Islamic Movement Influence Operations Target Campaign of Democratic Party Presidential Nominee Joe Biden

Matthew Edwards        
Tuesday, 25 June 2020

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- Benjamin Franklin

Nearly nineteen years after the jihadist attacks on 11 September 2001, a willful blindness within the United States Government (USG) blocks any meaningful response to the ongoing subversive and seditious activities of the global Islamic Movement and U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO). This demonstrates a systemic failure to recognize the totality of the enemy threat doctrine and its lines of effort aimed at the key pillars of American society. The decision by presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee, former U.S. Vice President Joseph R. Biden to select Farooq A. Mitha as his senior advisor on Muslim American engagement is a case study of this enemy’s subversive capabilities and our continuing inability to recognize or counter them.

This is the first of three articles that will offer an examination during the 2020 election cycle of the activities and coordination by the USCMO, Muslim Brotherhood, and presidential candidate Biden’s senior advisor Farooq A. Mitha that illustrate the Islamic Movement domestic insurgency in this Nation. Understanding this domestic insurgency followed by citizen and leadership action will be critical to defeat this growing threat.  This series will delineate the dangers during a decisive period, as the left is engaged in political warfare and strategically collaborating with the Islamic Movement through a Red-Green Axis to disrupt not only the 2020 presidential election, but future elections across the country at local, state, and federal levels.

In March 2020, Farooq Mitha, an attorney ineligible to practice in Florida due to delinquent fees with  the Florida Bar Association, was interviewed and asked about his plans working for Biden to get Muslim communities to vote in key battleground states in November 2020. Mitha, an advisor for the Democratic Party, was formerly Director of Muslim Outreach for the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton in 2016. Mitha summarized his experience:

“I have a long track record of working within Muslim American communities, particularly on civic and political engagement…I hope that this history along with the relationships I have developed with community leaders across the country allows me to effectively reach out with the credibility that I have the best interests of our communities in mind.”

The relationships cultivated by Mitha provide investigative evidence about his nexuses to leadership within the Islamic Movement and Muslim Brotherhood and their influence operations targeting the American electoral process. These objectives include the advancement of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Civilization Jihad and process of settlement in accordance with the gradualist framework described by the influential Brotherhood theoretician Sayyid Qutb in his seminal book ‘Milestones’ in 1964.


Democratic Party presidential nominee Joseph Biden with Farooq Mitha


Farooq A. Mitha is a co-founder and former executive director of Emgage USA (previously Emerge USA), where he is currently a board member. Mitha, who served under the administration of President Barack H. Obama as Special Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs, has addressed the Islamic Movement during Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) events. The U.S. Department of Justice named ISNA (a Muslim Brotherhood front group) as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2008 USA v. Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development HAMAS terror funding case.


Farooq Mitha promoting Emgage Action Virginia Islamic Movement candidate Ibraheem Samirah

Mitha’s relationship with Khurrum Basir Wahid, which began prior to their creation of Emerge USA (renamed Emgage USA), is also significant due to Islamic Movement and Muslim Brotherhood connections shared by both. According to the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC, another Muslim Brotherhood front group), Wahid was Chair of the Center for Voter Advocacy, a registered 527 political organization, where Mitha was Treasurer for the Center for Advocacy - FPAC.

Wahid is also a founding Emgage USA member and serves as one of its national co-chairs . He has been a legal advisor for the national office of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), also named by the U.S. Department of Justice as an unindicted co-conspirator in the HLF case. CAIR is a documented HAMAS off-shoot; in 1997 the U.S. Department of State designated HAMAS a foreign terrorist organization.

CAIR Florida cites the legal work of Wahid (past CAIR Florida executive director) as an attorney who helps “travelers stuck at ports of entry by offering free legal advice.” CAIR National has continually challenged the legality of U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s travel restrictions on foreign nationals entering this Nation “from countries that failed to meet minimum baseline requirements for immigration screening and vetting.”

Emgage USA is presented by Wahid as a national nonprofit civic engagement organization with chapters across the United States in Florida, Texas, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, and Virginia that

“works to empower “emerging majority” communities, with a focus on Muslim Americans, to participate more in public and community and public service. Emgage USA accomplishes this thorough the development of young people as our future leadership, development of data to provide solid metrics for future success, and development of an active and engaged voter base.”

Khurrum has played an instrumental role for fourteen years as the chair of Emgage Action and PAC, known for its “political advocacy and action committee designed to support progressive legislation and elected officials who show support for the diverse emerging majority of communities and their issues.”

Emgage USA in fact is a key member of the USCMO, the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s political umbrella group and the leading edge of the jihadist movement in North America. The fact that Farooq Mitha is a senior advisor to a U.S. presidential candidate and simultaneously sits on the board of a USCMO member organization, when the USCMO has a close jihadist alliance with the pro-HAMAS regime of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party, ought to be a red flag warning. In forthcoming Part Two of this series, the inner workings of the influence operations of the Islamic Movement, USCMO, and Muslim Brotherhood inside the Democratic Party and Biden campaign will be established.


Screenshot from USCMO website showing Emgage USA as one of its members


Matthew Edwards is a national security analyst with an emphasis on counter intelligence and threat assessment.

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