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December 27, 2013 - 6:03 pm

The Tamarod movement that toppled Mohammed Morsi through the strength of stacks of petitions and massive peaceful protests called the Christmas Day decision to brand the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group “better late than never.”

The Brotherhood, meanwhile, lashed out at the declaration of the Egyptian interim government, which came after a Tuesday bombing at the security directorate headquarters in Mansoura that killed 16.

And the Obama administration scolded the Egyptians for the move while indicating it won’t be following suit.

In the designation read Wednesday after a cabinet meeting, Minister of Higher Education Hossam Eissa said “Egypt was horrified from north to south by the hideous crime committed by the Muslim Brotherhood group.”

“This was in context of dangerous escalation to violence against Egypt and Egyptians — a clear declaration by the Muslim Brotherhood group that it is still knows nothing but violence,” Eissa added. “It’s not possible for Egypt the state nor Egypt the people to submit to the Muslim Brotherhood terrorism.”

“This classification came without investigation, without evidence…. No entity should be so classified or disbanded, except through legal procedures. Thus naming the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization is completely groundless in the absence of any evidence to prove this description which is vehemently rejected by the group,” the Brotherhood said in a statement.

“The decision is invalid and illegal, because so far no court made any definitive judgments about the group and its leaders. The Brotherhood’s Legal Committee is considering an appeal of this decision. It will announce its course of action and legal position later.”

The Free Egyptians Party said the “historic” move against the Brotherhood will help stop “one of the most horrible fascist and racist groups.”

The liberal Wafd Party said is was a tardy designation and the Egyptian people know that the Brotherhood is bad news regardless of how many bombings it conducts. Egyptian Social Democratic Party head Mohamed Abul-Ghar said the decision “calmed the Egyptian people, especially after the terrorist attacks this group has been doing in the Egyptian street.”

Tamarod pointed to the upcoming referendum on the new constitution as the next step against the Muslim Brotherhood.

“We believe that the great Egyptian people will conquer terrorism; the 14 and 15 January will be the greatest evidence on how the Egyptians support the roadmap and revolution’s constitution,” the group said in a statement.

Coptic Catholic Bishop Antonios Aziz Mina of Giza told newspaper Al Youm Al Sabea that he expects the Brotherhood to keep attacking Christians, but “these explosions will not prevent the mass mobilization for the referendum on the constitution. On the contrary, they increase our determination … to follow through with advancing the nation.”

Among the rights guaranteed to women and Christians in the new document is the right for Christians to build churches without the permission of the president, something that would be new in modern Egypt.

The bishop called weathering the Brotherhood’s attacks “the price we know we have to pay” for “Egypt to get back up on its feet again.”

“We are telling our children, our life is the life of the cross, and no one can build the country except her children. The youth have to work with the country and when the level of the country rises, so will the level of its Christians and Muslims, together,” he said.

Today, Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets to clash with police and residents, killing three and resulting in 265 MB arrests. Among those injured was Raed Abdeen, a Tamarod member who said a member of the Muslim Brotherhood shot at him.

Those who participate in a protest organized by a terrorist group face up to five years behind bars.

Secretary of State John Kerry called Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy on Thursday and “expressed concern about the interim Egyptian government’s December 25 terrorist designation of the Muslim Brotherhood, and recent detentions and arrests,” according to State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

She said Kerry “underscored the need for an inclusive political process across the political spectrum that respects the fundamental human rights of all Egyptians in order to achieve political stability and democratic change.”

An administration source indicated to Reuters that the White House has no intention of designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization and sees Egypt as going “way too far” against the MB.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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One day we may find out what Obama, Rice, Jarrett, Clinton and Kerry...as well as Malley, Hagel and Brennan...have been up to in Libya, Iran, Syria and Egypt.

One day...we may.

And what the Muslim Brotherhood has to do with it.

And...the Iranians.

One day... we may.
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Kerry has no clue about foreign policy in general or Islam in particular. The Muslim Brotherhood was a terrorist organization when Mubarak came into power and threw them in jail then. They remain a terrorist organization now. And does it not tell you something when a Muslim regime so designates them as terrorist! Of course, the Muslim Brotherhood is not a terrorist organization as recognized by our Muslim-in-Chief.
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“The decision is invalid and illegal, because so far no court made any definitive judgments about the group and its leaders..."

I suppose setting off bombs to kill police and soldiers isn't sufficient? Sounds awful terrorist to me. Court ruling or not.
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Kerry and Obama are idiots. The Egyptians know that the MB are internal terrorists and that they have to crush them.
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“The decision is invalid and illegal, because so far no court made any definitive judgments about the group and its leaders. The Brotherhood’s Legal Committee is considering an appeal of this decision. It will announce its course of action and legal position later.”
Morsi's guys sound a lot like CAIR thugs; oh wait! ... they're the same bunch! We are being treated to a full frontal admission by this administration of how they operate with the MB here at home ... in it together against the Constitution.
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Why would liberals want to create hard feelings with their emperor's buddies when they can gleefully continue to brand conservatives terrorists?
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"Secretary of State John Kerry called Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy on Thursday and “expressed concern about the interim Egyptian government’s December 25 terrorist designation of the Muslim Brotherhood, and recent detentions and arrests,” according to State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki."

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Hey Mr. Secretary 'I'mApompusAss' - how about this: Maybe the Egyptians know something you don't? Yeah I know - you're such a smart(ass) man and all - you know it all. But maybe - just maybe they know something you don't! Yeah I know - life isn't supposed to be like that - someone knowing more than you or your boss. But it could happen!



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" Ketchup Boy" ( Kerry) Has no clue that the Islamic Mullahs are using him as a Dhimmi tool !!
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Kerry is the kind of guy who thinks that "inclusive" and "compromise" means adding some dog poop to your chocolate milk shake....just to be "fair"
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One day we may find out what Obama, Rice, Jarrett, Clinton and Kerry...as well as Malley, Hagel and Brennan...have been up to in Libya, Iran, Syria and Egypt.

One day...we may.

And what the Muslim Brotherhood has to do with it.

And...the Iranians.

One day... we may.
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"have been up to in Libya, Iran, Syria and Egypt."
Don't forget to add Obama's best buddy in Turkey ... Erdogan.
And how about Huma Abedin? Funny how she drops off the radar every time someone gets a little too close to exposing her as an MB operative ... come to think of it, the entire MB enterprise is hush hush these daze; it must be the bad press from Egypt and the demise of Obama's regime that's making them nervous ... along with massive escalation of their operations against Christians worldwide, which includes Christians here at home also ....
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As far as I'm concerned, Jarrett's very presence in this administration tells it all.

Clapper, Hagel, and Brennan are just the confirmation of all your suspicions.
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