Steve Emerson is the Executive Director of The Investigative Project on Terrorism, an independent, non- profit organization. Which means Emerson is not beholden to the government nor hamstrung by the lethal political correctness that has infected media and government. Emerson does, however, provide briefings to US government and law enforcement agencies as well as congress. The lack of bureaucratic baggage allows Emerson and his organization to infiltrate and gather intelligence that the government isn't getting.
Having accumulated approximately 2500 hours of data, Emerson is putting a documentary together describing the great deception being perpetrated on the West by Islamic extremists and an apologetic media. Emerson's research has uncovered a troubling narrative currently running: the radical groups cry Islamophobia at any attempt to examine or criticize terrorism. The goal is to convince us that our thinking about Islam as a motivator for terrorism is irrational and extreme. We are already seeing this in Europe with rapid movement toward criminalizing critical statements about Islam. Among the top leaders of this Islamic terrorism apologist movement is, according to Emerson: The New York Times.
At a speech in Rancho Mirage California, Emerson did address the endless caterwauling about the Moderate Muslim Majority. But, we need to clarify the terms. The media prattles constantly about "mainstream" Islam which is meant to convince us that mainstream equals moderate. No, according to Emerson mainstream means no more than "average". Which is consistent with Mark Steyn's observation that a moderate Muslim is one who can't be bothered to fly a plane into a building, but thinks Sharia law is an idea that is long overdue.
Working toward worldwide jihad
Emerson is quick to point out that certainly not all Muslims support jihad. But the Muslims with the most influence in the mosques, the community and schools are working toward worldwide jihad. The "moderate" Muslim claims that Christianity and Judaism are "false religions". The mission to force Islam on the world is part of the moderate's agenda. Emerson also points out that nobody "converts" to Islam. We can only "re-convert" back to Islam which, according to Islam, is the only real truth.
While the Obama administration is busy ignoring violent jihad, we should be paying some attention to the phenomenon of cultural jihad, which is accomplished by Islamic infiltration into our mainstream; including into all levels of government. The cultural Jihadi won't necessarily carry out the violence, but will actively support the efforts. One of the most influential, dangerous and powerful cultural al Qaeda operatives, Abdulrahman Alamoudi was all but a Clinton cabinet member. Admired, awarded, accepted, wined and dined like the head of a legitimate state, Alamoudi was the Clinton's favorite Muslim for eight years. He was finally arrested, but Emerson warns that nobody at this time has any idea how much information Alamoudi was able to accumulate during his eight year Friend of Bill tour and what it will cost us.
To give credit where due, let's not forget it was former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice who adopted the official NYT policy outlawing the use of the words "terror" and "Islam" together to avoid any suggestion that Islam and terrorism could have some, however tenuous, connection. Emerson acknowledged that when it comes to terrorism, Islam is entitled to claim the number one position: the current ratio of terror attacks perpetrated by radical Muslims outnumbers those by other groups by 1000:1.
Apparently, Jihadi recruitment efforts in the US have been remarkably successful. The FBI is doing a good job of stopping actual attacks in the planning stages, but have no real ability to address the larger phenomenon of cultural jihad due to the constraints of the PC Police. The current group of new Jihadi recruits in the US have no prior history of radical behaviors, strongly suggesting extremists are indoctrinating terrorists' right in our backyards.
We now know that homegrown jihadi, Nidal Hasan attended the same mosque as two of the 9/11 hijackers and was attending prior to the September 11th attacks. Hasan's spiritual development was led by something of a Jeremiah Wright, ϋber radical Anwar Aulaqui, suspected to have ties to the Terrorist in Chief, Osama bin Laden. An elder in the Religion of Peace, Aulaqui has lauded Hasan as a "hero"; finding indisputable virtue in the slaughter of innocent Americans: "Nidal opened fire on soldiers who were on their way to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. How can there be any dispute about the virtue of what he has done? In fact the only way a Muslim could Islamically justify serving as a soldier in the US army is if his intention is to follow the footsteps of men like Nidal." michellemalkin.com
Mark Steyn is properly posing the question of who is more nuts; Hasan or his politically correct enablers? Army Chief of Staff General George Casey on Meet the Press: "As horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that's worse."
I daresay most Americans are willing to trade some smug and self satisfied political correctness in exchange for a few less massacres.