Robert Mueller’s Willful Ignorance, Then and Now
The former head of the FBI Robert Mueller has a stellar reputation for integrity, at least among the scribbler classes, and he has been praised as the perfect human to snoop into Donald Trump’s alleged “collusion” (not a crime) with Russia.
But Robert Spencer has a different opinion about Mueller, based on the director’s removal of jihad facts from the FBI’s counterterrorist training in 2012.
As Spencer explained in Why Jihad Watch:
Why Jihad Watch? Because non-Muslims in the West, as well as in India, China, Russia, and the world over, are facing a concerted effort by Islamic jihadists, the motives and goals of whom are largely ignored by the Western media, to destroy their societies and impose Islamic law upon them — and to commit violence to that end even while their overall goal remains out of reach. That effort goes under the general rubric of jihad. . . .
The history of Islam is one of violent conquest of the lands of non-believers, and nothing is different today, except than unwise immigration has invited millions of Muslims to enter western nations without an armed invasion required.
The map below shows the early history of Islam’s expansion. Note that the arrows denote military campaigns.
But Robert Mueller apparently found the history of Islam and the Koran’s instructions to kill disobedient infidels to be unimportant in counterterrorist training. Isn’t understanding the motivation of jihadists helpful to law enforcement officers?
This is basic stuff that is important for national security, nevertheless Mueller removed it from training materials — yet we are supposed to believe he can investigate the President of the United States fairly.
Robert Spencer posted an explainer video on December 7, based on an earlier article from the Front Page website:
Robert Mueller, Agent of Willful Ignorance, By Robert Spencer, FrontPageMag.com, November 28, 2017
It was Mueller who made sure that the U.S. government would ignore and deny the motivating ideology behind the jihad threat.
It has come to light that as director of the FBI, Robert Mueller, who is currently the special counsel looking for any dirt he can find on Donald Trump, presided over the 2012 removal of all counterterror training materials of any mention of Islam and jihad in connection with terrorism. Since then, our law enforcement and intelligence officials have been blundering along in self-imposed darkness about the motivating ideology behind the jihad threat. This, it turns out, was Mueller’s doing.
In February 2012, the Obama Administration purged more than one thousand documents and presentations from counter-terror training material for the FBI and other agencies. This material was discarded at the demand of Muslim groups, which had deemed it inaccurate or offensive to Muslims.
This purge was several years in the making, and I was – inadvertently – the one who touched it off. In August 2010, when I gave a talk on Islam and jihad to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force — one of many such talks I gave to government agencies and military groups in those years. While some had counseled me to keep these talks quiet so as to avoid attracting the ire of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the possibility of that pressure seemed to me to make it all the more important to announce my appearances publicly, so as to show that the U.S. government was not going to take dictation from a group linked to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Those who had urged silence were proven correct, however, for the Obama administration was indeed disposed to take dictation from CAIR. CAIR sent a series of letters to Mueller and others demanding that I be dropped as a counter-terror trainer; the organization even started a “coalition” echoing this demand, and Jesse Jackson and other Leftist luminaries joined it.
At the FBI, Mueller made no public comment on CAIR’s demand, and so it initially appeared that CAIR’s effort had failed. But I was never again invited to provide counter-terror training for any government agency, after having done so fairly regularly for the previous five years. CAIR’s campaign to keep me from taking part in counter-terror training was, of course, not personal. They targeted me simply because I told the truth, just as they would target anyone else who dared do so.
Although Mueller was publicly silent, now we know that he was not unresponsive. And the Islamic supremacists and their Leftist allies didn’t give up. In the summer and fall of 2011, the online tech journal Wired published several “exposés” by far-Left journalist Spencer Ackerman, who took the FBI to task for training material that spoke forthrightly and truthfully about the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat.