In December 1948, the Egyptian government released a decree ordering the dissolution of the Society. The police had discovered caches of bombs and other weapons accumulated by the secret apparatus, and though the Brothers insisted that these were for use in the Arab-Israeli war, the government suspected that the Brothers were planning revolution; it was also keen to remove what it saw as one of the main causes of the general political unrest that had become increasingly violent, and increasingly threatening to its authority, since the end of the Second World War.
Moreover, because the Brotherhood had its own hospitals, factories and schools, as well as an army in the form of the secret apparatus, the government saw it as a potential parallel state, which Egyptians might come to see as more legitimate than the official oneSeveral years later Nasser pretty much finished them off, at least for awhile. What followed was an underground movement that gave many AQ terrorists their starts in Islamism. The Brotherhood returned by decrying violence and showing themselves as a moderate political entity. But they are what they are.
Which leads to today, against the fading backdrop of an Arab Spring, as a new Egyptian ruling military government has banned the Brotherhood again:
An Egyptian court on Monday ordered the Muslim Brotherhood to be banned and its assets confiscated in a dramatic escalation of a crackdown by the military-backed government against supporters of the ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.Where is Morsi, by the way?
At the same time the banning of the Brothers in Egypt may open a can over recent reports in the Libyan press about possible Egyptian Brotherhood connections in the Benghazi attack, illustrated by Walid Shoebat.
In other words, if Morsi was somehow operating the puppet strings or had ordered MB proxy groups to kidnap Christopher Stevens so they could trade him for someone like the Blind Sheikh (Morsi's backers were pressuring him over this) that might explain a lot of things. Meanwhile the arrest of Clinton pal Gehad Haddad sure does nothing to dispel the crazy suggestions of congressman Gohmert and Michele Bachmann, who mentioned Hillary's Gal Friday Huma Abedin. But the left will probably live on in their blissful world where enemies and 'hate groups' are all of a domestic flavor.