Monday, December 13, 2004

Sensitivity Training or Insanity?

by Douglas J. Hagmann Northeast Intelligence Network

4 December 2004: Although accounts like the following have been common Internet fodder since America was awakened to the threat of Islamic terrorism in 2001, or to those who were paying attention in 1979 and even earlier, “sensitivity training” among law enforcement officials has increased. Most recently - on December 1, FBI counter-terrorism agents and JTTF members in Florida attended a "sensitivity training" workshop headed by the very controversial Islamic group Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR for short. CAIR representatives headed the seminar on Islam and the American Muslim Community at a FBI conference in Jacksonville, Florida on Wednesday. Over 150 supervisory FBI and JTTF law enforcement personnel attended the seminar that focused on educating the members on Muslim beliefs to “improve interaction with the Muslim community and to promote mutual understanding.” This is a widespread campaign by the Islamic group to “counteract” prejudice against Muslims

New FBI Agents Receive “Enrichment Training”

Mandated last year by FBI Director Robert Mueller, compulsory training for new FBI recruits and agents includes a Muslim sensitivity program that involves inviting Muslim clerics and leaders to preach about the “peaceful attributes” of Islam. To this end, numerous National Arab-American and Muslim leaders have made presentations at an FBI training course on civil rights in Washington D.C., and at the FBI Academy at Quantico, Va. Counterterrorism investigators from the FBI’s Manhattan, New York Field Office were lectured by the imam of a large Manhattan mosque about misinterpretation of the meaning of jihad in the Koran.

CAIR Tied to Terrorism?

Lest we become the next target of a large civil suit by CAIR, we will simply question the rationale of using CAIR as an instrument of Islamic understanding to the American people, especially those charged with understanding the nature of the terrorist threat within our country. Citing New York Senator Charles Schumer: "We know [CAIR] has ties to terrorism” (Source: September 2003 Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security). If so, why are they instrumental today in teaching our law enforcement people on affairs of sensitivity and understanding?

There is plenty of open source documentation – irrefutable in its nature and content, that the agenda of CAIR exceeds the scope of mere sensitivity training. For example, an article from the San Ramon Valley Herald, dated July 4, 1998, written by Lisa Gardiner under the headline American Muslim Leader Urges Faithful to Spread Word, quoted CAIR chairman of the board Omar M. Ahmed in a speech before a packed crowd at the Flamingo Palace banquet hall on Peralta Boulevard:

"If you choose to live here (in America) . . . you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam," he said. "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant, " he said. "The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth," he said.

The article further stated that Ahmed was quoted that are Muslims not to separate or assimilate to American society, but instead to deliver Islam's message. Muslim institutions, schools and economic power should be strengthened in America, he said.

And representatives of this organization are currently teaching our law enforcement personnel

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