Bigotry has become part of the fabric of the United States Military and Police Departments. Anti-Muslim propaganda is being made part of the training of officers. Mainstream Islam is being portrayed as an enemy of the U.S. Blind, unfounded fear of 'the other' is being encouraged.
The American national media has been slow to follow up on the few stories that have appeared. (Is Wired part of mainstream media?) It was Wired that broke the most recent story, "U.S. Military Taught Officers: Use ‘Hiroshima’ Tactics for ‘Total War’ on Islam." The article points out that "For the better part of the last decade, a small cabal of self-anointed counter-terrorism experts has been working its way through the U.S. military, intelligence and law enforcement communities, trying to convince whoever it could that America’s real terrorist enemy wasn’t al-Qaida — but the Islamic faith itself.
The instructor, Army Lt. Col. Matthew A. Dooley, still has his job as the military 'investigates.'The the commandant” of the school is Maj. Gen. Joseph Ward.
The FBI and police departments have also hosted trainings which espouse blanket anti-Muslim distortions and lies. "FBI Teaches Agents: ‘Mainstream’ Muslims Are ‘Violent, Radical’" Counterterrorism agents are taught 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.”
Police officers in New York City were shown the film The Third Jihad whose violent imagery and shots of executed children makes the claim that American Muslims of all stripes are in the midst of an effort to seize control of the country; the third phase of an ongoing "1,400-year war". [The Guardian] Police Commissioner Ray Kelly downplayed the importance of the training and lied about the number of officers who had seen the film.
Bigotry and fear are greater threats to America than Muslim extremists. They have the power to tear us apart, eat away at our constitution, and turn us into a police state. Major General Frederick Rudesheim's report on how Dooley's course was approved in the first place is due May 24, 2012.
Dooley was not the only one spewing hateful rhetoric during his eight-week course.
Shireen Burki, an “independent consultant/trainer and writer on subjects relating to as [sic] South Asia/Middle East; counter terrorism and strategic communication” who called Obama “bin Laden’s dream candidate” and called Islam “an Imperialist/Conquering Religion.”
Stephen Coughlin, an individual who was fired from his position consulting the military Joint Staff who said that al Qaeda helped overthrow Hosni Mubarak and Muammar Qaddafi as part of a scheme to take over the world while mocking those who disagreed.
John Guandolo, a former FBI employee who told World Net Daily that Obama has fallen under the influence of Islamic extremists and attempted to justify the Crusades by saying they “were initiated after hundreds of years of Muslim incursion into Western lands.”