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FBI removed material ‘offensive to Muslims’ from training guides

“The Obama administration needs to stop putting the tender sensibilities of radical Islamists above the safety of the American people,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has chosen to train its agents in political correctness over the stark reality of terrorism by ensuring none of its anti-terror training material is “offensive to Muslims.”

So, materials “linking the Muslim Brotherhood to terrorism” or “tying al Qaeda to the 1993 World Trade Center and Khobar Towers bombings” or profiling terrorists as “young male immigrants of Middle Eastern appearance” are now gone, government watchdog group Judicial Watch reported.

In 2012, after a review of the FBI’s training curricula on counterterrorism, an independent group of Subject Matter Experts (SME) recommended the “removal of presentations and curricula on Islam from FBI offices around the country that were deemed ‘offensive’ to Muslims,” the report said.

Judicial Watch filed the appropriate Freedom of Information Act requests in 2012 for these relevant documents, including asking for records from a Feb. 8, 2012 meeting between FBI Director Robert Mueller and several Islamic organizations where Mueller assured these Islamic groups that all offensive training material was being removed from the FBI’s presentations and training guides.

Ultimately, over 1,000 documents and presentations were purged from the anti-terrorism curricula.

According to Judicial Watch’s new report:

Documents obtained by the Judicial Watch FOIA request revealed that among the reasons given by the FBI’s SME for purging “offensive” training documents were:

“Article is highly inflammatory and inaccurately argues the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization.”

“Page 13 inaccurately states that AQ [al Qaeda] is responsible for the bombing of the Khobar Towers and that AQ is ‘clearly linked’ to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.”

“The overall tenor of the presentation is too informal in the current political context.”

“The Qur’an is not the teachings of the Prophet, but the revealed word of God.”

“Remove references to mosques specifically as a radicalization incubator.”

“Remove sweeping generality of ‘Those who fit the terrorist profile best (for the present at least) are young male immigrants of Middle Eastern appearance’”

“author seems to conflate ‘Islamic militancy’ with ‘terrorism’ and needs to define the difference and use it in their analysis.”

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued a statement on its findings the FBI’s new politically correct counterterrorist training:

The FBI is rewriting history in order to help al Qaeda. This shows that the law enforcement agency is in need of serious top-to-bottom reform. As we recently learned from the Boston Marathon terrorist attack, the country is less safe when we allow radical Muslim organizations to tell the FBI how to train its agents and do its job. The FBI’s purge of so called ‘offensive’ material is political correctness run amok, and it puts the nation at risk. The Obama administration needs to stop putting the tender sensibilities of radical Islamists above the safety of the American people.

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