In a report released on Tuesday, David B. Harris of the Investigative Project on Terrorism (ITP) stated that while the Obama Administration has refused to identify the leading terrorist enemy by name and the combatant doctrine, the Canadian government has now followed the Obama Administration in deciding to ignore the radical Islamic threat within its borders.
Harris stated that President Obama began his administration by avoiding counter-terror language likely to link Islam with violence. This reflected a civilized and practical impulse to avoid alienating Muslims at home and abroad. Harris said, “But perhaps influenced by the demonstrable fact that President Obama, as former terror prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy put it, “made Islamic supremacists key administration advisers,” this effort quickly got out of control. Now the White House fetishizes and enforces on its security agencies, a refusal to identify the doctrine underlying the bulk of the world’s terrorism woes… radical Islamism.”
“Remarkable, considering that Muslims sounded the alarm years ago, “Harris said. Harris pointed out that Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashed in a 2004 Al-Sharq Al-Awsat article flagged by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) said, “Obviously not all Muslims are terrorists but, regrettably, the majority of the terrorists in the world are Muslims.”
Despite this, Harris said, “The Obama White House banned words like “Islamists,” “Muslims” and “jihad” from security documents, even from FBI and other government agencies’ counter-terror training manuals. Washington later purged such terms completely from the FBI counter-terrorism lexicon (2008), National Intelligence Strategy (2009) and even the 2010 panel reviewing jihadi Nidal Malik Hasan’s 2009 Fort Hood massacre – except as unavoidable parts of names of terror organizations or the like. The practice seems to continue… the consequences?”
Now the Canadian government has followed the Obama administration’s refusal to acknowledge the threat by refusing to use words such as “Islamist extremists” and even “violent jihad”.
Harris said, “The D.C. disease had overtaken Canada’s security bureaucracy by the time August brought the “2014 Public Report On The Terrorist Threat to Canada”. This report expunges all direct references to Islamists, other than in terror-organization names.”
From the Canadian report, it said in part, “Europol estimates that between 1,200 and 2,000 European extremist travelers took part in the conflict in Syria in 2013. There appears to be an increase in extremist travelers. This suggests that the threat posed to Europe by returning extremist travelers may be more significant than the threat facing North America because greater numbers of extremist travelers are leaving, then returning to Europe, than are leaving and later returning to North America. This difference between Canada and Europe in numbers of extremist travelers can be attributed to a variety of factors. Regardless, Europe and Canada face a common, interconnected threat from extremist travelers.”
Harris pointed on that in just one paragraph, Canada’s self-censoring report said that many Europeans are “fighting abroad as extremist travelers”; “they attract extremist travelers … and continue to draw European extremist travelers”; there were “European extremist travelers in Syria and other conflict zones”; the “influx of these extremist travelers into Syria” increases the European terror risk; “an extremist traveler who returned from Syria” allegedly slaughtered several Belgians.
“This doubletalk undermines public awareness, public confidence in authorities and the ability of officials and citizens alike to recognize, assess and confront terrorist and subversive enemies and their doctrine, “Harris said. “Burgeoning threats mean that citizens must press Washington and Ottawa to return to good sense, and put a stop to the deadly contagion of self-censorship and self-deceit – and worse – now hazarding national security and public safety, “said Harris. “Americans and Canadians must defeat the disease by curing their thinking.”
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