Despite their different backgrounds, the counterterrorism trainers we interviewed have a remarkably similar worldview. It is one of total, civilizational war--a conflict against Islam that involves everyone, without distinction between combatant and noncombatant, law enforcement and military. “Being politically correct inhibits you,” Hughbank said. “I know Islam better than my own religion. Some things need to be called a spade.”Many of these classes are paid for by tax dollars, taught by people without law enforcement background, exaggerated military backgrounds (John Giduck, author of Terror at Beslan), and are "accredited" by people such as Keith Flannigan (the certification chairman of the scammy "Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board") who seems to make up his own college degrees.
On one occasion, we asked a student whether gangs--a more conventional subject of police attention--weren’t a more pressing issue for cops than terrorists.
“Yeah, the gangs are a threat,” answered the officer. “But they don’t have 1.5 billion members.”
Of course a couple people faking their C.V. isn't a big deal. What is a big deal is that this bigoted war-like approach to fighting terrorism in dangerous. Real, effective, anti-terrorists efforts are not helped by cops learning B.S. profiling to spot the "terrorists among us" by, say, looking "at the owners of convenience stores."
Plots get foiled because people talk to cops:
In counterterrorism, as in most areas of intelligence and law enforcement, vital information often comes from those closest to the suspected perpetrators--from neighbors, friends, even family members. It was an anonymous handwritten note from an Arab American in Lackawanna, New York, a small city outside Buffalo, that led the FBI to arrest six men.Same with the foiled plot described in Jennifer Hunt's excellent Seven Shots. Teaching cops that 1.5 billion Muslims are potentially terrorists is not the answer.