Saturday, October 1, 2016
Hillary, and the Muslim Brotherhood in her Administration
Huma Abedin has been called Hillary's "shadow" by Politico. Hillary has said if she had a second daughter, it would be Abedin. She has been with the Democratic presidential candidate since 1996, when Hillary was first lady. Abedin has followed Clinton through her years as a U.S. senator from New York and was by her side when Hillary was wrecking America's foreign relations and making a mess in the Middle East as secretary of state. While deputy chief of staff to Clinton at State, Abedin also worked for the Clinton Foundation and Teneo, a consulting firm that does business with international business titans. Today, Abedin is ranked third in the Clinton presidential campaign hierarchy. If Hillary is elected, Abedin will surely have an office in the West Wing where she will use her formidable influence on Clinton to shape administration policy. Get instant access to exclusive stock lists and powerful tools on Investors.com. Try us free for 4 weeks. Just as Abedin has trailed Clinton for two decades, a serious question has trailed Abedin: Is she sympathetic to radical Islamists and a proponent of Shariah law in the U.S.? This question isn't asked because she's a practicing Muslim and speaks fluent Arabic. It's due to her family ties. Four years ago, five congressman sent a letter to the State Department inspector general, charging that Abedin's father, mother and brother were associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, which is considered a terrorist organization by several nations, though not the U.S. The letter cited "a personal intervention by Secretary Clinton that allowed a prominent Muslim Brotherhood leader, Tariq Ramadan, to enter the United States — overturning a policy of the previous administration that precluded him from doing so." A former federal prosecutor also noticed that U.S. policy "radically shifted in the Brotherhood's favor" while Abedin was in the State Department. For their efforts, the five U.S. lawmakers were treated as cranks by the Democrats and media. But were they on to something? That's unknown. The story essentially died. The legacy media couldn't be expected to dig into it because it might cast one of their own — a Democrat — in a poor light. We do know some things, though, and one of them is that Abedin's late father, Syed Abedin, was a firm defender of Shariah law. A video from a 1971 interview that has recently surfaced shows Syed, a Muslim scholar, discussing Islam's "hostile" response to the West's involvement in the Middle East. He seems to also argue that Shariah law must be enforced by national governments in Muslim countries. Huma's mother, Saleha Abedin, also has an interesting history. She was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, a Shariah law periodical, from 1995 to 2008. Paul Sperry, a former IBD bureau chief, reported last month in the New York Post that Huma worked "for her mother's journal through 2008. She is listed as 'assistant editor' on the masthead of the 2002 issue in which her mother suggested the U.S. was doomed to be attacked on 9/11 because of 'sanctions' it leveled against Iraq and other 'injustices' allegedly heaped on the Muslim world." Huma's brother, Hassan, is also an editor at the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. Huma's mother's sketchy ties don't end on those pages. Kenneth R. Timmerman, a former Republican congressional candidate and current Donald Trump supporter, wrote last month in The Hill that Saleha "sits on the Presidency Staff Council of the International Islamic Council for Da'wa and Relief, a group that is chaired by the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi." Huma's father had his own Muslim Brotherhood connection, says former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy. And it wasn't tenuous. "There is persuasive evidence," he wrote in 2012 in PJ Media, "that her father was a member of the Brotherhood."