Amidst a highly visible reelection campaign, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) “http://Ted Cruz Calls For Muslim Brotherhood To Be Designated Terrorist Organization” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>renewed a call last week for the Muslim Brotherhood to be designated a terrorist organization.
It’s about time someone in Congress has done so. The Muslim Brotherhood is likely the largest web of Islamic terrorism in the world.
This follows the Trump administration’s designation earlier this year of two affiliates of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood — Hasm and Liwa al-Thawra — as terrorist organizations:
.@StateDept has designated Ismail Haniyeh, Harakat al-Sabireen, Liwa al Thawra, and Harakat Sawa’d Misr (HASM) as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. Full details: https://t.co/6rmZD6rogE
— State Dept CT Bureau (@StateDeptCT) January 31, 2018
Last year Cruz introduced S. 68, calling on the State Department to designate the group. The Senate bill is co-sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore and Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson:
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) January 10, 2017
he House companion bill, H.R. 377, is sponsored by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and currently has 76 House co-sponsors.
Speaking at a Capitol Hill event last week, Cruz invoked the Obama administration’s efforts to purge terror watch lists of anyone connected to the Muslim Brotherhood, and also the Justice Department’s successful arguments during the Holy Land Foundation trial in 2008 that the Muslim Brotherhood established support networks in the U.S. to support the terrorist group Hamas.
Cruz called for the designation for the “clarity” of standing with our allies (comments begins ~12:30):
Among other issues covered in Cruz’s speech was his support for the Trump administration’s move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. After that announcement, the Muslim Brotherhood issued a statement declaring the U.S. the “enemy of the Arab world.”
The Muslim Brotherhood has bragged about heavily lobbying Congress to prevent any designation, as well as spending $5 million to derail designation efforts:
— MEMRI (@MEMRIReports) March 17, 2017
Senior Muslim Brotherhood official brags they spent $5 million in PR push to successfully stop US terror designation https://t.co/QaODZVPhli
— Patrick Poole (@pspoole) June 23, 2017
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
September 14th, 2018