Allen West Headlines Bizarre Muslim Brotherhood Conspiracy Theory Announcement
Rep. Allen West made an appearance at Capitol Hill yesterday, alongside a group called Citizens for National Security, to unveil the "first-ever report of its kind" detailing the Muslim Brotherhood's supposed infiltration of America.
In the words of the Citizens for National Security, William Saxton, "It details exactly how the Muslim Brotherhood's deliberate, premeditated plan is now reaching maturity in this country in the form of homegrown jihad."
Instead, West was the headliner of a noncited, raving conspiracy theory.
The crux of the group's announcement was that it claimed to have a database of 6,000 people and 200 organizations linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, which has long been a target of anti-Islamic groups.
According to Wired, they were told by one of the Citizens National Security founders that the database shows a "fifth column movement, a subversive movement intended to help undermine the United States as a secular government, as a Judeo-Christian society."
Citizens for National Security was even featured on Fox News to report its announcement, although neither the show's host nor their guest, a "terrorism expert," knew exactly what the group was.
The Pulp knows what the group is -- it's the one that decided that Islamic propaganda was in the textbooks of Florida kids. The group, a Boca Raton think-tank (we'll use any variation of the word thought very lightly here), thinks that Islam is an "epidemic" that's taking over the country.
At the group's big announcement yesterday, though, it didn't release any details of the "database" but said it's going to release it to government or law enforcement.
Members say they acquired their database of names from "open-source" material -- which means it's likely comprised of Facebook and Google searches. When asked what their sources were for the research, they said they didn't quite have that yet.
The group then admitted that its report, titled, "Homegrown Jihad in the USA: Culmination of the Muslim Brotherhood's 50-year History of Infiltrating America," wasn't exactly ready either.
Citizens for National Security doesn't claim that any one of the 6,000 people in its report is guilty of a crime; they're just somehow "associated," which they portray in this picture from Wired.
And then there's West's association to it all, as written by Wired:
Citizens for National Security released its accusation in the basement of the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill, thanks to the patronage of Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), who blessed the group's work. West, an Army officer whose career ended after he fired a gun at the head of an Iraqi detainee, said the group's research "is about the protection of each and every American citizen."
West made his brief appearance as the group's lone-standing piece of credibility but didn't answer questions or really describe anything except how bad terrorists are.
Here's the summary of the event from Political Correction:
The contents of the report and their briefing made clear the extreme anti-Islamic views being propagated by CFNS. What was made even clearer, however, was the fact that CFNS is not ready to perform on a stage as big as our nation's capital. No group making false promises in press releases and publishing unverifiable "reports" should be taken seriously by anyone, even Rep. Allen West.
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