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FBI’s Program about Violent Extremism in Schools Draws Criticism

schoolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An interactive program designed by the FBI to help teachers and students identify warning signs of violent extremism has drawn strong criticism Muslims and civil rights leaders, the New York Times reports. 

The program, called “Don’t Be a Puppet,” predominately focuses on Islamic extremism, even though that has not been a factor in school shootings and attacks.

The New York Times wrote:

In the campaign against terrorists such as the Islamic State, law enforcement agencies have been stepping up efforts to identify those susceptible to recruitment. The agencies have enlisted the cooperation and advice of religious and community leaders. But the controversy over the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s new online tool is one more indication that there is no consensus on who should be involved in detecting and reporting suspects, and where to draw the line between prevention and racial or religious profiling.

“The F.B.I. is developing a website designed to provide awareness about the dangers of violent extremist predators on the Internet,” a spokeswoman for the agency said late Sunday, “with input from students, educators and community leaders.”

ISIS Uses Koran to Justify Raping Non-Muslim Girls in Iraq

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ISIS has established a bureaucracy of sex slavery in Iraq and is using the Koran to justify the outrageous practice of raping girls and women who are not Muslims, The New York Times reports.

The extremists are targeting non-Muslims, specifically from the Yazidi religious minority, and have used a network of warehouses to house the victims, who are marketed like livestock and shipped off on buses.

More than 5,200 Yazidis were abducted last year, and at least 3,144 are still imprisoned by ISIS, which “has developed a detailed bureaucracy of sex slavery, including sales contracts notarized by the ISIS-run Islamic courts,” The Times wrote.

“And the practice has become an established recruiting tool to lure men from deeply conservative Muslim societies, where casual sex is taboo and dating is forbidden.”

ISIS has even published a how-to manual on slavery, using selective readings of the Koran to “celebrate” rape as a “beneficial” and “virtuous” practice.

“Every time that he came to rape me, he would pray,” a 15-year-old girl told the Times. “He said that raping me is his prayer to God. I said to him, ‘What you’re doing to me is wrong, and it will not bring you closer to God.’ And he said, ‘No, it’s allowed. It’s halal.'”

Federal Authorities Were Investigating One of the Gunmen at Texas Cartoon Contest

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the gunmen behind the shooting at a Texas cartoon contest that featured images of Prophet Muhammad strongly hinted on Twitter that he was about to get violent about 20 minutes before opening fire, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

“May Allah accept us as mujahideen,” or holy warriors, he tweeted.

One of his hashtags read: “#texasattack.”

Federal authorities were tracking 31-year-old Elton Simpson’s Twitter account and even had an open investigation on him at the time.

Homeland Security and the FBI also issued bulletins to local law enforcement, warning that the cartoon contest in Garland was a possible terrorism target.

Simpson and his roommate, Nadir Soofi, were killed, but not before shooting a security guard in the leg.

 

Obama Administration Refuses to Label ISIS Terrorists As Islamic Radicals

American war reporter James Wright Foley was beheaded by ISIS.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Obama administration has done away with the term “radical Islam.”

President Obama and others in his administration refused to use the term during a White House summit on combating what they preferred to call “violent extremism,” The Washington Times reports.

On Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson defended the administration’s position, saying the terrorists do not deserve to be labeled as Muslims.

“It seems to me that to refer to ISIL as occupying any part of the Islamic theology is playing on a battlefield that they would like us to be on. I think that to call them some form of Islam gives the group more dignity than it deserves,” he said.

No matter what the extremists are called, Johnson said, ISIS – or ISIL – is a serious danger.

“From my perspective, whether it is referred to as Islamic extremism or violent extremism, what it comes down to is ISIL is a terrorist organization that represents a serious potential threat to our homeland that has to be addressed militarily and through a whole-of-government approach,” he said.

Muslim Group Complains That FBI Is Pressuring Islamic Community to Spy on Each Other

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Muslim leaders nationwide are expressing frustration with what they describe as overzealous attempts to get some in the Islamic community to spy on fellow Muslims, the Los Angeles Times reports.

They describe increasing pressure and reported unannounced visits by FBI agents to mosques in California, Ohio, Texas, Minnesota and other states.

The Council on American-Islamic Relation (CAIR) issued a nationwide alert urging Muslims and community leaders to consult with an attorney if they are approached by the FBI.

“It’s happening all over the country,” said Ibrahim Hooper, a Washington-based spokesman for CAIR. “The agents are approaching these community leaders at mosques with basic questions that quickly turn into something different: pressure to become informants.”

The FBI declined to comment on the alert but said “we value our partnership with the Arab, Muslim and Sikh communities as they are partners in our effort to stem crime, violence and civil rights violations.”

Homeland Security Boosts Security for European Travelers to U.S. Over Terror Concerns

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Travelers flying to the U.S. on Western passports will face increased screenings as Homeland Security officials express concern about European Islamic militants trying to launch attacks, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The idea is to “to learn more about travelers from countries from whom we do not require a visa,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement.

Concerns were raised over fighters coming from Germany, England, France and Belgium, where citizens from those countries aren’t required to apply overseas for a visa to enter the United States.

Since 2011, officials estimate that more than 3,000 Europeans have traveled to fight alongside extremists in Syria and Iraq.

 

 

 

Life Continues, Slowly at First, for Widow of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Katherine Russell is trying to return to a normal life.

That’s no easy task when you’re the widow of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a firefight with police in April.

Russell is caring for her toddler daughter and working for a family friend in New Hampshire, The Providence Journal reports.

Her lawyer dispelled rumors that Russell converted to Christianity.

“She remains a Muslim and still wears a hijab,” lawyer Amato A. DeLuca, of DeLuca & Weizenbaum said.

Muslims Oppose Appointment of Raymond Kelly As New Homeland Security Chief

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The potential nomination of New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to the top position at Homeland Security has enraged Muslim-American groups, the Huffington Post reports.

Islamic groups said Kelly, as the head of the nation’s largest police force, oversaw the targeting of innocent Muslim based solely on their religion. Kelly also played a role in an anti-Islamic film, they said.

Kelly is believed to be a top choice of Obama to replace Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano.

“Ray Kelly has a proven record of violating Americans’ basic civil rights,” said Glenn Katon, legal director of Muslim Advocates, a civil rights group based in San Francisco. “His willingness to use discriminatory policing methods against innocent citizens should concern Americans of every faith, ethnic and racial background.”