Arnold Ahlert: Obama and the Brotherhood: The Ties that Bind

n 2013, Egyptian media claimed President Barack Obama is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). Leading the charge was Tahani al-Gebali, Vice President of the Supreme Constitutional Court in Egypt. He spoke on a TV program, Bitna al-Kibir, insisting there would a time when a number of conspiracies against his nation would be exposed, including why Obama’s support of the Brotherhood remained steadfast, even as they became despised by Egyptians themselves. The most damning indictment? “Obama’s brother is one of the architects of investment for the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood,” al-Gebali declared.

The brother to whom al-Gebali referred is Obama’s half brother Malik Obama. He has been under investigation by Egyptian authorities for his ties to the Islamic Da’wa Organization (IDO), an entity created by the Sudanese Government. That government has been on the State Department’s list of of designated terror sponsors since 1993.

IDO’s agenda is all about spreading the virulent Wahhabist strain of Islam across Africa, and Malik has operated as the IDO’s Executive Secretary. In 2010 he not only attended the IDO’s conference in the Sudanese capitol of Khartoum, he supervised it, insisted journalists Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack. That conference was also attended by Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity. Malik’s boss, IDO Chairman Suar Al Dahab also attended. That would be the same Suar Al Dahab photographed together with Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, and the MB’s spiritual leader, Yusuf Al-Qaradawi.

Shoebat and Barrack address “naysayers” who argue that President Obama shouldn’t be held accountable for his brother’s actions. “Those who make such charges encounter problems because Barack and his brother are very close. Each was the best man at the other’s wedding and Malik has made multiple visits to the White House,” they explain.

Moreover, Malik is not Obama’s only relative involved in “charity work” of a questionable nature. Along with Malik, Sarah Obama, the president’s step-grandmother, was engaged in fund-raising operations for the Barack H. Obama Foundation (BHOF), founded in 2008 by Malik in memory of their father, and the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation (MSOF) founded in 2009. These non-profits were ostensibly engaged in raising money to build homes for widows, orphans and HIV/AIDs victims in in Kogelo, Kenya.

However, in 2011 the New York Post revealed the dubious nature of that assertion. “President Obama’s half-brother runs an off-the-books American charity that claims to support poor Kenyans — but it lies about its federal status and no one knows how it spends its money,” the paper reported, further noting that photos on the BHOF website are the only purported evidence that the nonprofit has accomplished any part of its mission.

The Post also noted that BHOF “claims to be a tax-exempt, federally recognized nonprofit. It is not.”

Enter the IRS. In May 2011, BHOF not only received tax-exempt status from the IRS in what the Daily Caller described as “an unprecedented timeline that stands in stark contrast to conservative organizations that have been waiting for more than three years, in some cases, for approval,” it receivedretroactive status, dating back to December 2008. This despite IRS rules making it illegal to operate longer than 27 months without an IRS determination. Regardless, BHOF’s tax-exempt status was approved.

The organization’s approval letter was signed by Lois Lerner.

As for the MSOF, it was revealed in 2012 by Shoebat that the bulk of its funding “goes not to widows and orphans but to provide scholarships to study Shariah at the most influential Wahhabist centers in Saudi Arabia.” “It’s all a jihadi Kenyan scam,” he continued. “And it’s not as though President Obama is unaware of his Kenyan family workings, since Musa on Al-Jazeera disclosed that President Obama’s favorite uncle, Sayid Hussein Obama, was selected by Obama and by the family in Kenya to act as the main conduit in relaying the family’s activities to the White House.” Sayid accompanied Obama’s grandmother to the president’s 2009 inauguration.

Obama’s first cousin, Musa Ismail Obama, who maintained a relationship with Sayid and promoted MSOF in his own right, exposed the true nature of the charity in an interview with Al-Jazeera TV. He revealed “the bulk of the Sarah Fund as it turns out sends little to widows and orphans while the rest goes towards giving free scholarships to studying Sharia at the most influential Wahhabist centers in Saudi Arabia.” When asked about his communications with the president, Musa confirmed that Uncle Sayid was the conduit for communication.

In September 2014, Muslim Brotherhood expert Abdel Reheem Ali added even more fuel to the fire. In an article appearing on the El-Mogaz website, Ali made an explosive allegation. “Malik Obama has much to do with the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood and attended all meetings of the organization that declared war in 1996. He is a war criminal and terrorist,” he wrote.

“Had this been revealed prior to the election, during Barack Obama’s campaign, Malik’s brother would not have been elected. It was he (Malik) who brought in Khairat Al-Shater, Ayman Ali and Youssef Nada to meet with Obama during the election and pledged the support of Muslims in America. Obama employed the Secretary of State for the escalation of the Muslim Brotherhood in any way shape or form, and there is a report prepared by one of the intelligence units confirmed that Mohammed Morsi was the President of the Republic before the results were even announced.”

Shoebat reported these allegations, which he initially viewed with skepticism. That skepticism was dissipated by a series of discoveries. They included top secret Egyptian documents related to the IDO’s dealing with the Muslim Brotherhood in connection with Essam el-Haddad, father of former Clinton employee Gehad El-Haddad, a revelation that could implicate the Clintons’ and the Obamas’ complicity in endangering America’s national security; a 2010 photo Malik himself posted on his website, showing him clad in a Hamas keffiyeh with the slogan “Jerusalem is ours –we are coming!” and a map of Palestine that says, “From the River to the Sea!”; evidence of Malik’s connections to Hamas financing; IDO’s partnering with the Hamas-created Union of Good (UG) to finance terrorism; and a video in which Sayid claims the entire Obama family are “all Muslim.”

Furthermore, a 2013 report by Raymond Ibrahim implicates the MB and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi in the Benghazi attacks. Ibrahim translated an internal Libyan government memo that revealed six people, “all of them Egyptians” from the jihad group Ansar al-Sharia were arrested, and during interrogations “confessed to very serious and important information concerning the financial sources of the group and the planners of the event and the storming and burning of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi…. And among the more prominent figures whose names were mentioned by cell members during confessions were: Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi; preacher Safwat Hegazi; Saudi businessman Mansour Kadasa, owner of the satellite station, Al-Nas; Egyptian Sheikh Muhammad Hassan; former presidential candidate, Hazim Salih Abu Isma’il…”

Ibrahim believes murdered American Ambassador Chris Stevens was supposed to be taken hostage so he could be traded for Omar Abdel-Rahman, aka the Blind Sheik, convicted for orchestrating the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993. And while the rioting against U.S. Embassies on Sept. 11, 2012 began in Egypt, kidnapping an American from a neighboring nation would be less conspicuous, even as Morsi and other MB members were calling for Abdel-Rahman’s release. “Needless to say, at this point, tens of millions of Egyptians are convinced that U.S. leadership is fully aware of the Brotherhood’s connection to Benghazi—and hence desperately pushing for the release of Brotherhood leadership, lest, when they are tried in Egypt’s courts, all these scandals become common knowledge,” Ibrahim posits.

These revelations go a long way towards explaining President Obama’s apparent fondness for the MB. That apparent fondness is buttressed by the, (IP) which insisted in 2013 that “(S)ix American Islamist activists who work with the Obama administration are Muslim Brotherhood operatives who enjoy strong influence over U.S. policy.” They include Arif Alikhan, assistant secretary for policy development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Mohammed Elibiary, homeland security advisor; Salam al-Marayati, Obama advisor, and founder of Muslim Public Affairs Council and its current executive director; Imam Mohamed Magid, Obama’s sharia czar for the Islamic Society of North America; Eboo Patel, advisory council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships; and Rashad Hussain, special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

The OIC is an organization dedicated to intimidating Western nations to adopt hate speech codes that would effectively prohibit criticism of Islam. Nonetheless in February, Hussain was appointed by the president as coordinator for the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, heading the administration’s efforts to wage digital war against terrorist propagandists.

It’s a curious choice. In 2004 Hussain insisted former University of South Florida professor Sami al-Arian, who ultimately pled guilty to charges in the Holy Land Foundation terrorist funding case, was the victim of “politically motivated persecution” designed “to squash dissent.” That quote was published by the jihadist-enabling Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA) in November 2004. WRMEA subsequently removed the quote, and then tried to attribute it to Sami Al-Arian’s daughter, Laila Al-Arian. The author of the original story, Shereen Kandil, contradicted that assertion. In fairness to Hussain, and despite the assertion made by IP, he may be nothing more than an MB sympathizer. His membership in the MB has not been confirmed

Hussain was appointed following Obama’s conference on countering violent extremism last February, highlighted by the president’s ongoing refusal to label violent terrorists as “radical Islamists.” That conference took place less than a month after Obama outraged Egypt and Saudi Arabia by hosting MB members at the White House, despite their ouster from the corridors of power by current Egyptian President Abdel al-Fattah al-Sisi, who considers them a terrorist organization. Al-Sisi has emerged as the one Muslim leader arguing for an Islamic reformation, and he was undoubtedly dismayed by an Obama administration still willing to embrace his nation’s enemies.

Even more embarrassing, the State Department ultimately admitted to deliberately lying about the event. After initially insisting it had been “organized and funded by Georgetown University,” who denied that assertion, State finally set the record straight—because MB members bragged about the meeting on social media. MB members were shown flashing Brotherhood gang signs at the State Department building—and they made claims the Obama Administration supports their efforts to overthrow al-Sisi’s government.

As Breitbart News notes, the MB “craves legitimacy,” and the Obama administration appears more than willing to facilitate it. And while the Egyptian media’s assertion that the president himself is an MB member may sound far-fetched, the ongoing relationship between the president and an organization that fought for the Nazis during WWII is despicable.

And lest anyone think the MB’s status in Washington would be diminished by the election of Hillary Clinton, think again. Her aide Huma Abedin’s family has extensive familial ties to the MB, which may go a long way towards explaining Clinton’s purge of her emails and the server that contained them. Abedin also violated State Department policy regarding email retention and the Department’s Inspector General (IG) is conducting an investigation into that reality. While he’s at it, maybe he could reveal to the American public exactly how Abedin received security clearance giving her access to classified information.

As long as the America is at war with “radical extremism,” it would be refreshing to know where everyone associated with the Muslim Brotherhood stands—in no uncertain terms. It is worth remembering the Bush administration was excoriated for failing to “connect the dots” prior to 9/11, despite the reality that no prior administration had anticipated the lethality of Islamist extremism. That position is no longer tenable.