Since 9/11, the NYPD has reportedly thwarted more than 20 planned terrorist attacks. However, efforts to appease some Muslim groups could be putting the city at risk for terrorism, according to an opinion editorial by Paul Sperry for the NY Post.
For example, last year the department censored an anti-terror handbook which accurately predicted radicalization patterns in recent “homegrown” terror cases because it offended some Muslims. As a result, rank-and-file NYPD officers, detectives and even intelligence and counterterrorism units are now officially forbidden to refer to the handbook or the scientific study on which it was based, Sperry reported.
Titled “Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat” and written ten years ago, former law-enforcement officials say that removal of the handbook as a training tool could be hampering the NYPD’s efforts to prevent terrorist activity. In light of the ISIS-inspired attacks now taking place throughout the world, it’s more relevant today than it was when it was written.
Regardless of the warnings, Mayor de Blasio agreed to have the handbook purged from NYPD use in January 2016 as part of a lawsuit settlement which had been filed by the ACLU and Muslim groups who claimed the NYPD’s anti-terror training discriminated against Muslims.
“The report was extremely accurate on how the radicalization process works and what indicators to look for,” said Patrick Dunleavy, former deputy inspector general of the New York state prisons’ criminal-intelligence division. He also worked with the NYPD’s intelligence division for several years.
In 2007, the same year the study was released, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) complained that it “casts suspicion on all US Muslims.”
Regardless of the fact that federal law enforcement has considered CAIR to be a suspected terrorist front organization, “groups like CAIR were insistent on having it removed, and de Blasio caved into them,” Dunleavy said.
Under that settlement agreement, police must also now commit to “mitigating the potential impact” of any counterterrorism investigation on the Muslim community, which experts say has had a chilling effect on the ability of other city police departments to use “fact-based, trend analysis to develop terrorism cases.”
Through his consulting firm, Understanding the Threat LLC, former FBI Agent John Guandolo trains sheriffs departments across the country to ID local jihadi networks.“The FBI has its hands full with over 1,000 open cases on ISIS terrorist suspects already in the US, and it needs the help of well-trained eyes and ears on the ground at the local and state level,” said Guandolo, adding, “The bad guys know if police don’t know this stuff at the ground level, they win.”
The report identified key indicators of homegrown radicalization, including:
- alienating themselves from their former lives and friends
- giving up cigarettes, drinking and partying
- wearing traditional Islamic clothing
- growing a beard
- becoming obsessed with Mideast politics and jihad
- regularly attending a hardline mosque
“You can take all the terrorist cases since that report and compare the information on the subject and the case and see stark similarities to what [the authors] laid out,” Dunleavy said.
Recent terror attacks in Boston; Fort Hood, Texas; Little Rock, Ark.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; San Bernardino, Fla.; Orlando; Philadelphia and at Ohio State University, among others, all followed a similar pattern of radicalization.
“In each case, the Muslim attacker was influenced through ‘incubators of extremism’ within the Muslim community, including Islamic student associations, schools, bookstores and mosques. Jihadi websites also played a role, but what unifies them all is Islamic doctrine,” according to the report.
According to the NYPD study, “The ultimate objective for any attack is always the same — to punish the West, overthrow the democratic order, re-establish the caliphate, and institute Sharia,” or Islamic law.
Former Homeland Security counterterrorism analyst and the author of “See Something, Say Nothing,” Philip Haney pointed out that the feds are being held back by their own PC censorship, noting, “The radicalizer is Sharia, not the Internet.”
By giving in to pressure from CAIR and other Muslim groups, “Homeland Security and the Justice Department have purged anti-terrorism training materials and fired instructors deemed offensive to Muslims. CAIR-launched protests also helped convince the FBI to recently suspend an Internet program aimed at preventing the radicalization of Muslim youth.”
“If we fail to correct this situation, it is inevitable that more attacks will occur,” warned Haney.
H/T: New York Post
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