“For the first time I am aware of in our nation’s history, we are refusing to take a good look at who wants to destroy us,” U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.
“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.
Both of those statements were made regarding the extent to which 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.
New documents recently obtained through a 2012 Freedom of Information Act request by the Washington Examiner revealed more of what a group of Subject Matter Experts (SME) deemed “offensive to Muslims” and ordered purged from the FBI’s training curricula on counterterrorism over the last couple of years.
The infamous 2006 photograph of then-Sen. Barack Obama wearing the traditional turban and robe while visiting Kenya – removed
The incredible 2010 testimony of Attorney General Eric Holder where he refused to say the words “radical Islam” under questioning on terrorism from U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith – not only purged, but “the reason for that deletion was redacted,” the Examiner reported.
“Slides showing verses in the Quran favored by terrorists,” to a Westboro Baptist Church video called, “God Hates Lady Gaga” to “cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad that led to terrorist plots against the Danish newspaper that published them” – all gone from the training documents.
“Entire sections dealing with Middle Eastern history, Islamic culture and techniques for interviewing Muslims while being mindful of Islamic customs were removed,” the article continued.
The Examiner explained that the documents released by the FBI to conservative watchdog Judicial Watch, who reported its findings back in May, “included explanations of why individual pages were considered unacceptable, but not the actual pages themselves.”
For example, the May Judicial Watch report said, in part:
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 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.’”
Mark Flatten’s Examiner report explained further now that specific purged documents are known:
No explanation is given for [the Obama photograph] deletion in the SME assessment other than the photo “is in poor taste and must be removed.”
The Danish cartoons appeared in multiple [FBI] presentations on suicide bombers in a section labeled, “How things can inflame a situation.”
The cartoons sparked violent protests across the Middle East that led to more than 200 deaths. Muslims consider it blasphemous to create Images of Muhammad.
Last year, four men were convicted in a Danish court of plotting a terrorist attack against the newspaper as revenge for the cartoons. Two men with alleged al Qaeda connections also were convicted for a separate plot in Norway.
The only explanation for purging the cartoons given in the SME assessment is that all of the Images are “inappropriate.”
Several slides were removed because they linked al Qaeda to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six people.
The FBI’s own website suggests a connection between al Qaeda and the 1993 bombing.
Some of the slides removed by the SMEs were deemed in poor taste because they were too graphic or conveyed the wrong message.
One, under the label “Guaranteed Truth,” showed Images of a person being waterboarded, a drug syringe, an attack dog and an electric cord. At the bottom is the phrase “Psychological interviewing.”
The SMEs said the slide appeared to endorse torture.
“The FBI is rewriting history in order to help al Qaeda,” Fitton wrote for Judicial Watch in May. “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.”
“If you are going to be able to survive an enemy that wants to kill you and destroy your country, then you have got to know and understand your enemy,” the Examiner quoted Gohmert, who has been an outspoken critic of the FBI’s political correctness in its anti-terror training document purge, as saying.
“When you are in a war to save your country, your way of life, your liberty, then you need to know everything you can about those who are trying to destroy you.”
More from the Washington Examiner.
Eric Holder’s May 2010 Congressional testimony:
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