Time for Huma Abedin to Come Out of the Shadows
Before Hillary takes her Muslim Brotherhood-linked staffer to the White House.
Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s longtime confidante, is currently the vice chair of her 2016 presidential campaign. “I’m not sure Hillary could walk out the door without Huma,” Clinton adviser Mandy Grunwald said back during the days of Hillary’s first run for the presidency. Huma and Hillary are inseparable, including having been linked together on a private e-mail network while Ms. Clinton was Secretary of State and Ms. Abedin was her deputy chief of staff. If Hillary Clinton were to be elected president of the United States, Ms. Abedin will no doubt be right there with Hillary as her right hand person in the White House. And that may well be a major coup for the Muslim Brotherhood, whose strategic plan calls for destroying Western civilization from within and “‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers…”
In view of her background that involves the Muslim Brotherhood, it is time for Huma Abedin to come out of the shadows and reveal exactly what she did and whom she communicated with while at the Clinton State Department.
Huma Abedin is the daughter of Saleha Mahmood Abedin, who has had ties to numerous Islamist organizations including the Muslim Brotherhood. During her youth, Huma lived with her family in Saudi Arabia, where they had re-located from Michigan and where she was exposed to the Wahhabi jihadist ideology, before returning to the United States at the age of 18.
In the late 1990’s, while Huma Abedin was interning in the Bill Clinton White House and began her long association with Hillary Clinton, she served as an executive board member of George Washington University’s Muslim Students Association, which had its roots in the Muslim Brotherhood.
Huma Abedin later worked at the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA) as the assistant editor of its in-house publication, the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (JMMA). Her mother was the editor of JMMA, taking over from Huma’s father after he had died. Huma’s tenure as assistant editor overlapped with that of a wealthy Saudi individual with reported al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood ties, Abdullah Omar Naseef, who had recruited her father to move to Saudi Arabia to lead the IMMA think tank. Although Huma severed her own ties with the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs when she began her service in Hillary Clinton’s State Department, Huma’s brother and sister have remained involved with the journal.
The Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs – an Abedin family project in which Huma Abedin was deeply involved – espouses the Islamic supremacist ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood. As Andrew McCarthy noted, Huma Abedin herself “spent 12 years working at a journal intended to aid Islamic domination of the West.”
Nevertheless, Hillary relies on Huma Abedin and trusts her completely, which will give Ms. Abedin extraordinary influence in a Hillary Clinton administration.
“The picture that emerges from interviews and records suggests a situation where the lines were blurred between Ms. Abedin’s work in the high echelons of one of the government’s most sensitive executive departments and her role as a Clinton family insider,” according to a May 2013 report in the New York Times.
While serving as Hillary’s deputy chief of staff at the State Department, Huma Abedin had access to the most highly sensitive government information, which included developments in Libya both before and after the tragic killing of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans that resulted from the Sept. 11, 2012 jihadist terror attack in Benghazi. Moreover, with Huma whispering in her ear as her key adviser on the Middle East, Hillary oversaw the Obama administration’s pivot towards engaging with the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups in Egypt and Libya.
The Obama administration decided in 2011 to formally expand its engagement with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood group, after the Obama administration had so enthusiastically supported the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Hillary Clinton declared at the time that “we welcome…dialogue with those Muslim Brotherhood members who wish to talk with us.” The Obama administration then reportedly intervened behind the scenes to help the Muslim Brotherhood’s choice for president, Mohammed Morsi, prevail in the presidential run-off election over his more secular army-backed rival.
Huma Abedin’s mother Dr. Saleha Mahmood Abedin is a chairperson of the International Islamic Committee for Woman and Child, which had strongly advocated for Sharia laws to replace more secular laws in Egypt under the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood dominated government. As Nonie Darwish, the author of The Devil We Don’t Know; The Dark Side of Revolutions in the Middle East and President of FormerMuslimsUnited.org noted in a Frontpage Magazine article entitled Huma Abedin’s Mother and an Islamist Agenda, “Huma did not keep a distance from her mother’s activities when she introduced Secretary Clinton to her activist mother. During Clinton’s visit to Saudi Arabia, the US Secretary of State visited and spoke at the Islamic college of Dar El-Hekma together with Huma, where Dr. Saleha Abedin was a vice-dean and one of its founders.”
That visit took place in 2011, at the very time that the Obama administration was expanding its outreach to the Muslim Brotherhood and was embracing the “Arab Spring.”
When Morsi himself was forced out of power by another popular revolt in 2012, the Obama administration was displeased and suspended certain military aid to the successor regime for about 18 months.
In view of what the Obama administration had believed in 2011 were positive developments in Egypt that had led to the downfall of President Mubarak and his replacement with a “democratic” government dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, Hillary Clinton led the charge within the Obama administration to repeat such regime change in Libya. She urged action to overthrow the Gadhafi regime in Libya after the start of an “Arab Spring” uprising in that country. In August 2011, Jake Sullivan, another of Hillary’s deputies, wrote in an internal email that “HRC has been a critical voice on Libya in administration deliberations, at NATO, and in contact group meetings–as well as the public face of the U.S. effort in Libya. She was instrumental in securing the authorization, building the coalition, and tightening the noose around Qadhafi and his regime.”
Hillary “dismissed the warnings offered by career military and intelligence officials,” according to a Washington Times article dated January 28, 2015 that described the contents of certain secret audio recordings reportedly recovered from Tripoli:
Mrs. Clinton was headstrong to enter the Libyan crisis, ignoring the Pentagon’s warnings that no U.S. interests were at stake and regional stability could be threatened. Instead, she relied heavily on the assurances of the Libyan rebels and her own memory of Rwanda, where U.S. inaction may have led to the genocide of at least 500,000 people.
Many of the rebels were jihadists who would later turn against the United States.
Huma Abedin was in Hillary’s inner circle and thus in the loop on key e-mails regarding Libya, which she made sure to send to Hillary on a regular basis. One such e-mail dated March 27, 2011 dealt with the establishment of the Benghazi mission. It said that “We expect to get support in particular from the Turks who have a consulate in Benghazi.” Turkey’s Islamic government has been one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s most ardent supporters, hosting its leaders and their international meetings.
Hillary had no plan for what would follow the regime change in Libya other than to persuade the transitional government to become, in Huma Abedin’s words, “inclusive” in order to (as Abedin explained) to “nurture its legitimacy.” Whatever they may have believed regarding the positive role that the Muslim Brotherhood could play in such inclusiveness and nurturing of “legitimacy,” the result has been complete chaos, exploited by the Islamic State and other jihadists.
It is imperative that Huma Abedin be immediately required to cooperate with congressional investigators and to respond to Freedom of Information requests by handing over all of the e-mails in her possession that she authored and received while serving in the State Department. This includes the time she worked as a paid consultant after she terminated her status as an employee. She should also turn over all logs, contact lists, calendars and other records that may shed light on her activities related to Egypt and Libya and communications with Muslim Brotherhood members, supporters and other Islamists. If she destroyed this material, following the example of her boss Hillary Clinton who wiped her private server clean, this will raise legitimate suspicion that she has something to hide about her activities and associations.
If Hillary Clinton is elected president, Ms. Abedin will most likely be given a top-level job in the White House that will not require Senate confirmation. Asking Huma Abedin to provide at the earliest possible time a full public accounting under oath of her activities, communications and contacts while at the State Department is not McCarthyism or Islamophobia, as some on the Left would charge. To the contrary, it is a reasonable exercise of due diligence. Only then will the American people have the information they deserve that may well be highly relevant to their concerns about the security of this nation, in advance of next year’s presidential election.
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