Muslims in State Department, Defense Department, and CIA debate quitting

Muslims working in the State Department, Defense Department, and intelligence agencies like the CIA wonder if, with the election of Donald Trump, they should quit their jobs.

The employees are on edge about everything from retaining their security clearances to the possibility of discriminatory treatment under Trump, whose top aides include known peddlers of conspiracy theories about Islamists infiltrating the U.S. government.

"I feel apprehensive," a Muslim intelligence official told POLITICO. "I fear that – whatever white power movement or equivalent all of a sudden feels empowered by the president-elect, whatever tidbits of that community make their way into government – at the most basic level people who are brown, Middle Eastern, Muslim or Sikh or whatever will either be looked at with a lens of suspicion or concern, or something more overt may take place."

... [O]thers fear Trump aides may make moves that are hard to prove as being based on overt ethnic or religious discrimination, such as simply appointing fewer Muslims or other minorities to prominent posts at State, the Department of Homeland Security, the Pentagon or elsewhere.

"My initial reaction was, 'Oh my God, should we quit and leave?'" said a State Department official of Muslim heritage who – like most sources contacted for this story – was unwilling to speak on the record for fear of angering the new administration. "People are still struggling to understand what it means right now. Does it make sense to stay on board? Do you wait to see what the policies are going to be?"

I would be very disappointed if Muslims working at the most sensitive levels of the government quit their jobs.  I sleep better at night knowing that wonderful Muslims are working tirelessly to protect us at the most senior levels of the CIA, Department of Defense, and the State Department...unless they aren't committed to fighting the war on radical Islamic terror.

If they won't name radical Islam at the enemy we are fighting, they should resign.

If they view Donald Trump as more of an enemy than ISIS, they should resign.

If they have a problem with focusing on certain mosques and Muslim groups like CAIR to locate terrorists, they should resign.

If they have an objection to limiting immigration from countries where Muslim terrorists come from, they should resign.

If they blame America for terrorism rather than terrorists themselves, they should resign.

But I hope they don't have any problems with these policies.  I sure would be sad to see them go.

Ed Straker is the senior writer at

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