Muslims Assail FBI for Critical Counterterror Training


Arab-American and Muslim groups have deplored the FBI’s use of training material that characterized the prophet Muhammad as a “cult leader” and linked Muslims' religious devotion to a potential for violence, the New York Times reports. “It's really troubling,” said Abed Ayoub of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Ayoub said the use of the material in counterterrorism training — first reported in a blog post on — was only one of numerous cases in which training materials for law enforcement agencies have portrayed Islam or Arabs in a negative light. “The bigger question is how did this material get in there in the first place?” he said. “Do you not have rules or guidelines that will prevent this from happening?”

In a training segment, “Militancy Considerations,” posted on Wired's Web site, a chart correlated a steady level of violence with “adherence by pious and devout” to the Koran. In contrast, the chart showed violence decreasing with “adherence by pious and devout” to the Bible or to the Torah. The FBI said the training material “does not reflect the views of the FBI and is not consistent with the overall instruction provided to FBI personnel.”

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