Juliette N. Kayyem entered government service with the FBI in 1995 and rose quickly, becoming an advisor to Attorney General Janet Reno. In 1999, she was appointed to the National Commission on Terrorism at the request of Dick Gephardt. [1] After the commission issued its final report in 2000, Kayyem left the government to be the executive director of the program on domestic preparedness at the Kennedy School. [2] In her political activities, Kayyem raised $11,000 for the election of Deval Patrick as governor of Massachussetts in 2006 and was subsequently named as state Undersecretary of Homeland Security. [3]

From 2009 to 2010, Kayyem served as Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. In this position, she "led the Department's preparation for the gubernatorial transitions that will result from the 2010 elections, to ensure incoming administrations have a solid foundation in homeland security and Department efforts, programs, and resources." At this time she was the most senior Arab-American woman in the Obama administration. [4] Kayyem is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. [5]

Trentadue Mission Edit

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While at the FBI in 1997, Kayyem participated with Eric Holder in the "Trentadue mission" disinformation campaign to cover up the torture and killing of Kenneth Trentadue. [6]

Dubai Initiative Edit

At Harvard, Kayyem was co-faculty chair of the Dubai Initiative which was funded by the United Arab Emirates. [4] The first paper released by the Dubai Initiative in 2005 was a call for "European engagement with moderate Islamists" to promote "a genuine representation of the popular will through peaceful means". "Moderate" groups are defined as those seeking to establish a more extreme theocracy through peaceful means rather than violently overthrowing their current Muslim rulers, and a list of such "moderates" includes the Muslim Brotherhood. [7]

Support for al-Jazeera Edit

In 2011, Kayyem advocated for the Qatari state television network al-Jazeera. At the time, Qatar was one of the leading state sponsors of Muslim Brotherhood activities. [8]

Commentary on 9/11 Edit

For the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Kayyem condemned whoever would consider the relationship between al-Qaeda and the United States to be a state of war. [9]

Support for Huma Abedin Edit

In 2012, Kayyem condemned Michelle Bachmann for requesting that US counterintelligence services vet several people who Bachmann had accused of being Muslim Brotherhood agents or under Brotherhood influence. In her writing, Kayyem upheld the Muslim Brotherhood as the true voice of Islam by describing Bachmann's suspicions about Muslim Brotherhood influence as objections about Islam's influence on America's policy. [10]

Commentary on the Boston Marathon bombing Edit

In April 2013, Kayyem appeared on CNN as a "homeland security expert" to discourage anyone from associating the Boston Marathon bombers with Islamic extremism and to discourage the notion that they may have had a supporting network. [11] In another CNN appearance two days earlier, Kayyem had claimed wrongly that "we have not had a successful small scale terrorist attack since 9/11." [12]

References Edit

  1. Camelia Kumari, Juliette Kayyem, Harvard University, 2006 August 7,
  2. Felicity Barringer, New Tactic of Terrorists Is to Attack Messengers, New York Times, 2001 October 15,
  3. David S. Bernstein, The Green Governor?, Boston Phoenix, 2007 March 7,
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  6. Juliette Kayyem, Trentadue mission, letter to orange.of21.SMO01!WINSTON, FBI, 1997 October 1 07:41 PM,
  7. Emad Shahin, Engaging Political Islam, the Dubai Initiative, 2005, with PDF author: Rob Blackhurst,
  8. Juliette Kayyem, Let US see Al Jazeera, Boston Globe, 2011 February 14,
  9. Juliette Kayyem, The war on terror is over, Boston Globe, 2011 September 10,
  10. Juliette Kayyem, Michelle Bachmann's anti-Muslim Paranoia, 2012 July 19, Boston Globe via the Belfer Center at Harvard University,
  11. Juliette Kayyem, BREAKING NEWS: Boston Marathon Bombing Manhunt, CNN transcript, 2013 April 19,
  12. Juliette Kayyem, Conflicting Reports On Bombing Arrest; Justice Department: No Arrest Made, CNN transcript, 2013 April 17,
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