Call it the Failing Bureau of Investigations:
The FBI is teaching its counterterrorism agents that “main stream” [sic] American Muslims are likely to be terrorist sympathizers; that the Prophet Mohammed was a “cult leader”; and that the Islamic practice of giving charity is no more than a “funding mechanism for combat.”
At the Bureau’s training ground in Quantico, Virginia, agents are shown a chart contending that the more “devout” a Muslim, the more likely he is to be “violent.” Those destructive tendencies cannot be reversed, an FBI instructional presentation adds: “Any war against non-believers is justified” under Muslim law; a “moderating process cannot happen if the Koran continues to be regarded as the unalterable word of Allah.”
Spencer Ackerman has the documents to prove it.
Obviously, the FBI just shouldn’t be doing this nonsense. But it does remind me of the puzzling metaphysics of terrorism. For the past decade, any time there’s a spree killing or the like in the West, the question is immediately asked, “Was it terrorism?” That always appears to mean, “Was the killer a Muslim.” Then we all have a big to-do on blogs about semantics. This seems to me to be the path down which a “counterterrorism unit” decides that its special mission is to train everyone to be super-suspicious of devout American Muslims.