U.S. funded Israeli-linked security company pushes anti-Muslim ideology

As Representative Peter King’s hearings on “Muslim radicalization” refocus attention on Islamophobia, a new report sheds light on the network of private security firms tapping into public funds that push an anti-Muslim agenda to law enforcement agencies.

An organization called Security Solutions International (SSI) is one focus of the Political Research Associates’ report (pdf) , titled “Manufacturing the Muslim Menace: Private Firms, Public Servants, & the Threat to Rights and Security.”

SSI “trades on the reputation of Israeli counterterrorism expertise by using Israeli veterans as trainers.”

This is the ideology that SSI, which “taps into public funds for its trainings,” promotes, according to the report:

Following civil liberties advocates’ criticism of SSI’s courses on “Radical Islamic Culture” in 2008, SSI intensified its promotions for the course. SSI Chief Executive Officer Solomon Bradman responded to criticism by saying, “I can’t take the responsibility of my course linking their religion [Islam] to terrorism. I think their religion got linked to terrorism a long time ago.”56 SSI planned to expand the reach of its “Islamic Jihadist Threat” seminar, holding it in even more venues, including Detroit, Minneapolis, Washington, DC, Dallas, Kansas, and Boston…

The Counter Terrorist’s coverage [, an SSI publication,] includes infrastructure protection, school shooting threat assessments, intelligence gathering and what SSI calls “the Radical Islamic Threat.” Articles like “U.S. Prison Recruitment for Jihad”—a piece by M. Zuhdi Jasser and Raphael Shore, founder of the Clarion Fund, a nonprofit organization “that aims to alert Americans about the real threat of Radical Islam”—reinforce an image of Muslims as menacing militant fundamentalists. The magazine’s regular inclusion of such articles allows the publication to function as a credentialed law enforcement outlet for authors who exaggerate and distort terrorist threats.

The report also notes other instances where a far-right pro-Israel agenda has been promoted hand-in-hand with Islamophobia.

Here’s the bottom line the report gives on support for Israel and Islamophobia:

Islamophobic story lines characterize the widespread support for Palestinian statehood and opposition to the continuing Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands among Muslim-American leaders as evidence of sympathy for terrorism

The report is further evidence of Scott McConnell’s observation “that anti-Muslim bigotry is becoming embedded in American political culture, and Israel and its supporters are playing a substantial role in generating it.”

Alex Kane, a freelance journalist based in New York City, blogs on Israel/Palestine and Islamophobia at alexbkane.wordpress.com, where this post originally appeared.  Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.


About Scott McConnell

Scott McConnell is a founding editor of the American Conservative. The former editorial page editor of The New York Post, he has written for Fortune, The New Criterion, National Review, Commentary and many other publications.
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  1. Avi says:

    The report is further evidence of Scott McConnell’s observation “that anti-Muslim bigotry is becoming embedded in American political culture, and Israel and its supporters are playing a substantial role in generating it.”

    And it certainly doesn’t help when Zionist Jews in the mainstream media (including Hollywood) contribute to the vilification of Arabs and Muslims.

    There are movies and TV shows that date back to the 1980s that portray the Middle East in such a negative light.

    American Jews need to stand up to the institutions that claim to represent them, whether its Hollywood, ABC, or the New York Post.

    • fuster says:

      –There are movies and TV shows that date back to the 1980s that portray the Middle East in such a negative light.—

      yeah, those Americans held hostage in Iran and those blown-up marines in Lebanon would have nothing to do with those movies and tv shows.

      • annie says:

        not the 80′s. “these images have been with us for more than a century”.

        • fuster says:

          annie, Europeans have not had a very positive view of Islam since at least the 15th century.

        • annie says:

          And it certainly doesn’t help when Zionist Jews in the mainstream media (including Hollywood) contribute to the vilification of Arabs and Muslims.

        • fuster says:

          annie, it certainly doesn’t help when state-controlled media in the Middle East spreads anti-Semitism in a much more systematic and overt manner than even our movies dare to do.
          it doesn’t help when they pound out endless horseshirt rumors and conspiracy theories and when even the kids shows are polluted with this crap.
          link to voanews.com

          and anti-Christian shows

          link to yalibnan.com

          and when some vile old man named Khomeini offers a cash reward to anyone who will kill an author.

        • Woody Tanaka says:

          And what, fuster, does any of that have to do with the US’s media??

        • MRW says:

          “Europeans have not had a very positive view of Islam since at least the 15th century”

          Do you ever read? Do you have the slightest idea of history beyond what you learned from Hollywood movies? Since at least the 15th C? Who educated you?

        • annie says:

          nothing, absolutely nothing woody. fus is specializing in errant equivalents (check the hasbara handbook under ‘point scoring’) today, again. purposely evading the points and plastering up diversions faster than you can say troll. someone should put him on a diet. his sole purpose for being is diversion.

        • fuster says:

          I’ve read a book or two. 1453 mean anything to you?

        • Citizen says:

          Fuster, annie is an American, and she speaks as an American. Hence her chief concern is her own government’s and other institutional support of religio-ethnic bias right here in the USA, where we have constitutionally-based laws against that sort of thing. Why are you pointing the finger elsewhere?

        • Rumpel says:

          You mean when Hungarian artillery officers and Italian mercenaries helped the Ottomans capture Constantinople? The victor being painted by Bellini as part of a major trade deal with Venice.

          Does this mean anything to you: link to en.wikipedia.org ?

          History: rarely reducible to simplistic internet point-scoring.

        • fuster says:

          who’s the patron saint of Spain?

        • Rumpel says:

          True, and St George fulfils the same role in Greece, for the same reason.

          So that’s two countries out of 50 or so. But whereas you claim ‘Europeans’ have had a negative view of Islam since the 15th century (why not from the Crusades, or the Arab Conquests?) that isn’t true of every country in Europe, nor even of the two countries above for all periods of their history.

          Also, European Muslims (Lithuanian and Polish Tatars, Pomaks, Bosnians, Gorani, Albanians, Krim Tatars…) tend to have a positive view of Islam, funnily enough.

          Finally, I should add that between the Middle Ages and 1948, European Jews held a positive view of ‘Islam’ (again, an over-broad category). North Africa, the Ottoman Empire and the Khanate of the Crimea were traditional refuges for Jews during successive waves of persecution.

        • Europeans entertained negative images and beliefs about Jews from the days of Paul. how did it chnage? Why does it try to break out? Who prevents it from breaking out? What kind of ammunitions ( or institutions alnd laws are used to stop it from breaking out? ) are used to divert attention from any Jewish role in any incident nowadays? Who are the henchmen that do the biddings ? What happnes to the movie,plays,books,politicinas if this arrangemnet is threatened?

      • Avi says:

        fuster March 10, 2011 at 2:25 pm

        –There are movies and TV shows that date back to the 1980s that portray the Middle East in such a negative light.—

        yeah, those Americans held hostage in Iran and those blown-up marines in Lebanon would have nothing to do with those movies and tv shows.

        You’re really dense. You’re complaining about US marines being attacked IN LEBANON?

        The arrogance you exude is amazing. You must have your head embedded deep inside an acid pond.

        And the embassy in Iran?

        Does the CIA’s overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian leader mean anything to you? How about the year 1953? Does that ring a bell?

        But, your response is a nice deflection. Suddenly you’re concerned for America and Americans, instead of crying foul about Israel and Zionists.

        I seem to recall an ethnic cleansing taking place in 1948, well before the marine barracks attack in the 1980s.

        How come Hollywood didn’t make any movies about THAT?

        I must say, your dishonesty and ignorance (pick whichever applies to you) is breathtaking.

        • mig says:

          Attack against marines in Lebanon wasnt terrorism. When marines stepped to Lebanon soil, and sided with maronite christians, they become part of a war. Not as a “peacekeeper” as has tryied to explain their “mission”.

          US embassy hostages : Well Iran revolution people asked US to hand Shah back to Iran. He was in time in US to receive medical treatment. US of course reply no, because they are prooved to be dictator safe haven many times. Result was embassy takeover.

          Wrong, but that the way it goes sometimes.

      • You do realize don’t you, that the “hostages” in Iran were a response to the US overthrow of the democratically elected, moderate, secular Iranian govt, by the CIA, and the subsequent quarter century of murder, torture, and theft of Iranian patrimony by the US installed puppet?

        You do realize don’t you that Lebanon is a separate country and not one of the fifty states, and that consequently US marines have no business setting up shop there, and that when they do, it is as trained-killer invaders who deserve to be killed themselves, which is just what happened? It’s called justice. Sauce for the goose. You do get that don’t you?

        If you don’t, then you are seriously disconnected from reality.

      • Potsherd2 says:

        Maybe they should make a movie about the 1985 CIA car bombing in Beirut that killed 60 worshippers coming out of a mosque.

  2. annie says:

    thanks alex, another timely important post.

    • annie says:

      the pdf:

      “‘Manufacturing the Muslim Menace: Private Firms, Public Servants, & the Threat to Rights and Security’ is a “must read.” Thom Cincotta’s heavily documented critical study uncovers and exposes the dangers to national security posed by a group of private security firms operating outside officially accredited systems. These firms offer anti-terrorism training programs, driven by an ideological agenda that trade facts for fiction and promote Islamophobic conspiracy theories that demonize mainstream Islam and Muslim communities.”
      –John Esposito

  3. yourstruly says:

    widesparead support for the struggle for justice in palestine among muslim-american leaders as evidence of sympathy for terrorism?

    no, that’s turning the truth upside down

    israel, the settler-entity, that’s where the sympathy for terrorism lies

    after all, they’re fully committed to it

    have been from the very begining of the zionist enterprise

    their big land theft

    nakba

    operation cast lead

    mavi marmara

    warsaw ghetto

    plymouth rock

    drone bombings

    each an example of terrorism carried to the max

    but supporting justice for the people of palestine?

    colonialism being a form of enslavement

    an act of terrorism if ever there was one

    whereas siding with the slave?

    obligatory

    based on?

    the golden rule

    • You used the term “colonialism”. We were taught this term in school. When we were young and impressionable and had no way to know better. European Colonialism. But this is spin. Eurocentric, Anglo-Saxon spin. When you go somewhere uninvited, offload “settlers” and men with guns, chase off the people who already live there or enslave them, killing any who object, and steal their land, the term “colonialism” is just a sanitizing lie. The reality is invasion, conquest, murder, subjugation, and theft. The proper term for that suite of actions is “imperialism”. In short crime.

      Spread the word. “Colonialism” is a lie. To cover a crime. The greatest crime there is.

  4. Colin Murray says:

    … what SSI calls “the Radical Islamic Threat.”

    This is simply bigoted language. It is no less offensive than if someone said “the radical Jewish threat.” These fools are deliberately exciting dark forces within human nature which are normally constrained and dissipated by a healthy civil society.

    The horrors of Europe’s internecine religious warfare, e.g. the Thirty Years’ War, were very much in the minds of George Washington and our other founding fathers when they designed and constructed our system of governance. It was certainly one of the fears that prompted George Washington’s warning in his 1796 Farewell Address that “a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils.”

    I am reminded of Peter Beinart’s poignant question from his The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment, “If the line has not yet been crossed, where is the line?” Americans should ask themselves where for them the line lies beyond which the damage that extremists within the Israel Lobby do to America becomes greater than that which might result from confrontation leading to their political toxification and defeat?

  5. RE: “…Bradman responded to criticism by saying, ‘I can’t take the responsibility of my course linking their religion [Islam] to terrorism. I think their religion got linked to terrorism a long time ago.’ ” ~ Political Research Associates’ report

    SEE: Study debunks stereotypes of US Muslim radicals, By Agence France-Presse, 03/10/11

    (excerpts) WASHINGTON (AFP) – Whether an ordinary US Muslim becomes a violent extremist cannot be determined by the length of his beard or how often he goes to the mosque, experts say, urging Americans to avoid stereotypes.
    On the eve of controversial congressional hearings on radicalization that have raised the ire of US Muslims, New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice published a report deconstructing the “simplistic theories” that may have led Republican Congressman Peter King to launch the inquiries.
    “Rethinking Radicalization” delves into the possible origins of the homegrown extremism whipping up growing panic in the United States after a string of attacks or attempted acts of terror led by Americans…
    “A thinly sourced, reductionist view of how people become terrorists has gained unwarranted legitimacy in some counter-terrorism circles,” noted the Brennan center’s Faiza Patel, a civil liberties specialist.
    “Given the piecemeal and contradictory information that is publicly available, an outside observer can hardly evaluate who is right in this ongoing discourse.”
    She focused her criticism on the FBI and the New York Police Department, who have suggested law enforcement agents can stop radicalization by looking for the “right signs,” contrary to federal government and social science research.
    “The innocuous nature of many of the signatures identified by the NYPD — such as growing a beard or becoming involved in community activities — means that they are likely to be found in a large segment of the American Muslim population,” she said…

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to rawstory.com

  6. Les says:

    Some, though not all, of Homeland Security has been outsourced to Israel. We don’t know if they do the anti-terrorism work of shutting down sites that may violate Hollywood copyright laws or if their job is to keep the US safe from unsafe Arabs.

  7. YOUR “HOMELAND SECURITY” DOLLARS AT WORK!
    New York man faces five years in jail for ‘linking’ to online videos, By David Edwards, Raw Story, 03/10/11

    (excerpt)…You may want to think twice the next time you share a link to your favorite video.
    In a case against a New York website owner, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is claiming that merely linking to copyrighted material is a crime.
    DHS, along with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), seized Brian McCarthy’s domain, channelsurfing.net, in late January. The site has now been replaced with a government warning: “This domain has been seized by ICE – Homeland Security Investigations, Special Agent in Charge, New York Office.”
    “It is unlawful to reproduce copyrighted material, such as movies, music, software or games, without authorization… First-time offenders convicted of a criminal felony copyright law will face up to five years in federal prison, restitution, forfeiture and fine.”
    The advocacy group Demand Progress has claimed that McCarthy never reproduced copyrighted material, and that his website simply linked to other sites…

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to rawstory.com

  8. MRW says:

    This PDF is great: “Manufacturing the Muslim Menace: Private Firms, Public Servants, & the Threat to Rights and Security.” (link in post)

  9. Kathleen says:

    Interesting piece.

    Have always wondered why there were no complete investigations into the Israeli based data mining communication companies that allegedly had or have access to 95% of all US phone calls. Wonder if Peter King and others will open an investigation and hearing on Amdocs/Comverse Infosys

    Fox News reporter Carl Cameron reported soon after 9/11 about Israeli based communication systems and the alleged tracking of some of the 9/11 terrorist. As well as reporting about an alleged backdoor into this system that was compromised.

    If you have never watched this four part report…a must watch. Camera and other I lobby groups pressured Fox to take this report off of their site