The day before his famous Crusading Christians-Did-It-Too speech, Barack Obama met in secret for two hours with unnamed Muslims. The meeting was at the request of Muslim Advocates, an Islamist group that has demanded a stop to NYPD surveillance of radical mosques, anti-terrorist drone strikes and Gitmo detentions.
He told the attendees not to speak of what went on in the meetings but what did leak out was Obama’s sympathetic tone and that he will consider putting Muslim judges in the courts. Violent jihadism was not discussed.
After pressure, the White House quietly attached the list of attendees to the back of its daily press briefing transcript Thursday evening, according to the Washington Times.
The list includes only Islamists, no non-Muslim Arabs. They are of little renown, not known leaders:
- Diego Arancibia, Ta’leef Collective
- Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, Indiana State University
- Azhar Azeez, Islamic Society of North America
- Maya Berry, Arab-American Institute
- Hoda Elshishtawy, Muslim Public Affairs Council
- Rahat Hussain, Universal Muslim Association of America
- Sherman Jackson, University of Southern California
- Farhana Khera, Muslim Advocates
- Farhan Latif, Institute of Policy and Understanding
- Mohamed Magid, Adams Center
- Haroon Mokhtarzada, Webs
- Dean Obeidallah, radio host
- Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad, University of Pennsylvania
- Arshia Wajid, American Muslim Health Professionals
Investors.com reports that some are tied to known jihadist groups in one way or another. They listed the following:
• Imam Mohamed Magid, who preaches at a fundamentalist Northern Virginia mosque that has listed a number of trustees and major donors whose offices and homes were raided after 9/11 by federal agents on suspicion of funding terrorists.
• Azhar Azeez, president of the Islamic Society of North America, who endorsed Sharia Islamic governance, is a known radical Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas front group that remains on the Justice Department’s list of unindicted terrorist co-conspirators.
• Sherman Jackson, who as the King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought at USC, once gave a lecture at a conference in Toronto that has been described by “Campus Watch” as a “call to battle” between Muslims and the West.
• Hoda Hawa, national policy adviser of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, which was founded by known members of the Muslim Brotherhood, a worldwide jihadist movement.
However, according to historian Daniel Pipes, writing for the blaze, most notable is that they are not notable and this might be telling of things to come at the upcoming Obama summit on extremism. He sees it as a way to tone down any message of radical Islam.
He made no mention of jihadist ties but said that it was a list of not-noteworthy Islamists and we should see more of this at the Summit.
Read more at Breitbart: The Muslim Brotherhood Comes to the White House