FBI Purges Islamophobic Training Manuals

Note to agents: Muhammad is not a 'cult leader'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2012 2:54 PM CST
FBI Purges Islamophobic Training Manuals
The seal of the FBI hangs in the Flag Room at the bureau's headquaters March 9, 2007 in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)

The FBI has flushed hundreds of counterterrorism training documents containing controversial statements about Muslims and Arabs, reports Fox News. The purge comes following a review triggered by a September Wired article, which revealed that the FBI taught agents, among other things, that Muslims were "violent," and that the Prophet Muhammad was a "cult leader." A source tells Fox that hundreds of documents hit the shredder because they propagated stereotypes, contained "factual errors," or were in "poor taste."

But an FBI spokesman put a positive spin on the review, saying the purged documents represented less than 1% of its total 160,000 pages on the subject, meaning that "the overwhelming majority of our counterterrorism materials met the FBI's standards." (Read more Islamophobia stories.)

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