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Who is influencing counterterrorism strategies?

By Brigitte Gabriel

While our national attention is focused on jobs and the economy, Muslim Brotherhood front organizations in America are furiously working behind the scenes, sometimes with the assistance or acquiescence of top government officials, to change how we respond to the threat of terrorism.

ISNA, the Islamic Society of North America, posted on its website on Feb. 14, 2012, that it had met with the FBI regarding revisions to FBI counterterrorism training materials. In the posting, ISNA stated that the FBI was making revisions to 300 presentations for reasons that included “poor taste” and “stereotyping.”

The ISNA post further stated that the group meeting with the FBI leadership “suggested that a committee of community leaders and experts be assembled to review training material issued by the FBI.”

ISNA was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial, the largest such trial in the history of our country. When ISNA filed a petition with the court to be removed from the list of unindicted co-conspirators, the court ruled against ISNA, stating, “The Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with … Hamas.” Hamas is a designated terrorist organization.

ISNA was the first organization named on a list of “our organizations” in a Muslim Brotherhood “explanatory memorandum” written in 1991. This memorandum calls for a “grand jihad in eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers. …”

This memorandum was entered into evidence by our Justice Department at that same Holy Land Foundation trial and stipulated to by the legal defense for the Holy Land Foundation. In other words, it’s authentic.

Which begs an obvious question: Why is the FBI meeting with ISNA and seeking its input and approval regarding FBI counterterrorism training materials?

Shouldn’t the fact that ISNA was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, a trial that produced 108 guilty verdicts, automatically disqualify it from having any input of any kind into what is contained in counterterrorism training materials? How can an organization connected to Islamic terrorism be trusted to have our nation’s best interests at heart when it comes to fighting Islamic terrorism?

CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, has also gotten active in trying to influence counterterrorism training. Last year CAIR sent letters to local law enforcement entities across America, one of which was forwarded to ACT! for America by one of our members.

In the letter forwarded to us, which was sent to a county sheriff’s office, CAIR demands that the sheriff turn over all counterterrorism materials that may contain references “offensive” to Islam. CAIR makes its objective clear when it states in the letter “… we believe that by reviewing and possibly improving training materials” that the sheriff’s office will be “more effective” in its policing of terrorism.

CAIR then spells out what references it is concerned about: “Islam, Islamists, terrorism, counterterrorism, extremism, homeland security, Muslims, the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic law, Shariah, jihad, radicalization, or CAIR.”

As WND readers know, CAIR was also an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial. What’s more, since that trial the Justice Department has affirmed that CAIR is connected to the terrorist organization Hamas. This affirmation led to the FBI severing official outreach efforts to CAIR.

So here we have another instance where an organization with ties to Islamic terrorism is demanding a role in providing input into counterterrorism materials. Only in an America shackled by the chains of political correctness would such demands be taken seriously.

During the week of May 7, ACT! for America submitted an open letter to congressional committee chairmen with FBI oversight responsibilities, expressing our concern about what is happening to FBI counterterrorism training materials. That same week, several members of the House Judiciary Committee sharply questioned FBI Director Robert Mueller about these revisions.

We will continue this outreach to Congress during our National Conference & Legislative Briefing in Washington, D.C., June 27–29. We expect more than a dozen key members of Congress to meet with us during this conference, and our message will be clear: Don’t let political correctness compromise our counterterrorism efforts.

We must not overlook the phrase in the Muslim Brotherhood explanatory memorandum that says “sabotaging its miserable house by their hands.” Perhaps the most effective tactic of the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliated organizations is getting government, media and academic elites to do its job. The politically correct-driven fear by these elites of being called “Islamophobic” makes them easy targets for Muslim Brotherhood propaganda.

The result is an ongoing, systematic purge by the Obama administration of references to radical Islam in the counterterrorism strategic threat assessments and training materials. Unless enough Americans are alerted to this purge and voice their opposition, the damage to our national security will be incalculable.

Brigitte Gabriel is a leading expert on global terrorism, the author of two New York Times best-selling books – including “The Must be Stopped” – and the president of ACT! for America.