A request has been made for President Barack Obama’s administration to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. The request was posted as a petition on the White House website and it quickly gained the necessary signatures for the administration to consider the request.
The “We the People” petition program, which was set up by the White House late last year, states that all requests must receive some sort of response from the administration when 150 signatures are added within the first 30 days and the petition gains 100,000 signatures by the second 30 days.
Fox News reports that the goal was met in less than a month with the petition hitting more than 130,000 signatures as of Thursday. The petition, which as of Sunday morning had more than 166,000 signatures, was posted on July 7.
The petition on petitions.whitehouse.gov states, “Muslim Brotherhood has a long history of violent killings & terrorizing opponents. Also MB has direct ties with most terrorist groups like Hamas.”
It also reads, “We ask the US government to declare MB as a terrorist group for a safer future for all of us.”
The administration has remained relatively quiet about the Brotherhood’s recent methods in Egypt while Morsi was in power.
“The Muslim Brotherhood has surely inspired or spawned terrorist organizations, I don’t know that the Brotherhood itself has engaged in specific terrorist activities itself,” Lawrence Haas, a former senior White House official and current Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the American Foreign Policy Council told FoxNews.com.