Muslims make up a tiny percentage of Americans, and it’s just a tiny minority of Muslims who have hijacked Islam to kill Americans. And because of that tiny minority the media and government won’t even utter the words jihad and Islam in the same sentence. BUT, once again federal, state, and local law enforcement are using your tax dollars to reach out to…that’s right – the same people who aren’t the problem. Over a halal lunch.
NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Federal law enforcement officials tried to break down barriers with the Muslim community in Brooklyn on Saturday, with a special program designed to foster a culture of understanding.
When 17-year-old Bilal Amjad strapped on a bulletproof vest, he got more than just a feeling of security, reports CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown. He began to feel accepted.
“There’s a lot of stuff on the news, that Muslim people are all bad – but we’re not all like that,” Amjad said.
Amjad was one of several hundred Muslim youths attending a day-long, hands-on program with law enforcement agencies including the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, New York State Police and the NYPD.
Each side of the program was looking to break through stereotypes to keep communities together.
“A lot of law enforcement probably look at us in a bad way, but we’re not like that,” Amjad said.
“What we’re trying to do is to show them that they have opportunities in public service and government, and to show them the importance and respect that their faith has,” FBI Supervisory Special Agent Timothy Flannery said.
Many at the event said that too many times, the Muslim community and law enforcement officials interact only when reacting to a dangerous situation, and that has helped to foster tense relations.
“This is why we’re building these bridges – because we want to close those gaps where they law enforcement feels, ‘oh, these are Muslim kids, and perhaps they might be thinking something.’” Mohammad Razvi, executive director of the Council of Peoples Organization, said.
The program, he said, was an opportunity to bridge those gaps.
“These are Americans kids – they stand in front of this American flag and say, ‘we are Americans,’” Razvi said.
The event in Brooklyn was the first of its kind in the country, but organizers said they’re looking to expand to other areas soon, beginning with Washington, D.C.
More than 500 kids, and a dozen mosques and schools, took part in Saturday’s program.
Law enforcement hasn’t reached out ot any other demographic in the U.S. with this “first of its kind” program. There are programs for Americans, and then there are programs for Muslims in America. That’s how Islam works.
The sponsoring group is new to us but they have co-sponsored events with the most notorious of Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood linked groups and individuals in the U.S.
Meanwhile, over in Queens, one of those co-sponsors – terror-linked CAIR – was once-again fear-mongering to Muslim crowds about the FBI, via CAIR’s Great FBI Scare Lecture:
Nobody representing a police agency should be trusted, according to CAIR: “It’s very important to not speak to law enforcement of any type, not just FBI agents. We’re talking about New York Police Department, we’re talking about tax agents, we’re talking about everybody.”
CAIR officials insist they support the FBI and have been helpful in investigations. The “Know Your Rights” seminars merely seek to reinforce every American’s right to “constitutionally informed cooperation with law enforcement.” That was their argument in January, after the group’s San Francisco chapter posted a flyer on its website of a skulking agent roaming a neighborhood as doors slammed shut. “Build a Wall of Resistance,” the flier said. “Don’t Talk to the FBI.”
CAIR’s claim of supporting law enforcement is “ludicrous,” said Steven Pomerantz, the FBI’s assistant director for counterterrorism in the 1990s. The group has “a consistent, long history of being antagonistic toward law enforcement.”
CAIR-Detroit director Dawud Walid went further in a December speech, saying, “The FBI, by using informants acting as agent provocateurs, has recruited more so-called extremist Muslims than al-Qaida themselves.”
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