The Muslim Brotherhood is an Islamist organization founded in Egypt in 1928 that could be finding itself in trouble soon with the United States Congress.
Robert Mueller, former director of the FBI, said about the group during testimony in 2011: “I can say at the outset that elements of the Muslim Brotherhood both here and overseas have supported terrorism.”
One of the aims of the Muslim Brotherhood is to make sure Islamic states are in fact ruled by Sharia, or Islamic law.
Its most famous slogan is “Islam is the solution.”
One member of the Brotherhood was hosted at the White House last year.
Although multiple members of the organization are on the Obama administration terror list, thus far the US has not yet officially designated the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.
That could soon be changing. Republican presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, along with Florida Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, introduced a bill this week called the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act.
Passage of the bill would not automatically designate the organization as a terrorist group. Instead, it would express a “sense of Congress” that the Brotherhood meets the criteria of being a terrorist organization. The State Department would be given 60 days to express whether agrees. If the State Department decides against listing the organization as a terrorist group, it would have to provide a “detailed justification as to which criteria have not been met.”
Five countries – Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Russia – already consider the Brotherhood to be a terrorist group.
US intelligence officials have stated that terrorist groups such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and al Qaida can all trace their roots to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Cruz stated about the bill: “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.”
What do you think of the new bill that would express a “sense of Congress” that the Muslim Brotherhood is in fact a terrorist organization?