Garland Texas Shooting – Six degrees to the Muslim Brotherhood?
With this past weekend’s shooting outside Culwell Event Center in North Garland, TX, several reports have been quick to link the the two dead shooters to U.S. Muslim Brotherhood (MB) interests. Some are even implying that the MB may have provided support for the shooting through the Islamic Community Center (ICC) of Phoenix.
The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch (GMBDW) is probably the leading source for information regarding the activities of the MB. We frequently cite it here as do many others. Law enforcement/intelligence/security agencies use it as a reliable reference. In regards to the Garland shooting, the GMBDW writes:
Of these reported links, the strongest is the ownership of the ICC mosque by the NAIT. We should point out that the GMBDW is quite familiar with the NAIT and the GMBDW editor has published a report on the history of the US Muslim Brotherhood which includes detailed information on the organization some of which can also also be found on the GMBDW NAIT Wiki page. However, as noted, at last count the NAIT held title to some 332 mosques in the US, estimated to be about about 27 percent of the estimated 1200 mosques in the United States. Knowing what we do about the NAIT, we can assume that the majority of these mosques, if not all, are somehow tied to the US Muslim Brotherhood as NAIT itself is an integral part the Brotherhood as documented in the report referenced above. However, we have no idea how many individuals are attending NAIT mosques but the number surely runs into many many thousands or hundreds of thousands given that a number of these are surely very large mosques. Whatever any given mosque leadership knows or believes about NAIT, it is beyond any credibility to suggest that every Muslim worshipping at a NAIT-owned facility is somehow also tied to the US Muslim Brotherhood. Therefore, until such time that reliable sources report that the Garland shooters had some demonstrable and substantial connection to the ICC leadership or that they were somehow radicalized at the mosque itself, the GMBDW will not be reporting that the shootings were “tied to the Muslim Brotherhood.” Should such evidence emerge, of course we are prepared to alter that conclusion.
We agree. There simply is not enough evidence to promote the claims of MB involvement and/or operational support.. As the GMBDW notes, it would be unrealistic and irresponsible to claim every Muslim attending a NAIT-owned facility is part of the MB.
A similar “linking” was done in trying to tie The Moore, OK beheading by Alton Alexander Nolen to Boston Iman Suhaib Webb. See our report Beheading in OK – media fails the “facts”? where we provided a timeline that pretty much dismissed the possibility. At that time we related a tweet made by Mohamed Elibiary:
Priceless to watch the Islamophobic #RtWing camp. They are truly #ISIS’s best propagandists inside US. #oklahomabeheading #Oklahoma #Tragedy – 4:27 PM – 26 Sep 2014
MB operations in the U.S./Canada primarily focus on fundraising in support of causes outside overseas (i.e. Palestinian, Bosnia, Syra, etc.). North America is a cash cow and it simply doesn’t make sense for the MB to promote something like the Garland shooting.
For those that are lost with the “Six degrees to ..” reference, see this link.