An anti-terror guide written by Canadian Muslim organizations but rejected by Canadian authorities for its “adversarial tone” was endorsed Wednesday by the U.S. State Department.
The handbook, “United Against Terrorism,” was published earlier this month by two Canadian groups, the National Council of Canadian Muslims and the Islamic Social Services Association.
It has been rejected by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), according to their website.
The manual instructs Muslims “not to cooperate with police,” describes jihad as a “noble concept,” and recommends that government officials avoid the terms “Islamic extremism” and “Islamist terrorism,” according to the Washington Free Beacon.
“After a final review of the handbook, the RCMP could not support the adversarial tone set by elements of the booklet and therefore directed RCMP Manitoba not to proceed with this initiative,” the RCMP said in a statement.
However, the U.S. State Department seemed to endorse the handbook when its official anti-terrorism feed linked to a positive article about it, the Free Beacon said.
The incident reminded some of multiple apologies the State Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau issued earlier this year after endorsing – again, on Twitter – a radical Muslim leader who had previously supported a call for the death of U.S. military personnel in Iraq.
Terrorism analyst and reporter Patrick Poole called the tweet just the latest in a string of multiple examples of the Obama administration’s failure to address Islamic terrorism.
“From letting members of designated terrorist groups into the White House, backing the Muslim Brotherhood in the so-called ‘Arab Spring’, responding to demands of Islamic groups to purge counter-terror training materials, to endorsing extremist Islamic clerics like Sheikh Bin Bayyah only then to have to apologize, and now this,” Poole said. “To describe it as a series of missteps is a gross understatement. This is a coordinated campaign of counter-terror catastrophe.”
A State Department spokeswoman said that the tweet by the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC) on its official feed, called Think Again Turn Away, was not an endorsement.
“CSCC was simply sharing information about a new product related to counterterrorism,” spokeswoman Carolyn Glassman said. “Our reposting does not connote an endorsement.”
That “new product” has been publicly rejected by the Canadian government.
Here’s the tweet that the State Department says “does not connote an endorsement.”
— Think AgainTurn Away (@ThinkAgain_DOS) October 8, 2014
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