Report raises concerns of Muslim Brotherhood’s links to Canadian groups
Muslim Brotherhood activities need to be probed in Canada, report says
From: CBC News, May 27, 2014
The Canadian government should consider investigating the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has entrenched itself in North America and represents a greater systemic threat than al-Qaeda, according to a newly released report on the group.
“The aim of the group in North America is to weaken and destroy the free and open societies within Canada and the U.S.A. from within and replace them with the heavily politicized views of [founder] Hassan Banna, Sayyid Qutb and the Muslim Brotherhood,” according to the report, entitled The Muslim Brotherhood in North America (Canada/U.S.).
The report, written by Tom Quiggin, a court expert on terrorism and member of the Terrorism and Security Experts of Canada Network, raises concerns about the Brotherhood’s alleged ties to Canadian organizations, some which have either been accused of being terrorist organizations or alleged to have links to extremist groups.
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: There does not appear to be an “official” website for the The Terrorism and Security Experts of Canada Network with the exception of a blog. Reading the report is a bit awkward. The 11 sections are posted on the blog page , in the right column.
All that aside, the information in the report comes from a variety of public sources. Good information, but nothing really new. With the increased scrutiny of the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.K., perhaps it will sway a few folks to be a bit more skeptical. Unfortunately, past efforts/reports in the United States have yet to cause much of a ground swell and Canadians tend to be even more politically correct than their neighbors to the south.
Recently the Canadian version of CAIR, National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM)/CAIR.CAN, filed a defamation lawsuit against the prime minister for linking the group to terrorism during comments in Jan 2014.
Current estimates place the Canadian Muslim population at over 3% as of 2011. The U.S. estimate is 0.6%.