U.S. Islamists pushback on U.S. counter terror efforts
The Muslim community has to realize that a lot of the responsibility lies with them to cooperate with law enforcement
– Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.)
King: Muslim Groups Complain About Harassment, Surveillance When Asked to Help Fight ISIS
By Bridget Johnson, May 11, 2015
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) charged that all U.S. Muslim groups are doing is “complain about the fact that they’re being harassed and they’re being surveilled” as they need to step forward and help stop jihadi recruitment on U.S. soil.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations said in a brief statement Friday that the group “engaged with DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson during two separate meetings focused on the Obama administration’s new countering violent extremism (CVE) program in New York.”
“CAIR officials met previously with the secretary on the same issue in both Minneapolis and Los Angeles.”
King said a source in the meeting told him Johnson was “asking for them to step forward and be more cooperative” as they complained about harassment.
“Well, if we keep that attitude up, we’re going to get nowhere. The Muslim community has to realize that a lot of the responsibility lies with them to cooperate with law enforcement,” King said this morning on MSNBC.
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: We highlighted the new CVE program when it was rolled out with a DOJ announcement in September 2014. In February 2015, CAIR stated that the “CVE is not an effective use of public resources ” so the observed lack of cooperation should not be surprising.
The push by Islamic groups in the the U.S. has been towards the MPACs Safe Spaces program announced last year. Safe Spaces places an emphasis on two key points:
- the mosque/Muslim community makes the determination of threat levels and when law enforcement is allowed to be involved.
- the sanctity of the mosque is a priority
In other words, the interests of the mosque and its community apparently take precendence. This view was expressed by Salam Al-Marayati, president of MPAC who wrote in 2014:
Safe spaces are needed so that government informants and extremist recruiters are prevented from violating the sanctity of the mosque. In essence, we want to enhance both a spiritual safety and public safety.
As we indicated in “Islamist damage control – Safe Spaces revisited“, the Safe Spaces Initiative can be tied into several front groups for the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood (MB) such as CAIR and the Muslim American Society (MAS). The author of the “Safe Spaces Tool Kit” is Alejandro J. Beutel – the lead face in MPAC’s organized effort to move U.S. law enforcement towards a community oriented policing model that effectively allows the Muslim community to exercise considerable control and influence. He was a junior fellow with the Minaret of Freedom Institute. According to the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch, “The Minaret of Freedom Institute [is] a lesser known group tied to the U.S Brotherhood and whose leadership includes Omar Altalib, likely a relative of Hisham Altalib, one of the original leaders of IIIT and the SAAR Foundation“.
MPAC reported that during a June 2014 meeting of American Muslim and Syrian leaders in Chicago, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson applauded the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) for launching its community-based Safe Spaces Initiative.
RELATED: In 2011 CAIR-California promoted a conference titled, ““FBI Raids and Grand Jury Subpoenas: Know Your Rights and Defend Our Communities.” According to a Fox news report:
… the website of CAIR’s California chapter, features a sinister-looking FBI agent with the headlines “Build a Wall of Resistance” and “Don’t Talk to the FBI.” The poster was designed in the late 1970s or early 1980s and has been reproduced by various groups and activists since then in response to alleged harassment by the FBI and to protest grand jury subpoenas.