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Michele Bachmann: ‘Obama Is Allowing Terror Suspect Groups To Write The FBI’s Terror Training Manual’

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Republican Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann speaks to a gathering of conservative Christians at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Presidential Forum on October 22, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Republican Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann speaks to a gathering of conservative Christians at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Presidential Forum on October 22, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Michele Bachmann: ‘Obama Is Allowing Terror Suspect Groups To Write The FBI’s Terror Training Manual’

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said Friday the Obama administration is striking all references to Islam from Justice Department training manuals, exaggerating a directive from federal officials to evaluate procedures for religious and cultural sensitivity.

Bachmann, a Minnesota congresswoman and a member of the House Intelligence Committee, equated the effort to strike offensive references to Islam from material to removing suspicion of Islamic terrorism from department policy.

A conservative popular with tea party activists and evangelical conservatives, she later linked President Barack Obama with “4,400 American lives” lost in Iraq. However, the death toll in the 8-year-old war that began under President George W. Bush had already reached 4,229 when Obama was inaugurated in 2009. It now stands at no fewer than 4,481.

As she campaigned in Iowa, now the focus of her effort to win the Republican nomination, Bachmann accused the administration of making changes in training manuals under pressure from pro-Islam groups with terrorist links.

“And now Obama is allowing terror suspect groups to write the FBI’s terror training manual,” she told about 75 Republican activists in an eastern Iowa hotel conference room.

The FBI has not removed Islam from training material, said an FBI official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and requested anonymity.

The FBI has been conducting a comprehensive review of its training materials after it was revealed that what officials termed an inaccurate description of Islam, one that linked the religion to terrorism, was being used in some of the bureau’s training programs. Last month, FBI officials said the agency was undertaking the review in light of an analyst’s criticism of Islam during a lecture last spring.

Deputy Attorney General James Cole said last week he had asked that all aspects of the department be broadly re-evaluated for “sensitivity for all peoples of faith” in its training efforts.

“Examples include the efforts of our law enforcement components to ensure that their interactions with the community – whether in responding to an attack on a mosque or arresting a suspect in a counter-terrorism investigation – convey a sense of basic respect to the rule of law and the rights of all who have made this nation their home,” Cole said.

In her remarks Friday, Bachmann broadly painted the effort as trying to remove the link between Islam and anti-American terrorism sponsored by radical Islamic extremists.

“And so now the White House has scrubbed all Islamic terms from the national counterterrorism strategy. The White House has removed all Islamic terms from the Pentagon’s report on the Fort Hood shooting. And now, Obama is allowing terror suspect groups to write the FBI’s terror training manual,” she said.

The White House declined to respond to Bachmann’s criticism.

In an interview with CNN on Friday, Bachmann said Obama’s foreign policies were worse than his economic ones and linked Obama to the war’s overall death toll as well as its cost.

“Under Barack Obama’s watch, we’ve expended $805 billion to liberate the people of Iraq and, more importantly, 4,400 American lives,” she said.

Bachmann is on the first leg of a three-day campaign trip to the leadoff caucus state.

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Sullivan reported from Washington. Associated Press writer Pete Yost in Washington contributed to this report.

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  1. If one who question’s the motives and action’s of muslim’s and don’t like what they see. Yes they are an intolerate religion. If i am islamphobic for saying this then what does it make the muslim countries who forbid any discussion of christianty? Why should i be tolerate of a religion if it’s not tolerate of mine?

  2. To the guest who asks why they should be tolerant of a religion that is not tolerant of their own religion:

    It is not the religion that is intolerant. It is the individual which is intolerant. It may be a government that is intolerant. It may be a group of people that is intolerant, but it is not an entire religion.

    Let’s look at a couple of Christian examples. In the New Testament Christ tells us to love our neighbors as ourselves and to repay evil with good. The Westboro Baptist Church says differently. They cause great anguish and pain for families of deceased soldiers, promote hatred towards homosexuals, and make a mockery of Christ’s commandment to love. Should ALL Christians be judged by the Westboro Baptist Church’s actions?

    Likewise, Scott Roeder shot Dr. George Tiller dead because Tiller performed abortions. Should all Christians be charged as accessories to murder because of Roeder’s crime?

    Make sure you understand that there some Muslim extremists in this world, just as there are Hindu extremists, Christian extremists, etc. but the vast majority of all people of faith choose to live in peace together.

  3. P.S. I would not want all Christians to be judged by Michelle Bachmann’s example of truthfulness either. What a shame that she sullies the faith of millions of people with her deliberate mis-truths and outright lies.

  4. Are some Muslims terrorists? Undoubtedly. Are all? Not by a long shot. It does not make us safer to target all of our anti-terrorist resources on the wrong people.

  5. @//Guest Or anyone else with their views.

    Who says that Islam is an intolerant religion? Here is a question; We know that the governments, or most of them in the Islamic world are oppressive, corrupt and now clearly not supported by the people they govern. So why do Muslims from other countries leave their country to come to this country and keep being Muslim? If I was a Muslim who thought my president or leader was treating me like garbage and suppressing free speech and female rights and religious rights (of muslims too by the way) all because Islam says to do so then why in the world would I go to a place that is free and keep calling myself a Muslim? Nothing is preventing me from renouncing it anymore. That Muslim gov can’t touch me anymore, I’m safe. The millions of Muslims who come to our country have either got to be completely stupid for staying Muslim while acknowledging that it is oppressive and intolerant OR something else needs to be considered. Like maybe it is the people who display intolerance are the intolerant, even against their own brothers and sisters in religion. And we should be tolerant of other religions and other people as long as they are not trying to hurt us and that is because it set us apart from the governments that these immigrant Muslims or many immigrants are running from.

    ps Please don’t say they ARE trying to hurt us. They (an all inclusive utterance) are not, some maybe. Muslims have been in this country even before the republic was even established but they are just now only trying to take it over? Doesn’t make sense. And again it wouldn’t make much sense for Muslims to run from an oppressive place to just make the new place like the old one.

    I don’t think you are Islamophobic because that is a loaded term but I do think your conclusions are not based on sound reasoning. You think Muslims should think about how intolerant their religion is and come to the conclusion to leave it or at least not follow it so why don’t you think about how intolerant your own views are honestly, sincerely and with compassion for fellow humans and see if your view doesn’t change just a little. Even Jesus dialogued with the Pharisees, so there is no excuse not to talk with one’s “perceived” enemies.

  6. michele, you get more stupid each and everyday

  7. @ “Me” Who are you trying to kid?

    Are Christian churches and synagogues being built in Saudi Arabia and other muslim countries at the same rate as they are in the West or at all? In fact most existing churches are refused permission for any repairs Are muslims being slaughtered in Christian countries like Christians are being slaughtered in muslim countries. Korans are available anywhere in the West , are bibles available in muslim countries to the same extent. Can I wear a cross around my neck in Saudi Arabia and some other muslim countries without being arrested, beaten or killed? Can I pray to a Christian god in groups in the street in muslim countries? Do church bells ring across muslim lands the way the call to prayer is blasted across the Western landscapes five times a day?

    NO!

    Don’t even try to pretend that islam is a religion of tolerance because those of us who know the facts will laugh in your face. You must think we are fools!

  8. Michele Bachmann is absolutely correct and those Americans who are loyal and love their country had better pay heed to her words.

  9. Jamesrfitz,

    do you not realize that in islam apostates are to be stoned to death? you say, “It is not the religion that is intolerant. It is the individual which is intolerant.” well if by individual you mean muhammad then you are right. have you read the koran or any hadiths? how about the stoning of adulterers, are you in favor, how about whipping people who drink, how about fornicators, how about those you spread “mischief”, whatever that might mean?

    as for your westbrough church example, you are right, that’s percisely the proplem with these ancient texts, they are open to many interpretations. many of which are flawed, dispite being acurate and violent.

    Me,

    i say it is intolerance because of the koran and several hadiths. you should read some islam jurisprudence. would not killing someone for leaving a religion be the definition of intolerant?

    Volume 9, Book 84, Number 57:

    Narrated ‘Ikrima:

    Some Zanadiqa (atheists) were brought to ‘Ali and he burnt them. The news of this event, reached Ibn ‘Abbas who said, “If I had been in his place, I would not have burnt them, as Allah’s Apostle forbade it, saying, ‘Do not punish anybody with Allah’s punishment (fire).’ I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah’s Apostle, ‘Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.’”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostasy_in_Islam

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