Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has been charged with investigating alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election, is now being scrutinized for controversial actions taken during his tenure as FBI Director.
According to Judicial Watch, under Mueller, the FBI purged itself of anti-terrorism material deemed “offensive” to Muslims. The changes occurred after Mueller secretly met with Islamic organizations, including unindicted co-conspirators in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation terrorist financing case.
Judicial Watch obtained the information after suing to force the release of FBI documents dating back to 2013 and 2015. The released material suggests Mueller went out of his way to appease Muslim groups by cutting valuable anti-terrorism material from the Bureau’s curriculum.
Mueller’s FBI said the “offensive” training documents were removed because an article in question was “highly inflammatory and inaccurately argues the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization.”
Interestingly, Mueller himself previously said the Muslim Brotherhood was a terrorist organization that supports attacks in the US and overseas. Other items of “offensive” statements from the training material raise further questions of curriculum choice.
For instance, an article claiming al Qaeda is “clearly linked” to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was removed. Conflating “Islamic Militancy” with terrorism was also seen as problematic, prompting the elimination of that material.
One statement considered offensive to Muslims was the statement, “Those who fit the terrorist profile best (for the present at least) are young male immigrants of Middle Eastern appearance.”
These changes in FBI counter-terrorism training occurred after Mueller met with representatives from a number of Muslim groups, including the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Both ISNA and CAIR were named by the US government as co-conspirators in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation terrorist financing case, in which the Holy Land Foundation, then the largest Islamic charity in the US, was found to have distributed money to HAMAS-linked Palestinians who committed acts of terror against Israelis.
In fact, CAIR–which has been alleged to have ties to foreign and domestic Islamic extremist groups–was founded in 1994 by three Middle Eastern extremists who ran Hamas’ American propaganda wing, then known as the Islamic Association for Palestine. This information raises questions about whether Mueller–who spent 12 years as FBI chief–can objectively investigate the Trump administration.
The changes undertaken by Mueller’s FBI had significant ramifications for the anti-terror initiatives of local law enforcement agencies. Local police followed the FBI’s example in letting organizations like CAIR dictate what type of training materials were deemed “appropriate.”
In Illinois, the Lombard Police Department said the instructor of a training course titled “Islamic Awareness as a Counter-Terrorist Strategy” was “anti-Muslim.” Although no substantial evidence was brought against him, the course was ultimately scrapped.
In another case, the New York Police Department eliminated a highly-praised course with a proven track record of success after two mosques, an Islamic non-profit, and three New York Muslims filed a lawsuit.
Special Counsel Mueller got rid of training material on terrorism that was deemed offensive to Muslims at the FBI. Is Mueller truly objective?
Robert Mueller’s objectivity has been called into question before. As Christian News Alerts noted, Mueller and former FBI Director James Comey are friends, leading to the belief that Mueller aims to discredit President Trump for having fired Comey.
Christian News Alerts also reported that leading lawmakers like Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) see the Mueller probe as a “distraction” that is no longer limiting itself to the express purpose for which it was commissioned in the first place–essentially wasting millions of dollars of taxpayer money for a witch hunt.