Renews hope for Bachmann bill to outlaw movement and its spinoffs
Bans on the radical Muslim Brotherhood abroad combined with a historically large GOP majority in Washington could provide the impetus to pass the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act introduced earlier this year by Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., congressional sources say.
The bill, which would effectively outlaw the radical Muslim Brotherhood in America, has attracted 19 Republican co-sponsors but has languished since being introduced in the House in July by Bachmann, a member of the House Intelligence Committee.
Since then, however, the Republicans have gained the largest majority in the House since World War II, while taking control of the Senate.
And earlier this week, the United Arab Emirates joined Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Russia in outlawing the Muslim Brotherhood and many of its subsidiary organizations.
UAE took the additional step of designating two U.S. Muslim Brotherhood front groups — the Washington-based Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, and the Muslim American Society, or MAS – as terrorist organizations on par with ISIS and al-Qaida.
CAIR is cited several times in the text of the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act as a Brotherhood-controlled entity.
Pressure to blacklist the Brotherhood and its U.S. front groups is building both internationally and domestically, U.S. officials say. With Republicans now controlling the legislative agenda in Washington, the anti-Brotherhood bill – H.R. 5159 – is expected to move on a faster track when the new Congress is seated in January.
“It will certainly get more attention and more sponsors now,” a senior Republican legislative aide on the Hill said.
However, if the bill passes through Congress, Muslim Brotherhood-friendly President Obama would more than likely veto it. No final action likely could be taken against the jihadist support network – which controls most of the Islamic nonprofit groups, charities and mosques in America – until Obama leaves office.
The bill would not only add the Muslim Brotherhood and its U.S. subsidiaries to the U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations, it would also crack down on anyone in America who provides material support or funding to the Brotherhood or its front groups. At the same time, the bill proposes denying visas to any Brotherhood members seeking to enter the U.S., while deporting any foreign nationals associated with the Brotherhood already living in the U.S.
Additionally, the bill states: “Any United States financial institution that knowingly has possession of or control over funds in which the Muslim Brotherhood or its affiliates, associated groups, or agents have an interest shall retain possession of or control over the funds and report the funds to the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Department of the Treasury.”
In effect, the law would freeze Muslim Brotherhood assets and dry up funding and recruiting for Brotherhood groups operating in the U.S. If aggressively enforced, the law would go a long way toward shutting down the subversive infrastructure the Egypt-based Brotherhood has spent the past 40 years building in America.
The Obama administration does not support such action, because it views the Brotherhood as a nonviolent political group and has engaged its leaders at home and abroad.
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