Skip to comments.Homeland Security's Muslim advisors contradicted new terror lexicon
Posted on 05/04/2008 11:50:09 AM PDT by givemELL
American Thinker publishes today Joseph Myers' critical assessment of Homeland Security's new terror lexicon, "Strategic Collapse in the War on Terror", as it published my own analysis, "Flying Blind in the War on Terror", last week. This new lexicon adopted by both Homeland Security and the State Department's Counterterrorism Communications Center, directs government employees to cease using the terms "jihad", "jihadist", and "mujahedeen" to describe Islamic terrorists.
The memos were publicly released by Steve Emerson of the Investigative Project on Friday, but inquiries by Emerson about which Muslim leaders exactly advised Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff on this widely criticized policy were rebuffed.
But past news reports have identified at least some of the Muslim advisors consulted by Homeland Security, and at least two of these advisors made recommendations that directly contradict the new policy.
Last June, the San Francisco Chronicle identified four of Chertoff's Muslim advisors: Shahed Amanullah, Akbar Ahmed, M.J. Khan, and Resa Azlan. And in direct opposition to the new government terror lexicon, at least two of these Muslim advisors recommended using "jihadist" to describe Islamic terrorists, as that is the term used by most Arab Muslims today:
Starting the conversation about terrorism is problematic. The term "Islamofascism," used by President Bush and others, offends Muslims who believe their faith condones no violence and other religions are rife with examples of terrorism. Many Muslims also reject terms such as "Islamic terrorism," "Islamist terrorists" or "Muslim terrorists" for the same reason.
Amanullah and Reza Aslan, author of "No god but God" and a professor of religion and creative writing at the UC Riverside, prefer the term "jihadist."
Many Muslims object to it because it modifies the Islamic term "jihad," which refers to an inner struggle -- not a military one. But "jihadist" has been widely adopted in the Arab world as a way to describe terrorists, said Aslan.
This raises serious questions about how exactly Homeland Security arrived at its conclusions, when the very Muslim advisors it solicited advocated for the very terminology that Chertoff has now banned. Who exactly advised them in favor of this new lexicon? Could it be the case that these Muslim advisors were brought in to provide cover to a policy that had already been predetermined?
Needless to say, this new revelation could be a devastating blow. As Michelle Malkin observed this past week, even the President himself violated the new guidelines this week. Before Chertoff and his minions start congratulating themselves on their extravagant feat of appeasement and political correctness, they should consider that the applause they believe they hear is the sound of one hand clapping.
Posted at 01:07 PM
Really interesting report. More info on govt. advisors will come out in time. EU had already adopted this policy a few months ago. Is this a copy-catting action to please the EU or other entity? Is it a pathetic policy originating within our institutions themselves? Who knows. The American Thinker follows some really important issues.
The dang pitchforks are singin’, idiot B-Rats in this Government need a reminder of who they work for...makes my blood boil that we have to pay for these RATS
If you are serious about fighting the Islamic takeover of the United States, the best course of action is for all US citizens to be heavily armed — do not depend on the government.
Already there x 10, sir; I have been since 9-12-01. I saw this was coming 5 years ago.
The sad thing is when the terrorists start *real jihad* in America, at the schools, hospitals, day care, malls etc, and we start killing them, the gov’t jack-booted-thugs will take their side and we’ll either have to kill them too, or surrender and be taken to desert prison camps.
The latter prospect makes me sick to even think about it.
We’ll be going thru what Israel has, by factors.
95% of America doesn’t even know what’s coming, and they don’t care as long as the gov’t rebate checks keep coming.
islam = terrorism + death.
When it starts, I hope we don’t just stop at the terrorists. If it goes full blown into a civil war
I pray the killing doesn’t stop tell everybody who hates this country is dead.And that’s a whole bunch of worthless Americans.
Second that, xero.
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