Bachmann: Investigate the reach of the Muslim Brotherhood

Has the Muslim Brotherhood permeated the United States government? U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann wants federal investigators to find out.

The St. Cloud Times has chronicled the 6th District Republican’s recent efforts to determine if the Muslim Brotherhood has influence over policy makers in the Obama administration. The Brotherhood is considered one of most influential Islamist movements in the world; the new president of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, is a member.

Bachmann and four other Republican lawmakers recently wrote the inspectors general of five federal departments asking them to compile a report on its influence in the United States.

Bachmann reportedly told a radio host last month, “It appears that there has been deep penetration in the halls of our United States government by the Muslim Brotherhood.” In her letters — sent to the Departments of State, Homeland Security, Defense and Justice and the Office of the Director for National Intelligence — Bachmann and her co-signers delineate their concerns, thusly, according to the Times:

The letter to the State Department singles out Huma Abedin, a deputy chief of staff for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and asserts that three of Abedin’s family members are connected to the Muslim Brotherhood. It says Abedin’s position affords her access to Clinton, and adds that the department has “taken actions recently that have been enormously favorable to the Muslim Brotherhood and its interests.”

The letter to the Department of Defense charges the U.S. Army with failing to “characterize accurately the jihadist motivations” of Major Nidal Hassan, the alleged Fort Hood shooter.

The letter to the Department of Homeland Security says the department has developed a lexicon, or official vocabulary, that obscures America’s jihadist threat.

“Its approved words effectively equate those perpetrating this threat with ones said to arise from ‘Christian patriots,’ ‘constitutionalists’ and ‘militia extremists,’ ” the letter said.

Here’s the letter the lawmakers wrote to the Department of State:

Letter to the State Deparment

A spokesman for the Office of National Intelligence told the Times he expects a response to the letter soon.

Devin Henry can be reached at dhenry@minnpost.com.

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Comments (17)

  1. Submitted by Tim Walker on 07/10/2012 - 04:20 pm.

    Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?

    Such a useful phrase.

    Just substitute “Muslim Brotherhood” for “Communist Party” and we can have some 21st century witch hunts!

  2. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 07/10/2012 - 04:54 pm.

    Another republican

    Jobs bill for the federal govt workers that they hate with a passion. Bachmann is a complete embarrassment for this state.

  3. Submitted by Jim Bernstein on 07/10/2012 - 05:56 pm.

    Why Is She Allowed To Get Away With This?

    Rep. Bachmann and her confederates in Congress (all Tea Party approved) are trying to connect Arab nationalism to President Obama to made the case that he somehow connected to “sharia law”. Right wing websites have been screaming about the President and “sharia law” for a couple of years now and this is just more of the same.

    We have more to fear from ALEC here and now than the Muslim Brotherhood who are a force in some Arab countries but have no impact on American domestic policy.

  4. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 07/10/2012 - 06:05 pm.

    Bachmann needs to focus her scrutiny on congress

    It doesn’t surprise me it’s Bachmann once again raising the “fear” banner, trying to get the “anger” going. Bachmann lives in fear and wants everybody else to have the same problem. I would feel far better if she would aim her look for insurgents at the lobbyist that are corrupting our government more and more each day because the Supreme Courts stupid Citizens United decision. It will never happen though because congress will never legislate against themselves.

  5. Submitted by Jon Kingstad on 07/10/2012 - 07:03 pm.

    Sharia law any day now

    I expect in my lifetime, we’ll be forced to sacrifice live goats and pray to Mecca five times a day. I mean, with the Muslim Brotherhood “influencing State Department policies”, what on earth is next? The Vatican influencing State Department policies or the policies of the US government or those of the states?

  6. Submitted by James Hamilton on 07/11/2012 - 12:53 am.

    For cryin’ out loud.

    Muslimbrotherhoodinamerica.com, the source of Rep. Bachmann’s information, is the brain-dead creation of Frank Gaffney, the man who 10 years ago accused Grover Norquist of giving aid and comfort to Islamists seeking access to GW Bush. His 10 part “course” on Islam in America is the ultimate in Islamaphobia.

  7. Submitted by Neal Krasnoff on 07/11/2012 - 06:52 am.

    Can you prove these civilized assertions?

    1.”21st century witch hunts”

    2.”wild goose chases”

    3.”Bachmann is a complete embarrassment for this state.”

    4. “We have more to fear from ALEC here and now than the Muslim Brotherhood who are a force in some Arab countries but have no impact on American domestic policy.”

    5. “Bachmann lives in fear and wants everybody else to have the same problem.”

    6. “I mean, with the Muslim Brotherhood “influencing State Department policies”, what on earth is next? The Vatican influencing State Department policies or the policies of the US government or those of the states?”

    7. “the brain-dead creation of Frank Gaffney, the man who 10 years ago accused Grover Norquist of giving aid and comfort to Islamists seeking access to GW Bush. His 10 part “course” on Islam in America is the ultimate in Islamaphobia.”

    • Submitted by Tom Christensen on 07/11/2012 - 10:11 am.

      All you have to do is listen to her if you can take the nonsense

      Bachmann is a woman who has zero accomplishments and creditibility, other than a lightbulb bill , by her own admission during her presidential run. Her only reputation is that she does not deal in facts. The sky above Bachmann is always falling. All she needs is the spotlight and she is off an running. She has taken the directions Rush Limbaugh gave republicans to keep the “fear and anger” going right to its limit. She is loaded with criticism but never any suggestions that would work for all Americans. Even by her own party, during her short presideltial run, she was told she doesn’t have the right stuff.

    • Submitted by James Hamilton on 07/11/2012 - 10:16 am.

      Take a look at his course.

      I’ve already provided the link. As for the balance of my post, simply google “Frank Gaffney”.

  8. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 07/11/2012 - 12:58 pm.

    Perhaps she might get more results if she attempted to investigate the effect of radical Israeli influence on America policies.

    But no, everything must be in defense of Israel, so they can be destroyed in the end times.

  9. Submitted by Rich Crose on 07/11/2012 - 01:23 pm.

    Let’s Start a Crusade

    Young men could volunteer to fight for the Christian Right and if they came home they will be blessed and Sainted. It worked so well in the Middle Ages for over 200 years.

  10. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 07/11/2012 - 01:41 pm.

    Sharia law

    I’m inclined to go with Jim Bernstein.

    Raising public warnings about the dangers of Sharia law qualifies as the legislative equivalent of shouting “Fire!” in the mythical crowded theater just to see what will happen. Just a reminder to the hysteria-inclined on this issue that the supreme law of the United States is (purposely) not a religious document. The Constitution is the supreme law, and it specifically prohibits A) the alignment or combination of state and church, no matter what kind of church it might be; and B) any sort of religious test in order to hold office. The whole kerfluffle over Sharia Law is paranoia fueled by ignorance, with a layer of demagoguery added.

    The right wing has done just about everything that money can buy to “prove” that Barack Obama is A) a muslim; B) a foreigner; C) a “socialist,” though the definition of that term seems amazingly flexible; D) a dictator; and E) an easily-duped fool in foreign policy, though anyone able to be some combination of A through D is decidedly not a fool. History may judge Obama to have been inept as president, but he’s certainly and demonstrably not A, B, C or D. “Fool” is a value-laden pejorative term that’s to be expected when a disgruntled citizen doesn’t like the president, for whatever reason (or lack of reason).

  11. Submitted by Scott Anderson on 07/19/2012 - 11:49 am.

    The only good thing about the letter is they did use recylced paper. How does that woman continue to get re-elected?

  12. Submitted by Robert Hoppe on 07/22/2012 - 05:02 pm.

    Communists weren’t as bad as Mr. Krasnoff stated….

    The Commies only killed an estimated 94 million people around the globe. According to the “Black Book of Communism”, authored by several European academics and published in France in 1997. You certainly were aware they have killed more people than Hitler. Of course it is difficult for communists to kill people, because according to Eric Black and others, communism has never really been tried?????????

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