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CAIRO, Egypt Apr 7, 2007 (AP)— A top U.S. Democratic congressman met a leader of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's most powerful rival, the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, U.S. officials and the Islamist group said Saturday.
Visiting House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer met with the head of the Muslim Brotherhood's parliamentary bloc, Mohammed Saad el-Katatni, twice on Thursday once at the parliament building and then at the home of the U.S. ambassador to Egypt, said Brotherhood spokesman Hamdi Hassan.
§ 953. Private correspondence with foreign governments.
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply himself, or his agent, to any foreign government, or the agents thereof, for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.
1 Stat. 613, January 30, 1799, codified at 18 U.S.C. § 953 (2004).
Originally posted by UM_Gazz
Just a thought here, in this case since it is an "outlawed group" will that law apply here? Because this group has no official government position, and is not a sanctioned foreign power.
I really think that diplomatic trips are, and should be cleared by top US officials, so apparently these meetings had to have been arranged by US security officials no?
The Not-So-Moderate Muslim Brotherhood
This month’s Foreign Affairs from the Council on Foreign Relations features an in-depth look into the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) (Ikhwan al-Muslimeen) by Robert S. Leiken and Steven Brooke. Leiken and Brooke attempt to make the case for a pragmatic engagement of what they call the “Moderate Muslim Brotherhood” as an organization whose “relative moderation offers Washington a notable opportunity for engagement.” Borrowing from their own meetings with MB leadership from across the Middle East and Europe, they navigate the dizzying number of national permutations of the MB theme from Hassan al-Turabi in Sudan to Yusef al-Qaradawi in Qatar to Kamal el-Helbawi in the U.K. to name a few. As an example of what Leiken and Brooke believe to be the “moderate” stance of the Muslim Brotherhood, they note:
He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls
Scope of Presidential Powers
An executive agreement can only be negotiated and entered into through the president's authority
Bay Area Congresswoman Meets with Muslim Brotherhood
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) -- Democratic Representative Barbara Lee of Oakland was part of a bipartisan U.S. delegation that met with a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization banned in Egypt and shunned by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
The delegation, which also included House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, first met with Sudanese officials about the situation in Darfur before traveling to Egypt. Lee said between 20 and 25 members of the Egyptian Parliament were chosen to meet with the delegation.
Hoyer: No Meeting With Muslim Group
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - A top U.S. Democratic congressman said he did not have ``personal meetings'' with a member of Egypt's largest opposition group, the banned Muslim Brotherhood, during a recent official trip, a spokeswoman for the American lawmaker said Sunday.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's spokeswoman, Stacey Bernards, said the Maryland Democrat and his bipartisan delegation participated in a meeting Thursday with members of Egypt's parliament including Mohammed Saad el-Katatni, who is the leader of the Brotherhood's parliamentary bloc.
Hoyer also ``spoke briefly'' with el-Katatni later Thursday at a reception at the U.S. ambassador to Egypt's home, Bernards said.
Originally posted by djohnsto77
These aren't official U.S. diplomatic ventures. Members of Congress have no more right to engage in diplomacy on behalf of the United States as you or I do. That is solely the realm of the President and his Secretary of State.
The Logan Act is a United States federal law that forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. It was passed in 1799 and last amended in 1994. Violation of the Logan Act is a felony, punishable under federal law with imprisonment of up to three years.
The text of the Act is broad and is addressed at ANY attempt of a US citizen to conduct foreign relations without authority.
Passed under the administration of President John Adams, during tension between the U.S. and France, it was informally named for Dr. George Logan of Pennsylvania, a state legislator (and later US Senator) and pacifist who in 1798 engaged in semi-negotiations with France during the Quasi-War.
Egyptian police detain more Brotherhood members
CAIRO, (Reuters) - Egyptian police detained 10 members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood on Thursday evening and Friday morning, part of a wider crackdown that has seen dozens arrested since late last year, the organisation said.
Nine of the detentions were in the Nile Delta province of Beheira northwest of Cairo and one in the capital, the Islamist group's Web site www.ikhwanonline.com said.