Ex-CIA Agent Warns of Danger as Congress Investigates Radical Islam

Posted: March 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

As Congress begins hearings this week on the influence of radical Islam in America, an ex-Cia agent warns of danger already lurking within the U.S. as a result of the infiltration of the government by Islamists who help steer American foreign policy in the Middle East. U.S. Representative Peter King, R-New York, commenced hearings on the subject in order to discover the extent to which radical elements within Islam exert influence in American mosques, as well as in the U.S. government itself. And, according to an expert on the Middle East who is also an ex-CIA agent, that influence is extensive and even frightening.

Clare Lopez is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy and a former agent with the Central Intelligence Agency. In this Conservative Examiner exclusive series of interviews, Lopez describes in stark detail the issues facing the U.S. today as the threat from radical forces within Islam grow stronger.

Anthony Martin: In your 2009 report on the growing influence of radical Islam you state that Iran in particular has managed to gain a foothold in the U.S. government whereby it can help shape U.S. policy toward the Middle East.  How widespread do you believe that influence to be, and how dangerous is such an influence, given the upheaval over the past few weeks in the Islamic world? 

Clare Lopez: The Feb 2009 report that was published by the Center for Security Policy (CSP), where I’ve been a Senior Fellow from 2010-present, was entitled “The Iran Lobby.” It was exclusively dedicated to the Tehran regime’s years-long effort to acquire influence among US policymaking circles–an endeavor that has been increasingly successful in the last several years.

In October 2010, CSP published a book entitled “Shariah: The Threat to America” – (available at Amazon) that was dedicated to explaining Islamic law (shariah) and describing the foundation, history, and efforts of the Muslim Brotherhood to infiltrate American society, including government and intelligence community, for the purpose of ensuring our inability to recognize or counter the threat it posed and to work towards its key objective, insinuation of shariah into our country.

Both of these trends, Shi’ite Khomeinist and Sunni Muslim Brotherhood, share the exact same goals: re-establish the Caliphate/Imamate and impose shariah globally. They’re also the exact same objectives as al-Qa’eda, HAMAS, Hizballah, Taliban, etc….different tactics and timing. Unified Muslim objectives – commanded by Allah, spelled out in Islamic law. 

And both infiltration efforts have succeeded, from their perspective, extremely well. The Iranians have used classic clandestine tradecraft (that their services learned directly from the KGB – Supreme Leader Khamenei is a graduate of Moscow’s Patrice Lumumba U. aka KGB Tech).

Such tradecraft includes Denial and Deception (D&D) to lead us all astray on their WMD programs (esp. BW and nuclear) – as well as influence operations of both witting and non-witting recruitment targets to ensure implementation of Tehran’s preferred U.S. foreign policy vis-a-vis Iran: endless years of discussions, enticements, negotiations and a go-slow, go-easy approach to sanctions or any other coercive diplomacy – in addition to a hands-off approach to the struggles of the embattled Iranian people, demonstrating by the millions in the street for their freedom, viciously assaulted, beaten, jailed, raped, tortured, and executed in the mullahs’ jails….and of course, never a serious mention of possible regime change or use of military action of any sort (not necessarily “bombs away,” by the way). The very dangerous result is an Iranian nuclear weapons program that advances steadily to the status of a deployable weapon. When this regime conducts its first acknowledged nuclear weapons test (not counting the ones they do in NK), everyone will be shocked, just shocked. But our own national policies have permitted that program to go on for nearly three decades now. If we think the Iranian regime is aggressive now, in its material support to terrorists, in its horrific human rights abuses at home, and in its incessant meddling abroad, watch what happens once it demonstrates its nuclear capability. The Iran Lobby’s job was to buy time for the completion of this weapons program; they have succeeded brilliantly.

For more on this theme, see the new Clarion Fund film, Iranium, in which I have a small role.http://www.iraniumthemovie.com/

As you will see in the book, movie, and paper, the Iranian and Muslim Brotherhood influence has become deeply embedded in our national security infrastructure, having spread widely throughout the intelligence community, within the media, in academia, among think tanks, and at top levels of USG decision-making. 

That influence is deeply concerning on multiple levels. Because our nation’s leadership has been rendered effectively blind about the threats from shariah Islam, it is now incapable of defending the country against them; expending our blood and treasure fighting groups like al-Qa’eda and the Taliban (both in operational alliances with Iran/Hizballah to kill Americans) that employ the tactics of violent terrorism merely “bleeds the dragon” (us) and does little to strike at the foundational ideology that motivates such jihadis (yes, across sectarian lines)—shariah Islam. 

The influence of shariah law extends to the very vocabulary our president and his advisors use to describe Islam: for instance, words such as Islam, jihad, Caliphate, and Muslim have been totally scrubbed from key national security documents such as the lexicons about terror in official use at the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and the National Counterterrorism Center. Even President Obama’s National Security Strategy, published in 2010, is devoid of these words. How did that happen? Advisors to those who wrote the lexicons were Muslim Brotherhood affiliates, that’s how. We know, as Sun Tzu told us thousands of years ago, that to defeat an enemy, it is necessary first to know oneself and then to know that enemy. But having been duped by this enemy of ours that is brilliant, resilient, and sophisticated into an inability to even name the enemy or discuss his threat doctrine (shariah Islam), there is no way the U.S. can even begin to create a strategy capable of defeating these forces. 

And so, even as our best and bravest fight and die on faraway battlefields to prop up governments whose constitutions, that we helped write, place their countries under Islamic law, shariah is making steady inroads into American society at home, unnoticed, undeterred, because the Muslim Brotherhood has convinced U.S. leadership that it is “bigoted,” “racist,” or “Islamophobic” to discuss how Islamic doctrine, law, and scriptures command Muslims to conquer and subjugate all non-Muslims on earth to shariah. And so we have increasing numbers of legal cases in the U.S. in which Islamic law is invoked; we have concession after concession made to Muslims on campus and in the workplace—for special facilities, for time off, for gender segregation, for curriculum adjustments—that never would be tolerated from Christians or Jews. We have the U.S. Department of the Treasury actually actively promoting the establishment of Shariah Compliant Financing with firms across the country; the fact that this is in diametric opposition to Article VI of the Constitution (“the Supreme Law of the land shall be the Constitution”) as well as Title 18 of the U.S. criminal code on sedition seems somehow not to have occurred to them. But that’s what willful blindness does.”

 

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In Part 2 of this explosive series of interviews, Lopez discusses the belief among many within radical Islam concerning the ‘appearance of the 12 Imam’ and that fact that some factions within the Muslim community believe that in order to hasten his appearance they must create world-wide unrest and chaos.

 

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