In the wake of the San Bernardino attacks last year, there was much hope that the Republican Congress would start passing bills that would greatly inhibit the reach of the Islamic State terror group, as well as other terrorist organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaida.
Instead, the GOP elite has embarked on a series of weak-willed resolutions and initiatives, most of which seem innocuous but contain one major clue that the bills would help a Muslim Brotherhood-linked group within the United States.
According to Conservative Review, all three major anti-terrorism initiatives undertaken by both houses of Congress this year have used the phrase “countering violent extremism” in place of “Islamic terror” or “radical Islam.”
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While this may seem like an innocuous change for sake of political correctness there is a major difference. “Countering violent extremism” is a buzz-phrase put forth by Muslim Brotherhood-linked group the Council on American-Islamic Relations that it claims should take the place of terms like “Islamic terror” where U.S. anti-terrorism policy is concerned.
Indeed, Conservative Review reported that the White House had previously hosted a summit purportedly for stopping Islamic terror called “Countering Violent Extremism.” If this was the real purpose, one wonders why leaders from the Islamic Society of Boston — the mosque that radicalized, among others, the Boston Marathon bombers — were invited to the event.
Interestingly enough, a bill to recognize the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization has gone nowhere, even though it’s passed the House of Representatives. Here are the three bills that the Republican party establishment has ushered through Congress this year:
- H.R. 4407, the Counterterrorism Advisory Board Act. This wholly useless piece of legislation, passed in May and backed by the Republican establishment, sets up an advisory board on counterterrorism at the Department of Homeland Security. Last I checked, DHS had been founded specifically because of counterterrorism efforts after 9/11, so the fact that we need an advisory board on counterterrorism at a department founded to counter terrorism speaks volumes about just how out of touch Washington has gotten. “The board shall: (1) advise the Secretary of DHS on the issuance of terrorism alerts, and (2) meet on a regular basis to discuss intelligence and coordinate ongoing threat mitigation efforts and departmental activities,” the bill reads. This is ostensibly what DHS was supposed to be doing in the first place, which indicates the problem is not a lack of advisory boards but an absence of will.
- H.R. 4401, The Amplifying Local Efforts to Root Out Terror (ALERT) Act. Passed in February, ALERT does nothing on its face aside from keep bad acronym copy writers in business. However, as Conservative Review notes, “Among other things, it directs DHS to assist state, local, tribal, and territorial governments in countering violent extremism; a review of cooperative agreements between DHS and such governments relating to countering violent extremism and an evaluation of DHS plans and any potential opportunities to better support such governments that are in furtherance of DHS’s countering violent extremism objectives.” There’s that CAIR-tastic buzzword again, and you can bet it’s there for a reason.
- H.R. 4820, The Combating Terrorist Recruitment Act. While this bill uses the word “terrorist” in its title, it talks again of countering “violent extremists” by using their statements in combating recruitment of said “violent extremists.” How the hell this is supposed to work I really have no clue, but it seems to again follow the Muslim Brotherhood naming agenda.
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This is what the GOP establishment has done instead of doing real things to combat the very real menace of the Islamic State group and the Muslim Brotherhood. Instead, they actually went out of their way to back a terror-linked organization. Absolutely despicable.
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