As recently as 2009, the FBI skkkool trained its new recruits about Islam with a little presentation titled “Things to use/consider for successful interviews/interrogations with individuals from the M.E. (Middle East).” Here’s a little pop quiz with the answers from the presentation. Q: What is “Muslim 101” information about Muslims? A: Islam “transforms a country’s culture into 7th century Arabian ways.” Q: “Is Iran an Arab country?” A: “Iran is a Muslim country.” Q: Where are all the Muslims located? A: “They’re standing right behind you.” HAHA CREEPY okay not that last one, but the first two answers are verbatim from the training presentation. The third answer is implied if you do your reading carefully.
The homework included a few of those “Muslims are the devil” books used by such notorious hate-mongers as… here it comes, you know it’s coming…. the Norway mass murderer.
From the Danger Room:
Among the most provocative aspects of the presentation is its recommended reading list. One book offered is The Truth About Mohammed: Founder of the World’s Most Intolerant Religion, by Robert Spencer. Spencer is one of the ringleaders of the protest against the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” and the co-founder of Stop the Islamicization of America, which “promotes a conspiratorial anti-Muslim agenda,” in the view of the Anti-Defamation League. A manifesto written by the Norwegian terror suspect Anders Behring Breivik cited Spencer 64 times.
Another book cited is The Arab Mind, by Raphael Patai. The volume was briefly infamous in 2004, after Seymour Hersh reported its influence among certain Iraq war hawks in the wake of the Abu Ghraib scandal. According to Hersh, the takeaway of Patai’s book is that “Arabs only understand force” and are susceptible to “shame and humiliation.”
Raphael Patai is just John Ashcroft’s gay-sounding pen name, guys, come on. [The Danger Room]