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The FBI's Muslim Outreach Follies
When FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies today for a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing, undoubtedly he will be questioned about the FBI's ongoing "Islamophobia" purge.
Specifically, members of Congress are concerned about the FBI's continued secrecy regarding the identity of the three outside subject matter experts (SME) the bureau brought in to help with the purge (two other SMEs from inside the FBI assisted). One reason for congressional skepticism about the FBI's use of these outside SMEs is that the bureau has an extensive history of failure when vetting Muslim outreach partners.
In June 2002, Director Mueller took fire for a speech to the American Muslim Council (AMC), which his spokesman described as "the most mainstream Muslim group in the United States." During his speech Mueller asked the group for their help in fighting terrorism. But the head of AMC at the time was Abdurahman Alamoudi, who was videotaped in October 2000 delivering a speech just yards away from the White House, proclaiming: "I have been labeled by the media in New York as being a supporter of Hamas. We are all supporters of Hamas. I wish they added that I am also a supporter of Hezbollah."
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