Turning a Blind Eye to Terror

As was detailed by no less than a half-dozen articles two weeks ago in more than four different news outlets, the FBI recently graduated a known Hamas operative named Sheikh Kifah Mustapha from its six-week Citizen’s Academy and included him on tours of FBI headquarters, the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). 

Additionally detailed in these reports was the revelation that federal agencies charged with protecting America’s citizens (Department of Homeland Security, FBI, Office of the Director of National Intelligence) only do “outreach” to organizations which are known members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s (MB) Islamic Movement in the United States, many of them Hamas—all of them hostile to America. 

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and other National Security “experts” have shown their true colors, putting “outreach” and partnering with MB and Hamas entities over intelligence collection and national security.

In a speech given on October 6 at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) on the state of domestic intelligence in the U.S. and the implementation of the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, Clapper’s answers to pointed questions reveal his lack of understanding of our enemy, the systemic penetration by the Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas and al Qaeda inside our security apparatus, and his misguided priorities of putting “outreach” ahead of all else.

As a reminder to our readers:  The man who created the Muslim Chaplain Program for the Department of Defense (Abdurahman Alamoudi) is an al Qaeda and Hamas Operative now serving 23 years in prison for being a terrorist; the Congressional Muslim Staff Association’s first imam to pray at the U.S. Capitol in 2002 was al Qaeda leader and fugitive Anwar al Awlaki—they just had another al Qaeda operative on the Hill this past April—and the first imam to offer prayers at the Capitol (Siraj Wahhaj) is an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Sounds like our domestic intelligence program is not functioning so well.

At the BPC event, Clapper was asked how a known Hamas operative like Mustapha could pass screening by ODNI agencies. After deferring the question to the FBI, Clapper’s answer was immediately, “There is merit to outreach.” 

You read that correctly. Clapper did not say, “This is shocking and we are going to get to the bottom of this.” What he did do, is defend the U.S. government’s outreach program as vital to our security. 

There may be merit to outreach, but not to Hamas. The government “outreach program” exclusively reaches out only to hostile entities controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood. Among these are: the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a proven Hamas entity in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) trial in Dallas in 2008; the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)—unindicted co-conspirator at HLF; the Muslim American Society (MAS), the “overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood” according to federal prosecutors; and the list goes on. 

When did administrative outreach to a group of terrorists overtake operational intelligence collection and national security issues in America?

Others at the BPC conference joined in Clapper’s mantra of “outreach” to Hamas. Among several worrisome comments by FBI Director Robert Mueller was his firm belief that working with Muslim organizations “side by side” is our “only option.”

The dangerous consequences of this path are self-evident. Since we know the U.S. government in general, and DHS and FBI specifically, only reach out to MB and Hamas entities, there cannot be a rational reason to continue down this path, especially in light of the numerous deep penetrations into our system by the MB, Hamas, al Qaeda and others over the past nine years. 

When questioned about having Hamas operative Kifah Mustapha as a “student” at the FBI’s Citizen’s Academy, Mueller told the journalist asking the question he did not agree with the assertions made about Mustapha. Was it the fact that Mustapha was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, meaning he is Hamas, that was confusing the FBI Director? Maybe it was the fact Mustapha is an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial—the largest terrorism financing and Hamas trial in U.S. history that was baffling to Mr. Mueller? In the Army, we had a saying for this—Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? 

During his speech, Director James Clapper, ODNI, said “We have to remain true to our oath to protect and defend the Constitution.” 

I agree with this. He should remember the rest of that phrase is “against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” At some point in the immediate future, men like Director Clapper and Director Mueller, must be held to account for putting the lives of their employees, and the people of this nation in grave danger for putting their desire to “outreach” to our enemy over doing the job there are legally bound to do.