Grover Norquist, Sharia Compliance and USAID

Gary H. Johnson, Jr. writing at Family Security Matters.

Suhail Khan’s decision to join the Institute for Global Engagement as the “Senior Fellow for Christian-Muslim Understanding” in this relatively unknown Christian think tank is out of joint. Famed Muslim apologist, Georgetown Professor John L. Esposito is on the Board of Advisors. This is not surprising. However, it is surprising to find Andrew Natsios on the Board of Advisors as well. Why is that surprising? Because Andrew Natsios served as the USAID Administrator from 2001 to 2006. In this vein, Suhail Khan is perfectly situated to network along the USAID financial highway, with eight years of USAID leadership in his corner. From this position, Suhail Khan is well-situated to gather details on why organizations like HLF were blacklisted by the U.S. State Department and to consult with a number of foreign Shariah Compliant institutions angling to suckle at the USAID teet. And while it is not shocking that Esposito is on the Advisory Board, what is disturbing is the fact that IGE is advertising John L. Esposito’s bona fides as including membership in the World Economic Forum’s Council of 100 Leaders, the High Level Group of the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations. Also in this “High Level Group” is Imam Feisal Rauf, whose Cordoba Initiative sparked outrage in the Park 51 fiasco of the Ground Zero Mosque controversy. Notably, the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations was listed by the Cordoba Initiative as one of its three main partners.

Even more intriguingly, every year at Davos, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum draws international business magnates from around the globe to discuss the year ahead. Roughly 25% of the attendees to this event every year are McKinsey & Company alumni. Interestingly, President Obama appointed Diana Farrell, the former Director of McKinsey Global Institute, to serve as a Deputy Director of the National Economic Council in February of 2009. Moreover, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N, Susan Rice, is a McKinsey alum. From this perspective, Suhail Khan is well positioned to network the entire spectrum of Shariah Compliant Finance…as a lowly fellow, seeking only the most laudable goal of religious freedom for all. How is it, one must ask, can this well-connected nexus figure claim to know nothing of the Muslim Brotherhood in America?

To put it lightly, influence, in this frame, is a global industry. Grover Norquist has an operative at the MITA Group that works closely with a number of ex-Chiefs of Staff for Republican Congressman. Grover Norquist also has insider information about every major development project sponsored by USAID and the World Economic Forum in Davos through his Institute for Global Engagement mole.

Without a doubt, Grover Norquist’s team has infiltrated USAID’s lucrative contract whirl.

In April of 2005, the respected scholar Daniel Pipes asked “Is Grover Norquist an Islamist?” Grover’s November 2004 marriage to the Muslim Samah Alrayyes reveals an insider at USAID in the Bush years. Samah Norquist’s bio is an indictment of Grover Norquist’s designs on USAID contract information. Samah was the Public Affairs Specialist for Arab and Muslim outreach at the Bureau of Legislative and Public Affairs at USAID:

In her position, she works on developing and implementing communications and public affairs planning with regard to various Muslim and Arab outreach issues including USAID activites in Iraq, Afghanistan, Middle and Near East and many parts of the Muslim world where AID is present. This includes serving as a liaison with Muslim and Arab American interest groups to brief them on USAID activities in the developing world and coordination of the Agency’s participation in events, conferences, and discussions designed to educate the publics about American foreign assistance.

Notably, Samah Norquist served on the board of the Islamic Free Enterprise Institute along with Khaled Saffuri. And for those, like Cleta Mitchell, who are willfully blind to the activities of Grover Norquist on the Shariah Compliant front and possible connections with Muslim Brotherhood operations in the tiers of the non-profit industry, it should be noted that a third operative of the Alamoudi stripe has made it big in the world of USAID.

A quick retrace of the original 2003 Frank Gaffney article released by Horowitz provides another key figure to the matrix: Abdulwahab Alkebsi. In his article “A Troubling Influence” Gaffney notes that “Saffuri’s deputy and successor as director of the Islamic Institute” was Abdulwahab Alkebsi, “another former Deputy Director of Alamoudi’s [American Muslim Council].” Today, Abdulwahab Alkebsi tweets under the moniker “everywhereistan” and serves as the Regional Director for Africa and MENA at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). His staff bio says it all:

Abdulwahab Alkebsi is the Regional Director for Africa and MENA. Prior to joining CIPE, Alkebsi served as the Director of the Middle East and North Africa division at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), where he oversaw a portfolio that included Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, North Africa, the Levant, the Gulf nations, and Yemen. Prior to working at the NED, Alkebsi served as the Executive Director at the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), a non-profit think tank, based in Washington DC, dedicated to studying Islamic and democratic political thought and merging them into a modern Islamic democratic discourse. He has appeared several times in American, European, and Middle Eastern media. He has been interviewed or quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, U.S. News & World Report, United Press International, PBS, CNN, CNBC, BBC, Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabia, Al-Hurra, MBC, Abu Dhabi TV, ANA, Nile TV, and many others. Mr. Alkebsi was born in Yemen, and resides in Potomac, Maryland with his wife and three daughters.

Conveniently missing from Alkebsi’s bio is his relationship with the Islamic Free Enterprise Institute and the AMC of Alamoudi. Should it come as a surprise to anyone that the initial USAID award to CIPE came from the desk of J. Anderson Brady? According to the CIPE Website, the initial grant was augmented from $500,000 to over $1,000,000 in less than two years time:

In August 2000, USAID awarded CIPE a two-year $499,522 grant to support program work under CIPE’s “Corporate Governance Initiative for the Transition Economies”. This USAID grant was augmented in August, 2001 by $225,000 for increased program activities including an international conference on corporate governance, anti-corruption and competitiveness; and additional capacity-building small grants in CEE and Eurasia. The grant was augmented again in July, 2002 by $435,000 (current value $1,159,522) to support sustainable institution building on corporate governance education and shareholder rights promotion through improved networking, support grants, and access to up-to-date information on corporate governance.

Is it too much of a stretch to identify CIPE as a pet project of the Institute for Global Engagement? After all, both J. Brady Anderson and Andrew Natsios gave wind to this effort. Suhail Khan is now a fellow of IGE, and Suhail’s former #2 is at the forefront of the MENA business end.  Indeed, “improving corporate governance” was the key tag line of McKinsey & Company’s foray into cultivating Shariah Compliant Finance through its 2004 Competitiveness Report to the World Islamic Business Conference in Manama, Bahrain. Now in its seventh year, the McKinsey Competitiveness Report figures prominently in the November 2011 WIBC.

The fact that the consulting firm KPMG mainlined Shariah-Compliant Finance (SCF) into the British economic picture through tax legislation should lead American conservatives and Tea Partiers to recognize the profound impact that Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform could have on institutionalizing SCF into the American economy.

Read it all via The Norquist Cell: Operation GroverKhan

4 Responses

  1. The sooner Grover Norquist is exposed for the Islamist that he has become, the sooner CPAC and the Tax Reform folks can get back on track and NOT be besmirched my this weasel’s bad rep (and growing increasingly disreputable with every revelation). There’s NO place in Conservative American life for islamic apologists, let alone outright boosters. The inner circles of these borderline treasonous groups are powerful – and nasty – indeed. They all need to be totally marginalized – or, at the very least, kicked out of positions of power & influence! We have enough to battle Islam than also having to deal with a fifth column insinuated into every aspect our of society – incl. gov’t, business, non-profits and academe. And it might as well begin with the “outing” of Grover Norquist!

  2. the tree is sick and only severe pruning might save it

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