Spencer: Obama Administration Scrubbed 'Jihad' and 'Islam' from Counterterrorism Manuals

Spencer: Obama Administration Scrubbed 'Jihad' and 'Islam' from Counterterrorism Manuals

The Director of Jihad Watch told Breitbart News Sunday that, although Islamic terror is increasing, the Obama administration has “systematically removed any mention of Islam and jihad from counterterror training manuals for the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and other law enforcement and intelligence agencies.”

Robert Spencer, the author of 13 books including two New York Times bestsellers, The Truth About Muhammad and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), sat down with Breitbart Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon and discussed his new book, The Arab Winter Comes to America. Spencer insists that this “whitewashing” of materials has made continuing acts of terrorism more and more feasible in America.

Spencer at one time gave training seminars to counterterrorists and roomfuls of special agents on the tenets of basic Islam. He would take them through the Koran and the life of Mohammed “so that they would understand the motives and goals of those who want to destroy us.” Spencer reasoned, “It’s hard to defeat an enemy if you don’t know who they are.” 

His instruction all came to an end in October 2011 when fifty-seven Muslin organizations wrote to John Brennan, who was then the Homeland Security Advisor and is now the head of the CIA, demanding that they fire Spencer and other trainers who “spoke about Islam in connection with terrorism” and that they cleanse all counter-terrorism training material of any mention of Islam and jihad.

Spencer explained that Brennan immediately complied and wrote back on White House stationary to underline how important the Obama administration considered this issue to be. The former trainer to the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group asserted that the Obama administration gave in to the pressure of Islamic advocacy groups because they did not want to be considered “Islamaphobic.”

Moreover, Spencer recounted that John Brennan “has made numerous statements of being very sympathetic to Islam and jihad.” The author further pointed out that what is most troubling is that the intel from Russian officials about the Tsarnaev Boston Marathon bombers came to us at the time the administration was scrubbing Islam and jihad from all training documents.

Spencer posits that it is very possible recruits were not being trained properly and that the bombing may have been avoided. He further asserted that the Obama administration was hell bent on making sure that there was no “high profile jihadist” on the horizon and may have ignored the intelligence reports.

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