A new documentary exposing an extensive Muslim Brotherhood network in the United
States and systematic attempts by members to disguise its existence has been
Jihad in America: The Grand Deception shines a spotlight on an
area that traditional media outlets have been fearful of exploring, filmmaker
Steve Emerson, an investigative journalist and terrorism expert, told The
Jerusalem Post this week.
The focus of the film is the shadowy world of
Muslim Brotherhood front groups that market themselves as religious civil
liberty organizations but are guided by a covert agenda of gradually converting
the US into an Islamic country.
The movie features secret recordings of
closed-door speeches by a number of Islamist figures in the US. The recordings
include shocking messages expressing the speakers’ desire to Islamize the US and
change its constitution to Shari’a (Islamic law).
It also contains
plethora of declassified FBI documents from investigations targeting Muslim
Brotherhood and Hamas members.
“Conquest through da’wa [propagating
Islamist ideology], proselytizing, that’s what we hope for. We will conquer
Europe. We will conquer America. Not through sword, but through da’wa,” leading
Qatar-based Muslim Brotherhood cleric Sheikh Yussuf Qaradawi is recorded as
saying during a speech in Ohio.
“It’s a stealth jihad. They’re using our
values in a manner that’s very legal,” Emerson says of the groups he
investigated. “Their real agenda is stated behind closed doors: To transform the
US into a part of the caliphate and to make this a Muslim
Emerson stresses that the movie “is not about Islam the faith.
We’re talking about political Islamism, the Muslim Brotherhood.
not to be conflated with Islam in general or all Muslims.”
that Muslim Brotherhood leaders based in America “know how to use our systems of
laws for their purpose. They openly talk about twisting the system because we’re
such a tolerant country.”
The film documents the start of the
Muslim Brotherhood in 1920s Egypt, its clash with the Egyptian state, its move
to Saudi Arabia and subsequent spread around the world, with a focus on the
It features several well-informed and captivating sources on the
movement, such as Nathan Garrett, a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor who
investigated the Muslim Brotherhood over several years.
Brotherhood is an international movement, the goal of which is to create an
Islamic state universally, all over the world.
The Muslim Brotherhood
operates in various countries around the world and, as we learned in the course
of our investigation and our work, the United States was one of those,” Garrett
says on camera.
Kamal Helbawy, a Western Muslim Brotherhood leader, is
the only member of the movement who agreed to be interviewed.
“I give him
credit for appearing,” Emerson says. “He tried to believe no one ever had tapes
from behind closed doors. Again, that’s the major shock in watching this film –
the juxtaposition of what these groups say in public and in private.”
Muslim Brotherhood’s US infrastructure has links to its counterpart in Egypt,
Emerson says. “They have a joint agenda, and that increases their leverage on
the White House,” he adds.
Egyptian scholar and Muslim Brotherhood expert
Mamoun Fandy, who appears in the movie, tells viewers, “The Muslim Brotherhood
had twin strategies.
The first strategy is its public face, which is a
political organization, with charitable organizations… But the core of the
organization and the master plan of the organization is a sense of world
domination. Their ambition is limitless.”
Emerson says it is not the job
of law enforcement to tackle the challenge, but rather that of the media and
“The FBI’s role is not to serve as a
lie-detector test. It’s to stop criminal plots, or solve them. You don’t go to
jail for lying to the American public.
It’s up to the media and
nonprofits, just as they outed David Duke and the KKK and delegitimized them.
But unfortunately, the [Muslim Brotherhood] groups have been able to co-opt the
media or engage them as ideological collaborators by pretending to serve as
religious civil rights groups when they are, in fact, anything but,” says
Islamist groups use the threat of labeling those who challenge
them as Islamophobic with devastating efficiency, he adds.
They have also
been able to deceive law enforcement, local and federal government and even
Hollywood directors, Emerson argues. His film backs up these charges with hard
Asked how he was able to penetrate the groups he investigated,
Emerson says, “I’ve been very fortunate to achieve this capability of acquiring
information. I can’t get into specifics – I can’t endanger them [the inside
sources]. They’re more likely to come to me if they’re ideologically predisposed
than to the FBI, because they know I will not force them to
Ex-Islamist militant Abdur-Rahman Muhammad says in the film,
“There’s some good people in these organizations.
And a lot of them,
themselves, don’t even know the inner workings of the Brotherhood. But you have
to know the personalities who founded these things. You have to look at what
they were calling themselves before they changed the name. You have to follow
the paper trail.”
The film includes a 90-second clip featuring a 2010
House Judiciary Committee in which US Attorney-General Eric Holder refused to
name radical Islam as the common factor behind the previous 20 attacks on the
Emerson says it is a “stunning piece of video,” adding,
“In the same way, you have the Department of Homeland Security appointing
members of the Muslim Brotherhood and issuing alerts that there’s no common
denominator behind the attacks.”
Asked why none of the groups featured in
the film responded to the movie, Emerson says that after realizing that their
speeches had been recorded, “They knew they couldn’t win.”