Be alarmed: The U.S. government continues to be "advised by organizations and individuals that the U.S. government itself has identified in federal courts as fronts for the international Muslim Brotherhood."
So wrote Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., in a lengthy, heavily footnoted answer to a query last week from Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. He was seeking more information about the reasons Bachmann plus four other House Republicans -- Louis Gohmert (Texas), Trent Franks (Ariz.), Lynn Westmoreland (Ga.) and Thomas Rooney (Fla.) -- requested Inspector General investigations into "potential Muslim Brotherhood infiltration" of the government.
Yes, that would be the same Muslim Brotherhood whose leaders are sweeping to power in the Middle East -- most recently in Egypt. There, the new president, Mohamed Morsi, fired up voters this spring by declaring: "The Koran is our constitution. The Prophet Muhammad is our leader. Jihad is our path. And death for the sake of Allah is our most lofty aspiration." That, by the way, is the Muslim Brotherhood's motto.
Brotherhood-linked groups in the U.S. still take a low-key approach, at least publicly. Thanks to the FBI discovery of a key Muslim Brotherhood document, we know what they're up to, even who some of them are. The document, entered into evidence during the landmark Holy Land Foundation terrorism finance trial, presents the Brotherhood plan for "civilization-jihad" against the U.S. It describes the group's "grand jihad" to destroy "the Western civilization from within ... so that it is eliminated and (Islam) is made victorious over all religions." Further, it declares Brotherhood support for "the global Islamic state wherever it is." It also lists 29 of "our organization and the organizations of our friends" -- i.e., front groups. Among them are such well-known Islamic organizations as the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), both of which remain unindicted co-conspirators.
What is beyond shocking -- beyond reason -- is that such anti-American Brotherhood-linked groups and individuals have variously engaged, particularly since 9/11, with the U.S. government. Is it a coincidence that U.S. policy has since become receptive to, if not openly supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood? This is the serious question these House Republicans want answered.