Allen West warns of US 'cultural suicide'
Rep. Allen West went to Fox News Monday to warn that the United States was risking “cultural suicide” in the FBI’s attempt to be more accurate. This comes after the FBI eliminated 900 pages of training material that was found to be culturally insensitive, misleading or incorrect. West suggested that the Muslim Brotherhood and related groups were behind the change and warned further against “one-way-street” tolerance. The Huffington Post reports:
West then continued, saying that he “absolutely” believed the Muslim Brotherhood was affecting decisions made by American officials, pointing particularly to a report on accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan.
“It makes no reference to Islamic jihadism, Muslim extremism, it doesn’t talk about his association with al-Awlaki, and it is classified as workplace violence,” West said. “We’re making our security situation so vanilla. If we continue to be recalcitrant in identifying who the enemy is and to be less offensive to them, then we’re gonna put ourselves in a bad situation.”
The controversial sections of the FBI training material first arose last year in a report from Wired. Particular passages included a PowerPoint slide on Muslims, claiming that “under certain circumstances, the FBI has the ability to bend or suspend the law and impinge on freedoms of others.” Another claimed that Muslims were prone to violent outbursts and anger issues, likening them to “Jekyll and Hyde temper tantrums.”
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