Terrorism Industry/ Fusion Centers

  • Conservative pundit Sebastian Gorka brings ‘Global Jihadist Movement’ theory into White House

    Source: The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Gorka is part of the new White House Strategic Initiatives Group. He said he reports to Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s adviser and son-in-law; Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff; and Steve Bannon, the president’s chief strategist. In Mr. Gorka’s worldview, critics say, violence is a feature of Islam, not a bug. And his insistence that U.S. policy address terrorism primarily as a religious problem, rather than as the result of overlapping factors such as poverty, social immobility, or lack of education, will reinforce the notion that the U.S. is at war with Islam, an idea that two previous presidential administrations strove to combat, his critics say.

     
  • Jeff Sessions and the Islamophobia industry

    Source: Jacobin. Much has been written about the Alabama senator’s racist history, including his hostility to the Voting Rights Act. Less is known about Sessions’s close ties to the well-funded bloc of extremist anti-Muslim activists that author Nathan Lean has called the “Islamophobia industry.” These aren’t your run-of-the-mill anti-Islam bigots. This is a network of zealous, far-right astroturf organizers, the worst of the Islamophobes, who seek to foment a war on Muslims.

     
  • Anti-Islam speakers regularly visit north, central Minnesota

    Source: Associated Press. North and central Minnesota have become fertile ground for traveling speakers who have built national careers spreading alarm about the danger they say Islam poses in the U.S. At dozens of rural churches and schools, speakers have warned crowds about refugees and called on them to be prepared to oppose Muslims in Minnesota.

     
  • Ex-FBI agent John Guandolo to provide anti-Muslim law enforcement training in Phoenix

    Imagine 2050. John Guandolo , the disgraced former FBI agent and notorious anti-Muslim activist is scheduled to hold a training designed for law enforcement officials in Phoenix, Arizona. The event, titled “Understanding and Investigating the Jihadi Network,” is being sponsored by Guandolo’s “counter-terrorism” consulting outfit, Understanding the Threat, and is being advertised on his website. In order to lend a sense of credibility to the trainings, Guandolo touts his FBI credentials. However in this role, he merely peddles anti-Muslim conspiracy theories. In a 2011 training session, Guandolo further showed his personal bias when he said that Muslims in America “don’t have a First Amendment right to do anything.”

     
  • This Islamophobic conspiracy theorist lectured police officers about Islamic extremism

    Source: Huffington Post, As Muslim and civil liberties groups this week expressed outrage over news that Mauro would be delivering a keynote address Thursday on “the threat of Islamic extremism“ at a trade show for hundreds of tactical law enforcement officers in upstate New York, Mauro was indignant. But as Mauro made such public overtures to American Muslims this week, he also repeatedly tweeted and retweeted a link to an article claiming that the Council on American-Islamic Relations — the large Muslim civil liberties organization most loudly condemning his presence at the police conference — has ties to terrorism. The accusation against CAIR, which Mauro has previously made himself, is part of an old and repeatedly debunked conspiracy theory used by anti-Muslim groups. Mauro’s continued embrace of the terror accusation highlights his role in a multimillion-dollar network of hate groups, think tanks, politicians and talking heads who regularly spread fear and misinformation about Islam.

     
  • Groups denounce anti-Muslim “extremist” speaking at police conference

    Source: Buzz Feed News. Ryan Mauro is scheduled to deliver the address and conduct training sessions at the New York Tactical Officers Association’s 10th annual three-day conference in Verona, New York. Mauro is a national security analyst at the Clarion Project — a nonprofit “dedicated to exposing the dangers of Islamist extremism.” The group has been called anti-Muslim and has been criticized by left-leaning media for promoting Islamophobic material and views. The Southern Poverty Law Center called Mauro an “extremist” who has “promoted the false narrative of ‘no-go zones’ for non-Muslims in Europe” and pointed to his comments that Muslims “create enclaves where they can begin gradually implementing Sharia law” in the U.S.

     
  • Once shunned, anti-Muslim gadfly is now helping to set ‘racist’ agenda for CPAC

    Source: Raw Story. An anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist with ties to both white supremacists and several GOP presidential candidates has invited European racists to take part in panels at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference. Just five years ago, the Center for Security Policy and its founder, Frank Gaffney, were banned from the annual conservative gathering over their accusations that two CPAC board members, Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan, were secretly aiding the Muslim Brotherhood. But now Gaffney — who drew Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin to his anti-Iran rally last year — has returned to a position of influence and has invited admitted racists to speak at CPAC, reported Hatewatch.

     
  • ‘New atheist’ spokesperson Sam Harris featured in explicitly anti-Muslim hate video

    Source: Alternet. A new viral video produced by the Clarion Project, a far-right organization labeled an “anti-Muslim group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is inspired by one of the New Atheist movement’s most well-known figures, author and neuroscientist Sam Harris. Entitled “By The Numbers — The Untold Story of Muslim Opinions & Demographics,” the Clarion video has garnered over 2.7 million views and is based on Harris’ dubious taxonomy of Muslims, in which he makes the case that the mainstream of the Islamic faith is directly tied to extremism.

     
  • Palestinian-American artist detained for sketches & Arabic writing falsely accused of terrorism by right-wing media

    Source: Salon. Palestinian-American artist detained for sketches & Arabic writing falsely accused of terrorism by right-wing media
    Palestinian-American artist and author Leila Abdelrazaq was detained and interrogated in Arizona, near the Mexican border, because of notebook sketches and Arabic writing. After her brief detainment, right-wing media outlets distorted the story, spreading myths and blatant lies that the young woman was supposedly leading a terror plot.

     
  • Meet the mega-donors funding Donald Trump’s Islamophobic allies

    Source: Huffington Post. When billionaire eccentric and Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump called for banning all Muslims from entering the United States of America, he used what appeared to be data backing up the fears his policy was designed to alleviate. By citing bogus data, Trump helped shine a light on how the broader Islamophobic network works. Bogus statistics and trumped-up conspiracy theories are touted by mainstream figures to increase alarm and fear about Muslims.