The Department of Homeland Security has sworn in three new members of the Homeland Security Council, one of whom is the President and CEO of an organization with ties to the US Muslim Brotherhood and the US Hamas infrastructure. On October 18 the Secretary swore in Freedom and Justice Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Mohamed Elibiary as one of the new members of the Homeland Security Council (HSC) described as follows:
The HSAC is comprised of experts from state, local and tribal governments, emergency and first responder communities, academia and the private sector who provide recommendations and advice to the Secretary of Homeland Security on a variety of homeland security issues.
In addition to his new role as an advisor to DHS, Mr. Elibiary reported in a March statement to the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment that he had spent a week in London at the request of the government where he attended a conference and US embassy meetings “analyzing the issue of online youth radicalization and CVE (countering violent extremism). In the same statement, Mr. Elibiary referred to President Bush’s “War on Islam” and praised the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) for enduring the “overwhelming political assault they’ve weathered since 9/11” and acting “with an objective and nuanced understanding of the law enforcement community.”
On his organization’s website, Mr. Elibiary describes his background:
Prior to co-founding F&J, Mohamed spent seven years in the Banking and I.T. industries with a background in Management and Network Engineering. Mohamed grew up in Far North Dallas attending Richardson schools from elementary to college, and was a starting left midfielder for the UT-Dallas Soccer Team. Mohamed has been married to his lifelong companion since 1996, and they have three beautiful daughters.
However, California public records state that he is divorced from Nehal El-Ramly who is currently listed as a member of the board of directors of the Freedom and Justice Foundation (FJF). (See Note 1)
The FJF website also states that Mr. Elibiary has earned several certifications from an unidentified Islamic University on issues related to Islamic Law and Governance and it should be noted that another FJF Trustee is reported to be a graduate of the University of Medina, known to be a center of for the Muslim Brotherhood in Saudi Arabia. The FJF site goes on to describe Mr. Elibiary’s occupation:
Since 2005 Mohamed, as a National Security Policy Analyst, has been advising Intelligence and Law Enforcement agencies (ex. FBI, DHS, NCTC, ODNI, etc.) on various Counter-Terrorism (CT) issues (ex. Domestic Intelligence, Strategic Intelligence Analysis, Information Sharing and Radicalization). He currently is: currently pursuing a Certification in Homeland Security Studies at the Michigan State University (MSU) School of Criminal Justice a 2008-2009 Fellow at the University of Southern California (USC) American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI). AMCLI is a joint program through USC’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture and Georgetown University’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.
The Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown is directed by longtime global Muslim Brotherhood supporter John Esposito.
Finally the FJF website lists additional affiliations of Mr. Elibiary of interest including serving as Vice-President of the FBI-Dallas Citizens Academy Alumni Association and as an Executive Committee member of the Collin County Republican Party.
In 2008, Mr. Elibiary harshly criticized the Hamas terrorism financing convictions of the Holy Land Foundation defendants calling them “a policy of denying our civil liberties”:
The U.S. government won a resounding court victory last Monday, convicting all the Palestinian HLF defendants on all “material support” charges leveled against them. Yet in the grand scheme of things, our government’s policy of denying our civil liberties and privacy at home while pursuing a cold war “containment” policy that often turns into a hot war for “regime change” has left thousands of Americans dead, tens of thousands maimed, trillions of taxpayer dollars squandered and our homeland more vulnerable than ever. A myopic view might wish to celebrate the HLF verdict, but the big picture clearly shows a continuing loss for America.
Mr. Elibiary’s position on the Holy Land case is not surprising given the composition of the FJF Advisory Council many of whose members are are associated with the Islamic Association of North Texas which operates the Dallas Central Mosque (DCM). Both organizations are known to be associated with the US Muslim Brotherhood and the Hamas infrastructure in the U.S. including the now defunct Holy Land Foundations (HLF). The most prominent of these Advisory Council members is Dr. Yusuf Kavakci, currently a board member at large of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), who has served as Imam of the DCM that was described in a 1999 article in a Counterterrorism Journal as
… considered to be one of the most active centers of Hamas activity in the United States and hosts the leadership and members of both the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) and the Holy Land Foundation (HLF). Both organizations are the primary conduits for Hamas activity and fundraising in the United States. (See Note 2)
A former FBI analyst has also written that the two of the Elashi brothers, later convicted of terrorism financing as leaders of the HLF, had personal ties to the DCM, one serving as a board member and the other active in an affiliated Islamic School. After the arrests of the Elashi’s, the DCM hosted fundraising events for their legal defense.
A 2005 report by the Center For Religious Freedom (CRF) found numerous examples of Saudi ideological material at the DCM (aka Richardson Mosque) explained in the following excerpts:
1) The fatwa of former Saudi religious authority Bin Baz is explicit. Published by Saudi Arabia’s General Presidency for Managing Research and Religious Fatwas, and collected from the Richardson mosque in Dallas, it states: “It is not right for a Muslim to support the unbelievers, or to ask them to support him against his enemies, they are the enemy, do not trust them…. Muslims should not be recruited into their Army, whether they are Arabs or non-Arabs, because the unbeliever is the enemy of the believer.”
2) King Fahd himself is quoted in Patriotism and Its Requirements in Light of Islamic Teaching, copies of which were found at the Richardson Mosque in Dallas, Texas, and published by the Saudi Press Ministry: “[W]e consider ourselves to be in a continuous war against the Zionist enemy in every way until we achieve the hopes of the Arab nation driving the occupier out.’”
3) ….published by the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America Research Center, explains that Wahhabi attention to issuing detailed fatwas for Muslims living in the West emanates from the fear that Muslims abroad have “strayed from the principles set forth by the Koran” and fallen “prey to foreign ideologies,” becoming victims of “Western colonial power manipulation through the process of education”
4) In a polemic against Arab nationalism compiled by the General Presidency for Managing Research and Religious Edicts in Saudi Arabia and gathered from the Richardson Mosque in Dallas, Texas, Bin Baz labels this call to Arab nationalism a conspiracy “created by westerners and Christians to fight Islam and to destroy it in its own home”[Document No. 20]. He emphasizes that all calls to Arab nationalism or any other kind of nationalism are false and aim to divide Muslims instead of uniting them. He describes them as “an apparent aberration, a flagrant ignorance, and a malicious plan against Islam and its people.
5) a collection of articles [Document No. 19] gathered from the Richardson Mosque in Dallas, which were published by the Saudi-established Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences Research Center. The article explains how Western educational institutions established African, Asian, and Caribbean studies departments designed to promote new “scholars” and “experts” on these regions, and assisted by former colonial administrators who were described as “experts on the developing nations.” At the same time, a campaign was launched to reinterpret Muslim aspirations “to conform to what came to be known as the Western tradition.” Thus Western culture and values became the standard to follow and the norm to emulate, and most of the newly developing countries “blindly accepted this subordinate position and exposed themselves to some of the world’s worst forms of manipulation.” The Saudi tract adds that students were taught that their countries were underdeveloped because “their social and cultural institutions” were not “conducive to development,” and it was “their own backward forms that resisted the ‘progressive’ influence of colonialism” [The United States is cited as leading in this conspiracy of ideas against Islam.
Other members of the FJF Advisory Council are leaders of the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), both organizations being important parts of the US Muslim Brotherhood.
(Note 1 California Divorce Filing #288211 ELRAMLY, NEHAL EL, ELIBIARY, MOHAMED NABIL)
Note 2 The Journal of Counterterrorism & Security International 1999 Fall “The Kavakci Affair: Headscarves, Religious Rights, and Terrorist Front Groups”