The Lawfare Project hosted a conference call briefing on the threat posed to counter-terrorism operations by the White House-instituted review of federal law enforcement and military counter-terrorism training.
The process has already blacklisted several recognized authorities and is expected to forbid future use of terms such as "jihad" or "Islamist terrorism." Counter-terrorism experts and federal agents are critical of the initiative, which appears to be driven more by concerns about offending Muslims - and Muslim lobbying organizations - than by concern for American national security.
Muslim civil rights groups are applying pressure to institute such reviews by portraying supposed manifestations of "Islamophobia" as civil rights violations. Sources in the FBI and other agencies assert that this lawfare intrusion into the professional training system will undermine the operational capacity of government agents to understand and combat domestic terrorism.
The briefing was conducted by Dr. Sebastian L. Gorka, Military Affairs Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.
Dr. Sebastian Gorka is an internationally recognized authority on issues of national security, irregular warfare, terrorism and democratization, having worked in government and the private and NGO sectors in Europe and the United States. He was a Kokkalis Fellow at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and holds a Ph.D. in political science. Dr. Gorka has published in excess of 140 monographs, book chapters and articles, many for the JANES Group of the UK, and appears regularly in the international press, including the BBC, CBS, FOX, CNN, REUTERS, the Washington Post, USA Today, Alhurra and Newsweek. Dr. Gorka advises and briefs at the highest levels to US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and US Army Special Operations Command, trains FBI agents on how to understand and defeat Global Jihad and advised SOCOM during the drafting of the new Joint Operating Concept for Irregular Warfare. 2011 saw the publication of Toward a Grand Strategy Against Terrorism by McGraw Hill, which he co-edited and co-authored with Dr. Chris Harmon and Col. A. Nick Pratt, USMC, retired.
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