section of DiscoverTheNetworks features profiles of Islamists who
have secured positions of influence in federal, state, and local
government. Some of these individuals were elected to their offices
by the voting public; others were appointed by elected officials.
is important to emphasize that the men and women profiled in this
section are not included here merely because they are Muslims.
Indeed, many Muslims in government positions perform their duties
competently and in a manner that is consistent with America's
national-security needs. As journalist Andrew
C. McCarthy, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern
District of New York and author of The Grand Jihad, puts it:
don’t know how many Muslims work in the U.S. government, but I feel
pretty safe saying there are thousands. As a federal prosecutor on
terrorism cases, I had the privilege of working with several of them.
These were patriotic American Muslims, and a number of Muslims who
may not be Americans but who have embraced America and the West.
Without them, we could not have infiltrated jihadist cells in New
York and stopped terrorists from killing thousands of people. Without
them, we could not have translated, understood and processed our
evidence so it could be presented to a jury as a compelling
narrative. Pro-American Muslims serve honorably in government, in our
military, in our intelligence services, and in our major
individuals are to be distinguished from Islamists, who, to varying
degrees, support and/or whitewash the radical and supremacist agendas
Law and jihadism,
be it of the violent or the stealth
variety, and of the Muslim
Brotherhood and other Islamist organizations.
A number of the
Islamists featured in this section participate in events hosted and
sponsored by organizations with ties to Islamic extremism, jihadism,
and terrorism. They refuse to unambiguously condemn the actions and
objectives of such entities as Hamas,
and the Muslim
Brotherhood. And they are apt to ascribe Islamic terrorism not to
any particular doctrines that are central to Islam itself, but
rather, to objectionable Western “policies” that allegedly
antagonize Muslims and constitute a veritable “war against
June 2012, five Republican lawmakers (most prominently, Rep. Michele
Bachmann) sent letters
to the inspectors general at the Departments of Homeland Security,
Justice, and State, asking that they investigate whether the Muslim
Brotherhood was gaining undue influence over U.S. government
officials. One letter, noting that Huma
Abedin's position as a close aide to Hillary
Clinton “affords her routine access to the secretary [of state]
and to policymaking,” expressed concern over the fact that Abedin
“has three family members—her late father, mother and her
brother—connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or
Few political figures of either major party were
able to see, or were willing to acknowledge, the legitimacy of the
concerns raised by Bachmann, et al. President Barack
Obama, for one, defended Huma Abedin as “a
… who has worked tirelessly … in the White House, in the U.S.
Senate, and most exhaustingly, at the State Department, where she has
been nothing less than extraordinary in representing our country and
the democratic values that we hold dear.” House Minority Leader
Pelosi likewise dismissed
accusations” against Ms. Abedin. Similarly, prominent
Republicans such as John McCain and John Boehner firmly disavowed
the concerns articulated in the aforementioned letters.
of DiscoverTheNetworks was established to provide the pertinent facts about
the influence on American policy of Muslims who argue
that concerns over radical Islam's inroads constitute “Islamophobia” that leads inevitably to violations of civil rights; who have Islamist commitments
of their own, or sympathies for others who hold such views; or who seek to advance the agendas
of groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood.