Consider the special counsel, Robert Mueller, who gives commencement speeches about honor and integrity. This is a guy who met secretly with Islamist groups and sanitized FBI training materials so that FBI agents could not recognize and identify the enemy trying to kill us. The Judicial Watch report, “U.S. Government Purges of Law Enforcement Training Material Deemed ‘Offensive’ to Muslims,” should have disqualified Mueller from ever again serving in any role as an investigator of anything remotely connected to national security.
Christopher Farrell of Judicial Watch calls it a “curious” story about how “a group of radical Islamists” with links to terrorist groups like Hamas met with Mueller, and convinced him to “scrub” and change FBI training materials on radical Islam. Mueller assembled a secret group of Islamic “experts” who read the materials and censored them. These people became the “editors” of the training materials.
One of the changes, incredibly enough, involved eliminating a reference to the Islamic Koran as the “teaching of the Prophets” and replacing it with “the revealed word of God.” A reference to the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization was also deemed offensive.
To make matters worse, all of this censorship occurred after Mueller’s investigation into the post 9/11 anthrax attacks was totally mishandled. Al Qaeda carried out the attacks, in conjunction with the actual 9/11 terrorist hijackings, but Mueller and his people blamed a series of American scientists. Finally, they found one they could blame, Bruce Ivins, who committed suicide following persecution by FBI agents. Ivins was dead and could not defend himself.
The anthrax letters, which carried statements of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel,” were assumed to be the work of right-wingers working for U.S. government military or civilian labs. One of Mueller’s agents, Richard Lambert, later sued Mueller for botching the probe.
Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. This blog is excerpted from a column which he wrote for Accuracy in Media.