Director of National Intelligence Clapper Comes A-Cropper of His Own Ignorance

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, testifying before the House Intelligence Committee today, stated that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is a largely secular, non-violent umbrella group.

I have quickly put together the quotes below from the Brotherhood’s former and current leaders. They clearly show that the Muslim Brotherhood is extremely religious and violent, and that former Supreme Guide Muhammad Mahdi Akef even supports Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda.

Mr. Clapper’s congressional testimony reveals that he simply doesn’t know what he is talking about regarding one of the most important topics for American policy considerations throughout the Muslim world, and particularly and immediately in Egypt.

The fact that the director of national intelligence is so ignorant of facts that are so easily amassed, and that he could lead U.S. policymakers so far astray from reality at such a crucial time, is inexcusable and grounds for his immediate resignation.

The following public comments were made by Muhammad Mahdi Akef, the supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, from 2004-2010. These statements well document Akef’s Salafi-jihadist orientation, anti-Americanism, and support of Osama bin Laden and a-Qaeda. They reveal that he and his Brothers are more than willing to resort to violence, including violence against the United States, to defend their Islamist ideals.

  • On January 18, 2004, he stated:  “But the bombings in Palestine and Iraq are a religious obligation. This is because these two countries are occupied countries, and the occupier must be expelled in every way possible. Thus, the Muslim Brotherhood movement supports martyrdom operations in Palestine and Iraq in order to expel the Zionists and the Americans."

  • On January 20, 2004, he stated:  "In Israel, there should be no differentiation between a civilian and a member of the military. All are enemies of the Arab homeland and of Islam. They are occupiers and have no right to one handbreadth of the land of Palestine.”

  • On January 18, 2004, he stated:  "We have no relations with the U.S. It is a Satan that abuses the region, lacking all morality and law."

  • On August 17, 2004, he stated: "Islam considers the resistance to be Jihad for the sake of Allah and this is a commandment, a personal obligation [ fardhayn ] incumbent on all of the residents of the occupied countries. This commandment takes precedence over all other religious duties. Even a woman is obligated to go to war, even without her husband's permission, and youth are permitted to go out and fight."