A threat assessment conducted at Virginia Tech University that serves as a model for other schools ignores the threat of Islamic terrorism, giving students and their parents a false sense of security, according to former federal counter-terrorism agent.
P. David Gaubatz, who conducted threat assessments as a U.S. federal agent for more than two decades, contends the assessment, which was mandated by the Virginia General Assembly, has been hindered by political correctness.
“The authorities are looking into many areas that can lead to violence on a campus but are not reviewing any links to violence by Islamic leaders or Islamic groups that support terrorism against innocent people,” he writes in an article for Family Security Matters.
Gaubatz notes that Virginia Tech suffered the loss of 32 members of its student body and faculty April 16, 2007, when Seung-Hui Cho opened fire on the Blacksburg, Va., campus. He says that while the murders committed that day were not connected to Islam, Virginia Tech has a tie to violent Islamic ideologies, according to his research.
Significantly, the security measures the school has taken in response to the massacre have been watched nationwide, he notes.
He cites a Roanoke Times piece that reported the pressure on campuses to prevent acts of violence and the fact that Virginia Tech, through its experience, “has become a teacher to universities across the country, and in other countries, on how to better manage those risks.”
Gaubatz was an active duty Air Force special agent for 20 years. The first U.S. federal agent to enter Iraq in 2003, he currently conducts counter-terrorism research for non-profit organizations.
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Many of the documents were cited in a book David Gaubatz co-authored with Paul Sperry, “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America.” The book presents evidence for the Islamic group’s link to radical jihad, recounting its origin as a front group for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, the worldwide movement that has stated its intent to transform the U.S. into a Saudi-style Islamic state.
After the Virginia Tech massacre, Gaubatz began conducting extensive research into the threat of violence on the Blacksburg campus by Islamic-based terrorist groups.
He and his researchers visited several surrounding Muslim centers, including the Islamic Center of Blacksburg, where they discovered the president, Sedki Riad, also was a professor of engineering at Virginia Tech.
“Riad provided my researchers and me with very violent materials which were stamped by the Saudi government,” Gaubatz says.
The materials called for using violence to turn the U.S. into an Islamic nation and bring the entire world under the authority of Shariah, or Islamic law, he points out.
According to Gaubatz, Riad affirmed that he wanted to establish Shariah in the U.S. and said he was upset about working at Virginia Tech.
“He felt Islamic leaders and students were being oppressed on that campus and that something should be done to stop it,” Gaubatz writes.
Gaubatz noted that Riad was one of the religious leaders who prayed at the campus memorial for the students and faculty who were killed.
Gaubatz says he provided the Virginia Tech Police Department with an outline of the violent material he had obtained, which included video and audio of “Riad’s rantings” about his dislike of Virginia Tech and his desire to help establish Shariah in America.
Both the Virginia Tech police and the FBI declined to investigate, however.
Virginia Tech police said they couldn’t investigate because they had a major college football game under way and could not spend their officers’ time elsewhere, according to Gaubatz. The FBI argued the matter was religious and Riad had a First Amendment right to distribute the violent material and to express his views.
“Although an educated guess on my part,” Gaubatz writes, “I believe if I’d reported a non-Muslim Virginia Tech student distributing on campus material calling for violence and sedition, the matter would have been thoroughly investigated.”
Gaubatz also notes Virginia Tech’s close association with the Muslim Student Association and the Council on Islamic American Relations, or CAIR.
“Both of these organizations have strong and proven ties to supporting Hamas and the same violent ideology of al-Qaida and the Taliban,” Gaubatz writes. “No campus in America is safe from violence when these organizations freely operate inside our schools.”
Warnings before Fort Hood masscre
Gaubatz notes that before the Fort Hood massacre, his team had researched mosques and Islamic centers attended by Maj. Nidal Hassan, the accused killer.
“We had warned of the likelihood of violence by members of the mosques due to the materials they were being provided,” he says. “On Nov 5, 2009, violence did take place as we had predicted.”
Gaubatz says Virginia Tech Deputy Police Chief Gene Deisinger, who was hired in 2009 to direct the university’s threat assessment program, has done a disservice to the students and their parents, giving them a false sense of security.
He notes that the school recently lost a major lawsuit filed by the parents of the murdered students. The university was found liable for not providing adequate security and for not responding to the 2007 incident properly.
Virginia Tech, again, says Gaubatz, is opening itself up to further lawsuits, not to mention a terrorist attack.
Under the university’s present system, he points out, a student with a mental problem, like Seung-Hui Cho, will raise a red flag, while a professor who creates and distributes materials calling for treason and sedition against the U.S. will not.
“Do you feel your students are being protected?” he asks.
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