The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is being told not to identify its domestic enemies because… well… you figure it out.
There is new trouble for the RCMP over a manual that tries to wash out terms like “Islamist” and “jihad” from officers’ mouths when they talk about terrorism.
“Distorted and inflammatory linkages between Islam and terrorism can serve to convince Muslims — both in the West and in the larger Islamic world — that the West is, in fact, their enemy,” the manual says.
That doesn’t impress anti-terror expert David Harris, of Insignis Strategic Research.
The manual goes further because it not only tells the Mounties to avoid such terms but also not to fear the individuals and groups those terms apply to.
The manual, called Words Make Worlds, dates back to 2009 and also tells Mounties not to fear organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood, despite its terrorist links.
American anti-terror expert Brian Michael Jenkins says cultural sensitivity is often appropriate, but the RAND Corporation advisor adds that terms the RCMP dislikes are needed to analyze security threats.
“The term ‘jihad’ is on the banner of al-Qaida,” says Jenkins. “If they use it, I can use it.”
Because, as we all know, the Muslim Brotherhood is ‘largely secular’.