Newsletter #142 – Why Is Gov. Haslam Putting Tennessee’s Law Enforcement In the Dark?Posted: September 4, 2014
Who decides what information and training the state’s law enforcement personnel need so they can do their jobs? What happens when the officers aren’t trained to recognize contemporary threats like Americans returning from training and fighting jihad in places like Yemen, Somalia and Syria?
In a state like Tennessee that has a significant Muslim Brotherhood presence, active CAIR affiliations, and at least one high profile Memphis jihadi killer, has the state’s top law enforcement administration been provided with the right type of training? Probably not.
Back in December 2011, when asked, Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security, Bill Gibbons denied a relationship with or even knowledge about the newly formed TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) even though his Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) Regional Advisor James Cotter had been helping the Council form since June 2011.
Gibbons probably just “forgot” that he had written a letter dated November 7, 2011, thanking the AMAC for their partnership with the state and the DHS and his support for “long-term trusted relationships.” He also “forgot” that the DHS included AMAC in a December 2011 law enforcement training.
AMAC has stated very clearly that their “mission is to build bridges between the Muslim community and federal, state and local law enforcement…” AMAC is a political influence operation.
Is this sheriff in the picture, aware that AMAC Board member Drost Kokoye helped organize and lead pro-Hamas rallies in Nashville?
Is this sheriff aware that AMAC Board member Sabina Mohyuddin relies on two Muslim Brotherhood organizations, the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), to “help American Muslims stay true to their religious values [sharia law?] while being uniquely American.”
Will AMAC tell the sheriff about the Muslim Brotherhood’s Explanatory 1991 Memorandum which details the many ways Islamists are waging civilization jihad on the West?
“Anything that they do over there can happen here, and will”
That is what then DHS Regional Advisor James Cotter said in 2009 regarding “foreign threats” and the implied Islamist issue. Mr. Cotter stated: Shortly after helping to form the AMAC Cotter was promoted to State Training Advisor and now is a Supervising Intelligence Office with the Tennessee Fusion Center.
AMAC and its sister organization the American Center for Outreach (ACO), have solidified their relationships with various levels of law enforcement from the state and local level to the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI. ACO Director Remziya Suleyman’s brother is on the Metro Nashville police force. Will he be a conduit for information and influence by the AMAC and ACO over the police force trainings?
FBI agent Ken Moore who spoke at last year’s AMAC forum in Manchester, is the same FBI agent who helped purge FBI training materials about the Muslim Brotherhood and sharia. Terms like “sharia” “jihad” along with other materials deemed offensive to Muslims were removed even though they are the same terms and doctrine used by terrorists like al-Qaeda and Hamas.
Is agent Moore aware that Tennessee’s Islamists have been working with CAIR-Hamas? Surely he knows that the FBI won’t work with CAIR because of CAIR’s ties to Hamas.
Suleyman is an active participant and promoter of CAIR. Last summer she brought Dawud Walid, CAIR director from Michigan, to train Muslim students in political activism. Walid regularly warns students not to cooperate with the FBI because he says they are “agent provocateurs” that target Muslims. He also casually downplays the Somali al-Qaeda affiliate, al-Shabaab.
The FBI has prosecuted some, but not all Somalis who have left Minnesota to fight jihad, in Somalia and more recently, Syria. “Since 2007, at least 22 young men have left Minnesota to join al-Shabaab in Somalia. Some have died there, and some were even praised as ‘Minnesota Martyrs in an elaborate video released last year.”
Recently, Douglas McArthur McCain from California died in Syria fighting with ISIS (Islamic State) and Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha from Florida died in a suicide bombing attack on Syrian government troops. Counterterrorism and intelligence agencies are not sure how many of the estimated 12,000 foreign fighters in Syria might bring their jihad to the U.S.
Memphis native and Muslim convert Carlos Bledsoe was radicalized in Nashville, trained in Yemen, and returned to the U.S. where he committed his jihad at the Army recruiting center in Little Rock, Arkansas. His story is told in the “Losing Our Sons” video.
Should We Feel Protected in Tennessee?
AMAC and ACO say they should help train Tennessee law enforcement and they object to any training that runs counter to their scripted presentations.
In addition to the December 2011 training, AMAC was included in a 2012 terrorism conference sponsored by the Middle Tennessee U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Nashville Joint Terrorism Task Force. It was held at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Attendees included the FBI’s Continuing Education and Professional Development Unit, the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security, and the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.
No information about this conference or its contents was ever made available to the public or uninvited officials.
More recently, ACO Suleyman’s signed onto another letter to the President’s Assistant for Homeland Security demanding extensive and rigorous materials purging and retraining of personnel across government agencies. Unindicted co-conspirator CAIR-Hamas also signed the letter.
Haslam, AMAC and ACO – denying TN law enforcement the information needed to make our state safer in the face of Islamic jihad.