Government & Politics

US Air Force to review Islamophobic instructor’s course content

Florida (IINA) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Wednesday welcomed a decision by the US Air Force to review course materials offered by a counter-terrorism instructor at the United States Air Force Special Operations School (USAFSOS) in Florida, which CAIR says, is associated with an anti-Muslim propaganda mouthpiece and has made a number of false statements about Islam and Muslims.

That review, which CAIR has confirmed with relevant officials, comes following a letter CAIR sent in March to Lieutenant General Marshall B. Webb, commander of the US Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field in Florida citing instructor Patrick Dunleavy's past Islamophobic statements and his association with the hate group Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT).

Dunleavy teaches a USAFSOS course called The Dynamics of International Terrorism and is a senior fellow with IPT.

We welcome this review and hope it results in our military personnel receiving training based on balanced and accurate information, not on personal or political agendas, said CAIR-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo A. Ruiz.

IPT's founder, Steven Emerson, has a history of making Islamophobic and factually inaccurate statements, most recently resulting in a previous British Prime Minister referring to him as a complete idiot for claiming there are Muslim no-go zones in that nation. Even Fox News was forced to apologize for Emerson's false claim.

Emerson made similarly inaccurate and Islamophobic claims about incidents such the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The Southern Poverty Law Center included Emerson in its recent listing of anti-Muslim extremists.

Source: International Islamic News Agency