Editor's note: Frontpage is proud to announce that our Shillman Journalism Fellow, Mark Tapson, co-wrote this documentary.
On the bright, beautiful, and crisp fall day that was early morning, September 11, 2001, few Americans were familiar with stealth jihad, or considered Islamic terrorism a threat to America. Yet, there was a voice crying in the wilderness, warning of a danger that already existed here. That voice belonged to Steven Emerson, whose documentary film titled Jihad in America was aired by PBS on November 21, 1994. Islamic militant groups in America, including CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) began their protestations and intimidation even before the broadcast date. Since the airing, the use of intimidation has been ramped up and gone global, having a stifling impact on terrorism/jihad-related broadcasts in the mainstream media throughout the Western world. This oppressive atmosphere has affected the conduct of Western governments, including the Obama administration.
Emerson's newly released Jihad in America: The Grand Deception is a must-watch documentary — an educational tool for Americans to learn about the network of stealth Islamist jihadists in the U.S. that has grown in the aftermath of 9/11. The fact that evil lurks just under the surface in America (brought to life last month at the Boston Marathon) seems to be difficult to acknowledge, yet ignoring it is at our peril. Unfortunately, Americans have a short memory span, and most prefer to turn away from unpleasant realities, especially in the Obama Age. Hence, all the more reason to circulate information about this essential documentary.
The 70-minute documentary by Steven Emerson's Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) deals with the covert structure and growing influence of the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan al-Muslimun) and other such radical Muslim groups, masquerading under the deceitful moniker of apolitical religious groups, as well as civil rights groups in the U.S. This IPT documentary reveals how the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) has infiltrated the highest institutions of the land, including the Obama White House, the U.S. Congress, U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security, Hollywood, the mainstream media, law enforcement in various states, the publishing industry and American museums. The film not only presents examples of MB infiltration, but reveals how the MB and its affiliates intimidate policymakers to submit to their demands by their use of our open democracy to undermine our institutions, all of which is done to further their quest for global rule under Sharia law.
This film includes previously unseen interviews with articulate and most courageous Muslim individuals, former FBI agents and federal prosecutors, a prominent Hollywood director, journalists, as well as a top official of the Muslim Brotherhood. This documentary features secretly recorded audio and video speeches of radical Islamists, including individual preachers and groups, original MB documents, and unsealed federal documents.
In an interview Steven Emerson had with Lou Dobbs of Fox News on January 21, 2013, the host introduced The Grand Deception as follows: "Our guest [Steven Emerson] says that the 'Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamist off shoots are hiding in plain sight right here in the U.S.'" What followed is Emerson's explanation of the documentary title. "A group of Muslim Brotherhood activists secretly got together in Philadelphia in 1993 in a meeting that was actually wiretapped [the wiretaps have since been declassified] by the FBI. They [the MB activists] openly talked about deception as the primary campaign tactic that they would use to change the image of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. by creating new front groups, by changing the terminology, and by claiming they were against terrorism publicly, but in fact raising funds for Hamas privately. The word deception is the word that I used in the title because that is exactly what is going on throughout the country with these radical Islamic groups."
One of the radical Islamists the documentary presents is a Brooklyn, NY-based Imam named Siraj Wahhaj, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, who, according to Emerson, had been invited in 1991 to give an invocation to the U.S. Congress (the first Muslim to so) and would subsequently be recorded saying about the U.S., "You know what this country is? It is a garbage can, it is filthy and sick." The film also points out that this anti-American, hate-spewing Imam, was invited to appear at anti-terrorism conferences and was paid by the U.S. government.
Muslim Brotherhood victories in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya have provided encouragement for the hundreds of MB cells worldwide, including those in the U.S.
The film shows Attorney General Eric Holder undergoing congressional drilling in 2010 from Rep. Lamar Smith, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, on how he refused to acknowledge the role of radical Muslims in terrorism on American soil and refused to use the words "radical Muslim" or "Muslim."
In another frame of the film, Dr. Mamoun Fandy, an Egyptian-born American scholar, President of the Fandy Associates think tank and a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, declared that the MB is the "mother" of all radical Muslim groups. He pointed out that "instead of isolating the MB, the West and the U.S. [especially under President Obama] have engaged them and regarded them as "moderate." According to Fandy, the West was tremendously naïve about the nature and intentions of the MB. According to Emerson (in conversation with this writer), Fandy was let go by Georgetown University because of his views on the MB.
The film records the spiritual leader of the MB, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, speaking to a Muslim audience in Toledo, OH and revealing the goals of the MB. "We will conquer Europe and we will conquer America for Islam through religious proselytization" (dawa in Arabic). MB documents captured by the FBI in 1991 further reveal this insidious plan by the MB to conquer America for Islam. It includes increased immigration and settlement as part of the MB's plot of stealth Jihad, just as they have done in Europe. Their aim is to destroy Western civilization from within by destabilizing "their miserable house," and replacing it with God's religion — Islam.
Others in the film include Kamal Helbawy, an MB leader who is quoted as saying "Anything mentioned in the Quran, we believe 100%." Amir Abdel Malik Ali is shown addressing a Muslim Student Association event at UCLA in 2011, shouting "I will die to establish Islam in America," and Dr. Zudhi Jasser, founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD), who, in an interview with Emerson, pointed out that "for Islamists like the MB their utopia is establishing Sharia [Islamic law] rule in America."
Following the airing of the film, Hussam Ayloush, executive director of CAIR in Los Angeles, accused Emerson of stirring up anti-Muslim feelings. Ayloush employed the typical tactic used by Muslims when caught with the ugly truth about Islamists' goals in the West. The Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) has been calling for a ban on what they consider "Islamophobia," which is nothing less than an attempt to kill free speech. The Obama administration has, however, concurred with the OIC and has banned references to Muslim or Islamic terrorism. Emerson has challenged CAIR's Ayloush to an open debate to discuss the facts featured in the film. To date, there has been no response from Ayloush.
This reporter asked Emerson for a conclusive remark on Jihad in America: The Grand Deception. Emerson expressed disappointment at the lack of outrage on the part of the major media and cable TV networks to the collusion between the U.S. government (the Obama administration) and the Muslim Brotherhood. He said that the TV networks refused to show his film. Emerson is nevertheless optimistic that the truth he has revealed about the Muslim Brotherhood deep penetration into the highest echelons of the U.S. government and society will be become widely known in spite of the media and government obstructions.
For all Americans, Jihad in America -The Grand Deception is a must see.