September 23, 2011 |
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FBI has promised a “comprehensive review of all training and reference materials,” but Ackerman, in an article published today, reveals that the work of well-known Islamophobes
permeates the FBI’s training culture and the internal reference resources available to FBI agents.
reports that the mandatory online orientation material for the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs), included the
following description of Sunni Muslims:
Muslims have been prolific in spawning numerous and varied fundamentalist extremist terrorist organizations. Sunni core doctrine and end state
have remained the same and they continue to strive for Sunni Islamic domination of the world to prove a key
Quranic assertion that no system of government or religion on earth can match the Quran’s purity and effectiveness for
paving the road to God.
examination of the FBI’s library in Quantico, which is not open to the public, revealed that the Bureau stocks a wide
range of resources on Islam but includes a number of books by well known anti-Islam authors Daniel Pipes and Robert Spencer.
and Spencer are featured prominently in the Center for American Progress’ new report, “Fear, Inc.,” which outlines the small but influential group of individuals
and institutions who help promote anti-Muslim hatred in the U.S.
who claims that “Islam is not a religion of peace” and has suggested that President Obama may be a Muslim, gained
notoriety after it was revealed that Norwegian terrorist Anders Brevik’s manifesto included 162 references to Spencer and his blog Jihad Watch.
famously observed that “all immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than
most.” He also plays a key role in the Islamophobia echo chamber by repeating the falsehood that Obama is a former Muslim
who “practiced Islam.”
combination of Islamophobic presentation and the FBI’s apparent endorsement of noted anti-Muslim “experts”
like Spencer and Pipes raises serious questions about the FBI’s counterterrorism training and the Bureau’s understanding
of Muslim Americans.
this month, the Seattle Times reported on a disastrous presentation by an FBI agent at
a community outreach workshop. The failed presentation offers insights into how federal law enforcement officers’ training
has seriously hampered their ability to engage with Muslim communities.