Webinar Notes: Understanding and Investigating the Jihadi Networks in the U.S.

Webinar Overview (03:43)

  • Understanding the Threat

    • An organization that works with the leadership at the federal, state and local level to dismantle the Jihadi network in the US.
    • Strategizes and provides training to help law enforcement identify, investigate and prosecute Jihadis.
  • Scope

    • The Muslim Brotherhood
    • Implications of the Holy Land Foundation trial
  • Three-Day Law Enforcement Program

    • Day 1: Familiarization of Sharia and Islamic Law
    • Day 2: Investigation and evidence review of the Holy Land Foundation Trial
    • Day 3: Identifying Jihadis and practical application
  • Endorsement to Understanding the Threat

    • Letter by General William Boykin, Deputy Under SECDEF for Intelligence
    • Joseph Schmitz, Inspector General, DoD
    • Harry Soyster, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency
    • R. James Woolsey, Director, CIA

 

How Did We Get Here? (08:38)

  • 16 years after 9/11

    • We’re still fighting wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.
    • We’re losing wars
    • US Warfighting Doctrine – analyze the enemy based on who they are and why they’re fighting

      • The US is still yet to identify the enemy
      • What are they fighting for?
    • Federal agencies not doing full training programs on Jihad and Sharia –
  • US State Department and Foreign Policy supported

    • Constitutions to be written in Iraq and Afghanistan that create Islamic Republics under Sharia
    • Overthrow of leaders who are not implementing the strategic goals of Jihadi groups

 

Background (12:11)

  • 1924: Caliphate Dissolved in Turkey

    • Banned the call to prayer
    • Banned religious expression through clothing

      • Sunnah beard
      • Hijab
    • Government communications were changed from Arabic to Latin
  • 1928: Hassan al-Banna founded the Muslim Brotherhood

    • Logo: Reference to “strike terror in the hearts of the enemies”
    • Purpose: To restore the Caliphate, aka Islamic State, which was dissolved in 1924
    • Creed: Allah is our goal, the Prophet is our guide, the Quran is our law, Jihad is our way, and death for the glory of Allah is our greatest ambition
    • By-laws include:

      • Establishing Allah’s law in the land (Sharia)
      • Islamic nations must be fully prepared to fight the tyrants, enemies of Allah as a prelude to establishing an Islamic state.

 

The Holy Land Foundation (16:24)

  • The largest Islamic charity in the US
  • 1963: Muslim Brotherhood created the Muslim Students’ Association

    • The first National Muslim Organization in the US
  • Holy Land Foundation Trial

    • Largest charity and financing trial ever successfully prosecuted in US history
    • 15-year FBI investigation led to its leaders’ conviction in 2008

      • 108 counts for funneling 12 million USD to Hamas
    • Evidence of the trial provided a solid understanding of who the Muslim Brotherhood is, and its operations
    • Documents entered into evidence shows the list of Muslim Brotherhood Organizations in the US including:

      • Islamic Society of North America

        • Largest umbrella group of Muslim Brotherhood group
        • Every Islamic Society in a certain city in the US is a subsidiary of ISNA
      • Muslim Students’ Association

        • More than 700 chapters all over the US
      • North American Islamic Trust (NAIT)

        • Identified to have supported Hamas
      • ISNA Fiqh Committee

        • Determines that the Muslim Brotherhood is adhering to Sharia in the US
      • Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)

        • Where Chris went undercover in for 6 months in Washington DC and Virginia
      • Islamic Association for Palestine
      • Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)

        • Works with propaganda

          • Billboards
          • Online Ads
      • International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT)
    • List of Unindicted Co-Conspirators and/or Joint Venturers

      • Individuals and entities remained uninvestigated despite being identified
      • The government produced ample evidence to establish associations of CAIR, ISNA, and NAIT with the Holy Land Foundation (HLF), Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), and with Hamas
    • NAIT (24:47)

      • Website information

        • Not-for-profit entity
        • Established in 1973 by the Muslim Students Association (MSA) of US and Canada
        • Supports and provides services to ISNA, MSA, affiliates and other Islamic centers and institutions
      • FBI Memo from the late 80s

        • Parent organization of various Muslim groups in the US and Canada
        • The leadership of NAIT, MSA and other Muslim groups are inter-related with many leaders and members of NAIR having been identified as supporters of the Islamic Revolution as advocated by the Government of Iran (GOI).
        • Their support of JIHAD (a holy war) in the US has been evidenced by the financial and organizational support provided through NAIT from Middle East countries to Muslims residing in the US and Canada.
        • Internal political structure and organization of NAIT as controlled by the International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT) leadership that as members of the IKHWAN (the Muslim Brotherhood) they are involved in organizing external political support which involved influencing both public opinion in the US and the US government.
        • Based on comments and statements by the current leadership of the IIIT, determined that they are implementing Phase I of the overall six-phase IKHWAN plan to institute the Islamic Revolution in the US.
        • IKHWAN is a secret Muslim organization that has unlimited funds and is extremely well-organized in the US to the point where it has set up political action front groups with no traceable tied to the IIIT and its various Muslim groups.
        • IKHWAN claimed success in infiltrating the US government with sympathetic of compromised individuals.
        • The IIIT leadership has indicated that in Phase I, their organization needs to peacefully get inside the US Government and American universities.
        • The ultimate goal of the Islamic revolution is the overthrow of all non-Islamic Governments.
        • Violence is a tool and part of the Islamic revolution
        • Muslims in the US must be prepared for Martyrdom.
      • ISNA checks deposited into the ISNA/NAIT account for the HLF (32:00)

        • Made payable to the Palestinian Mujahedeen – the original name for the HAMAS military wing.
        • HLF sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to HAMAS leader Musa Abu Marzook, Nadia Elashi (Marzook’s wife, defendant Ghassan Elashi’s cousin), Sheikh Ahmed Yassin’s Islamic Center of Gaza, the Islamic University, and several other individuals associated with HAMAS.
      • Implementation Manual for the Group’s Plan for the year ’91 – ‘92 (43:38)

        • Incredibly organized group
        • Detailed organizational structure
        • Holistic and comprehensive objectives and guidelines
        • Drafted thoroughly per sector of their organizations
        • Effective execution of the action plans

 

Organizations Statistics (34:47)

  • Islamic Centers in various cities across the US are properties of NAIT verifiable through the County Assessor

    • Try to verify if your local Islamic Centers or Islamic Societies if they are owned by NAIT

      • Samples Provided

        • Des Moines
        • Omaha
    • Check their constitution and by-laws

      • Check points mentioned for hints of affiliation to NAIT

        • Transferring of reserve funds
        • Dissolution clause
  • Mosques charts across the States

    • California                    525
    • New York                     507
    • Texas                           302
    • Illinois                           200
    • Florida                         186
    • Michigan                     139
    • New Jersey                 104
    • Pennsylvania              98
    • Georgia                      95
    • Ohio                            88
    • Connecticut               88
    • Virginia                        88
    • Maryland                    60
    • North Carolina            52
    • Massachusetts            48
    • Minnesota                   47
    • Missouri                       44
    • Washington                 41
    • Tennessee                   40
    • Indiana                       32
    • Kentucky                     30
    • Louisiana                    30
    • Arizona                        29
    • Alabama                    28
    • Kansas                        26
    • Wisconsin                    26
    • South Carolina            22
    • Colorado                    20
    • Iowa                            19
    • Mississippi                    17
    • Oklahoma                  16
    • Utah                            15
    • Arkansas                     13
    • Oregon                       12
    • Washington DC           12
    • Delaware                    11
    • Nevada                      10
    • New Mexico               9
    • Maine                         8
    • Rhode Island               8
    • Idaho                          6
    • Nebraska                    6
    • West Virginia               6
    • New Hampshire          5
    • Montana                     3
    • North Dakota              3
    • South Dakota             3
    • Wyoming                     3
    • Hawaii                        3
    • Alaska                         2
    • Vermont                      1
  • Chart illustrating the increase in influence of the Muslim Brotherhood

    • Based on the number of Islamic Non-Profits Founded per year
    • Less than 20 from 1963 to 1980
    • 1979: The ISNA concept
    • A spike in 1983 where almost 100 were founded
    • Slow climb between 1984 to 1993, from 20 to 40 per year
    • 1991: Goals Memo New Stage
    • 1995 increased to 60
    • Continuous growth between 1997-2000 climbed up to almost 100
    • Dipped in 2001, when 9/11 happened.
    • Peaked at 2002 with around 120 founded that year

 

Muslim Brotherhood Organizations (45:20)

  • Organizations and Functions

    • ISNA – Nucleus of the Movement
    • NAIT – Bank or MB in North America
    • ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) – Propaganda

      • Pushes the narrative that when a terror attack happens it is not linked to Islam
      • Other factors are considered (e.g. mental illness, problems, etc.)
    • CAIR – Hamas node in the US political and social influence
    • FCNA (Fiqh Council of North America) – Ensure Sharia compliance
    • IIIT – Strategic Think Tank for MB
    • MSA (Muslim Students’ Association) – Recruitment for Jihadis

      • Create a sympathetic atmosphere on college campuses
    • MAS (Muslim American Society) – Multiple Missions
    • MPAC (Muslim Public Affairs Council) – PR/Propaganda/Media-Info Oversight

      • Works in Hollywood that works with screenwriters and directors
      • Ensures that what comes out of Hollywood shows Islam in a favorable light
      • Else, accusation of Islamophobia is raised
    • Islamic Centers – Axis/Jihad Launch Points
  • Reach of the influence of MB

    • Abdurahman Alamoudi

      • Most prominent Islamic adviser in the US during the 90s
      • Worked with former presidents Clinton and Bush
      • 2003 was stopped at Heathrow Airport as he had $340,000 cash
      • Was convicted for being an Al Qaeda financier
    • Anwar Al-Awlaki

      • Voice of Modern Islam in the 2000s
      • Imam in a mosque in Northern Virginia owned by NAIT
      • Popped up as Al Qaeda leader in Yemen
    • Imam Mohamed Magid

      • President of ISNA
      • Worked with Vice President Biden, President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton
      • Part of Department of Homeland Security’s advisory council
      • Influenced Capitol Hill, built relationships with senators and representatives and their staff
    • Rashad Hussain

      • Appointed as US Special Envoy and Coordinator for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications
    • The Directory of Policy Experts on Islamic Studies and Muslim Affairs

      • Muslim Brotherhood members

        • Salam Al-Marayati (MPAC)
        • Dr. Jamal Barzinji (IIIT)
        • Dr. Muneer Farred (ISNA)
    • Dalia Mogahed

      • Former President Obama's adviser on Muslim Affairs
      • Claimed that Sharia Law is misunderstood
    • Huma Abedin

      • Worked in the MSA
      • Immediate family worked for the MB
      • Vice Chair of Hilary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign
      • Deputy chief of staff to Clinton when she was Secretary of State
  • 2009: FBI cut off all ties with CAIR due to their relationship with HAMAS and the MB

    • In 2006, CAIR was training FBI agents on Islam and Muslims
  • On FBI’s 100th anniversary magazine, ISNA has a full-page ad
  • 9/11 Commission Report

    • Identified Islamist terrorism as the threat
    • MB wrote letter and recommended that the US government find other terminology
    • Comparative use of Islam terms (like Sharia, Jihad, Islam, Muslim, Caliph, etc.) in 9/11 Commission Report with the FBI Counter-Terrorism Lexicon and National Intelligence Strategy

 

Impact of the MB influence and presence at the federal level (58:25)

  • Influence of the MB at the federal level allowed the removal of terminologies used by the enemy to define themselves in training materials, which is contradictory to the US warfighting doctrine.
  • Jihadi groups are not just about terrorism, they infiltrate agencies, creating security issues.

 

 

Resources:

Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld that’s Conspiring to Islamize America by Paul David Guabatz and Paul Sperry

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