. . . . . .
That legitimation follows an assumption that USIP carefully vetted CSID before working with it. But USIP did nothing of the sort. When its leadership insisted on working with CSID, it explained its reasons: “The CSID is assessed by relevant government organizations and credible NGOs supported by the Administration to be an appropriate organization for involvement in publicly funded projects organized by both the government and NGOs, including the Institute.”
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“In the war on terror,
it is necessary to reject those who
develop the ideas that lead to violence”
Translated from bureaucratese, this says: “Others have worked with CSID, so why not us?”
But such buck-passing means that in fact no one does due diligence – each organization relies on those that came before. Once in the door, a disreputable organization like CSID acquires a mainstream aura.
Or it does until its true identity becomes clear. Over and over again, branches of the U.S. government have been embarrassed by their blindness to jihadist Islam.
- Ask the presidential candidate who had himself photographed smiling side-by-side with an Islamist who soon after was imprisoned for terrorist activities.
- Ask the U.S. military, which has arrested or convicted at least seven Islamists for criminal activity connected to jihad.
- Ask the New York State prison system, which recently awoke up to the fact that one of its chaplains announced that God had inflicted 9/11 as punishment on the wicked – and the victims got what they deserved.
- Ask the mayor of Boston who had city land sold to the Islamic Society of Boston for less than 10 percent of market value, only to learn later that the organization is closely associated with one jihadi extremist banned from entering the United States, another sitting in federal prison, and a third who welcomes suicide bombings against Israelis as “glad tidings.”
In all these cases, no one was minding the store. The lesson is simple but burdensome: each governmental institution must do its own research.
In the war on terror, it is not enough to deploy the police and the military; it is just as necessary to recognize and reject those who develop the ideas that eventually lead to violence. The U.S. government needs to wake up to those elements in its midst whose allegiance in the war on terror is on the other side.
Until it does, my whistleblowing career will continue.
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