07-24-19 Robert Mueller Notes by Phillip Haney
However, just a week later, on February 13, 2002, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III met with key US leaders of American Arab, Muslim, and Sikh organizations. The meeting “sought to build on earlier discussions of a number of issues, ranging from vigilante attacks and other hate crimes, to the value of the continuing assistance from the Arab, Muslim, and Sikh communities in the overall effort to provide greater security for all Americans.”
Attendees at this meeting included Nihad Awad (aka Nehad Hammad), Executive Director of CAIR, Jason Erb, Director of Government Affairs for CAIR, Dr. Nedzi Sacirbey, Acting Director of the American Muslim Council (AMC); and Dr. Hassan Ibrahim, National Director of MPAC.
Note: This meeting occurred just five months after 9/11. In retrospect, it can be seen as one of the earliest ‘points of departure’ from a law enforcement-based approach, to a CRCL-based approach to CT (i.e., CVE). At the time of this 2002 meeting, it was already well-known within the LEO community that Nihad Awad was directly involved in the financial support of Hamas, which had been twice-designated as a terrorist organization, once in January 23, 1995, and again on October 08, 1997.
Also, one of the top leaders of the AMC at the time of this 2002 meeting was Abdurahman Alamoudi, who was arrested on September 29, 2003 on multiple terrorist-related charges. Then, on October 22, 2007, CAIR (and Nihad Awad) were both designated as co-conspirators for financial support of Hamas in the HLF Trial. Meanwhile, MPAC remains deeply involved in CVE-related domestic affairs to this very day (see Appendix 1).
On February 28, 2003, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III held another outreach meeting with representatives of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the Arab American Institute (AAI), the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force, the Islamic Institute, AMC and MPAC.
Then, another virtually identical meeting was held on July 09, 2004 with Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Mueller. During this meeting, AG Ashcroft advised the audience that:
“Credible reporting indicates that al Qaeda is planning a large-scale attack in America in an effort to disrupt our democratic process. While we currently lack precise knowledge about when, where and how they are planning to attack, we are actively working to gain that knowledge. As part of that effort, we are again reaching out to our partners in the Muslim and Arab-American communities for any information they may have. Their assistance has proven valuable in the past, and we continue to seek their help in this time of enhanced threat.”
On February 28, 2007, MPAC sponsored another public meeting with FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III and DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff, “to discuss issues impacting the future of the Muslim American community.”
“Access to government is as important as the substance of policies,” said MPAC Executive Director Salam Al-Marayati. “By engaging consistently and substantively with federal government agencies on issues as varied as counterterrorism and civil rights, we can facilitate access to government services for the Muslim American community, while also fostering security and prosperity for our community and our country.”
Al-Marayati addressed  engagement between Secretary Chertoff’s department [DHS] and Muslim American leaders,  the lingering problems of detention at borders, and  the trend of major cases trumpeted by our government as counterterrorism knockouts returning as acquittals after being tried in the justice system…
According to an Associated Press report, nearly all of the terrorism-related statistics on investigations, referrals and cases examined by the OIG were either diminished or inflated. Only two of 26 sets of department data reported between 2001 and 2005 were accurate, the audit found. Most of the cases involve technical immigration lapses in visas, finance violations, and petty crimes.
Then, on August 02, 2010, a “coalition of US Muslim, Sikh, Asian-American, and other civil liberties groups sent an open letter to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, seeking an explanation of why a leader of an anti-Islam hate group was recently invited to train state and federal law enforcement officers.” According to an August 03, 2010 CAIR press release, the letter included the following statements:
Robert Spencer, co-founder of the hate group Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA), claimed in a blog post that he “gave two two-hour seminars on the belief-system of Islamic jihadists to the Tidewater Joint Terrorism Task Force.” Those attending the training reportedly included FBI agents. In its letter to Mueller, the coalition outlined Spencer’s bigoted views on Islam and Muslims, including referring to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad as a “con man.”
Note: As discussed in more detail below, Mr. Spencer is a well-known and respected scholar of Islamic history and ideology who is constantly attacked and vilified by MB front groups in America.
On October 06, 2011, the Washington Times posted a story entitled Islam Content Spurs FBI Review Of Anti-Terror Training. As reported in this article:
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III told a congressional hearing on Thursday [October 06, 2011] that the Bureau is conducting a review of training programs after disclosure of materials that equated devout Muslims with a greater propensity for violent extremism. Mr. Mueller said that one part of the training program disclosed in a press account was “inappropriate and offensive,” but that the session was a “one-off” and not likely to be repeated. “We have undertaken a review from top to bottom of our counterterrorism training,” Mr. Mueller said. “I think these are isolated incidents, and in the course of that review, we’ve had outreach to academicians and others to assist us in reviewing the materials and assuring that that offensive content does not appear.”
In the first October 19, 2011 event (just two weeks after the ACLU letter cited just above), MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati posted an editorial entitled The Wrong Way To Fight Terrorism in the Los Angeles Times. His comments included the following criticisms and threats:
Law enforcement and intelligence agencies’ continued use of anti-Muslim training materials could lead to the collapse of a critical partnership with the Muslim American community. A disturbing string of training material used by the FBI and a U.S. Attorney’s office came to light beginning in late July that reveals a deep anti-Muslim sentiment within the U.S. government.
If this matter is not immediately addressed, it will undermine the relationship between law enforcement and the Muslim American community – another example of the ineptitude and/or apathy undermining bridges built with care over decades. It is not enough to just call it a “very valid concern,” as FBI Director Robert Mueller told a congressional committee this month.
Finally, on October 19, 2011, another coalition of 57 left-wing and MB-linked organizations (including CAIR, ICNA, ISNA, MPAC and Islamic Relief) sent a letter of protest to John Brennan, US Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr., Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, National Security Advisor Thomas E. Donilon, and Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough.
Note: At the time of publication of this Monograph, CAIR and ISNA remain co-conspirators in the HLF Trial. Both groups maintain well-proven links to the Muslim Brotherhood. Also, Islamic Relief (aka IR or IRW), another signatory to the ACLU-Brennan letter, has a long history of affiliations with individuals and organizations with known links to terrorism.
On February 08, 2012, a now-infamous meeting took place between FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III and various Islamic organizations. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the results of a review of “inaccurate and offensive training materials” by Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) chosen from the Army’s Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. Among the invited guests were members of ISNA, MPAC, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), as well as the Arab American Institute, Interfaith Alliance, Muflehun and Shoulder To Shoulder.
On February 15, 2012, MPAC posted an announcement on its homepage, confirming details such as who had actually attended the now-infamous February 08, 2012 meeting with the FBI. The article, which opens with the following paragraph, also provides a good review of the events leading up to the meeting:
MPAC along with other community and interfaith organizations met with FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III and the FBI’s Office of Public Affairs in an effort to address concerns regarding the agency’s use of inflammatory training material. The FBI provided an update on steps it has taken to rectify the matter including an extensive review and update of its material.
On May 09, 2012, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III testified before the US House Committee on the Judiciary. As per his prepared remarks, Mr. Mueller stated the following:
The Bureau itself has established a CVE Office within the National Security Branch (NSB) to improve our effectiveness in empowering our state, local, and community partners to assist in this effort. The duties and goals of this office include developing a better understanding of, and countering the threat of, violent extremism in the US, strengthening community partnerships and providing to state and local officials and to community leaders unclassified briefings regarding the threat of extremism, addressing CVE-related operational and mission-support needs, including investigations, analysis, and training, and coordinating Bureau interests with regard to CVE matters with those of other agencies to ensure USG efforts are aligned.
On July 18, 2012, the February 08, 2012 FBI meeting became the subject of a FOIA request by Judicial Watch. As occurs frequently in FOIA cases, the FBI refused to respond substantively to the request, so Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, (Judicial Watch vs. FBI and U.S. DOJ, No. 1:12-cv-01183). The litigation compelled the FBI to comply with the FOIA law, and produce the requested records to Judicial Watch, many of which are discussed in a detailed December 05, 2013 report entitled U.S. Government Purges of Law Enforcement Training Material Deemed “Offensive” to Muslims.