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WoT US agents untrained to vet Islamic radicals, have poor grasp of jihadist threat, experts warn
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  1. #1
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    Jan 2012

    US agents untrained to vet Islamic radicals, have poor grasp of jihadist threat, experts warn

    US law enforcers aren’t trained to detect Islamic radicals, which enabled a suspected Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist to remain off the radar in America for seven years, attorney Jennifer Breedon told RT.

    Saudi national, Naif Abdulaziz Alfallaj, who trained at the Al-Qaeda camp in Afghanistan together with some of the 9/11 plane hijackers, was detained in Oklahoma in February. He arrived in the US on a non-immigrant visa back in 2011 and lived freely in the country, even taking pilot lessons. It took the US security agencies a whole seven years to match the fingerprints from Al-Qaeda papers obtained in Afghanistan in 2011 with the prints in its database and reveal Alfallaj’s true identity. The man now faces up to 20 years in prison for two counts of visa fraud and lying to the FBI about his terrorist links.

    Breedon, an attorney specializing in foreign policy, international law and religious terrorism, believes that the Alfallaj affair shows “an ongoing failure of the US – and also Europe – to properly vet these people and for our law enforcement to even understand the nature of radical Islamists.”

    “Why this person was able to go under the radar; why he went all the way through the State Department vetting process – because there’s no vetting process that vets for extremist religious ideology,” she said. According to the attorney, the employees of the relevant US agencies “haven’t been properly trained” and are unaware of the most basic things, like who the Wahhabis are and what Sharia Law is.

    “It’s very likely that [Alfallaj] didn’t even have to try hard to deceive” the US authorities, Breedon said. “The State Department is asking questions and they’re expecting an honest answer. And these people, especially, if they have terrorist ties or connections, are never going to be honest on a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questionnaire… If we don’t know how to read between the lines or truly understand their ideology we’ll continue to not catch these people.”

    The jihadists are able to freely come and stay in the US unhampered because “the FBI has many problems right now,” Breedon said. “The FBI has been too busy with trying to harm President Donald Trump… or trying to go after these supposed Russian hackers. You have the FBI spending… millions of dollars for the special investigation into these things the American people don’t care about, so it’s very likely that something as important as allowing a terrorist to get a US visa would fall under the rug.”
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    Another unhelpful thing is the Western model of “we can’t offend anybody,” Breedon believes. In 2016, when Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured 58 others at an Orlando gay club, “the FBI had ample warning that the Orlando attacker was a threat, but because he was Muslim they didn’t want to look into it; they didn’t want to be seen as targeting a certain religious group – and because of that lots of people died.”

    Breedon also refuted the FBI’s claims that it needs more funding to be effective, reminding that “reports have come out with school shootings in the US where the FBI many times received a phone call warning them about these shooters and… the FBI didn’t follow up. It’s not so much a lack of resources as it is a lack of knowledge and understanding about threats that matter the most,” she said.

    Former US diplomat, Jim Jatras, told RT that the “incompetence” of the US security agencies could be the simplest explanation for Alfallaj’s seven-year stay in the US. “We know of many cases where people, who should’ve been on the watch list, weren’t there because of some bureaucratic mix up or because they had trouble with the names. As you know, especially, with Arabic names, sometimes there’s a lot of confusion or differences how they are rendered into English.”

    “The other explanation is that this gentleman is a Saudi and there was some sort of favoritism involved. That perhaps some agency had an interest in him for other reasons and he was given special treatment as a result,” Jatras said.

    If this assumption turns out to be valid then “it also may show that there are agencies that have their own priorities that are not necessarily the same as those of the American people and keeping the American people safe… This is an ongoing problem, especially, with regard to the kind of support we’ve been giving to terrorist groups in many countries over the last decades,” he said.
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  2. #2
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    Jul 2004
    After 8 years of Obama's "relationship" with CAIR, and earlier softening under Bush, I'm not surprised at all...

  3. #3
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    Jul 2005
    Happy on the mountain
    Since ALL RELEVANT TRAINING was eliminated under the Obama administration, is it any wonder?

    As FBI Chief, Mueller Bowed to Islamic Demands, Cut Anti-Terror Training Material
    By Benjamin Arie
    November 3, 2017 at 7:09pm

    Islamic terrorism is sadly back in the headlines. After an Uzbekistan citizen committed the worst act of terror in New York since 9/11, many people are raising questions about America’s immigration policies — and about the approach to radical Muslim groups in general.

    Earlier this year, the watchdog group Judicial Watch summarized an alarming problem that reached its peak during the Obama administration: Political correctness within the FBI was forcing law enforcement officials to essentially pretend that radical Islam wasn’t a problem.

    Based on documents obtained through court orders and Freedom of Information Act requests, Judicial Watch presented its stunning claim.

    In a “purge” led by then-director Robert Mueller, the FBI met with Muslim groups and agreed to dramatically change and curtail its personnel training with regard to hard-line Islam.

    “The agency eliminated the valuable anti-terrorism training material and curricula after Mueller met with various Islamist organizations, including those with documented ties to terrorism,” Judicial Watch revealed.

    “Among them were two organizations— Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)—named by the U.S. government as unindicted co-conspirators in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation terrorist financing case.”

    You read that right: Even though groups like CAIR have known connections to organizations which defend or even outright support terrorism, the FBI caved in to their demands and watered down education and training programs for bureau staff.
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    “CAIR is a terrorist front group with extensive links to foreign and domestic Islamists. It was founded in 1994 by three Middle Eastern extremists (Omar Ahmad, Nihad Awad and Rafeeq Jaber) who ran the American propaganda wing of Hamas, known then as the Islamic Association for Palestine,” explained Judicial Watch.
    “The records obtained as part of Judicial Watch’s lawsuit show that Mueller, who served 12 years as FBI chief, met with the Islamist organizations on February 8, 2012 to hear their demands,” the non-partisan organization continued.

    “Shortly later the director assured the Muslim groups that he had ordered the removal of presentations and curricula on Islam from FBI offices nationwide,” stated Judicial Watch.

    There are several specific examples of training documents and reference materials that were deemed “offensive” by the FBI.

    “Here are some of the reasons provided by Mueller’s FBI for getting rid of ‘offensive’ training documents: ‘Article is highly inflammatory and inaccurately argues the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization.’ It’s crucial to note that Mueller himself had previously described the Muslim Brotherhood as a group that supports terrorism in the U.S. and overseas when his agency provided this ludicrous explanation,” explained the watchdog group.

    “Here’s more training material that offended the terrorist groups, according to the FBI files provided to Judicial Watch: An article claiming Al Qaeda is ‘clearly linked’ to the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing; The Qur’an is not the teachings of the Prophet, but the revealed word of God; Sweeping generality of ‘Those who fit the terrorist profile best (for the present at least) are young male immigrants of Middle Eastern appearance;’ conflating Islamic Militancy with terrorism. The list goes on and on,” summarized Judicial Watch.

    Notice a pattern? In each case, the claims are well known as true and backed up by several sources, but the bureau still gave in to the demands of political correctness in order to placate Islamic groups.

    You cannot “wish” a problem out of existence or fix a bad situation by ignoring it. Political correctness is a form of dishonesty, and that comes with serious consequences.

    Sometimes, the consequence is an Uzbek terrorist who exploited soft immigration policies to murder eight people. Something needs to change.
    The wonder of our time isn’t how angry we are at politics and politicians; it’s how little we’ve done about it. - Fran Porretto

  4. #4
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    May 2004
    South of Valhalla
    Gee... I haven't been saying this for like half a decade or more...
    Deo adjuvante non timendum - With God Helping, Nothing is to be Feared
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  5. #5
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    Jul 2004
    Quote Originally Posted by Ragnarok View Post
    Gee... I haven't been saying this for like half a decade or more...
    Not just you....

    The degree to which the US "held back" after 9/11 is why we're here now, even with the invasions and renditions and targeted killings via drone and other means, we didn't do "enough" to truly scare the bejesus out of our alleged "friends" in the areas in question that have all along been smiling at us while giving these pukes aid and comfort.

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