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house Bill H.R. 2412

Should the State Dept. Consider Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization?

Argument in favor

The Muslim Brotherhood has espoused policies that encourage violence and acts of terrorism around the world, in addition to providing support for terror groups like Al Qaeda & Hamas. The Muslim Brotherhood should be designated as a foreign terrorist organization and face resulting sanctions.

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10/06/2019
A better question is why aren’t they designated as one already?
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operaman's Opinion
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10/07/2019
About time. Even Egypt has booted them out as a terrorist organization. Long overdue!
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10/07/2019
Why hasn’t this already occurred? How many attacks on our sovereignty, values, resources, and LIVES do we have to endure? Americans are entitled to and deserve to be safe, we are not safe with these individuals or groups invading, taking advantage, attacking and killing American citizens. Remove all here pushing their warped UN-American PROPAGANDA. MAGA. Trump 2020
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Argument opposed

While there may be problematic branches of the Muslim Brotherhood which should face sanctions for supporting terrorism, branding the entire broad, multinational political organization as a foreign terror group is excessive and could be counterproductive to democratic processes in Muslim nations.

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10/06/2019
How about we instead designate all the hate groups in the US as terrorist organizations
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10/06/2019
IS THAT NOT LIKE THROWING THE BABY OUT WITH THE BATH WATER ?? HAVE WE DECLARED THE KKK/NRA/ NEO-NAZI ORGANIZATIONS TERRORIST GROUPS? HAVE WE DECLARED ALL WHITE SUPREMACISTS/ FALLWELL AT LIBERTY UNIVERSITY A TERROIST? HOW ABOUT FOX NEWS(?) A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION? WHEN WE DO THIS... COME BACK AND ASK??
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10/07/2019
Condemning the Muslim Brotherhood broadly is a mistake. There are certainly factions of the Muslim Brotherhood that promote violence and these factions should be treated as terrorists. I fear that this is too broad a statement that unfairly objectifies all members and comes close to slapping a terrorist label of people for their religious beliefs. I agree with many of the postings here that point out much more threatening domestic terrorist groups that have clearly defined agendas of advocating and executing violent acts against people of color or generally, our government.
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What is House Bill H.R. 2412?

This bill — the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2019 — would encourage the Secretary of State to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). If the Secretary of State determines that the Brotherhood isn’t an FTO, they would have to provide reasoning for this determination.

Impact

The Muslim Brotherhood; and the Secretary of State.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2412

In 2016, the CBO estimated that enacting this bill would cost less than $500,000 over the 2016-2021 period.

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In-DepthRep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) introduced this bill to encourage the Muslim Brotherhood’s designation as a foreign terrorist organization. In a letter to his Congressional colleagues seeking cosponsors for this bill, Rep. Diaz-Balart wrote: 

“Regrettably, the Muslim Brotherhood is a foreign entity that has advocated for violence to advance its mission of destabilizing the West. As stated in its Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America, which was discovered as part of the Holy Land Foundation trial, ‘The process of settlement is a Civilization-Jihad process… The Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of believers…’ Toward that end, the Muslim Brotherhood continues to support terrorist organizations that are responsible for acts of violence around the world. Important Middle East allies have expressed profound concern regarding the destabilizing influence of the Muslim Brotherhood. Designating it a foreign terrorist organization would be subject to tough sanctions that would hinder its ability to spread violence and hate-filled ideology around the world. Although the United States has designated individual members, branches, and charities of the Muslim Brotherhood as terrorists, including Hamas, al Qaeda, the Holy Land Foundation, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, it has not yet designated the organization as a whole. Designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization is long overdue.”

Coptic Solidarity expressed its support for designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization in 2017 when Rep. Diaz-Balart and Sen. Cruz respectively introduced this legislation in the House and Senate. At that time, Coptic Solidarity’s president, Dr. George Gurguis, said, “The Muslim Brotherhood poses a threat not only to Copts but to the entire Egyptian society and the West, and seeks to undermine the work of the last two revolutions.” In its press release, Coptic Solidarity added

“It is unconscionable that the United States still has not made this designation when countries such as Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries, as well as Russia, have all declared the Muslim Brotherhood to be a terrorist organization, and a report by the UK House of Commons reached a similar conclusion…  It is time for the U.S. Government to finally acknowledge the Muslim Brotherhood for what it is; a terrorist organization whose ideology inspired all murderous Jihadist organizations in the world, and which pursues a subversive strategy to establish an Islamic caliphate worldwide. Indeed, the war against Islamist terrorism cannot be won without combating the ideology behind it.”

In a March 2017 Foreign Policy article, Raymond Tanter, a senior National Security Council (NSC) staff member in the Reagan-Bush administration, and Edward Stafford, a retired Foreign Service officer who served in Political-Military Affairs at the State Dept. and as a diplomat at the U.S. embassy in Turkey, argued against designating the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization: 

“[D]esignating the [Muslim Brotherhood], a non-state, multinational, and multifaceted organization would be imprudent: risks of designating the MB as a terrorist organization outweigh the benefits… [T]here are significant risks to designating the Muslim Brotherhood as an FTO. First, while MB-affiliated Hamas is a state-sponsored organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel by any means, the MB more generally is a political movement. As Laura Pitter of Human Rights Watch notes, ‘The Muslim Brotherhood is a large and complex political organization operating in many countries.’... [C]alling the whole group a terrorist organization… would be making a wide policy determination that, experts warn, could harm participation of Muslim groups in democratic processes. Since only some groups connected to the MB are engaged in violent activities, the large number of peaceful groups pursuing legitimate activities raises the question of whether designation would meet statutory criteria.”

Given these considerations, Tanter and Stafford concluded that a targeted approach to designating parts — not the: 

“Because risks of designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization outweigh the benefits, there is no need to rush the process. Possible executive orders and congressional bills need careful consideration of benefits and risks… [Lawmakers] should review options to craft a targeted form of designation. Going after parts that are violent have a higher likelihood of success against the MB and enjoy backing of foreign partners and American skeptics alike than going after the ‘mothership,’ per Jonathan Schanzer, a former terrorism finance analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and senior vice president at Foundation for Defense of Democracies. There’s a better path forward that painting with a broad brush, too hastily.”

This bill has 31 Republican House cosponsors in the 116th Congress. Last Congress, it had 77 Republican House cosponsors and its Senate companion, sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), had four Senate Republican cosponsors. Neither bill received a committee vote in the 115th Congress.

This bill has the support of ACT for America and Coptic Solidarity


Of NoteThe Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928 as a religious, social and political organization. The group promotes moving away from secularism and returning to a governing system run by Islamic law. Although it used violent tactics at one point, it currently rejects the use of violence and seeks to be involved in the mainstream political process.

Conservatives allege that the Muslim Brotherhood is a breeding group for radical Islam. Over the past 40 years, Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia and some other nations have described the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. In the U.K., Brotherhood-affiliated groups were once allied with the British government in fighting terrorism. This changed in 2014, when then-British Prime Minister David Cameron commissioned an inquiry into whether Brotherhood-inspired organizations in the U.K. were a threat to national security. Ultimately, the report concluded that “membership of, association with, or influence by the Muslim Brotherhood should be considered as a possible indicator of extremism," but didn’t recommend banning the Brotherhood.

In 2018, the Trump administration declared two affiliates of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood — Hasm and Liwa al-Thawra — as terrorist organizations. In March 2019, Austria took the unprecedented step of adding the Muslim Brotherhood’s logo to its list of symbols banned in the country

Farid Hafez, a senior research scholar at the Bridge Initiative at Georgetown University, argues that efforts to ban the Brotherhood, which is already weak and politically defeated in many Arab countries, are actually efforts to threaten civil society activists and politicians with a Muslim background in the West


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: theglobalpanorama via Creative Commons)

AKA

Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2019

Official Title

To require the Secretary of State to submit to Congress a report on the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization, and for other purposes.

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    IntroducedApril 30th, 2019
    Why hasn’t this already been ✅. #MAGA
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    How about we instead designate all the hate groups in the US as terrorist organizations
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    IS THAT NOT LIKE THROWING THE BABY OUT WITH THE BATH WATER ?? HAVE WE DECLARED THE KKK/NRA/ NEO-NAZI ORGANIZATIONS TERRORIST GROUPS? HAVE WE DECLARED ALL WHITE SUPREMACISTS/ FALLWELL AT LIBERTY UNIVERSITY A TERROIST? HOW ABOUT FOX NEWS(?) A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION? WHEN WE DO THIS... COME BACK AND ASK??
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    Condemning the Muslim Brotherhood broadly is a mistake. There are certainly factions of the Muslim Brotherhood that promote violence and these factions should be treated as terrorists. I fear that this is too broad a statement that unfairly objectifies all members and comes close to slapping a terrorist label of people for their religious beliefs. I agree with many of the postings here that point out much more threatening domestic terrorist groups that have clearly defined agendas of advocating and executing violent acts against people of color or generally, our government.
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    A better question is why aren’t they designated as one already?
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    About time. Even Egypt has booted them out as a terrorist organization. Long overdue!
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    Love it, Daniel. Good one! 🤣👏🏻👏🏻👍🏻 Another repugnant trying to do repugnant things. I say we call the Pig and his complicit defenders terrorists! They are selling our country to the highest bidders for their personal gain. Now, that’s what I call terrorism, too!
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    Only if they do the same for the Evangelicals.
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    No! The Muslim Brotherhood does not meet the legal definition of a terrorist group and making that its designation could have unintended consequences in the allied countries where the Brotherhood is prominent inside of political parties. This is yet another islamoohobic move, that demonizes an entire group of people.
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    It’s agreed that there are some extreme branches of the Muslim Brotherhood that have provided support to terrorist organizations, but we can’t designate the entire group as terrorists. It’s counterproductive and could hurt democracy in many Muslim-majority countries. Also @Langho saying that we can’t have Muslims in Congress is a completely racist statement. There are over 1 billion Muslims in the World, and if every single one of them was a terrorist, you’d be pretty screwed.
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    Why hasn’t this already occurred? How many attacks on our sovereignty, values, resources, and LIVES do we have to endure? Americans are entitled to and deserve to be safe, we are not safe with these individuals or groups invading, taking advantage, attacking and killing American citizens. Remove all here pushing their warped UN-American PROPAGANDA. MAGA. Trump 2020
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    Why impeach: Using the power of the presidency to withhold aide to one of the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet in exchange for political favors in order to sway the 20/20 election. Acting like a criminal and threatening the life of the whistleblower (Mob bosses are criminals not actors). Mr. America first is sending troops to Saudi Arabia in support of a murdering dictator who spends millions at his hotels and resorts. Corey Lewandowski testified to congress that trump ordered him to obstruct justice. Blocking information that pertains to the safety of our country from reaching congress. Has been threatening NOAA, a federal agency, with punishment if they do not disavow the truth and side with his lies. Invited the Taliban to Camp David the week of 9/11. #PussyAssBitch He’s doctoring weather maps to try and prove he’s not an idiot. Has stayed at trump properties 293 days in 3 years, that’s our tax dollars going directly into his pocket. Took money from military daycares to pay for a wall that won’t work and no one wants. The Vice President and the Attorney General are both spending tax payer dollars on trump hotels, lining his pockets and currying his favor. Privately instructed aides to skirt laws and regulations to get the wall built faster — and told them he will pardon them if necessary. Pressuring a government agency to give a contract for his wall to a company whose chief executive is a donor to one of his top GOP allies in Congress. Took hundreds of millions from 127 different projects (FEMA being one of those) for his wall. Thinks nuking a hurricane is an idea. Pushing to host the next G-7 at one of his own resorts. Taunted Iran by tweeting a classified image of an Iranian rocket that had exploded, thereby potentially compromising U.S. intelligence capabilities. His own company would save millions from the low interest rates he is demanding. Was going to give you tax cuts through your paychecks but decided not to. Destroying the economy with HIS trade war. We will soon average a 1.2 trillion deficit. He is repeating NRA talking points on background checks so expect no action taken regardless of the fact there has been 27 arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since El Paso( NOT TOLEDO). Made fun of republicans being afraid of the NRA and then caved after a 30 minute phone conversation with them. Bragged about indefinite child detention because it brings families together. Refusing flue shots, that protect us all(google influenza pandemic), to immigrant children. Attacking fellow congresswomen in really disgusting ways and making anti-Semitic remarks about Jews calling them disloyal. Thinks he’s the chosen one based on a conspiracy theory web sight. Impeachment: Obstruction of Justice. Profiting from the Presidency. Collusion - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocating political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Racist: Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Calls them very fine people. Told fellow congresswomen to go back where they came from. Called them shit hole countries. Called them murderers and rapists. Calls her Pocahontas. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Our Money: Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Saudi funded lobbyist rented 500 rooms at a trump hotel he never divested from right after he became president. Wonder why? Sexual Predator: Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation on tape. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Belittles and bully’s strong women. Not even sure he’s aware he has two daughters. Idiot: Has allowed North Korea to grow there nuclear weapons program. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Doesn’t believe in science and quite often displays his ignorance of it. Russia: Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians then bragged about it to Australians who then turned that info over to our FBI. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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    Because they are a terrorist group
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    It should’ve been already!
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    Yes
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    If there’s no problem then they should be okay with getting analyzed.
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    they shouldn’t just consider it-the evidence is overwhelming
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    First, designate home grown groups such as the NRA, GOP, FOX News, Limbaugh ‘s EIB Network, Breitbart, white supremacists, radical Christian extremists and others who have killed significantly more Americans than any foreign enemy has effected. More hatred and intolerance is fomented at home by the before mentioned miscreants and that’s where our focus and remedial action needs to be focused.
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    I despise bills like this, ones with an obvious agenda. The Muslim brotherhood may need to be analyzed and if necessary call them a terrorist organization. But there are other groups that have demonstrated they are terrorizing our people. If we want to call out one group let’s work to call them all out.
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    Definitely, is that the same Muslim brotherhood that Obama invited to the White House on several occasions
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