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Brotherhood Promoter

Resigns from DHS to Focus


on GOP Party
Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood -- as well as all other
Islamists -- have no place in the U.S. government.
BY RYAN MAURO
Sun, September 7, 2014


Mohamed ELibiary
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Mohamed Elibiary announced that he has left his position as a senior
advisor with the Department of Homeland Security. Elibiary, a stalwart
supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, said he was leaving so he can focus
on reforming the conservative movement ahead of the 2016 presidential
election.
Under the Obama Administration, Elibiary served on the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) Homeland Security Advisory Committee for five
years. He also served on the DHSCountering Violent Extremism Working
Group and the DHS Faith-Based Security and Communications Advisory
Committee.
Elibiary is a long-time Texas Republican Party official and was a delegate
for Senator John McCain in 2008. He continues to identify himself as a
conservative Republican and argues that he can help the partys electoral
prospects by moving its foreign policy in a pro-Islamist direction.



Elibiary is known for his almost daily advocacy for the Muslim Brotherhood
on Twitter. He admits being intimately involved with the U.S. Muslim
Brotherhood, which he describes as a social network.
People like me know of the brotherhood group in a much more personal
manner than the Average White Guy, who has no more insight than whats
available in the media, he wrote.
On September 5, he tweeted that the Muslim Brotherhood is intellectually
undermining the Islamic State terrorist group (formerly known as ISIS,
the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) and that the Brotherhood has been vital
to counter-radicalization for over 40 years. He stated that if the
Brotherhood did not exist, the world would rush to create it.


The Clarion Project contacted Elibiary asking for further explanation of
how he hopes to reform conservative politics. He said he would not reply
and accused the author of being part of Islamophobia, Inc.

Elibiarys Beginnings
Over the last year, the author communicated with Elibiary extensively and
published a 37 page annotated interview with him. Among
the takeaways are that Elibiary was 16 years old when he first befriended
the CEO of the Holy Land Foundation, Shukri Abu Baker.
Baker taught Elibiary about the alleged persecution of Palestinians by Israel
and Elibiary began donating monthly to the Foundation until it was shut
down by the U.S. government in 2001.
The two remained so close that they met the day before Baker was found
guilty of financing Hamas. The Justice Department confirmed that the
Foundation was a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood front. Elibiary blasted the
prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation and accusedthe U.S. government
of using the law to force compliance with unjust foreign policies.
Evidence introduced into the trial included FBI wiretaps of a secret 1993
U.S. Muslim Brotherhood meeting in Philadelphia where Baker repeatedly
emphasized that deception is permissible and must be utilized.
One of the attending Hamas operatives, Abdel Haleem al-Ashqar, said,
Forming the public opinion or coming up with a policy to influencethe
way the Americans deal with the Islamists, for instance. I believe that
should be the goals of this stage.
One of the decisions made toward that objective at that 1993 meeting was to
create the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which the Justice
Department designated an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land
Foundation trial. The U.S. government listed CAIR as an entity of the U.S.
Muslim Brotherhood, specifically its Palestine Committee.
Elibiary was a CAIR official. He was on the board of CAIRs Dallas-Fort
Worth chapter in 2003. The founder of CAIRs Texas branch, Ghassan
Elashi, was convicted of financing Hamas in the Holy Land trial. Elibiary
did not reply to questions about his relationship with Elashi.
In 2004, Elibiary spoke at an event honoring Ayatollah Khomeini, founder
of the current Iranian regime. He says he did not know that was the
purpose of the meeting. In 2007, he spoke at a joint conference of two
Islamist groups, the North American Imams Federation and the very
radical Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America.
Elibiary has said on Twitter that he met with the relatives of Hamas leaders
and that he performed his hajj in 2011 as a guest of the Saudi King.
Elibiary has certainly advanced the stated objective of the U.S. Muslim
Brotherhoods 1993 meeting to influence policy in a pro-Islamist direction.

Helping the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Network
On the domestic front, Elibiary sat on a Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) committee responsible for reviewing counter-terrorism training
guidelines.
As the Clarion Project analyzed in a shocking May 2013 report, the result
was guidelines that would end any education about the U.S. Muslim
Brotherhood, its ideology and non-violent Islamist tactics. The guidelines
also recommended marginalizing Brotherhood adversaries, specifically
Muslims reformers.
The language of the guidelines is very similar to Elibiarys in my interview
with him. For example, on the topic of Muslim reformers, he said:
There are other Muslim advocates of reform who have instead publicly
chosen to politically demonize, in conservative media outlets, mainstream
Muslim community organizations as Islamists. Labeling these or other
Muslim community organizations as either Muslim Brotherhood-
associated or Muslim Brotherhood-legacy in my opinion is
counterproductive.
In 2011, counter-terrorism journalist Patrick Poole reported that Elibiary
tried to leak confidential documents from the Texas Department of Public
Safety that allegedly show evidence of Islamophobia in the government.
He was said to have his access to a DHS database revoked as a result.
Elibiary told me that Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano
exonerated him, but Poole said that he and his source were never contacted
by DHS. He asks, How could they have done an investigation with only one
side being heard?
Poole also broke the story that the Justice Department torpedoed
forthcoming indictments of U.S. Muslim Brotherhood figures, specifically
CAIR co-founder Omar Ahmad and several leaders of theInternational
Institute of Islamic Thought, another U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity. He
named Jamal Barzinji as one of them.
In my interview with him, Elibiary made two comments that may indicate
he had a role in protecting the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood from prosecution
and scrutiny.
He said, I helped my community pick up the pieces and safeguards its
nonprofit organizations, in order to protect its liberties, after the HLFs
[Holy Land Foundations] closure and eventual conviction.
He said with confidence that the unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy
Land trial would not be prosecuted. He stated, As has been reported in
multiple conservative media outlets over the past few years, the long-
desired HLF 2.0 trial for the unindicted co-conspirators is no longer going
to happen.

Advocating for the Muslim Brotherhood Abroad
On foreign policy, Elibiary told me that the U.S. government needs to
deepen our strategic engagement with the Muslim Brotherhood and
compared it to Christian evangelicals. He says it is non-violent, democratic
and moderate.
He describes former Egyptian President Morsi as Egypts Mandela and
asserts that the Brotherhood would still win a free and fair election in
Egypt, even though Morsis overthrow was popularly supported. He also
criticized the Egyptian government for its treatment of Sheikh Yousef al-
Qaradawi, the Hamas-linked spiritual leader of the Brotherhood.
When the Christian Copts opposed the Brotherhood and complained of
persecution, Elibiary slammed the Copts as extremely unwise and
immoral. He accused American Coptic leaders of being extremist,
promoting Islamophobia and having nurtured anti-Islam and anti-
Muslim sentiments.
Elibiary compares the drive by media slander of Islamism to segregation
and argues that the U.S. should not oppose the implementation
of sharia governance in Muslim countries.
We must always resist the temptation to force one group such as Islamists
to reform by adopting liberalism for example. That would be denying them
their self-determination to structure their societies according to their
public will, he told me.
In June, Elibiary tweeted that it is inevitable that the Islamist objective of
rebirthing a Caliphate would be fulfilled. He compared it to the European
Union and claimed that both U.S. political parties are headed in that
direction of endorsing it. Supporters of the Islamic State
(ISIS) celebrated his message.

Conclusion
Elibiary has departed the DHS, but he has left behind a stunning example of
how supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and, in this case, even someone
closely linked to a convicted Hamas financier, can get into sensitive
positions and influence policy.
Elibiary has no intention of going away. Hes declared his intention to
continue working in the homeland security enterprise and as a Republican
Party activist.
Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood -- as well as all other Islamists --
have no place in the U.S. government.



Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.orgs national security analyst, a fellow
with Clarion Project and an adjunct professor of homeland security.
Mauro is frequently interviewed on Fox News.