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To Eric Holder: Stop Lying About The PATRIOT Act Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall have been blowing the whistle: Law enforcement is using a secret interpretation of the PATRIOT Act to spy on people who aren't connected with terrorism. The FBI operates under a cloak of secrecy, so we only know about this because these two courageous senators are defying the intelligence agencies and speaking out.
Last day at Salon Glenn Greenwald Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 9:30 PM UTC Politics The sham “terrorism expert” industry
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-57107" title="FBIshadow" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/dangerroom/2011/09/FBIshadow.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="480" /> The FBI is teaching its counterterrorism agents 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.” At the Bureau’s training ground in Quantico, Virginia, agents are shown a chart contending that the more “devout” a Muslim, the more likely he is to be “violent.” Those destructive tendencies cannot be reversed, an FBI instructional presentation adds: “Any war against non-believers is justified” under Muslim law; a “moderating process cannot happen if the Koran continues to be regarded as the unalterable word of Allah.” These are excerpts from dozens of pages of recent FBI training material on Islam that Danger Room has acquired.
Rachel Maddow hosted Wired magazine reporter Spencer Ackerman on last night’s show. Ackerman has uncovered evidence that a “World Net Daily” writer has been writing wildly racist and inflammatory training materials used in the briefing of senior counter-terrorism agents at the FBI. World Net Daily is an extreme right-wing website that is one of the last bastions of “Birtherism” on the net.
After reports emerged last week that the Federal Bureau of Investigation's counterterrorism training included materials that depicted Muslims as inherently radical and violent , the bureau moved quickly to reach out to a number American Muslim groups in an effort to smooth over relations. FBI officials promised to take the problem seriously and vowed to conduct an internal review of the materials, which included assertions that mainstream American Muslims were sympathetic to terrorism and that the more devout a Muslim is, the more likely he is to be violent. "There was acknowledgement that what happened is wrong and what happens needs to be addressed immediately," says Abed Ayoub, the legal director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). "It was a good first step in rectifying this."