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Part 4: Suhail Khan, A Case Study in Influence Operations
If we are to understand the full nature of the threat posed by the likes of Suhail Khan, we need to examine the Khan case study in closer detail. We’ll explore both Khan’s extensive ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and those he has cultivated in his own right for decades, including what he’s said in public about those ties. Then, we’ll take stock of the real service he has performed for the Islamist cause, both in the past and ongoing.
Key Points in Part 4
- Suhail Khan was one of the Muslim political activists with longstanding personal and professional ties to the Brotherhood who gained access to the Bush 2000 campaign and served in the George W. Bush administration, thanks to the patronage of Grover Norquist.
- In his capacity as the de facto Muslim gatekeeper in the Office of Public Liaison under senior Bush advisor Karl Rove and then as an assistant in the personal office of the Secretary of Transportation, Khan had, at a minimum, an opportunity to facilitate the penetration of other Islamists.
- Both during his time in government service and subsequently, Khan has been deeply engaged in agendas championed by the Muslim Brotherhood and its friends.
- He has been caught repeatedly engaging in taqiyya – lying for the faith.
- The fact that Suhail Khan received a security clearance during his time in government is an indictment of the clearance process, not evidence that his background is problem-free.
- Suhail Khan has deep family and personal ties to some of the most important Muslim-American organizations in America. Do you find persuasive his denials that those groups are associated with the Muslim Brotherhood or that it is even present in the United States?
- Should we be concerned that Suhail Khan in a 1999 address to a Muslim Brotherhood audience extolled Muslims’ “love of death more than our oppressors love life” and his declaration that he had “dedicated his life to the ummah”?
- If Suhail Khan is, in fact, a Muslim Brotherhood operative, should we be concerned that he worked in the Bush White House and Transportation Department?
- If Suhail Khan received a security clearance, shouldn’t that allay any concerns about his service in such roles?
- Describe the difference between being a Muslim activist and being a Muslim political activist, and how does Suhail Khan fulfill these qualifications?
- If Suhail Khan is, indeed, a Muslim Brotherhood operative, should it be of concern that he is a lobbyist in Washington for a major American company, Microsoft?
- Should the United States remove “impediments to zakat,” as Suhail Khan wants, if the practical effect would be to remove legal barriers currently in place to material support for terror?
- Isn’t “interfaith dialogue” of the kind promoted by Suhail Khan with his trip for government officials and prominent Muslim figures to Auschwitz a good thing?