A Mosque in Munich Highlights


The existence of a freelance West German intelligence operation with strong ties to the Nazi past: 
• Nazi official Gerhard von Mende’s “Research Service Eastern Europe” recreated key elements of the Reich Ministry for the Occupied Eastern Territory (“Ostministerium”).
• The operation hired almost exclusively former Nazi employees.
• It was funded by the West German foreign office and other ministries in Bonn.
• A key goal was revising eastward the border with Poland.
• Von Mende was recruited by U.S. intelligence, even though his Nazi past was well known.
• West Germany conceived of the Islamic Center of Munich as a way to bind local Muslims to the West German state.


How “Amcomlib” (the American Committee for Liberation from Bolshevism) tried to sway the Muslim world through covert propaganda: 
• Amcomlib’s use of Muslims to counter Soviet expansion in the Third World, including sending Muslims on the Hajj.
• Amcomlib’s sponsorship of Muslim Brotherhood figures exiled in Europe, especially of Said Ramadan, son-in-law of the founder of the Brotherhood.
• Amcomlib’s rivalry with West German intelligence for control of the Muslims in Munich.
• Details of the U.S. retreat from the mosque project, probably due to a growing emphasis on Vietnam, which left the field to the Muslim Brotherhood.


The existence of a rogue intelligence operation surrounding a popular U.S. author, Ahmad Kamal: 
• Kamal’s real name and identity.
• Kamal’s background as an author of books published, among others, by prestigious U.S. publishing houses.
• Kamal’s creation of Jami’at al-Islami, a charity that was a CIA front operation.
• Kamal’s likely involvement in gun-running to anti-French Algerian rebels.
• Kamal’s involvement in Islamist causes in Indonesia.
• Kamal’s efforts to hijack the Munich mosque project from Amcomlib.
• The self-destruction of Jami’at and Kamal’s subsequent intelligence career in Burma.


The expansion of the Brotherhood from Munich to France and the U.K. 
• Details of key previously unknown Brotherhood strategy meetings in the 1970s and ‘80s that set a course for expansion.
• The Brotherhood’s influence of religious life through a fatwa council in Ireland, an umbrella group in the U.K. and a lobby group in Brussels. All these groups are direct descendants to the Munich mosque.
• The involvement of people associated with the Munich mosque in terrorism, including the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington.


Continued U.S. flirting with the Muslim Brotherhood through the Bush and Obama administrations. 
• Classified CIA documents from the Bush administration showing a benevolent view of the Brotherhood.
• Classified State Department from the Bush administration documents showing a clear plan to use radical Islam to further U.S. foreign policy. This includes backing meetings of Brotherhood figures.
• Efforts by the State Department to undermine skeptics in Allied countries who do not want to work with Islamists. This includes sponsoring Islamists in Germany.
• Initial moves by the Obama administration to court Islamists.