My Danger Room story today was actively distressing to report:
As recently as January 2009, the FBI thought its agents ought to know the following crucial information about Muslims:
- They engage in a “circumcision ritual”
- More than 9,000 of them are in the U.S. military
- Their religion “transforms [a] country’s culture into 7th-century Arabian ways.”
And this was what the FBI considered “recommended reading” about Islam:
- A much-criticized tome, The Arab Mind, that one reviewer called “a collection of outrageously broad — and often suspect — generalizations“
- A book by one of Norwegian terrorist suspect Anders Behring Breivik’s favorite anti-Muslim authors.
Seriously. Click through to the PowerPoint briefing I published. You'll notice that a great deal of its information is about religious practice and other constitutionally protected, totally legal behavior. And about that reading list, I like the quote Farhana Khera from Muslim Advocates gave me: "It's like asking law enforcement to learn 'the facts' about the African American experience by reading a book by the grand wizard of the KKK."