Spencer Ackerman at Wired's Danger Room keeps digging into Islamophobia at the FBI, and the problem reveals itself to be deeper and deeper. Above, a montage of some of the books at the FBI library at Quantico.
Following months of denials, the FBI is now promising a "comprehensive
review of all training and reference materials" after Danger Room
revealed a series of Bureau presentations that tarred average Muslims
as "radical" and "violent."
But untangling the Islamophobic thread woven into the FBI's
counterterrorism training culture won't be easy. In addition to
inflammatory seminars which likened Islam to the Death Star and
Mohammed to a "cult leader," Danger Room has obtained more material
showing just how wide the anti-Islam meme has spread throughout the
The FBI library at Quantico currently stacks books from authors who
claim that "Islam and democracy are totally incompatible." The
Bureau's private intranet recently featured presentations that claimed
to demonstrate the "inherently violent nature of Islam," according to
multiple sources. Earlier this year, the Bureau's Washington Field
Office welcomed a speaker who claimed Islamic law prevents Muslims
from being truly loyal Americans. And as recently as last week, the
online orientation material for the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Forces
included claims that Sunni Islam seeks "domination of the world,"
according to a law enforcement source.
"I don't think anyone with half a brain would paint 1.2 billion people
of any ethnic or religious persuasion with a single brushstroke," Mike
Rolince, an FBI counterterrorism veteran who started Boston's JTTF,
tells Danger Room. "Who did they run that curriculum by — either an
internal or outside expert — to get some balance?"