Terrorist? Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

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FBI agents aren’t allowed to treat individuals associated with terrorist groups as potential threats to the nation, according to a startling, newly discovered FBI directive.

The fact that a terrorism suspect is associated with a terrorist group means nothing, according to the FBI document, “Guiding Principles: Touchstone Document on Training.” The “touchstone” document, dated March of this year, is available online but hasn’t been reported on by major media outlets.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents are to be instructed that “mere association with organizations that demonstrate both legitimate (advocacy) and illicit (violent extremism) objectives should not automatically result in a determination that the associated individual is acting in furtherance of the organization’s illicit objective(s),” the touchstone document states.

This is a bizarre kind of procedural fairness as viewed in a funhouse mirror, applying something akin to a “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard to an FBI investigation. Such an evidentiary threshold may be appropriate for a criminal trial, but it sets the bar far too high for mere investigations. This new rule no doubt provides aid and comfort to the much-investigated phony civil rights group known as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

After first handcuffing FBI agents investigating terrorism, the touchstone document also invokes the gods of political correctness by making FBI agents afraid of being called “racist” – even though almost all Islamic terrorism suspects come from the same part of the world.

“Training must emphasize that no investigative or intelligence collection activity may be based solely on race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation,” the touchstone document reads. “Specifically, training must focus on behavioral indicators that have a potential nexus to terrorist or criminal activity, while making clear that religious expression, protest activity, and the espousing of political or ideological beliefs are constitutionally protected activities that must not be equated with terrorism or criminality absent other indicia of such offenses.”

The touchstone document is examined in The Project, a film about the Muslim Brotherhood’s plan for America that is airing this week. (The movie was produced by The Blaze’s documentary unit. Part I of The Project premieres Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern, followed by Part II the next evening at the same time. Dish subscribers may watch it on channel 212.)

One of the movie’s arguments is that Americans’ civil rights and political correctness are weapons of infiltration used by our Islamofascist enemies. This happens to be consistent with Saul Alinsky’s fourth rule of “power tactics”: “Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.” In other words, Islamists are using Americans’ goodness, their sense of fair play, including an aversion to being accused of racial stereotyping, against America.

Five congressmen sent a letter in June to Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector General at the Department of Justice, about the touchstone document, protesting that it and other Obama administration “policies and initiatives strike us as deeply problematic with respect to our national and homeland security.” The letter was signed by Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Thomas Rooney (R-FL), and Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA).

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  • steve brenner

    present obomba What a Real First Class Dog Eater!

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "This is a bizarre kind of procedural fairness as viewed in a funhouse mirror, applying something akin to a “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard to an FBI investigation."

    This is exactly why they get away with it, it seems reasonable to typical Obama supporters and sycophants.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      When you blame America first, you instinctively want it at every disadvantage.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        I agree. Whether it is gut-level or conscious conspiracy I can't say. He is truly aligned with evil. That is what we need to worry about.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “Training must emphasize that no investigative or intelligence collection activity may be based solely on race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation,” the touchstone document reads. “Specifically, training must focus on behavioral indicators that have a potential nexus to terrorist or criminal activity, while making clear that religious expression, protest activity, and the espousing of political or ideological beliefs are constitutionally protected activities that must not be equated with terrorism or criminality absent other indicia of such offenses.”

    Imagine the same standards for investigating other organized criminals (with a far lower likelihood of treason!), like the Sicilian American Mafia. The Mafia needs to form a "civil rights" front group , and to declare themselves as a branch of Catholicism. That will work…er, not. How about Buddhism? Nope. Islam will do though.

    The Mafioso Muslims. That will ensure an upturn in their fortunes. How special it is to howl at the moon.

  • cruiser navy 67

    Another great move by the leftist run State department of the United States, Hillary Clinton should be impeached for allowing terrorists into the United States on charges of aiding and abetting the enemy.

  • davarino

    Where is Edgar Hoover when you need him? The FBI is to busy taking cultural sensitivity classes and diversity BS to be worried about threats to our nation. Arent these organisations sworn to uphold the constitution and to protect this nation regardless of what a usurper may want?

    • Andy

      I can now understand why Hoover got all the dope he could on presidents so that he would have enough power to do his job. When Obama is defeated there really needs to be an indictment and to try him for treason.

      • amused

        Yea Hoover must be turning in his dress ..

  • Schlomotion

    "FBI agents aren’t allowed to treat individuals associated with terrorist groups as potential threats to the nation"

    This one's definitely a load of crap. Memo or no memo, they certainly do treat them as potential threats to the nation. It just goes to show, if you can't make up facts, make up their dramatic implications.

    • Mo Schlotion

      How much does a load of crap cost? Do you deliver?

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        The epa is probably watching his house as a toxic waste dump he has so much.

    • Drakken

      The only facts that are made up are false facts of your own making.

  • chowching259

    Believing that Allah is the only god and Muhammad is his messenger is harmless. But the Muslim that obeys Muhammad’s message becomes a psychopathic criminal and savage murderer. It is written in the Koran that an Infidel must accept Allah and his Prophet or be put to the sword. But since Allah is all merciful the Infidel will be allowed to live if he pays Jizya (extortion money) and agrees to become a despised sub-human.

  • http://www.clarespark.com Clare Spark

    How Emmy winner HOMELAND treats the US defense establishment as mistaken in their projection of American power: http://clarespark.com/2012/09/23/homeland-and-the…. “Homeland and the Idea of the Fifth Column.”

  • clarespark

    Emmy award winner HOMELAND was a liberal critique of the US Defense establishment as led by Republicans who put "America first": I decoded the show here: http://clarespark.com/2012/09/23/homeland-and-the…. "Homeland and the idea of the Fifth Column".

  • tagalog

    I wonder how the FBI treated the U.S.-Nazi Bund when they were in the U.S., with lots of followers, doing both legal and illicit activities, back in the 1930s, or how the FBI treated the U.S. Communist Party, when they did both espionage for the USSR and also engaged in providing legal representation for labor unions and blacks believed to be oppressed racially.

    Oh, right, they were ordered to treat those people as totally legitimate.

    "Pay no attention to that man behind the screen!"

  • Questions

    J. Edgar Hoover had a point or two.

  • Ghostwriter

    Why do I have a feeling this won't end well?

  • https://www.facebook.com/mike.villano.71 Mike Villano

    Bless Matt for his informed article but officialdom and law enforcement have been very active turning themselves into human pretzels in their footrace to tell readers and listeners "there's no Islamic terrorism here.
    Just keep moving on" for years now.
    Remember Major Hassan's trial. And Jihadi-philo Obama has banned language needed to identify jihadis from LE and military literature.
    He is a poisonous boy waif devoid of knowledge or experience masquerading as an executive.
    Those of you still blind to this are indeed blind and will most likely remain so forever.

  • LindaRivera

    The top favorites of the Obama-Clinton administration are the Muslim Brotherhood, whose stated goal in America is the DESTRUCTION of civilization and global Islamic conquest. Muslim Brotherhood operatives and groups have been placed in extremely powerful positions in the government to help facilitate the MB goal. Hillary Clinton’s very close personal assistant of many years is one of them.

    The Islam-adoring, SHARIA-LAW LOVERS, infidel-hating Obama Regime ordered the FBI ‘NOT’ to treat people associated with Islamic terrorist groups as potential threats because our treasonous leaders don’t want ANYTHING to stop Muslims from obeying the Quran war book. The Quran teaches hate, violence and murder of despised non-Muslims and commands Muslims to wage jihad against hated non-Muslims and conquer all nations.

    The enemy is inside the gates and invited into our government by traitors. Why are our representatives not screaming from the rooftops against this treason against America?

    If Saudi-style anti-blasphemy laws are implemented by the treasonous Obama-Clinton administration and other Western leaders it will be the end of freedom and the beginning of the longest, darkest night the world has ever known. We MUST not let it happen! Millions of us must take to the world’s city streets in protest of this terrible evil!

    Long live the Free World! LONG LIVE FREEDOM!