(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/17/2017) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed a decision by the U.S. Air Force to review course materials offered by a counterterrorism instructor at its United States Air Force Special Operations School (USAFSOS) in Florida who CAIR says is associated with an “anti-Muslim propaganda mouthpiece” and has made a number of false statements about Islam and Muslims.
That review, which CAIR has confirmed with relevant officials, comes following a letter CAIR sent in March to Lieutenant General Marshall B. Webb, commander of the U.S. Airforce Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field in Florida citing instructor Patrick Dunleavy’s past Islamophobic statements and his association with the hate group Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT).
Dunleavy teaches a USAFSOS course called “The Dynamics of International Terrorism” and is a “senior fellow” with IPT.
Investigative Project on Terrorism: Patrick Dunleavy
“We welcome this review and hope it results in our military personnel receiving training based on balanced and accurate information, not on personal or political agendas,” said CAIR-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo A. Ruiz.
Backgrounder on IPT and Steven Emerson:
IPT’s founder, Steven Emerson, has a history of making Islamophobic and factually inaccurate statements, most recently resulting in a previous British Prime Minister referring to him as a “complete idiot” for claiming there are Muslim “no-go zones” in that nation. Even Fox News was forced to apologize for Emerson’s false claim.
Emerson made similarly inaccurate and Islamophobic claims about incidents such the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The Southern Poverty Law Center included Emerson in its recent listing of “anti-Muslim extremists.”
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) – Steve Emerson (Founder)
A Journalist’s Manual: Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists
The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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