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Brotherhood Torture Chambers (Finally) Exposed

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Some time ago, Fox News published a report titled “Egyptian mosque turned into house of torture for Christians after Muslim Brotherhood protest.”   The report opens by explaining how:

Islamic hard-liners stormed a mosque in suburban Cairo, turning it into [a] torture chamber for Christians who had been demonstrating against the ruling Muslim Brotherhood in the latest case of violent persecution that experts fear will only get worse.  Such stories have become increasingly common as tensions between Egypt’s Muslims and Copts mount, but in the latest case, mosque officials corroborated much of the account and even filed a police report. Demonstrators, some of whom were Muslim, say they were taken from the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in suburban Cairo to a nearby mosque on Friday and tortured for hours by hard-line militia members.

While it is good that Fox News reported on the Brotherhood’s “torture chambers,” its report is also a reminder of how much the American public is often kept in the dark concerning what happens to Christians in Muslim countries—indeed, about what happens in the Muslim world in general.

The fact is, months earlier, numerous reports, not to mention pictures and videos, circulated in the Arabic media about the Muslim Brotherhood’s “torture chambers.”

On January 6—nearly three months before the Fox News report appeared, I wrote the following words in a FrontPage Magazine article, concerning how several Muslim Brotherhood affiliated clerics had

issued fatwas, or Islamic decrees, that all such protesters [against Morsi] are to be fought and killed, regardless of whether they are fellow Muslims, leading to the violent attacks and killings during the uprisings against Morsi, including the “Muslim Brotherhood’s Torture Rooms.”

I linked the phrase “Muslim Brotherhood’s Torture Rooms” back to a December report published by the Arabic-language newspaper Al Masry Al Youm, titled (in translation), “Inside the Brotherhood’s Torture Rooms.”  The report explained in detail the “torture strategy” the Brotherhood was using against protesters (scroll down beneath the Arabic text to see graphic images of some of those tortured). Coptic Solidarity translated and summarized the report as follows:

A recent Al Masry Al Youm report, titled “Inside the Brotherhood Torture Rooms at Itihadiya [one of the presidential palaces]” written during last week’s protests indicates how Egyptian police appear paralyzed before the Muslim Brotherhood’s violence and how the attacks on Mina Philip—who was stripped naked and violently beat—were part of a planned and organized attack by the Brotherhood.  Reporters spent 3 hours inside the Muslim Brotherhood “torture chambers” next to the Itihadiya Palace.  “We were able to enter after an introduction was made by a Brotherhood channel.”  According to the report, the main room has about 15 Muslim Brotherhood well-built men, along with policemen and 3 Brotherhood men in suits; the men in suits decide who gets to be in the room at all times. The process starts with the capture of a protestor opposed to President Morsi or one [who] is suspected of being a demonstrator.  The Brotherhood members start beating the person up as a group all over his body then they drag him to a nearby chamber where they take off his shirt and take his wallet, money and phone.  They later start interrogating him while beating him up and accusing him of receiving funds from opposition members.  They sometimes call their channel to film the “capture of thugs.”  Later, he is taken to the main room where he is beaten up again and his clothes are torn.  His ID is given to a Brotherhood lawyer who takes down his information.  Later, the lawyer would give the person’s ID to the police officer on the scene.

Thus, while Fox News should be commended for its report, that these “torture chambers”—reports of which flooded the Egyptian media— were finally exposed to the American mainstream three months later is a reminder of how woefully in the dark most Americans are when it comes to the truth about the Islamic world.

To a large extent, much of this is caused by Western reporters who simply cannot transcend their own epistemology, who find it hard to believe—and thus report on—the anachronistic absurdities they hear.  Indeed, Fox News seems only to have reported on the Brotherhood’s torture chambers because Muslim mosque leaders—not Egyptian Christians or secularists whose accounts are often dismissed as biased against the Brotherhood—confirmed it, as found in the report’s two opening sentences: “Such stories [of torture chambers] have become increasingly common as tensions between Egypt’s Muslims and Copts mount, but in the latest case, mosque officials corroborated much of the account and even filed a police report”—hence apparently why Fox deemed it legitimate enough to report on.

If Fox News reported on the Brotherhood’s torture chambers only after mosque officials verified it—always a rarity, especially considering that it is mosque leaders who habitually radicalize and incite Muslims against Christians, and cover it up—one can only imagine the la-la-land of make believe the viewers of CNN, BBC, etc., are repeatedly subjected to.

Update: One need not try to imagine anymore.  The narrative being relayed by Western mainstream media concerning events in Egypt—which is very much based on the pro-Brotherhood Al Jazeera’s distortions and lies, which portray as victim the aggressors—has so little to do with reality, especially in comparison to what is being reported by independent Egyptian reporters.  But it does fit the Obama administrations agenda.  More on this later.

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  • Tate

    Thank you immensely Mr. Ibrahim for keeping us informed as to what is really happening behind the scenes in the Islamic world.

  • nur

    i think your article does not make any sense, mr. Ibrahim. not enough proof, lack intellectual logic. clever people won’t believe you.

    • david ramseur

      Did you look at the pictures of the tortured demonstrators in the link. How much more proof do you need?
      I’m not surprised by this or any other evil deed in the demon inspired, demonized and sinister cult of Islam. Islam has shown mountains of evidence every single month of genocide, killings, torture, suicide killings, honor killings, genital mutilation, extortion, kidnappings, forced marriages, sex slaves, racism, subjecting infidels to dhimmitude, taquiyya (lying to gain strategic advantage), targeting school children, throwing acid in woman’s faces, rape, pedophilia, recorded beheadings, crucifxions, amputations, cutting out of tongues, burning down churches and villiages, stonings, anti-semetism, paying money to families of suicide bombers, the use of human shields, etc….. ad nauseum.
      Not only do these atrocities occur within islam, but they are sanctioned by the Quran/Hadith which are the authoritative holy books of Islam. The religion was started by one of the most evil people the world has ever known, Muhammed. He had visions in a cave where he went into epeliptic seizures. He took his tribe’s idol (a black stone) of the ancient arabic moon god allah and exalted it as supreme after destroying all of the other tribe’s idols in Mecca. He then went on a wave of genocide, spreading Islam by the sword. A majority of Islamic verses deal with punishing the unbeliever. It is not that muslims can get radicalized, it is that any orthodox muslim must be a devilish feind. It must be so, because the Quran/Hadith direct him to be so. Also, unlike the bible, the Quran/Hadith is not consistent, containing many blatent contradictions – That allah changes his nature.
      Islam is the worst plague our planet has ever known. But it is protected by PC bull****! How dare anyone be an islamaphobe, regardless of the known nature of Islam. The people held captive to Islam are being led to Hell in droves. The best thing to do is to actually speak truth to power for the salvation of their souls. But that is considered islamaphobic these days. Most muslims are uneducated about Islam. They don’t read the quran/hadith, they know 0 true history about allah, and they are encouraged by their leaders not to inquire. The masses of allahs slaves are told to be like robots, to do whatever their leaders say without question. They want to be good enough in the eyes of allah for their 72 virgins right. There is never any assurance of their ultimate fate though. So they just submit, all the while repressing their God-given conscience! May God have mercy on their souls. May as many as we can reach turn away from this demonic ideology and turn to Jesus for the salvation of their souls.

      • Guest

        I will not discuss the history of religions (or the bloodshed brought on by various religions throughout the history of the world in the name of god) but I will point out to you that I am a Muslim, who believes in the following:

        1. That Muslims, Christians, and Jews are all ‘people of the book’ and our god is one and the same, with slight differences in interpretation.

        2. That the Muslim brotherhood and other groups in Egypt act unislamically when they infringe on human rights. They may refer to excerpts taken out of the Quran that when repeated out of context change completely in meaning (this can be done with any text in the world that is taken out of context).

        3. I would also like to point that in Egypt, the day Morsi was removed both the Sheikh of the Azhar Mosque and the Coptic Christian Patriarch gave a speech together in support of the people (which shows you that the Muslim brotherhood do not represent Islam- their great crime is identifying themselves by this name and tarnishing people’s understanding of Islam all over the world).

        4. Considering the political argument here, which needs to be addressed, the U.S. is not backing the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood, regardless of all the undemocratic actions they took after being elected into office and the will of the majority of Egyptians. Part of a democracy is being able to speak up and remove a president who acts undemocratically even if elected and the U.S. threatened to remove all aid to Egypt if the army supported the People’s will to remove Mohamed Morsi.

        With all that being said, I will agree with you that religion is used by all religions as a political force to control people, and unfortunately uneducated citizens are usually the worst victims.

      • DoreyaK

        @david ramseur: I will not discuss the history of religions (or the bloodshed brought on by various religions throughout the history of the world in the name of god) but I will point out to you that I am a Muslim, who believes in the following:

        1. That Muslims, Christians, and Jews are all ‘people of the book’ and our god is one and the same, with slight differences in interpretation.

        2. That the Muslim brotherhood and other groups in Egypt act unislamically when they infringe on human rights. They may refer to excerpts taken out of the Quran that when repeated out of context change completely in meaning (this can be done with any text in the world that is taken out of context).

        3. I would also like to point that in Egypt, the day Morsi was removed both the Sheikh of the Azhar Mosque and the Coptic Christian Patriarch gave a speech together in support of the people (which shows you that the Muslim brotherhood do not represent Islam- their great crime is identifying themselves by this name and tarnishing people’s understanding of Islam all over the world).

        4. Considering the political argument here, which needs to be addressed, the U.S. is not backing the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood, regardless of all the undemocratic actions they took after being elected into office and the will of the majority of Egyptians. Part of a democracy is being able to speak up and remove a president who acts undemocratically even if elected and the U.S. threatened to remove all aid to Egypt if the army supported the People’s will to remove Mohamed Morsi.

        With all that being said, I will agree with you that religion is used by all religions as a political force to control people, and unfortunately uneducated citizens are usually the worst victims.

    • ReyR

      By clever people, do you mean those who memorize a long context-free book in arabic even without knowing the language? Or people who bury their sisters and nieces alive in their backyard for dating a kuffar boy? Or those who stick to a calendar that does not have anything to do with seasons? Or perhaps people who have no opinion other than what the mullah told them?

  • calico_kitty

    Thank you, sir…were it not for your site, those of us who are deeply concerned about terror, the truth and just what true freedom really is, we would be hopelessly in the dark, I’m afraid. May God bless you.

  • Magic_Man_in_the_Sky

    Remember that “president” Obama supports these people…….and their methods.