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  1. 1. Teaching the Military About Jihad 1
  2. 2. What is the Problem?•  Jihad is “holy war against infidels”, a central teaching of orthodox Islam•  Islamic terrorists always talk about what they do by using the term ‘jihad’, and are proud to call themselves ‘jihadis’. –  Jihad goes by other names: the Islamic RevoluJon; radical Islam; Islamism. I will use the term the enemy uses.•  In order to fight the enemy, the United States military needs to understand what the enemy believes, what he does, and why he does it.•  But the military does not understand any of these things, even though the jihad against the United States has been going on for a long Jme. 2
  3. 3. Jihad means war•  Beirut – 1983 Hizbullah destroys Marine Barracks –  243 dead•  New York – 1993 – World Trade Center bombed –  6 dead; –  > 1000 wounded•  New York – 2001 – World Trade Center destroyed –  > 3000 dead•  Beslan massacre – 2004 – Chechen Jihadi massacre –  > 350+ dead, including 186 children•  Benghazi – 2012 –  4 dead, consulate destroyed•  20000+ Islamic Jihadi a_acks worldwide since 2001•  Dozens of barely foiled Jihadi a>acks within the United states since 2001 –  Targets: Subways, military recruitment staDons, NYSE, public spaces, NY Fed, synagogues, government buildings, bridges, troops, Sears towers, airplanes, the Capitol … –  h_p://www.rand.org/pubs/occasional papers/2010/RAND OP292.pdf•  Did you know this? It’s underreported! Why? 3
  4. 4. Jihad also means war inside the United States•  Major Nidal Hasan, Fort Hood, 2009: 13 dead, dozens wounded•  Terek Mehenna, Sudbury, Massachuse>s, 2007: convicted of plofng to kill American soldiers inside the United States•  Afia Siddiqi: radicalized at Northeastern University, captured in Afghanistan•  Faisal Shahzad: radicalized in ConnecJcut, convicted of a_empJng to set off a car bomb in Times Square•  Anwar al-­‐Awlak: raised and radicalized in the United States, formed Al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen•  Carlos Bledsoe, 2010: radicalized at Tennessee State in Nashville; trained in Yemen; a_empted to murder two rabbis, then killed an soldier outside of a recruiJng staJon in Li_le Rock, Arkansas•  h_ps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ List_of_foiled_Islamic_terrorist_plots_in_the_post-­‐9/11_United_States 4
  5. 5. Why doesn’t the military understand the jihad against the United States?•  Jihad is not a naJon; the military is used to fighJng countries.•  Jihad is a religious principle, specific to Islam, and central to the orthodox teachings which helped Islam to become the world’s largest religious empire within a century of Mohammed’s death.•  The modern Islamic revival, which began aner the First World War, sees jihad as the way to restore the Islamic empire to its former glory•  Inspired by this insane dream, individuals all over the world declare that the sacred texts of Islam require them to wage war against infidels unJl Islamic law is supreme all over the world.•  Jihad is understood as “inner struggle”: Most military officers who have heard the word at all think that ‘jihad’ means an inner struggle to overcome one’s weaknesses•  This they learned from people trained by the Muslim Brotherhood or one of its many front groups operaDng in the West, who now consult regularly with military and civilian agencies, with predictably dangerous results. 5
  6. 6. What is the evidence that there is a problem?•  Recently, the Director of NaJonal Intelligence, Lt. Gen. James Clapper, said that the Muslim Brotherhood was just a moderate “mostly secular” reform organizaJon that presented no threat to the United States. This is a symptom of a much wider problem.•  Members of known Muslim Brotherhood front groups regularly work with military and civilian agencies as consultants. For example: –  A. –  B. –  C. –  D. 6
  7. 7. Muslim Brotherhood influence aims to prevent an accurate understanding of the enemy and its doctrines.•  Cancelling John Guandalo’s contract•  Firing Stephen Coughlin•  Removing the word ‘jihad’ from handbooks explaining the ‘war on terror’•  As a result of such subversion, the military is prevented from understanding the “threat doctrine” of the jihadis, which is composed of three parts: –  MoDvaDon: Religious; make Islamic law (shari’a) supreme everywhere. –  Strategy: jihad, i.e., terrorism from without, and subversion from within. –  TacDcs: Taqiyya and kitman (decepJon of unbelievers): “War is deceit.” 7
  8. 8. The Response: Lack of Understanding•  US. government has refused to classify either the Fort Hood or Li_le Rock shooJngs as acts of domesJc terrorism. The Li_le Rock shooJngs were not even prosecuted as a federal case. –  Local officials deny that the perpetrator had any religious moJves, even though this claim was specifically rejected by the defendant himself!•  Most mainstream news outlets reporJng on the Sudbury and Times Square incidents have either denied or downplayed the jihad moJves or religious connecJons to the crimes, while branding as a “bigot” anyone who points out these connecJons. 8
  9. 9. Fort Hood as a pa_ern•  Army major Nidal Hasan carries a business card describing himself as a “Soldier of Allah”•  Gives PowerPoint presentaJon to army brass clearly expounding his jihadist leanings –yet he is promoted!•  Exchanges mulJple emails with known Al Qaeda terrorist– Army brass aware yet he is promoted!•  Murders 13 comrades and wounds dozens more all the while screaming “Allahu Akhbar”, the jihadist’s war cry.•  Army invesJgaJve report never once menJons Hasan’s religion, moJvaJon or jihad.•  Army refuses to call it an “act of terror” and instead calls it “workplace violence” even though this unjustly denied all of the traitor’s vicJms the benefits they deserved. 9
  10. 10. Obstacles to Understanding: DisinformaDon Campaigns •  Carried out by an extensive network of Muslim Brotherhood font groups. OrganizaJons include –  the Muslim Public Affairs Council (“MPAC”) –  the Muslim American Society (“MAS”) and –  the Council on American Islamic RelaJons (“CAIR”) •  Emulates the Soviet Cold War Communist Party tacDc of creaDng interlocking front groups to sew confusion and draw energyh_p://counterjihadreport.com/tag/holy-­‐land-­‐foundaJon/ 10
  11. 11. Obstacles to Understanding: PoliDcal Correctness and Dogma•  Purge of language and concepts: MB organizaJon work hard so that links cannot be made in language and thought between Islamic ideology, Jihad and terrorism –  Example: Since 2001, Islamic terrorists have carried out over 20,000+ a_acks world-­‐wide –  In May 2012, 900 pages of FBI training manual purged aZer pressure from 57 US Muslim groups –  Can no longer menJon the terms: Islam, Muslim, jihad, enemy, Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah, al Qaeda, caliphate, Shariah law –  h_p://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/09/25/57-­‐top-­‐u-­‐s-­‐muslim-­‐groups-­‐demanded-­‐ government-­‐wide-­‐islamophobia-­‐purge-­‐in-­‐le_er-­‐to-­‐white-­‐house/•  Smearing of criDcs of Islam as an ideology: AccusaJons of racism, bigotry or “Islamophobia” –  Example: “Islamophobia” is a term that was specifically re-­‐launched by Iranian fundamentalists in the late 1970s to silence criJcs of Islamic ideology in the West –  h_p://www.signandsight.com/features/2123.html 11
  12. 12. Obstacles to Understanding: Subversion and InfiltraDon•  Part of grand-­‐civilizaJonal strategy is waged through media, schools and school, academia, public arena•  Law enforcement, government and military infiltrated by agents of Muslim Brotherhood organizaDons, including –  Defense Department –  JusJce Department, –  Department of Homeland Security•  MB organizaJons have by and large suppressed the frank discussion of jihad ideology and its connecJon to “terrorism”•  Largest prize is government (execuDve, legislaDve, judicaDve, regulatory) –  See 1991 Memorandum capture by FBI in 2008 Holy Land FoundaJon Terror Financing Trial 12
  13. 13. It Gets Worse•  The FBI, the Department of Defense, and the Military conJnue to maintain cordial relaJons with CAIR, an unindicted co-­‐conspirator in the largest terrorism funding trial in U. S. history.•  State Department chose one of the leaders of MPAC, an outspoken supporter of Hamas (the Gaza MB offshoot), to represent the United States at a “human rights conference” in Europe.•  The MAS, branded by federal prosecutors as the “American arm of the EgypDan Muslim Brotherhood,” has “partnered” with law enforcement, military officials, and civilians in the Defense Department to provide “sensiDvity training” to civilian and military personnel.•  FBI/DoD Training material “Purge” of language and concepts h_p://www.washingtonJmes.com/blog/watercooler/2012/sep/24/picket-­‐ muslim-­‐advocacy-­‐groups-­‐influence-­‐heavily-­‐us/•  Lt. Col. Ma_hew Dooley ma_er h_p://www.examiner.com/arJcle/memo-­‐that-­‐prompted-­‐pentagon-­‐to-­‐ purge-­‐offensive-­‐to-­‐islam-­‐material-­‐released 13
  14. 14. Effect of Subversion -­‐The Purge•  October 19, 2011 le_er to the Department of Defense signed by 57 Muslim organizaJons•  Le_er demanded that all training materials that they judge to be offensive to Islam be “purged” and that instructors “are effecJvely disciplined.”•  Department of Defense, Department of JusJce and FBI all acceded to their demands. 14
  15. 15. Effect of Subversion -­‐ Lt. Col. Ma_hew Dooley•  1994 West Point graduate•  18 year highly decorated combat veteran of Bosnia, Iraq and Kuwait•  Taught course at Joint Forces Staff College enJtled “Perspec:ves on Islam and Islamic Radicalism.”•  Relieved of teaching assignment and publicly condemned by MarDn Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff because course deemed to portray Islam negaJvely.•  Career destroyed and addiJonal security needed for his family aner public ouJng•  Chilling Message to all instructors inside Department of Defense about the consequences of teaching the truthh_p://www.westminster-­‐insJtute.org/arJcles/the-­‐poliJcal-­‐warfare-­‐campaign-­‐against-­‐u-­‐s-­‐counter-­‐terrorism-­‐experts/ 15
  16. 16. CriJcal Challenge•  The challenge therefore is to penetrate the fog of poliDcal correctness and deliberate disinformaDon campaigns that obscure the problem of jihad ideology,•  Goal: Reach decision-­‐makers with the informaJon they need in order to successfully protect our country from its jihad enemies. 16
  17. 17. What can I do about this?•  I have X years of experience in the United States military, and reJred from the Reserves with the rank of Lt. Colonel. This gives me access where civilians might not get a hearing. I have an excellent service record.•  I have a Masters Degree in InternaJonal RelaJons from Boston University; my thesis was on The Military and the Problem of Religiously Inspired Threats. It deals directly with the problem under consideraJon here.•  For the past XX years, I have been travelling to Washington to meet with military personnel, law enforcement, civilian officials in the the Defense Department, and members of Congress and their staffs.•  I have formed cordial relaJons with officers and civilians at the highest ranks in the military and in defense and naJonal security agencies; these contacts help me open new doors and meet new people.•  I have not once met an officer or a civilian who understands or has even heard of the basic principles connected with jihad warfare. They literally do not know anything about the enemy they are pledged to combat. 17
  18. 18. What difference can one man make?•  Each person who understands the enemy and his doctrine is one more obstacle in the enemy’s way.•  As the number of officers who have a basic understanding of what jihad increases, the silencing of dissenters from the convenDonal wisdom becomes harder to achieve. –  Silencing is achieved by defining certain views as ‘deviant’. That becomes harder the more widely held the ‘deviant’ views become.•  Those in the military who already have doubts about the convenJonal view are encouraged whenever they see someone in the service who shares their skepJcism 18
  19. 19. Must Reading: Current US•  FBI document 1991: “An Explanatory Memorandum -­‐ On the General Strategic Goal for the Group In North America” by the Mohamed Akram/Muslim Brotherhoood•  h_p://www.invesJgaJveproject.org/documents/misc/20.pdf•  May 1991 memo was wri>en by Mohamed Akram for the Shura Council of the Muslim Brotherhood. In the introductory le_er, Akram referenced a "long-­‐term plan… approved and adopted" by the Shura Council in 1987 and proposed this memo as a supplement to that plan and requested that the memo be added to the agenda for an upcoming Council meeJng.•  Appended to the document is a list of all Muslim Brotherhood organizaJons in North America as of 1991. 29 likeminded "organizaDons of our friends" that shared the common goal of dismantling American insDtuDons and turning the U.S. into a Muslim naJon.“The process of se_lement is a "CivilizaJon-­‐Jihadist Process" with all the word means. TheIkhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad ineliminaDng and destroying the Western civilizaDon from within and "sabotaging" itsmiserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated andGods religion is made victorious over all other religions”Background Holy Land Terror Financing Trial 2007/2008h_p://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=1235 19
  20. 20. Must Reading: Current US•  “ SHARIAH: THE THREAT TO AMERICA -­‐ AN EXERCISE IN COMPETITIVE ANALYSIS REPORT OF TEAM ‘B’ II” by Center for Security Policy (2009)•  h_p://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/upload/wysiwyg/arJcle%20pdfs/Shariah %20-­‐%20The%20Threat%20to%20America%20(Team%20B%20Report) %2009142010.pdfThis study analize the legal-­‐poliDcal-­‐military doctrine known within Islam as"shariah." It is designed to provide a comprehensive and arDculate "second opinion"on the official characterizaDons and assessments of this threat as put forth by theUnited States government. The present Team B II report is based enJrely onunclassified, readily available sources. This study challenges the assumpDonsunderpinning the official line in the conflict with todays totalitarian threat, which iscurrently euphemisDcally described as "violent extremism," and the policies of co-­‐existence, accommodaDon and submission that are rooted in those assumpDons19-­‐member study group was led by reDred Army Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, deputyundersecretary of defense for intelligence in the George W. Bush administraJon, andreDred Army Lt. Gen. Harry E. Soyster, Defense Intelligence Agency director from1988 to 1991. Included in the team of former defense, law enforcement andintelligence officials were Clinton administraDon CIA Director R. James Woolsey andAndrew C. McCarthy, former assistant U.S. a>orney in New York, a career 20counterterrorism prosecutor during the Clinton administraJon
  21. 21. Must Reading: Future US•  “Out of the Shadows: GETTING AHEAD OF PRISONER RADICALIZATION” by the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy InsJtute (2006)•  h_p://www.gwumc.edu/hspi/policy/PrisonerRadicalizaJon.pdfThe potenDal for radicalizaDon of prison inmates in the United Statesposes a threat of unknown magnitude to the naDonal security of theU.S. Prisons have long been places where extremist ideology and callsto violence could find a willing ear, and condiJons are onen conduciveto radicalizaJon. With the world’s largest prison populaJon (over 2million – ninety-­‐three percent of whom are in state and local prisonsand jails) and highest incarceraJon rate (701 out of every 100,000),America faces what could be an enormous challenge – everyradicalized prisoner becomes a potenJal terrorist recruit. 21
  22. 22. Recommended Reading: Current Europe, India•  “From dawa to jihad -­‐ The various threats from radical Islam to the democra:c legal order” by the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom RelaJons (AIVD, 2004), h_ps://www.fas.org/irp/world/netherlands/dawa.pdf•  “Defea:ng Poli:cal Islam: The New Cold War” by Prof. Moorthy S. Muthuswamy (Prometheus Books, 2009) h_p://www.asmeascholars.org/index.php? opJon=com content&view=arJcle&id=1348&caJd=9 &Itemid=64 22
  23. 23. Recommended Reading: History•  “Islamic Imperialism – a History” by Prof. Ephraim Karsh (Yale Press, 2009) h_p://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/ book.asp?isbn=9780300106039 23