No Defeat Jihad Summit strategy author was invited to White House CVE summit
Among the many experts and practitioners invited to participate in the White House’s Countering Violent Extremism strategy summit, not one was involved with the Defeat Jihad Summit strategy sponsored earlier this month.
This is significant, as the Defeat Jihad Summit authors approach the issue as an ideological one, requiring ideological warfare – something that the White House has opposed.
Equally significant is the White House’s invitation of a number of figures from the Muslim Brotherhood, who operate through known front organizations. The participant list has not been officially released, but word is leaking out.
Boston participants, for example, are from the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB), the local chapter of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which is a known Muslim Brotherhood front organization.
Adburahman Alamoudi is a founder of ISB. He is a Muslim Brotherhood operative and convicted felon, now serving a long sentence on terrorism-related charges, including a Qaddafi-backed plot to assassinate the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, and the funding of al Qaeda.
In its Form 990s filed with the Internal Revenue Service, the ISB stated that Egyptian Islamist theologian Youssef al-Qaradawi was a “trustee” in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
Qaradawi is considered the intellectual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood whom the Clinton administration banned from entering the United States in 1999, due to his support for terrorism. When a news organization asked ISB about Qaradawi in 2005, ISB said he was never a trustee and that the reports to the IRS were simply an “administrative oversight.”
Another ISB trustee, Osama Kandil of Herndon, Virginia, publicly defended Alamoudi after his conviction, calling him “our community leader,” and seeking his release from federal prison.
In 2007, a federal court in Texas found former ISB trustee Jamal Badawi to be a terrorist financing co-conspirator.
ISB Cambridge mosque trustee Anwar Kazmi publicly called for leniency in terrorism sentencing of two of its members.
USA Today reported in 2013 that several terrorists and terrorist suspects are tied to the ISB mosque in Cambridge, Massachusetts:
- Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnayev, the Boston Marathon bombers who killed 3 and injured 264;
- Aafia Saddiqi, arrested in Afghanistan, now serving an 86-year prison sentence;
- Tarek Mehanna, serving a 17-year sentence for conspiring to aid al Qaeda;
- Ahmad Abousamra, a Mehanna co-conspirator who was reported to have fled to Syria;
- Jamal Badawi, a former ISB trustee, identified by a federal court in 2007 as a terrorist financing co-conspirator.
At a rally in 2012, Anwar Kazmi called the prison sentences for Saddiqi and Mehanna “excessive” and asked authorities for leniency. Saddiqi’s crimes include possession of cyanide canisters, planning a chemical weapons attack on New York City, and shooting at US military officers and FBI agents, according to USA Today.
The Obama Administration hails ISB as an example of local Muslim cooperation with authorities against terrorism. The ISB’s Nicole Mossalam reportedly is part of this week’s White House summit.
Even though ISB spokespersons have said that they have nothing to do with Alamoudi, Qaradawi or Kandil, they continue to show animus against the FBI and local counterterrorism efforts that target Islamist radicals.