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Michele Bachmann Letter to Keith Ellison 2012-07-13

Michele Bachmann Letter to Keith Ellison 2012-07-13

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MICHELEBACHMANN
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July13,2012TheHonorableKeithEllison1027LongworthHouseOfficeBuildingUnitedStatesHouseofRepresentativesWashingtonD.C.,20515DearRepresentativeEllison:ThankyouforyourletterdatedJuly12,2012.Iamrespondingtotheconcernsyourletteroutlinedaswellasclarifyingafewpointsthatweremisrepresented.Asyouknow,onJune13,2012,MembersoftheHousePermanentSelectCommitteeonIntelligence,myselfincluded,andtheHouseJudiciaryCommittee,sentletterstotheInspectorsGeneraloftheDepartmentofDefense,DepartmentofState,DepartmentofJustice,DepartmentofHomelandSecurity,andtheOfficeoftheDirectorofNationalIntelligence.Thepurposeoftheseletterswastorequestamulti-departmentinvestigationintopotentialMuslimBrotherhoodinfiltrationintotheUnitedStatesGovernment.Wefindthisisnotonlynecessary,butbeyondtimely,consideringthatdepartmentsandagenciesoftheU.S.Government(includingbutnotlimitedto,thosedepartmentstowhichtheseInspectorGenerallettersweresent)haveinthepastandcontinuetobeadvisedbyorganizationsandindividualsthattheU.S.GovernmentitselfhasidentifiedinfederalcourtasfrontsfortheinternationalMuslimBrotherhood.ThatsuchawidespreadassessmenthasnotbeenperformedistroublingandisthebasisforgenuineconcerngiventhestarkcontrastbetweenwhattheU.S.GovernmentsaysabouttheseMuslimBrotherhoodfrontgroupsandtheircontinuedassociationwiththesegroups.IdonotethatthefactswepresentedintheInspectorGeneralrequestlettersarebasedoninformationpresentedbyU.S.Governmentofficialsincourtdocuments,courtevidence,correspondenceandbriefingswithCongressandpublicstatements,inadditiontoknownmediareporting.Theseletterswerefarfromsole-sourcedasyoumaintaininyourletter.WhileIcan'tspeakonbehalfoftheothersignatoriesoftheseletters,noramIabletogetintotheprivatediscussionsanddocumentationreceivedbythevariousHousecommittees
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representedbythesignatoriesonthesemattersthatmotivatedtheseletterstothevariousInspectorsGeneral,outofrespecttoyouIamhappytorespondtosomeofyourconcerns,providethesourcesyouaskfor,aswellasclarifyafewpointsthatmayhavebeenmisunderstoodormisrepresented.
1)"Brotherhoodoperatives"withintheU.S.governmentmayhavedirectlyinfluencedtheU.S.intelligencecommunity'sassessmentoftheMuslimBrotherhood,aspresentedbyDirectorofNationalIntelligenceJamesClapperintestimonybeforetheHousePermanentSelectCommitteeonIntelligenceonFebruary10,2011.
InthelettertotheInspectorGeneraloftheOfficeoftheDirectorofNationalIntelligence,thereferencetotheFebruary10,2011testimonybeforetheHousePermanentSelectCommitteeonIntelligenceisnotableinthattheMuslimBrotherhoodisdescribedbyDirectorClapperas"largelysecular".Thefactthathemadethisstatementisnotindispute.
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WecitedhisstatementatthathearinginitsentiretyinthelettertotheODNIInspectorGeneral.IhavetonotethatbothRep.WestmorelandandIwerepresentatthathearing.DirectorClapperwasnotspeakingoffthecuff,butwasreadingfromasetofpreparedbriefingnoteswhichhelookedatandapparentlyreferredtoinmakingthatstatement.HisstatementwassowidelyderidedthattheWhiteHousequicklymovedtodistancethemselvesfromit,andDirectorClapperevenhadtoretracthisstatement.'DirectorClapper'sstatementwasinresponsetoaquestionbyRep.SueMyrickaboutinformationenteredintoevidenceduringtheHolyLandFoundationtrial-thelargestterrorismfinancetrialinAmericanhistory-thatspecificallyidentifiedtheseU.S.-basedMuslimBrotherhoodfrontorganizationsandtheircommitmenttoapublishedagendato"destroyingWesternCivilizationfromwithin":AccordingtotheFBIandtheDepartmentofJusticetheBrotherhoodisactuallyinsideAmericaandIholdthisupbecauseit'sfromthe2008HolyLandFoundationterroristfinancesupporttrialevidencewasintroducebyprosecutorstitled"ExplanatoryMemorandum."Andunderasectiontitled"UnderstandingtheRoleoftheMuslimBrotherhoodinNorthAmerica,thedocumentsaysthe
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Z.ByronWolf,"DirectorofNationalIntelligenceJamesClapper:MuslimBrotherhood'LargelySecular',"
ABCNews,
February10,2011,http://abcnews.go.comlblogs/politics/2011102/director-of-national-intelligence-james-clapper-muslim-brotherhood-largely-secular/.
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"ObamaAdministrationCorrectsClapper'sClaimthatMuslimBrotherhoodis'Secular',"
FoxNews,
11102/1
O/administration-corrects-dni-c1apper-c1aim-muslim-brotherhood-secular/;JoshGerstein,"DNIClapperRetreatsFrom'Secular'ClaimforMuslimBrotherhood,"
Politico,
February10,2011,http://www.politico.comlblogs/joshgerstein/0211IDNI_Clapper_Egypts_Muslim_Brotherhood_largely_secular.html.
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Brotherhoodisengagedin,andIquote"acivilizationJihadistprocesswithallthewordmeans.TheIkhwan,theBrotherhoodmustunderstandthattheirworkinAmericaisakindofgrandjihadineliminatinganddestroyingtheWesterncivilizationfromwithin."Andthelastpageofthememoliststhenamesof29organizationsintheU.S.whomtheauthor,whowasamemberoftheMuslimBrotherhoodclaimsareinvolvedinthisso-called"civilizationjihadprocess."So,thedangeroftheMuslimBrotherhoodisnotjustencouragingterrorismthroughtheirideologybutalsotryingtotakeovergovernmentssoeveryonehastosuccumbandliveundertheirideology.The9-11CommissionReportsayswemustaddressideologiesthatgiverisetoIslamicterrorism.'Andinfact,DirectorClapperattheconclusionofhisresponsetoRep.Myrick'squestiondeferredtoFBIDirectorMuellertoaddresstheissueoftheMuslimBrotherhoodinAmerica,towhichDirectorMuellerstated:IcansayattheoutsetthatelementsoftheMuslimBrotherhoodbothhereandoverseashavesupportedterrorism.TotheextentthatIcanprovideinformation,Iwouldbehappytodosoinclosedsession.Butitwouldbedifficulttodoitin
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openseSSIOn.Consideringthatmanyu.S.Governmentagencies,includingsomeofthoseintheintelligenceandlawenforcementcommunity,haveengagedinoutreachprogramswithorganizationsandtheirleadersidentifiedbytheu.S.GovernmentasMuslimBrotherhoodmembersandfronts,itisentirelyreasonabletoaskexactlyhowDirectorClapperarrivedattheconclusionthattheMuslimBrotherhoodwasa"largelysecular"organization.
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isalsoimportanttoaskwhatadvisoryrolethatanyoftheseMuslimBrotherhoodfrontorganizationshadplayedintheintelligencecommunity'sassessmentasexpressedinthebriefingnotesthatDirectorClapperwasreadingfromwhichstatedthattheMuslimBrotherhoodwasa"largelysecular"organization.InlightoftheongoingeventsintheMiddleEastandtherapidascendancyoftheMuslimBrotherhood,therehasyettobeanassessmentofhowDirectorClapperandtheintelligencecommunitygottheiranalysisoftheMuslimBrotherhoodsoinherentlyflawed,theimplicationsofwhichwecouldcontinuetolivewithfordecadestocome.
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The"ExplanatoryMemorandum"canbefoundontheU.S.DistrictCourt-NorthernDistrictofTexaswebsitededicatedtotheU.S.v.HolyLandFoundationtrial:http://www.txnd.uscourts.gov/judges/hlf2/09-25-08/Elbarasse%20Search%203.pdf.ThequoteRep.Myrickreadfromthatdocumenton"destroyingWesternCivilizationfromwithin"canbefoundonthepagemarked"7of18"intheFBItranslationofthedocument,andthereferencedlistof29organizationscanbefoundonpage32.
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HouseSelectCommitteeonIntelligence,"InternationalSecurityThreats",
C-SPAN,
February10,2011,http://www.c-spanvideo.org/programl297949-1(1:26:55-1:27:12).
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