FBI Learning to Disconnect the Dots
A new campaign has been opened by Muslim Brotherhood front groups in the United States against federal agencies charged with conducting counterterrorism investigations. The strategic goal is to eradicate completely all references to Islam, Muslims, or the Qu'ran from training materials on violent extremism and terrorism. Spokesmen for the Ikhwan are threatening the Department of Justice to get rid of the "anti-Muslim" training materials, or else the feds can kiss all the invaluable cooperation they're getting from the "community" goodbye.
As reported in The Daily Caller, the Obama administration, in a completely unsurprising reaction, is "pulling back all training materials used for the law enforcement and national security communities, in order to eliminate all references to Islam that some Muslim groups have claimed are offensive." TPM Muckraker, in a highly dishonest article, credits to Attorney General Eric Holder a statement that "training materials that portray Islam as a religion of violence or with a tendency towards violence ... will not be tolerated." (The statement is actually that of an obscure and severely dhimmified Assistant U.S. Attorney, Dwight C. Holton. Holton brags that his Oregon office produced a "37-page complaint" against Christmas-tree bomber Mohamed Mohamud in which the al-Qaeda-inspired jihadist was "never once identified as a Muslim.")
This latest defeat for national security began in September with an article by Spencer Ackerman in Wired magazine's Danger Room blog. Focusing on a recent briefing of FBI agents at Quantico presented by FBI intelligence analyst William Gawthrop (which you can view here), Ackerman purports to expose FBI agents being taught that violent and radical themes common to jihadists are not "fringe" Islamic values, but "main stream."
Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), followed up with an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times on October 19, decrying the Quantico briefing's "bigoted and inflammatory views on Muslims." MPAC's identity as a Muslim Brotherhood front is well-established, functioning, according the The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report, "as the political lobbying arm of the U.S. Brotherhood," and opposing "virtually every count-terror initiative undertaken or proposed by the U.S. government."
ITEM: simultaneously with Al-Marayati's LA Times op-ed MPAC published an "Action Alert" opposing proposed House and Senate funding bills that will required the Department of Homeland Security to designate an official to "counter homegrown violent Islamist extremism." Why? Because MPAC objects to the use of "religiously laden terminology such as 'Islamist.'"
Al-Marayati, in addition to complaining about the "bigoted and inflammatory" views FBI agents were exposed to at Quantico, mentions in his op-ed that:
Wired also found a 2010 presentation by an analyst working for the U.S. attorney's office in Pennsylvania that warns of a " 'Civilizational Jihad' stretching back from the dawn of Islam and waged today in the U.S. by 'civilians, juries, lawyers, media, academia and charities' who threaten 'our values.' The goal of that war: 'Replacement of American Judeo-Christian and Western liberal social, political and religious foundations by Islam.'"
Al-Marayati says these are "baseless and inflammatory claims." But he knows perfectly well that no FBI intelligence analyst invented the phrase "Civilizational Jihad." He ought to recognize it from "An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America," the internal Ikhwan memo first obtained by the FBI and presented in the Holy Land Foundation trial in Texas in 2007.
As Andrew C. McCarthy has written of the memo in his 2010 book, The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America:
It is not every day that, even as the game is being played, the opposition's playbook falls into your hands, telling you, chapter and verse, exactly how he intends to beat your brains in. Yet the United States has long been in possession of the Muslim Brotherhood's playbook - in multiple iterations, as a matter of fact.
A fat lot of good the playbook will do if FBI agents are prohibited from opening it. Al-Marayati is now demanding "a new 'interagency task force' to review the training materials - a task force including representatives of the Islamist organizations the FBI is tasked with monitoring."
First, feds can't say "Islamist" and "extremist" in the same sentence. Next, they won't be allowed to say when a dot's a dot.
TR Clancy is the pen name of a Dearborn, MI blogger. His writing can be seen at Dearborn Underground.