A Syrian-American advocacy group with Muslim Brotherhood links and a history of misrepresenting jihadist groups as moderates recently completed a weekend-long training session with left-wing activists on lobbying Congress and how to do demonstrations.
The Syrian American Council (SAC) organized the "Revolution Bootcamp: The 7th Anniversary of the Syrian Revolution," held at the New America Foundation. A group called Beautiful Trouble, which "exists to make nonviolent revolution irresistible," led much of the training.
The SAC has misrepresented Syrian rebel groups as moderate, despite their jihadist orientations. It succeeded in persuading the Obama administration to arm these groups.
The Syrian opposition "has increasingly become more defined by its moderation, more defined by the breadth of its membership, and more defined by its adherence to some, you know, democratic process and to an all-inclusive, minority-protecting constitution," Kerry said in 2013 during congressional testimony.