The above video shows Director of National Intelligence James Clapper this morning telling a House hearing that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is a "secular" organization that eschews violence. Who's briefing this idiot, Tariq Ramadan and CAIR? This organization is dedicated to imposing a world wide caliphate. They have as recently as a week ago advocated the formation of a govenment like Iran's. Virtually every Sunni terrorist organization is an offshoot of the Brotherhood. They were calling for war with Israel a week ago. Any of that sound secular and peaceful to you? This joker needs to go. He is either lying to America or a fool of immense proportions. In either event, occupying the position of DNI, he presents a danger to our nation.
What further chaffed was when FBI Director Mueller offered to brief the Congress critters on the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood - in a closed hearing. Bullshit. The people of America have a right to know the answers about the Brotherhood, particularly after the suicidal fantasy woven by Clapper this morning.
Update: The administration is trying to explain away the utterly ridiculous comments of Clapper. This Jake Tapper at ABC News:
The Muslim Brotherhood is quite obviously not a secular organization.
Jamie Smith, director of the office of public affairs for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence later said in a statement to ABC News: “To clarify Director Clapper’s point - in Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood makes efforts to work through a political system that has been, under Mubarak’s rule, one that is largely secular in its orientation – he is well aware that the Muslim Brotherhood is not a secular organization.”
How much the Muslim Brotherhood has eschewed violence and decried al Qaeda is subject to debate. Critics of the group point to its ties with Hamas, a terrorist organization according to the US State Department, for instance.
A Council on Foreign Relations background on the Muslim Brotherhood recently stated that “like other mass social movements, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is hardly a monolith; it comprises hardliners, reformers, and centrists, notes terrorism expert Lydia Khalil. And some hardline leaders have voiced support for al-Qaeda or use of violent jihad. For instance, as recently as 2006, Khalil points out, a member of Brotherhood elected to parliament, Ragib Hilal Hamida, voiced support for terrorism in the face of Western occupation. Instances like these raise questions over the group's commitment to nonviolence.”
Yeah, well, its the hardliners that have had me nervous since 1979 - when they ended up hijacking the Iranian Revolution. As to Clapper, his statement this morning was clear. To claim otherwise now beggars belief. If Obama has any sense of self-preservation, it is time to toss Clapper under the bus.