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STAR SPANGLED SHARIAH: The Rise of America’s First Muslim Brotherhood Party

Center for Security Policy
Copyright Date: Sep. 1, 2015
Pages: 139

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  1. (pp. 1-2)
  2. (pp. 3-6)
  3. (pp. 7-10)
    Frank J. Gaffney Jr.

    The Muslim Brotherhood has long operated as a formidable political force in Egypt, the place of its founding in 1928, and to varying degrees in other Middle East countries. And as we know, the Muslim Brotherhood has been actively infiltrating American government and society since shortly after the Second World War.

    But March 2014 marked a significant step forward for the Brotherhood in America: Some of its key leadership figures joined together to establish the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), the first political activist group in this country to be openly associated with the jihadist Muslim Brotherhood.

    Formation of...

  4. (pp. 11-22)

    By mid-2013, the Muslim Brotherhood experiment in governance was over in Egypt. Despite substantial, official support from the administration of United States President Barack Obama, the Mohamed Morsi regime collapsed within a year of its 2012 election and was replaced by a military regime, headed by Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and supported by much of the Egyptian population. Even as the Brotherhood’s 28-year rise to power in Egypt came asunder thanks to Morsi’s calamitous rule, key leadership figures among the American Muslim Brotherhood took a major step in announcing the formation of a new political party, the first in...

  5. (pp. 23-32)

    The United States Muslim Brotherhood political party, the United States Council of the Muslim Organizations (USCMO), was established in March 2014, but its top leadership, including USCMO Secretary General Oussama Jammal, had launched into political activism long before then. As this chapter will demonstrate, that political activism by Muslim Brotherhood-linked operatives has the open support of the U.S. Department of State.

    One earlier event that now stands out more in retrospect than it might have at the time was the 11th annual Muslim American Society-Islamic Circle of North America Muslim Brotherhood convention that was held in Chicago in December 2012...

  6. (pp. 33-42)

    Weeks following the March 2014 announcement in Washington, D.C. by executive leadership from some of the most prominent American Muslim organizations about their formation of the United States Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood political party, and indeed the first religious identity political party in the history of this country, began preparing for its inaugural banquet61 to be held at the Hilton Crystal City Hotel on Tuesday, 10 June 2014.

    While limited information exists regarding the actual content of speeches and proceedings from the USCMO inaugural banquet, the Muslim Link Paper63 reported nearly “250 guests of the...

  7. (pp. 43-50)

    Around 1,000 Jews and Christians gathered on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 for a mid-day rally to support the nation of Israel outside Metra’s Richard B. Ogilvie Transportation Center, the office complex of the Israeli Consulate at 500 W. Madison in downtown Chicago. The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), the first U.S. Muslim Brotherhood political party, joined in solidarity with approximately 200 pro-Muslim Brotherhood and HAMAS supporters in a counter demonstration at a time of increasing tensions between Muslims and Jews in the Chicago metropolitan area.

    As reported on its Facebook event page, the anti-Israel event Stand with Gaza: Protest...

  8. (pp. 51-54)

    When the United States commemorated the 13th anniversary of 11 September 2001 and President Barack Obama deliberated a strategy to manage terror threats from the Islamic State (IS), the United States Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) and its Secretary General Ousama Jammal still had not published any video, audio, or transcripts from their inaugural banquet held at the Hilton Crystal City Hotel in June 2014. Two current members of Congress, U.S. Representatives Keith Ellison (Democrat, Minnesota’s 5th District) and André Carson (Democrat, Indiana’s 7th District), were invited by Jammal to speak at the Washington, DC area event which launched the...

  9. (pp. 55-62)

    The newly-formed U.S. Muslim Brotherhood political party, the U.S. Council of the Muslim Organizations (USCMO), has lost no time diving into the American political scene during the 2014 election year, surrounded by well-known individuals and groups that sport long histories of Brotherhood associations. On 6 September 2014, USCMO member organizations gathered in Rosemont, Illinois for a fundraising event hosted by Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) and a dinner sponsored by the Chicago Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIGOC).119 As the largest Muslim charity in this country, IRUSA was incorporated in California in 1993 as a 501c3 tax exempt charity. IRUSA has...

  10. (pp. 63-78)

    The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations used the November 2014 midterm elections to advance a number of its operational objectives through mobilization of Muslim voters in Illinois. Sabri Samirah, a political analyst and leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan, led USCMO efforts to “get out the vote” in Illinois. As will be recalled, Samirah, former chairman of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) in North America, a direct HAMAS off-shoot and the parent organization of CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), returned to Chicago, Illinois earlier in 2014 after 11 years in exile abroad. Samirah, no stranger to...

  11. (pp. 79-90)

    This chapter continues the Center’s focus on the expanding role of the USCMO (United States Council of Muslim Organizations), the first political party in the U.S. to be openly affiliated with the jihadist Muslim Brotherhood. The emergence in 2014 of Sabri Samirah, a Jordanian banned from entry to the U.S. since 2003, but allowed back in eleven years later, as a key leadership figure and political organizer within the USCMO, marks an important stage in the Brotherhood’s “settlement process” as it seeks to expand its influence in American politics. The story of his rise through the ranks of the Muslim...

  12. (pp. 91-104)

    In this chapter about the United States Council of Muslim Organizations, the first U.S. political party openly associated with the jihadist Muslim Brotherhood, the rise of the UMMA (not an acronym but the full name of the group) follows shortly after the return of Sabri Samirah, member of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood, to the U.S. following eleven years of exile. Once Samirah’s travel ban was lifted by the Obama administration in early 2014, he returned quickly to the U.S. and launched into a busy schedule of appearances and speeches to galvanize the U.S. Muslim community to political activism.

    By 23...

  13. (pp. 105-114)

    The Muslim American Society (MAS) and Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) held their 13th annual convention at the McCormick Center in President Barack Obama’s hometown of Chicago from 25-28 December 2014. Notable among the scheduled contributors at this gathering of high level international and national leadership representing the jihadist Muslim Brotherhood was keynote speaker U.S. Congressman André Carson, a Democrat from Indiana’s 7th District. The presence at this convention of an elected U.S. lawmaker who has received financial donations from Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated organizations ever since he was first elected to the House of Representatives in a special election in...

  14. (pp. 115-122)

    While the Center’s Star Spangled Shariah: Rise of a Muslim Brotherhood Political Party study spans nearly a year of in-depth analysis of the United States Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), this first U.S. political party openly associated with the jihadist Muslim Brotherhood is aggressively pursuing many of its operational objectives behind closed doors. Some of its public activities, such as the 13 April 2015 “Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill,” clearly were programmed with an eye on the 2016 presidential election cycle. But others, such as the concluding remarks by USCMO Secretary General Oussama Jammal when he addressed thousands of Muslim...