The NYPD, the CIA, and “The Third Jihad”
by Sheila Musaji
On TAM, we have published a great deal about the film The Third Jihad and other films produced by Raphael Shore and the Clarion Fund. We have also discussed concerns about anti-Muslim training being conducted for law enforcement.
In the very detailed TAM backgrounder article Where is the U.S. Government Getting It’s Information on Islam and Muslims?, a year ago, I listed many examples of questionable “experts” and materials being used in training programs including programs run by the NYPD. I asked specifically about this film, How is it possible that the NYPD could consider that it made sense to screen The Third Jihad, a spectacularly offensive film to train police officers about Islam?
A lot has happened in the past year including many denials that this film had been seen by more than a few officers, and conciliatory statements made by various agencies that training materials and trainers were being reviewed and that offensive material would be removed. The U.S. Senate announced a Senate inquiry into the accuracy and effectiveness of counterterrorism training. The White House released a “new” counterterrorism strategy.
This particular film is only one of many questionable training materials, and the NYPD is only one law enforcement agency among many that have either used Islamophobic trainers, or anti-Muslim materials, or both. However, the NYPD seems to have more serious and noticeable problems than some other agencies. First let’s look at the NYPD’s record in it’s dealings with the Muslim community, and then we’ll look specifically at this issue of using “The Third Jihad” as a training tool.
SPYING ON THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY
It was only a few months ago that it was reported by Adam Goldman of the Associated Press that the CIA and the NYPD have been working together on a domestic surveillance project that may go beyond what is legal. The CIA, is not allowed to spy on Americans but helped to set up this NYPD intelligence unit. According to the article In just two episodes showing how widely the NYPD cast its net, the department sought a rundown from the taxi commission of every Pakistani cab driver in the city, and produced an analytical report on every mosque within 100 miles, officials said.
Additionally, Trevor Aaronson reported on Mother Jones that the FBI had 15,000 official informants, and half again as many “floaters” primarily in the Muslim community, and this is a serious concern. This was also reported on NPR. Calculate this and it would seem that there is one informant for about every 40 American Muslims.
The NYPD denied that the problem was anything this widespread. It defended its partnership with the CIA as appropriate and authorized.
AP subsequently obtained a copy of a document entitled The Demographics Unit. You can see a PDF here. This means that those articles saying that such a unit doesn’t exist are questionable at best. The “Ancestries of Interest” page is particularly concerning as this can’t be seen as anything other than profiling. The AP has published another article with updated information NYPD monitored where Muslims ate, shopped, prayed by Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman.
Eli Clifton reported on a very troubling question of who are the Funders Behind NYPD’s Mysterious Private ‘Counter-Terrorism’ Foundation paying for Islamophobic trainers.
Adam Goldman has reported more fully on the NYPD spy program. His article includes this
... police then identified 53 “mosques of concern” and placed undercover officers and informants there, the documents show.
Many of those mosques were flagged for allegations of criminal activity, such as alien smuggling, financing Hamas or money laundering. Others were identified for having ties to Salafism, a hardline movement preaching a strict version of Islamic law. Still others were identified for what the documents refer to as “rhetoric.”
Other reasons are less clear. Two mosques, for instance, were flagged for having ties to Al-Azhar, the 1,000-year-old Egyptian mosque that is the pre-eminent institute of Islamic learning in the Sunni Muslim world. Al-Azhar was one of the first religious institutions to condemn the 2001 terrorist attacks. President George W. Bush’s close adviser, Karen Hughes, visited Al-Azhar in 2005 and applauded its courage. Al-Azhar was also a sponsor of Obama’s 2009 speech reaching out to the Muslim world.
Sarah Sayeed of the Interfaith Center of New York explained clearly why all of this is so important.
If it is all legal, then why is it a problem? One issue is the sense of powerlessness and fear that such surveillance engenders. Police surveillance of any space, whether it is a building or a bar, suggests that something about that space is a cause for concern. We assume that the police, as a law enforcement agency, are there watching out because something illegal has happened there. Common sense tells me that if my place of worship is being watched by the police for terrorism, it is not a place that I should go to. Since the news report last week suggested that every single mosque in New York City had been canvassed and “crawled,” then effectively, there is no mosque in New York City that the police deem safe from terrorism. It seems there is no mosque that I should consider safe for me and my family.
For observant Muslims, drifting away from the mosque creates spiritual dislocation and disconnection from the community. There is also a cost to religious freedom, a growing sense that our choices are constrained. For someone like me, who has grown up in the United States and has a sense of belonging outside the mosque, the loss of not attending the mosque is serious but in a different way. For newer immigrants who feel estranged and rely on their mosque for a sense of belonging, direction, and rootedness, the consequence of staying away is potentially greater alienation. In addition, newer immigrants who come from countries where police are heavy-handed are even more likely to stay away if they believe the police secretly watch the mosque. Given that the NYPD has theorized a role for alienation in radicalization, its initiative to monitor every mosque could ultimately produce the very problem that it claims is a factor in “home-grown” terrorism—more alienation.
Another problem is that the news of NYPD’s use of CIA professionals and CIA-informed methods comes at a low point in its relationship with key community leaders, who increasingly feel marginalized by the Police Commissioner. Many of these organizations and individuals came together to form the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition to respond to the NYPD Report on Radicalization, released in 2008. There is a growing frustration among these leaders about the NYPD’s lack of accountability and transparency. Since 2009, leaders have been asking for access to the curriculum the NYPD uses to teach its officers about Islam and Muslims. The requests have been ignored and leaders became more annoyed with recent news about the use of “The Third Jihad” as background video in a training break for cadets. They have asked for websites that the NYPD lists as inciting terrorism. That has also been ignored. They asked about the use of informants. They did not get a response. Without such information, community leaders are unable to make a determination as to whether the Police is an ally, and whether it will do right by the community. The relationship is growing less collegial, with coalition leaders turning increasingly away from dialogue as a viable option, towards media advocacy and considering lawsuits against the NYPD as a more suitable remedy.
Trust is the basis of any partnership. It is generated when partners take the time to listen to each other, to accept each others’ concerns as legitimate and real. In a relationship where there is a clear imbalance of institutional power, such as police having more power than the community, it becomes incumbent on the party with more power to do more of the listening. Listening is required in order to exercise power and authority with justice. Listening and the trust that it engenders can go a long way to create a partnership that will benefit not just the NYPD, but ultimately all of New York.
By ignoring legitimate questions, dismissing community concerns as polemics, and leaving it to investigative journalists to expose its questionable programs, the NYPD has shown a shaky commitment to real and honest partnership. It has shown how little it trusts the Muslim community. Let’s just hope that the currently fractured relationship can be reversed, and it doesn’t turn into a liability. Our collective safety depends upon it.
Ryan J. Reilly reported that
Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) aren’t messing around when it comes to stopping federal dollars from flowing to anti-Muslim terrorism training. In a letter to Obama on Tuesday, the duo said that if the administration can’t develop criteria to keep bigoted information out of counter-terrorism training, they’ll “consider drafting a legislative mandate or even imposing standards by statute.”
“An initial review by our staff reveals that agencies providing grants to state and local law enforcement lack meaningful standards for counter-terrorism curriculum and an adequate vetting process for individual trainers,” Lieberman and Collins wrote.
“In addition, state and local law enforcement often have little to no guidance from the federal government on what counter-terrorism training should entail,” they write. “The result has often been cases of trainers spewing inaccurate or even bigoted information to state and local law enforcement personnel, stigmatizing Muslim-Americans generally, and in effect, lending support to the false narrative that we are ‘at war’ with Islam.”
“As we have previously stated in letters to this administration, we have serious concerns that improper training may not be isolated occurrences and could be detrimental to our efforts to confront homegrown terrorism,” they write. “Since Muslim Americans are our main allies in the fight against violent Islamist extremism domestically, any training that implies otherwise is both inaccurate and counterproductive.”
Last month, a number of NYC Muslim & Interfaith leaders sent a letter to Mayor Bloomberg declining his Interfaith Breakfast invitation because of this issue of spying.
As Muslim religious, civic, and lay leaders in the city of New York, we have received the invitation to your 2011 annual year-end interfaith breakfast. We recognize from our experience over the years that such events can be a very good opportunity for the city’s leaders to come together for the betterment of our society, in the spirit of interfaith cooperation. We strongly value the civic and interfaith relationships celebrated at this event. However, this year we have decided to respectfully decline your invitation.
We believe with heartfelt conviction that during times when a community’s rights are being flagrantly violated its leaders cannot in good conscience appear at a public gathering with the government official who is ultimately responsible and smile for the cameras as if all is well, when we know full well that it is not.
Last year, we appreciated your principled position in defense of Park51 and American Muslims as we endured attacks from hate groups and opportunistic politicians who promoted un-American, divisive rhetoric. We also appreciated your compassion and responsiveness when two horrific fires in the Bronx resulted in the perishing of many members of a Muslim family and the destruction of a Mosque.
However, despite these welcome and positive actions, very disturbing revelations have come to light regarding the City’s treatment of Muslim New Yorkers. This past August, the Associated Press released a series of investigative reports that detailed how, over the past decade since 9/11, the NYPD has been monitoring and profiling virtually every layer of NYC Muslim public life, often with no suspicion of wrongdoing. These reports were based in large part on leaked NYPD documents and interviews with unidentified former and current NYPD officials. According to the investigation, the police department monitored and collected information on New Yorkers at about 250 mosques, schools, and businesses throughout the city, simply because of their religion and not because they exhibited suspicious behavior.
Mayor Bloomberg, the extent of these civil rights violations is astonishing, yet instead of calling for accountability and the rule of law, you have thus far defended the NYPD’s misconduct. We, on the other hand, believe that such measures threaten the rights of all Americans, and deepen mistrust between our communities and law enforcement. We are not alone in our belief. Many New Yorkers continue to express a variety of concerns centered on a lack of law enforcement accountability in our city, from stop and frisk procedures in African American and Spanish-speaking communities, to the tactics used in the evacuation of Zuccotti Park.
At least 34 members of the U.S. Congress, including a ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee and eight Members of the House Judiciary Committee, have expressed similar concerns about the NYPD and called for the House Judiciary Committee and the Department Of Justice to investigate the surveillance program.
We believe it is unequivocally wrong and fundamentally misguided to invest law enforcement resources in religious or racial profiling, rather than investigating suspicious activity. We wholeheartedly agree with the words of Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA), who said:
“I know that public safety must be of the utmost concern to enforcement agencies. I also know that we must not single out a group based solely upon their ethnicity or religion, especially when such actions undermine the sanctity of the Constitution and the security of our homeland.”
We are deeply disturbed that to date we have only heard your words of strong support for these troubling policies and violations of our rights. We are equally disturbed by Commissioner Kelly’s denials of what we know to be true as verified by the leaked documents. We echo the public statement of Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY):
“It is the mayor’s job, I might point out, to ensure that the Police Department, under his command, obeys the laws and respects the rights of all New Yorkers.”
Muslims comprise no less than 10% of the city’s population. As New Yorkers we call on you to safeguard our freedoms through robust and independent oversight of police activities. We seek your clear, unambiguous, public support for the rights and privacy of all New Yorkers, including Muslims; and a condemnation of all policies that profile and target communities and community groups solely based on their religion or the color of their skin. We desire equality and safety for ourselves and our children. Like many other New Yorkers, we are confident that our city would benefit from increased transparency in government, and greater police accountability. We request a meeting at the earliest possible date between yourself and a delegation that we will form to discuss these issues.
As we await your response regarding these issues, we pray that the New Year will usher in a more just and healthy chapter in our relationship with both you and the New York City Police Department.
Just last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that
The CIA’s top lawyer never approved sending a veteran agency officer to New York, where he helped set up police spying programs, The Associated Press has learned. Such approval would have been required under the presidential order that Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said authorized the unusual assignment.
Normally, when the CIA dispatches one of its officers to work in another government agency, rules are spelled out in advance in writing to ensure the CIA doesn’t cross the line into domestic spying. Under a 1981 presidential order, the CIA is permitted to provide “specialized equipment, technical knowledge or assistance of expert personnel” to local law enforcement agencies but only when the CIA’s general counsel approves in each case.
Neither of those things happened in 2002, when CIA Director George Tenet sent veteran agency officer Lawrence Sanchez to New York, former U.S. intelligence officials told the AP. While on the CIA’s payroll, Sanchez was the architect of spying programs that transformed the NYPD into one of the nation’s most aggressive domestic intelligence agencies.
So, it seems that both in the scope of the surveillance of the Muslim community in New York, and the cooperation of the CIA with the NYPD on domestic spying, there has been a serious ongoing problem.
THE THIRD JIHAD AS A NYPD TRAINING TOOL
In a 2008 article “Obsession” - Happy Ramadan: “The Third Jihad” - Happy Eid, I wrote about this film, and about the individuals involved in the film - both the Islamophobes and the Muslim lunatic fringe used so effectively to smear the entire American Muslim community. One of those appearing in this film was NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Some of the memes reinforced in this film are that Muslims are “using the freedoms of the West against ‘us’”, “We must learn that though all Muslims are not terrorists, all terrorists who pose a threat to us are Muslim”, “Profiling Muslims is absolutely necessary if we are to survive at all”, “much of Muslim leadership here in America” aims to “infiltrate and dominate” the United States.
Also in 2008, I published Who is behind Relentless, Obsession and The Third Jihad? which contains a lot of information about the individuals and organizations behind producing and disseminating this anti-Muslim film. Raphael Shore, Rabbi Ephraim Shore, the Clarion Fund, Aish Hatorah, Honest Reporting, Christians United for Israel, Rev. John Hagee, Front Line Strategies (a Republican PR firm), Hasbara Fellowships, the Mamiye Foundation, MEMRI, David Horowitz’ Terrorism Awareness Project, Nonie Darwish, Alan Dershowitz, Rev. O’neal Dozier, Steven Emerson, Brigitte Gabriel, Caroline Glick, Center for Security Policy, Alfons Heck, Glenn Jenvey, Irwin Katzov, Wayne Kopping, John Loftus, the Intelligence Summit, Itamar Marcus, Peter Mier (alias), Ari Morgenstern, Daniel Pipes, Gregory Ross, Walid Shoebat, Sarah Stern, Ron Torossian, Tom Trento, Khaled Abu Toameh, Eric Werth, and Robert Wistrich are all discussed in some detail in this article. These individuals and organizations come up again and again in connection with one anti-Muslim activity or another.
When the fact that the NYPD had used this film as a training tool came out, they denied that it had ever been seen by more than a few officers. The denials changed over time. First, it was only shown once or twice, then perhaps for a little longer, etc.
And now, we find out that this situation also is more serious than was originally admitted.
An editorial published 1/23/12 in the New York Times In Police Training, a Dark Film on U.S. Muslims raised some serious issues regarding the use of the anti-Muslim film The Third Jihad as a training tool for law enforcement officers:
In January 2011, when news broke that the department had used the film in training, a top police official denied it, then said it had been mistakenly screened “a couple of times” for a few officers.
A year later, police documents obtained under the state’s Freedom of Information Law reveal a different reality: “The Third Jihad,” which includes an interview with Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, was shown, according to internal police reports, “on a continuous loop” for between three months and one year of training. During that time, at least 1,489 police officers, from lieutenants to detectives to patrol officers, saw the film.
... “The department’s response was to deny it and to fight our request for information,” said Faiza Patel, a director at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School, which obtained the release of the documents through a Freedom of Information request. “The police have shown an explosive documentary to its officers and simply stonewalled us.”
... The 72-minute film was financed by the Clarion Fund, a nonprofit group whose board includes a former Central Intelligence Agency official and a deputy defense secretary for President Ronald Reagan. Its previous documentary attacking Muslims’ “war on the West” attracted support from the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a major supporter of Israel who has helped reshape the Republican presidential primary by pouring millions of dollars into a so-called super PAC that backs Newt Gingrich.
Commissioner Kelly is listed on the “Third Jihad” Web site as a “featured interviewee.” Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman, wrote in an e-mail that filmmakers had lifted the clip from an old interview. The commissioner, Mr. Browne said, has not asked the filmmakers to remove him from its Web site, or to clarify that he had not cooperated with them.
... How the film came to be used in police training, and even for how long, was not clear. An undated memorandum from the department’s commanding officer for specialized training noted that an employee of the federal Department of Homeland Security handed the DVD to the New York police in January 2010. Since then, this officer said, the video was shown continuously “during the sign-in, medical and administrative orientation process.” A Department of Homeland Security spokesman said it was never used in its curriculum, and might have come from a contractor.
... Mr. Browne said he had been unaware of the higher viewership of the film until asked about it by The New York Times last week.
There is the question of the officers who viewed the movie during training. Mr. Browne said the Police Department had no plans to correct any false impressions the movie might have left behind. “There’s no plan to contact officers who saw it,” he said, or to “add other programming as a result.”
When the issue of NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly having appeared in the film was raised, the NYPD first said that they had used an old film clip without permission, and slowly this has proven not to have been true at all. Today, the Huffington Post reported that Kelly not only admitted having participated in the film, but said that he regretted that decision.
As with many of these “training” programs, the damage has been done, and simply saying we won’t show it anymore doesn’t undo that damage. I believe that there needs to be an investigation, and that at the very least there does need to be some serious effort made to provide a counter message to the anti-Muslim message received by nearly 1,500 NYPD officers.
John Eligon, also of the New York Times reports that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Tuesday that whoever decided to show a film depicting American Muslims as extremists to nearly 1,500 city police officers “exercised some terrible judgment.”
And, now the Times has turned up even more on the cover up of this incident.
The New York City police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, through a top aide, acknowledged for the first time on Tuesday that he personally cooperated with the filmmakers of “The Third Jihad” — a decision the commissioner now describes as a mistake.
... Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne told The New York Times on Monday that the filmmakers had relied on old interview clips and had never spoken with the commissioner.
On Tuesday, the film’s producer, Raphael Shore, e-mailed The Times and provided a date and time for their 90-minute interview with the commissioner at Police Headquarters on March 19, 2007. Told of this e-mail, Mr. Browne revised his account. “He’s right,” Mr. Browne said Tuesday of the producer. “In fact, I recommended in February 2007 that Commissioner Kelly be interviewed.”
... The Police Department’s admission suggests a closer relationship between it and the provocative film, which has drawn angry condemnation from Muslim and civil rights groups, than officials had previously acknowledged.
Mr. Browne said that the director of the film, Erik Werth, whom he described as part of an “Emmy-nominated ‘Dateline NBC’ team and Clinton administration staffer on security matters,” asked to speak to the commissioner for a cable film on “foiled terrorist plots and the current threat matrix.”
Mr. Shore, in a follow-up e-mail, cast doubt on this explanation. “Mr. Browne,” he said, “was informed that the interview was for a documentary on radical Islam.”
So, we now know that Kelly participated willingly in the interview.
And, of course, Pamela Geller noticed that the New York Times had taken the lead on investigating and reporting on this story and wrote an article NY Times Wages Holy War On Film, Third Jihad. Within that article she accused the Times of being the “Islamic law enforcer in America”, “unhinged”, and “self-enforcing the blasphemy laws (‘do not offend Islam’) under the sharia”.
Geller also objected to this statement in one of the Times articles:
The 72-minute film was financed by the Clarion Fund, a nonprofit group whose board includes a former Central Intelligence Agency official and a deputy defense secretary for President Ronald Reagan. Its previous documentary attacking Muslims’ “war on the West” attracted support from the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a major supporter of Israel who has helped reshape the Republican presidential primary by pouring millions of dollars into a so-called super PAC that backs Newt Gingrich.
Repeated calls over the past several days to the Clarion Fund, which is based in New York, were not answered. The nonprofit group shares officials with Aish HaTorah, an Israeli organization that opposes any territorial concessions on the West Bank. The producer of “The Third Jihad,” Raphael Shore, also works with Aish HaTorah.
This provoked Geller to make the accusation that the Times is an ”... anti-Jewish newspaper, The NY Times implies a Jewish conspiracy went into making the film.”
Claiming that even mentioning the names of the organizations and individuals involved in the production of the film “The Third Jihad” makes the Times anti-Semitic is a misuse of the term.
Four New York Councilmembers, Jumaane Williams, Letitia James and Vincent Gentile, all Democrats from Brooklyn, and Ydanis Rodriguez, a Democrat from Manhattan, called for an investigation into the NYPD training.
MPAC issued a press release:
The Muslim Public Affairs Council is pursuing initiatives to demand changes of NYPD training practices and policies after news revealed over 1,500 NYPD officers were shown the bigoted film, The Third Jihad.
On Tuesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said police showed “terrible judgment” in showing the propaganda film, which paints Muslims as closet extremists, and pledged “we’ll find out” who was behind the decision.
... “The real issue is that this bigoted propaganda was shown at all,” said Salam Al-Marayati, MPAC President. “The NYPD is actually feeding into the cottage industry of hate under the guise of countering violent extremism. It must acknowledge this egregious error and begin the process of rectifying this problem and seriously pursuing policy reforms. MPAC is demanding this process begin immediately.”
Any and all law enforcement training must adhere to the training guidelines established in October 2011 by the Department of Homeland Security and National Counterterrorism Center.
Human Rights Watch issued a press release
New York City officials should order a full investigation into the showing of an anti-Muslim film during police training and take appropriate action against all those responsible, Human Rights Watch said today.
... “The New York City police not only showed an offensive anti-Muslim film during training, but its leadership grossly misrepresented the scope of the problem,” said Alison Parker, US program director at Human Rights Watch. “A real investigation is promptly needed, with real results.”
... “The problem here is not just about the police showing an inflammatory movie,” Parker said. “Their failure to begin disciplinary action shows a serious disregard for the rights of the city’s Muslims and fuels concerns that the Muslim community is being singled out for this kind of treatment. The city needs to demonstrate that the police will not engage in discrimination.”
CAIR issued a press release:
On Thursday, January 26, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY)—along with the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition (MACLC) and other minority and civil liberties groups—will hold a news conference on the steps of City Hall to call for the resignations of New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Ray Kelly and Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne due to revelations that they covered up their roles in the production of the anti-Islam propaganda film “The Third Jihad” that was shown to almost 1500 NYPD officers.
“As leaders of the nation’s largest police department, Commissioner Kelly and Deputy Commissioner Browne’s actions set a tone for relations with law enforcement that impact American Muslims nationwide,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “The reputation of the NYPD deteriorates with each new revelation of improper actions. It’s time for change.”
“This controversy has moved beyond an issue of poor judgment in the use of an Islamophobic training film to an issue of the integrity of public officials,” said CAIR-NY Civil Rights Manager Cyrus McGoldrick. “The lack of truthfulness exhibited by Commissioner Kelly and Deputy Commissioner Browne means New Yorkers must now question the credibility of every statement they make. This situation necessitates their immediate resignations.”
He said this latest revelation comes following a year-long series of misstatements and retractions from Kelly and Browne that indicates a total disregard for the civil rights of American Muslims and a complete lack of respect for one of the city’s largest religious communities.
The Arab American ADC a press release:
Washington, DC | http://www.adc.org | January 26, 2012 – This morning the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) called on New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Ray Kelly, and Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne to immediately resign from their respective positions. Commissioner Kelly and his Deputy recently admitted to taking part in the filming and production of the “Third Jihad” – a blatantly bigoted and hate-filled film vilifying the American-Muslim community. Commissioner Kelly and his Deputy had recently lied to community members by denying any involvement in the film. The decision to take part in the film, as well as show the film to nearly 1,500 NYPD cadets raises serious concerns about Kelly’s ability to serve and protect minority groups in New York City.
Commissioner Kelly has engaged the NYPD in programs that have no regards for civil rights and liberties. Practices such as data mapping of the American-Muslim community in New York, extensive and unwarranted surveillance programs, partnership with the CIA, already raised doubts about Kelly’s policing methods. Involvement with “Third Jihad” sends a clear message that the NYPD’s dealings with New York’s diverse Muslim communities are based on bigotry and blanket suspicion.
ADC President Warren David declared that “the residents of New York deserve much better than what Commissioner Kelly and his Deputy are offering. They deserve transparency, honesty, integrity and a leader who embodies the fundamental principles needed to serve and protect the community. Commissioner Kelly lacks all these qualities and it is time for him to resign. The actions of Commissioner Kelly leaves one to wonder if he was preparing to make an appearance on a training video filmed and produced by the KKK.”
The Third Jihad portrays Muslims as engaged in a “1400 year war” to “infiltrate and dominate America.” The film includes inflammatory imagery, including people who appear to be Muslim engaging in acts of terrorism, car bombs exploding, executed children, and repeated images of an Islamic flag flying over the White House.
ADC will continue to monitor this situation and provide full support to residents in NYC that are working directly on this matter.
We have NY Councilmembers calling for an investigation, as well as Human Rights Watch, CAIR, MPAC, MACLC, Arab American ADC, and many other organizations. And, Pamela Geller writes yet another hateful article noting only CAIR’s statement, and raising the same often repeated accusations about CAIR. CAIR is one of many American Muslim and non-Muslim organizations calling for an investigation. Ignoring this fact shows a definite bias. The fact that CAIR is one of the organizations calling for an investigation doesn’t invalidate the argument that an investigation is needed.
Today Daisy Khan of the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) published an article on the Huffington Post. In her article she shares her view that this controversy is a serious setback for relations between the Muslim community and the NYPD, but she calls not for a resignation, but for reconciliation:
... While many are calling for Commissioner Kelly’s resignation, I believe that what is most needed now is a process of reconciliation and reparation, bringing New York Muslims back to the table as full and equal partners in the fight against extremism. We must address the root cause of this incident, the anti-Muslim hate groups who use their influence to brainwash the public and undermine the credibility of the NYPD. Commissioner Kelly’s own actions have proven that he is deeply committed to reaching out to Muslims, and I know that the NYPD is capable of turning the tide from animosity and suspicion to respect and cooperation.
Under Commissioner Kelly’s leadership, the police department has made great strides to attract Muslim recruits. Now there are almost 1500 Muslims serving in NYPD with police officers patrolling the streets in all boroughs, 350 of them belong to a NYPD Muslim officers Society formed in 2008, with their very own Muslim chaplain, Khalid Latif, who ministers to the need of NYPD’s uniform and civilian members. If Commissioner Kelly is forced to resign, it could have a demoralizing effect on those who work so hard to keep our city safe.
Also today, Zuhdi Jasser published an article defending the film The Third Jihad (which he narrated). What I found of interest in Jasser’s article is that he said ”... about the showing of my documentary film The Third Jihad ...” The emphasis is mine, and I find it curious that he refers to this as MY film. Jasser seems to believe that the fact that he is a Muslim and was involved in making the film somehow proves that the film is not anti-Muslim. He says “The Third Jihad is not anti-Islam or anti-Muslim. If it were, I would not have been a part of it.” Jasser’s views are predictable, and TAM has a backgrounder on him here.
It has now also been confirmed that the CIA officer working as a special assistant to the New York Police Department’s top intelligence officer will leave his post in April.
A new article in the Times Kelly Says Anti-Muslim Film Shouldn’t Have Been Screened quotes Kelly as saying that this film “should not have been shown” to New York City officers, and calling the film “inflammatory”. It also quotes Kelly as placing responsibility for the decision to show the film on a sergeant. The closing paragraph of the article says Mr. Kelly said that he first saw the film on Tuesday, the day after an article in The New York Times disclosed that at least 1,489 police officers had seen it.
I have difficulty understanding how especially on a matter of such importance, the man at the top of the chain of command can place the blame on a junior officer, and then say that he himself had never even seen a film in which he appeared as an interviewee. This film came out in 2008 - that’s 4 years ago. And, in all that time, the Commissioner of the NYPD never considered that he should actually see a film in which he appeared?
Former LAPD Police Chief and Collaborate Or Perish! author William Bratton seems to have dropped something of a bomb on Current TV’s The Young Turks, telling host Cenk Uygur Tuesday night that his LAPD “had interactions with the CIA” to “to make them aware of our capabilities and our needs.”
While the CIA’s coordination with the NYPD has been big news, Bratton’s bombshell has proven a silent but deadly, barely registering with the news media.
Politicker NY reported that the lone Muslim councilperson, Robert Jackson from Harlem, had defended the showing of the Third Jihad film to the NYPD. I was shocked by this report, but was just sent a press release from Jackson which says in part
After initially sharing my comments with a local news outlet – which were taken out of context - I have learned additional details surrounding the making of The Third Jihad and its use as training material for officers of the New York Police Department that raise grave concerns.
As the only member of the New York City Council of Muslim faith, I obviously care for the wellbeing and safety of all New Yorkers. I condemn any message or behavior that distorts or misuses the tenets of any faith to promote a message of hate and intolerance.
I have reviewed the entirety of the film, which its producers claim is about violent Muslim extremists and portrays characters plotting to and harming others in the name of their faith. The film clearly blurs that message into conveying that the majority of Muslims aspire to infiltrate American communities with the sole purpose of harming, and that is clearly inaccurate, divisive, and dangerous.
The NYPD’s intention of continuously using this film to train fellow officers on how to address or understand Islam and Muslim-Americans in our great city is not only irresponsible, it has committed a great disservice to the officers who are charged with protecting and serving us all. It is nothing short of disturbing that Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne has repeatedly dismissed many New Yorkers’ valid concerns and intentionally misrepresented the facts about the extent of his knowledge about the film, Commissioner Kelly’s role in the film, and the extent to which the film has been used in official NYPD training. In my opinion this requires his immediate removal as the NYPD’s chief spokesperson. Lying to all New Yorkers while serving as a high-ranking civil servant is unacceptable. Commissioner Kelly should apologize, not only to the countless Muslim-Americans who were hurt by his lamentable decision to be a part of this film and allowing it to be shown to at least 1,400 NYPD officers, but to all New Yorkers for the NYPD’s misinformation about the facts surrounding it.
I recognize that upholding public safety for all New Yorkers is challenging and of top priority for all of us, but it must not come at the expense of treating the Muslim community or any other religious or ethnic group like second-class citizens. I feel confident in speaking for all New Yorkers of good conscience, as well as the NYC Muslim community, when I say that we stand with the good and noble work of the 35,000 officers of the NYPD to ensure the safety of our great city from any threat, but we should not tolerate immoral, hateful or misguided actions by anyone in the NYPD or any other city agency.
Clearly, an appropriate, comprehensive and grassroots approach to cultural sensitivity training for NYPD officers at every level is needed, but a re-training of the officers who were exposed to The Third Jihad’s hateful rhetoric is critically required. As part of this effort, Commissioner Kelly should immediately launch a department-wide review of policies and practices with the goal of eliminating the infiltration of messages that represent misinformation and intolerance. As long as the NYPD allows for an environment where officers can be trained based on biased and false information, the safety of all New Yorkers may be compromised and the integrity and confidence in our great police force will be undermined. I call on Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly to address these issues swiftly.
The ACLU Blog of Rights published an article Empirical Study Confirms That American Muslims Do Not Pose a Threat of “Homegrown Terror” which discusses the most recent of many reports that document the same facts.
Today, the N.Y. Times reported that Charles Kurzman, author of a study by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, concludes American Muslims pose "a minuscule threat to public safety." The report found that 20 American Muslims were charged in violent plots or attacks in 2011, down from 26 in 2010 and 47 in 2009. It also found that not a single murder in 2011 resulted from extremist violence by Muslims in the United States.
This empirical study provides further evidence against alarmist claims of a so-called “homegrown terrorist” threat from American Muslim communities. These false claims have done deep damage, and were the basis for Congressional hearings that questioned American Muslim communities’ loyalty to the United States. Yet, these claims are grounded in nothing but bias, stereotyping, and an unsupported equation of belief in Islam with terrorism.
The most effective means for the government to address security threats is by focusing on real threats of violence or on violent behavior, plain and simple. Discriminatory attitudes and prejudiced policies that target American Muslims — like misguided Congressional hearings, FBI racial mapping, the infiltration of mosques, and NYPD surveillance of Muslim communities — do nothing to make us safer. They may even undermine crucial bonds between American Muslim communities and the government that are critical to effective law enforcement.
It’s both ineffective and unconstitutional to stigmatize any American community as “suspect” simply because of its beliefs. The American Muslim community is no exception.
A few must read articles which put the issues involved into perspective: Glenn Greenwald, The Grave Threat of “Homegrown Terrorism”. Jim Lobe, Muslim “Terror Threat” Belied by Numbers. Kevin Drum, Chart of the Day: Homegrown Terrorism Has Shrunk to Minuscule Proportions
More information is coming out and it seems that the NYPD also spied on Muslim student groups at various colleges and universities. The President of Yale University issued a statement which said
The Associated Press has released a document showing that the New York Police Department monitored the web sites of many Muslim Students Associations, including our association here at Yale, and may have conducted improper surveillance of Muslim students at other institutions. I am writing to state, in the strongest possible terms, that police surveillance based on religion, nationality, or peacefully expressed political opinions is antithetical to the values of Yale, the academic community, and the United States. Also I want to make sure our community knows that the Yale Police Department has not participated in any monitoring by the NYPD and was entirely unaware of NYPD activities until the recent news reports.
The Yale Muslim Students Association has been an important source of support for Yale students during a period when Muslims and Islam itself have too often been the target of thoughtless stereotyping, misplaced fear, and bigotry. Now, in the wake of these disturbing news reports, I want to assure the members of the Yale Muslim Students Association that they can count on the full support of Yale University.
Rutgers University also issued a statement.
Although the NYPD claims that this program didn’t target a particular religious group, a number of journalists have obtained information that shows that this is not true. The Guardian reports that “The New York police department collected information on businesses owned by second- and third-generation Americans specifically because they were Muslims, according to newly obtained secret documents. They show in the clearest terms yet that police were monitoring people based on religion, despite claims from mayor Michael Bloomberg to the contrary.” More here, and here,
On March 5, Zuhdi Jasser, Tarek Fatah, and a handful of other Muslims joined Rep. Peter King in support of the NYPD spying program. Asra Nomani also wrote an article in support of the NYPD program. More here on the significance of this Muslim support.
The NY Daily News reports that the NYPD spying efforts were not only inappropriate, but inaccurate. Here are only a few of the wrongly identified “Muslim” businesses they identified.
NYPD anti-terror detectives compiled lists of businesses, stores and mosques linked to Muslim New Yorkers with Syrian, Albanian and Egyptian roots. But they didn’t do a very thorough job.
The owners of most of the establishments listed in the “Syrian Locations of Concern Report” told The Daily News Friday they are neither Syrian nor Muslim. “I think it’s pretty comical that my store would be in this report,” said David Idy, owner of Kings Row, a clothing store on Avenue U in Brooklyn. “I happen to be a Sephardic Jew. My family is from Egypt, but I was actually raised in Bensonhurst and consider myself an American.”
Cops also listed a Bronx barber shop called “Dino’s European Hair Style,” noting that its owner is Albanian and its close proximity to the North Bronx Muslim Center. Shop owner Sammy Eirovic said, “I’m not Albanian, I’m Montenegran.” “Honestly, I’m really surprised anybody would be spying on me,” he said. “We just cut hair.”
Sahar Aziz has just published an important article discussing NYPD surveillance and the Muslim community NYPD Surveillance Shows No Good Deed Goes Unpunished for American Muslims. Here are a few highlights:
In the same week, a Moroccan 29-year-old man was caught attempting to bomb the Capitol in a government-led terrorism sting operation and the NYPD was caught systemically spying on Muslim students at Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers, and other universities on the US east coast. These two seemingly distinct events epitomize the fundamental flaws in the government’s counterterrorism policies.
On the one hand, the government, under both the Bush and Obama administrations, has expended significant resources to conduct “community outreach” meetings with Muslims across the nation. On the other hand, while Muslims are lured into trusting their government, they are systematically spied on, investigated, and sometimes prosecuted.
... In a blatant violation of their trust, local and federal agencies are recording these community outreach meetings, as well as the names and personal information of the attendees. Even Muslim imams who have been engaging with the government for years have found themselves under investigation by the NYPD. Community outreach meetings appear nothing more than a tool within a broader fishing expedition of Muslim communities nationwide. The strategy is that if there is no evidence of terrorism, then the government must go out there and create it through community outreach meetings that set the groundwork for sting operations.
In doing so, the government is alienating its most important ally, the Muslim community, which has been the most effective counter-terrorism tool the government has.
... Meanwhile, the government admits that “lone wolf” terrorists are currently the primary threat of homegrown terrorism in the United States. Despite the conclusions of a recent report by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security (pdf) that terrorism committed by Muslims in America is declining, the government is focused solely on Muslims. To be sure, religious profiling is the least of the government’s concern, especially during an election year when politicians earn political capital by Muslim-bashing.
Herein lies the paradox.
Assuming the government’s conclusions are correct, lone wolf terrorists are very difficult to detect because they do not have co-conspirators or networks of support. They are often mentally unstable individuals at the margins of society. To the extent that the lone wolf terrorists who are Muslim seek to recruit other Muslims, they risk detection. This is explains the government’s appetite for community engagement in hopes that Muslims will report such interactions.
But can we reasonably expect Americans who are themselves collectively targets of surveillance and suspicion to trust the very agencies spying on them? One need only study the experiences of African Americans systematically harassed, investigated, and prosecuted by police. The result is an understandable distrust of law enforcement—so much so that young African-American men go out of their way to avoid any contact with the police. Rather than view law enforcement agencies as protectors, they are viewed as persecutors. So long as the police engage in systemic racial profiling and attendant criminal punishments, community outreach is futile, as well as disingenuous.
Thus, American Muslims face a palpable dilemma. If they report suspicions about terrorism, they invite government scrutiny into their lives and are likely to become targets of informants, investigations and surveillance (if they are not already). This entails very serious risks to their liberty. If they avoid interacting with law enforcement to protect their civil liberties, however, they are accused of condoning terrorism and disloyalty.
Like any other Americans, American Muslims condemn and report terrorism about which they have knowledge. But revelations about the NYPD’s surveillance program, coupled with proven surveillance of community outreach meetings, make one thing clear: no good deed goes unpunished for Muslims in America.
110 Advocacy and Civil Rights groups have sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to investigate the NYPD’s Muslim surveillance. The letter said
The undersigned civil rights, faith, community, and advocacy groups write to express our deep concern regarding the New York Police Department’s (“NYPD”) well-documented and blanket surveillance of Muslim communities in America without any suspicion of wrongdoing. The NYPD appears to have targeted individuals and communities for surveillance based upon nothing more than their faith. Such measures are just the latest manifestation of the NYPD’s discriminatory practices against racial, religious, and ethnic minorities. In light of the breadth of information now available, we strongly urge the Department of Justice to commence a prompt investigation into NYPD surveillance of Muslims in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut, including determining whether potentially unlawful surveillance continues.
Since August 2011, the Associated Press has released a series of reports, based on the NYPD’s own documents, about one or more NYPD intelligence gathering programs that specifically targeted Muslims. Based on information released to date, the department has surveilled and collected intelligence about approximately 350 mosques, schools, businesses, and individuals, without any apparent evidence of criminal activity, between at least 2005 to 2008. As part of mapping programs that targeted Muslims’ ethnic and national origin throughout New York City, the NYPD maintained a list of “ancestries of interest,” targeted neighborhoods with large Muslim populations, and created maps identifying the religious sect and “ethnic compositions” of Muslim religious organizations, and the ethnicity and national origin of the owners and employees of business frequented by Muslims. The NYPD also sent officers or informants to compile daily reports about Muslim patrons who visited specific cafes and clubs. The range of the NYPD’s surveillance also extended to mosques, community centers, and organizations in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Philadelphia. In October 2011, it was revealed that undercover NYPD officers infiltrated Muslim student associations at eight college campuses in New York. The NYPD has visited the websites, blogs, and forums of Muslim student associations on twelve campuses “as a daily routine” and informants or undercover agents have recorded students’ personal information and taken notes on how frequently students prayed. Most recently, documents show that the NYPD monitored businesses owned by second and third generation Americans because the owners were Muslim.
The NYPD’s improper targeting of innocent Muslims is compounded by its use of a film entitled The Third Jihad. This offensive film falsely depicts Muslims as violent people seeking world domination and was shown continuously at police headquarters, and viewed by an estimated 1,500 officers. Moreover, the producers of the bigoted film conducted a ninety-minute interview with Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
The enormity of the NYPD’s baseless and blanket surveillance operations, which cast suspicion on an entire faith community, and Commissioner Kelly’s own participation in an interview for an offensive and hateful film about Muslims, paint a disturbing picture of NYPD attitudes regarding Muslims. Furthermore, the use of widespread ethnic, racial, and religious profiling to subject religious institutions, schools, businesses and individuals to intelligence gathering is a threat to the rights of everyone. It creates distrust and suspicion among vulnerable communities and sends the chilling message that the NYPD will not act in accordance with the right to be free from unwarranted police scrutiny–a message the NYPD has also been sending by disproportionately subjecting people of color to its aggressive stop-and-frisk practices.
In September 2011, U.S. Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) brought these issues to your attention by requesting an investigation into the NYPD’s blanket surveillance of the Muslim community. Then, in December 2011, thirty-four Members of Congress expressed similar concerns and requested an inquiry into the matter. Most recently, in February 2012, Senator Robert Menendez also reiterated the dire need for a Department of Justice investigation of the NYPD. To date, the Civil Rights Division has neither scheduled nor announced an imminent investigation.
Attempts at seeking accountability for the NYPD at the state level have been unsuccessful. With Governor Cuomo’s support, New York State Attorney General Schneiderman recently declined to pursue an investigation, and Mayor Bloomberg has repeatedly defended the NYPD’s monitoring of Muslims as legal and constitutional. It is deeply disturbing that these officials, who are charged with protecting our civil rights and liberties, appear unwilling to hold the NYPD accountable for its abusive policing practices. As a result, Muslims are being sent the message that the government officials entrusted with protecting their rights will not do so, and furthermore, these officials will not investigate allegations of police misconduct.
In light of the failure of state and local officials to act in response to the NYPD’s abusive conduct, it is critically important that the federal government vindicate our society’s commitment to equal justice under the law and the prohibitions against targeting communities and individuals based solely on their religion, ethnicity, or national origin. We strongly urge the Civil Rights Division to commence an immediate investigation of the NYPD’s past and current practices to identify whether it has violated, or continues to violate, the Constitutional, federal or state law rights of Muslims, including their rights to equal protection of the law, free exercise, and association.
Thank you for your attention to this matter. We look forward to your response.
After an internal investigation, the attorney general of New Jersey has found that New York City police did not violate any laws in its surveillance of Muslim businesses, mosques and student groups in New Jersey.
The AP [url=http://news.yahoo.com/ap-nj-finds-nypd-muslim-surveillance-legal-183326533.htmlrl]
The findings by Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa, a Christie appointee asked by the governor to look into the spying, mean New Jersey Muslims have no state recourse to stop the New York Police Department from infiltrating student groups, videotaping mosque-goers or collecting their license plate numbers as they pray.
... Though civil rights groups argue that the tactics violate federal law, the Justice Department has been reluctant to even discuss the issue. Attorney General Eric Holder has said he is “disturbed” by what he has read about the NYPD. But nearly a year after members of Congress called for an investigation, the Justice Department says it is still reviewing the letters and hasn’t decided whether to look into the matter.
ON THE THIRD JIHAD & OBSESSION
- Bigger, Badder Jihad Plot in ‘Obsession’ Rebooted, Ali Gharib and Eli Clifton http://ipsnorthamerica.net/news.php?idnews=2247
- The Clarion Fund’s Second Dud: The Third Jihad, Loonwatch http://www.loonwatch.com/2009/05/the-clarion-funds-new-hate-the-third-jihad/
- Coming Soon: More Fearmongering With Obsession Sequel, Nick POatler http://www.huntingtonnews.net/columns/070320-patler-comment.html
- Conservatives Stoke Fear of Fifth Column, Sarah Posner http://www.religiondispatches.org/blog/2004/conservatives_stoke_fear_of_fifth_column
- Existing Reports, Polls, and Studies on Islam, Muslims & Radicalization http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/relevant_reports/0018437
- Gingrich’s Anti-Muslim Sugar Daddy Sheldon Adelson Funded Film Shown To NYPD, Adam Serwer
- Haaretz Promoting Muslim-Hating, ‘Third Jihad’, Richard Silverstein http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2009/11/12/haaretz-promoting-muslim-hating-third-jihad/
- Islamophobia, From Screen to Capitol Hill, Sarah Posner http://www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/tapped_archive?month=10&year=2009&base_name=islamophobia_from_screen_to_ca
- Kelly Says Anti-Muslim Film Shouldn’t Have Been Screened, Joseph Goldstein http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/28/nyregion/raymond-kelly-says-anti-muslim-film-shouldnt-have-been-shown.html
- Lieberman Lends His Name To Fear-Mongering Documentary On American Muslims And Terrorism, Justin Elliott http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/11/lieberman.php
- Museum of Tolerance screens Third Jihad, Richard Silverstein http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2009/05/21/museum-of-in-tolerance-screens-muslim-hating-film-third-jihad/
- never again? Simon Wiesenthal Center to screen Islamophobic film “The Third Jihad”, Aziz Poonawalla http://blog.beliefnet.com/cityofbrass/2009/05/never-again-simon-wiesenthal-c.html
- New anti-Muslim DVD ‘The Third Jihad’ released this week: A protocols of the elders of Islam? http://www.progressiveislam.info/diary/715/
- Not all Muslims are terrorists, but ..., Dr. Hesham Hassaballa http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/not_all_muslims_are_terrorists_but/
- Not all terrorists are Muslims, M. Shahed Alam http://www.counterpunch.org/shahid10242006.html
- The NYPD, the CIA, and “The Third Jihad”, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/nypd/0018989
- “Obsession” - Happy Ramadan: “The Third Jihad” - Happy Eid, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_third_jihad_happy_eid
- The NYPD lied about the Islamophobic “Third Jihad”, Hussein Rashid http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/husseinrashid/5620/nypd_and_third_jihad/
- Obsession, Third Jihad Producer Once Arrested for Impersonating Secret Service Agent, Richard Silverstein http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2008/10/10/obsession-third-jihad-producer-once-arrested-for-impersonating-secret-service-agent/
- Rabbis, Muslim Leaders, Hollywood Star and L.A. Sheriff Condemn Clarion Fund’s Obsession and Third Jihad, Richard Silverstein http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2008/10/13/rabbis-muslim-leaders-hollywood-star-and-la-sheriff-condemn-clarion-funds-obsession-and-third-jihad/
- Radical Islam: The (supposed) threat to America, William Belle http://open.salon.com/blog/wqbelle/2011/09/13/radical_islam_the_supposed_threat_to_america
- Radical Islam Wants You…and America, Richard Silverstein http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2008/10/02/radical-islam-wants-youand-america/
- Republican PR Firm Marketing ‘Third Jihad’, Richard Silverstein http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2008/10/11/republican-pr-firm-marketing-third-jihad/
- Snag Films Drops Third Jihad, CNN Asks Whether ‘Foreign’ Money Funds Clarion, Richard Silverstein http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2008/10/15/us-media-cottons-on-to-third-jihad-and-clarion/
- The Third Jihad, Adelson, and Gingrich , Sarah Posner http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/sarahposner/5622/the_third_jihad,_adelson,_and_gingrich/
- Third Jihad cover tweaked again, Richard Bartholomew http://barthsnotes.com/2008/10/12/third-jihad-cover-tweaked-again/
- The Third Jihad Film Review, James Davis http://godonline.newsvine.com/_news/2009/06/30/2982601-film-review-the-third-jihad
- Third Jihad Used to Train Police in New York; Denounced as “Wacky Movie” by Deputy Commissioner, Richard Bartholomew http://barthsnotes.com/2011/01/20/third-jihad-used-to-train-police-in-new-york-denounced-as-wacky-movie-by-deputy-commissioner/
- Who is behind Relentless, Obsession and The Third Jihad?, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/who_is_behind_relentless_obsession_and_the_third_jihad1/
ON LAW ENFORCEMENT & MUSLIMS
ACLU: FBI Guilty of Massive Racial Profiling Operations, Adam Serwer http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/10/aclu-fbi-guilty-massive-racial-profiling-operations
ACLU report on FBI and surveillance http://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/fbi-lowers-surveillance-bar-yet-again
ACLU Lens: FBI Using Biased Counterterrorism Training Materials http://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security-religion-belief/aclu-lens-fbi-using-biased-counterterrorism-training
ACLU: Mapping the FBI: Uncovering Abusive Surveillance and Racial Profiling http://www.aclu.org/mapping-fbi-uncovering-abusive-surveillance-and-racial-profiling
ACLU rep troubled by pervasive anti-Muslim prejudice in FBI http://www.toledoblade.com/Religion/2011/10/22/ACLU-rep-troubled-by-anti-Muslim-prejudice.html
ACLU says FBI uses profiling against Muslims, other minorities, Jerry Markon http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/aclu-says-fbi-uses-racial-profiling-against-muslims-other-minorities/2011/10/20/gIQAN3Ob1L_story.html?hpid=z3
Al-Qaida not a fringe opinion among Muslims, Shoebat tells South Dakota security conference http://www.islamophobia-watch.com/islamophobia-watch/2011/5/12/al-qaida-not-a-fringe-opinion-among-muslims-shoebat-tells-so.html
American Muslims Cooperation With Law Enforcement, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/american-muslims-cooperation-with-law-enforcement
American Muslims welcome Senate inquiry into accuracy and effectiveness of counterterrorism training, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/anti-muslim_law_enforcement_training
Answers to Peter King’s Claims About the American Muslim Community, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/answers_to_peter_kings_claims_about_the_american_muslim_community
Anti-Muslim Bigot and Fanatic Robert Spencer Explains Islam to the FBI and the Tidewater Joint Terrorism Task Force, Robert Dreyfuss http://www.thenation.com/blog/37952/anti-muslim-bigot-and-fanatic-explains-islam-fbi-and-tidewater-joint-terrorism-task-force
Anti-terror lessons of Muslim Americans, Duke University study http://sanford.duke.edu/centers/tcths/documents/Anti-TerrorLessonsfinal.pdf
Anti-Terrorism Training Draws Scrutiny (The Washington Times) http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/mar/29/anti-terrorism-training-draws-scrutiny/
Attorney General Holder: FBI Hurt Terror Fight With ‘Violent Muslim’ Training, Spencer Ackerman http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/11/holder-fbi-islamophobia/
Attorney General Holder firmly committed to eliminating anti-Muslim training http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/10/doj_official_holder_firmly_committed_to_eliminating_anti-muslim_training.php
Center for American Progress CAP releases report “Fear Inc., the Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America”, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/cap-releases-report-fear-inc.-the-roots-of-the-islamophobia-network-in-amer
CIA FBI NYPD spying on American Muslims http://yourjewishnews.com/10341.aspx
Civil rights and the patriot act (TAM article collection) http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/civil_rights_and_the_patriot_act/
Coalition to Challenge NYPD Use of Anti-Muslim Film http://www.aljazeerah.info/Opinion%20Editorials/2011/March/28%20o/Islamophobia%20in%20the%20US,%20March%2026,%202011,%20Coalition%20to%20Challenge%20NYPD%20Use%20of%20Anti-Muslim%20Film.htm
Coalition Letter to Director Mueller http://www.cair.com/Portals/0/pdf/coalition_letter_to_FBI.pdf
Collins, Lieberman demand answers on anti-Muslim police trainers, Esther Kaplan http://www.theinvestigativefund.org/blog/1479/collins,_lieberman_demand_answers_on_anti-muslim_police_trainers
The Consequences of Islamophobia, in the U.S. and Abroad, John Esposito http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the-consequences-of-islamophobia-in-the-u.s.-and-abroad/0018759
Counterproductive Counterterrorism: Counterproductive CounterterrorismHow Anti-Muslim Bias is Undermining America’s Homeland Security, MPAC http://www.mpac.org/publications/policy-papers/counterproductive-counterterrorism.php
Dangerous Lessons in Islamophobia at the FBI, Julian Sanchez http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/dangerous-lessons-in-islamophobia-at-the-fbi/
Documents show NY police watched devout Muslims, Adam Goldman http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hE7olAeX9iUnh0LxCS2EjpniIXRw?docId=fd1a04fa820c44bd820aae6bc75d33e3
Does Course on Islam Give Law Enforcers Wrong Idea? (Seattle Times) http://tinyurl.com/565v8y
Does the FBI Teach Agents that Mainstream Muslims are “Terrorist Sympathizers?”, Don Byrd http://www.bjconline.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4633&Itemid=134
Existing reports and studies on radicalization in the American Muslim Community (TAM article collection) http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/relevant_reports
FBI ends up offending Muslims at outreach workshop, Emily Heffter http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2016171004_copworkshop11m.html
FBI: US attorney general invokes state secrets privilege in suit Calif. Muslims filed against FBI http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/us-attorney-general-invokes-state-secrets-privilege-in-suit-ca-muslims-filed-against-the-fbi/2011/08/02/gIQAhg1LqI_story.html
FBI defends invitation to Robert Spencer http://www.islamophobia-watch.com/islamophobia-watch/2010/8/31/fbi-defends-invitation-to-robert-spencer.html
FBI ‘Islam 101′ Guide Depicted Muslims as 7th-Century Simpletons http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/07/fbi-islam-101-guide/
FBI Lesson Plan: Muslims Are Terrorist Sympathizers, Will Oremus http://slatest.slate.com/posts/2011/09/15/fbi_islam_training_mainstream_muslims_are_violent_terrorist_symp.html
FBI Recommended ‘Complete Idiot’s Guide,’ Anti-Muslim Books To New Agents http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/07/fbi_recommended_complete_idiots_guide_anti-muslim_books_to_new_agents.php
FBI teaches new recruits to read ‘anti-Islam’ books http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8668284/FBI-teaches-new-recruits-to-read-anti-Islam-books.html
FBI Teaches Agents: ‘Mainstream’ Muslims Are ‘Violent, Radical’, Spencer Ackerman http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/09/fbi-muslims-radical/all/1
FBI defends invitation to Robert Spencer http://www.islamophobia-watch.com/islamophobia-watch/2010/8/31/fbi-defends-invitation-to-robert-spencer.html
FBI: Anti-Muslim Bigot and Fanatic Explains Islam to the FBI and the Tidewater Joint Terrorism Task Force, Robert Dreyfuss http://www.thenation.com/blog/37952/anti-muslim-bigot-and-fanatic-explains-islam-fbi-and-tidewater-joint-terrorism-task-force
FBI: Okay, Fine, We’ll Do Something About That Anti-Muslim Training, Adam Serwer http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/09/fbi-okay-fine-well-do-something-about-anti-muslim-training
F.B.I. Scrutinized for Amassing Data on American Communities, Charlie Savage http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/21/us/aclu-releases-fbi-documents-on-american-communities.html?_r=2&src=tp&smid=fb-share
FBI Suggests Anti-Muslim Ideologue Robert Spencer As Recommended Reading, Ryan Lenz http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2011/07/28/fbi-using-anti-muslim-ideologue-as-recommended-reading-for-agents-in-training/
FBI to Expand Domestic Surveillance Powers as Details Emerge of Its Spy Campaign Targeting Activists, Amy Goodman http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/14/fbi_to_expand_domestic_surveillance_powers
FBI Training Materials Treat “Islam” As The Enemy, Adam Serwer http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/09/fbi-training-materials-treat-islam-enemy
FBI: The New FBI Powers: Cointelpro on Steroids, John W. Whitehead http://www.rutherford.org/articles_db/commentary.asp?record_id=716
FBI Using Anti-Muslim Literature To Train Counterterroism Agents, Doug Mataconis http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/fbi-using-anti-muslim-literature-to-train-counterterroism-agents/
FBI’s Key Muslim Ally, Mohamed Elibiary: Bigoted Briefings ‘Make My Job Harder’, Spencer Ackerman http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/09/u-s-muslims-fbi-cooperation/
FBI’s new investigative guidelines raise concerns, Pete Yost http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h38oVLIN8QBLccpsQBj6Cz5NKchw?docId=800edac0370140ae9059814e08171aaf
Federal Bureau of Idiocy, Justin Raimondo http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2011/09/15/the-federal-bureau-of-idiocy/
Federal Funds For Counterterrorism Training Pay For Anti-Muslim Instructors, Ryan J. Reilly http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/federal_funds_for_counterterrorism_training_pay_for_anti-muslim_instructors.php
William Gawthrop, The FBI Trainer Promoting War Against Islam, Paul Woodward http://www.eurasiareview.com/20092011-the-fbi-trainer-promoting-war-against-islam-oped/
William Gawthrop, FBI Analyst: Aim For Islam Like Air Shafts On Jihadists’ Death Star (VIDEO), Ryan J. Reilly http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/09/fbi_analyst_aim_for_islam_like_air_shafts_on_jihadists_death_star_video.php
William Gawthrop, WND’s Terrorism Expert Now Training FBI Agents, Ryan J. Reilly http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/09/wnds_terrorism_expert_now_training_fbi_agents.php
How the NYPD Slipped Blanket Surveillance of American Muslims Past the Courts—and the People, Aziz Huq http://www.thenation.com/article/163633/how-nypd-slipped-blanket-surveillance-american-muslims-past-courts%E2%80%94and-people
How we train our cops to fear Islam, Meg Stalcup and Joshua Craze http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2011/1103.stalcup-craze.html#Byline
The Idiot’s Guide to Foreign Wars (Iraq Edition), Adam Weinstein http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/03/iraq-transitional-handbook
If you want to screen Muslims as potential terrorists, you’ll have to target blacks, William Saletan http://www.slate.com/id/2302812/
Individuals on FBI Terrorist Watchlist Not Targets of Investigation, Jesselyn Radack http://www.whistleblower.org/blog/31-2010/1515-individuals-on-fbi-terrorist-watchlist-not-targets-of-investigation
Is the Obama Administration Serious about Anti-Muslim Demonization in Law Enforcement?, Thom Cincotta
Islam-Bashing Bigots Train Counterterrorism Agents http://tinyurl.com/29bsgc9
Islamophobia, Real or Imagined (TAM article collection) http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islamophobia_real_or_imagined
Justice Department Official John Marsh: Muslim ‘Juries’ Threaten ‘Our Values’, Spencer Ackerman http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/10/islamophobia-beyond-fbi/all/1
Peter King’s Civics Lesson for American Muslims, Sheila Musaji http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/peter_kings_civics_lesson_for_american_muslims/0018429
Manufacturing the Muslim Menace http://tinyurl.com/4qeretq
Mapping Sharia Project Goes Beyond Islamophobia to Raving, Paranoid, In(SANE)ity!, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/mapping_sharia_sheila
Meet William Gawthrop: ICTOA Promotes Another Counter-Terror “Expert”, Richard Bartholomew http://barthsnotes.wordpress.com/2011/07/27/meet-william-gawthrop-ictoa-promotes-another-counter-terror-expert/
Muslim Americans and Law Enforcement Partnerships, MPAC http://www.mpac.org/programs/government-relations/dc-news-and-views/muslim-americans-and-law-enforcement-partnerships.php
Muslim-Basher Trains U.S. Military Personnel in Kentucky http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/01/17/idUS26202+17-Jan-2011+PRN20110117
Muslim Groups: FBI Response to Islamophobia Scandal Not Good Enough, Adam Serwer http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/09/fbi-response-islamophobia-scandal
Muslims targeted in U.S. terrorism cases, report says, Raja Abdulrahim http://articles.latimes.com/2011/may/19/nation/la-na-muslim-report-20110519
New Concern About Bias in Counterterror Training (NPR), Dina Temple-Raston http://tinyurl.com/4tpxvzy
New Documents Reveal FBI’s Islamophobic Counterterrorism Training, Eli Clifton http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/09/15/319772/fbi-islamophobic-training/
NY Muslims feel targeted despite alliance promise, Eileen Sullivan http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/08/25/2374186/ny-muslims-feel-targeted-despite.html
NYCLU Charts Rising Anti-Muslim Trends in NY State http://www.ny1.com/content/news_beats/politics/145738/nyclu-charts-rising-anti-muslim-trends
NYCLU mosque white paper - religious freedom under attack http://www.docstoc.com/docs/91827119/NYCLU-Mosque-White-Paper
NYPD Cops’ Training Included an Anti-Muslim Horror Flick http://tinyurl.com/5vyc4fs
NYPD ethnic tracking included citizens http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hOQ39X0OLlkIzQiI7TaaqlatTrhA?docId=e0e7aa13a4064dd48ee434416f9c49c1
NYPD Spied on U.S. Citizens Without Any Evidence of Crimes http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/218440/20110922/nypd-spying-nypd-surveillance-nypd-muslims-nypd-cia.htm
NYPD’s Cooperation With CIA Lacks Effective Oversight, Civil Liberties Groups Say, Matt Sledge http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/31/nypd-cia-demographics-unit-oversight_n_943967.html?ref=mostpopular
Security and Trust vs. Suspicion and Scapegoating, Hesham Hassaballa http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=48220
Senate Committee Stresses Need for Greater Partnership Between Law Enforcement and Muslim Americans, MPAC http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/senate_committee_stresses_need_for_greater_partnership_between_law_enforcem
“Senators Seek Accurate, Effective Counterterrorism Training” (Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs) http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Press.MajorityNews&ContentRecord_id=022400b1-5056-8059-7631-782f7c4c592e
The Shocking Way US Cops Are Trained to Hate Muslims http://www.alternet.org/rights/150209
South Dakota Police Hear that Islam is “Inherently Violent”, Richard Bartholomew http://barthsnotes.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/south-dakota-police-hear-that-islam-is-inherently-violent/
Teaching police to fear Islam, Alyona Show (video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keExZ4i-w8w&feature=relmfu
Terrorism Training Casts Pall Over Muslim Employee, Dina Temple-Raston http://spencerwatch.com/2011/07/22/terrorism-training-casts-pall-over-muslim-employee/
Thompson panel says targeting Muslim Americans will backfire http://www.fiercehomelandsecurity.com/story/thompson-panel-says-targeting-muslim-americans-will-backfire/2011-11-18#ixzz1fJqd9SdW
Top Secret America a Washington Post study http://projects.washingtonpost.com/top-secret-america/articles/monitoring-america/5/
That Islamophobic FBI Training Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg, Adam Weinstein http://www.opednews.com/populum/linkframe.php?linkid=138010
Unit’s Autonomy May Be Why FBI Missed Bias, Dina Temple-Raston http://www.npr.org/2011/09/29/140902739/units-autonomy-may-be-why-fbi-missed-bias
US counter-terrorism training ‘presents Islam as inherently violent’, Ed Pilkington http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/09/us-counter-terrorism-training-islam
What Does the F.B.I. Know About Islam?, Amy Davidson http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/closeread/2011/09/the-fbis-islamic-phantom.html?mbid=gnep
What everyone “knows” about Islam and Muslims, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/what_everyone_knows
White House intervened to block notorious Islamophobes addressing security conference http://www.islamophobia-watch.com/islamophobia-watch/2011/10/6/white-house-intervened-to-block-notorious-islamophobes-addre.html
Why Zionists promote anti-Muslim law enforcement trainings, Alex Kane http://mondoweiss.net/2011/04/why-zionists-promote-anti-muslim-law-enforcement-trainings.html
Writers Cited in Breivik Manifesto Have Spoken at US Military Colleges as Anti-Terrorism Experts. Chris Rodda http://www.truth-out.org/writers-cited-breivik-manifesto-have-spoken-us-military-colleges-anti-terrorism-experts/1312137721
Your Taxes Fund Anti-Muslim Hatred, Chris Hedges http://www.truth-out.org/your-taxes-fund-anti-muslim-hatred/1305042147