Two groups representing American Muslims differed sharply Monday over revelations in The Washington Post about the sometimes-ignorant quality of local police training on radical Islam, with one group calling for a Justice Department investigation, the other saying it “is not a systematic problem.”
"Monitoring America," by staff reporters Dana Priest and William M. Arkin, cited examples of “experts” without formal training who are telling law enforcement groups that most U.S. Muslims want to take over America and replace the legal system with a strict code of religious laws known as sharia.
"They want to make this world Islamic,” one instructor, a former Army Special Forces sergeant and Los Angeles Police Department investigator who is now a private security consultant, told The Post. “The Islamic flag will fly over the White House…My job is to wake up the public, and first, the first responders."
Another trainer quoted by The Post says he warns police officers that "you need to look at the entire pool of Muslims in a community," and recommended that law enforcement authorities "monitor Muslim student groups and local mosques and, if possible, tap their phones."
The Post said such views echo "Shariah: The Threat to America," a study by the neoconservative Center for Security Policy, which argues that radical Muslims are conducting a "stealth jihad" in the United States.
"Government terrorism experts call the views expressed in the center's book inaccurate and counterproductive," The Post said.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a statement calling on Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. “to review Justice Department policies on the reported use of anti-Muslim extremists to train counterterrorism officials nationwide.”
"The use of ill-informed and agenda-driven 'experts' will inevitably result in law enforcement practices that are based on misinformation, not on our nation's legitimate security needs," CAIR’s National Executive Director Nihad Awad said in a letter to Holder.
Likewise, M. Zuhdi Jasser, president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, or AIFD, based in Phoenix, Az., said he “would have problems” with the instructors cited by The Post, in particular “former Muslims who had converted to Christianity,” such as Walid Shoebat, who recommended the indiscriminate wiretapping of Islamic student groups and mosques.
But “to indict a whole system for using some people who hate or fear Islam,” he said, was “wrong.”
“It’s not a systematic problem,” Jasser said.
CAIR, he said, “is in denial that there is no Islamic threat…They just want to dismiss everything as Islamophobic.”
There is a real threat from “political Islam,” added Jasser, who was a U.S. Navy doctor for 11 years, "and counterterrorism training on it is very relevant.”
The problem comes when ill-advised trainers “equate political Islam and sharia with Islam itself.”
“If they see Islam itself as the problem, then the [training] strategy is dead in the water….It doesn’t present any type of solution.”
Jasser’s AIFD created a police training project called RILE, for Radical Islamism for Law Enforcement.
“The goal of the project is to provide police and legal professionals a basic understanding of Islam, the tools to engage Muslims in their community with confidence, and a systemic understanding of the path of radicalization,” said AIFD spokesman Gregg Edgar. “They have done some presentations here in Phoenix and will be further developing the project in 2011.”
CAIR has conducted sensitivity/diversity training with the FBI, armed forces and law enforcement organizations, but the FBI severed its formal ties in 2008 over CAIR’s ties to the Palestinian group Hamas, which the State Department classifies as a terrorist group.
Responding to CAIR’s call for a review of training programs, Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd noted that “the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 required the President to issue guidelines to protect privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties when terrorism information is shared.”
“Any state, local, and tribal entity providing terrorism-related information to federal agencies covered by the guidelines MUST [Boyd’s emphasis] have comprehensive policies and procedures in place to protect privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties," Boyd said. "The Justice Department and its partners take these obligations extremely seriously.”
Two Muslim groups approach Eric Holder to investigate something? What a joke.
America has been invaded ! EH or not?
Seems to me, that if I were a master mechanic and had been schooled by all the various auto manufacturers, in their products, you would listen to what I had to tell you about your auto. What does that have to do with the current conversation? Seems we should be listening to people like Dr. Jasser, who has been there and done that. He is telling us what these people are capable of, and what they want to do. Two muslim groups ask the DOJ to investigate? The DOJ needs to investigate themselves prior to investigating anyone else.
I read this article and the "experts" are wrong on just WHO should be experts! Walid Shoebat, the EX-TERRORIST! is the PERFECT expert to teach the US Law Enforcement groups. I used to like Jasser but he is practicing 'stealth jihad' too. The "iron fist in the velvet glove" method. He too believes islam is superior to christianity and judism and all other religions...
This is just one more slam against christianity because Shoebat and the others are considered and apostate...
If the scum of the earth don't like our laws, then they can take their baby raping rear ends and get the hell out of the country! For over 235 years out laws have protected all of the people. Now why should we have dual laws for one group of haters?
First, the trainers are totally correct! There is a plan to take over the US from within. They are in most every aspect of the govt. even homeland security. But holder and nobama don't want the people to realize what they are doing. Smart Americans realize the treat and know that there very real and are taking place right now! Holder needs to be on trial for treason right along side nobama!
"VE VILL HAVE SHARIA, I VILL DECLARE IT, NO MORE STUPID VOTING !!"
comrade imam zero and comrade imadik holder !!!
YOU MUST OBEY US !!
No way in hell should there ever be a ruling on Sharia. No Bible, No Quran. Just that simple. If the SCOTUS rules for Sharia, we must immediately start impeachment for all who voted based on their Own Oath of Office. If they do not let Christians have a vote on their 10 Commandments, then No Muslim can even speak publically abouty Sharia law.
What part of that does anyone not understand. You have to start shouting this to the tree tops to make GOvernment, Congress, and SCOTUS understand.
REPEAT FOR THOSE THAT DO NOT UNDERSTAND: NO BIBLE and 10 Commandments equals NO QURAN and Sharia.