A strategic partnership between a prominent Department of Defense research institute and organizations tied to terrorism reveals the problem with the federal government's Islamic outreach programs.
by Patrick Poole
For more than fifty years, the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) has been one of the leading government-sponsored and -funded research institutions, conducting highly classified research for the military and intelligence community’s most secret projects. As its website notes, IDA currently operates three separate federally-funded research and development centers (FFRDC): one for the Secretary of Defense, another for the National Security Agency, and yet another for the Executive Office of the President.
Because of the nature of its work, for which it receives nearly $200 million annually in taxpayer support (the exact amount of its current funding is unknown since IDA’s last published IRS Form 990 available on the Internet is 2002), it is no surprise that IDA’s board of trustees, corporate officers and staff directory read like a “Who’s Who” of former federal agency heads and military leaders. IDA has previously characterized its exclusive relationship and direct participation in top-secret government programs as such:
The work often requires privileged access to sensitive information, including highly classified and industry proprietary data not normally available to non-government organizations.Considering IDA’s influential position with the Department of Defense and the intelligence community, and the sensitive nature of the work it undertakes for the federal government, it is distressing that this federally-funded “think tank” has established a strategic partnership with four different Islamic organizations that have been identified by federal prosecutors as tied to the international terrorist network.
IDA has partnered with these groups as part of American Muslims for Constructive Engagement (AMCE), an alliance of six different organizations:
International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT)
Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
Muslim American Society (MAS)
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
International Council of Religion and Democracy (ICRD)
Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA)
Three of these groups — IIIT, ISNA and CAIR — were listed by the Department of Justice as unindicted co-conspirators last May in the Holy Land Foundation terror financing trial. Meanwhile, MAS was recently identified by federal prosecutors in a DOJ appeals court brief in another terrorism-related case as “the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.” The brief also states that “CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists.”
In stark contrast to IDA’s extensive list of leaders and staff with records of exemplary military and government service, AMCE’s advisory council reads like a virtual “Who’s Who” of Islamic extremist leaders in America.
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