“Islamophobia” — i.e., the truth about Islam and its jihad doctrine — had “crept in” to law enforcement training. Now that is all over, and we will all pretend that Islam and terrorism have nothing to do with one another, nothing whatsoever, and that jihad terror is a “public safety issue.” And what about Islamic supremacism and the stealth jihad? Such things do not exist at all!
However, in unveiling this ridiculous new strategy for defeat, Quintan Wiktorowicz of the National Security Council ticks off a few warning signs that someone might be a terrorist. Among them: “Are they talking about the kuffar [unbelievers]?” Now, wait a minute. “Wiktorowicz said the new program will focus on behavior, not religion or appearances.” But then moments later he turns around and says that a “behavioral signal” could include “talking about the kuffar.” But that’s what Muslims do, Wiktorowicz! The Qur’an is full of imprecations against, appeals to, warnings about, and exhortations to warfare against the kuffar! Are you suggesting that every Muslim who rails against the kuffar is a potential terrorist? Isn’t that focusing on religion, which is exactly what you said you would not do?
This just shows that the Obama Administration is trying to do something that is simply impossible: fight against jihad terror without naming it as such, or saying anything about it that Muslims might find offensive. But Islamic supremacists in the U.S. claim to be offended by any mention of anything Islamic in connection with jihad terror.
And so I am sure that once Honest Ibe Hooper of Hamas-linked CAIR (he has Jihad Watch bookmarked) reads this, he will get Quintan Wiktorowicz on the phone pronto, and tell him to cut out all this talk about how a Muslim railing against the kuffar might be someone worth watching for possible jihad terror activity. And I am just as certain that Quintan Wiktorowicz will meekly comply, and vacuum even his own statements and his own mind of any and all traces of truth or accuracy about the jihad terror threat, and further cripple law enforcement agents’ ability to understand what they’re dealing with in regard to jihad terrorism.
“Officials Detail Plans To Fight Homegrown Terrorism,” by Dina Temple-Raston for NPR, December 8:
The White House will unveil a broad, new strategy Thursday aimed at battling homegrown terrorism in the U.S. The program aims to empower communities by teaching local officials to recognize violent extremism and see the threat as a public safety issue, like the battle against gangs and drugs. […]
Training has become a bugaboo in the wake of revelations about FBI counterterrorism training practices. The first inkling that something was amiss came in March. That’s when NPR reported on the cottage industry of independent counterterrorism trainers who signed up to teach local and federal law enforcement officials about terrorism. The report found that the instructors were not being properly vetted and some were presenting skewed views about Muslim-Americans and their potential links to terrorism. Follow-up reports showed how Islamophobia had crept into both federal and local law enforcement training.
Wiktorowicz said the new strategy addresses those issues. A complete training review and specific training standards are expected to be in place by spring. The Department of Homeland Security will review the training and evaluate experts to weed out any lurking anti-Muslim bias. The idea is to inject some quality control into the training process. Wiktorowicz said the new program will focus on behavior, not religion or appearances.
“There are potential behavioral signals,” he said. “For example, has someone in the community seen them watching violent extremist videos? Are they publicly coming out in defense of Osama bin Laden? Are they talking about the kuffar [unbelievers]? That’s not enough alone, but if that is in a combination of other things, that’s what we are looking for.”