Former Senator Rick Santorum offered a softer answer when he was interviewed by the United West, but nonetheless showed to have an understanding of the Muslim Brotherhood’s past. He described the organization as “the root of a lot of the modern radical Islamist thinking,” mentioning the names of Sayyid Qutb and Hasan al-Banna. However, when asked specifically about CAIR, ISNA and NAIT, he was less clear. He gave a general answer that law enforcement must prosecute whoever is involved in terrorist activity. Santorum is in 8th place in the latest national poll with 3 percent, one point behind Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was the first to pledge to investigate CAIR, ISNA and NAIT and appeared to know about the HLF trial. He nodded his head as the United West’s interviewer mentioned their designations as “unindicted co-conspirators.” He first offered a general answer, saying “I would support an Attorney General who would look very aggressively at prosecuting any group which supports terrorism or which sends money to terrorism or which encourages terrorism.” The interviewer then asked if he’d investigate these specific groups, and Gingrich said, “Sure, absolutely.” Gingrich has spoken and written about “stealth jihad” at length, describing the Muslim Brotherhood as a “mortal enemy of our civilization.” He is in third place in the latest national poll at 10 percent.
It is disappointing that none of the Republican candidates for president spoke about CAIR, ISNA and NAIT until they were asked by the United West. Still, their answers stand in sharp contrast to the Obama Administration’s position. Patrick Poole broke the blockbuster story that the Justice Department blocked the prosecutions of Omar Ahmed, a co-founder of CAIR, and Jamal Barzinji, a top official with the International Institute of Islamic Thought, another Brotherhood front. According to his sources, the “unindicted co-conspirators” were to be prosecuted after the Holy Land trial finished.
A candidate’s credibility on national security rests upon an understanding of the Islamist threat and in particular, the Muslim Brotherhood. It is imperative that they be forced to take a stand on this issue, and voters must measure their support for each candidate based on their answer.
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