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February 13, 2011 / J. Shaw

"Useful Idiot" Intels James Clapper and the Muslim Brotherhood

By Frank Gaffney….Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Congress  that the Muslim Brotherhood was a “heterogeneous, largely secular” organization that “eschewed violence” and “decried al Qaeda.”  The ignorance exhibited in this statement has been widely and properly vilified.   As our book, Shariah: The Threat to America ( 0r free download) establishes beyond any reasonable doubt, the Muslim Brotherhood (MB or, in Arabic, Ikhwan) is a thoroughly shariah-adherent group, committed to the spread of that totalitarian, supremacist politico-military-legal program worldwide and to a Caliphate to impose it, on Muslims and non-Muslims alike

Far from being “heterogenous,” the Ikhwan all over the planet – including inside the United States – subscribes to a creed that assures uniform compliance with its goals (which are identical to those of other shariah-adherent groups like al Qaeda), if not in the tactics for achieving them:

 “Allah is our objective; the Koran is our law; the Prophet is our leader; jihad is our way; and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations.”

Gen. Clapper’s statement was so ludicrous that in short order, his spokeswoman was explaining that what the DNI meant to say was exactly the opposite of what he said: “To clarify Director Clapper’s point, in Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood makes efforts to work through a political system that has been, under Mubarak’s rule, one that is largely secular in its orientation. He is well aware that the Muslim Brotherhood is not a secular organization,” DNI spokesperson Jamie Smith said.

 As the Director appeared to be reading from prepared notes, however, it seems that his statement may not have been a case of misspeaking, but rather one of deliberately mischaracterizing one of the most serious threats America faces at the moment.  To the extent his assessment of the Muslim Brotherhood informs U.S. policymaking in Egypt or elsewhere, it doubtless has contributed to the complete hash-up the Obama administration is making with respect to the MB.

Of even more serious concern is the possibility that the top intelligence officer in the United States government is not simply willfully blind, but what they call in the business a “useful idiot.”  After all, he told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer in December that he considered the Muslim community to be “a source of advice, counsel and wisdom alerting us to those among their number who are professing radical views.”  But the first rule of intelligence tradecraft is: “Garbage in, garbage out.”  The quality of the analysis of any information about our enemies is a function of how good the inputs are.

In other words, if the Director of National Intelligence is using as sources of “advice, counsel and wisdom” about the Muslim Brotherhood individuals and organizations that have been proven in federal court (at both the district and appellate levels) to be tied to the Ikhwan, the inputs from such sources must be considered suspect, to say the least.  

At worst, the DNI has swallowed hook, line and sinker disinformation about the MB supplied by the Brotherhood for the purpose of defeating us.



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