Published 02/10/2011 - 1:40 p.m. CST
WASHINGTON, DC – The Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, testified before Congress today that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is a secular and benign organization.
Clapper said, “The term ‘Muslim Brotherhood’…is an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam.”
Clapper also said. “They have pursued social ends, a betterment of the political order in Egypt, et cetera…..In other countries, there are also chapters or franchises of the Muslim Brotherhood, but there is no overarching agenda, particularly in pursuit of violence, at least internationally.”