Us Casts Wary Eye On Muslim Brotherhood In Egypt

02.16.11 | FL News Team

(Washington, DC)  --  The U.S. is keeping a wary eye on the Muslim Brotherhood after the resignation of longtime Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.  Testifying in a Senate hearing today, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the U.S. is closely watching for signs of a political agenda.  The Islamist group has released a statement saying it plans to form its own political party.  CIA Director Leon Panetta said there are extremist elements within the Muslim Brotherhood who could promote further instability in Egypt.

The U.S. has not officially said whether it would oppose the Brotherhood having any role in the new Egyptian government.  Some U.S. officials have raised concerns about the conservative Muslim group's anti-American rhetoric.  Meantime, Clapper said the Brotherhood probably does not favor Egypt's long-running peace treaty with Israel.  He also called the group a "large, heterogeneous global organization whose agenda and impact differ from country to country."