Islamist Propaganda: The Montgomery County Model, WORDE and the Muslim Brotherhood
In Islamist Propaganda – at taxpayers expense (March 2014) we noted how law enforcement and security organizations were replacing Islamic anti-terror training with politically correct cultural awareness programs. The impetus comes from Muslim Brotherhood (MB) front groups such as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).
At the end of that article were these comments:
Another player in the Muslim cultural awareness arena is the World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE). This group apparently has no ties to Muslim Brotherhood affiliated groups. There is some confusion in that WORDE is promoting what they call The Montgomery County Model – a partnership with the Montgomery County Maryland Police Department in developing a new, community based-model to increase public safety. If you viewed the Connecting Cultures DOJ/COPS funded film, you’ll note that the Montgomery County Police Department was the featured agency. I read one source that indicated the film was produced several years back. If so, one can only hope that the Montgomery County PD learned from their mistakes. Can’t say the same for Homeland Security and DOJ.
A recent report from Point de Bascule Canada led to information that changes our assessment of WORDE, specifically the lack of ties to MB groups. While reviewing some linked Point de Bascule background items we came across another report from October 2014, where Point de Bascule wrote:
On October 8th, 2014, the International Cultural Center invited American and Canadian experts in Montgomery Village (Maryland) to talk about the terrorist threat posed by the Islamic State (ISIS) to the United States. The theme of the evening was Understanding the ISIS Threat to the Homeland.
An article published by Point de Bascule four days before the meeting highlighted that two of the guest speakers, Rabia Chaudry and Hussein Hamdani, were linked to the Hamas’s North American support network and, therefore, could not be counted as allies against the terrorist threat.
The International Cultural Center is a WORDE program established in 2011 and located in Gaithersburg, MD. Rabia Chaudry is a former CAIR spokesperson and is frequently involved with MPAC programs and events. Point de Bascule’s recent report concerns Hussein Hamdani, an advisor to a Canadian agency security agency, who has been suspended pending an investigation into his ties to Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas related organizations.