The good folks at CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) are quite peeved at the even better folks at the United States Air Force. As it turns out, the Muslim group is demanding that our Air Force immediately fire a civilian counter-terrorism instructor CAIR deems “Islamophobic.”
Well, not really. CAIR doesn’t necessarily consider Patrick Dunleavy himself to be an Islamophobe, but the guy who over twenty years ago founded the think tank that Dunleavy works for is himself an Islamophobe.
Thusly by CAIR’s logic Dunleavy is guilty by association (once removed) of the thought crime of Islamophobia, and due to such, is deserving of losing his job.
As it turns out, Dunleavy is an instructor at the US Air Force’s Special Operations Command headquartered at Hurlburt Field, Florida, teaching a course entitled The Dynamics of International Terrorism.
While Dunleavy has been classified as a subject matter expert by both the USAF and the United States Congress, besides teaching counter-terrorism to Air Force leaders, he has also before been called before Congress to testify as “an expert witness on the threat of Islamic radicalization in the nation’s prison system.”
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Nonetheless, CAIR wants him gone.
As reported (in part) by Judicial Watch;
This week it called on the military to get rid of a top counterterrorism instructor at the United States Air Force Special Operations School (USAFSOS) in Florida. The instructor, Patrick Dunleavy, teaches a course called “The Dynamics of International Terrorism” designed to provide awareness and appreciation of the organization, motivation, operational capabilities and threat posed by terrorists on an international, national, and regional basis. It was designed for individuals with no previous antiterrorism training and focuses on protective measures that government personnel and their families can employ to minimize threats.
Dunleavy, the course instructor, is a former deputy inspector general for the New York State Department of Corrections and has testified before Congress as an expert witness on the threat of Islamic radicalization in the nation’s prison system. Dunleavy is also a senior fellow at a decades-old nonprofit dedicated to investigating the operations, funding, activities and front groups of Islamic extremists worldwide. The think-tank, Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), is recognized as a comprehensive data center on radical Islamic terrorist cells and its founder is a terrorism and national security expert who has advised Congress, the president, FBI and National Security Council. After 9/11 he published a best-selling book documenting how one of the world’s most notorious terrorist groups plotted the worst terrorist attack on American soil without detection or scrutiny by American authorities.
CAIR uses Dunleavy’s association with IPT to call for his ouster as a military antiterrorism instructor, asserting that the research center is an “anti-Muslim propaganda mouthpiece, and has made a number of false statements betraying a personal prejudice against Islam and Muslims.” IPT’s founder, Steven Emerson, has a history of making “Islamophobic” statements, CAIR says, involving terrorist attacks that date back to the 1990s. The Islamic group reminds the commander of the U.S. Airforce Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field in Florida (Lieutenant General Marshall B. Webb), that under Obama the military caved into its demands. “As you may recall in 2012, then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey ordered the U.S. military to ‘scour its training material to ensure it doesn’t contain anti-Islamic content,” CAIR writes in a letter to Lieutenant General Webb. Judicial Watch will monitor this situation to see how the Trump Department of Defense (DOD) handles these preposterous requests.