When asked why he robbed
banks, Willie Sutton said that's where the money is. Washington targets
the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia because it's where most
proved oil and gas reserves are.
Waging war require enemies. Pretexts create them. Muslims are demonized
as threats. They're portrayed as culturally inferior, dirty, lecherous,
untrustworthy, religiously fanatical, and violent. Slanderous media
commentaries suggest gun-totting terrorists threatening US interests.
Fear is heightened. Strategically timed false flag terror plots make
headlines. So do arrests of entrapped Muslims despite no evidence of
crime or intent to commit one.
Americans are manipulated to believe domestic and foreign jihadists
threaten national security. Resource wars follow.
Enemies are dehumanized. Military training creates Groupthink. Recruits
are manipulated to hate. Indoctrination involves sensitizing them to
become effective combat killing machines.
On May 10, wired.com contributors Noah Shachtman and Spencer Ackerman
headlined "US Military Taught Officers: Use 'Hiroshima' Tactics for
'Total War' on Islam," saying:
Total war is taught to protect America from Islamic terrorists. Options
include destroying an entire "civilian population wherever necessary."
The Norfolk, VA-based Joint Forces Staff College taught "Perspectives
on Islam and Islamic Radicalism." High-ranking officers were instructed
to believe "Islam had already declared war on the West."
A wired.com Danger Room investigation revealed it. Damage control followed.
Lt. General George Flynn in charge of training and education said:
"It was inflammatory....(T)hat's really not what we're talking about.
That is not how we view this situation or the challenges we have in
the world today."
The White House ordered counterterrorism training content reviewed.
The "Perspectives" course was taught since 2004. It "not only evaded
review, but had defenders in the Joint Forces Staff College (who) taught
Lecturer Stephen Coughlin taught that "Islamic law is a danger to US
national security." College spokesman Steven Williams said around 90%
of students considered course content "mostly positive."
After revisions were made last year, some officers objected to offensive
material. According to Flynn:
"We looked at it and we found the material to be objectionable and we
started digging into it to see, how did the course get this way?"
"Possibly, we did not follow the procedures we should have followed
in academically approving the course, but thatíll be formally determined
when we complete the inquiry into this."
Course content allegedly had to follow "White House-approved guidelines
issued by the Department of Homeland Security to prevent anti-Islam
material from being taught by the US government."
Flynn said "whatever action is warranted" will be done to assure compliance.
On May 10, Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey said instructor
Lt. Colonel Matthew A. Dooley remains on Norfolk's staff but is "no
longer in a teaching status."
He taught content about waging total war on Muslim civilians "wherever
necessary." He likened it to firebombing Dresden and Hiroshima/Nagasaki
destruction. Other course lecturers encouraged students "to think of
themselves as a 'resistance movement' to Islam."
Demsey and Flynn "pulled the plug on the course last month." An investigation
began. Major General Frederick Rudesheim heads it. "Final judgment"
awaits his findings.
"The military is hardly alone in dealing with anti-Islam instructional
material passing itself off as responsible counterterrorism."
"Over the years, hundreds of documents claiming 'mainstream' Muslims
are 'violent' have made their way into FBI curricula, alongside internal
claims that agents working on counterterrorism cases could 'bend or
suspend the law.' "
The Bureau teaches agents that "mainstream" Muslims are "violent," that
Islam "ma(kes) its followers want to commit 'genocide,' " and an "FBI
intelligence analyst compared Islam to the Death Star from Star Wars."
An internal investigation followed. Conclusions weren't revealed. Allegedly
this type content was removed from course content. It compared the "Arab
World" to the "Western Mind."
It said Westerners were even-tempered. Emotional outbursts were "exceptional."
Arab "Outburst(s) and Loss of Control (are) Expected."
Post-9/11, Muslims have been systematically targeted. In 2011, a New
York University School of Law Center for Human Rights and Global Justice
(CHR&GJ) report titled "Targeted and Entrapped: Manufacturing the
'Homegrown Threat' in the United States" explained Muslim persecution
Ruthless targeting entraps them. Paid informants infest mosques and
communities. Many dozens are pursued on bogus charges. Invented plots
are foiled in the nick of time. Media scoundrels headline them to heighten
Muslims are portrayed as "potential threats" or "homegrown terrorists."
Federal, state and local law enforcement officials consider them more
likely to become terrorists, easily radicalized, and compelled to commit
violence in the name of Islam.
Counterterrorism policies mandate identifying and stopping them before
Research, of course, contradicts these notions. Claiming Muslims "hate
us" is spurious. Nonetheless, their cultural and religious practices
are cited as indicators of potential terrorism. As a result, they're
maliciously persecuted for political advantage.
Obama's Department of Homeland Security (DHS), FBI, and Justice Department
(DOJ) embrace racist radicalization notions. They're used as justification
to entrap innocent victims with "preventive" policing despite no evidence
Instead of pursuing real criminals, they target people for their faith,
religious practices, ethnicity, national origin, political views, or
appearance. Lawless tactics entrap them. They include paid informants,
surveillance, and inducing, influencing, or provoking potential or actual
crimes that otherwise wouldn't have been committed.
FBI Domestic Investigative Operational Guidelines (DIOGs) are bent without
supervisory approval or constraints to permit virtually anything.
The 2003 Department of Justice (DOJ) Guidance Regarding the Use of Race
by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies bans racial and ethnic profiling.
Nonetheless, it implicitly permits doing so for faith and national origin
purposes. It also allows targeting anyone for national and border security
Post-9/11, entrapment and other abuses became policy. They remain so.
No link whatever connects religion, ethnicity, national origin, or political
views to a propensity to commit violence.
However, most convictions result from bogusly conflating them as proof
of intent or predisposition. As a result, innocent victims rot in America's
gulag. Justice is systematically denied. In an environment of hate and
fear, no one is safe. Most of all, Muslims are public enemy number one.
Pentagon damage control casts a veil over policy. Joint Forces Staff
College course content changes (whether or not implemented) obscure
the greater problem.
Vilifying enemies is longstanding. Military training features dehumanization.
Anti-Japanese WW II epithets and images were grotesque.
North Koreans were called "gooks" and "zipperheads."
Vietnamese were also "gooks," as well as "dinks" and "slopes." Arabs
are called "ragheads" and "sand niggers." Native Americans were called
plundering, murdering savages. Common epithets today marginalize Blacks
Dehumanization facilitates warmaking. It also desensitizes law enforcement
agents to target Muslims and other designated state enemies. Doing the
wrong thing works best when Groupthink becomes policy.
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