Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Sack The Experts
Stephen Coughlin, the Pentagon resident expert on Islamic Sharia law and Islamist philosophy, has been fired from his position on the military's Joint Staff. The reason; he is anti-Islam.
By de Andréa
He is anti-Islam… this is tantamount to saying he was anti-Nazi if this were 1939. Only now because the US has been mystically charmed by this powerful spiritual deception of Islam, to be an enemy of our enemy is not only politically incorrect it is something just short of treason.
Coughlin, as I did in the previous article “Muslims in Our Ranks” dared among other things, to call attention to the danger. The only difference is, I don’t work for the Pentagon.
This action followed a report revealing opposition to his work for the military by pro-Muslim officials within the office of Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England. This just shows the depth to which our enemy has infiltrated our government, as well as where the power now lies.
Mr. Coughlin was notified that his contract with the Joint Chiefs of Staff would end in March, effectively halting the career of the U.S. government's most important figures in analyzing the nature of the Islamic agenda and ultimately preparing to wage ideological war against it.
He had run afoul of a key aide to Mr. England, his name, Hasham Islam a practicing Muslim, who confronted Mr. Coughlin during a meeting several weeks ago when Mr. Islam sought to have Mr. Coughlin soften his views on American Islamic Jihad.
Mr. Coughlin was accused directly by Mr. Islam of being a Christian zealot or extremist "with a pen," according to defense officials. Mr. Coughlin appears to have become one of the first casualties in the war against the deception of Islamic infiltration in the U.S.
The officials said Mr. Coughlin was let go because he had become "too hot" or controversial within the Pentagon.
Misguided and deceived Pentagon officials, including Mr. England, have initiated an aggressive "outreach" program to U.S. Muslim groups that critics say is lending credibility to what has been identified as a budding support network for Islamist Jihadists, including front groups for the radical terrorist group “The Muslim Brotherhood.”
Mr. Coughlin wrote a memorandum several months ago based on documents made public in a federal trial in Dallas that revealed a covert plan by the Muslim Brotherhood, an Egyptian-origin Islamist terrorist group, to subvert the United States using front groups. A member of one of the identified front groups, the Islamic Society of North America, has been hosted by Mr. England at the Pentagon.
After word of the confrontation between Mr. Coughlin and Mr. Islam was made public, support for Mr. Coughlin skyrocketed among those in and out of government who feared the worst, namely that pro-Muslim officials in the Pentagon were after Mr. Coughlin's scalp, and that his departure would be a major setback for the Pentagon's struggling efforts to develop a war of ideas against our enemy the Nation of Islam. Blogs lit up with hundreds of postings, some suggesting that Mr. England's office is "penetrated" and infiltrated by our enemy in the war on terrorism.
Kevin Wensing, a spokesman for Mr. England, said "no one in the deputy's office had any input into this decision" by the Joint Staff to end Mr. Coughlin's contract. A Joint Staff spokesman had no immediate comment.
The firing of the Pentagon’s only resident expert on Islamic Sharia law, Maj. Stephen Coughlin, has begun to attract the attention of key members of Congress and the White House. This has launched a “fact-finding” mission into the case, Coughlin, of the U.S. Army Reserves, was on contract to the Joint Chiefs of Staff to brief U.S. commanders en route to Iraq, as well as officers at various staff colleges around the country, on the role of Islamic teachings in the mind of America’s enemies.The aide, Hesham Islam, is an Egyptian-born Muslim Arab and former U.S. Navy officer, who joined England’s staff while he was secretary of the Navy in 2001 and moved with him when England was promoted to the Pentagon’s No. 2 slot.
Heshem Islam encouraged England to address the annual conference of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) last fall, even though federal prosecutors had named the group as an unindicted co-conspirator in a major terrorism funding case last year.Coughlin aroused the ire of Mr. Islam and others in September by authoring an analysis of a Muslim Brotherhood document entered into evidence in the Justice Department’s case against the Islamic terrorist group, the Holy Land Foundation.
In addition to naming ISNA and other “mainstream” Muslim organizations as members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s network in the United States, the Muslim Brotherhood document stated that its members “must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within… It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes.” (Meaning when the infiltration is complete and militant Jihad begins.)
Coughlin also took issue with an effort underway by intelligence community analysts to declare al Qaeda terrorists and insurgents in Iraq as “false Muslims,” whose version of Jihad conflicted with “true” Islamic teachings. (Ultimately, violent militant Jihad is what the Quran teaches all true Muslims, to complete the agenda of Islam to conquer the world and bring all its people in subjugation to Sharia Law.)
Over the past two weeks, the White House has launched its own investigation into the Coughlin affair, and has conducted at least one interview with Coughlin himself.
However, Coughlin would appear to hold out little hope of a White House “rescue.”As he pointed out in his 333-page thesis, “To Our Great Detriment: Ignoring what Extremists say about Jihad,” President Bush’s statements downplaying the role of Islam in the terrorist attacks on America have “exerted a chilling effect on those tasked to define the enemy’s doctrine by effectively placing a policy bar” on examining the role of Jihadist teachings.
Even Coughlin supporters such as Frank Gaffney Jr., president of the Center for Security Policy, doubt that the Army reservist lawyer and expert on Islamic law will get his contract reinstated by the Joint Chiefs. However, Gaffney has urged members of Congress in both parties and others who care about the war on terror to make Coughlin “a cause célèbre” over the next two months.
Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., has taken that call seriously, and said last week that she was examining the possibility of holding congressional oversight hearings of Coughlin’s dismissal.
“We want to get to the bottom of this,” Myrick said. “This sounds like another example of someone protecting national security and being told to shut up,” she told Cybercast news service. “If we don’t get over being politically correct, we won’t be here as a country.”
Myrick co-chairs the bi-partisan House Anti-Terrorism Caucus with Rep. Jane Harmon, D-Ca, which she started last year out of frustration that no one was educating the American people about the threat from the infiltration of Islamo-fascism.
“President Bush does not talk to the American people about the long-term threat of Islamo-fascism infiltration in America,” she said.
Coughlin writes in the introduction to his 333-page thesis that his research into the legal underpinnings of jihadi doctrine was inspired in part by a Dec. 1, 2005, speech by Gen. Peter Pace to the National Defense University, when Pace was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“To talk about how we are going to proceed, we need to understand the nature of the enemy,… [which] is different than any we have faced in the past,” Pace said.
“Remember Hitler. Remember he wrote ‘Mein Kampf.’ He said in writing exactly what his plan was, and we collectively ignored that to our great detriment,” Pace argued. “Now, our enemies have said publicly on film, on the Internet, their goal is to destroy our way of life. The Nations book, the Quran supports this threat just as the Nazi’s book Mein Kampf did. "
No equivocation on their part. They are not saying if you stay home, we will not come after you. They are saying their goal is to rid the Middle East of all foreigners. Then, overthrow all governments that are not friendly to them, which means every single government,” Pace said.
Coughlin argues in his thesis that the U.S. intelligence community is making a similar mistake today as it made in the 1930s, by not reading what the enemy has said and written about their goals.
Officers who have listened to Coughlin’s presentation on the Islamic underpinnings of the jihadist movement have come to his aid.
“The termination of Stephen Coughlin on the Joint Staff is an act of intellectual cowardice,” Lt. Col. Joseph C. Myers, Army adviser to the Air Command and Staff College, wrote on Jan. 5 public letter of support.
“Coughlin has briefed senior Marine Corps leaders and staff and has presented his thesis in various military education venues,” Myers wrote.
“We have spent much intellectual capital revamping and analyzing our own doctrine as it relates to counterinsurgency. It’s time we do our homework on the threat,” he added.Former Army intelligence officer Jerome Gordon, who has discussed Coughlin’s thesis with former colleagues who have attended his briefings, said that Hesham Islam is not Coughlin’s only enemy.
“If there is a cabal that is opposing him, it’s in the military intelligence community,” Gordon said. “Clearly, they have been cowed by the significant entrée provided by the U.S. government to leaders of Muslim Brotherhood fronts here in America.”
In a 153-slide PowerPoint presentation he uses to brief U.S. military officers headed for the Middle East, Coughlin criticizes analysts such as Harlan Ullman, a Washington Times columnist who boasts of his ties to Condoleezza Rice.
Ullman wrote in a November 2007 column. “Unlike the Nazis, these extremists lack a central, unifying ideology; they come from many diverse movements and so far have not been inclined to develop a political theory for seizing political power.”
Coughlin called that statement a “non-sequitur,” and said that U.S. military officers had a “duty” to base their assessment on an objective analysis of the facts, not on assumptions or desires.
“If the Enemy in the War on Terror (WOT) states that he fights jihad in furtherance of Islamic causes… and Islamic law on jihad exists and is available in English… then Professionals with WOT responsibilities have an affirmative, personal, professional duty to know the enemy that includes ALL the knowable facts associated with the law of jihad,” Coughlin argued.
Dr. Walid Phares, director of the Future Terrorism Project at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, believes that Coughlin’s firing lies “at a very serious fault line” in U.S. defense strategies.
“I don’t understand why is there so much intellectual commotion about this matter in the West and in the U.S.,” Dr. Phares said. “Muslim scholars and historians agree that the theological texts have also a military dimension. The whole Nation of Islam is a deceptive theocracy. In Islamic studies, there is no debate about that. So why is there one in non-Muslim research and political circles, particularly in America? Major Coughlin was studying the texts used by the Jihadists to call for military action.”
While politicians might attempt to separate Islam from the Quran or from Jihad for their own purposes, Phares added, “the study of the theological roots of Jihad is something else, and that is an academic not a political issue.”
THE BOTTOM LINE: After wading through all the political jargon and spin on what Islam is or is not, one only needs to open ones eyes and look around the world and see what the weather is, no matter what the weather man says it is. While the weatherman is saying that the temperature is 100 degrees and clear, one only needs to look out the window to see that it is in fact a blizzard out there with two feet of snow on the ground; one does not even need a thermometer to tell that it is freezing cold. Wake up America…
Islam is at war with every people around the world that are not Muslims and even some that are. The agenda of Islam is to conquer the entire world and bring it under Islamic Sharia law, despite the politically correct multi-cultural apologist and America haters saying that Islam is a Nation of Peace. Where’s the Peace???
Look out your window; if you wait long enough you will see the peaceful Nation of Islam making war in your streets…
Posted by de Andrea at 5:10 PM