Walid Shoebat speaks at government homeland security seminars for law enforcement, saying things like, “All Islamic organizations in America should be the No. 1 enemy. All of them,” reports CNN. Shoebat claims to be a former Palestinian Liberation Organization terrorist. He earned $500,000-plus in 2009 from speeches, books, and video sales.
CNN reporters could find no evidence that Shoebat ever has been a terrorist. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has spent nearly $40 million on counterterrorism training since 2006. The department doesn’t keep track of how much goes to speakers, nor does it advise officials on the speakers hired by states and municipalities. The Homeland Security Department said, “We have not and will not tolerate training programs — or any DHS-supported program — that rely on racial or ethnic profiling.”