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The Worst Thing About Hillary’s Email Scandal

The establishment media has given Hillary Clinton every break and benefit of the doubt when it comes to the circumstances surrounding her private email server and the growing revelations about the amount of classified data, the classification level of that data and the potential damage the loss of that data could do to U.S. national security. 

Hillary and HumaAnd many Americans will be inclined to accept Clinton’s representations that she did nothing wrong, that other Cabinet officials used private email and that the server in her Chappaqua, New York home was in a secure location protected by the United States Secret Service. 

In reality, in terms of national security law none of those things matter. Mishandling classified data, whether paper or electronic is a zero defect enterprise. 

Even an inadvertent mishandling, such as accidently comingling classified and unclassified papers and taking the classified material out of a secure environment is a crime and, unless they are somehow associated with Mrs. Clinton, federal employees and military personnel are routinely prosecuted for such crimes and if convicted suffer the consequences, which can include large fines and prison. 

But mishandling classified material by Mrs. Clinton and her close associates is not the worst part of the Clinton email scandal. 

The worst part of the scandal is who, along with Mrs. Clinton, is at the center of it, and that appears to be her longtime aide Huma Abedin, also known as Mrs. Anthony Weiner. 

Ms. Abedin is one of Clinton’s longest-serving staff members. As such she has been at the center of Mrs. Clinton’s political and official activities for almost 20 years. During that time she has had access to some of America’s most secret national security and diplomatic intelligence. 

And during that time she has been closely associated with some of America’s bitterest enemies in the war between Islam and the West – the Muslim Brotherhood. 

Back in 2012, as our friend Andrew C. McCarthy detailed in a column for National Review, Abedin’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood prompted five conservative Members of the House, then-Representative Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Trent Franks (Ariz.), Tom Rooney (Fla.), and Lynn Westmorland (Ga.), to ask the State Department Inspector General to look into the matter. 

Such an investigation would hardly be unprecedented.  

Indeed, government employees with high level security clearances have had their clearances reviewed (and even revoked) for being arrested for DUI, being financially overextended and paying their bills late, marital problems and other common personal problems that affect millions of Americans. 

So why not look into the association between then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff and a designated terrorist organization? 

As the five members of Congress averred to the State Department’s Inspector General, Ms. Abedin’s parents and brother all have connections to the Muslim Brotherhood — the organization itself or prominent members thereof. 

For pointing this out and merely asking the State Department’s Inspector General to look into it and report back to Congress — which is part of the IG’s duties under the statute that created his position – the five conservative Members of Congress were smeared in the media as Islamophobes, McCarthyites and worse. 

The principle public defender of Ms. Abedin, and we might add the viciously personal attacker of the five conservative House members, was none other than Senator John McCain who called the questions regarding Ms. Abedin’s family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood “sinister accusations [that]rest solely on a few unspecified and unsubstantiated associations of members of Huma’s family.” 

Except as Andrew McCarthy pointed out back in 2012, the ties of Ms. Abedin’s father, mother, and brother to the Muslim Brotherhood are both specific and substantiated.  

Ms. Abedin’s father, the late Syed Z. Abedin, was an Indian-born Islamic academic who founded the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs in Saudi Arabia. That institute was backed by the Muslim World League. As the Hudson Institute’s Zeyno Baran relates, the MWL was started by the Saudi government in 1962 “with Brotherhood members in key leadership positions.” It has served as the principal vehicle for the propagation of Islamic supremacism by the Saudis and the Brotherhood and is the ideology that fuels “Islamic extremism.” 

The question the five House conservatives were asking was, as McCarthy put it, “whether it is reasonable to infer Islamist sympathies from her parents’ allegiances — not to make conclusive judgments about her, mind you, but to draw an inference that would merit deeper inquiry.” That is by the way, standard fare in government background checks.  

McCarthy then went on to note that as it happens, the same MWL that supported Abedin père’s institute also helped the Brotherhood establish the Muslim Students Association. The MSA is the foundation of the Brotherhood’s American infrastructure, the gateway through which young Muslims join the Brotherhood after being steeped in the supremacist writings of Brotherhood theorists Hassan al-Banna (who founded the Brotherhood in the 1920s) and Sayyid Qutb (the animating influence of such jihadist eminences as Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden, and the “Blind Sheikh,” Omar Abdel Rahman).  

Speaking of which, it was through the MSA that Egypt’s former anti-American president, Mohammed Morsi, (overthrown in a popular uprising) joined the Muslim Brotherhood – and he was recruited right here in America.  

Morsi was studying engineering in California at the time, the early Eighties. By her own account, Morsi’s wife, Nagla Ali Mahmoud, also joined. She became a leading member of a cognate outfit known as “the Muslim Sisterhood.” And it is here, says McCarthy that we get to Huma Abedin’s mother, the Pakistani-born academic Dr. Saleha Abedin.  

Dr. Abedin, noted McCarthy, has been a member of the Muslim Sisterhood, “which is essentially nothing more than the female version of the Brotherhood,” according to Walid Shoebat, a former Brotherhood member who has renounced the organization. The Brotherhood is not only the font of Sunni supremacist ideology; it spearheads the international support network for Hamas, the terrorist organization that openly proclaims itself as the Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch.  

According to one report cited by Andrew McCarthy, Dr. Abedin has on occasion represented herself as a delegate of the MWL. Moreover, as William Jacobson documented at Legal Insurrection, Dr. Abedin has led the International Islamic Committee for Woman and Child (IICWC), an Islamist organization that hews to the positions of Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Brotherhood’s leading sharia jurist. Like Brotherhood entities, the IICWC defends such practices as female genital mutilation and child marriage, which find support in Islamic law and scripture.  

Sheikh Qaradawi, of course, is the Brotherhood eminence who promises that Islam “will conquer Europe, we will conquer America.” He is a vigorous supporter of Hamas, and his fatwas lionize suicide terrorism — including the killing of Americans in Iraq. It is Qaradawi who brings us to Huma Abedin’s brother, Dr. Hassan Abedin. He has been a fellow at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies in Great Britain. Contemporaneously, Sheikh Qaradawi was a member of the Oxford Center’s board of trustees. So was Omar Naseef, onetime secretary-general of the MWL as well as the founder of the Rabita Trust — an Islamic “charity” notorious for funding jihadists and for having an al-Qaeda founder (Wael Hamza Julaidan) as one of its chief executives. 

All of this becomes relevant and of particular urgency now that the Hillary Clinton email scandal has placed none other than Huma Abedin at the center of the extensive breach of national security that involved moving classified information from the secure State Department internet to Mrs. Clinton’s unsecured private server, where it was not subject to any tracking of where or to whom the information went.  

Two emails containing classified information from Abedin and another aide, Jake Sullivan, were what jump-started the FBI investigation into Clinton’s use of her private email setup; the messages were about military intelligence information a year before the 2012 Benghazi attack, and about the aftermath of the Benghazi attack. Fox News reports that it confirmed via the intelligence community inspector general the material in the emails was classified when it was sent. 

And it is even more urgent now that it has been revealed that Ms. Abedin is one of two of Mrs. Clinton’s associates who were ordered by a federal judge to answer under oath a set of Judicial Watch interrogatories, but who so-far have refused to comply with the judge’s order. 

The State Department, Andrew McCarthy observed back in 2012, is particularly wary when it comes to the category of “foreign influence.” It is in fact a significant enough concern to warrant its own extensive category in background investigations. No criminal behavior need be shown to deny a security clearance; access to classified information is not a right, and reasonable fear of “divided loyalties” is more than sufficient for a clearance to be denied. 

Huma Abedin’s role in the national security disaster that is unfolding in the Hillary Clinton email scandal now begs the question “why wasn’t that IG investigation conducted?”  

It also begs the question “was any inquiry into whether Ms. Abedin’s family ties rendered her unsuitable for a position that involved access to classified information, especially about the Muslim Brotherhood, ever conducted?” Answering that question  is of paramount urgency now that it has been revealed that Huma Abedin was at the heart of a breach of America’s most sensitive intelligence while she was Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff at the State Department. 

Click the link to read Andrew McCarthy’s prescient 2012 article, “Questions About Huma Abedin” 

See "Email by Hillary Aide Huma Abedin Triggered FBI Inquiry" by Jason Devaney of NewsMax for more on the classified email referenced above.

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