Islamic terrorism is sadly back in the headlines. After an Uzbekistan citizen committed the worst act of terror in New York since 9/11, many people are raising questions about America’s immigration policies — and about the approach to radical Muslim groups in general.
Earlier this year, the watchdog group Judicial Watch summarized an alarming problem that reached its peak during the Obama administration: Political correctness within the FBI was forcing law enforcement officials to essentially pretend that radical Islam wasn’t a problem.
Based on documents obtained through court orders and Freedom of Information Act requests, Judicial Watch presented its stunning claim.
In a “purge” led by then-director Robert Mueller, the FBI met with Muslim groups and agreed to dramatically change and curtail its personnel training with regard to hard-line Islam.
“The agency eliminated the valuable anti-terrorism training material and curricula after Mueller met with various Islamist organizations, including those with documented ties to terrorism,” Judicial Watch revealed.
“Among them were two organizations— Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)—named by the U.S. government as unindicted co-conspirators in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation terrorist financing case.”
You read that right: Even though groups like CAIR have known connections to organizations which defend or even outright support terrorism, the FBI caved in to their demands and watered down education and training programs for bureau staff.
“CAIR is a terrorist front group with extensive links to foreign and domestic Islamists. It was founded in 1994 by three Middle Eastern extremists (Omar Ahmad, Nihad Awad and Rafeeq Jaber) who ran the American propaganda wing of Hamas, known then as the Islamic Association for Palestine,” explained Judicial Watch.
“The records obtained as part of Judicial Watch’s lawsuit show that Mueller, who served 12 years as FBI chief, met with the Islamist organizations on February 8, 2012 to hear their demands,” the non-partisan organization continued.
“Shortly later the director assured the Muslim groups that he had ordered the removal of presentations and curricula on Islam from FBI offices nationwide,” stated Judicial Watch.
There are several specific examples of training documents and reference materials that were deemed “offensive” by the FBI.
“Here are some of the reasons provided by Mueller’s FBI for getting rid of ‘offensive’ training documents: ‘Article is highly inflammatory and inaccurately argues the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization.’ It’s crucial to note that Mueller himself had previously described the Muslim Brotherhood as a group that supports terrorism in the U.S. and overseas when his agency provided this ludicrous explanation,” explained the watchdog group.
“Here’s more training material that offended the terrorist groups, according to the FBI files provided to Judicial Watch: An article claiming Al Qaeda is ‘clearly linked’ to the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing; The Qur’an is not the teachings of the Prophet, but the revealed word of God; Sweeping generality of ‘Those who fit the terrorist profile best (for the present at least) are young male immigrants of Middle Eastern appearance;’ conflating Islamic Militancy with terrorism. The list goes on and on,” summarized Judicial Watch.
Notice a pattern? In each case, the claims are well known as true and backed up by several sources, but the bureau still gave in to the demands of political correctness in order to placate Islamic groups.
You cannot “wish” a problem out of existence or fix a bad situation by ignoring it. Political correctness is a form of dishonesty, and that comes with serious consequences.
Sometimes, the consequence is an Uzbek terrorist who exploited soft immigration policies to murder eight people. Something needs to change.
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