Homeland Defense Richard Falknor on 09 Dec 2013
UPDATE DECEMBER 11! Andrew McCarthy in his NRO post “Raising a Jihadi Generation” here explains –“A while back, my friend John Guandolo, a marine combat veteran and former FBI counterterrorism agent, had an important idea. The Obama administration had recently purged the instructional materials used to train our government’s national security agents – law-enforcement, intelligence and military – about the threat posed by Muslim jihadists. Under the new training, the threat would no longer be recognizable. Obama theory, you see, holds that the threat is not jihadist terror and the Islamic supremacist ideology that catalyzes it. Instead, it is ‘violent extremism,’ disconnected from any identifiable belief system – and, the administration cannot emphasize enough, having absolutely nothing to do with Islam … something a young agent better understand if he or she harbors any hope of being promoted up the ranks.” (Highlighting Forum’s.) Read it all.
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Judicial Watch: FBI Purged “Offensive” Terrorist & Subversion Training Material
“Where the FDR administration had Harry Hopkins, Lauchlin Currie, Harry Dexter White and Alger Hiss – among others – to engage in espionage, subversion and influence operations as agents, ‘fellow travelers,’ dupes and ‘useful idiots’ for the Soviet Union, so too, does the Obama administration have this generation’s agents of influence who would advance the interests of the Islamists.” — Judicial Watch special report.
Today Judicial Watch (JW) released an important special report here: “U.S. Government Purges of Law Enforcement Training Material Deemed ‘Offensive’ to Muslims,” prepared under the direction of JW research chief Christopher Farrell.
JW president Thomas Fitton paints the larger picture –
“This Special Report documents the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) purge of anti-terrorism training material and curricula deemed ‘offensive’ to Muslims. The curricula purge occurred following a February 8, 2012, meeting between FBI Director Robert Mueller and various Islamic organizations. This purge is part of a broader Islamist ‘influence operation’ aimed at our government and Constitution.”
The special report reveals important snapshots of the “Islamist Influence Operation” into our government. JW defines these terms below–
“The terms ‘active measures’ (aktivnyye meropriyatiya) and ‘influence operations’ were used by the Soviet Union to describe covert and deceptive activities carried out in support of its foreign policy objectives. The United States Department of State documented and reported the Soviets’ campaign. We use the terms in the same way to describe the activities of the Islamists.”
The Case of Anwar al Aulaqi
JW details a major Islamist influence operation — the career of Anwar al Aulaqi — a story that leaves many questions yet unanswered:
“American Islamists also engage in influence operations and active measures operations. Anwar al Aulaqi, a U.S. citizen and militant imam of the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia is a perfect example. He is described as the ‘spiritual leader’ and inspiration of the 9/11 hijackers; the Fort Hood murderer, U.S. Army Major Nidal Hassan; and the 2009 Christmas Day (attempted) airline bomber, Umar Farouk Abudulmutallab of Nigeria, and others. . . .
Aulaqi presented himself publicly as the face of moderate Islam in America. He gave a number of media interviews and appeared on National Geographic; National Public Radio; and, in the New York Times. . . . On February 5, 2002 Aulaqi had lunch in the dining room of the Secretary of Defense and made a presentation to Pentagon brass, as part of the military’s outreach to the Muslim community. . . . Aulaqi was killed in Yemen by a Hellfire missile fired from a Predator drone on September 30, 2011. . . . His death leaves many unanswered questions”
Islamists Working in This Administration
Both the Bush and the Obama Administration have much to answer for — from the willful blindness to the Islamists of the Bush Administration to the active encouragement of Islamists by the Obama Administration.
Things did take a worsening turn in the Obama administration.
JW points to a significant October 19, 2011 meeting of Islamist voices with then Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez, as Neil Munro reported that year.
Related JW –
“On Wednesday, October 19, 2011, activists and advocates from Islamist pressure groups met with officials from the Obama Justice Department, including the then-chief of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, Thomas Perez, at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Islamist advocates demanded that the Justice Department reduce anti-terror priorities and funding; change agents’ training materials; restrict investigators from looking into certain Muslim-related subjects; and create a new legal declaration that any U.S. citizens’ criticism of Islam constitutes the crime of racial discrimination. Mr. Perez warmly received the Islamists demands and promised action.”
The JW report lists five of the “Islamist influence operators” in the Obama Administration: Rashad Hussain, Huma Abedin, Daliah Mogahed, Momamed Elibiary, and Mohamed Magid. (Click here for one of our posts on Huma Abedin; and here for one of our posts on Mohamed Magid.)
The special report concludes–
“The country is less safe when we allow Islamists to tell the FBI how to train its agents and do its job. . . . The FBI’s purge of so called ‘offensive’ material is political correctness run amok and it puts the nation at risk. . . . The FBI is rewriting history in order to help AQ [al Qaeda], the MB [Muslim Brotherhood] and their affiliates.”
And most important, JW declares–
“It is fair to say that not a single U.S. government employee goes to work each morning with the mission of identifying and defeating the Islamists’ active measures campaigns. . . . No federal agency spends much time, if any, on countering deception campaigns. The agencies are reticent to vigorously pursue internal security reviews and routine counterintelligence programs. Large bureaucratic institutions are reluctant to ‘disturb’ operations with examinations for deception and manipulation. Those same organizations are loathe to raise those subjects in congressional appropriations requests and hearings fearing any political criticism. Until there is someone with the job of defeating the Islamist active measures campaign targeting our nation – and resourced to roll back the Islamists and win – the United States and her citizens are in grave peril.”
(Highlighting Forum’s throughout this post.)
So What Can The Conservative Grass Roots Do About All This?
First, Tea Partiers and the conservative grass roots can prod their House GOP members to discuss publicly these Islamist active measures campaigns.
In Maryland and Virginia, apparently only Representative Frank Wolf has acted positively on these matters, both to Bell the Grover Norquist Cat and to probe the Islamic Saudi Academy in Fairfax County.
Second, Tea Partiers in Maryland and Virginia should put Islamist active measures campaigns on their discussion agenda and invite state lawmakers to address the threat.
And perhaps most crucial — we should all take the time to study this well documented JW report, whose highlights we could only touch on in a blog post.
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Faithful readers may wish to revisit some of our earlier related posts on the Islamist threat.