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Muslim Brotherhood responds to Bachmann's witch hunt

Michelle Bachmann says Huma Abedin has connections to the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood says, "Who?"

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US Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks at a press conference outside the US Capitol on March 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. (AFP/Getty Images)

CAIRO, Egypt — Michele Bachmann has again ignited a political firestorm in the US, claiming last week that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has “infiltrated the highest levels of US government,” including the White House.

The Muslim Brotherhood's response?

“I haven’t heard these rumors, but they strike me as ridiculous,” said Ahmed Al Nahhas, a long-time Brotherhood activist and leader in Egypt’s second-largest city, Alexandria. “Surely the United States government selects its employees very carefully.”

Bachmann claims that Huma Abedin, a Muslim-American aide to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, is central to the battle to subvert the US “from within.” Bachmann says Abedin, who is now under police protection, is influencing White House policy at the behest of what Bachmann says are her Brotherhood-linked family members.

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But in Egypt, the birthplace of the Brotherhood, the organization’s leaders were either perplexed by the accusations or simply hadn’t heard them. Nor had they heard of Huma Abedin.

“The Muslim Brotherhood can’t even penetrate the Egyptian government,” said a Brotherhood leader in Egypt’s Daqheleya province, Ibrahim Ali Iraqi, in response to the accusations his group had infiltrated top US agencies.

Indeed, having assumed the presidency following a year of economic tumult and political upheaval, the Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi is grappling with severe domestic problems — not least of which is his battle with the ruling military for executive power.

“We are in a period of darkness because the country is still governed by the Supreme Council of Armed Forces — and they have a long history of support from the United States,” Iraqi said. “So it’s ridiculous that these accusations are leveled at us.”

But while the US has in fact long financially supported Egypt’s military — a diplomatic bribe, of sorts, to keep the peace with Israel — only recently have US diplomats publicly warmed to the Muslim Brotherhood.

After several false starts for US-Brotherhood relations in Egypt’s pre-revolution era, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met President Morsi in Cairo for the first time on July 14.

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The US government does not list the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, and the group has not carried out a violent, armed attack in 50 years.

“All we have [with the US] is a relationship of mutual respect and mutual interests that must be maintained,” Al Nahhas said.

Bachmann writes that Abedin, an American of Indian-Pakistani descent, “has three family members — her late father, her mother and her brother — connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations.”

But following her evidence, the links either fail to materialize or are based on ultimately shoddy sources.

Bachmann’s online supporters have taken particular issue with Abedin’s mother, Saleha Abedin, a sociology professor whom they say has been exposed as a member of the global “Muslim Sisterhood,” an organization whose existence is disputed.

The list that supposedly “names” Saleha as a member was posted by the virtually unknown Egypt-based blog, “Al Liwa Al Arabi” (The Arab Brigade), in 2010, with no information on the source or origin of the list.

In the case of Abedin’s father, Syed Z. Abedin, Bachmann points to a paper published by the Brigham Young University Law Review a decade ago. The author says the organization Syed founded — the London-based Institute for Minority Muslim Affairs — received “quiet but active support” from the former secretary-general of the Muslim World League, an international Islamic charity network.

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Bachmann's allegations were certainly enough for Egypt’s already overactive rumor mill — and became ammunition for those Egyptians opposed to what they say is US-backed Islamist rule.

Talk of a secret deal between the US and the Brotherhood hit the streets, the television talk shows, and social networking sites — culminating with an anti-Brotherhood and anti-US protest where demonstrators pelted Clinton’s convoy with tomatoes in Alexandria.

“There is a vast swath of this country that is misled by the media,” the Brotherhood’s Iraqi said of rumors of a US-Brotherhood deal. “It just doesn’t make sense to me.”

Hossam Bahgat, director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, tweeted that during Clinton’s meeting with Egyptian Coptic Christian leaders in Cairo on July 15, “one participant told Hillary the US admin was infiltrated by Islamists.”

For evidence, Baghat said the participant cited Huma Abedin, who walked into the meeting just two minutes later.

Heba Habib contributed reporting from Cairo, Egypt.

Corkryn Williams More than 1 year ago
“There is a vast swath of this county that is misled by the media,” the Brotherhood’s Iraqi said of rumors of a US-Brotherhood deal. “It just doesn’t make sense to me.” Looks like they've learned everything we have to teach them about democracy.
ChicagoTribune Regularguy More than 1 year ago
Mmmmmmmm, well- what would it hurt to investigate the claim instead of just ignoring it? Of course the Muslim Brotherhood would deny the charge-even if it were true.
InfamousG3454 More than 1 year ago
It is an artical of faith to tell the truth in Islam, even if one's own self interest is at stake... And it wouldn't hurt to investigate a lot more pressing issues like corruption on Wall Street and in the Central Bank which seems to be overtly corrupt and to be an overwhelmingly more important to our interest as American's. #stopthebigotry
NurseAlisaK More than 1 year ago
Hmm it is also true that Muslims are encouraged to lie to infidels......
David Restuccia More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, Nursealisak, a 'kafir' or infidel only refers to someone who left Islam, not Christians or Jews necessarily, 'ahl al kitab', people of the book. Shari'a law is quite explicit in dealing with Christians and Jews: "And do not dispute with the followers of the Book except by what is best, except those of them who act unjustly, and say: We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you, and our God and your God is One, and to Him do we submit." Quran 29:46 Infidels are quite another thing in the history of Islamic jurisprudence.
thaaqib1990 More than 1 year ago
You have no source to prove such a claim
Earl Nightengale More than 1 year ago
That is complete BS AND YOU KNOW IT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joking? Everybody can read "The reliance of the traveller".
thaaqib1990 More than 1 year ago
Why not read the Quran itself?
thaaqib1990 More than 1 year ago
I find it ridiculous that someone can take her claim seriously and yet lobbies such as AIPAC are completely ignored. AIPAC and corporatocracy are the real threat to the crumbling of the USA. National debt is soaring in the USA and this is the peak of Bachmann's priorities? Americans should dismiss her and her nonsense and focus on that which is actually affecting America such as employment, economy etc.
Walter Booker More than 1 year ago
Justin Staller More than 1 year ago
Blane Jackson More than 1 year ago
This whole argument would be moot if the U.S. had a true separation of church and state. It doesn't. The U.S. is an "assumed" christian state. If the government would take definitive steps to completely separate church and state, we would all fear other organized religions and religious zealots (like Michelle Bachmann) less, if at all. The founding fathers got "the ball rolling" by attempting to separate church and state, but the world was a much bigger place back then. It was assumed that any threat to life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness would come from some brand of Christian religion. Historically we therefor tolerated the lowest common denominator of Christian religious dogma to seep into many facts of daily life - "in god we trust," "under god," "so help me god," etc., as long as no particular brand of Christianity was fully endorsed. Over time, as the world gets smaller via air travel, and other technological advances, this lac of separation between church and state gets awkward. Where do we draw the line when the differences between religions gets larger? It feels a little strange when a sitting member of Congress gets sworn in by placing his hand on the Koran. What is religion anyway? If an elected member of Congress wanted to swear "So help me Zeus," does that count? Why must religion enter into the governing of this country at all? Personally, I'd feel a lot better if members of Congress swore to uphold the Constitution by placing their hand on the Constitution. God bless Michelle Bachman. I like her politics with regard to less government, free markets, and lower taxes. I just wish she and many other Americans could truly separate church and state.
Arend Rietkerk More than 1 year ago
Bachman's brain is subverted from within too. I don't hear anybody complaining about that do I ?
WilliamD More than 1 year ago
Ahhh yes, Michelle Bachmann, = Joe McCarthyism!! Lies Flies and Alibis!!!
Earl Nightengale More than 1 year ago
Please get a toupe with a brain in it!
S. Almstead More than 1 year ago
Bachmann is as bat s**t crazy as James Holmes without pulling a trigger. It seems to me, we should get her out of Washington sooner than later. All these people do is make ludicrous claims with no solid proof hoping unassuming Americans will just follow along like sheep. Sadly for Ms. Bachmann, the majority of the American citizenry still manage to have a fairly good grasp of reality and easily see through her claims. Since she is such an expert on the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, it seems to me it should be a no-brainer to recall why the colonists established themselves here in the first place...I believe it was "religious freedom."
Gary Rumain More than 1 year ago
No more so that you, kook.
Don More than 1 year ago
S. Almstead. YOU are the JOKE. Only, you are not funny. Pull your head out of the sand (or wherever it is) and EDUCATE yourself to the threats we face as a country. To compare M. Bachmann to James Holmes tells us all we need to know about you.
thaaqib1990 More than 1 year ago
It's not that far-fetched: in fact Bachmann is worse because she supports killing the nation and not just a few individuals.
Disgustingfoody More than 1 year ago
What a frightening example of right-wing racist idiocy fomenting public anger for no constructive purpose.
Teri Orlando More than 1 year ago
I wish Michelle Bachmann would straighten out her own life before spreading more lies and fear, unless she's gearing up to work for FAUX NEWS... Why doesn't she go out and buy a huge flashlight to give her husband, so he can find his way out of the closet??? Just sayin...
Landy Man More than 1 year ago
Easy to dismiss her so readily, even though she is correct? Hitler was being in exposed in the 30's by some, and those people were considered of, "spreading more lies and fear". Of course by then he was marching into Belgium and Poland.
x 9 More than 1 year ago
I am tired of being told if I challenge the PC crowds version of reality then I am either a racist bigot or hate monger or a combination of both. I do not need an interpreter to discern reality in the world today and spoon feed it back to my mind. Luckily I am capable of sizing up a situation and the situation is this, The Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization with global aspirations of domination not through love and tolerance but through fear, murder and intimidation. Sooner or later the jihad on America will begin in earnest because our government, the media and political animals from both parties have chosen lies, power and wealth for their reward rather than honesty and humility.
Justin Staller More than 1 year ago
I encourage you to disentangle your suspicion of "the PC crowds" (believe me, I understand, I'm a Mac fan myself ;) and your hostility towards the Muslim Brotherhood. No one is really advancing the argument that terrorists have no interest infiltrating the security of their enemies, but there is validity in objecting to Bachmann and her gang publicly haranguing people who happen to be Arab because they kinda look like terrorists-- That's not "political correctness;" it's common civility--especially when those "kinda-look-like" terrorists work in the opposite political camp.
Matt Menke More than 1 year ago
Please...There's no more evidence to back up Bachmann's accusations than there is to back up the claim Bachmann is secretly a mass murderer who dresses in He-Man underoos while vanquishing armies of jumbo shrimp.
Tony Deale More than 1 year ago
And zionists haven't? This woman is a trvelling side show.
DREGstudios More than 1 year ago
Bachmann is just the latest example of the homegrown fear-mongering our country has been subjected to in the decade following 9/11. These are NOT allegations to be played with in today’s society where dissidence is not being tolerated and minorities are being held without trial. As an elected official, Michelle should be leading by example not spewing her own form of politicized terrorism. You can read much more about living in this Orwellian society of fear and see my visual response to these measures on my artist’s blog at We must acknowledge this type of bigotry erodes our freedoms from the inside out for ALL races of Americans.
Gary Rumain More than 1 year ago
So you didn't learn anything from 9/11, huh?
Don More than 1 year ago
Ignorance is epidemic. Idiocy reigns. Yes, Gary H.,, some NEVER learn. They are too entrenched in their own self-importance and ego.
William Cook More than 1 year ago
This article isn't journalism, Gary ... It is Muslim Brotherhood propaganda.
Justin Staller More than 1 year ago
I learned that victims of terrorism sacrifice freedoms for security.
PremaShakti Perahia More than 1 year ago
if you think that there are no "cells" of Muslim extremists and on the top level of our government then you have your head in the sand....i am not saying that i agree with Bachman but it is important to know the reality of things...whether it be about Monsanto or the pharmaceuticals or cells of terrorists in this country......
InfamousG3454 More than 1 year ago
and Obama is a Socialist, Muslim who was born in Africa too.... Man the background checks are really falling off since 2008 huh?
Les Legato More than 1 year ago
"“The Muslim Brotherhood can’t even penetrate the Egyptian government,” said a Brotherhood leader in Egypt’s Daqheleya province, Ibrahim Ali Iraqi, in response to the accusations his group had infiltrated top US agencies." Right, the Muslim Brotherhood IS IN CHARGE OF EGYPT. McCain = IDIOT Global Post = IDIOTS Hillary = TRAITOR.
D More than 1 year ago
What do you call it when an alleged "witch hunt" becomes a witch find? The truth!
Johnny Cee More than 1 year ago
Bachmann is one of the few American Politicians people actually can trust...and do! I Cr 13:8a, Love never fails !
Robert More than 1 year ago
Hmm , political firestorm ? Why are they not investigating this ?
berriesandblood More than 1 year ago
BECAUSE we learned our lesson from the McCarthy Era
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Witch hunt" - Missed it by two letters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The KGB annouced his infiltrators openly, right?
William Cook More than 1 year ago
Muslim Brotherhood propaganda
William Cook More than 1 year ago
Vetsforgotten America More than 1 year ago
Now we can see how many people side with the enemy of our nation by calling themselves Americans. Islam is only concerned with killing non Muslims, nothing more. Liberals distract the population in America as they buddy up with our enemies to further their cause. There has already been documented evidence of all the Islamic terrorists who have ties with the Obama administration, which Hillary helps along. To say otherwise is just more lies and distraction. The only thing Islam is doing is under mining the U.S. so it can keep US from helping Israel, nothing more. They know they don't have any way of doing it directly, so they are trying to cut Israel off from the rest of it's supporters.
marychicagoland More than 1 year ago
"Surely the United States government selects its employees very carefully" HELLO, have you seen who occupies the White House??? How long did it take for him to produce his birth certificate. We are still waiting for college transcripts and records. For what purpose? To see if he registered for college as a US citizen or not. We don't know his grades in college, obviously economics was not his strong suit.
Julie More than 1 year ago
wow, glad to know that Americans are just as gullible as ever. Thanks. The fear mongering continues.
Walter Booker More than 1 year ago
Justin Staller More than 1 year ago
In what strange country do you have a right to the president's full college transcript and records but no right to a candidate's tax records?
Joe Roman More than 1 year ago
Exclusive: Huma Abedin’s Sister (Heba) also connected to Muslim Brotherhood.
thaaqib1990 More than 1 year ago
Come one! You have quoted Shoebat of all people who is a renowned liar! He has inconsistencies about his own life let alone that of Heba.
Beautiful More than 1 year ago
Oh Yes, we need to trust Muslims. we know that Muslims are told to lie to infidels and Americans are considered infidels." social Jahad" is a huge part of their terrorisim attack plan. They are not our friends and it is known that you keep your friends close and your enemys closer.
William Cook More than 1 year ago
Michele Bachmann is hunting something far worse than witches. They are stealth jihadists who are trying to take America down from within. This article isn't journalism. It is Muslim Brotherhood propaganda.
Robert More than 1 year ago
"The US government does not list the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, and the group has not carried out a violent, armed attack in 50 years."