US civil liberties criticise plans to proscribe Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group a

US civil liberties groups have slammed plans by members of Congress to proscribe the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group, Al Jazeera report.

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the legislation, tabled by Republican senators Ted Cruz and Mario Diaz-Balart and supported by the Trump administration, could lead to a “witch hunt”.

The bill, titled the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act, was submitted in January shortly before President Donald Trump took power.

It accuses the group of plotting a “grand jihad” to destroy Western civilisation from within.

“This potent threat to our civilisation has intensified under the Obama administration due to the wilful blindness of politically correct policies that hamper our safety and security,” Cruz said in statement accompanying the bill.

He further accused the former US president of overseeing a “detente” with the group, which has renounced violence.