Letter to the Editor, Feb. 23
In defense of controversial seminar
To The Editor:
I attended the "Understanding the Threat to America" presentation given in Murfreesboro last week by the non-profit Strategic Engagement Group. The T-G ran an AP article regarding criticism of this presentation in its Sunday edition of 2/19/12 with a byline of "Police Course Termed 'anti-Muslim' by critics." I attended both sessions of this presentation and would like to say it was extremely informative, professionally done, contained well documented material, and was very worthwhile. I was gratified to see several members of our local law enforcement agencies in attendance. Every piece of information provided to attendees can be found in the public domain, including the Koran, the Hadiths, the written charters of the Muslim Brotherhood and its front organizations, court records, search warrant affidavits, court affidavits and depositions, and news agency press releases. If critics found the presentation"anti-Muslim" it is surely not because of any misstatement of facts, but a presentation of facts not to their liking.
I noted in the article that one of the major "critics" of the training was CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) itself a Muslim Brotherhood front organization. In 2007 CAIR was named by U.S. Federal prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in a funding investigation involving the terrorist organization Hamas and the Holy Land Foundation.
In 2009, a Dallas Federal judge sentenced 5 Holy Land Foundation leaders to from 15 to 65 years in prison after they were found guilty of funneling over $12 million to Hamas. The Holy Land Foundation, formerly known as the Occupied Land Fund, was named in a May 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document titled "An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America" as one of 29 likeminded "organizations of our friends" that shared the common goal of destroying America and turning it into a Muslim nation.
These "friends" were identified in that document by the Brotherhood as groups that could help teach Muslims "that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands ... so that ... God's religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions." CAIR support of radical Islam and its proponents is extensive and has been well documented. FBI and HSD will no longer deal with CAIR. CAIR is uncomfortable with anyone who brings facts unfavorable to them to the light of day.
While CAIR sent a letter to the Police Officers Standards and Training Commission stating" False and inaccurate training is ultimately counterproductive...." they were careful not to allege or cite any actual falsities, slander, or libel by the SEG presenters.
They just have a problem when concerned citizens present facts to the public that cast them (CAIR) and Islam (a political religious lifestyle) in a less than favorable light. Anyone concerned for the future of America would be highly enlightened by attending an "Understanding the Threat" presentation. I applaud the hard work that SEG has put into this presentation and also the dedication of the law enforcement officers in attendance who remain our first line of defense against those who present a threat to our domestic tranquility and our way of life. I would recommend this presentation be made available to all TN law enforcement personnel.
U.S Customs Special Agent (Retired)
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