US media is reporting that a bill has been introduced into the US Congress to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization. According to a report from TheHill:
November 4, 2015 Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is trying to force the Obama administration’s hand to label the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization.
Along with Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), the presidential hopeful on Tuesday introduced legislation calling on the Obama administration to designate the Islamist political group as a foreign terrorist organization.
The bill, called the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act, comes after a string of evidence suggesting the group supports terrorism, Cruz said, and after similar moves from a handful of foreign countries in recent years. ‘As this bill details, the Brotherhood’s stated goal is to wage violent jihad against its enemies, and our legislation is a reality check that the United States is on that list as well,’ Cruz said in a statement Wednesday.
The Obama administration has listed multiple members of the group on its terror list, thereby imposing special restrictions preventing Americans from dealing with them.
‘Now we can reject the fantasy that their parent institution is a political entity that is somehow separate from these violent activities,’ Cruz added.
The Muslim Brotherhood in recent years has been a target of conservatives, who allege that the organization is a breeding ground for radical Islam.
In 2014, former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) spearheaded a similar effort to label the group a terrorist organization, though it ultimately failed to reach President Obama’s desk. Bachmann had previously alleged that longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin had links to the organization — an allegation that was widely condemned by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
The legislation would not automatically trigger the labeling of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group.”
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The GMBDW was the first publication to report the Islamist ties of Saleha Abedin, the mother of Huma Abedin who is a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton and which have since become part of the political firestorm that began in 2012 when a group of House representatives sent letters to five federal agencies demanding investigations into alleged infiltration of the US government by the Muslim Brotherhood.
For more on Huma Abdedin, go here.