The Case of Muslim Brotherhood-Tied Mohamed Elibiary and His DHS Top Security Clearance

Late last year it was reported that Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, had named Muslim Brotherhood-tied Mohamed Elibiary to the Homeland Security Advisory Council and had given him top security clearance.  The Texas Department of Public Safety maintained that Elibiary may have been permitted access to highly sensitive intelligence reports, some of which he allegedly shopped out to a media outlet.

Elibiary is, apparently, not the first Muslim Brotherhood affiliated individual given a secret security clearance by Napolitano.  When questioned by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) at a U.S. Immigration and Enforcement hearing, Napolitano admitted to having provided secret clearance to Muslim Brotherhood-tied operatives who reside in the U.S.

Elibiary also gained notoriety last year due to his endorsement of a conference which extolled the virtues of Ayatollah Khomeini.  According to Big Peace:

“The Dallas Morning News condemned the meeting and its high-profile speakers as a “disgrace”, Elibiary defended his appearance by claiming that he never knew the conference was to honor Khomeini and that he endorsed the conference out of “Muslim unity” and his hopes to present a “moderating counterpoint” – one that apparently was never offered.

When the local CBS affiliate reported that keynote speaker and outspoken Khomeini enthusiast Mohammad Al-Asi had delivered an anti-American, anti-Jewish harangue during the conference, and a 10-year old boy had opened the conference praising Khomeini for reviving “pure Islamic thinking” and calling President Bush “the greatest enemy of the Muslim Ummah”, Elibiary conveniently claimed that he didn’t hear those comments since he had arrived after the boy spoke and before Al-Asi’s speech. He has elaborated on those excuses for speaking at the event on his own website.”

Back in 2010, Big Peace reported on Elibiary’s testimony before Congress during which his status as a “de-radicalization expert” was questioned by the Investigative Project on Terrorism.  Elibiary’s continuous online scuffle with Dallas Morning News editorial page editor Rod Dreher was cited.  Apparently, the discord was over Elibiary’s defense of Sayyid Qutb, believed to be the inspiration behind al Qaeda, and more specifically, bin Laden.  The 9/11 Commission maintains that Qutb’s philosophy is the justification behind the 9/11 attacks.

Elibiary, in an email to Rod Dreher, called Dreher a “Klansman without a hood” and added that when people are treated as inferiors, “you can expect someone to put a banana in your exhaust pipe or something.”

Mohamed Elibiary also founded and operated the Freedom Justice Foundation, based in Plano, Texas.  The organization had its 501(c)3 tax-exempt status revoked by the IRS in May of 2010.  The reason for the revocation was due to failure of the organization to file IRS Form 990.

Interestingly, Elibiary’s organization continued to request tax-exempt donations from the organization’s website, which begs the question:  Under the circumstances, why was Elibiary still awarded a  security clearance?  According to PJ Media:  “More than 45 percent of all security clearance denials are for financial reasons, and many of those are for much more trivial reasons than this instance.”  How, then,  was Elibiary able to receive and maintain his security clearance given all of the aforementioned?

Homeland Security’s relationship with  Muslim Brotherhood affiliated operatives ties in closely with a recently released report by the DHS which compares terrorism to “ordinary crime” and seriously downplays the threat of Islamic terror.  In fact, in the 36 page document, the word “Islam” is only mentioned once– as an example of  “those who seek to politicize religion.”

In 2010, Judicial Watch brought to our attention the fact that Janet Napolitano has also met with other radical leaders such as Salam Al-Marayati, the founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council and Imad Hamad a Hezbollah supporter.

There are apparently more questions than answers in the continuing saga surrounding Elibiary and the Department of Homeland Security.  And, the latter has been far from being transparent on these issues.

Candice Lanier