I have long insisted that the Feds’ insistence on maintaining the politically correct “Islam is peace” mantra leaves us in danger of being blindsided: in their thirst to show that we are not at war with Islam, they are not being sufficiently careful in hiring Muslim employees and making common cause with Muslim organizations. This is the way our entire anti-jihad intelligence operation could ultimately be subverted. From the New York Post, with thanks to Jerry Gordon:
July 4, 2005 — WASHINGTON “” A nationwide FBI project designed to improve ties between the Islamic and law-enforcement communities went horribly wrong when it was revealed the organizations have issued incendiary statements against the United States, The Post has learned.
Questions are being raised by counterterrorism officials “” including FBI field agents “” over the bureau’s high-profile involvement in a program called Partnering for Prevention and Community Safety Initiative, which is being run out of Northeastern University.
Among the groups participating in the project is the Muslim Public Affairs Council “” an organization whose members have claimed Israel was to blame for 9/11, have opposed freezing the assets of Islamic charities linked to terrorism and have denounced several FBI arrests of suspected terrorists in the United States.
Steven Emerson, whose Investigative Project think tank studies Islamic extremism in the United States, released a tape of a speech MPAC National Director Ahmed Younis gave in Irvine, Calif., on July 14, 2002, in which he directed incendiary comments at then-Attorney General John Ashcroft.
“I am a person who believes that if Thomas Jefferson or Madison or the like were alive today, they would go to John Ashcroft’s house and just shoot him,” Younis said, according to the tape.
Emerson called the FBI’s partnership with these groups “a slap in the face of FBI agents and victims of terrorism.”
“Getting together in campfire, roast-marshmallow sessions with these bad groups only empowers them and legitimizes them,” he said.
The project, which started in 2002, stated its goal was to create a “basic curriculum for future law-enforcement training activities.”