The purging of materials deemed “offensive” in FBI Counter-terrorism training manuals has been a point of contention for a few years now. Those responsible for the purging are only known as anonymous Subject Matter Experts (SME) whose identities the FBI refuses to release. These SME’s are also responsible for violating, restricting and/or neutralizing the ability of agents to use a fundamental precept in war.
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Could this have anything to do with why the names of the SME’s have not been released?
The Washington Examiner, (h/t Jawa) via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, has come into possession of some of these purged materials. Believe it or not, pages from the Qur’an were among those removed:
The documents deemed unfit for inclusion in FBI classrooms range from slides showing verses in the Quran favored by terrorists to a video called “God Hates Lady Gaga” produced by a fundamentalist church best known for its intrusive anti-gay protests at veterans’ funerals.
Entire sections dealing with Middle Eastern history, Islamic culture and techniques for interviewing Muslims while being mindful of Islamic customs were removed.
So was a reference to Attorney General Eric Holder’s inability to define radicalism in a 2010 congressional hearing. The reason for that deletion was redacted.
The strategy of the Bush administration after the 9/11 attacks involved engaging ‘moderate’ Muslims to help identify, locate, and stop terrorists. Whether that strategy can be effective is certainly a debate worth having. However, arguing that the administration chose to engage moderate Muslims is not. Leaders from Muslim Brotherhood front groups were the ones who were identified as the moderates to engage.
To say that this effort has been counter-productive would be an understatement. Instead of aiding the FBI, this strategy is increasingly hamstringing it.
That egregiously flawed strategy is what sowed the seeds for what we’re reaping today. Of course, this all contributes – to varying degrees – to the Republican establishment’s resistance to conservatives and inexplicable silence on Muslim Brotherhood groups in the U.S. Earlier this year, the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward said during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, with Karl Rove sitting next to him:
“My last book is going to be called, ‘some people never go away’ and Karl’s going to get his own chapter because he never goes away.”
Truer words have perhaps never been spoken. Rove completely ignores the subject of Muslim Brotherhood groups in America. If anyone knows them firsthand, Rove does. Instead, he always seems to be working to get Republicans elected that would be loyal to the establishment. We recently learned that Rove sent more than $20 Million to Grover Norquist’s organization in 2012. Norquist is an unabashed apologist for Muslim Brotherhood groups and individuals in the U.S.
In this regard, Rove comes across as being in perpetual Bush legacy damage control mode. If this is the case, he’s working against things like the FBI having counter-terrorism agents who are knowledgeable about how to fight America’s enemies.
Shockingly, just two months after the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year, FBI Director Robert Mueller said he did not know the mosque in Boston attended by the Tsarnaev brothers was founded by a terrorist – Abdurahman Alamoudi – that Mueller himself helped put away ten years earlier (Mueller was appointed by Bush):
Back to the Washington Examiner piece, for another shocking revelation:
Several slides were removed because they linked al Qaeda to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six people.
The 9/11 Commission, which conducted the definitive investigation of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, found links between al Qaeda and the first World Trade Center bombing, but concluded evidence of direct involvement was “at best cloudy.”
The mastermind of the 1993 bombing, Ramzi Yousef, is the nephew of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the chief al Qaeda planner in the 2001 attacks.
Of course, “mastermind” can be a subjective term. Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman (the Blind Sheikh) was convicted for his role in that 1993 attack and he is definitely a bigger fish that Yousef was. Abdel-Rahman was even a spiritual leader for Osama bin Laden. For FBI agents not to be trained that al-Qaeda was behind the bombing is like telling them evidence water is wet is not conclusive. The removal of this particular slide is symptomatic – again – of not knowing the enemy.
It makes no difference if the Blind Sheikh is or was a card-carrying member of al-Qaeda. All of these Sunni Muslim groups role up under one Muslim Brotherhood umbrella. That our agents are not being educated and trained in this regard is the stuff of treason, trojan horse warfare…
…or both, which might explain why those SME’s are not being named.