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U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann called on the administration President Obama to follow Egypt's example and designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group.
In an article last week in the Daily News Egypt, the Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives and former presidential candidate described the history of the Muslim Brotherhood as full of violence and terrorism.
"From the time of Hassan al-Banna and the 'secret apparatus' staging terror attacks across Egypt and the assassinations of Prime Minister Mahmoud an-Nukrashi Pasha and judge Ahmed El-Khazindar in 1948, to the ongoing attacks on Coptic Christians and churches and the terror campaign targeting the military in the Sinai and elsewhere, the Muslim Brotherhood has always kept terrorism as part of its arsenal and living up to their motto, 'Jihad is our way,'" Bachmann wrote.
She added that the Brotherhood engages in a two-faced policy of publicly condemning terrorism to media outlets in the West, and then supporting terrorism when they think no one is looking. When they get caught, the predictable response is to claim that they were misquoted or taken out of context. Alain Chouet, the former head of the French Security Intelligence Service, observed that "like every fascist movement on the trail to power, the Brotherhood has achieved perfect fluency in double-speak."
Bachmann added after the January revolution, the Obama administration and the American media fell for this double-speak, embracing the so-called "moderate Muslim Brotherhood." But as the people of Egypt quickly discovered, they were anything but moderate.
"Under former President Morsi's brief tenure, the Muslim Brotherhood's program of extremism was given a green light. One of Morsi's first agenda items was to demand the release of convicted terrorist leader Shiek Omar Abdel Rahman from American prison. Morsi also released scores of convicted terrorists from Egyptian jails," she noted.