Larry Provost
Last night Rep. Michele Bachmann introduced a bill to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

The bill, also known as the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2014, will “impose sanctions against persons who knowingly provide material support or resources to the Muslim Brotherhood or its affiliates, associated groups, or agents, and for other purposes.”

The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna. The Muslim Brotherhood main branch, based in Egypt, has financed terrorist attacks worldwide that have killed Americans and others. The Brotherhood attacks Christians, women, and other religious minorities, in the name of Allah to fulfill al-Banna’s vision of “fighting the unbelievers…to dismantle the power of the enemies of Islam.” The methods al-Banna suggested to advance jihad included “beating them, plundering their wealth, destroying their places of worship, and smashing their idols.” Al-Banna also said “it is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated” and to “impose its law on nations and to extend its power to the entire planet.”

Hamas, of recent Gaza fame, self identifies as “one of the wings of the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine” and was designated as a terrorist organization in 1995 by President Clinton. The Kuwaiti branch of the Muslim Brotherhood was designated as a terrorist organization by President Bush shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The 9/11 Commission reported that the Islamization of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and 1993 World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef, were during their membership in the Muslim Brotherhood.

Majid Al-Zindani, who worked for years with Osama Bin Laden, was designated as a terrorist by the United States in February 2004. Al-Zindani was not only a member but a leader in the Yemeni branch of the Brotherhood.

Mohammad Jamal Khalifa, who was Osama Bin Laden’s brother in law, was a Muslim Brotherhood leader who supported the Islamic terrorists waging an insurgent campaign in the Philippines.

The Muslim Brotherhood has participated in “terror conferences” with groups such as Al-Qaeda, Iranian intelligence, Egyptian Islamic Jihad (led by current Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri), Algerian GIA, Hamas (the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood), Ennahdha (the Tunisian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood), and the Islamic Action Front (the Jordanian Branch of the Muslim Brotherhood).

The Brotherhood came to power in Egypt a few years ago as part of the so called “Arab Spring” promising democracy and peace after ousting the dictator, but formerly American friend and more moderate than most, Hosni Mubarak. The Muslim Brotherhood called themselves the “Freedom and Justice Party.”

The Brotherhood’s true nature was revealed, again, shortly after gaining power; cruel, lustful for power, and intent on destruction. Forced marriages, rape, and murder were, and are still, their forte. Last year, the Muslim Brotherhood launched a pogrom against Coptic Christians in Egypt. 70 churches and over one thousand homes and business establishments belonging to Coptic Christians were attacked by Brotherhood inspired attacks.

The Egyptian people, the overwhelming majority of whom are Muslim, demanded an overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood. The people of the Islamic nations of Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates are following Egypt in calling for an end to the Brotherhood.

The United Kingdom has begun to investigate and designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group. Even Russia and Saudi Arabia have followed in the UK’s footsteps.

Former National Counterterrorism Coordinator Richard Clarke and former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who served in bipartisan administrations (Clarke under Clinton and Bush 43; Mueller under Bush 43 and Obama), testified to the Congress regarding terrorist organizations operating inside the US and that those organizations had connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.

It is time for political correctness, political expediency, and business interests to be tossed aside. The Muslim Brotherhood must be called out for what it is and the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2014 must pass the Congress and be signed by the President.


Larry Provost

Larry Provost currently works at The American Legion in the National Security and Foreign Relations Division.