A senior Department of Homeland Security advisor with admitted ties to radical Islam is making sure the agency ignores non-violent Islamists and the potential threat they may present
Mohamed Elibiary, who was appointed to the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council by then-Secretary Janet Napolitano in 2010, was promoted to the position of senior fellow in September amid strong suspicions that he supported the Muslim Brotherhood.
Those suspicions were confirmed a month later, when he admitted his Brotherhood ties to the Center for Security Policy, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank investigating his background.
As part of Elibiary’s role at the Department of Homeland Security, he told The Daily Caller, he had key input on the agency’s “Countering Violent Extremism” policy.
“The area that has earned me the most amount of anti-Islamist media criticism has been my role assisting DHS and the broader administration craft a framework and later a strategy for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE),” Elibiary told The Daily Caller. “I helped write parts of the initial [CVE] document President Barack Hussein Obama was briefed on in the Oval Office.”
The Daily Caller reported:
One of the suggested regulations is to prohibit training about “lawfare,” the abuse of Western laws and judicial systems to achieve strategic military or political ends. Lawfare is particularly manifested in the United States in the form of frivolous lawsuits filed to intimidate members of the counter-terrorism community with the threat of bankruptcy and vilification for exercising their free speech rights to educate Americans on issues of national security and public concern, such as the imminent threat of Islamist terrorism.
The DHS guidelines instruct agencies to stay away from “training premised on theories with little or no evidence to support them. One theory the DHS wants discarded posits that “Muslim Americans are using democratic processes, like litigation and free speech, to subvert democracy and install Sharia law.”
“There is a plethora of evidence indicating lawfare as the newest, most visible and increasingly emergent form of asymmetric warfare, which must be countered both tactically and strategically,” Brooke Goldstein, director of The Lawfare Project, told The Daily Caller. “It is undeniable that Muslim Brotherhood front groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations have filed lawsuits aimed at silencing and punishing anyone who expose their connections to designated terrorist organizations or say things that are ‘offensive’ to Islam. DHS guidelines that not only delegitimize this very real threat but also deny its existence leave American counterterrorism personnel open to attack by, amongst other things, failing to brief them on legitimate ways to protect themselves and undermining those in the counterterrorism and legal communities who are working to protect this country.”
In addition to discouraging instruction about Islamist non-violent tactics like lawfare, the training guidelines also discourage instruction about non-violent Islamists altogether, including even the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.
The influence of this self-professed Muslim Brotherhood supporter is having a significant impact on the inadequate training of our counter-terrorism professionals.