014 tax records re­flect­ing mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar bank trans­fers by SPLC of­fi­cers to Cay­man Is­lands ac­counts — a pow­er­ful in­di­ca­tion the smear cam­paign the Alabama non­profit has been wag­ing against Gaffney and Pamela Geller is funded by what can only be called peo­ple with deep pock­ets (http:// free­bea­con.com/is­sues/south­ern-poverty-law-cen­ter-trans­fers-mil­lions-in-cash-to-off­shore-en­ti­ties/).

The doc­u­ment The Bridge Ini­tia­tive claims to “de-bunk” as one man’s wish fan­tasy be­gins with the words: “The papers which are be­tween your hands are not abun­dant ex­trav­a­gances, imag­i­na­tions or hal­lu­ci­na­tions ...”

There were 246 un-in­dicted co-con­spir­a­tors in the United States vs. Holy Land Foun­da­tion, in­clud­ing three large Is­lamic groups the Texas court af­firmed could be linked to ter­ror­ism — Coun­cil on Amer­i­can Is­lamic Re­la­tions, Is­lamic So­ci­ety of North Amer­ica and North Amer­i­can Is­lamic Trust (https://home­land.house.gov/doc­u­ment/king-let­ter-at­tor­ney-gen­eral-holder/).

Su­san Dou­glass, a se­nior Pear­son text­book ad­vi­sor who taught at the ter­ror-linked Saudi Is­lamic Academy where El­brasse was school comptroller, is an as­so­ciate of the Prince Al­waleed bin Talal Cen­ter for Mus­lim-Chris­tian Un­der­stand­ing.

Ed­ward C. Daven­port, Drum Point

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