When Robert Mueller was appointed to special counsel to investigate the alleged collaboration between Russia and President Trump’s campaign team to alter the 2016 presidential election in Trump’s favor, researchers at Judicial Watch decided to revisit the former FBI director’s collaboration with radical Islamic organizations back in 2013.
Official documents acquired by the watchdog organization show that under Mueller’s leadership, secret meetings were held with Islamic organizations that resulted in an FBI purge of all anti-terrorism training material deemed “offensive” to Muslims.
In order to get access to the records, Judicial Watch had to sue the Justice Department. They then published an in-depth report on the scandal in 2013 and produced an even longer follow-up in 2015. What they uncovered proves that the former FBI director “bent over backwards to please radical Islamic groups and caved into their demands.”
Valuable anti-terrorism training material and curricula was done away with after Mueller met with various Islamic organizations, including those with documented ties to terrorism. “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,” revealed Judicial Watch, noting that CAIR is a terrorist front group with extensive ties to foreign and domestic Islamists. CAIR “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.”
Records show that Mueller, who served 12 years as FBI chief, met with those Islamic organizations on February 8, 2012 to hear their demands and then subsequently “ordered the removal of presentations and curricula on Islam from FBI offices nationwide. The purge was part of a broader Islamist operation designed to influence the opinions and actions of persons, institutions, governments and the public at-large.”
Documents also revealed that similar incidents of Islamic influence operations were taking place in the Departments of Justice and State, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Obama White House.
Here’s a short list of other 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.
Since Mueller took these actions, many local law enforcement agencies, including the New York Police Department (NYPD), have followed the FBI’s lead in allowing Islamic groups like CAIR to dictate which anti-terrorism material the U.S. could use when training officers.
In the case of one police department in Lombard, Illinois, CAIR charged that the instructor of a training course called “Islamic Awareness as a Counter-Terrorist Strategy” was anti-Muslim without any evidence to back that claim. As a result, Lombard officials eradicated the “offensive” course.
Three New York Muslims, two mosques and an Islamic nonprofit filed a lawsuit against the NYPD’s use of a respected report that has been used as a critical tool in terrorism investigations. The city caved into the pressure and purged the material from its precincts.
“Considering Mueller’s role in much of this, it makes him a bizarre choice to lead the heated Russia investigation,” the group pointed out.
Despite Judicial Watch’s detesting of Mueller following their research, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein describes Mueller as person who is qualified to lead the probe, “because he exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command.”
According to Rosenstein, “Special Counsel Mueller will have all appropriate resources to conduct a thorough and complete investigation, and I am confident that he will follow the facts, apply the law and reach a just result.”
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