The Department of Justice and the FBI are revising their counterterrorism training material to remove “inaccurate and biased information” at the direction of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller. The Department of Homeland Security, which uses the most funding for counterterrorism training, recently issued new guidelines on “countering violent extremism.” Why the sudden need for drastic change?
On Nov. 15, 2011, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
National launched a coordinated campaign across the country, with its
various chapters requesting records from local, state and federal
agencies on their use of taxpayer dollars to fund “Islamophobic
training.” The campaign involves 87 filings for records requests across
15 cities nationwide.
CAIR-Michigan’s civil rights director claims CAIR
wants these records to ensure that law enforcement is using trainers
who provide “objective and unbiased information” to protect Americans
from “violent extremists.” CAIR
expressed particular concern that tax dollars are being “wasted” on
“agenda-driven, inaccurate, or Islamophobic” training and materials.